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  The School of Law - Newark 2004-2006 Faculty and Administration Esther Canty-Barnes  

Esther Canty-Barnes

Associate Clinical Professor of Law and Director, Special Education Clinic. Professor Canty-Barnes earned her B.A. from Bennett College in Greensboro, North Carolina, and her J.D. from the School of Law-Newark. She represents indigent parents and caregivers of disabled children in need of educational services, teaches law students in this specialized area of the law, and provides educational programs for parents/caregivers, attorneys, court personnel, case managers, and others responsible for the welfare of disabled children. She has broadened the clinic`s community outreach by coordinating workshops, roundtable discussions, and trainings, and sought ways in which to develop partnerships and linkages within the community to serve the needs of disabled children. More recently, she has been instrumental in developing and implementing "A Special Education in the Courts Initiative" in which the clinic provides legal assistance to parents, caregivers, and other persons responsible for the welfare of disabled children in foster care.

Professor Canty-Barnes serves on the Supreme Court Committee on Women in the Courts, where she chairs the Subcommittee on Women of Color, and on the NJ Court Improvement Committee, where she provides input regarding the educational needs of children in foster care. More recently, the Association of Black Women Lawyers of New Jersey and the AALS Clinical Legal Education Association recognized her for her advocacy of children with special needs. She is a former president of the Association of Black Women Lawyers of New Jersey, a former barrister of the William Heckel Criminal Litigation Inn of Court, and a former presiding municipal court judge for the Township of Irvington.

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