Ronald K. Chen
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I am Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at Rutgers School of Law, Newark, the oldest law school in the State of New Jersey, and a unit of Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey.

If you are a Rutgers law student looking for academic current information, select here.  If you are a prospective student seeking information about Rutgers Law School-Newark, select here.


I am also a Trustee of the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey, and represent New Jersey on the national Board of Directors of the American Civil Liberties Union.

If you are an individual residing in New Jersey seeking assistance on a civil liberties matter, you must contact the ACLU-NJ office, preferably in writing, at ACLU of New Jersey, 35 Halsey Street, Suite 4B, Newark, NJ 07102.  The phone intake line is 973-642-2084 and is generally answered 10:00 AM to 3:30 PM Monday to Friday.  If you believe you were a victim of Racial Profiling on the New Jersey Turnpike (no matter your state of residence), you may call the hotline toll free at 1-877-2-END-DWB, or report the matter online at

I am also active in the United States Rowing Association (USRowing), the national governing body of the sport of Rowing in the United States, recognized by the United States Olympic Committee and the Fédération Internationale des Sociétés d'Aviron (International Rowing Federation) or FISA.  I am currently Mid-Atlantic Representative on the Board of Directors and Secretary of the Association.  Any official communications should be sent to USRowing, 201 South Capitol, Suite 400, Indianapolis, IN 46225, Tel.: 317-237-5656.   

I am a former member of the USRowing Judge-Referee Committee, and am licensed as a national judge-referee of USRowing and an international juge-arbitre of FISA.  If you want to access my old Judge-Referee page (somewhat out of date), select here.


I graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy in 1976, received my A.B. from Dartmouth College in 1980, and my J.D. from Rutgers-Newark in 1983.  After serving as law clerk to the Honorable Leonard I. Garth of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in 1983-1984, I became associated with the firm of Cravath, Swaine and Moore in New York City from 1983-1987.  In 1987, I joined the Faculty of Rutgers Law School-Newark.  I became Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in 1995.

I was admitted to the New Jersey Bar in December 1983 and the New York Bar in May 1984, and am also admitted to the Bars of the United States Supreme Court, the United States Courts of Appeals for the Second, Third, Fourth, and Eighth Circuits, and the United States District Courts for the District of New Jersey, Southern District of New York, and Eastern District of New York.