Eric Lane Named Interim Dean
institution. A brilliant law student and mentor, Deane was an active member of the class who graduated with awards in both constitutional law and evidence. The award currently bestowed on the law school valedictorian each year at graduation is now named the
Professor Eric Lane
Maurice A. Deane Award in his honor.
has been named interim
After graduating, Deane deepened his commitment
dean of the Maurice A.
to the school in many ways. Deane was a member of the
Deane School of Law at
board of trustees from 1982 to 2007, serving as its chair
Hofstra University. Lane,
from 1989 to 1991 and then named as chair emeritus in
who is also the Eric J.
2008. In these roles, Deane guided the university with
particular attention to academic excellence and provided
Professor of Public Law
financial support to ensure this excellence, including
and Public Service, has
endowing a Distinguished Professorship in Constitutional
taught at Hofstra Law for
Law, a law school scholarship and, not least, a $20 million
more than three decades.
gift to enhance academic quality at the Law School.
“Eric is a dedicated
“Maurice has been among the strongest advocates
and longtime member of
for Hofstra and our law school,” said Marilyn B.
the Hofstra community
Monter ’76, then-chair of the board of trustees. Deane
who is well-respected on campus and beyond as a
has advocated not only with his financial resources, but
teacher, scholar, public servant and consensus-builder,”
also with his time and insight as a member of the Alumni
said Hofstra University President Stuart Rabinowitz.
Mentor Program and a committee member for several
“For more than 30 years, he has been a contributor to,
key events, including the University’s 75th Anniversary
and caretaker of, the reputation of Hofstra Law, and
and Annual Gala.
his knowledge of the school’s history and vision for the
Deane and his wife, Barbara, have been active
future make him ideal for this position.”
volunteers and generous benefactors to many causes
Lane is well-known beyond the Hofstra University
and organizations beyond the Hofstra community.
campus for his public service, particularly in New York
The family has been involved with Mount Sinai Medical
City government. He is also the author of three books.
Center, where the Barbara and Maurice A. Deane
The Genius of America: How the Constitution Saved Our
Prostate Health & Research Center is named in their
Country and Why It Can Again (with Michael Oreskes)
honor. Deane has been a trustee of the North Shore
has been called a “must read” about the origin of the
University Hospital and has supported numerous
Constitution and its modern applicability. Lane’s two
organizations, including Hebrew Union College and
textbooks (with the Honorable Abner A. Mikva) on the
Temple Beth El in Great Neck.
legislative process and statutory interpretation have
“Rededicating the school to someone who
been used in law schools nationally. He is also the
has clearly made his mark on the community, an
author of often cited articles on the legal framework for
individual with such a deep commitment to academic
and professional excellence, seems a fitting way to
“Hofstra Law is an extraordinary law school, and
close out the law school’s 40th anniversary year,” noted
I am delighted to have the privilege to work with its
Dean Nora V. Demleitner. “This naming serves as
distinguished faculty, dedicated administrators and
the perfect bridge between a proud past and a promising future.”
exceptional students and alumni,” said Lane.
HOFSTRA LAW REPORT, Hofstra Law’s magazine, is published once a year by the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University.