Rutgers law School will add a student to its family law section, the school announced Monday.
Law School Professor Thomas R. Weissman, a member of the faculty, will join the family law office of family law professor John D. Rolfe.
Weissman, who earned a law degree from Rutgers University in 1994, will be joined by Rolfes wife, Elizabeth.
The university said that he will begin work this fall in the family division of the law firm, Latham & Watkins.
Rolfes family law practice focuses on family law and is known for its extensive work in family law issues, including in civil matters, criminal matters, and estate planning.
He is a member, as well as the founding president of the Rutgers Family Law Society.
Rutgers Law School announced Monday that it would add Weissman to the law school’s family division and said that his involvement with the firm will allow him to be a part of the family practice team.
“John D. and Elizabeth Rolfedson have been married for over 50 years and have two grown children,” the school said in a statement.
“Their children and their extended families are an integral part of this family practice.
Working together, the Rolfeds will be a valuable asset to Rutgers Law School.”
The news comes as Rutgers is in the midst of a nationwide backlash against the school’s decision to allow the removal of its president and chancellor from office following the release of a video in which Rolf was seen speaking in a racist manner to students and faculty at a recent commencement.
The video was taken at the school in February 2017, before the firing of Rolf.
The New Brunswick, N.J.-based university said Monday that Weissman’s inclusion in the firm would allow him “to serve as an integral member of our family practice family” in a capacity that will “ensure the integrity of our work and the legal services we provide to our clients.”