For Immediate Release:  Oct 28, 2011
2011, 10, 28

Hofstra Law Sponsors Three-Day Teach-In Exploring the Occupation of Wall Street

Hofstra Law Sponsors Three-Day Teach-In Exploring the Occupation of Wall Street

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Kristen McMahon
Director of Public Relations
Hofstra Law
Phone: 516.463.4252

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. — Students and professors at the Maurice A. Deane School of Law have organized the three-day teach-in “Why Is Wall Street Occupied?” to address and discuss the legal causes and consequences of the issues raised in the Occupy Wall Street movement.

Faculty participating in the teach-in will discuss their relevant intellectual and research interests, as well as engage in dialogue with students about the protests in general and the issues they raise. All of the events will take place at Hofstra Law, 121 Hofstra University, South Campus.

The first discussion took place on Wednesday, October 19, from noon-1 p.m. in Room 206, and it will focus on the content of the movement, including corporate practices, structure and power, as well as financial regulations. Participating faculty included business law experts J. Scott Colesanti, Ronald J. Colombo and Daniel J.H. Greenwood. 

The second discussion will be held on Monday, October 31, from 1-2 p.m. in Room 243, and it will focus on student loans and medical debt in bankruptcy proceedings, financial structures and tax loopholes. Participating faculty will include bankruptcy and tax law experts Linda Galler and Alan Resnick.

The final discussion will take place on Monday, November 7, from noon-1 p.m. in Room 243, and it will focus on constitutional issues including the right to assembly and free speech, protection from unreasonable seizures and civic participation in historical contexts. Participating faculty will include several constitutional law experts.

The teach-in is co-sponsored by several Hofstra Law student groups, including OutLaw, Phi Alpha Delta, the Public Justice Foundation and the Student Bar Association.

Media interested in attending any of these events or interviewing faculty members about the issues involved in the Occupy Wall Street movement should contact Kristen McMahon at 516-463-4252 or

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