We invite you to attend the presentation of the
28th Annual Mary Philbrook Public Interest Award
The Honorable Virginia Long,
Associate Justice (ret.), New Jersey Supreme Court
and to honor
Eve Biskind Klothen,
Former Assistant Dean for Pro Bono and Public Interest Program, Rutgers Law - Camden
Thursday October 3, 2013
Rutgers–Camden Campus Center
6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Members of the Law School Classes of 2013 and 2014 who have made exceptional pro bono and public interest contributions will also be honored.
Proceeds from the Mary Philbrook Award Celebration support public interest lawyering at Rutgers School of Law – Camden
Including the Association for Public Interest Law Student Summer Grants, the Domestic Violence Program and our Clinical Programs.
The Women’s Law Caucus,
The Association for Public Interest Law,
The Camden Law Alumni Association and
The Camden County Bar Association
- Current Faculty and Staff who have questions should contact Professor Freedman
- Current Students who have questions should contact Jacquelyn Suarez
- Student Philbrook Award Nominations (Due Sept 11)
VIRGINIA LONG served as an Associate Justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court from 1999 until March 1, 2012, when she reached the age of mandatory retirement. Thereafter, she joined Fox Rothschild, where she spearheads the firm’s pro bono efforts in New Jersey. While on the Supreme Court bench, she authored many opinions, but is perhaps most known for her stance on the death penalty, which she believed was impossible to apply rationally and consistently. Long's judicial opinions impacted the lives of people statewide and addressed such topics as establishing standards for defining who constitutes a “psychological parent;” determining that the refusal to renew the employment contract of an employee over the age of 70 violated the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination; first recognizing PTSD as a basis for workers compensation and disability retirement benefits; and noting that any physician who performs a physical examination on behalf of a third party, as in the case of a pre-employment exam, has a duty to advise the examinee of any negative findings.
At Fox Rothschild, Justice Long assists clients with ethics and appellate matters; advises on corporate governance and governmental integrity investigations; and serves as a mediator and arbitrator. A director of Centurion Ministries, Long works with her law firm colleagues to provide pro bono services to unjustly prisoned and factually innocent individuals. She served on the working group that recommended a pro bono service requirement for prospective New Jersey bar applicants. In addition to serving as a New Jersey Supreme Court Justice, Deputy Attorney General in New Jersey, as Director of the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs and as Commissioner of the former New Jersey Department of Banking, Justice Long served 15 years on the Appellate Division, becoming Chief Judge in 1995.
A 1963 graduate of Dunbarton College of the Holy Cross, Justice Long received her law degree from Rutgers School of Law-Newark in 1966. Justice Long has been recognized with many prestigious awards including the New Jersey State Bar Association's Civil Practice Committee's 2013 James J. McLaughlin Award for Civility, Legal Competence and Professionalism; New Jersey State Bar Association's Women in the Profession Section's 2012 Marie L. Garibaldi Award for Distinguished Service and Excellence; New Jersey Psychiatric Association's Citizen of the Year Award, 2012; the Serpentelli Award, New Jersey State Bar Association, 2012; Rutgers University Hall of Distinguished Alumni, 2001; Douglass College New Jersey Women of Achievement Award, 2001 and Rutgers School of Law–Newark's Fannie Bear Besser Award for Public Service, 1999.
As its first Assistant Dean, EVE BISKIND KLOTHEN built the Pro Bono and Public Interest Program at Rutgers Law School in Camden, transforming it from a small collection of projects when she arrived into the national model it is today. Klothen joined the law school in 2002 and served as Assistant Dean from 2004 until July 2013. Dean Klothen increased pro bono program and public interest activities from 4 to 15 programs, providing thousands of hours of pro bono legal assistance each year to those with nowhere else to turn, and inculcating scores of law students with the pro bono ethic. Under her tenure, the law school adopted a public interest loan repayment program and inaugurated an alternative spring break program.
Dean Klothen’s work has been recognized with the Father Robert Drinan Award for Outstanding Public Service from the AALS; 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 Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Outstanding Service Award ; and Pennsylvania Legal Services’ Excellence Award.
After graduating from the University of Michigan in 1972 and from Vanderbilt University School of Law in 1975, Klothen
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 In 2011, at the 30th anniversary celebration of Philadelphia VIP, she was honored for her critical role in the organization’s success.
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 to 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. Dean Klothen advises the law school and will continue to teach.