For Immediate Release:  Aug 19, 2011
2011, 08, 19

Hofstra Law Announces Two New Appointments: Lichtenstein Professor of Legal Ethics and Law Library Director

Hofstra Law Announces Two New Appointments: Lichtenstein Professor of Legal Ethics and Law Library Director

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HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. — Hofstra Law School announced today that Susan Saab Fortney will join its full-time faculty as the new Howard Lichtenstein Distinguished Professor of Legal Ethics and director of the Institute for the Study of Legal Ethics beginning in the fall 2011 semester. She will succeed Roy D. Simon, Jr., who has served as the Lichtenstein Professor since 2003. Fortney is coming to Hofstra Law from Texas Tech University School of Law, where she has served as interim dean since 2010 and Paul Whitfield Horn University Professor since 2008.

“We are delighted to welcome Susan Fortney to Hofstra Law," said Dean Nora V. Demleitner. “As a renowned scholar in the area of law firm ethics, Susan will add an exciting new dimension to our ethics faculty, our curriculum and scholarship, as well as our institutional goal to prepare ethical lawyers.”

Additionally, Courtney L. Selby was recently named associate dean for information services, director of the law library and assistant professor of law. Selby joined Hofstra Law earlier this summer and previously served as the collection development and instructional services law librarian at the University of Tulsa College of Law, where she also was a member of the legal research teaching team.

“Courtney Selby’s impressive experience and energy for her work are confidence-inspiring,” said Demleitner. “She is a rising star in her field, and we are certain that she will help us expand our library offerings and technology services.”

About Susan Saab Fortney

Susan Fortney is an expert in law firm governance and ethics. She has conducted various empirical studies and is a prolific and well-published legal scholar. Fortney’s research focuses on the culture, ethics peer-review practices and billable-hour expectations of law firms. In 2005, she completed a national cross-profession study of lawyers practicing in firms, government and corporate offices. Fortney also co-authored the nation’s first textbook on legal malpractice law, Legal Malpractice Law: Problems and Prevention, published by Thomson-West.

Before joining Texas Tech, Fortney practiced law in both the public and private sectors. Upon graduation from law school, she first served as briefing attorney for Chief Justice Carlos Cadena of the Fourth Court of Appeals of Texas. She continued her public service as an attorney with the Division of Corporation Finance and the Division of Enforcement at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Fortney later entered private practice, handling securities and corporate matters. With that background, she developed an expertise in business and coverage litigation, principally handling legal malpractice and directors’ and officers’ liability cases. Susan Fortney received a J.S.D. and an LL.M. from Columbia University School of Law, a J.D. from Antioch School of Law and a B.A. from Trinity University.

About Courtney Selby

Courtney Selby is actively involved with the American Association of Law Libraries and is a member of the Social Responsibilities, Academic Law Libraries and Technical Services Special Interest Sections. She has served as chair of three committees within these professional groups and is also completing a two-year term as the contributing editor for collection development for Technical Services Law Librarian. Selby received a B.A. in sociology from the University of Tulsa, a J.D. from the University of Tulsa College of Law, and a M.L.I.S. from the University of Oklahoma.

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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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