For Immediate Release:  Mar 30, 2009
2009, 03, 30

Hofstra Law Dean Nora V. Demleitner Named Among Long Island’s Most Influential Women

Hofstra Law Dean Nora V. Demleitner Named Among Long Island’s Most Influential Women

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HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. — For the second consecutive year, Hofstra Law Dean Nora V. Demleitner has been named one of Long Island’s Top 50 Most Influential Women in Business by The Long Island Business News.  

The award, sponsored by Hofstra University, LISTnet, the law office of Jaspan Schlesinger LLP, Bank of America, Verizon and The Crest Hollow Country Club, recognizes the contributions of female professionals on the region's economy and communities.  The honorees will be recognized at a gala on Thursday, May 14, 2009 at The Crest Hollow Country Club.

“Nora Demleitner is an excellent law professor, prolific legal scholar and innovative leader of Hofstra Law School, which continues to grow its national reputation,” said Hofstra President Stuart Rabinowitz.  “I join the Long Island Business News in recognizing her many accomplishments.”

“I applaud The Long Island Business News for honoring women making an impact in their communities,” said Dean Demleitner.  “I share this award with the Hofstra Law faculty, staff, alumni and students who inspire me every day.”        

“The culture Dean Demleitner has created is amazing,” said December 2008 Hofstra Law graduate Barbara Dillon.  “She is engaged with students and clearly committed to the success of the law school.”

Dean Demleitner became the first female Dean of Hofstra Law School in January of 2008.  Since she took the helm, Hofstra Law School has celebrated numerous achievements:
  • Ranked in the Top 100 ABA-accredited law schools by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Named the country's 11th best public interest law school by preLaw magazine.
  • Received nearly 5,000 applications from candidates worldwide.
  • Ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the most diverse law schools.  The student body hails from 35 countries, 45 states and 150 colleges.
  • Assembled a diverse faculty of 20% ethnic minorities, more than 40% women and 10% lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.
  • Obtained the highest bar pass rate in recent memory, with 87.6% of Hofstra Law School's New York State bar exam first-time test takers passing the July 2008 administration.
  • Hosted a visit by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr. for whom Dean Demleitner clerked.
  • Joined the American Bar Association-Environmental Protection Agency Law Office Climate Challenge Program, with a commitment to implement “green” policies.
  • Increased alumni giving, both the total amount given as well as the number of donors.
Dean Demleitner received her J.D. from Yale Law School, her B.A. from Bates College, and an LL.M. with distinction in International and Comparative Law from Georgetown University Law Center.  After law school Dean Demleitner clerked for the Hon. Samuel A. Alito, Jr., then a member of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.  She testified in front of the U.S. Senate on behalf of Justice Alito's nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Dean Demleitner teaches and writes widely in the areas of criminal, comparative and immigration law.  She recently participated in the 2009 J. Reuben Clark Law Society’s annual conference at Harvard Law School, where she spoke about the impact of sentencing guidelines on civil rights.

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The Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University is located 40 minutes from New York City in suburban Long Island. Hofstra Law is home to nearly 850 students, an alumni base of more than 10,600 members and a distinguished faculty of more than 50 professors, including many scholars recognized as national and international experts in their field. The law school is part of Hofstra University and is fully accredited by the Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar of the American Bar Association.

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