Breaking With Norms, New Chief Lawyer at Rutgers U. Enters Fray

Breaking With Norms, New Chief Lawyer at Rutgers U. Enters Fray

Matt Rainey, The New York Times, Redux

John J. Farmer Jr., a former law dean and New Jersey attorney general who is now general counsel at Rutgers U., wrote an op-ed that likened a controversial appointee to former President Bill Clinton. "It was an unusual step to take," he says, "to meet an unusual circumstance that the institution was facing."

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Matt Rainey, The New York Times, Redux

John J. Farmer Jr., a former law dean and New Jersey attorney general who is now general counsel at Rutgers U., wrote an op-ed that likened a controversial appointee to former President Bill Clinton. "It was an unusual step to take," he says, "to meet an unusual circumstance that the institution was facing."

Rutgers University's new top lawyer has entered a burgeoning campus controversy in a manner unusual for a person in his position.

In a guest column published this week in The Star-Ledger of Newark, N.J., John J. Farmer Jr., the university's senior vice president and general counsel, rushed to the defense of Julie Hermann, whose recent appointment as athletics director at Rutgers has