The Rider University Law and Justice Program’s 17th annual Distinguished Contributions to Law and Justice Award will be presented to West Trenton, N.J.-based attorney John S. Furlong on Thursday, October 30, at 11:30 a.m. in the Fireside Lounge of the Bart Luedeke Center.
The award will be presented at a luncheon following Furlong’s keynote address, entitled “Are Criminal Trials Dead?” The public is welcome to attend and should RSVP to Dr. Ava Baron, professor of Sociology and director of Rider’s Law and Justice Program, at email@example.com.
A former assistant prosecutor and deputy attorney general, Furlong has been a partner in the West Trenton law firm of Furlong and Krasny since 1993. Admitted to the New Jersey and federal bars in 1976, he has tried hundreds of cases to verdict, primarily in the defense of people accused of crimes. He has also litigated substantial civil cases, including complex insurance and financial frauds, libel and slander, civil rights issues, and Section 1983 matters involving a wide range of plaintiffs.
Furlong was among the earliest lawyers certified by the New Jersey Supreme Court as a criminal trial attorney more than 25 years ago. In the time since, he has appeared in state and federal courts locally and nationally as a tireless defender of the accused. He has represented clients in U.S. District Courts in New York, Brooklyn, Philadelphia, Jacksonville and Tampa, all in addition to his federal practice in New Jersey.
The Distinguished Contributions to Law and Justice Award has been presented annually since 1997, when it was awarded to the Hon. Linda R. Feinberg, Mercer County Superior Court judge. Law and Justice is an interdisciplinary minor at Rider that includes courses from a wide spectrum of academic departments, including Communication, Sociology, English, History, Business Policy, the Baccalaureate Honors Program, Political Science, Psychology, and Philosophy, as well as Legal Studies courses developed specifically for this program.