Distinguished Professorships

Distinguished Professorships

As part of an institutional commitment to excellence in legal education and research, the Maurice A. Deane School of Law, in conjunction with Hofstra University and individual and corporate supporters, maintains many endowed chairs and distinguished professorships.

M. Patricia Adamski
M. Patricia Adamski, Senior Vice President for Planning and Administration, Hofstra University
Adolph J. and Dorothy R. Eckhardt Distinguished Professor of Corporate Law

Established in 1992 by gifts from Mr. Adolph J. Eckhardt and his wife Dorothy, this professorship is designed to promote research, lecture series and other scholarly activities in the field of corporate law.
Robert A. Baruch Bush
Robert A. Baruch Bush
Harry H. Rains Distinguished Professor of Arbitration and Alternative Dispute Settlement Law
Established in 1983, this professorship is supported by a gift from Muriel and Harry H. Rains of Locust Valley. Mr. Rains, senior partner in the law firm of Rains and Pogrebin in Merrick, New York, distinguished himself in this area of law and was one of the founding members of the National Academy of Arbitrators. The professorship enables the development of publications, research, symposia and a curriculum of dispute settlement methodology as an alternative to courtroom litigation.
Janet L. Dolgin
Janet L. Dolgin
Jack and Freda Dicker Distinguished Professor of Health Care Law; Professor of Science Education, Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine; Co-director, Hofstra Bioethics Center; Director, Gitenstein Institute for Health Law and Policy
Established in 1985, this professorship is supported by gifts from Mr. Ernest Dicker and his brothers, Stanley and Daniel Dicker, in honor of their late father and mother. The Dicker family is a leader in institutional health care for the aged. This professorship supports the development of a health care law curriculum, as well as research, conferences and other professional scholarly activities in the field of health care law.
Susan Saab Fortney
Susan Saab Fortney
Howard Lichtenstein Distinguished Professor of Legal Ethics
This professorship was established in memory of Howard Lichtenstein, the late senior partner of the law firm of Proskauer Rose Goetz and Mendelsohn. The professorship is endowed by that law firm and by friends of Mr. Lichtenstein. It supports planned monographs, lectures and other scholarly activities in the field of legal ethics.
Eric M. Freedman
Eric M. Freedman
Maurice A. Deane Distinguished Professor of Constitutional Law

Supported by a gift from Maurice A. Deane '81, the purpose of this professorship is to encourage scholarly research, professional conferences and other appropriate study of constitutional law.
Leon Friedman
Leon Friedman
Joseph Kushner Distinguished Professor of Civil Liberties Law
Established in memory of the late Joseph Kushner, who headed a real estate concern involved in development and acquisitions in New Jersey, this professorship promotes scholarly activities in civil liberties law. Kushner was a survivor of the Holocaust and was keenly interested in the protection of civil liberties. The professorship is endowed by contributions from his son, Charles Kushner '79.
Mitchell Gans
Mitchell Gans
Rivkin Radler Distinguished Professor of Law
The Rivkin Radler Distinguished Professorship was established in 1987 and funded by Rivkin, Radler, Dunne & Bayh (now known as Rivkin Radler), a prominent law firm with offices on Long Island and in New York City and New Jersey.
Joanna L. Grossman
Joanna L. Grossman
Sidney and Walter Siben Distinguished Professor of Family Law
Established in 1984 and supported by a gift from the law firm of Siben & Siben, this professorship promotes scholarly research, conferences and publications in the field of family law.
Lawrence W. Kessler
Lawrence W. Kessler
Richard J. Cardali Distinguished Professor of Trial Advocacy
Established in 1989 in memory of Richard J. Cardali, a prominent attorney specializing in plaintiff's negligence work, this professorship promotes the continued training of advocacy skills. Mr. Cardali devoted a substantial amount of his time and energy to teaching advocacy skills to other lawyers and to law students.
Eric Lane
Eric Lane, Dean, Maurice A. Deane School of Law, Hofstra University
Eric J. Schmertz Distinguished Professor of Public Law and Public Service

This professorship was established in 1993 in honor of Eric J. Schmertz, the former Edward F. Carlough Distinguished Professor of Labor Law and dean of Hofstra Law from 1982 to 1989.
Stuart Rabinowitz
Stuart Rabinowitz, President, Hofstra University
Andrew M. Boas and Mark L. Claster Distinguished Professor of Law

This professorship was established in 1986 by gifts from two Hofstra Law graduates, Andrew M. Boas '80 and Mark L. Claster '77. Its purpose is to promote research, lectures and other scholarly activities relating to laws designed to ensure the fair and efficient resolution of civil disputes.
Alan N. Resnick
Alan N. Resnick
Benjamin Weintraub Distinguished Professor of Bankruptcy Law
This professorship was established in 1984 to honor Benjamin Weintraub's accomplishments as an advisor and advocate for financially ailing businesses. Mr. Weintraub co-founded Levin & Weintraub & Crames, a nationally prominent law firm, in 1933 and was a member of the National Bankruptcy Conference. His numerous publications contributed to the development of bankruptcy law.
Andrew Scheperd
Andrew Schepard
Max Schmertz Distinguished Professor of Law
This Professorship, honors and perpetuates the memory of Max Schmertz, a business and political leader of the city of New Rochelle. It is funded by grants from Eric J. Schmertz, former Dean of the Hofstra School of Law, and Herbert Schmertz, vice president, Mobil Corporation. It supports a Distinguished Lecture Series in various legal disciplines.

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