HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. —
Hofstra Law School today announced that Professors Eric Lane and I. Bennett Capers have each been named Associate Dean for Intellectual Life. In these new positions, Deans Lane and Capers will focus on creating thought leadership events and fostering faculty scholarship that increases Hofstra Law's position as an academic leader in the legal community.
"Scholarship is a vital part of our academic enterprise, and I am so pleased that two wonderful colleagues, Eric Lane and Bennett Capers, have agreed to serve as Associate Deans for Intellectual Life," said Dean Nora V. Demleitner. "By bringing scholars and distinguished practitioners in to exchange ideas and critical insights, Deans Lane and Capers will continue to build upon Hofstra Law's tradition of cultivating a fund of knowledge and learning from which practitioners and members of the academy can draw and build upon."
As part of his new role, Dean Lane will bring distinguished practitioners, both private and public, to Hofstra Law for presentations to students, faculty and others. He will also be responsible for helping interested faculty find opportunities to participate in policy making and other endeavors that advance the Hofstra Law tradition of making an impact in the legal field. Dean Lane is also the Eric J. Schmertz Distinguished Professor of Public Law and Public Service at Hofstra Law.
Dean Capers, associate professor of law, will focus on enriching the Hofstra Law community by planning faculty workshops and promoting events and programs that encourage intellectual pursuits among faculty and students.
"Each of them will bring a unique perspective, but their principal aims will be the same: To enhance the intellectual life of the law school by encouraging scholarly pursuits and developing unique programs that benefit the Hofstra Law community," Demleitner added.
About Dean Eric Lane
Dean Lane coauthored The Genius of America: How the Constitution Saved the Country and Why It Can Again
with Michael Oreskes. He also collaborated on two additional books with the Honorable Abner J. Mikva: The Legislative Process
and An Introduction to Statutory Interpretation and Legislative Process
. He also has written a number of scholarly articles on governmental decision-making.
Presently, Dean Lane is the Senior Fellow at the Brennan Center of Justice and the NYU School of Law. Through 2005 he served as special counsel to the speaker of the New York City Council. Dean Lane has also served as a consultant for the Justice Project of the Center for Court Innovation. From July 1993 to February 1995 he served as counsel to the New York State Temporary Commission on Constitutional Revision.
In 1990, Dean Lane served as chair of the New York City Task Force on Charter Implementation. From 1986 to 1989 he was executive director/counsel to the New York City Charter Revision Commission. Dean Lane also spent six years (1981-1986) as chief counsel to the New York State Senate Minority.
Dean Lane currently serves on the boards of the Vera Institute of Justice, The Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem and the Council on the Environment of New York City. He is a member of the American Law Institute and the American Bar Foundation.
About Dean I. Bennett Capers
Immediately prior to joining the Hofstra faculty, Dean Capers practiced at Willkie Farr & Gallagher in New York City. His scholarship explores the relationship between crime, culture, and law, and has appeared or is forthcoming in numerous journals, including California Law Review
, Columbia Law Review
, Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review
, Indiana Law Journal
, Michigan Law Review
, and Washington University Law Review
. In 2006, Dean Capers was chosen as the Hofstra University Distinguished Lecturer, and in 2009, Dean Capers was awarded the Lawrence A. Stessin Prize for Outstanding Scholarly Publication. Dean Capers has also served as a visiting professor at Fordham Law School. He currently serves as Secretary of the AALS Criminal Justice Section.
Dean Capers graduated from Columbia Law School, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts in literature from Princeton University. Following law school, he served as a law clerk to Judge John S. Martin, Jr., in the Southern District of New York before joining the Department of Justice as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York.
During his nine years as an Assistant U.S. Attorney, Dean Capers prosecuted hundreds of federal cases, and tried approximately 20, ranging from RICO murders to insider trading, and argued numerous appeals before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. He also served on the Capital Review Committee. In 2004, Dean Capers was nominated for the Department of Justice's Director's Award for his prosecution of Tito's Crew, a drug gang that engaged in murder-for-hire and was responsible for approximately 18 homicides in New York during the early 1990s, including the murders of two informants and an attorney.