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Rutgers–Camden Finest

Rutgers–Camden Finest is an assembly of graduates whose lives and careers have made an indelible mark upon society and the advancement of knowledge.

Herbert D. Hinkle
Partner, Hinkle, Fingles & Prior

Herbert Hinkle has represented people with disabilities and the elderly continuously since 1974.  He has argued precedent-setting disability rights cases in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, including five cases before the New Jersey Supreme Court.  Hinkle has been a consultant to Rutgers University's Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and the New Jersey Commission on Bioethics. 

Hinkle was director of the New Jersey Division of Advocacy for the Developmentally Disabled for 10 years.  For the last four decades, he has been in private practice as an attorney and is the founding partner of Hinkle, Fingles, Prior & Fischer.  He also teaches courses on trusts, estates, and estate planning as an adjunct professor at the Rutgers Law School in Camden, where he was voted Adjunct Professor of the Year in 2016 and 2013.  .

He has served on the Board of Directors for a variety of non-profit organizations, including United Cerebral Palsy Associations, the ARC of New Jersey, Autism New Jersey, Planned Lifetime Assistance Network of New Jersey (PLAN-NJ), Easter Seals, the Alzheimer’s Association, and NAMI NJ.

After earning his law degree from the Rutgers Law School in Camden, Hinkle earned an LL.M. in taxation from Temple University.

Hinkle is a member of the New Jersey and Pennsylvania Bar, the American Association for Justice, and the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys.  He has been recognized with lifetime achievement awards from the ARC of New Jersey; the New Jersey Developmental Disabilities Council; and Autism New Jersey for his work furthering the rights of people with disabilities.

He and his wife Patricia, a 1978 Douglass College alumna, have bequeathed $2 million to Rutgers Law School to create an endowment that will provide scholarships for law students and provide stipends for those engaged in public interest work.

In addition to this generous gift, Hinkle has also established several pro bono initiatives at the law school.  In the Planning Estates Pro Bono project, Hinkle and students are preparing end-of-life documents for elders with low income.  Furthermore, Hinkle has expanded the perspective of future lawyers by partnering with the Rutgers School of Social Work to establish a series of lectures on Medicaid that he taught with a social work instructor for graduate social work and law students.  In 2014, he received the Rutgers University–Camden Chancellor’s Award for Civic Engagement.