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Louis Raveson, Esq.

Louis Raveson ’76 is an expert in evidence, criminal and civil trial advocacy, and contracts. He was the assistant commissioner in the state Dept. of the Public Advocate and practiced law with the ACLU Prisoners Rights Project and Newark Legal Services. At Rutgers, he started the Environmental Law Clinic and worked in the Urban Legal Clinic.

Louis Raveson is a 1976 graduate of Rutgers School of Law–Newark, where he was a member of the Law Review. After graduation, he clerked for Judge Phillip Forman on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and then practiced with the ACLU Prisoners’ Rights Project and Essex-Newark Legal Services. He also was a staff attorney in the Urban Legal Clinic prior to his appointment to the faculty in 1981, and served as director of that clinic from 1993 to 2001. In 1985, Mr. Raveson established the Environmental Law Clinic, then only the second such law school clinic in the nation.

Louis Raveson has litigated countless trials in state and federal court, and numerous appeals before the New Jersey Supreme Court and the Second and Third Circuits, including Right to Choose v. Byrne, successfully challenging the constitutionality of restrictions on Medicaid funding for abortions and expanding the use of state constitutions as independent sources of protection of individual rights; an action successfully challenging the constitutionality of a law restricting street vending; a case defining the parameters of the judicial contempt power, a topic on which he has published a series of law review articles; an action arguing for the recognition of a constitutional right to shelter for the homeless; several HIV discrimination actions; the defense of an attorney facing disbarment; and a case seeking to enforce a judgment against a Swiss bank for $124 billion, then the largest judgment in U.S. history. Mr. Raveson also served as co-counsel in Karcher v. May in the U.S. Supreme Court, a successful challenge to New Jersey’s “moment of silence” law. He also served as co-counsel representing Rubin “Hurricane” Carter in a successful federal civil rights action, and in his federal habeas action, which resulted in the reversal of his conviction after 17 years in prison.  Mr. Raveson has also specialized in litigating police brutality cases, including a class action against the City of Newark, and actions seeking redress for wrongful death resulting from unjustified police shootings.

In 2001, Louis Raveson took a leave for several years to establish and run an international solar energy company. During a prior leave, from 1985-1987, he served as the Assistant Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of the Public Advocate. Mr. Raveson has also served on the New Jersey Supreme Court Committees on Complementary Dispute Resolution and Civil Practice.  He is a frequent commentator on legal issues in the news.

Philip S. Retif, Esq.

Philip Retif is an attorney and a United States Marine.

Mr. Retif earned his Juris Doctorate from Rutgers School of Law, New Jersey and subsequently passed the New York and New Jersey Bar Examinations.  While attending law school, Mr. Retif interned for the United States Federal Bankruptcy Court in Trenton, Forest Labs Inc. (now Allergan Pharmaceutical) and was also a court-appointed mediator for Essex County. 

After his first year in law school, Mr. Retif successfully completed Officer Candidate School in 2011, earning the title of United States Marine and his commission as a Second Lieutenant.  Following law school, Mr. Retif went into active duty for a year in order to complete his training in military intelligence. Mr. Retif now holds the rank of First Lieutenant and continues to serve in the Marine Corps Reserves.

Prior to law school, Mr. Retif received a Bachelor of Science from Seton Hall University where he graduated with honors in Finance while minoring in Economics.  During his time at Seton Hall, Mr. Retif was admitted to the Finance Honor Society. He also became the Student Government Association President and pledged with the Alpha Kappa Psi fraternity. In his spare time Mr. Retif acts and writes.  He has also practiced Brazilian Jiu Jitsu since 2007.

Carrying the work ethics he inherited from the Marine Corps and his diverse experience, Mr. Retif is an attorney dedicated to achieving results for his clients while always keeping their best interest in mind.