Hon. Sallie Manzanet-Daniels '88

Hon. Sallie Manzanet-Daniels '88

Associate Justice, New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Division

Justice Sallie Manzanet-Daniels feels that her Hofstra Law education has prepared her for her career on the bench: “As a trial judge, the volume of cases is so overwhelming that you're not able to really dig into the cases you have with the depth that sometimes you’d like to.” However, when she is called upon to examine an area of law in which she isn’t well-versed, “I do so without trepidation because I know I have been equipped with the most solid of foundations in the law and that there is no legal problem I cannot analyze and break down into its basic components and figure out,” she says. “Hofstra taught that very simply.”

Now an appellate court justice, the fundamental skills that Justice Manzanet-Daniels learned at Hofstra Law allow her, she says, to analyze the law “from its very root.”

Besides a firm foundation in the law, Hofstra Law offers access to some of the leading minds in law — and not just during class. “I had Monroe Freedman for Contracts; he is also a renowned expert in the field of ethics,” she says. “To this day, Professor Freedman continues to send me any new articles he writes, so that, even over the 20 years or so, he stays in contact with his students. I think it’s a tremendous credit to him and to the institution that it engenders that kind of connection to its student body and alumni.”

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