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Roger Plawker Quoted in New Jersey Law Journal regarding Long-Running School Segregation Suit in New Jersey


Roger Plawker, partner at Pashman Stein Walder Hayden P.C., was quoted in a New Jersey Law Journal article titled, “In 5-Year Battle Over Segregated Schools, Litigants Contemplate: What's Next?” This article discusses a recent ruling made by Judge Robert Lougy in a school segregation case regarding claims that New Jersey’s segregated public schools deny many Black and Latino students a thorough and efficient education in violation of the New Jersey Constitution. Judge Lougy agreed with part of the plaintiffs’ contention: that school segregation exists and it is the state’s constitutional duty to fix it, but did not find that the case was appropriate for summary judgment. Pashman Stein and co-counsel Gibbons P.C. represent the plaintiffs in the case. 

“Plaintiffs who sued the state are weighing whether to head to trial, pursue an appeal of Mercer County Assignment Judge Robert Lougy’s latest ruling in the case, or enter into negotiations with the state over their claims that segregated schools violate the state’s constitution,” said Roger Plawker of Pashman Stein Walder Hayden in Hackensack, a lawyer for the plaintiffs.

“We didn’t get a finding on liability statewide as a matter of summary judgment. But I think we got plenty of recognition in a very clear statement from the court that the broad-based segregation that we alleged exists, and that the state as a matter of law has an obligation to deal with it, and that it has not dealt with it,” Plawker said.

To read the full article, click here.

Additional coverage about this case can be found here:

Judge says New Jersey failed to address 'persistent racial imbalance' in its public schools – USA Today

Some praise ruling criticizing NJ school segregation. But what happens now? –

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