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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

Schmertz Distinguished

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

governmental decision-making.

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.

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Hofstra Law Report, Spring 2012  

HOFSTRA LAW REPORT, Hofstra Law’s magazine, is published once a year by the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University.

Hofstra Law Report, Spring 2012  

HOFSTRA LAW REPORT, Hofstra Law’s magazine, is published once a year by the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University.