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Rutgers Law Review

SYMPOSIUM: The Rutgers-Newark Women's Rights Litigation Clinic: An Old and a New Story?


Rutgers Law Review

51 Rutgers L. Rev. 1023


Nadine Taub *


I. History

The Clinic's roots at Rutgers go back a long way. When still on the Rutgers faculty at the end of the 1960s, now Justice, Ruth Bader Ginsburg taught one of the first seminars in Women and the Law at Rutgers School of Law-Newark. Taking over from Justice Ginsburg, Nancy Stearns, who at the time was a creative force in much of the ground-breaking women's rights litigation at the Center for Constitutional Rights, began teaching Women and the Law on an adjunct basis. Under Nancy Stearns' "tutelage," female law students initiated a project teaching law at New Jersey's all-female correctional facility in Clinton. The demand for the Women's Rights Litigation Clinic grew, in large part, out of this activity.

The specific inquiry into a Women's Rights Clinic was closely related to Rutgers's place in the forefront of clinical education. By 1972, clinics designed to give students a way to learn while they were addressing important societal needs were already underway at Rutgers. 1 The female students urged the School to establish a clinic that addressed women's needs. 2 In response to this student demand, the Women's Rights Litigation Clinic started on an experimental basis in the Fall of 1972, under the directorship of Janice Goodman. 3 However, it was not long thereafter that all involved realized that the Women's Rights Litigation Clinic needed to become a full-time addition to the Rutgers curriculum. In 1973, the women students presented a proposal to the faculty requesting that the Clinic become ...
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