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Minority Student Program Receives Mel Narol Excellence in Diversity Award from State Bar Association

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—The Minority Student Program at Rutgers School of Law-Newark is the recipient of the 2004 Mel Narol Excellence in Diversity Award presented by the Diversity Committee of the New Jersey State Bar Assocaition. Dean Stuart L. Deutsch and Kenneth Padilla, Assistant Dean for the MSP and Externships, will accept the award today at the 6th annual luncheon of the committee. The event is part of the annual meeting of the state bar association, which is held in Atlantic City.

“The New Jersey State Bar Association, on behalf of its Diversity Committee, is proud to present the Minority Student Program at Rutgers School of Law-Newark with its Mel Narol Excellence in Diversity Award,” said Karol Corbin Walker, Esq., NJSBA president. “For nearly 40 years, the MSP has stood as a shining example and model for other law schools to emulate. Through the Minority Student Program’s efforts, countless law students of color and disadvantaged students of all races have been given the opportunity to attain their goals, to thrive in their professional lives and to participate in working towards that highest goal–the delivery of equal justice to all.”

The award is named for the organization’s late president-elect and commemorates his commitment to the work of and his enthusiastic support for the NJSBA’s diversity initiatives. Mel Narol was a charter member of the Task Force on Diversity and worked on the project to make the diversity effort within the NJSBA a permanent order of business by giving the task force standing committee status.

The Rutgers Law School-Newark Minority Student Program is a nationally recognized model for increasing representation in the legal profession of all segments of society. Since its inception in 1968, more than 1,900 students have participated in the MSP and have graduated from the law school. MSP alums can be found on the bench, in the U.S. Congress, in private practice, government agencies, major corporations, legislative bodies, public interest organizations, and academic institutions across the country.

The New Jersey State Bar Association, incorporated in 1899, is dedicated to the continuing education of lawyers and the public, to reforming and improving the legal system and to aiding in the administration of justice.