Faculty in the Field

Faculty in the Field

Barbara S. BarronBarbara S. Barron, Professor of Skills, Director of the Trial Techniques Program, Director of Student Advocacy Programs and Faculty Advisor to Moot Court Board
Professor Barron, who has a master’s degree in Russian, has worked as a linguist with the Department of Defense and as a criminal and civil litigator in the private and public sectors. She has integrated her two career paths as a professor of skills domestically and internationally. Besides her work in the United States, where she has taught skills extensively, she has created and implemented innovative linguistically and legally relevant skills courses throughout Eastern Europe and beyond, from Russia to Kazakhstan. She also was one of four American lawyers who introduced U.S. trial skills to hundreds of Japanese defense attorneys in preparation for Japan’s adoption of the mixed jury trial system.

Alafair S. BurkeAlafair S. Burke, Professor of Law
Professor Burke, a former prosecutor and well-known novelist, teaches criminal law and criminal procedure subjects. Her research intersects criminal law and procedure and focuses on policing and prosecutorial policies. She has written about prosecutorial decision making, community policing and nonpunitive responses to crime problems, and the criminal law’s treatment of domestic violence, both in punishing batterers and in explaining the conduct of battered women.

Robin CharlowRobin Charlow, Professor of Law
Professor Charlow teaches, writes and lectures primarily in the areas of constitutional and criminal law, with scholarly articles appearing in the Stanford, Cornell and Texas law reviews. Since joining the Hofstra Law faculty, she has served on various committees of the national board of the American Civil Liberties Union and on the executive committee of the Association of American Law Schools Section on Criminal Law and Procedure.

J. Herbie DiFonzoJ. Herbie DiFonzo, Professor of Law
Professor DiFonzo’s interests include family law, civil procedure, juvenile justice and legal history. He had a wide-ranging two decades of law practice before becoming a full-time professor, including stints as a federal prosecutor and as a litigator. Professor DiFonzo teaches courses in family law, civil procedure and alternatives to litigation

Eric M. FreedmanEric M. Freedman, Maurice A. Deane Distinguished Professor of Constitutional Law
Professor Freedman has two primary areas of academic interest. One is constitutional law and history, with a special emphasis on the history of the Revolutionary period, First Amendment topics and separation of powers. The second is litigation-centered and includes the fields of civil and criminal procedure and strategy, with a focus on the death penalty and habeas corpus. He has testified on these matters several times before Congress and other legislative bodies.

Lawrence W. KesslerLawrence W. Kessler, Richard J. Cardali Distinguished Professor of Trial Advocacy
Professor Kessler is a national expert in the field of trial advocacy training. He is the director of the National Institute of Trial Advocacy’s Master Advocates’ Program, the co-director of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy’s Northeast Regional Program and a team leader and teacher in Advocacy Teacher Training and Trial Advocacy courses at law schools and agencies throughout the country.

Fred KleinFred Klein, Visiting Assistant Professor of Law
Professor Klein has been an attorney for the past 33 years and a prosecutor for most of that time. Since leaving public service, he has taught Criminal Procedure, Trial Advocacy and Criminal Externship at Hofstra Law. Prior to that he was the chief of the Major Offense Bureau in the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office. Professor Klein personally tried more than 100 felony prosecutions and was the attorney on several high profile cases.

Jacob L. StevensJacob L. Stevens, Visiting Associate Clinical Professor of Law
Professor Stevens is the director of the Criminal Justice Clinic. He brings more than 15 years of experience defending the rights of the indigent and marginalized in the criminal justice system. After working as a public defender in Philadelphia and Harlem, and venturing into victim assistance as managing attorney at the New York City Gay and Lesbian Anti-Violence Project, he joined The Bronx Defenders in its inaugural year. Professor Stevens has represented hundreds, if not thousands, of clients facing accusations ranging from trespass to murder.