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Graduation of the 2020 Class & Celebration of Leaders

Thursday December 10th, 2020, 2:30pm, via Zoom. 

 A limited number of alumni can register to join us for this year's graduation ceremony and Celebration of Leaders Keynote by Rachel Wainer Apter, Director, New Jersey Division on Civil Rights, Office of the Attorney General: "How Shall We Lead to Confront Rising Hate Crimes in the Garden State?"

RSVP to Jen Bredehoft, [email protected], to receive login information. 



Rachel Wainer Apter became the Director of the New Jersey Division on Civil Rights on October 15, 2018. She previously served as Counsel to the Attorney General, advising on civil rights and immigration matters and leading the New Jersey team that defeated a preliminary injunction motion by Texas and seven other states to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).


Prior to joining the Attorney General’s Office, Rachel worked at the American Civil Liberties Union on cases concerning the right to be free from discrimination, reproductive freedom, voting rights, and other federal constitutional questions. Prior to the ACLU, Rachel worked in the Supreme Court and Appellate practice at Orrick, Herrington and Sutcliffe, where she briefed and argued cases in federal and state courts. She was also a leader of the firm-wide Women’s Initiative. Rachel, who grew up in Rockaway, New Jersey, graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and received her law degree from Harvard Law School. After law school, Rachel served as a law clerk for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the United States Supreme Court, Judge Robert Katzmann on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and Judge Jed Rakoff on the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. Rachel lives in Englewood with her husband and three children.