HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. —
Hofstra Law School has acquired the papers of William R. Ginsberg, a Hofstra Professor Emeritus who was a pioneer in the field of environmental law and a leading advocate for the preservation of open space.
Professor Ginsburg, who taught at Hofstra Law School for 29 years, is credited with introducing one of the first environmental law classes in the country. When he retired from teaching in 2004, Professor Ginsberg held the title of Rivkin Radler Distinguished Professor of Environmental Law. He died in 2006.
"During his long and distinguished career, Professor Ginsberg was actively involved in the major environmental issues of his time," said Hofstra Law School Interim Dean Nora Demleitner, "including his leadership in conservation and his work as a hearing officer in the state's inquiry into the Love Canal disaster. His papers will be a rich resource for those interested in the evolution and development of environmental law and land use policy over the last 30 years, and will provide insight into the life and work of this ardent advocate for the environment in New York."
The collection, a generous gift from Professor Ginsberg's family, includes a wide range of publications in Environmental Law and Land Use, as well as some of his personal papers. The materials will be added to books and papers Professor Ginsberg donated to the Hofstra Law Library several years ago to create the William R. Ginsberg Special Collection.
Professor Ginsberg authored the New York State report on the Love Canal disaster. He served as a New York City Commissioner of Parks and Recreation in the administration of Mayor John Lindsay, was lead lawyer in a landmark environmental case in 1979 that for the first time allowed tax exemptions for privately owned nature preserves, and helped write the state's laws on conservation easements.
From 1981 to 1996, Professor Ginsberg was president of the Catskill Center for Conservation and Development. Among the donated materials are reports to New York State on the Catskills and local government that trace his involvement in open space preservation and the development of New York environmental laws.
Hofstra Law School was founded in 1970 and is accredited by the ABA, boasting an alumni body of approximately 8,000 graduates. The school is located on campus at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York. In addition to its full-time juris doctor (J.D.) degree program, Hofstra Law School offers part-time day and evening J.D. programs as well as graduate degree programs, including an LL.M. Program in American Legal Studies (for foreign law graduates), an LL.M. Program in International Law (for foreign or U.S. law graduates), and a new LL.M. Program in Family Law.