Message From the Dean
am honored to be writing my first introduction to our alumni magazine, HOFSTRA LAW REPORT, as dean of the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University. The Law School was founded — now more than 40 years ago — with the goal of being an innovative institution made up of risk-takers wanting to make an impact in their fields and in society. These principles attracted me to Hofstra Law 36 years ago, when thenDean Monroe Freedman, asked me to join the faculty. Now as dean of the Law School, I hope to continue the pioneering spirit with which Hofstra Law was founded. To that end, we have vastly expanded our experiential learning opportunities, nationally and internationally, to better prepare and position students for the job market. This issue highlights some of our new offerings, including our unique Cuba field study, a semester-long externship program in Washington, D.C., and a Disaster Recovery Clinic, which helps small-business owners affected by Superstorm Sandy. We have also made helping students find jobs a top priority. While these are challenging times for American law schools and the legal market, it is important to remember that a law degree lasts a lifetime and is a valuable resource no matter the economic environment or a person’s career path. The alumni in this issue’s “Spotlight” feature can attest to this — they all agree that their law school education was pivotal in reaching their professional goals. Their success in a variety of fields also exemplifies Hofstra Law’s founding principle of making an impact. Another example of someone who has made a profound contribution in his field, as well as to the Law School, is John DeWitt Gregory, the Sidney and Walter Siben Distinguished Professor of Family Law and a member of the Hofstra Law faculty since its beginnings. In another of this issue’s feature stories, Professor Gregory, who is retiring at the end of this school year, reflects on his more than four decades at the Law School and his involvement in starting the Clinical Program. As you will read, this is an exciting time at Hofstra Law, and I thank all who have contributed to our efforts. I look forward to seeing more of you at our upcoming events at the Law School and around the country.
Now as dean of the Law
School, I hope to continue the pioneering spirit with which Hofstra Law was founded.
Photo by Tony Lopez
Eric Lane Dean and Eric J. Schmertz Distinguished Professor of Public Law and Public Service
HOFSTRA LAW REPORT, Hofstra Law’s magazine, is published once a year by the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University.