How does a public university differ from a private one? In many ways, perhaps, the differences are barely discernible, but in one particular way, a public research university is distinctive: Its commitment to the public service.
Land grant universities, particularly, like Rutgers, have a long and solid tradition of acting on that mission. And few individuals stand out as prominently in their commitment and impact as Paul Tractenberg, law professor at Rutgers University in Newark.
Tractenberg was honored last week at the Law Center at Rutgers by a panel of distinguished admirers who included Deborah Poritz, former Chief Justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court; Gary Stein, a former Associate Justice of the Court; David Sciarra, executive director of the Education Law Center that Paul established in 1973; and several faculty.