For Immediate Release:  Nov 18, 2011
2011, 11, 18

Hofstra Law Dean Receives Leadership in Law Award, Four Hofstra Law Alumni Are Also Recognized for Making a Positive Impact in the Legal Field

Hofstra Law Dean Receives Leadership in Law Award, Four Hofstra Law Alumni Are Also Recognized for Making a Positive Impact in the Legal Field

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HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. — Nora V. Demleitner, dean of the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University, has received a Leadership in Law Award in recognition for her contributions to legal education.

Sponsored by Long Island Business News, the Leadership in Law Award recognizes those individuals whose dedication to excellence and leadership, both in the legal profession and in the community, have had a positive impact on Long Island. Awardees were chosen in seven categories. Four Hofstra Law alumni have also been recognized for their contributions to the legal field:
  • Sole Practitioner category — James Gesualdi ’88
  • Of Counsel/Special Counsel category — Jack Libert ’74, Counsel, Forchelli, Curto, Deegan, Schwartz, Mineo, Cohn & Terrana LLP
  • Firm: Partner category — Steven Schlesinger ’76, Managing Partner, Jaspan Schlesinger LLP
  • Firm: Associate category — Michael Schnipper ’04, Associate, Nixon Peabody LLP 
“I commend the Long Island Business News for honoring members of the legal profession who work with diligence and passion to positively impact communities on Long Island,” said Demleitner. “I am very thankful for this recognition, and I am particularly proud of our alumni. Hofstra Law strives to educate ethical lawyers who will make an impact in the legal field, and it is a testament to the caliber of our alumni that they have been recognized for their contributions.” 

The 2011 Leadership In Law Awards were sponsored by Farrell Fritz, P.C., Nixon Peabody LLP and Ruskin Moscou Faltischek, P.C. The inaugural awards gala took place on Monday, November 14, 2011, at the Crest Hollow Country Club.

In 2010, Demleitner was named among Long Island’s Top 50 Most Influential Women in Business byLong Island Business News for the third consecutive year, which marked her induction into the Hall of Fame for LIBN’s Top 50 Most Influential Women in Business. 

Demleitner became the first female dean of Hofstra Law in January 2008. Since she took the helm, the Law School has celebrated numerous achievements. It is ranked among the Top 100 ABA-accredited law schools by U.S. News & World Report and has been named by U.S. News as one of the nation’s most diverse law schools.

During her tenure, Demleitner has developed a closer relationship with the Nassau County Bar Association to enhance collaboration between the law school and the legal profession and increase the opportunity for law students to work directly with the bar association.  Among the most pronounced changes in legal education has been the creation of an extensive program on Professionalism and Leadership at Hofstra Law.

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. She clerked for the Honorable Samuel A. Alito, Jr., then a member of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. In addition to her duties as dean, she now teaches and writes widely in the areas of criminal, comparative and immigration law.

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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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