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The Honorable Judge Jose L. Linares to Speak at Ramapo College

(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)November 1, 2016

MAHWAH, N.J. – The Honorable Jose L. Linares, United States District Judge for the District of New Jersey, will be the guest speaker at Ramapo College of New Jersey on Wednesday, November 16. Judge Linares will discuss his career in law and his tenure on the Federal Bench at a special event in Friends Hall at 1 p.m. The Judge’s visit will include a Q&A session.

The event, being held in partnership with the Office of the President, Student Government Association, Ramapo College Board of Trustees and the Center for Student Involvement, is free and open to the public.

Judge Linares, who presides on the bench in the Federal Courthouse in Newark, is the first Hispanic to hold that position. His judicial career began in 2000 when he was appointed to the Essex County Superior Court Bench, where he sat in the Civil Division and was responsible for handling complicated and substantial medical malpractice cases. He was nominated and unanimously confirmed to the Federal District Court in 2002.

In addition to his many achievements in the legal profession, Judge Linares dedicates his time to civic, non-profit related activities and volunteer youth groups, is an adjunct professor at Seton Hall Law School,  and serves as mentor to young men and women who are interested in pursuing careers in law.

Born in Havana, Cuba, Judge Linares and his family escaped to the United States in 1965 when he was 12 years old. He received a B.A. from then-Jersey City State College in 1975 and a J.D. from Temple Law School in 1978. He was a supervising attorney of the New York City Department of Investigation from 1978 to 1980. He was in private practice in New Jersey from 1980 to 2000.

The College also looks forward to hosting in 2017 the Honorable Paul J. Vichness, retired Essex County Superior Court judge. Details to be announced.


About Ramapo College

Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The comprehensive college is situated among the beautiful Ramapo Mountains, is within commuting distance to New York City, was named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and boasts the best on-campus housing in New Jersey per

Ramapo College provides its students with individualized attention, mentorship, and supports; hands-on learning; and a range of opportunities for service and leadership development. Its graduation and retention rates exceed national averages and it places approximately 1,000 students per year in internships in New York City. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice; is recognized as the state’s top college on the list of Best Disability Schools by Great Value Colleges; is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools; and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others.  

Ramapo College’s over 40,000 alumni are the confident, intellectually curious, self-aware, and humble people who are highly sought after and who make a positive impact at local, national, and global levels.  Ramapo College is distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by Every student at Ramapo is enrolled in its unique and award winning Pathways Program which equips and empowers students, across the continuum of their academic career, to secure internships, pursue graduate/professional school, and/or enter the job market. 

Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Applied Mathematics, Business Administration, Contemporary Instructional Design, Computer Science, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a Doctor of Nursing Practice.


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