Ma’isha Aziz To Be Inducted into Rutgers African American Alumni Hall of Fame

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NEW BRUNSWICK — Camden-area attorney and community activist Ma’isha L. Aziz will be inducted into the 2022 Rutgers African American Alumni Alliance Hall of Fame on Saturday.

Dr. Phoebe Haddon, the retired past chancellor of Rutgers University-Camden, will also be inducted.

The former municipal court judge in historic Lawnside, Aziz has dedicated years of her professional career to giving back to youth through the NAACP Camden County East chapter as an advisor for its youth council, and chair of its youth works committee. She has also worked with the NAACP New Jersey State Conference.

Aziz, who is licensed to practice in Maryland and New Jersey graduated from high school at the age of 16, college at 20, and law school at 23. She then went on to open her own law firm by the age of 27.

Haddon served as Rutgers-Camden president from 2014-2020, becoming the first Black woman to serve as chancellor of any Rutgers campus. Under her leadership, Rutgers–Camden widened affordable access to students through the introduction of the landmark Bridging the Gap program, which continues to provide full or significant tuition coverage for New Jersey’s working families.

Rutgers–Camden’s student profile became appreciably more diverse due to these efforts, laying the foundation for the institution to eventually earn national recognition as a Minority Serving Institution (MSI).

A lawyer by training, she received the 2019 Ruth Bader Ginsburg Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association of American Law Schools and the 2019 Smith College Medal. In 2011, Haddon received the Great Teacher Award from the Society of American Law Teachers, and in 2015, she received the Trailblazer’s Award from the New Jersey Women Lawyer’s Association.

See other Rutgers alumni winners here.

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