Gift Endows Public Interest Law

Rutgers Law Student Khushbu Solanki, a former James and Sharon Maida Public Interest Fellow, speaks with James Maida RLAW’90.

Rutgers Law Student Khushbu Solanki, a former James and Sharon Maida Public Interest Fellow, speaks with James Maida RLAW’90.

Attorney Joshua Bauers credits the generosity of a fellow alumnus—one who attended Rutgers Law School in Camden 25 years earlier—for his current work ensuring access to housing for New Jersey’s low-income residents.

A staff attorney for the Fair Share Housing Center in Cherry Hill, Bauers RLAW’15 started with the center after graduating as a Fellow in the Maida Public Interest Fellows Program, which was made possible by a $1 million gift by James RLAW’90 and Dr. Sharon Maida GSE’97. Bauers worked for a year at the center, which is headed by Rutgers Law alumnus Kevin Walsh RLAW’99, and was hired as a full-time attorney in 2016. “I truly feel that I am having a tremendous impact on the lives of thousands of people,” Bauers said.

Stories like Bauers’ were the motivation for the Maidas’ gift to the law school in 2015. In an effort to support pro bono and public interest initiatives, the Maidas provide a post-graduate fellowship, which funds the full-time salary of a selected fellow working in public interest law, and support up to 40 students each summer who are doing work for public interest legal organizations in positions that are normally unpaid.

The Maidas’ gift also funds the James and Sharon Maida Community Justice Suite where students and faculty handle cases involving domestic violence, immigration, and children’s justice. “I would not be able to do what I do today had I not attended Rutgers Law,” said James Maida, the founder, president, and CEO of Gaming Laboratories International, which has its global headquarters in Lakewood, New Jersey. “This gift allows the Rutgers pro bono and public interest program to have a national reach and allows students to give back to their communities before they leave law school. Everyone deserves access to justice.”

To support programs such as the James and Sharon Maida Public Interest Fellows Program, contact Robin Todd, assistant dean of development, Rutgers Law School, at (856) 225-6682.

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