Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Will Offer Keynote at 2018 Annual Meeting and Convention

By NJSBA Staff posted 03-12-2018 13:39


Attorney, professor, activist and author of AMERICAN VALUES: Lessons I Learned from My Family, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. will be a featured speaker at the NJSBA's 2018 Annual Meeting and Convention. He joins a roster of other nationally respected speakers that includes Allan Kanner, who handled to Deepwater Horizon case and Jan Schlichtmann, who was portrayed by John Travolta in the film version of“A Civil Action.” The roster of speakers additionally includes judges and justices from nearly every division of the federal and state judiciary and experts in topics ranging from white-collar crime to the fight against opiates, the #MeToo movement,technology and more. The conference will be held May 16-18 in Atlantic City. Click here for more information.

American Values: Lessons I Learned from My Family

In this moving, thoughtful family history, the son and namesake of Robert Fitzgerald Kennedy shares memories of his turbulent childhood and the lessons that have shaped his enduring values.

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., the third of eleven children born to Bobby Kennedy and Ethel Skakel Kennedy, reflects on what it meant to grow up in his extraordinary home as part of America’s unofficial royal family. He takes us deep into his past, into the boisterous RFK household of his childhood—and speaks passionately of the role models who shaped him, including his father and his Uncle Jack.

With emotion and striking detail, Robert recalls both the private joys and very public pain of his childhood—the overwhelming devastation of Jack Kennedy’s assassination, then, just five years later, his own father’s tragic death when Robert was just fourteen. After years of struggling, Robert eventually found his calling as a fierce and passionate environmental activist. Today, like the Kennedys who came before him, he remains a staunch Democrat and outspoken defender of the democratic principles that are the heart of his legendary family’s values.

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.’s beautifully written and emotional memoir looks at the defining moments of his life and explores what it means to be an American and a Kennedy.


Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. is Clinical Professor and Supervising Attorney at the Environmental Litigation Clinic at Pace University School of Law. He is the author ofCrimes Against Nature and The Riverkeepers, and his writing has appeared in theNew York Times, The Atlantic, theWall Street Journal, and theWashington Post,among other publications. He lives in New York City.