Maurice A. Deane School of Law
|Maurice A. Deane School of Law|
|Parent school||Hofstra University|
|Dean||Hon. A. Gail Prudenti|
|Location||Hempstead, NY, US|
|Faculty||90 (See List)|
|Outlines||16 (See List)|
The Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University was founded in 1970 and accredited by the ABA in 1971. The school now offers a JD, a joint JD/MBA degree, a JD/MS in Taxation, and LLM degrees in International Law, American Law (for foreign law graduates) and Family law. The school also recently initiated a part-time JD program. The school is located in Hempstead, New York, and is located on Hofstra's southern part of campus.
Faculty[edit | edit source]
As of 2007, Hofstra Law School has 40 full-time faculty members.
- Interim Dean Nora V. 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.
- Monroe Freedman, former Dean of the School of Law, is well known for his treatises in legal ethics. He was called "a pioneer in the field of legal ethics" by The New York Times and praised by the Washingtonian as "one of [the District of Columbia's] most highly regarded constitutional lawyers." Professor Freedman has also received the American Bar Association's highest award for professionalism.
- Eric M. Freedman, author of Rethinking the Great Writ, is renowned for his expertise in death penalty and habeas corpus law. He has served as a consultant on many of the Guantanamo prisoner cases.
- Leon Friedman, noted First Amendment and Constitutional Law scholar, also known for representing numerous high-profile clients, including Ruben "Hurricane" Carter.
- Alan N. Resnick, a long-time member of the Federal Bankruptcy Rules Committee and editor-in-chief of Collier's on Bankruptcy, the leading authority in the field.
- Baruch Bush, author of The Promise of Mediation and founder of the movement for transformative mediation.
Hofstra Law Review[edit | edit source]
The Hofstra Law Review is the flagship journal of Hofstra University School of Law. Since the inaugural issue in 1973, the Hofstra Law Review has earned and maintained a reputation as a professional and well-regarded journal. Currently in its 34th volume, the Hofstra Law Review is published quarterly.
Curriculum[edit | edit source]
Hofstra's School of Law is on a semester system, encompassing a fall and spring semester, with a three week winter break during which several intensive skills programs are taught and a study abroad program is offered in Curaçao. The school also holds a summer session during which several classes are offered for students, along with a number of study abroad opportunities.
Since its founding, Hofstra School of Law has had an exceptional program in trial advocacy skills. It is the home of numerous programs run by the National Institute for Trial Advocacy, the leading provider of advanced advocacy training for practicing lawyers. In the belief that most law schools do not teach transactional skills effectively, Hofstra Law School has recently expanded its skills training into the business and corporate arena, developing a series of rigorous transactional skills offerings.
Other areas of particular strength: International Law, Constitutional Law, Family Law, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Real Estate.
The student-run organization Unemployment Action Center has a chapter at Hofstra Law.
Facilities[edit | edit source]
The school is still using the original building built in the 1970s when the School of Law first opened, although it has undergone several renovations since then. The school contains the Barbara and Maurice A. Deane Law Library, as well as a Moot Courtroom. The entire building has a wireless connection to the internet available to all enrolled students. In the early 1990s, the school added a new building, Joan Axinn Hall, to house its growing clinical programs and the Office of Career Services, and it is scheduled to expand into neighboring building in 2006-07, with new space for its four student-run journals and other student organizations.
Notable Alumni[edit | edit source]
- David Paterson, current Lieutenant Governor of New York and former minority leader of the New York State Senate.
- Perry Weitz, founder of the leading plaintiff's law firm Weitz & Luxenberg.
- Maryanne Trump Barry United States Court of Appeals
- Alan Lebovitz Prominent Real Estate Attorney in New York City
- Norman Elliot Kent, Publisher, NationalGayNews.com