John Farmer bio

1. Name: John Farmer
2. Title: Dean and Professor of Law at Rutgers School of Law-Newark
3. Biography

John Famer is Dean and Professor of Law at Rutgers School of Law-Newark. He assumed this position in July 2009 after leaving the law firm Arseneault, Whipple, Farmer, Fassett and Azzarello, LLP, of which he was a Founding Partner in 2007. He was also Partner at K&L Gates law firm from 2005-2007.

Farmer’s career in public service includes serving as Senior Advisor to the Special Envoy General James Jones for Middle East Regional Security in 2008, Senior Counsel and Team Leader of the 9/11 Commission from 2003-2004, Attorney General of the State of New Jersey from 1999-2002, Chief Counsel for New Jersey Governor Christine Todd Whitman’s Administration from 1997-1999, and Deputy Chief Counsel and Assistant Counsel for the same administration from 1994-1997.

In 2009, his book The Ground Truth: The Story Behind America’s Defense on 9/11, a reconsideration of the U.S. government’s 9/11 response, was published by Riverhead/Penguin Press. Farmer is also a frequent contributor to The Star-Ledger and The New York Times. His article “At Freedom’s Edge” was part of a Star-Ledger series that received the American Bar Association’s Silver Gavel Award for outstanding legal reporting in 2006.

At Rutgers School of Law-Newark, Farmer teaches New Jersey Constitutional Law and National Security Law. He is also President of the Board of Trustees of the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice.
 

4. Involvement/ Affiliations:
  • Dean and Professor of Law, Rutgers School of Law-Newark, July 2009-present
  • Senior Advisor to the Special Envoy General James Jones for Middle East Regional Security, 2008
  • Founding Partner, Arseneault, Whipple, Farmer, Fassett and Azzarello, LLP, 2007
  • Partner, K&L Gates law firm, 2005-2007
  • President, Board of Trustees, New Jersey Institute for Social Justice
  • Former Member, New Jersey Governor’s Ethics Advisory Board
  • Senior Counsel and Team Leader, National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States (commonly known as the 9/11 Commission), 2003-2004
  • Attorney General, State of New Jersey, 1999-2002
  • Chief Counsel, New Jersey Governor Christine Todd Whitman’s Administration, 1997-1999
  • Deputy Chief Counsel and Assistant Counsel, New Jersey Governor Christine Todd Whitman’s Administration, 1994-1997. 
  • Former Attorney, Office of the U.S. Attorney in Newark
  • Recipient, U.S. Attorney General’s Special Achievement Award for Sustained Performance, 1993
  • Litigation Associate, Riker, Danzig, Scherer, Hyland & Perretti LLP, 1988-1990
  • Law Clerk to Associate Justice Alan B. Handler of the New Jersey Supreme Court, 1986-1988
5. Education:
  • J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, 1986
  • B.A., English, Georgetown University, 1979
6. Published Works:
  •  The Ground Truth: The Story Behind America’s Defense on 9/11, 2009
7. Contact info: John Farmer, Dean & Professor of Law
Rutgers School of Law-Newark

Phone: (973) 353-5551
Fax: (973)-353-1248
Email: jfarmer@kinoy.rutgers.edu
Website: http://law.newark.rutgers.edu