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2005-2006 Law Catalog 
    
2005-2006 Law Catalog [ARCHIVED BULLETIN]

Faculty


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Administrators

 

Academic Chairs and Distinguished Professorships


Legal Writing Faculty

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Barbara S. Barron
Professor of Legal Research and Writing
B.A., State University of New York at Albany
M.A., Columbia University
J.D., Hofstra University

Ms. Barron, a former assistant district attorney in the District Attorney’s Office for New York County, has practiced extensively in the areas of commercial and matrimonial litigation on both the trial and appellate levels. Before attending law school, Ms. Barron was a Russian linguist with the Department of Defense.

Ms. Barron is a co-director of the Hofstra Moot Court Program, team leader in the Hofstra Trial Techniques Program, co-director of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy’s Northeast Regional Program, and has been a member of the Master Advocates Program for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy.

Kathleen M. Beckett
Professor of Legal Research and Writing
B.A., Goucher College
J.D., Fordham University

Prior to joining the Hofstra faculty, Ms. Beckett was a civil litigator in trial and appellate courts as a member of the New York firm of McCoy, Agoglia, Beckett & Fassberg. She has contributed articles on medical malpractice and trial techniques in negligence cases to publications of the New York State Bar Association, Practising Law Institute and journals for practitioners. Her publications include “Settlement of a Medical Malpractice Case,” chapter 9, Medical Malpractice (1990) and “Presentation of Medical Proof in Medical Malpractice Cases,” chapter 16, Medical Malpractice (1992). She has also served as a lecturer in C.L.E. programs for practicing attorneys sponsored by the New York State Bar Association; as an attorney panelist for the Medical Malpractice Panel of the Supreme Court of the State of New York; and as special appellate counsel to the Nassau County Attorney. She is a member of the American and New York State Bar Associations.

Scott Fruehwald
Professor of Legal Research and Writing
B.A., J.D., University of Louisville
M.A., University of North Carolina
Ph.D., City University of New York
LL.M., S.J.D., University of Virginia

Before coming to Hofstra, Mr. Fruehwald taught legal writing, appellate advocacy, legislation, advanced civil procedure, jurisprudence and legal ethics at the law schools of the University of Alabama and Roger Williams University. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of Louisville School of Law, where he was editor-in-chief of the law review. Mr. Fruehwald earned an LL.M. and S.J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law. He practiced law in Louisville, Kentucky for five years, concentrating on commercial litigation and bankruptcy. Mr. Fruehwald has published several articles in law reviews on choice of law, constitutional law, statutory analysis, bankruptcy and copyright. Greenwood Press published his book Choice of Law for American Courts: A Multilateralist Method in 2001.

Susan H. Joffe
Visiting Assistant Professor of Legal Writing and Research
B.A., Herbert H. Lehman College (CUNY)
M.A., State University of New York at Stony Brook
J.D., Hofstra University

Susan Joffe joins the faculty as a visiting assistant professor of legal writing and research. Professor Joffe earned her law degree with distinction from Hofstra University School of Law, where she graduated first in her class and served as articles editor of the Law Review. Following graduation, Professor Joffe clerked for federal District Judge Reena Raggi (currently a member of the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit). Professor Joffe has practiced extensively in the areas of labor and employment law and employee benefits. She has been associated with the New York firms Paul, Weiss, Rifkind Wharton and Garrison and, most recently, Holland & Knight, LLP. Professor Joffe has participated in presentations concerning the arbitration of employment claims, privacy in the workplace and the Family and Medical Leave Act and has written about the tax implications of agreements settling employment discrimination claims, the Family and Medical Leave Act and employee benefit issues. Before starting her legal career, Professor Joffe taught English Composition and Literature at the college level.

Barbara A. Lukeman
Assistant Professor of Legal Research and Writing
B.A., Hofstra University
J.D., Hofstra University School of Law

Barbara Lukeman’s practice concentrates on commercial and complex tort matters pending in state and federal courts. Ms. Lukeman has prepared research memoranda, memoranda of law, and pleadings on various subjects including personal injury matters and product liability defense. While attending law school, Ms. Lukeman was Managing Editor of Articles for the Hofstra Law Review. Ms. Lukeman was also a member of Hofsta Law School’s Local and National Moot Court Teams.

Amy R. Stein
Professor of Legal Research and Writing
B.A., Tufts University
J.D., Fordham University

Prior to coming to Hofstra, Ms. Stein was the director of continuing legal education at Touro Law Center, where she was responsible for establishing the school’s CLE department. After graduating from law school, Ms. Stein was an associate with Lord Day & Lord, Barrett Smith, practicing in the area of civil litigation. Ms. Stein continued her career as a civil litigator at the firms of Schoeman, Updike & Kaufman, LLP, and Goldstein & Avrutine. She is a council member of the American Association of Law School’s CLE Committee, and a member of the Law School Committee of the Association of Continuing Legal Education Administrators. She is also a member of the Nassau and Suffolk County Bar Associations.

Christine C. Verity
Visiting Professor of Legal Research and Writing
B.S., Cornell University
J.D., Boston College Law School

Prior to coming to Hofstra Law School, Christine Verity taught legal research and writing at Tulane Law School. She graduated magna cum laude from Boston College Law School in 1998 and immediately thereafter began practicing law as a litigation associate in New York City. While in New York City, Ms. Verity was associated with the law firms of Clifford Chance and Stroock & Stroock & Lavan. She counseled a diverse range of both public and private sector clients on a variety of matters, including antitrust, securities, trusts and estates, and libel law. Ms. Verity also gained extensive experience in large and complex litigation, including the representation of Kuwait before the United Nations Compensation Commission for environmental damage resulting from the first Gulf War.

Clinical Instructors

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Lynn Anders
Associate Clinical Professor and Attorney-in-Charge, Mediation Clinic
A.B., Dartmouth College
J.D., University of Washington

Lynn Anders focused her law school studies on mediation, and since graduating law school in 1990 has worked with a wide variety of mediation programs as a practitioner and administrator. She worked under a grant from Yale Law School to implement a mediation training and referral program in Connecticut for Americans with Disabilities Act cases, in conjunction with a community mediation program and the state Human Rights Commission. Ms. Anders administered a small business-consumer mediation program for a Better Business Bureau office, and directed district court and public school peer mediation programs for a regional community mediation center. Ms. Anders was on the program staff of CDR Associates, a premier national conflict management firm, where she provided support on a broad spectrum of organizational, public policy, environmental and international cases, including facilitation for a Colorado state task force on air pollution regulations and for a national citizens dialogue on the role of money in politics. Ms. Anders most recently worked as a licensing attorney, negotiating software licenses for a software development company.

Marcia Levy
Clinical Professor of Law, Assistant Dean for Skills Programs
B.S., State University of New York at Albany
J.D., Northwestern School of Law, Lewis & Clark College

Before joining the University of Denver College of Law as director of clinical programs, Marcia Levy spent a decade as a clinical law professor at the Rutgers University Law School implementing and teaching in a program that taught students how to represent indigent clients charged with petty offenses and most recently as the Director of Clinical Programs and Assistant Professor at University of Denver Sturm College of Law.

In 2001, Levy was named the first director of the Eric Neisser Public Interest Program, dedicated to educating students about-and providing opportunities in-public interest law. She was project director for two international programs that developed clinical education abroad: the Rutgers/Russia NISCUPP grant, which linked Rutgers with three law faculties in Samara, Russia; and an ABA CEELI grant, which linked Rutgers with a law faculty in Novi Sad, Serbia.

Levy spent fall 2000 as the ABA CEELI clinical law specialist in Russia. The following spring, she was named associate director of Columbia Law School’s Public Interest Law Initiative in Transitional Societies (PILI), where she worked to develop clinical legal education in Russia and Central and East Europe.

Levy is an expert in pre-trial and trial advocacy training. She serves as the Associate Dirctor for Public and Public Service Programs for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA), in addition to teaching and serving as a Program Director in a variety of NITA programs. She created the Intensive Pre-trial and Trial Program for Rutgers law students, and has worked with faculty in Chile, Ecuador and currently, in China, to develop programs to teach oral advocacy skills. Levy is the Chair Elect of the AALS Section on Pro Bono and Public Service Opportunities and on the Executive Committee of the AALSA Section on Clinical Legal Education.

Levy’s former positions include serving as assistant federal defender for The Legal Aid Society Federal Defender Services Office in the Eastern District of New York, and three years as staff attorney with The Legal Aid Society Prisoners’ Rights Project. She received her JD from Lewis and Clark College, Northwestern School of Law, in 1980, and her BS from the State University of New York at Albany.

Theo Liebmann
Clinical Professor and Attorney-in-Charge, Child Advocacy Clinic
B.A., Yale University
J.D., Georgetown University

Professor Liebmann has directed the Hofstra Child Advocacy Clinic since its inception. In his capacity as Attorney-in-Charge, he trains law students to advocate on behalf of children caught up in the child welfare system. Professor Liebmann and his students have represented scores of children in cases involving physical abuse, sexual abuse and neglect. Prior to his current position at Hofstra, Professor Liebmann was a lawyer for children in maltreatment and juvenile delinquency cases at the Manhattan office of the Legal Aid Society’s Juvenile Rights Division. Aside from his work on behalf of young clients in the courtroom, Professor Liebmann created the law education component of the Andrew Glover Youth Program, a community-based center for at-risk youth on the Lower East Side of New York City, and has written on the ethical barriers to inter-disciplinary work among attorneys and mental health professionals in child maltreatment cases.

Professor Liebmann has also worked on behalf of victims of discrimination, and defendants in criminal cases. He was one of the original staff members of the Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem, a cutting-edge model of neighborhood-based criminal representation, and has investigated and assessed discrimination claims for the New York City Commission on Human Rights. Professor Liebmann is an Associate Editor for the Family Court Review, serves as the Associate Director for Hofstra’s Center for Children, Families and the Law, and is a member of the New York City Bar Committee on Children and the Law, where he has chaired CLE training programs on interviewing and counseling child clients.

Kathyrn E. Stein
Associate Clinical Professor and Attorney-in-Charge, Criminal Justice Clinic
B.A., Boston University
J.D., Albany Law School of Union University

Before coming to Hofstra Law School in June 2000, Kathryn Stein was associated with Feldman, Rudy, Kirby & Farquharson, P.C., a law firm in Nassau County, investigating and litigating against first-party property insurance claims predicated upon fraud or arson. Prior to joining Feldman, Rudy, Ms. Stein maintained her own law practice representing clients at both the trial and appellate levels. While in private practice, Ms. Stein was appointed as Administrative Law Judge for the New York City Department of Finance. In that capacity, she presided over hearings on parking violations in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Staten Island. During that time period, Ms. Stein also taught Criminal Law as an Adjunct Professor at Brooklyn College. Before opening her law practice, Ms. Stein was an Assistant District Attorney in Kings County. As an A.D.A., Ms. Stein prosecuted felony jury trials in State Supreme Court, supervised subordinate prosecutors in the Early Case Assessment Bureau, and represented the People of the State of New York on appellate matters before the Second Judicial Department of the Appellate Division. Kathryn Stein graduated cum laude from Albany Law School of Union University in 1991, and magna cum laude from Boston University in 1987.

Lauris Wren
Associate Clinical Professor and Attorney-in-Charge, Political Asylum Clinic
B.A., Williams College
J.D., Columbia University

Lauris Wren, a Williams College and Columbia University Law School graduate, started the Political Asylum Clinic at Hofstra University School of Law. Previously, she was the director of the Refugee Assistance Program at the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, where she recruited, trained, and supervised pro bono attorneys in the representation of immigrants applying for political asylum. Ms. Wren also worked for several years at the Central American Refugee Center (CARECEN) in Hempstead, New York, representing Central Americans in political asylum and cancellation of removal cases, as well as with the Criminal Appeals Bureau of the Legal Aid Society in New York, New York.

Attempting to assist the victims of human rights abuses abroad as well as domestically, Ms. Wren has worked with many human rights organizations in Mexico and Central America and has participated in human rights missions in various areas of the world. She worked intensively with immigrant victims of the terrorist attacks in New York and also has assisted immigrant communities affected by Special Registration and other policies passed in the wake of the terrorist attacks.

Adjunct Faculty

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Robert Abrams
Special Professor of Law
B.A., City University of New York
J.D., Hofstra University School of Law

Professor Abrams, since 1990, has been the Managing Attorney for the international law firm, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP. Professor Abrams began his legal career as a matrimonial litigator for the law firm of Stanford G. Lotwin, P.C. Professor Abrams is a former committee member of the Commercial and Federal Litigation Section of the New York State Bar Association and is a member of the Managing Attorneys Association located in New York City. Professor Abrams also hosts an annual lecture for the New York State Managing Attorneys’ and Clerks’ Association with Professor David Siegel.

The Honorable Leonard B. Austin
Special Professor of Law
B.A., Georgetown University
J.D., Hofstra University

Justice Leonard B. Austin is a graduate of Georgetown University in 1974 and Hofstra University School of Law in 1977. Justice Austin engaged in the private practice of law until his election to the Supreme Court Bench in the Tenth Judicial District in 1998.

In his private practice, Justice Austin focused primarily on complex commercial litigation, matrimonial and family matters, personal injury and real estate matters. In 1980 and 1981, he served as counsel to the Speaker of the New York State Assembly. In that capacity, he was assigned as counsel to the Agriculture and Commerce and Industry Committees.

Since his elevation to the Bench, Justice Austin has been assigned to a Dedicated Matrimonial Part in Suffolk County (1999) and a Dedicated Matrimonial and Commercial Part in Nassau County (2000). In October 2000, and continuing to the present time, Justice Austin has been assigned full time to a Dedicated Commercial Part.

Justice Austin currently serves on the Office of Court Administration’s Matrimonial Practice and Commercial Division Curriculum Committees. He is a member of the New York State, Florida, Nassau County, Suffolk County, and New York State Women’s Bar Associations.

Over the years, Justice Austin has authored several articles dealing with Equitable Distribution and New York City’s Forfeiture Law. Recently, he authored an article in the Banking Law Journal entitled The Impact of New York’s Commercial Division on Bank Litigation.

R. Glenn Bauer
Special Professor of Law
B.S., Yale University
J.D., University of Michigan

Professor Bauer has practiced as a specialist in admiralty and maritime law for more than 40 years in New York City with the firm of Haight, Gardner, Poor & Havens, and has often been called upon to serve as an arbitrator in marine arbitrations. He has been an active member and committee chair in the Maritime Law Association of the United States and the American Bar Association Section of International Law and Practice. He has written extensively in the field of charter parties and carriage of goods by sea, and recently co-authored the fourth edition of The Law of Demurrage.

Richard C.E. Beck
Special Professor of Law
B.A., University of Chicago
Ph.D., University of Chicago
J.D., Yale Law School
LL.M., New York University (Taxation)

Professor Beck holds a Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of Chicago, and taught Sanskrit and Historical Linguistics at Brown University from 1970-1977. After graduating from Yale Law School in 1980, he practiced law in New York CIty at Cleary Gottlieb and at Rogers and Wells, and earned at the same time his LL.M. in Taxation from NYU in 1984. He began teaching law at the University of Denver where he taught in the Graduate Tax Program from 1985 - 1987. Since then, Professor Beck has been teaching at New York Law School, where he is Co-Director of the Graduate Tax Program. He has taught, in addition to Individual Tax, courses in Tax Policy, Partnership Tax, Corporate Tax, and International Tax. He is a frequent Visiting Professor at the University of Paris I (Pantheon). Professor Beck is co-author of a Casebook on Taxation of Business Enterprises, and has published numerous articles in the field of individual taxation. He is a member of the ABA Tax Section, and of the New York City and State Bar Associations, as well as the European Association of Tax Law Professors.

Richard Bock
Special Professor of Law
B.A., Syracuse University
J.D., Hofstra University

Richard Bock is a field attorney at the Brooklyn regional office of the National Labor Relations Board where he investigates and litigates unfair labor practice charges and complaints. At the NLRB, Mr. Bock specializes in strike, secondary boycott and picketing cases, having received three performance awards for his work. As a student at Hofstra University School of Law, Mr. Bock was the winner of a Best Oral Advocate Award at the Robert F. Wagner National Labor Law Moot Court Competition and the Long Island Industrial Relations Research Association’s Charles Fallabella Award for excellence in the study of labor and industrial relations, and served as managing editor of articles for the Hofstra Labor Law Journal.

Lawrence J. Brennan
Special Professor of Law
B.S., St. Joseph’s College (PA)
M.S., Hofstra University
J.D., St. John’s University

Professor Brennan is a family court judge for Nassau County. Prior to his election in 1996, he was chief deputy county attorney for litigation and appeals for Nassau County as well as co-chair of the Nassau County Americans with Disabilities Act Compliance Committee. Previously, he had been a civil trial lawyer in private practice and an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association and the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York. He received the 1997 Roscoe Pound Foundation “Award for Excellence in Teaching Trial Advocacy as an Adjunct,” one of the most prestigious national teaching awards in legal academia. Professor Brennan is a former director of the Nassau County Bar Association. Among many other positions, he is currently co-chair of the Nassau County Inter-Disciplinary Forum for Law, Mental Health, Medicine and Education; president of the Theodore Roosevelt American Inn of Court; a director of the Nassau-Suffolk Trial Lawyers Association; and a director of the Nassau County Sports Commission.

Andrez Carberry
Special Professor of Law
B.A., State University of New York at Stony Brook
M.A., State University of New York at Stony Brook
J.D., Hofstra University

Andrez Carberry is an Assistant Corporate Counsel in the Labor and Employment Division at the New York City Law Department. In this highly specialized Division, he represents the City in State and Federal Courts and several administrative agencies. He was formally the North East (including Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands) Regional Chair of the United States Student Association and a state and nationwide lobbyist on higher educational issues. While at Hofstra, he was the captain of two National Moot Court Teams, a member of the first place Long Island Moot Court Team, Editor-In-Chief of the Hofstra Moot Court Association and Director of the Unemployment Action Center. Andrez was also the recipient of the Deborah Sloyer Memorial Scholarship in Trial Advocacy, the William Eric Goldberg Scholarship and the Pro Bono Service Award of Excellence.

Joel L. Carr
Special Professor of Law
B.A., Williams College
LL.B., Yale University

Professor Carr was formerly a partner at the New York City law firm of Patterson, Belknap, Webb & Tyler, where he concentrated in general corporate practice. He has served as in-house, general and corporate counsel for a number of publicly held companies. He served four terms as mayor of the Incorporated Village of Saltaire, New York and has been elected justice of the Village’s Justice Court. Professor Carr is an active member of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York and the Nassau County Bar Association.

Jean M. Carsey
Special Professor of Law
B.A., Hartwick College
M.A., J.D., American University

Professor Carsey has been an assistant district attorney in the Office of the New York County District Attorney since 1990. She began her career in the Trial Division, rising from criminal court prosecutor to homicide prosecutor. In 1996 she was appointed to the position of criminal court supervisor in the Trial Bureau. From 1997 to 1999, she was director of legal training, responsible for the training of more than 500 attorneys. In 1999 she was appointed to her current position of deputy bureau chief, and is responsible for supervising 50 attorneys in all phases of criminal investigation and litigation. Professor Carsey is a former member of the Criminal Advocacy Committee of the New York City Bar Association and the Training Committee of the New York State District Attorney’s Association.

Bruce G. Clark
Special Professor of Law
B.A., Colgate University
J.D., Columbia University

Professor Clark is the senior partner at Bruce G. Clark & Associates. For the last 25 years he has specialized in representing plaintiffs in medical malpractice actions. He was trial counsel to the plaintiffs in the Estate of Andy Warhol v. New York Hospital et al., and is the author of numerous legal articles, as well as two novels, as yet unpublished. He has participated in the NITA and Practising Law Institute and Emory Law School trial advocacy programs and has lectured at St. John’s Law School and the New York Academy of Trial Lawyers.

J. Scott Colesanti
Special Professor of Law
B.A., Adelphi University
J.D., Fordham University School of Law
LL.M., New York University

Scott Colesanti worked for the New York Stock Exchange for over 10 years, first as Trial Counsel for its Division of Enforcement and then as Counsel to its General Counsel’s Office. He has published several articles on the regulation/prosecution of securities fraud. Mr. Colesanti previously taught Securities Regulation at the St. Louis University School of Law. He is an arbitrator for both the New York Stock Exchange and the National Association of Securities Dealers, and is admitted to the Bars of New York, Missouri, and Washington, D. C. He has served an appointment to the Corporate Law Committee, Association of the Bar of the City of New York, and has authored numerous “comment letters” on securities industry rule changes and initiatives. Mr. Colesanti is a Senior Compliance Attorney for Edward D. Jones & Co., L.P.

Leonard J. Connolly
Special Professor of Law
B.A., St. Francis College
J.D., Cornell University

Professor Connolly is a retired senior partner in the New York office of Dechert LLP where he specialized in mergers and acquisitions, securities regulation, corporate reorganization, and general commercial and finance law. For several years Professor Connolly was the partner in charge of the firm’s technology program.

Professor Connolly has written widely in the areas of mergers and acquisitions and securities regulation. His article on the landmark case Perlman v. Feldman was anthologized by the ABA Section of Corporation, Banking and Business Law in “Selected Articles on Corporate Law.”

Professor Connolly is the Village Justice of the Incorporated Village of Lattingtown.

Charles M. Davidson
Special Professor of Law
M.I.A., Columbia University
LL.M., New York University

Professor Davidson is engaged in private practice with the international law firm of Baker & McKenzie. His practice involves international and domestic arbitrations, mediations, and complex commercial litigations in state and federal courts. Professor Davidson holds an LL.M. degree in trade regulation from New York University School of Law and an M.I.A. degree in international business from Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs.

Steven M. Davis
Special Professor of Law
B.S., Syracuse University
J.D., Hofstra University
LL.M., New York University

Steven Davis is the international tax director at Loral Space & Communications Ltd., where he is responsible for all international tax matters regarding the company, its domestic and foreign subsidiaries, affiliates and joint-venture companies, and its registered foreign branches. He was formerly a tax associate in the New York City office of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, L.L.P., and prior to that, a member of the International Tax Consulting Group in the New York City office of Coopers & Lybrand. Mr. Davis was a member of the Hofstra Law Review.

The Honorable Sandra J. Feuerstein
Special Professor of Law
B.S., University of Vermont
J.D., Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law

Justice Sandra J. Feuerstein was appointed to the Appellate Division, Second Department in 1999 by Governor George Pataki, making her the first woman to be appointed from the Tenth Judicial District. She was elected to the New York State Supreme Court in 1993. Judge Feuerstein served as a Nassau County District Court Judge for six years prior to becoming a Supreme Court Justice. Prior to becoming a judge, Sandra Feuerstein was law secretary to the Administrative Judge of Nassau County, Leo F. McGinity. She also served as the Nassau County Supreme Court Matrimonial Referee. Judge Feuerstein is a member of the Nassau County Women’s Bar Association where she has served as president, and the New York State Women’s Bar Association where she has served as vice-president. She has received numerous awards and honors, including 1992 “Judge of the Year Award,” Court Officers’ Benevolent Association; “Directors Award” and “Pro Bono Award,” Nassau County Bar Association; “Achievers Award,” American Jewish Congress and Long Island Center for Business and Professional Women “Pathfinders Award”; and “Humanitarian Award,” Education Assistance Corp.

Robert A. Fippinger
Special Professor of Law
B.A., Duke University
M.A., Northwestern University
J.D., University of Michigan Law School
Ph.D., Northwestern University

Robert A. Fippinger is a partner in the New York office of the law firm Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, LLP, and has practiced in the law of public finance since 1970. In 1969, after receiving his undergraduate degree from Duke University and his law degree from the University of Michigan Law School, he received a Ph.D. from Northwestern University in its law and politics program.

Mr. Fippinger is an adjunct professor at New York University Law School where he teaches the securities law of public finance and was a visiting lecturer in law at Yale University Law School where he taught the law of public finance for a four-year period.

Mr. Fippinger specializes in the federal securities law of public finance, speaking and writing frequently on this topic. He is the author of a treatise titled “The Securities Law of Public Finance” that is updated annually. His clients are typically investment bankers underwriting securities or facing regulatory and compliance issues with the SEC.

John K. Friedman
Special Professor of Law
B.A., State University of New York
J.D., Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law

Professor Friedman has more than 15 years of experience in the telecommunications and networking industries, and seven years as an attorney. Currently in private practice in New York City, Professor Friedman represents corporations in both regulatory and transactional issues. Prior to this, he served as president, chief operating officer and general counsel of Empire One Telecommunications, a provider of local, long distance and data services to Chinese- and Russian-speaking users in the United States. He is the secretary, treasurer and a board member of the New York State Targeted Accessibility fund, created by the New York State Public Service Commission to administer and fund New York State’s universal telecommunications services initiatives, its 911/E911 systems and its services for the hearing impaired.

Cecilia L. Gardner
Special Professor of Law
B.A., Smith College
J.D., Hofstra University

Cecilia Gardner is currently employed as the executive director and general counsel of the Jewelers Vigilance Committee, an international, not-for-profit trade association that provides self-regulation and enforcement of federal and state statutes pertaining to the manufacture, sale and advertising of jewelry. Prior to her appointment at the JVC, Ms. Gardner was an assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, handling numerous complex and sensitive criminal prosecutions, often in an international setting. Prior to coming to the Eastern District, she worked as a special attorney in the Organized Crime and Racketeering Section of the United States Department of Justice in Newark, New Jersey, and Miami, Florida, and also worked for the New York City Department of Investigation, investigating allegations of official corruption.

Elayne E. Greenberg
Special Professor of Law
B.A. Cum Laude Brooklyn College
M.S. Brooklyn College
Certificate Education Administration Hofstra University
J.D. Magna Cum Laude Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center

Ms. Greenberg is a mediator, dispute resolution system consultant, parent coordinator, collaborative attorney and parent educator who has developed programs, trained, written and lectured nationally on the subject of mediation, conflict management, negotiations, parent coordination and parent education. She has been selected as one of the Best Lawyers in America in the area of Alternative Dispute Resolution for 2005 and 2006. Her areas of concentration include family mediation, domestic abuse, disability rights mediation, discrimination conflicts, attorney representation in mediation and ethics.

At present, Ms. Greenberg is in private practice and a Special Professor of Law at Hofstra Law School and Hofstra’s Graduate Program in Psychology. Her deep involvement in the field is evidenced by the innovative dispute resolution programs that she has developed and implemented including: court-connected custody and visitation mediation programs in Queens and Nassau Counties; a divorce mediation program for Catholic Charities in Nassau County; a client-focused system for a network of shelters for the homeless in New York designed to help transition those individuals living in shelters to independent living; a parenting coordination program in Nassau County; and a parent education program in Queens. She has served as Chair of the New York State Bar Association Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution, and as a member of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC) Advisory Council; Editorial Board of the Family Court Review; board and founding member of the NY Chapter of AFCC; and founding member and co-chair of the Parenting Coordinator’s Association of NY.

Ms. Greenberg’s publications include “Humanizing Divorce or Business As Usual,” in the Fordham Urban Law Journal, “Mediation in Domestic Relation Matters,” in the Annual Survey of Matrimonial Law; “The Role of ADR in Preparing and Trying the Civil Lawsuit” in “Preparing For And Trying the Civil Lawsuit (2nd Ed.), and “Decision Tree Analysis in Custody Conflicts” in “Creative Problem Solver’s Handbook for Negotiators and Mediators” Volume Two.

Edward J. Groarke
Special Professor of Law
B.A., St. Francis College
M.A., Brooklyn College
J.D., St. John’s University
LL.M. (Labor Law), New York University
LL.M. (General Studies), New York University

Professor Groarke was a deputy Nassau County attorney and associate at the New York City law firm of Brady & Tarpey, P.C., prior to becoming an associate and then partner with Colleran, O’Hara & Mills, Garden City, New York. He has a broad civil litigation background with a specialty in labor and employee benefits law in both the public and private sector.

Emanuel B. Halper
Special Professor of Law
B.A., City University of New York
J.D., Columbia University

Emanuel B. Halper is a real estate consultant and attorney. He served as a partner and later as senior partner of the New York City law firm Zissu Berman Halper & Gumbinger from 1966 through 1987, and still maintains a relationship with the firm as counsel. Currently a member of the Supervisory Council of the ABA’s Real Property, Probate & Trust Law Section, he also served as chairman of the Section’s Commercial and Industrial Leasing Group from 1986 to 1994. In 1976 the ABA awarded him a Certificate of Merit in recognition of a distinguished contribution to public understanding of the American system of law and justice. Professor Halper is the author of three books and more than 100 articles in professional journals.

Grant Hanessian
Special Professor of Law
B.A., University of Pennsylvania
J.D., New York University
LL.M., Columbia University

Professor Hanessian is a member of the international law firm of Baker & McKenzie. He concentrates his practice in international litigation and arbitration, as well as commercial litigation before federal and state courts. Professor Hanessian has handled arbitrations before the American Arbitration Association; the International Chamber of Commerce; the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal; the United Nations Compensation Commission, which is resolving claims against Iraq arising out of the Gulf War; and other forums. He writes frequently on international dispute resolution topics and is co-editor of The Gulf War Claims Reporter (International Law Institute/Kluwer). After receiving an LL.M. from Columbia University School of Law, Professor Hanessian clerked for Judge Dominick L. DiCarlo, U.S. Court of International Trade.

Robert C. Harris
Special Professor of Law
B.A., State University of New York at Stony Brook
J.D., New York University

Robert Harris is a graduate of New York University School of Law and has been practicing entertainment and intellectual property law in New York City for over 25 years. He is a founding partner of Lazarus & Harris LLP and represents clients in a broad range of entertainment media. He counsels and handles transactional matters for theatrical producers and creative personnel on various Broadway and Off-Broadway productions which have included Beauty and the Beast, Crazy for You, Jelly’s Last Jam, An Inspector Calls, Chicago, Cabaret, The Rocky Horror Show, Mamma Mia!, Movin’ Out and Monty Python’s Spamalot, represents writing and acting talent, and has represented film studios with respect to their grant or acquisition of stage rights in various properties. He represents publishers, authors, and agents in the publishing and theatrical fields, clients in independent film and television production, as well as clients in Internet commerce, and has extensive experience negotiating and drafting programming and network affiliation agreements for cable television. Mr. Harris counsels clients regarding the protection, licensing, acquisition, use and misuse of content in a broad range of contexts and media.

Mr. Harris has substantial experience in copyright and trademark law, including clearance, prosecution and licensing, and advises clients regarding ownership of copyright, licensing of copyrights, and analysis of rights under copyright in both traditional media and new media. In the area of trademarks, Mr. Harris advises clients regarding the selection and use of trademarks, service marks, Internet domain names and licensing agreements. He represents the heirs of both Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald with respect to trademark and merchandise licensing, and has done copyright and trademark enforcement and prosecution for a number of stage properties, including Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, and Miss Saigon. He also has extensive experience representing advertisers of children’s products.

Mr. Harris is former Chairman of the Entertainment Law Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. He is a member of the American Bar Association Section of Intellectual Property Law and has chaired its Subcommittee on Copyright Formalities, and is a member of the Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Section of the New York State Bar Association. Mr. Harris is also a member of the Professional Advisory Board of the Cardozo Arts & Entertainment Law Journal, and has appeared as a guest commentator on Court TV. He has also lectured for Practising Law Institute.

Richard Herzbach
Special Professor of Law
B.A., University of Cincinnati
J.D., Hofstra University

Professor Herzbach is a partner at the firm of Certilman Balin Adler & Hyman, LLP, which specializes in cooperative, condominium and community association law. He was a member of Hofstra Law School’s inaugural class. He was formerly an assistant attorney general in the New York State Attorney General’s Office. There he gained his expertise at the New York state agency responsible for registering and enforcing public offering statements for all types of community associations that are offered for sale in and from New York State. He is a member of the Committee of Cooperatives and Condominiums of the New York State Bar Association, in which he chairs the Subcommittee on Home Owners’ Associations. He is also a member of the New York State Attorney General Condominium Act Task Force.

Steven A. Horowitz
Special Professor of Law
B.A., J.D., M.B.A., Hofstra University

Steven A. Horowitz is a partner at the firm of Moritt, Hock, Hamroff & Horowitz, LLP. His practice concentrates on tax, estate and business planning; corporate and partnership taxation; charitable planned giving; pension and benefit plans; drafting qualified and nonqualified employee benefit plans; executive compensation planning; and Internal Revenue Service compliance and controversy. Professor Horowitz is a nationally published columnist, author and frequent speaker on topics related to estate and tax planning, executive compensation, charitable planned giving, qualified and nonqualified retirement planning and asset protection preservation, and life insurance.

Sandra J. Kaplan, M.D.
Special Professor of Law
B.S., George Washington University
M.D., Temple University School of Medicine

Dr. Kaplan is associate chairman of the Department of Psychiatry for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at North Shore Hospital, Manhasset, New York, and Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, New York University School of Medicine. Her responsibilities include the management of academic medical center child and adolescent psychiatric services, training programs and research efforts. While leading the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry of North Shore University Hospital, she has had the opportunity to develop mental health services and research studies of children and parents in violent families. These efforts have also lead to her national professional advocacy and educational efforts regarding family violence and mental health.

Dr. Kaplan’s specialty certification includes being a diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in General and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and of the American Board of Pediatrics.

Her professional organizational efforts include: chairmanship status of the Committee on Family Violence and Sexual Abuse of the American Psychiatric Association; membership of the Steering Committee, National Advisory Council on Family Violence of the American Medical Association; membership of the Women’s Health Advisory Panel of the American Medical Association; and membership representing the Department of Psychiatry of the New York University School of Medicine on the Interdisciplinary Forum of Mental Health and Family Law (New York State). Research grants awarded to Dr. Kaplan include being the principal investigator of the National Institute of Mental Health Grant “Psychopathology, Suicidal Behavior and Adolescent Abuse.”

Her publications include numerous journal articles and book chapters, and the co-editorship of the “Child Abuse Volume” of the Child and Adolescent Clinics of North America, October 1994, W.B. Saunders, Philadelphia PA, and the editorship of Family Violence: A Clinical and LegalGuide, American Psychiatric Press Inc., 1996.

Maureen C. Kessler
Director of Part-Time Programs and Graduate Admissions
& Special Professor of Law
B.A., Queens College of the City University of New York
J.D., St. John’s University School of Law
M.Div., Union Theological Seminary

Maureen spent over 22 years as Vice President and Associate General Counsel of Goldman, Sachs & Co. Her primary responsibilities involved providing advice on securities law matters to both management and more than 300 salespersons. Prior to commencing her career at Goldman Sachs, Maureen spent four years as a corporate associate in the New York firm of Kelley, Drye & Warren. While working at Goldman Sachs, Maureen returned to school and received a Masters of Divinity Degree from Union Theological Seminary. Maureen is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, and currently acts as a chaplain for the Nassau County Juvenile Detention Center.
Maureen teaches Corporate Finance and Legal Writing at the Law School as a special professor of law, and has also taught Legal Research, Writing and Appellate Advocacy at New York Law School.

Spencer D. Klein
Special Professor of Law
B.A., Pennsylvania State University
J.D., Hofstra University School of Law

Spencer Klein is a partner at Shearman & Sterling. He is located in the New York Office with firm’s mergers & acquisitions group. His practice includes representation of a broad range of clients in mergers, tender offers (friendly and contested), proxy contests, stock and asset acquisitions and divestitures, joint ventures and other significant corporate transactions, as well as general corporate advisory work. Mr. Klein regularly represents several leading domestic and multinational corporations across many industries in their mergers and acquisitions activities. He is a graduate of the Hofstra University School of Law and a former Editor-in-Chief of the Hofstra Law Review.

Gary F. Knobel
Special Professor of Law
B.A., State University of New York at Buffalo
J.D., DePaul University
LL.M., New York University

Gary F. Knobel is law clerk to Hofstra Law School alumnus and New York State Supreme Court Justice Anthony L. Parga. Mr. Knobel has also served as a law clerk and counselor to four other judges, all of whom were assigned to oversee civil cases. He researches and drafts more than 700 decisions annually, and is responsible for managing and conferencing a fluctuating caseload of 400 civil cases. In addition to his public service, Mr. Knobel was an attorney in New York University’s Office of Legal Counsel. Mr. Knobel has lectured on aspects of New York civil practice at the Nassau County Bar Association and the New York State Trial Lawyers Institute.

Lawrence Kurland
Special Professor of Law
B.E.E., New York University
J.D., Brooklyn Law School

Mr. Kurland is a member of the Committee on Patents, Trademark, and Copyrights of the American Bar Association and the Federal Bar Association of the New York Patent, Trademark and Copyright Law Association. He taught as Special Professor of Patent Law at Hofstra University School of Law from 1973 to 1978. He has published monographs on protection for computer software and protection under the Semiconductor Chip Protection Act of 1984. He worked as a patent examiner for the United States Patent and Trademark Office and as assistant patent counsel for the National Security Agency.

Alan Lambert
Special Professor of Law
M.D., SUNY Health Science Center of Brooklyn
J.D., Harvard University

Dr. Lambert is a partner at the law firm of Lifshutz, Polland & Associates, P.C., where he practices health care law. Dr. Lambert received his medical degree from SUNY Health Science Center of Brooklyn and completed his neurology training at Nassau County Medical Center. Upon completing residency training, he attended Harvard Law School where he was awarded a juris doctor cum laude. Dr. Lambert is a fellow of the American College of Legal Medicine. His legal research interests focus on managed health care and its impact on the traditional doctor-patient relationship from a legal and ethical perspective. He also lectures at hospitals on health law topics of interest to physicians.

Ivy Leibowitz
Special Professor of Law
B.A., Hofstra University
M.A., Queens College
P.D., Long Island University
J.D., Hofstra University

Ivy Leibowitz served as Senior Assistant Dean for Law Alumni Affairs and External Relations from 1992-97. Prior to that she was a Legal Research and Writing Instructor at Hofstra. She created the Pro Bono Student Lawyers Project, which pairs law students with members of the private bar and those working in the public sector to enhance the delivery of legal services to the poor. Before joining Hofstra’s faculty, Ms. Leibowitz clerked for Magistrate David F. Jordan of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York, and worked as a litigation associate with the Manhattan law firm of Schulte Roth & Zabel. While attending law school, she was articles editor of the Hofstra Law Review, student commencement speaker, and recipient of the Jonathan Falk Memorial Scholarship.

Richard G. Leland
Special Professor of Law
B.S., Cornell University
J.D., Hofstra University

Professor Leland is a partner in the New York City law firm of Rosenman & Colin LLP, where he chairs the firm’s Environmental Practice Group. He has extensive experience in regulatory and litigation matters involving a wide range of environmental law issues and now concentrates on litigation, land use and providing environmental counseling in corporate and real estate matters.

Lewis R. Mandel
Special Professor of Law
A.B., Cornell University
J.D., Albany Law School of Union University
LL.M., New York University

Professor Mandel is a special trial attorney in the Office of the Chief Counsel, Internal Revenue Service, Brooklyn District Counsel Office. He has extensive experience litigating cases before the United States Tax Court and in all areas of the law of taxation. He was formerly engaged in the private practice of law in the trusts and estates and real estate areas.

Patrick L. McCloskey
Special Professor of Law
B.A., Villanova University
J.D., St. John’s University

Professor McCloskey is the executive assistant district attorney for administration of Nassau County. He is an experienced trial attorney, has taught for Hofstra’s Trial Techniques course as well as in the regional program of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy for the past 20 years, and is the author of Witness Examination (two volumes), Jury Selection and The Criminal Law Deskbook.

Michael E. McDermott
Special Professor of Law
B.S., St. John’s University
J.D., Southwestern University

Professor McDermott is a partner at Aaronson Rappaport Feinstein & Deutsch, LLP, and is the head of the firm’s health care department. His practice covers all areas of health care, and he has extensive experience in federal and state regulatory matters, managed care, hospital and physician risk management, transactional issues with respect to health care providers, including structuring delivery systems, reimbursement, conversions of corporate status, multispecialty physician groups, and sales of physician and other provider practices. Prior to joining Aaronson Rappaport, Professor McDermott was general counsel at a major New York City teaching hospital. He has lectured extensively in the area of health care and is a member of the New York and California Bars, and the American Health Lawyers Association.

Richard S. Missan
Special Professor of Law
B.A., LL.B., Yale University

Professor Missan practices law in New York City, with a special emphasis on corporate law, securities law, real estate law and litigation. He previously served as general counsel at Avis, Inc. He is active in the Association of the Bar of the City of New York and has chaired several subcommittees of the Association in the correctional law areas. Professor Missan is the revision author of Corporations, New York Practice Guide, Business and Commercial (Matthew Bender Co.) and is a member of the Panel of Mediators, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York.

Mathew Muraskin
Special Professor of Law
B.A., J.D., New York University
M.A., Cornell University

Professor Muraskin has been attorney-in-chief at the Nassau County Legal Aid Society since 1979. Prior to joining the Nassau County Legal Aid Society in 1966, Professor Muraskin was associate appellate counsel at the New York City Legal Aid Society and for a short time thereafter an assistant district attorney in the Queens County District Attorney’s Appeals Bureau. Professor Muraskin has briefed and/or argued more than 600 cases in the various federal and state appellate courts. Some of his more significant cases invalidated the wayward minor statute, obtained jury trials for youthful offenders, established the right of probation violators to appeal, and obtained for defense counsel the right to see presentence probation reports. In 1996 Professor Muraskin received the New York State Bar Association award for the delivery of defense services. Professor Muraskin has been an adjunct faculty member at Long Island University-C.W. Post, has lectured for the Practising Law Institute, was a member of the bishop of Rockville Centre’s Criminal Justice Commission, served on the County Executive’s Criminal Justice Blue Ribbon Panel and was a member of the External Review Committee of the New York State Commission of Correction. He is presently a member of the Nassau County Criminal Justice Coordinating Council, the advisory board of the Fund for Modern Courts, and the Appellate Practice and Criminal Law and Procedure Committees of the Nassau County Bar Association.

Neal R. Platt
Special Professor of Law
B.S., Cornell University
J.D., Hofstra University
LL.M., New York University

Professor Platt is a partner in the New York City firm of Shwal & Platt. He represents both domestic and international companies in the establishment and conduct of their United States operations, with particular emphasis on trademark and know-how licensing, distributorship and dealership arrangements, trademark registration and litigation, Internet domain-name selection and dispute resolution, and antitrust compliance. He represents companies involved in the acquisition of businesses owning substantial intellectual properties. He has also conducted numerous federal and state court litigations, as well as administrative proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board of the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Professor Platt was Managing Editor of the Hofstra Law Review, and has published in trademark and constitutional law.

Rona L. Platt
Special Professor of Law
B.S., Hofstra University
J.D., Hofstra University

Rona L. Platt is a Partner in Congdon, Flaherty, O’Callaghan, Reid, Donlon, Travis & Fishlinger’s Insurance Law Group and supervises that group. Ms. Platt concentrates her practice in insurance coverage, although her practice includes reinsurance, legal malpractice defense, commercial litigation and appellate work. She is responsible for trying cases as well as handling all aspects of appellate work. Among her recent reported decisions are Sommers v. Cohen, 14 A.D.3d 691, 790 N.Y.S.2d 141 (2nd Dept. 2005) and Liberty Mutual Insurance Company v. Trystate Mechanical, Inc., 15 A.D.3d 236, 790 N.Y.S.2d 433 (1st Dept. 2005).

Ms. Platt received her Juris Doctor Degree with Distinction from Hofstra University School of Law in 1994, where she was an associate editor of the Hofstra Law Review and a recipient of the prestigious Fortunoff Scholarship during all three years of her tenure.

The Honorable C. Raymond Radigan
Special Professor of Law
B.A., Brooklyn College
J.D., Brooklyn Law School

Judge Radigan serves as the judge of the Surrogate’s Court of Nassau County, New York. He has extensive experience in all aspects of estate practice, guardianship of the person and property of infants, conservatorship proceedings and adoptions. Judge Radigan writes frequently about issues concerning wills, trusts and estates. He is the author of Surrogate’s Forms With Commentary for Computer Use and co-author of the New York Estate Administration by Turano and Radigan. Judge Radigan serves as chairman of the Executive Committee of the Surrogates Association of the State of New York and is editor and author of Warren’s Heaton.

Richard Reichler
Special Professor of Law
B.A., J.D., Columbia University

Professor Reichler serves as counsel to Meltzer, Lipper, heading the Employee Benefits Group. Prior to joining the firm, he was vice president for tax planning and deputy general counsel at the Long Island Lighting Company (LILCO), responsible for all tax planning, including executive and employee compensation and benefits, audits and tax litigation. Most notably, he directed the tax planning involved in the $12 billion LILCO, LIPA, Brooklyn Union Gas transaction - one of the most complicated corporate tax transactions in recent times - including obtaining the critical IRS tax ruling needed to close the transaction. Prior to joining LILCO, Professor Reichler was a senior tax partner at the accounting firm of Ernst & Young. He is a member of the Bureau of National Affairs Tax Management Advisory Board, the International Fiscal Association and the Tax Executives Institute, as well as the tax section of the New York State Bar Association, where he has served on its Executive Committee.

Marc H. Rosenbaum
Special Professor of Law
B.A., Brooklyn College
M.A., Jurisprudence, Oxford University
J.D., Hofstra University

Professor Rosenbaum is currently the president and CEO of the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation, which manages and develops for the City of New York, the 264-acre industrial park on the former site of the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Prior to his current position, he practiced as a commercial litigator for 20 years; first as an associate at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, then as an assistant United States attorney for the Southern District of New York, and finally, as a member of the firm of Sharfman, Shanman, Poret & Siviglia, P.C. Professor Rosenbaum has on numerous occasions been a faculty member in the Northeast Deposition Programs of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy.

Ben B. Rubinowitz
Special Professor of Law
B.A., Boston University
J.D., Hofstra University

Ben Rubinowitz is a partner at the firm of Gair, Gair, Connason, Steigman & Mackauf, specializing in the areas of personal injury, medical malpractice and products liability litigation. Professor Rubinowitz has focused his career on the trial of major tort cases.

While a student at Hofstra University School of Law, Professor Rubinowitz was a member of the winning Northeast Regional Trial Team. He started his career as an assistant district attorney in Nassau County, New York. He has been active in teaching trial techniques and has taught at Harvard, Cardozo, Emory, Fordham and Pace Law Schools. Additionally, Professor Rubinowitz has been a team leader at the National Institute of Trial Advocacy and has been a member of N.I.T.A. National Program, Master Advocates Program and Florida Regional Program. He has lectured extensively and conducted training programs for a wide array of legal organizations. He was recently elected a fellow of the International Society of Barristers.

Sylvan J. Schaffer
Special Professor of Law
B.A., B.S., Yeshiva University
J.D., Columbia University
Ph.D., American University

Sylvan Schaffer is a licensed psychologist and attorney who serves as the clinical director of the Forensic Psychiatry Program for the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at North Shore University Hospital. He is also assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Dr. Schaffer is affiliated with the Lenox Hill Hospital Department of Psychiatry and the New York University School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry as a clinical associate professor. In addition, he is legal counsel to the N.Y. State Psychological Association as well as other mental health associations, universities and clinics. He is of counsel to the law firm of Feaster, Bruckman, Wohl, Most & Rothman. He practices in the areas of, and has written about, jury selection, risk management, family law, mental health law, professional discipline, mediation, forensic evaluations and expert testimony. Dr. Schaffer has a separate practice in psychotherapy.

Stephen W. Schlissel
Special Professor of Law
B.A., University of Pennsylvania
J.D., Harvard University

Professor Schlissel is a Senior Partner in the law firm of Meltzer, Lippe, Goldstein, Wolf, Schlissel & Sazer, P.C., where he oversees the Matrimonial Department. He is the author of a two-volume work, Separation Agreement and Marital Contracts (Michie Co.). He is Continuing Legal Education Chairman of the New York chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and the author of many articles.

Henry T. (Pat) Schwaeber
Special Professor of Law
B.S., J.D., New York University
CPA, State of New York

Professor Schwaeber is a consultant to the certified public accounting firm of David Berdon & Co, LLP. He founded Schwaeber Sloane Schulman & Co, PC, presently the lead firm in the Long Island division of David Berdon. He also founded H.T. Schwaeber, P.C., a law firm specializing in taxes, estate planning and financial planning. Mr. Schwaeber is a member of the New York State Bar Association, New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He is admitted to practice before both the Supreme Court and the Tax Court of the United States.

Jeffrey L. Seltzer
Special Professor of Law
B.S., University of Pennsylvania
J.D., Georgetown University

Jeffrey L. Seltzer is executive vice president and chief operating officer of Adirondack Trading Partners. Adirondack founded the International Securities Exchange, the first electronic options exchange in the United States, and is a market maker on the Exchange.

Previously, he was managing director and deputy chairman of CIBC World Markets Corp., one of the 20 largest brokers/dealers in the United States, where he was actively involved in the firm’s global capital markets, credit and wealth management businesses. He was the project manager for the acquisition and integration of the Oppenheimer & Co. brokerage into CIBC. He created, structured and negotiated CIBC’s sports co-branding programs with the New York Rangers, the Women’s Sports Foundation and Wayne Gretzky. Prior to his work at CIBC, Mr. Seltzer was a managing director at the Lehman Brothers investment firm and a securities lawyer in private practice in New York City. Mr. Seltzer is a faculty associate of the Merrill Lynch Center for the Study of International Financial Services and Markets of the Zarb School of Business and a member of the advisory board of the Huntsman Program in International Studies and Business at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He is also a member of the executive committee of the board of directors of the Nassau County Sports Commission. He was a vice chairman of the board of trustees of the Institute of International Bankers and also served as an adviser to the U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Trade Representative, U.S. Small Business Administration, Nassau County and the Republican National Committee, as well as numerous political campaigns.

Mr. Seltzer graduated from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1978 and the Georgetown University Law Center in 1981.

Jeffrey Silberfeld
Special Professor of Law
B.A., Princeton University
J.D., Hofstra University School of Law

Mr. Silberfeld practiced law for 13 years at Rivkin, Radler, Dunne & Bayh (now Rivkin Radler), with the last eight years as partner. Specializing in major products liability, insurance coverage, and environmental litigation, he represented clients such as Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company, The Dow Chemical Company, Pittsburgh Corning Corporation, and Commercial Union Insurance Company in trial and appellate courts in approximately 15 states. He retired from the practice of law in 1990 to pursue other interests, including writing and teaching. At Hofstra Law School, he has taught legal writing; appellate advocacy; legal interviewing, counseling, and negotiation; and pretrial skills.

Mark A. Silberman
Special Professor of Law
B.A., University of California, Santa Cruz
J.D., Hofstra University

Mark Silberman is the General Counsel to the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission. He is responsible for handling and/or overseeing all agency legal matters, including policy and regulatory initiatives, litigation, and environmental review for the largest municipal preservation commission in the country. Formerly a litigation associate at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison in the Environmental Law and General Litigation Groups, he represented private, nonprofit and government clients on a wide variety of environmental, civil and criminal matters. In the 1980’s, Mr. Silberman was a lobbyist for and the Managing Editor of Friends of the Earth, Washington, D.C. He is the author of numerous articles on historic preservation and environmental law.

Joseph R. Simone
Special Professor of Law
B.A., City University of New York
J.D., Fordham University
LL.M., New York University

Professor Simone is counsel to the New York law firm of Schulte Roth & Zabel and is chairperson of the firm’s employee benefits practice. His practice involves all areas of employee benefits law, including qualified and nonqualified employee benefit plans and deferred compensation arrangements. Professor Simone has served for the past 17 years as chairperson of the Practising Law Institute’s “Understanding ERISA” introductory program in employee benefits law. He has written and lectured extensively about employee benefit issues and has co-authored two employee benefit textbooks. He is a member of the Employee Benefit Committees of the ABA Tax Section and the New York State Bar Association. Professor Simone currently serves as a member of the American Arbitration Association Panel on Multiemployer Pension Plans.

William M. Skehan
Special Professor of Law
B.A., College of the Holy Cross
M.B.A., Rutgers University
J.D., Fordham University

William Skehan was a founding member of the New York Islanders Hockey Franchise when it was granted in 1972, and General Counsel of the team, as well as a member of the Board of Governors of the National Hockey League until his retirement. He has served on various National Hockey League Committees, and has assumed the position of General Counsel Emeritus of the New York Islanders since its sale in June 2000. Mr. Skehan also served as General Counsel of the Nets basketball team from 1972 until its sale and move to New Jersey in 1979.

Mr. Skehan, who is also a C.P.A., was a partner in a New York City C.P.A. firm until his retirement therefrom, and has previously been an Adjunct Professor of Taxation at Fordham University. He has conducted seminars on Taxation for the New York State Society of C.P.A.’s, guest lectured on Sports Law at Fordham, St. John’s & Touro Law Schools, and participated as a panelist in numerous sports conferences.

Daniel M. Sullivan
Special Professor of Law
B.A., University of Notre Dame
J.D., Syracuse University

Professor Sullivan has been an assistant district attorney in the Queens County District Attorney’s Office since 1979. He is currently the bureau chief of a Supreme Court Trial Bureau. He has extensive experience as a trial attorney and has personally tried murder cases exclusively since 1984. He holds a diploma in teaching advocacy skills from the National Institute of Trial Advocacy and has taught in the Hofstra Trial Techniques course and NITA’s regional program for more than 15 years. He is an instructor at the Police Defensive Tactics Institute. He has lectured at the American Women Self Defense Association annual conference (1991 - Investigation and prosecution of rape cases; 1999 - Current trends in the law regarding domestic violence), International Use of Force conference (1997), NYC Transit Police Detective Criminal Investigators course at John Jay College of Criminal Justice (1990), and Criminal Law Institute at St. John’s University College of Law (1987).

Reed W. Super
Special Professor of Law
B.A., Duke University
J.D., M.B.A., University of Virginia

Reed W. Super practices land use and environmental law on behalf of nonprofit organizations and citizens groups. In 1997, after working in the environmental litigation groups of several San Francisco law firms, he started his own solo environmental practice. He also serves as president and general counsel of the Environmental Education and Advocacy Council.

Peter J. Toren
Special Professor of Law
B.A., Bowdoin College
M.I.A., Columbia University
J.D., University of San Francisco

Mr. Toren is a partner with Brown & Wood LLP, in New York City, where he is co-head of the Intellectual Property Group. He specializes in patent, copyright, trademark, trade secret and cyberlaw litigation. Before entering private practice, Mr. Toren was one of the first trial attorneys with the Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section of the Criminal Division of the United States Department of Justice. While there, Mr. Toren was in charge of prosecutions for violations of copyright, trademark and trade secret law and the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. He is the author of numerous publications on a variety of intellectual property- and cyberlaw-related topics, a columnist and member of the advisory board of E-Commerce Law Journal, and is currently writing a book on intellectual property crimes.

Bennett J. Wasserman
Special Professor of Law
B.A., M.A., Hunter College
J.D., Hofstra University

Professor Wasserman graduated from Hofstra Law School in 1974. He was a member of the inaugural staff of the Hofstra Law Review and served as articles editor. After spending four years in the private law practice of the chairman of the National Commission on Product Safety, who was responsible for the authorship of the Consumer Product Safety Act, he went on to become a partner at the New York City law firm of Lipsig, Sullivan & Liapakis where he was a trial attorney litigating major tort cases in the area of product and professional liability.

He founded his own firm in 1984, and has become increasingly involved in matters concerning professional liability. He plays an active role in the ABA Standing Committee on Lawyer Liability and its Center for Professional Responsibility. He serves on the Malpractice Insurance Committee and Entire Controversy Doctrine Committees of the New Jersey State Bar Association. He is frequently called upon as an expert witness in legal malpractice cases, and has to his credit numerous reported decisions throughout the United States. In June of 1985, he received Hofstra Law School’s Distinguished Alumni Award.

Eric G. Waxman, III
Special Professor of Law
B.A., University of Virginia
J.D./M.B.A., New York University

Eric G. Waxman III, a partner in the firm of Phillips Nizer, LLP, concentrates in the areas of bankruptcy, financial institutions/insurer insolvency, and creditors’ rights, with particular emphasis on business reorganizations and debt restructuring/workouts. Mr. Waxman’s practice also focuses on assisting insurance companies and other financial institutions in maximizing recoveries in both out-of-court disputes and bankruptcy cases.

He serves as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center where he has taught Business Organizations, Secured Transaction, and Creditor’s Rights. He has been a panelist for National Business Institute’s Basic Bankruptcy in New York, and a guest lecturer in the Investment Banking course at Fordham University Graduate School of Business Administration.

Mr. Waxman served as Law Clerk for the Honorable John J. Galgay, Federal Bankruptcy Judge; was an attorney for the Department of Justice, Antitrust Division; and was a bankruptcy associate at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft in New York City.

He is the co-author of the following materials presented in conjunction with legal education programs: The Secured Lender in Bankruptcy Proceeding, Bankruptcy and Insolvency Considerations in Structure Finance Transactions and Borrower Solvency Concerns and co-author of “Basic Bankruptcy in New York” (National Business Institute, Inc., 1993).

Joel Weintraub
Special Professor of Law
A.B., Columbia University
M.D., Columbia University
J.D., Hofstra University

Dr. Weintraub teaches health law courses focusing on managed care, the doctor-patient relationship, Medicare and Medicaid. His background in both law and medicine provides a unique perspective for his teaching.

Dr. Weintraub was engaged in the private practice of ophthalmology on Long Island for over 30 years, and he continues to be active in the instruction of medical students, interns, and residents. He is the author of numerous articles on glaucoma, ocular inflammation, and myopia. He is a past president of the Long Island Ophthalmological Society and of the Section of Ophthalmology of the Nassau Academy of Medicine. He has served hospitals on Long Island as president of the medical staff, director of ophthalmology, and as a member of boards of trustees. He was the founding member and president of Long Island Ophthalmic Surgery Consultants, P.C.

Dr. Weintraub is also the Associate Director of Health Law Studies and will serve as co-director of a Hofstra conference in October of 2006 on the role of law in protecting the integrity of biomedical research.

Administrators

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Aaron D. Twerski
Dean and Professor of Law
A.B., Beth Medrash Elyon Talmudic Research Institute
B.S., University of Wisconsin
J.D., Marquette University School of Law

Professor Twerski is a preeminent authority in the areas of products liability and tort law. He was Co-Reporter for the American Law Institute’s Restatement of the Law (Third) Torts: Products Liability, published in 1998. For his distinguished performance as a Reporter, the ALI named him the R. Ammi Cutter Reporter. He is a prolific scholar, having published dozens of law review articles on torts and products liability law. Among his recent articles are those published in the Yale Law Journal, Cornell Law Review, New York University Law Review, Northwestern University Law Review, and the Georgetown Law Journal. He is also the author of the leading textbook, Products Liability: Problems and Process (4th ed. 2000) (with J. Henderson, Jr.). His expertise has been widely called upon by state and federal legislative bodies considering product liability and mass tort legislation, and he is a frequent lecturer to the practicing bar. He joined the faculty in 1986, after serving as Interim Dean at Hofstra University School of Law, where he taught for many years. He also taught at Duquesne University School of Law and was a Visiting Professor at Cornell, Boston University, and the University of Michigan law schools. His background also includes a teaching fellowship at Harvard Law School, and work as a trial attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice in its Civil Rights Division.

Marshall E. Tracht
Vice Dean and Professor of Law
B.A., Yale University
J.D., M.B.A., University of Pennsylvania

Professor Tracht has been a member of the faculty since 1994, teaching courses in property law, real estate finance, environmental law and economic analysis of law. He is a member of the editorial board of the Banking Law Journal, a contributing editor to the Real Estate Law Report, and has written extensively in the areas of real estate development and construction financing, workouts and bankruptcy. His articles have appeared in the Cornell Law Review and Vanderbilt Law Review, among others, and he was a winner of the 1997-98 Grant Gilmore Award for excellence in legal scholarship.

Before coming to Hofstra, Professor Tracht practiced in the real estate and bankruptcy groups at Arnold & Porter in Washington, D.C., and clerked for the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Columbia. He holds a B.A. from Yale University, and J.D. and M.B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania.

Nora V. Demleitner
Vice Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Law
B.A., Bates College
J.D., Yale University
LL.M., Georgetown University

Nora V. Demleitner is Vice Dean for Academic Affairs and professor of law at Hofstra University School of Law. She joined the Hofstra Law faculty in 2001 from St. Mary’s University School of Law in San Antonio, where she had taught since 1994. Professor Demleitner received her J.D. from Yale Law School, her B.A. from Bates College, and also holds an LL.M. with distinction in International and Comparative Law from Georgetown University Law Center. After law school Professor Demleitner clerked for the Hon. Samuel A. Alito, Jr., of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

Professor Demleitner teaches and has written widely in the areas of criminal, comparative, and immigration law. Her special expertise is in sentencing and collateral sentencing consequences. Professor Demleitner is a managing editor of the Federal Sentencing Reporter, and serves on the executive editorial board of the American Journal of Comparative Law. She is the lead author of Sentencing Law and Policy, a major casebook on sentencing law, published by Aspen Law & Business in 2004. Her articles have appeared in the Stanford Law Review, the Michigan Law Review, the Minnesota Law Review, the Iowa Law Review, the Georgetown Immigration Law Journal, the Stanford Law & Policy Review, the Emory Law Review, and the Fordham Urban Law Journal, among others. Professor Demleitner lectures widely in the United States and Europe. She has served as a visiting professor at the University of Michigan Law School, St. Thomas University School of Law in Miami, the University of Freiburg, Germany, and the Scuola Superiore in Pisa, Italy. She has also been a visiting researcher at the Max-Planck-Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law in Germany.

Toni L. Aiello
Reference Librarian
B.A., Trinity College, D.C.
J.D., Loyola University of Chicago School of Law
M.S.L.S., Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science

As a reference librarian for Hofstra University School of Law, Toni Aiello is responsible for providing reference, research, and instructional services to law students and faculty, and for generally assisting attorneys and other library patrons. Prior to coming to Hofstra, Ms. Aiello held a wide range of law library positions in reference, access and faculty services, most recently at St. John’s University School of Law. Prior to earning her law degree, she was a public services librarian at Northwestern University. Following law school, she served as a judicial clerk for the Illinois Appellate Court, First District, and as director of library services for Illinois’ Office of the Attorney General.

Gerard Anderson
Director of Financial Aid
B.A., SUNY Albany
M.A., The Graduate Faculty of Political and Social Sciences at The New School for Social Research

Gerard Anderson joined Hofstra University Law School in January 2005. He was previously the Director of Financial Aid at Teachers College, Columbia University and Brooklyn Law School. His work experience in financial aid also includes positions at SUNY Downstate Medical Center and The Graduate Faculty of Political and Social Sciences at The New School for Social Research. Mr. Anderson assists the Assistant Dean for Enrollment Management in carrying out the responsibility of providing funding for newly admitted and continuing students.

Nell Atashpoush
Director for Law School Information Systems
B.B.A., Hofstra University
M.B.A., Hofstra University

Nell Atashpoush received her M.B.A. in Marketing and her B.B.A. in Business Computer Information Systems from Hofstra University. As the Student Computer Coordinator for Hofstra University School of Law, she is responsible for student computer support, supervision of the computer labs and the student aides, and software application training sessions. Ms. Atashpoush also works directly with student organizations, student journals, and the SBA helping to create and maintain Web pages and manage technology needs. In addition, Ms. Atashpoush is a member of the support staff for the Information Systems Department, where she assists with supporting and troubleshooting computer-related inquiries.

Yvonne Atkinson
Paralegal/Office Manager of Hofstra Law Clinic
B.A., State University of New York at Albany

Yvonne Atkinson has worked as the Paralegal/Office Manager for the Clinic at Hofstra law School since 1990. As such, she has had the opportunity to work for a wide variety of clinical programs serving a range of constituencies including criminal defense, housing rights, and child advocacy. In addition to handling all administrative aspects of the programs including overseeing the budget and staff, she also trains the law students in office operations and file management, and coordinates the work of the faculty and students. Ms. Atkinson’s personal background, dedication, academic training and experience make her particularly well suited for her position with the Law Clinic.

Lisa Berman
Coordinator for the Center for Children, Families and the Law
B.A., State University of New York at Albany

Lisa Berman has over twenty years of experience in fund raising and marketing for a wide range of not-for-profit organizations. She joined the Law School as Coordinator of The Center for Children, Families and the Law in September of 2002. In this capacity, she is responsible for identifying, obtaining and managing government and private funding for the Center and for conducting strategic planning. She also assists the Law School with the annual fund and class reunions. Her prior positions include Manager of Marketing and Development for the Long Island Coalition for Fair Broadcasting and Development Officer for the Heckscher Museum in Huntington, Long Island. In addition to her B.A., she holds a certificate in non-profit management and fund raising from Adelphi University. She services on the Board of the National Council of Jewish Women South Shore Section.

Chaio Peter Chao
Catalog Librarian
B.A., Fu Jen Catholic University
M.L.S., University of Alabama
M.A., Eastern Michigan University

Chaio P. Chao received a B.A. in English literature from the Fu Jen Catholic University in Taiwan, an M.L.S. from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa and an M.A. in international trade from Eastern Michigan University. Prior to joining the Law Library, he worked as a cataloging librarian at the Unification Seminary Library. Mr. Chao is currently working in the Technical Services Department of the Law Library, where his responsibilities include cataloging, special projects and bibliographic database maintenance.

Lauren Chite
Director of Student Affairs
B.A., College of the Holy Cross
M.S., Hofstra University
J.D., Fordham University

Lauren Chite received a B.A. in political science from the College of the Holy Cross, an M.S. in Elementary Education from Hofstra University and a J.D. from Fordham University. Prior to joining the Law School, she worked as an Assistant Dean in the Undergraduate Admissions office at Hofstra University. She has practiced in the areas of construction litigation and real estate transactions. At the Law School, Ms. Chite works closely with the Senior Assistant Dean for Student Affairs and provides support and assistance to students in a wide variety of areas.

Elliott A. Dawes
Assistant Dean for Multicultural Affairs
B.A., Cornell University
J.D., New York University School of Law

Elliott Dawes brings a seasoned combination of skills and experience to the job of assistant dean for multicultural affairs at Hofstra Law School, with a background that includes law, civil rights and education. Dawes graduated from Cornell University in 1988 with a degree in government and Africana studies. In 1992, he earned his Juris Doctor degree from the New York University School of Law where he was a Root-Tilden-Snow Scholar, a Center for International Studies Junior Fellow and an editor of the New York University Review of Law and Social Change.

After graduating from NYU Law, Dawes clerked for the Honorable Anna Diggs Taylor of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan (1992-1994) and the Honorable Richard L. Nygaard of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit (1994-1995). Before changing career paths, Dawes was a litigation associate in the New York office of Weil, Gotshal and Manges (1995-1996), and later worked as a trial attorney in the Educational Opportunities Litigation Section, Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice, where he worked on a number of higher education cases (1997-1998).

Dawes has also worked as an educator. For five years, he was an associate professor in the department of African American studies at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, a senior college of the City University of New York (1998-2003). At John Jay College/CUNY, Dawes taught race and law classes to undergraduates and served as a pre-law advisor. After five years of teaching at the college-level, Dawes worked for a short time in the New York City public school system teaching social studies classes to students enrolled in a law academy program at a large high school in Brooklyn through the New York City Teaching Fellows program.

Patricia Desrochers
External Relations Officer
B.A., University of Scranton

Patricia Desrochers received her B.A. from the University of Scranton in 1996. Prior to joining the Law School, she worked at a full-service marketing and communications firm on Long Island where she coordinated various marketing and public relations campaigns. As the External Relations Officer for Hofstra University School of Law, she is responsible for coordinating publications and assisting with web-editing, public relations efforts, special event planning and fundraising activities.

Dominc J. Grillo
Assistant Director for Technology and Collection Services
B.A., Williams College
M.S.L.S., School of Library Service, Columbia University
J.D., Chicago-Kent College of Law

Dominick Grillo has been at the Deane Law Library since 2000. As the Assistant Director for Technology, he is responsible for the maintenance of most of the technology for the Law Library, including the website, Lexis and Westlaw functions, electronic exams copies, and supporting staff and faculty with electronic research and course work. He also guest teaches in classes, and performs general reference duties.

Joanna L. Grossman
Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Professor of Law
B.A., Amherst College
J.D., Stanford University

Prior to joining the Hofstra faculty, Professor Grossman was an associate professor at Tulane Law School. She graduated with distinction from Stanford Law School, where she served as the articles development editor of the Stanford Law Review and was elected to Order of the Coif. Professor Grossman served as a law clerk to Judge William A. Norris of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, before spending a year as staff counsel at the National Women’s Law Center in Washington, D.C., as recipient of the Women’s Law and Public Policy Fellowship. She practiced law from 1996 to 1998 at the Washington, D.C., law firm of Williams & Connolly. She has written about sexual harassment, family and medical leave, women’s jury service, and the history of family law. Her other research interests include marriage regulation and sex-based equality. Professor Grossman has published articles in the Stanford Law Review, Harvard Women’s Law Journal, and the American Journal of Legal History, among others. She is a regular columnist for FindLaw’s Writ and serves on the editorial board of Perspectives, the magazine of the ABA’s Commission on Women in the Profession.

Vernadette Horne
Career Counselor
B.A., Hunter College of the City University of New York
J.D., University of Maryland at Baltimore

Vernadette Horne, Career Counselor, joined OCS in May 2005 after serving as Associate Director of Career Services at Brooklyn Law school for four years. Prior to her tenure at Brooklyn Law, Ms. Horne was a litigation attorney, first with Haythe & Curley and then Coblence & Warner, where sh specialized in asbestos litigation. She received her J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law in 1986. Mr. Horne also spent three years away from law practice, during which time she was an information consultant and project manager ina corporate communications company, and prior to attending law school she worked in the personnel department of a large corporation where she interviewed and hired entry level employees.

Brian T. Kaspar
Assistant Registrar
B.S., Fairfield University
M.B.A., Hofstra University

Brian T. Kaspar received his B.S. in Management from Fairfield University in 1995 and received his M.B.A. in Banking and Finance from Hofstra University in 1998. Mr. Kaspar has been working for Hofstra University since 1995. He first started in the Graduate Admissions Office as a Graduate Assistant. After one and a half years, he became an Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Admissions. In 1998, he transferred to the Office of Student Accounts, where he worked for more than 6 years. Prior to becoming Assistant Registrar at the Law School, he was the Associate Director of Student Accounts. He has been with the Law School since 2004.

Patricia Ann Kasting
Reference/Government Documents Librarian
B.A., Indiana University
J.D., St. Louis University School of Law
M.L.S., Indiana University

As a reference librarian for Hofstra University School of Law, Tricia Kasting is responsible for providing reference services to all law library patrons using print and electronic sources. Some of her additional duties include providing research instruction and developing research handouts. As the Government Documents librarian, Ms. Kasting supervises the selection and maintenance of the law library’s federal depository collection. Her scholarly interests have lead her to develop a specialization in international legal research. Prior to coming to Hofstra, Ms. Kasting practiced law.

Maureen C. Kessler
Director of Part-Time Programs and Graduate Admissions
B.A., Queens College of the City University of New York
J.D., St. John’s Univeristy School of Law
M. Div., Union Theological Seminary

Maureen Kessler spent over twenty two years as Vice President and Associate General Counsel of Goldman, Sachs & Co. Her primary responsibility involved providing advice on securities law matters to both management and more than 300 salespersons. Prior to commencing her career at Goldman Sachs, Maureen spent four years as a corporate associate in the New York firm of Kelley, Drye & Warren. Wile working at Goldman Sachs, Maureen returned to school and received a Masters of Divinity Degree from Union Theological Seminary. Maureen is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, and currently acts as a chaplain for the Nassau County Juvenile Detention Center. Maureen taught Corporate Finance at Law School as a Special Professor of Law, and has also taught Legal Research, Writing and Appellate Advocacy at New York Law School.

Cindie Leigh
Reference Librarian
B.A., New York University
J.D., New York University School of Law

In the course of her duties as Reference Librarian at Hofstra University School of Law, Cindie provides legal and general reference assistance to the faculty, students, attorneys and the legal community. Cindie was previously employed by Law Library Management, Inc. providing legal and business research services to approximately 100 small and mid-size law firms and corporate legal departments in the New York area.

Caroline Levy
Senior Assistant Dean for Career Services
B.A., Northwestern University
J.D., Hofstra University

Dean Levy received a B.A. from Northwestern University and a J.D. from Hofstra University School of Law. She has practiced law in both the public and private sectors. Before opening her own practice in 1991, concentrating in civil appeals, she served as chief of appeals for the Suffolk County Attorney’s Office and as associate attorney in the law office of Lynne Adair Kramer, where her practice was limited to matrimonial and family law. Dean Levy is past president of the Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York, a former member of the New York State Bar Association’s House of Delegates and former director of the Suffolk County Bar Association. In 1996 Dean Levy was appointed by the Honorable Mary Margaret Werner, then administrative judge of Suffolk County, to chair the Suffolk County Women in the Courts Committee, a part of the New York State Judicial Commission on Women in the Courts. She served as chair until December 1999 and is now a member of the New York State Judicial Commission on Women in the Courts. Dean Levy is New York State Chief Judge Judith Kaye’s appointee to the Governor’s Judicial Screening Panel for the Appellate Division, Second Department. She was appointed by Chief Administrative Judge Jonathan Lippman to the task force to study the mandatory retirement age for the New York Judiciary. Dean Levy has served on the board of directors of 1 in 9: The Long Island Breast Cancer Action Coalition and is a director of JALBCA (Judges and Lawyers Breast Cancer Alert). She is a member of the New York Bar Foundation and a director of the Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York Foundation. Dean Levy was the year 2000 recipient of the prestigious Marilyn Menges Award from the Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York and is currently a member of the New York State Bar Association’s Task Force to Increase Diversity in the Judiciary.

Marcia Levy
Clinical Professor of Law, Assistant Dean for Skills Programs
B.S., State University of New York at Albany
J.D., Northwestern School of Law, Lewis & Clark College

Before joining the University of Denver College of Law as director of clinical programs, Marcia Levy spent a decade as a clinical law professor at the Rutgers University Law School implementing and teaching in a program that taught students how to represent indigent clients charged with petty offenses and most recently as the Director of Clinical Programs and Assistant Professor at University of Denver Sturm College of Law.

In 2001, Levy was named the first director of the Eric Neisser Public Interest Program, dedicated to educating students about-and providing opportunities in-public interest law. She was project director for two international programs that developed clinical education abroad: the Rutgers/Russia NISCUPP grant, which linked Rutgers with three law faculties in Samara, Russia; and an ABA CEELI grant, which linked Rutgers with a law faculty in Novi Sad, Serbia.

Levy spent fall 2000 as the ABA CEELI clinical law specialist in Russia. The following spring, she was named associate director of Columbia Law School’s Public Interest Law Initiative in Transitional Societies (PILI), where she worked to develop clinical legal education in Russia and Central and East Europe.

Levy is an expert in trial advocacy training and serves as program director for a variety of National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) programs and acts as the Associate Director of Public and Public Service Programs, in addition to teaching and serving as a program Director. She created the Intensive Pre-trial and Trial Program for Rutgers law students, and has worked with faculty in Chile, Ecuador and currently, in China, to develop programs to teach oral advocacy skills. Levy is the Chair Elect of the AALS Section on Pro Bono and Public Service Opportunities and on the Executive Committee of the AALSA Section on Clinical Legal Education.

Levy’s former positions include serving as assistant federal defender for The Legal Aid Society Federal Defender Services Office in the Eastern District of New York, and three years as staff attorney with The Legal Aid Society Prisoners’ Rights Project. She received her JD from Lewis and Clark College, Northwestern School of Law, in 1980, and her BS from the State University of New York at Albany.

Rou Chia P. Lin
Acquisition/Serials Librarian
B.A., The World College of Journalism
M.L.S., Long Island University, C.W. Post Campus

Rou Chia Lin received a B.A. from the College of the World College of Journalism in Taiwan. After graduating, she worked as an Assistant Cataloguer at Shih Chen Economic College for six years. Later, she worked as Assistant Librarian at The Institute of International Relations, where she had frequent contact with legal materials. In 1985, she moved to United States, and received her M.L.S. from Long Island University, C.W. Post Campus. In 1988, she joined the Hofstra University Law School Library as a Acquisition Librarian.

Deborah Martin
Assistant Dean for Enrollment Management
B.A., University of Delaware

Deborah Martin earned a B.A. in psychology from the University of Delaware. She joined Hofstra in January 2001, with experience in legal recruiting, lawyer development and retention. She was previously the manager of legal recruiting and pro bono at the New York office of LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene & MacRae, L.L.P. Her past experience includes legal recruiting for the New York office of Kramer, Levin, Naftalis & Frankel, L.L.P., and conducting private psychiatric research for The Rockford Center in Newark, Delaware. As Assistant Dean for Enrollment Management she is responsible for attracting and enrolling the finest entering law class each year.

Dawn Marzella
Director of Special Projects and Supervisor of Support Staff
B.A., Hofstra University
M.S., Hofstra University

Dawn Marzella received a B.A. in English and an M.S. in Education, both from Hofstra University. Working closely with the Dean, Vice Dean and other administrators at the Law School, Ms. Marzella is responsible for various special projects. She coordinates all planning stages of major academic conferences and other events, and also creates and edits Law School written materials. She is responsible for the coordination, creation, and analysis of statistical reports of the course and teacher evaluations of the faculty. Additionally, Ms. Marzella is responsible for the supervision of the support staff at the Law School. She has been with the Law School since January 1998.

Gary Moore
Assistant Dean for Law School Information Systems
B.S., Hofstra University

Gary Moore has been with the Law School since September 1993. He received a B.S. in computer science from Hofstra in 1988. His tasks at the Law School include long- and short-term planning for computer purchases; training of faculty, administrators and staff; and coordination of the maintenance and building operations at the School of Law. Projects that he has worked on include the Siben & Siben Moot Courtroom, the Weitz & Luxenberg Trial Courtroom, and renovating the Deane Law Library Computer Labs. He was also responsible for implementing the Law Library Public Access Network System. He helped create the Law School’s wireless network in August 2000.

Noreen A. O’Brien
Enrollment Management Counselor
B.A., Sacred Heart University

Noreen O’Brien joined Hofstra in 2002. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in International Business from Sacred Heart University. As the Enrollment Management Counselor she assists the Assistant Dean for Enrollment Management, Director of Financial Aid, and Director of Admissions with admissions and financial aid matters. Ms. O’Brien is also responsible for counseling current students, prospective students and applicants on issues concerning admissions, educational financing and debt.

Joanne Ramirez
Administrative Assistant to the Dean
B.B.A., Hofstra University

Joanne Ramirez received her B.B.A. in Marketing from Hofstra University’s School of Business in December 2004. As the Administrative Assistant to the Dean of Hofstra University School of Law, Ms. Ramirez assists the Dean with all aspects of Law School administration and also co-coordinates the visiting lectures, faculty workshops, convocation ceremonies, and commencement.

Fay Rosenfeld
Senior Assistant Dean for Student Affairs and Executive Director of International and Comparative Law Programs
B.A., Hebrew University of Jerusalem
J.D., New York University

Dean Rosenfeld joined Hofstra in August 2001. A native of Montreal, Canada, she is a 1991 graduate of New York University School of Law, where she was a Junior Fellow at the Center of International Studies, and a 1986 graduate of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Prior to joining Hofstra, Dean Rosenfeld was on the faculty of the Lawyering Program at New York University School of Law. She was previously an associate at the New York office of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, where she specialized in commercial litigation. Her numerous pro bono activities have included representing Bosnian Muslim and Croatian women in their U.S. lawsuit against Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic for genocide and war crimes, and litigating class action lawsuits to establish safer conditions inside New York City’s homeless shelters. Dean Rosenfeld was an adjunct instructor of law at Brooklyn Law School during the 1997-1998 academic year. She has written for the New York Law Journal, and is a member of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York.

Nancy Rudolph
Director of Alumni Relations
B.S., Adelphi University
M.A., Hofstra University

Nancy Rudolph received a B.S. from Adelphi University. Prior to coming to the Law School in 2000, she worked in the development and external affairs department at New York University and was commencement coordinator at Adelphi University. At Hofstra University School of Law, she is responsible for Law School events and assists with publications, public relations and fund-raising activities. In addition to being responsible for the Law School lectures, receptions, dinners and meetings, she coordinates various conferences, including the Legal Ethics Conference that was held in September 2001.

Linda Russo
Assistant Director for Technical Services
M.L.S., Queens College, CUNY
B.A., Queens College

Linda Russo has been at the Hofstra Law Library since 1992. As Assistant Director for Technical Services, she is responsible for the cataloging and acquisitions of all the law library’s books and electronic resources. Ms. Russo received her B.A. and M.L.S. degrees from Queens College, CUNY. Before coming to Hofstra University School of Law, she was Head of the Serials Department at the Rosenthal Library at Queens College Main Campus.

Diane Schwartzberg
Director of Career Services

Diane Schwartzberg came to Hofstra Law School in 1980. During her 24-year tenure she has held a variety of positions within the Office of Career Services and currently serves as its Director. Her vast knowledge of the alumni and their whereabouts is legendary! Among her many leadership roles, Ms. Schwartzberg runs the On-Campus Recruiting Program held each fall at Hofstra. She has also held the positions of Northeast regional coordinator and nominating committee member within the National Association of Law Placement. She currently sits on the Recruitment and Retention of Lawyers Committee at the Association of the Bar of the City of New York and was a member of the Law Students Perspective Committee subcommittee of the Lawyers in Transition of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York.

Kevin Shelton
Reference Librarian
B.A., Columbia University
M.A., Columbia University
J.D., Cornell Law School

Kevin is an experienced attorney, having worked for five years at LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene & MacRae. He followed his legal practice with five years in the music industry, as a sound designed and composer, before taking a position at the law library at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, from 2003-2005, where he also earned his M.S. in Library and Information Science.

Lisa A. Spar
Assistant Director for Reference and Instructional Services
B.A., S.U.N.Y. Binghamton, Phi Beta Kappa
J.D., Harvard Law School
M.S., Columbia University School of Library Service

As Assistant Director for Reference and Instructional Services, Lisa Spar is responsible for the provision of reference services by the Law Library as well as developing and implementing research instruction programs. In addition, Ms. Spar has taught the Advanced Legal Research class. Her practical and scholarly interests involve incorporating educational technologies into reference services and legal research instruction. Prior to coming to Hofstra, Ms. Spar was the Computer Services librarian at the Yale Law School and she practiced law.

Tamara Stephen
Director of Public Sector Career Planning
B.S., Boston University
J.D., Hofstra University

Tamara Stephen is a 1996 graduate of Hofstra University School of Law, where she was an Associate Editor for the Hofstra Labor Law Journal, a 1994 recipient of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York Minority Summer Fellowship, a 1995 summer judicial intern to Magistrate Judge James C. Francis IV of the Southern District of New York, and an active member of the Black Law Students Association. Ms. Stephen is a 1992 graduate of Boston University, where she earned a B.S. in biomedical engineering. From 1996 to 2002, Ms. Stephen was an associate in the litigation department of Kaye Scholer LLP, where she served on the Diversity and Legal Personnel Committees and assisted in the planning of a conference on racial diversity in the legal profession and a conference to encourage legal employers to implement mentoring programs as a key to attorney retention. While at Kaye Scholer, Ms. Stephen was involved in pro bono cases and worked on cases with The Legal Aid Society, Network for Women’s Services (now known as InMotion), the Sanctuary for Families Center for Battered Women’s Legal Services, and the Pro Se Office of the Southern District of New York. Ms. Stephen was inducted as an inaugural member of the Pro Bono Society of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. Among her leadership roles, Ms. Stephen is the current chair of the Law Student Perspectives Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, a co-author of the report that was instrumental in the establishment of the law student membership category at the Association of the Bar, and a member of the board of directors for the New York Women’s Bar Association Foundation, which supports efforts to eliminate gender bias and other discrimination in the legal system and profession.

Karen Vahey
Director of Admission
B.A., Fordham University
M.S., Fordham University

Karen Vahey received her BA in English from Fordham University in 1996 and her MS in Educational Leadership from Fordham in 2003. For the past nine years, she worked in the Office of Undergraduate Admission at Fordham University coordinating the recruitment and retention of freshmen, transfers and international students. Most recently she served as the Associate Director of Undergraduate Admission. Karen has been with Hofstra University since August of 2005 and is currently the Director of Admission.

Jennifer Wagner
Reference/Access Services Librarian
B.S., New York University
J.D., New York University School of Law
M.L.S., Southern Connecticut State University

As Reference/Access Services Librarian, Jennifer Wagner is responsible for managing and coordinating all phases of day-to-day operations of Access Services activities, including reserve, circulation and document delivery, as well as managing the access services staff. Jennifer also provides reference and research services to library users, as well as teaching various legal research workshops. She interned at Hofstra Law Library in 2002 while attending library school.

Joel Weintraub
Associate Director of Health Law Studies
A.B., Columbia University
M.D., Columbia University
J.D., Hofstra University

Dr. Weintraub was engaged in the private practice of ophthalmology on Long Island for over 30 years, and he continues to be active in the instruction of medical students, interns, and residents. He is a past president of the Long Island Ophthalmological Society and of the Section of Ophthalmology of the Nassau Academy of Medicine. He has served hospitals on Long Island as president of the medical staff, director of ophthalmology, and as a member of boards of trustees. He was the founding member and president of Long Island Ophthalmic Surgery Consultants, P.C.

Dr. Weintraub joined the administrative staff of Hofstra University School of Law in 2005 as part of a project to increase the scope and activities of the health law program. He will also serve as co-director of a conference in October of 2006 on the role of law in protecting the integrity of biomedical research. Dr. Weintraub has been a Special Professor of Law since 2001.

Andrew Wilson
Computer Support Specialist
B.A., SUNY Albany

Andrew Wilson received his B.A. from the State University of New York at Albany (SUNY Albany). In his capacity as Computer Support Specialist, he provides faculty and student computer support for the Hofstra Law School community, provides training for student aides, and assists in providing reporting and database development for the Information Systems Department and the Law School. Prior to joining Hofstra Law School, he worked as Assistant Director of Information Systems in the Undergraduate Admissions office at Hofstra University.

Michelle M. Wu
Director of the Deane Law Library / Associate Professor of Law
B.A., University of California at San Diego
J.D., California Western School of Law
M. Libr., University of Washington

After completing both law and library studies, Professor Wu worked at The George Washington University’s law library in various capacities. During her tenure there, she published articles on government contracting law, served as vice president of the Law Library Society of the District of Columbia, and co-taught Advanced Legal Research. In 2001, she became the Acting/Associate Director at the University of Houston’s law library, where she undertook the challenge of operating and reconstructing a facility heavily damaged by a natural disaster. Professor Wu, who teaches copyright and licensing, has contributed to the development of library literature relating to copyright, electronic resources and personnel management. Her publications include “Why Print and Electronic Resources are Essential to the Academic Law Library,” “Practitioner’s Research Guide to Researching Government Documents on the Internet,” “Personnel Management in Access Services: A General Overview of the Literature, 1990-2002,” “Do Librarians Dream of Electronic Serials?,” and “District of Columbia Legal Research.”

Academic Chairs and Distinguished Professorship

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The Alexander M. Bickel Distinguished Professorship in Communications Law was established in 1983 by several persons, including two graduates of Yale Law School, where Professor Bickel was a nationally prominent professor of constitutional and communication law. The Professorship is currently held by Professor Bernard E. Jacob.

The Andrew M. Boas and Mark L. Claster Distinguished Professorship In Civil Procedure was established in 1986 by gifts from two graduates of the Hofstra School of Law, Andrew M. Boas, Class of 1980, and Mark L. Claster, Class of 1977. The Professorship is currently held by President Stuart Rabinowitz.

The Richard J. Cardali Distinguished Professorship In Trial Advocacy was established in 1989 in memory of Richard J. Cardali, who was a prominent attorney specializing in plaintiffs’ negligence work. Mr. Cardali devoted a substantial amount of his time and energy to teach advocacy skills to other lawyers and to law students, and the Professorship promotes the continued training of advocacy skills. The Professorship is currently held by Professor Lawrence W. Kessler.

The Edward F. Carlough Chair In Labor Law , established in 1981, honors the late Edward F. Carlough, who was president emeritus of the Sheet Metal Workers’ International Association. It is funded by a gift from the Sheet Metal Workers’ International Association. It supports the Labor and Employment Law Journal, a scholarly publication, and the annual Edward F. Carlough Labor Law Conference.

The Maurice A. Deane Distinguished Professorship In Constitutional Law was established in 1986 by Maurice A. Deane, a graduate of Hofstra University School of Law. The Professorship supports special studies, conferences and other academic activity in the field of constitutional law. The professorship is currently held by Professor Eric Freedman.

The Jack and Freda Dicker Distinguished Professorship In Health Care Law was established in 1985 by gifts from Mr. Ernest Dicker and his brothers, Stanley and Daniel Dicker. It is in honor of their late father and mother. Under the Professorship, professional scholarly activities in the field of health care law are undertaken. The Professorship is awarded to a professor with an outstanding background in health care law and is currently held by Professor Janet Dolgin.

The Adolph J. and Dorothy R. Eckhardt Distinguished Professorship In Corporate Law was established in 1992 by gifts from Mr. Adolph J. Eckhardt and his wife, Mrs. Dorothy R. Eckhardt. The Professorship is designed to promote research, lecture series and other scholarly activities in the field of corporate law. The Professorship is currently held by M. Patricia Adamski, Senior Vice President for Planning and Administration.

The Steven A. Horowitz Distinguished Professorship in Tax Law was established in 2005 by Steven A. Horowitz, Senior Tax Counsel who heads the Tax, Trust and Estates practice at the law firm of Moritt Hock Hamroff & Horowitz. The professorship is currently held by Professor Mitchell Gans.

The Peter S. Kalikow Distinguished Professorship In Real Estate Law was established in 1987 by a gift from Peter S. Kalikow, a prominent real estate developer and the chairman and president of H. L. Kalikow Company. The Professorship is designed to promote research and scholarly activities in the field of real estate law. The Professorship is currently held by Professor Ronald H. Silverman.

The Samuel M. Kaynard Distinguished Visiting Professorship In Labor and Employment Law was established in 2000 by the family and friends of Samuel M. Kaynard, a distinguished educator and practitioner in the labor and employment law area, who was a Professor at Hofstra University School of Law. The Professorship supports the appointment of a noted practitioner each year who will teach a course in the labor or employment area.

The Joseph Kushner Distinguished Professorship In Civil Liberties Law was established in memory of Joseph Kushner, who headed a real estate concern involved in development and acquisitions in New Jersey. He was a survivor of the Holocaust and was keenly interested in the protection of civil liberties. The Professorship is endowed by contributions from his son, Charles Kushner, a 1979 graduate of Hofstra Law School. The Professorship currently is held by Professor Leon Friedman.

The Howard Lichtenstein Distinguished Professorship In Legal Ethics was established in memory of Howard Lichtenstein, the late senior partner of the law firm of Proskauer Rose Goetz & Mendelsohn. It has been endowed by that law firm and by friends of Mr. Lichtenstein. It supports planned monographs, lectures and other scholarly activities in the field of legal ethics. The Professorship is currently held by Professor Roy Simon.

The Harry H. Rains Distinguished Professorship In Arbitration and Alternative Dispute Settlement Law was established in 1983 by Muriel and Harry H. Rains. Mr. Rains was one of the founding members of the National Academy of Arbitrators. The Professorship is currently held by Professor Robert A. Baruch Bush.

The Rivkin Radler LLP Distinguished Professorship In Environmental Law was established in 1987 and funded by Rivkin Radler LLP a prominent Nassau County law firm with a specialty in environmental law. The Professorship is the center for scholarly and professional activities in the environmental law field. The Professorship is currently held by Professor Linda McClain.

The Eric J. Schmertz Distinguished Professorship In Public Law and Public Service was established in 1993 by friends of Professor Eric J. Schmertz to promote scholarship and activities in furtherance of public law and public service. The Professorship is currently held by Professor Eric Lane.

The Max Schmertz Distinguished Professorship , established in 1982, honors and perpetuates the memory of Max Schmertz, a business and political leader of the city of New Rochelle. It is funded by grants from Professor Eric J. Schmertz and Herbert Schmertz.

The Sidney and Walter Siben Distinguished Professorship In Family Law and Torts was established in 1984 and is supported by a gift from the law firm of Siben & Siben. Its purpose is to promote scholarly research, conferences and publications in the fields of torts and family law. The Professorship is currently held by Professor John DeWitt Gregory.

The Benjamin Weintraub Distinguished Professorship In Bankruptcy Law was established in 1984 to honor Mr. Weintraub’s accomplishments as adviser and advocate for financially ailing businesses. Mr. Weintraub was a nationally prominent lawyer specializing in bankruptcy and corporate reorganization for more than 50 years. He was a member of the National Bankruptcy Conference and was special counsel to the firm of Kaye, Scholer, Fierman, Hays & Handler at the time of his death in 1995. An annual lecture is held in conjunction with the professorship. The professorship is currently held by Dean Alan N. Resnick.

The Siggi B. Wilzig Distinguished Professorship Of Banking Law was established in 1985 by gifts from The Trust Company of New Jersey and the Wilshire Oil Company of Texas in honor of Siggi B. Wilzig, New Jersey banker and philanthropist. The Professorship and center are designed to provide a curriculum in banking law and to promote research, symposia, and other professional and scholarly activities in the field of banking law. Professor Malachy T. Mahon, founding Dean of Hofstra University School of Law, currently holds the Professorship.

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