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Interviews with Sanford M. “Sandy” Jaffe

Sanford M. “Sandy” Jaffe, a native of Newark, served as an assistant prosecutor and head of the appellate section under Prosecutor Brendan T. Byrne in Essex County for three years beginning in 1958. He joined the prosecutor’s office after working as a law secretary for Chief Justice Joseph Weintraub during the 1957-1958 term of the Supreme Court of New Jersey. Mr. Jaffe was later chief of the criminal division in the United States Attorney’s office in Newark from 1961 until his appointment in 1965 as special assistant to the Attorney General of the United States. He held that position until 1967, when he was named by Governor Richard Hughes as executive director of the Governor’s Select Commission on Civil Disorders to evaluate the causes and impact of the civil disorders in Newark and other New Jersey cities. From 1968 to 1983, he was Officer in Charge, Government and Law Program, at the Ford Foundation based in New York City. Since 1986, he has been Director of The Center for Negotiation and Conflict Resolution and a member of the graduate faculty at Rutgers University. Upon initial appointment by Governor Byrne, Mr. Jaffe also served as a member of the Board of Governors of Rutgers from 1975 until 1986. He holds a bachelor of arts degree from Rutgers and a law degree from Harvard Law School.


Interview on March 19, 2008Transcript available here (pdf)


Interview on April 23, 2008


Interview on June 24, 2008


Interview with Sandy Jaffe and Robert Del Tufo on June 24, 2008
(discussing their clerkships with New Jersey Chief Justice Joseph Weintraub)