Center Directors

Center Directors

Susan Saab Fortney,
Howard Lichtenstein Distinguished Professor of Legal Ethics

Professor Fortney has developed a reputation as an expert in legal ethics and malpractice. Her work focuses on issues related to law firm governance and ethics. She has conducted various empirical studies and is a prolific and well-published legal scholar. Her research focuses on law firm peer review, law firm culture, ethics and billable-hour expectations. She has also co-authored the nation’s first textbook on Legal Malpractice law, published by Thomson-West.

Monroe Freedman,
Professor of Law

Associate Director
Professor Freedman is the author of two books and several dozen articles on lawyers’ ethics. As stated in the Journal of the Legal Profession, “It is no exaggeration to say that Monroe Freedman’s thinking, writing and lectures have been the primary creative force in legal ethics today.”

Roy D. Simon,
Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Law

Professor Simon was the Howard Lichtenstein Distinguished Professor of Legal Ethics at Hofstra from 2003 until 2011. He writes books on legal ethics, serves on bar committees that address legal ethics, and consults with lawyers and law firms as an expert on legal ethics.

Professor Simon writes Simon’s New York Rules of Professional Conduct Annotated (now in its 15th edition). He also annually coauthors Regulation of Lawyers: Statutes and Standards (now in its 24th edition) and is the principal co-author of a textbook for law students titled Lawyers and the Legal Profession (4th ed. 2009). He wrote a monthly column for New York Professional Responsibility Report from 1998 through 2011 and has written spring and fall columns titled “Developments in the Regulation of Lawyers” for the Newsletter of the AALS Section on Professional Responsibility since 1991.