Lori O. Borgen
CSJ Associate Director
Lori Outzs Borgen is the Associate Director of the Center for Social Justice, where she assists with programming for the Center and coordination of the litigation docket. From February to September 2008, Professor Borgen was the Acting Director of Advocacy Programs at Seton Hall, in which capacity she supervised the skills curriculum, including the required Persuasion and Advocacy course and advanced litigation classes, as well as the moot court program and other skills activities. In May 2008, Professor Borgen was the co-Program Director for the New Jersey Deposition Program sponsored by the National Institute for Trial Advocacy, and she continues as Program Director for the course. During the 2004-05 academic year, Professor Borgen was the Director of the Housing and Homelessness Clinic at Seton Hall, during which time she supervised students in various housing and welfare matters, including landlord-tenant disputes, federal housing rights, and foreclosures.
Professor Borgen has worked on housing and other public interest concerns throughout her career. She litigated landlord-tenant and other housing issues with Brooklyn Legal Services, Corp. B. She then served as a Gibbons Fellow in Public Interest and Constitutional Law at Gibbons, Del Deo, Dolan, Griffinger and Vecchione, P.C. in Newark, New Jersey, where she engaged in impact litigation on welfare reform, racial profiling by New Jersey police, domestic violence, and government-subsidized housing. While engaged in a full-time practice at Gibbons, she taught a course on low-income housing and community development at Seton Hall. After her Gibbons Fellowship concluded, Professor Borgen worked as the senior staff attorney with the Voting Rights Project of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law in Washington, D.C. She represented the NAACP and individual clients in litigation following the 2000 general election regarding problems that resulted in the denial of the right to vote in Florida for the presidential election. She also represented a class of ex-felons in Florida seeking to have their voting rights restored. In addition, Professor Borgen helped to establish the Election Protection coalition and participated in community education on voting rights and redistricting.
Professor Borgen received her J.D. from Columbia Law School and her B.A., with honors, from Harvard College. She also clerked for the Honorable Joseph E. Irenas in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey.