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Hofstra Law

Est. 1970

celebrating 40 years of impact

Juris Doctor Degree Program 2010-2011 Viewbook

Hofstra Law’s mission is to prepare, challenge and inspire students to make an impact in the world.

Hofstra Law Quick Facts A student body of approximately 1,100 representing 40 states and 10 foreign countries.

Located on the magnificent 240acre Hofstra University campus in Hempstead on Long Island, 40 minutes east of Manhattan.

Fall 2010 Entering Class Profile (as of August 12) Number of applications received................................................... 5,453 Entering class size............................................................................ 365 Median LSAT score........................................................................... 158 75th percentile................................................................................ 160 25th percentile................................................................................ 156 Median GPA score.......................................................................... 3.58

Offers full- and part-time day J.D. degree programs.

75th percentile............................................................................... 3.69

Offers joint J.D./M.B.A. and J.D./M.A. degrees.

Average age...................................................................................... 24

25th percentile............................................................................... 3.15

Percentage of female students........................................................... 43 Percentage of minority students......................................................... 31

Offers LL.M. degree programs in American Legal Studies and Family Law.

Within nine months of graduation, 97 percent were either employed or pursuing a degree full time.

Percentage of out-of-state students................................................... 43 States represented............................................................................. 32 Countries represented........................................................................ 10 Universities and colleges represented............................................... 185

Important Dates Early decision deadline.............................................November 15, 2010

Fully accredited by the American Bar Association and the Association of American Law Schools.

Priority application deadline............................................. April 15, 2011 Institutional financial aid deadline...................................... April 1, 2011

Tuition and Fees Full-time students..................................................................... $43,660 Part-time students..................................................................... $33,064 Median salary for full-time private sector................................... $90,000 75th percentile salary for full-time employment...................... $160,000 25th percentile salary for full-time employment........................ $58,000


“As a graduate of Hofstra Law, I know the caliber of the students. I’ve only hired people from Hofstra.” — Bram Weber ’00, Partner, Weber Law Group View the whole interview at

Contents Welcome.................................. 3

Dean’s Welcome...................... 3

The Hofstra Law Experience............................... 4 First Year, Second Year, Third Year................................4 Fellowships..............................6 Degrees and Programs.............6 The Curriculum........................8 Learning Outside the Classroom........................12 Student Organizations...........14 Study Abroad.........................17

Faculty.................................... 18

Office of Career Services...... 22

Alumni Stories....................... 24

Life on Campus and Beyond........................... 26

Contact Information............. 28


Choosing a Community Dear Prospective Student, Thank you for your interest in Hofstra Law School. A degree from Hofstra Law can lead to a range of expected, and even unexpected, career possibilities. As you might imagine, Hofstra-educated lawyers have built successful careers at multinational law firms in New York City and across the country. But many of our alumni can also be found in government and at public interest organizations, and still others have put their degrees and experience to work outside the practice of law — for example, as a college president, a head of a professional baseball team and a remarkably successful technology entrepreneur. Hofstra Law empowers its graduates to meet their professional goals and forge a successful and rewarding career, whether it be as a practicing attorney, a business executive or a community leader. I hope you will consider Hofstra Law as you imagine your future. Our distinguished faculty and rich curriculum will challenge your intellect, our experiential learning and professional readiness programs will give you an edge and our international focus will equip you to practice law in a global context. In addition, our diverse student body and supportive alumni network will make you feel welcome in a unique community. Above all, Hofstra Law will prepare, challenge and inspire you to do more than merely study law. Our graduates make an impact in the world. I hope you are excited to learn more about this exceptional place and its remarkable community of students, faculty and alumni. I assure you that your time at Hofstra Law will be transformative, unlocking your potential and opening a world of possibility.

Nora V. Demleitner Dean and Professor of Law


The Hofstra Law Experience First Year

Second Year

Third Year

While first-year law students may need to adapt to a new curriculum and way of thinking, Hofstra Law’s dedicated faculty and welcoming student body help students adjust and introduce them to the law. Inside the classroom, the curriculum grounds students in legal theory and develops the skills necessary to succeed as an attorney. Beyond the classroom, learning is enhanced as 1Ls get involved with organizations designed to help them explore different areas of the law, meet like-minded classmates and build their resumes. Hofstra Law’s student organizations have a tradition of making a difference in the lives of the people they serve as counselors to those in need, conveners of thought leadership, contributors of ideas, mentors to young people and friends to the business community.

Many returning 2Ls bring with them legal experience gained in a summer position working for public-service and not-for-profit organizations. Others return informed by their studies abroad through one of Hofstra Law’s global learning opportunities. However the summer is spent, the hope is that 2Ls return to campus refreshed, energized and ready to succeed in a busy second year of law school.

For many 3Ls, this capstone year brings with it senior-level responsibility for student government, journals and other school organizations. Moot Court members typically transform themselves from competitors to coaches, while those working on pro bono projects look to bring matters to a close or prepare to hand them off to peers who will continue their efforts.

Downtime on campus could include anything from a bracing workout — in the pool, on the track or in the weight room — to a shared meal among students and faculty in one of the many cafes and dining rooms on the campus. Off-campus destinations might include touring the North Fork wineries, taking a chartered fishing boat from Montauk or attending a cultural event in Manhattan.

With career goals now in sharper focus, course selection becomes a priority. For those students who are selected for one of Hofstra Law’s law journals, there is the work of putting together the year’s first issues. Other students begin to think about Moot Court and their obligation to carry on Hofstra Law’s tradition of success in regional, national and international competitions. Many plunge back into student-run activities, whether fundraising in support of summer internships or helping to meet the needs of society’s underserved. All 2Ls begin to consider their future and seek counsel time with faculty and professionals in the Office of Career Services. They also take advantage of the many opportunities to meet with, and learn from, members of Hofstra Law’s alumni network.

A recent survey of tri-state law firms conducted by Hanover Research Council revealed that compared to graduates from other law schools, Hofstra Law graduates received an overall higher rating in a majority of competencies, including business knowledge, communication skills, advocacy skills and general workplace skills.


Courses and clinics that offer advanced practical experience in a subject of interest — whether it be international law, alternative dispute resolution or civil liberties — are another rewarding part of the thirdyear, as is the time spent with the professors who teach them. While 3Ls do not sit for the bar examination until after successfully completing the J.D. program, they are expected to marshal the resources that will support them during the upcoming study period. These include a bar overview course and counseling provided by faculty and administrators, as well as Law School-sponsored workshops and seminars on the skills and methodology necessary for success on the exam. Third-years also carry an obligation to inspire the next generation of Hofstra Law attorneys as they themselves were supported and inspired. As 3Ls move on to their chosen careers, they do not leave the Hofstra Law community. Rather, they transition into active, connected alumni, many of whom live in the New York metropolitan area but can also be found in 40 states and 11 foreign countries.


Degrees and Programs Juris Doctor Program

LL.M. Program

The J.D. program is designed to be completed in three years by full-time students and four years by part-time day students. The degree requires completing 87 credits. The first two or three semesters focus on building a solid foundation in legal theory and strong analytic and writing skills. There are more than 200 upperlevel courses that allow students to pursue a broad range of interests and specializations, equipping them to succeed professionally in any number of fields and positions.

The LL.M. program offers two courses of study for law school graduates who are interested in advanced study in one of two specific areas of law:


Fellowships The competition for a Hofstra Law fellowship is intense and attracts promising students from around the country. Fellowships are limited in number and, while there are differences in each category, typically include a significant tuition scholarship, summer externships and stipends, and opportunities to interact with leading scholars and practitioners in their respective fields. • Child and Family Advocacy Fellowship • William R. Ginsberg Memorial Summer Fellowship in Environmental Law • Dwight L. Greene Memorial Scholarship for Minority Rights Advocacy • Health Law and Policy Fellowship • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights Fellowship 6

The J.D./M.B.A. program is administered jointly through Hofstra Law and Hofstra University’s Frank G. Zarb School of Business. The program awards dual degrees in four full-time years. Candidates must gain admission to the Law and Business Schools to be accepted into the program.

J.D./M.A. The J.D./M.A. in Applied Social Research and Policy Analysis (MASR) program is administered jointly through Hofstra Law and Hofstra University’s Department of Sociology. The program awards dual degrees in four full-time years. Candidates must gain admission to the Law School and the MASR program to be accepted into the J.D./M.A. program.

American Legal Studies The concentration in American Legal Studies is designed for international law graduates who seek training in U.S. law and practice. This degree is particularly valuable to those who plan to work at American or international law firms with U.S. clients, at multinational corporations or in government service. This degree is also beneficial for international law graduates who are interested in applying to take the New York state bar examination. Family Law The Family Law LL.M. program builds on Hofstra Law’s national reputation for the study of family law and child advocacy. The curriculum is driven by the reality that family courts incorporate a wide variety of dispute resolution procedures and are populated by professionals from multiple disciplines. Students have the opportunity to pursue a specialized program in advanced family law, combining research, skills development, policy analysis and traditional classroom instruction.

Student Profile

Ahmed Almudallal ’12 Ahmed Almudallal majored in biology as an undergraduate, but every internship and summer job he took was at a law firm. After college, he decided to forget about medical school and found a job as a legal assistant at a major Washington, D.C., law firm. “People thought I was crazy,” he says. “Most of the attorneys I spoke to at the firm say the legal assistants after a year decide the legal field is not what they want to do. I ended up loving the long hours and the intricacies of the law.” “I’m a huge Law & Order: SVU fan,” says Almudallal. The popular legal drama didn’t influence his decision to go to law school — that he attributes to his lawyer aunt and a mock trial in his 10th-grade government class ... and maybe Matlock. But it does hint at his passion for criminal law, which was rekindled as a first-year student at Hofstra Law.

“Hofstra does an excellent job getting first-year students involved with the Office of Career Services. I love everyone who works in that office.” View the whole interview at

He feels his science background is an asset in his journey to the criminal courtroom, providing the research skills necessary to delve deeply into cases. “I find criminal law somewhat intertwined with my bio degree. With DNA and bullet testing, fingerprint analysis and other science involved in cases these days, I have an advantage in understanding the evidence and expert testimony.” Almudallal was able to put his theory to the test at an externship with the Queens County District Attorney after his first year. He found the externship with the help of Hofstra Law’s Office of Career Services.


Required First-Year Courses (Full-Time) 
 Fall Semester • Civil Procedure I • Contracts I • Criminal Law • Legal Writing and Research • Torts Spring Semester • Appellate Advocacy • Civil Procedure II • Contracts II • Law and the Regulatory State* • Property • Transnational Law

*Course title subject to change.

The Curriculum Hofstra Law School’s curriculum is at the forefront of the changing realities of legal practice. For example, Hofstra is one of only a few U.S. law schools to require Transnational Law as a firstyear course, which allows students to put their studies into a global context. With more than 200 upper-level course offerings, students can explore practically any area of law, and they can craft an individualized course of study from Hofstra Law’s 15 area-specific concentrations. Concentrations Hofstra Law students may focus their studies on a specific area because of personal interest or to enhance their career opportunities. A concentration must be declared with the Office of Academic Records by the start of the last year of study. To fulfill a concentration, students must take at least five courses, totaling at least 12 credits, and complete at least one substantial piece of writing in the area of concentration; those who concentrate in Child and Family Advocacy, Civil Litigation, or Criminal Law and Procedure must also complete either one clinical or two skills courses.

• International and Comparative Law • Labor and Employment Law • Real Estate • Taxation

Course Offerings Hofstra Law offers a wide and diverse range of courses. The courses listed below are arranged by general topics. Many courses apply to two or more areas of concentration. Not every course is offered each semester.

Advocacy/Litigation • Advanced Appellate Advocacy • Advanced Legal Research

Concentration Areas • Child and Family Advocacy • Civil Litigation • Commercial Law • Constitutional Law • Consumer Law


• Advanced Mediation Seminar • Advanced Trial Advocacy • Advanced Trial Techniques: Use of Expert Witnesses • Alternatives to Litigation • Appellate Advocacy

• Corporate and Securities Law

• Applied Evidence: Evidentiary Oral Argument in Trial Courts

• Criminal Law and Procedure

• Civil Procedure I

• Energy and the Environment

• Civil Procedure II

• Family Law

• Clinic Practicum

• Health Law

• Conflict of Laws

• Intellectual Property

• Developing a Theory of the Case

• Discovery Skills I: Written Discovery

• Contracts II

• Discovery Skills II: Depositions

• Corporate Finance

• Domestic Commercial Arbitration

• Corporate Government Seminar

• Evidence

• Criminal Liability in Securities Law

• Externship Program, Civil Law

• Debtor-Creditor Law

• Externship Program, Criminal Law

• Derivatives Law

• Externship Program, Judicial Law

• Domestic Commercial Arbitration

• Fact Investigation

• Mergers and Acquisitions

• Federal Courts

• Nonprofit Corporations

• Law Reform Advocacy Clinic

•R  egulation of Securities Broker/ Dealers

• L egal Interviewing, Counseling and Negotiation

• Secured Transactions

• Mental Health Law in the Criminal Justice System • The Prosecutor’s Role: International Criminal Law • Prosecutors’ Externship Program • Race, Gender & Crime Seminar • Sentencing Reform Seminar • Wrongful Convictions Environmental and Natural Resources Law • Administrative Law • Animal Law

• Legal Writing and Research

• Securities Arbitration Clinic

• Litigation and Drafting Skills

• Securities Regulation

• Energy, the Environment and the Global Economy

• Mediation Clinic

• Telecommunications Law and Policy

• Environmental Law

• Mediation Principles and Practice

• T ransactional Lawyering: Translating Deals Into Contracts

• Environmental Law in Commercial and Real Estate Transactions

• Moot Court Competition Seminar

• Global Climate Change and U.S. Law

• Motion to Suppress Constitutional Law

• International Environmental Law • Land Use Regulation

• Practical LGBT Lawyering

•C  ivil Liberties and the War Against Terrorism

• Pretrial Skills

• Constitutional Law I

• Real-Time Lawyering: The TRO

• Constitutional Law II

• Scientific Evidence

•C  urrent Problems in Constitutional Law

Estate Planning

• F irst Amendment: Speech, Association and the Religion Clauses

• Advanced Problems in Estate Planning

• Foreign Affairs and the Constitution

• Aging and the Law Seminar

• Legal Issues in Public Education

• Estate Planning

• National Security and the Law

• Federal Estate and Gift Tax

Commercial and Corporate Law

• Religion and the Constitution

• Wills, Trusts and Estates

• Accounting for Lawyers

• Voting Rights and Election Law

•N  egotiation Seminar: Theory, Research and Practice

• S elected Problems in New York Civil Practice • T rial Techniques — Comprehensive Litigation Skills • Use of Forensic Experts

• Antitrust

Criminal Law

• Banking Law Seminar

• Comparative Criminal Law

• Business Drafting Seminar

• Criminal Justice Clinic

• Business of Lawyering

• Criminal Law

• Business Organizations

•C  riminal Procedure I: Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Amendments

• Commercial Transactions Survey •C  ommunity and Economic Development Clinic • Consumer Transactions • Controversies in Corporate Law • Contracts I

• Property

Family Law

• Advanced Bankruptcy

• Business Planning Seminar

• Law of the Sea

• Criminal Procedure II: Adjudication • Death Penalty •D  NA Unraveled: Demystifying Forensic DNA Evidence

• Adoption and Family Formation Seminar • Advanced Topics in Family Law • Child Abuse and Neglect • Child Advocacy Clinic • The Child, the Family and the State: Legal Issues Affecting Minors • Domestic Violence Seminar • Family Law • Family Law LL.M.: Thesis I & II

• Federal Criminal Law

• Family Law With Skills

• International Criminal Law

• Interdisciplinary Seminar on Family Law and Policy 9

• Introduction to Child and Family Advocacy

• Intellectual Property Survey

• Juvenile Justice Seminar

• Patent Law

• L egal Decision Making for Children and Incompetent Adults

• Trademarks

• Matrimonial Law Drafting Skills • Matrimonial Externship Program • Mediation Clinic • Modern Divorce Advocacy Governmental Law and the Legislative Process • Administrative Law • Admiralty Law • Antitrust

• Law in Cyberspace

• Transnational Intellectual Property International Law • European Union Law • International Business Transactions • International Commercial Arbitration • International Criminal Law • International Human Rights Law Seminar • International Law

• Asylum Clinic

• International Transactions: Commercial Paper in a Paperless Age

• Citizenship and Nationality Law

• Law of International Trade

• Immigration Law

• Law of the Sea

• Legal Issues in Public Education

• Transnational Law

• Legislative Process

• Use of Force in International Law: From Peacekeeping to Terrorism

• S elected Problems in Immigration Law • Special Education Law

Labor and Employment Law

• State and Local Government

• Collective Bargaining

• Voting Rights and Election Law

• Disability Law • Employment Discrimination

Health Law

• Employment Law

• Aging and the Law

• ERISA and Pension Rights Seminar

• Bioethics and the Law

• Labor Law

•B  iotechnology: Law, Business & Regulation

• Public Sector Labor Law

• Disability Law • Health Law • Law and Psychiatry • L aw of Drug Discovery, Development and Commercialization • L aw’s Response to Reproductive Technology •M  anaged Care and the Evolution of the Doctor-Patient Relationship

• Sports Law • Strikes, Boycotts, Picketing and Injunctions Legal History and Social Science • Colloquium on Contemporary Issues in Gender, Law and Public Policy

• Ethical Problems in Federal Tax Practice • Ethics and Economics of Law Practice • Jurisprudence • Lawyer Malpractice • Lawyers’ Ethics
 Real Estate and Property Law • Commercial Leasing • Condemnation for Redevelopment • Cooperatives, Condominiums and Homeowner Associations • Eminent Domain and Real Estate Tax Review • Property • Real Estate Transactions • Taxation of Real Property Transactions Taxation • Ethical Problems in Federal Tax Practice • Federal Income Taxation of Corporations • Federal Income Taxation of Individuals • Federal Tax Policy Seminar • Federal Tax Procedure • International Taxation Seminar • State and Local Taxation • Taxation of Partnerships • Taxation of Real Property Transactions Torts • Advanced Tort Practice & Problems • Insurance Law

• Economic Analysis of Law

• Lawyer Malpractice

• Feminist Jurisprudence

• Medical Malpractice

• Law and Literature

• Products Liability

Intellectual Property Law

• Law and Sexuality

• Remedies

• Art Law Seminar

• Legal History

• Torts

• Copyright

• Race and the Law

• Medicare and Medicaid Law

• Entertainment Law 10

• Sex-Based Discrimination

Professional Responsibility and Ethics

Student Profile

Michelle Marcellus ’12 As a 1L, Michelle Marcellus was a bit surprised to be invited to the Law School’s “In Honor of Justice” dinner back in January, an event honoring the 116 Hofstra Law alumni currently serving as judges. Yet there she was in a room packed with some of the school’s most esteemed graduates. “The only way it could have been more intimidating,” she jokes, “was if they were wielding gavels.” “But I didn’t feel intimidated,” says Marcellus, who talks about the state Supreme Court judge who recognized her from another alumni event. “That’s amazing,” says Marcellus, “but what’s even more amazing is that she took the time to get to know me on a personal level and gave me some great advice and feedback.” This has been Marcellus’s experience over and over again at Hofstra. The first person in her family to go to law school, Marcellus came to Hofstra without a single connection to the legal profession. But since she arrived on campus last fall, alumni at some of the city’s biggest firms have reached out to her, taking her to lunch in the city, answering questions over e-mail.

“Our alumni are already successful ... They have no obligation to come back here and help someone else, but that’s what happens at Hofstra. People look out for each other.” View the whole interview at

“At Hofstra Law School, the alumni go above and beyond what’s expected of them,” says Marcellus, whose alumni mentor is Samuel Ramos, VP and associate general counsel at Goldman Sachs. Ramos gives Marcellus important real-life perspective on her studies. “You can teach anyone the law,” she says, “but until you hear from an attorney what they actually do on a daily basis, it’s just theory. You need that connection.” 11

Learning Outside the Classroom “I’ve had a number of Hofstra graduates appear before me as a judge,” says Sallie Manzanet-Daniels ’88, associate justice of the Appellate Division, First Department, of the New York State Supreme Court, “and the one consistent thing about our graduates is they are well-versed in the law. They understand procedure. You don’t ever see a Hofstra Law graduate walk into a courtroom and not know where to stand, not know what the protocol is. They know. They have been tremendously prepared.” Clinical Program Hofstra Law enjoys a rich tradition as a pioneer in fully integrating clinical education into a traditional law school curriculum. By the late 1970s, Hofstra Law had one of the largest clinical programs in the nation. Over the years, the Clinical Program has become a well-known presence in legal circles in the metropolitan area. The program has stayed true to its original mission: to teach students lawyering skills and analytic methods through representing clients in need.

“Being a part of the Child Advocacy Clinic was by far the best experience I had as a Hofstra Law School student. It gave me the opportunity to represent real clients, specifically children, in Family Court proceedings involving abuse and neglect. I developed strong writing skills and learned how to conduct myself when addressing the court. It is an experience I will never forget.” — Danielle Visvader ‘05

Participation in one of the Clinical Program’s seven clinics may be the only occasion when a student has an opportunity to practice law before obtaining the J.D. degree. The student represents individuals facing real legal challenges, advocating in court, counseling clients, conducting fact investigations and mediating disputes. The student must think and act like a lawyer. The experience is both deeply challenging and immensely rewarding, and often serves as the highlight of a student’s legal education. Most clinics are one-semester courses. Each clinic holds a weekly two-hour classroom seminar. The seminars develop such crucial lawyering skills as interviewing, counseling, negotiation, mediation, fact investigation and trial techniques, and include discussions about substance and procedure. All second-year and third-year students are eligible to apply to participate in one of Hofstra Law’s clinics: • Asylum Clinic • Child Advocacy Clinic • Community and Economic Development Clinic • Criminal Justice Clinic • Law Reform Advocacy Clinic • Mediation Clinic


• Securities Arbitration Clinic

Centers and Institutes Centers and institutes allow the faculty and administration to focus attention on legal issues of special importance to the Hofstra Law community, the legal profession and society in general. These centers of excellence foster research, education and action on critical issues; attract thought leaders to the campus each year for research, debate and the exchange of knowledge; and immerse students in collaborative research — in some cases internationally — that impacts scholarship and helps translate legal theory into practice. • Center for Applied Legal Reasoning • Center for Children, Families and the Law • Center for Legal Advocacy • Institute for Health Law and Policy • Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation • Institute for the Study of Gender, Law and Public Policy • Institute for the Study of Legal Ethics • Law, Logic & Technology Research Laboratory • Perry Weitz Institute for the Study of Mass Torts


Moot Court

Students can gain membership in Hofstra Law’s publications through outstanding academic performance, a writing competition or submission of an article chosen by the editors. Student editors and staff are responsible for soliciting articles from legal scholars, considering unsolicited manuscripts for publication, editing published works and publishing articles that expand the frontiers of legal scholarship. Three publications are student-run journals and are important sources of scholarship that are cited widely in other publications and in judicial opinions. The ACTEC Journal and the Family Court Review are peer-reviewed and published under the auspices of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, respectively.

The student-run, faculty-supported Moot Court Association is dedicated to the development of appellate and oral advocacy skills in preparation for upper-level courses and moot court competitions. The association sponsors two intra-school competitions, one in the fall for transfer students and one in the spring for those interested in joining the association. Members compete in a number of regional, national and international competitions.

• Hofstra Law Review • Hofstra Labor & Employment Law Journal • Journal of International Business and Law (JIBL) • ACTEC Journal (the journal of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel) • Family Court Review (the journal of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts)

Select Recent Externships • CBS Television Network • CME Group • Country-Wide Insurance Company • District Attorney’s Office — Manhattan, Nassau and Queens Counties • Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) • The Hain Celestial Group

Externship Programs Hofstra Law’s externship programs enable students to gain hands-on legal experience while earning academic credit. Students work directly with judges, distinguished attorneys, governmental agencies, nonprofit organizations, prosecutors’ offices and publicly funded criminal defense agencies, as well as in other legal settings. Externships allow students to develop practical lawyering skills and connections with practicing attorneys while building legal experience.

• The Legal Aid Society • Leviton Manufacturing • MTV Networks • National Football League • New York Civil Liberties Union • New York State Attorney General’s Office • Pall Corporation • RXR Realty • U.S. Attorney’s Office • Weill Cornell Medical College


“Student involvement is critical at Hofstra Law, and there are many ways to be part of this community. The school has much to offer you not only as a law student but also as a person.” — Ashley Wyzan ’10, President, Student Bar Association JIBL members and 2009 conference keynote speaker, Commissioner Luis A. Aguilar

Student Organizations At Hofstra Law, learning is not limited to the classroom or library. The Office of Student Affairs supports a broad range of student-run organizations and activities designed to provide every student with the opportunity to pursue personal interests, interact with classmates and law students at other schools and meet with faculty, alumni and practicing attorneys. These activities provide the experience necessary to hone the skills working attorneys need. Many Hofstra Law students are active in one or more of the following organizations: • Environmental Law Society

Service Organizations

• Health Law Society

• Courtroom Advocates Project

Identity and Affinity Organizations

• Hofstra Art Law & Culture Society

• Hofstra Law Veterans Association

• A sian-Pacific American Law Students Association

• Hofstra Intellectual Property Law Association

• Law Brigades

• Black Law Students Association

• Hofstra Law Business Law Society

• Hofstra Law First Generation Law Students

• Public Justice Foundation

• International Law Society

• Unemployment Action Center

Student Bar Association

• Hofstra Law Gentlemen • Hofstra Law Women • Italian Law Students Association • Latino/a American Law Students Association • OUTLaw • South Asian Law Students Association Professional Interest Organizations • American Association for Justice • Criminal Law Society 14

• Legal Emergency Aid Project

• International Moot Arbitration Team • Moot Court Association • Phi Alpha Delta • Sports and Entertainment Law Society

Social and Recreational Organizations • Hofstra Law Revue • Hofstra Law Wine & Food Club

• Tax Law Society Religious Organizations

Social/Political Change Organizations

• Christian Legal Society

• Federalist Society

• Jewish Law Students Association

• Human Rights Law Society

• Muslim Law Students Association

• Out of Court Statements (student newspaper)

Select Guest Speakers Fall 2007-Spring 2010

Luis A. Aguilar Commissioner, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

Samuel A. Alito, Jr. Associate Justice, U.S. Supreme Court Speaker visit by Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr.

Hans Corell Former Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs and the Legal Counsel, United Nations

Judith S. Kaye Chief Judge, State of New York, and Chief Judge, Court of Appeals

Gerald Lefcourt Attorney; Past President, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers; and Founder, New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Jonathan Lippman Chief Judge, State of New York, and Chief Judge, Court of Appeals

Adam Liptak National Legal Correspondent, The New York Times

Walter Lukken Acting Chairman, Commodity Futures Trading Commission

Philip G. Schrag and David Ngaruri Kenney Authors of Asylum Denied: A Refugee’s Struggle for Safety in America

D. Brooks Smith Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

Jeffrey Toobin Author and Analyst, CNN

Cyrus Vance, Jr. Candidate, Manhattan District Attorney, and Partner, Morvillo, Abramowitz, Grand, Iason, Anello & Bohrer, P.C. Note: Titles reflect positions held at the time the speakers visited Hofstra Law.


Student Profile Steve Yuniver ’11 “It was really an accident that I took immigration law — all the classes I wanted to take were filled up,” says second-year student Steve Yuniver. Despite being an immigrant himself (his family emigrated from the Soviet Union in 1989), immigration law wasn’t an area he wanted to focus on. The class, taught by Professor Rose Villazor, took him by surprise. “What I enjoyed most about Professor Villazor’s class was she took immigration law out of being just philosophy and put it into practical context for today,” Yuniver explains. “For instance, she brought in the example of a German family that was home schooling their children, which is not allowed in Germany. They came to the U.S. as refugees. So home schooling is now a political opinion you can seek refugee status for. And not many people think that refugees come from Europe anymore.” The class ignited a passion for immigration and refugee law, which was reinforced by a study abroad program in Curaçao. “I got very close with the professors,” says Yuniver, “and it had the most interesting classes I’ve taken — humanities, and refugee and asylum law.” Seeing how refugee and asylum laws compare from one country to another solidified his interest in the field. Yuniver says his dream job is to work abroad in the diplomatic corps, and he currently works for the Louis August Jonas Foundation, a nonprofit organization. He sees law school as an asset for a potential career in either diplomacy or immigration law.


“The stereotype of law school is that you don’t really learn practice, you learn theory. The difference here is that they’re teaching you how to learn — how to think like a lawyer and not just what paper to file.” View the whole interview at

Summer and Semester Study Abroad Hofstra offers several exciting American Bar Association-approved study abroad programs. Each program includes courses that focus on international or comparative law, and encourages extensive interaction with local students, faculty and members of the legal community. Faculty for Hofstra Law’s study abroad programs have included Justices Antonin Scalia and Ruth Bader Ginsburg of the U.S. Supreme Court and other distinguished jurists and law professors. Students who participate in these programs can gain a rich understanding of foreign legal institutions and a greater appreciation for lawyering in a global environment.

International and Comparative Law Summer and Winter Programs Winter Program in Curaçao, The Netherlands Kingdom Co-sponsored by Hofstra Law, the University of Baltimore School of Law and Erasmus University Rotterdam Faculty of Law and hosted by the University of the Netherlands Kingdom. Summer Program in Pisa, Italy Co-sponsored by Hofstra Law and the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Italy’s premier research university. Summer Program in Freiburg, Germany Co-sponsored by Hofstra Law and the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law, Europe’s leading criminal law research institute.

International Student Exchange As a founding member of the European American Consortium for Legal Education, Hofstra Law offers opportunities for foreign law students to study at Hofstra and for Hofstra students to study at foreign law schools. Students may apply for a semester exchange at the following law school partners in their third year: • University of Helsinki, Faculty of Law, Finland • Erasmus University Rotterdam, School of Law, the Netherlands • Ghent University, Faculty of Law, Belgium • Warsaw University, Faculty of Law, Poland • University of Parma, Faculty of Law, Italy


Faculty Hofstra Law School’s full-time faculty consists of nearly 50 nationally and internationally recognized scholars who represent diverse fields. Faculty members have clerked for U.S. Supreme Court justices, chaired major American Bar Association and law reform committees, received awards for scholarship and leadership in legal education and community leadership, and are recognized leaders in clinical and skills training. Their publications reflect a wide range of interests and expertise, ongoing participation in important scholarly debates and significant contributions to the study and teaching of law. Professors’ open-door policy creates an accessible and collegial environment and reflects engagement with their students. Full-Time Faculty
 Miriam R. Albert Professor of Skills B.A., Tufts University J.D., M.B.A., Emory University LL.M., New York University Subjects: Business Drafting Seminar; Business Organizations; Business Planning; Contracts I & II Barbara S. Barron Professor of Skills B.A., State University of New York at Albany M.A., Columbia University J.D., Hofstra University Subjects: Applied Evidence; Domestic Violence Seminar; Real-Time Lawyering; Criminal & Prosecutorial Externship Programs

Professor Alafair S. Burke is the author of two series of acclaimed crime novels. Drawing on her experience as deputy district attorney in Oregon and as an in-precinct adviser, she has penned six novels over the past seven years.


Yishai Boyarin Assistant Clinical Professor of Law and Attorney-in-Charge of the Mediation Clinic B.A., J.D., University of California, Berkeley, School of Law (Boalt Hall) LL.M., Hofstra University Subjects: Mediation Clinic; Alternatives to Litigation

I. Bennett Capers Associate Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Intellectual Life B.A., Princeton University J.D., Columbia University Subjects: Criminal Law; Criminal Procedure I; Evidence; Law and Literature; Race and the Law; Gender and Crime

Alafair S. Burke Professor of Law B.A., Reed College J.D., Stanford University Subjects: Criminal Law; Criminal Procedure I & II; Federal Criminal Law

Robin Charlow Professor of Law A.B., Vassar College J.D., Cornell University Subjects: Constitutional Law I & II; Criminal Law; Religion and the Constitution

Robert A. Baruch Bush Harry H. Rains Distinguished Professor of Arbitration and Alternative Dispute Settlement Law B.A., Harvard University J.D., Stanford University Subjects: Advanced Mediation Seminar; Mediation Seminar; Alternatives to Litigation; Torts Juli Campagna Assistant Professor of Legal Writing B.A., Mundelein College M.A., University of Illinois at Chicago J.D., Chicago-Kent College of Law LL.M., John Marshall Law School Subjects: Legal Writing and Research; Appellate Advocacy

J. Scott Colesanti Associate Professor of Legal Writing B.A., Adelphi University J.D., Fordham University LL.M., New York University
 Subjects: Legal Writing and Research; Appellate Advocacy; Securities Regulation; Regulation of Securities Broker/Dealers Ronald J. Colombo Associate Professor of Law B.S., Cornell University J.D., New York University Subjects: Business Organizations; Contracts I & II; Securities Regulation; Controversies in Corporate Law

Professor J. Herbie DiFonzo was recognized by LexisNexis at the 2010 American Association of Law Schools Conference as a leader in the “transformation of legal education.”

Nora V. Demleitner Dean and Professor of Law B.A., Bates College J.D., Yale University LL.M., Georgetown University Subjects: Comparative Law; Criminal Law; Evidence; Immigration Law; International Criminal Law; Sentencing Reform Seminar J. Herbie DiFonzo Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Law B.S., St. Joseph’s College J.D., M.A., Ph.D., University of Virginia Subjects: Family Law; Civil Procedure I & II; Modern Divorce Advocacy; Adoption and Family Formation Seminar; Juvenile Justice Seminar; Family Law LL.M.: Thesis I & II Janet L. Dolgin Jack and Freda Dicker Distinguished Professor of Health Care Law and Director of Health Law Institute B.A., Barnard College M.A., Ph.D., Princeton University J.D., Yale University Subjects: Bioethics and the Law; Health Law; Law’s Response to Reproductive Technology; Legal Decision Making for Children and Incompetent Adults Akilah N. Folami Associate Professor of Law B.A., Spelman College J.D., Columbia University Subjects: Wills, Trusts and Estates; Property; Telecommunications Law and Policy; Mass Media and the First Amendment

Eric M. Freedman Maurice A. Deane Distinguished Professor of Constitutional Law A.B., Harvard University B.A., J.D., Yale University M.A., Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand) Subjects: Civil Procedure I & II; Constitutional Law I & II; Death Penalty; Discovery Skills I & II Monroe H. Freedman Professor of Law A.B., LL.B., LL.M., Harvard University Subject: Lawyers’ Ethics Leon Friedman Joseph Kushner Distinguished Professor of Civil Liberties Law A.B., LL.B., Harvard University Subjects: Constitutional Law I & II; Copyright; Current Problems in Constitutional Law Linda Galler Professor of Law B.A., Wellesley College J.D., Boston University LL.M., New York University Subjects: Ethical Problems in Federal Tax Practice; Federal Income Taxation of Corporations; Federal Income Taxation of Individuals; International Taxation Seminar Mitchell Gans Professor of Law B.B.A., J.D., Hofstra University Subjects: Federal Estate and Gift Tax; Federal Income Taxation of Corporations; Federal Income Taxation of Individuals; Wills, Trusts and Estates Elizabeth M. Glazer Associate Professor of Law B.A., M.A., University of Pennsylvania J.D., University of Chicago Subjects: First Amendment; Jurisprudence; Law and Sexuality; Property; Transactional Lawyering

Daniel J.H. Greenwood Professor of Law A.B., Harvard University J.D., Yale University Subjects: Corporate Finance; Business Organizations; Torts John DeWitt Gregory Sidney and Walter Siben Distinguished Professor of Family Law B.A., Howard University J.D., Harvard University Subjects: Animal Law; Child Abuse and Neglect; The Child, the Family and the State; Family Law

In addition to her work in both public-sector and corporate law, Professor Akilah N. Folami has been recognized for her writings on media consolidation in broadcast radio and its effect on American youth. She was called to testify about her findings before the Federal Communications Commission.

Joanna L. Grossman Professor of Law B.A., Amherst College J.D., Stanford University Subjects: Family Law; Sex-Based Discrimination; Wills, Trusts and Estates; Gender Policy Seminar Frank Gulino Associate Professor of Legal Writing B.A., New York University J.D., Fordham University Subjects: Legal Writing and Research; Appellate Advocacy; Advanced Appellate Advocacy Grant M. Hayden Professor of Law B.A., M.A., University of Kansas J.D., Stanford University Subjects: Disability Law; Employment Discrimination; Labor Law; Voting Rights and Election Law 19

James E. Hickey, Jr. Professor of Law B.S., University of Florida J.D., University of Georgia Ph.D., University of Cambridge (Jesus College) Subjects: Energy, the Environment and the Global Economy; Energy Law and Policy; International Human Rights Seminar; International Institutions; International Law; Law of the Sea; Transnational Law; Use of Force in International Law

Professor Theodor Liebmann was appointed by the state of California’s Administrative Office of the Courts to design and implement an interdisciplinary training program that will be used throughout the state to develop advocacy skills of social workers and attorneys who practice in child abuse cases.

Susan H. Joffe Associate Professor of Legal Writing B.A., Herbert H. Lehman College (CUNY) M.A., State University of New York at Stony Brook J.D., Hofstra University Subjects: Appellate Advocacy; Legal Writing and Research; Contracts; Employment Law


J.D., University of Illinois Subjects: Evidence; Law Reform Advocacy Clinic Julian Ku Professor of Law B.A., J.D., Yale University Subjects: Business Organizations; Constitutional Law II; Foreign Affairs and the Constitution; International Business Transactions; Law and International Economic Development; Transnational Law Katrina Fischer Kuh Associate Professor of Law B.A., J.D., Yale University Subjects: Environmental Law; Torts; Global Climate Change and U.S. Law Eric Lane Eric J. Schmertz Distinguished Professor of Public Law and Public Service, and Associate Dean for Intellectual Life B.A., Brown University M.A., State University of New York at Stony Brook J.D., Fordham University LL.M., New York University Subjects: Law and Literature; Constitutional Law I & II; Legislative Process; Voting Rights and Election Law; Introduction to Statutory and Regulatory Interpretation

Lawrence W. Kessler Richard J. Cardali Distinguished Professor of Trial Advocacy B.A., J.D., Columbia University Subjects: Criminal Procedure; Evidence; Pretrial Skills; Torts; Trial Techniques

Theodor Liebmann Clinical Professor of Law, Director of Clinical Programs and Attorney-inCharge of the Child Advocacy Clinic B.A., Yale University J.D., Georgetown University Subjects: Child Advocacy Clinic; Civil Procedure; Introduction to Child and Family Advocacy; Legal Decision Making for Children and Incapacitated Adults

Stefan Krieger Professor of Law, Director Emeritus of Clinical Programs and Attorney-inCharge of the Law Reform Advocacy Clinic B.A., University of Chicago

Serge Martinez Associate Clinical Professor of Law and Attorney-in-Charge of the Community and Economic Development Clinic B.A., Brigham Young University J.D., Yale University

Subjects: Community and Economic Development Clinic; Housing and Economic Development; Practical LGBT Lawyering Richard K. Neumann, Jr. Professor of Law B.A., Pomona College Dipl., University of Stockholm J.D., American University LL.M., Temple University Subjects: Contracts I & II; Transactional Lawyering; International Business Transactions Ashira Ostrow Associate Professor of Law B.A., University of Pennsylvania J.D., Columbia University Subjects: Property; Real Estate Transactions; State and Local Government; Cooperatives, Condominiums and Homeowner Associations Mark Padin Associate Professor of Academic Support B.A., State University of New York, College at Brockport J.D., University of California, Hastings College of the Law Subjects: Academic Support Programs; Legal Methods Alan N. Resnick Benjamin Weintraub Distinguished Professor of Bankruptcy Law B.S., Rider College J.D., Georgetown University LL.M., Harvard University Subjects: Advanced Bankruptcy; Debtor-Creditor Law; Debtor Rehabilitation Seminar James Sample Associate Professor of Law B.A., Boston College J.D., Columbia University Subjects: Federal Courts; Civil Procedure I & II; Administrative Law

Andrew Schepard Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Children, Families and the Law B.A., City College of New York M.A., Columbia University J.D., Harvard University Subjects: Civil Procedure; Family Law; Family Law Policy Seminar; Family Court Review Seminar; Alternatives to Litigation; Discovery and Depositions Lea Bishop Shaver Associate Professor of Law B.A., M.A., University of Chicago J.D., Yale University Subjects: Intellectual Property Survey; Transnational Intellectual Property; Patent Law Norman I. Silber Professor of Law B.A., Washington University M.A., Ph.D., Yale University J.D., Columbia University Subjects: Commercial Transactions Survey; Consumer Transactions; Legal History; Nonprofit Corporations

Professor Richard K. Neumann, Jr., received the 2009 Burton Award for Outstanding Contributions to Legal Writing Education and the 2009 Legal Writing, Reasoning and Research Section Award from the Association of American Law Schools.

Ronald H. Silverman Peter S. Kalikow Distinguished Professor of Real Estate Law B.A., University of Michigan J.D., University of Chicago Subjects: Condemnation for Redevelopment; Land Use Regulation; Real Estate Transactions; State and Local Government

Rose Cuison Villazor Associate Professor of Law B.A., University of Texas J.D., American University LL.M., Columbia University Subjects: Immigration Law; Property; Race and the Law; Advanced Topics in Citizenship Law

Roy D. Simon, Jr. Howard Lichtenstein Distinguished Professor of Legal Ethics B.A., Williams College J.D., New York University Subjects: Contracts I & II; Economic Analysis of Law; Ethics & Economics of Law Practice

Professor Andrew Schepard received the 2010 Lawyer as Problem Solver Award from the American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution, and the 2008 Person of the Year Award from the New York Chapter of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts.

Barbara Stark Professor of Law B.A., Cornell University J.D., New York University LL.M., Columbia University Subjects: International Family Law; International Law; Transnational Law Amy R. Stein Professor of Legal Writing, Assistant Dean for Adjunct Instruction and Coordinator of the Legal Writing Program B.A., Tufts University J.D., Fordham University Subjects: Appellate Advocacy; Legal Writing and Research; Civil Procedure

Vern R. Walker Professor of Law and Director of the Law, Logic & Technology Research Laboratory B.A., University of Detroit M.A., Ph.D., University of Notre Dame J.D., Yale University Subjects: Torts; Scientific Evidence; Administrative Law; European Union Law Lauris Wren Clinical Professor of Law and Attorneyin-Charge of the Asylum Clinic B.A., Williams College J.D., Columbia University Subjects: Immigration Law; Asylum Clinic; Practical LGBT Lawyering


Office of Career Services The Office of Career Services (OCS) supports students and alumni in developing and implementing a successful career strategy. OCS provides students and alumni with information and coaching to help them make informed career decisions and develop as professionals. Knowledgeable and resourceful OCS staff assist students and alumni through an array of services that include individual career coaching focused on job acquisition strategies, personal branding and marketing, resume and cover letter preparation, interview training and professional development. OCS maintains a close relationship with Hofstra Law alumni and the legal community at large, which gives students a deep understanding of issues relevant to leaders in the legal field. These strong ties allow OCS to provide current and compelling guidance and programming that provides students an advantage in a competitive legal job market. Hofstra Law’s professional development programming highlights numerous critical elements of professional growth that are not typically part of a traditional law school curriculum, such as interview and communication skills; business etiquette; business development and marketing; building professional networks; client relations and retention; time management; and other matters related to a professional persona. In addition, OCS organizes a comprehensive on-campus interview program, which includes both privateand public-sector employers, and also supports an extensive online employer database. With this assistance, Hofstra Law students frequently obtain positions with private law firms, government agencies, public interest organizations, corporations, and federal and state judges.

Select Recent Postgraduate Placements AMLAW 100 Law Firms Alston & Bird LLP Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP Clifford Chance US LLP Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP Debevoise & Plimpton LLP Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP

White & Case LLP Winston & Strawn LLP Regional Law Firms Certilman Balin Adler & Hyman, LLP Cullen and Dykman LLP Farrell Fritz, P.C. Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein, P.C. Rivkin Radler LLP

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

Government Employers

Holland & Knight LLP

Bronx County District Attorney’s Office

Jackson Lewis LLP

Internal Revenue Service

Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP

Kings County District Attorney’s Office

Latham & Watkins LLP

Los Angeles County Public Defender

Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP

Miami-Dade Office of the State Attorney

Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP Nixon Peabody LLP O’Melveny & Myers LLP Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP

New York City Law Department New York County District Attorney’s Office

Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP

Queens County District Attorney’s Office

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

Social Security Administration

Proskauer Rose LLP

U.S. Air Force, Army and Marine Corps JAG Corps

Shearman & Sterling LLP Sidley Austin LLP Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP


Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services U.S. Department of Justice

U.S. Department of Labor U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Employment Statistics for the Class of 2009

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

• 94 percent employed within nine months of graduation

Public Interest Organizations

• 3 percent pursued advanced degrees

Catholic Charities Immigrant Services

• Median private-sector starting salary:


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Children’s Law Center Foundation Source Philanthropic Services Inc. Lawyers for Children The Legal Aid Society Legal Aid Society of Nassau County Long Island Advocacy Center Manhattan Legal Services Maryland Legal Aid Project Sentinel Federal Judicial Clerkships U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Middle District of Alabama U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of Delaware U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Florida U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of Maryland U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of New York U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Federal Claims U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims

OCS Services • Job Listings: Full-time, part-time, summer and postgraduate jobs are posted online. • Mock Interviews: Student interviews are recorded and critiqued, to provide both practice and feedback. • Resume Collection: Student resumes are placed in the hands of employers who seek summer and postgraduate hires. • On-Campus Interviews: Employers visit the campus to interview students who are looking for both summer and postgraduate positions. • Document Review: OCS counselors review resumes and cover letters to ensure a professional appearance.

U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York U.S. District Court, Western District of Virginia Postgraduate Fellowships Equal Justice Works Fellowship New York State Senate Fellowship Presidential Management Fellowship 23

Alumni Stories Hofstra Law’s alumni community consists of more than 8,700 members in 49 states and 13 countries around the world. More than 116 alumni are judges nationwide, and countless more practice law, lead organizations and communities, and put their law degrees to work in other ways. What’s more, alumni are involved in the Hofstra Law community and regularly mentor students, whether through formal externships or informal relationships, to provide valuable career and personal guidance.

Randy Levine ’80 President, New York Yankees Randy Levine knows that every major change is made up of many small changes. It’s a lesson he learned at Hofstra Law, where he studied labor and employment law, and it’s been reinforced throughout his career, including his time as New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s labor commissioner during the last recession. Levine brought innovative methods he’d used in the private sector to negotiating with the city’s labor unions and worked out groundbreaking agreements that dramatically reduced costs while creating programs that were popular with employees.

“Hofstra was very successful in instilling in me the confidence I could handle situations going forward.” View the whole interview at 24

Those experiences also served Levine well during the Major League Baseball players’ strike in 1995, when he was asked to represent the owners. “I developed a relationship with the head of the players association, Don Fehr,” he says. “We were able to hammer out an agreement which changed the way baseball went forward. It created a partnership between the owners and players, and improved the competitive balance. Baseball is enjoying its greatest popularity, and its revenues are the highest they’ve ever been, so I’m very proud I played a small part in bringing the game to where it is today.”

Sallie ManzanetDaniels ’88 Associate Justice, New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Division Sallie Manzanet-Daniels feels her Hofstra Law education has prepared her for her career on the bench: “As a trial judge, the volume of cases is so overwhelming that you’re not able to really dig into the cases you have with the depth that sometimes you’d like to.” However, when she is called upon to examine an area of law in which she isn’t well-versed, “I do so without trepidation because I know I have been equipped with the most solid of foundations in the law and that there is no legal problem I cannot analyze and break down into its basic components and figure out. Hofstra taught that very simply.”

“I have been equipped with the most solid of foundations in the law.” View the whole interview at

Besides a firm foundation in the law, Hofstra Law offers access to some of the leading minds in law — and not just during class. “I had Monroe Freedman for Contracts; he is also a renowned expert in the field of ethics,” she says. “To this day, Professor Freedman continues to send me any new articles he writes, so that, even over the 20 years or so, he stays in contact with his students. I think it’s a tremendous credit to him and to the institution that it engenders that kind of connection to its student body and alumni.”

Select Distinguished Hofstra Law Alumni Maryanne Trump Barry ’74

Neal Hendel ’76

Robert O. Muller ’74

Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit

Justice, Israeli Supreme Court

Katherine N. Lapp ’81

Founder, International Campaign to Ban Landmines (1997 Nobel Peace Prize recipient)

President, Mercy College (New York)

Executive Vice President, Harvard University

David A. Paterson ’82

Maurice A. Deane ’81

Edward P. Mangano ’87

President, Bama Equities, Inc.

Nassau County Executive

Kimberly R. Cline ’87

Governor, State of New York

John J. Farley, III ’73 Retired Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims

Samuel Ramos ’91 Vice President and Associate General Counsel, Goldman Sachs 25

Life on Campus and Beyond Few, if any, law schools can match the combination of Hofstra Law’s green, 240-acre campus and its easy access to New York City, the hub of the world’s legal profession. Students living on campus in graduate housing enjoy a setting that is home to a nationally recognized arboretum, yet is less than an hour by train from Manhattan. The campus provides all the amenities of a leading university and several that are unique to Hofstra, such as a bird sanctuary. The campus abuts Long Island’s “downtown” of Mitchel Field, home to the New York Islanders, Museum Row, hotels, and businessand law-office centers. This area is flanked by Roosevelt Field, one of the country’s largest upscale shopping malls, and Eisenhower Park, a 930-acre public space that boasts a golf course that hosted the P.G.A. Championship, one of the finest swimming facilities in the U.S. and a full range of athletic and family activities. Farther afield on Long Island are the famed public beaches of the South Shore at Jones Beach and Robert Moses State Park — minutes by car or bus from campus. To the north are harbor villages and parks that make up Long Island’s Gold Coast, made famous in The Great Gatsby. To the east are the wineries of the North Fork and the famous Hamptons and Montauk resorts of the South Fork. And of course, a day or evening in New York City is one of Hofstra’s main attractions. Manhattan offers


some of the greatest culture in the world, whether it be visiting renowned museums, taking in Broadway shows, strolling fine boutiques on Madison Avenue, exploring Central Park or sampling the many different cuisines from the finest restaurants and hidden deli treasures. All of this is just a 40-minute train ride from Hofstra’s campus.

Housing The Graduate Residence Hall is Hofstra University’s newest residence facility. The five-story building offers suitestyle apartment living and is on the North Campus, between Constitution and Alliance Halls. Each suite has multiple bedrooms, with shared common spaces, kitchenettes and bathrooms. The Graduate Residence Hall has single and double bedrooms within four-, three- and two-bedroom suites. Each common area includes a couch, love seat and coffee tables. The kitchenettes have a stove-top burner, refrigerator, microwave and dining table with chairs.

“My experience with Hofstra Law graduates at my firm and throughout the field of law is that their education and preparation are second to none. Hofstra prepares students to do well and make their mark on the world.” — Brad Eric Scheler ’77, Senior Partner and Chairman, Bankruptcy and Restructuring Department, Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP View the whole interview at


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