Dean Klothen oversees the law school's pro bono program and public interest activities. She also teaches courses in negotiation, professional responsibility, interviewing, and counseling.
Prior to joining the Rutgers staff, she worked for legal services in Georgia and as a federal agency fraud litigator in Washington, D.C. Later, she served as the founding director of Philadelphia Volunteers for the Indigent Program and as director of the Philadelphia Bar Foundation, both of which have been honored with national and state awards.
A consultant for the American Bar Association and private law firms, Dean Klothen has been recognized for her work with the the Father Robert Drinan Award for Outstanding Public Service from the AALS in 2009; the Pro Bono Coordinator of the Year Award from the National Association of Pro Bono Coordinators; the Equal Justice Award from Community Legal Services in Philadelphia; the Outstanding Service Award from the Pennsylvania Bar Association; and the Excellence Award from Pennsylvania Legal Services. Her other professional activities include appointments to the Federal Judicial Nominating Commission for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania; the Civil Justice Advisory Committee for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania United States District Court; and membership, with a year as chair, on the University of Pennsylvania Law School Public Service Advisory Committee. Dean Klothen also serves on the boards of City Year Greater Philadelphia and MAZON: a Jewish Response to Hunger, among others.