Telephone: (516) 463-5858

URL: http://law.hofstra.edu


ABA Approved Since 1971


Hofstra University School of Law, which is approved by the ABA and is a member of the AALS, is an independent, nonsectarian institution in Hempstead, New York, on suburban Long Island, a short distance from Manhattan.


The first four decades in the life of the Hofstra University School of Law presents a story of vision, commitment to excellence and extraordinary success. The Law School was founded to create something special--a place which provides a superb legal education, in the broadest sense, to generations of competent and ethical attorneys; a place which makes meaningful contributions to the dialogue on pressing social issues of national and local importance and which brings together a diversity of students, faculty, judges, lawyers, scholars and professionals from a variety of disciplines in an effort to broaden the perspectives of all. The Law School has developed a number of institutes that sponsor research, advanced courses, and lectures and conferences in specialized areas. These institutes include the Institute for the Study of Legal Ethics, the Institute for Legal Advocacy, The Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation Dispute Resolution, the Institute of Health Law Studies and Policy, and the Institute of Gender Law and Policy. The Law School has also established an interdisciplinary Center for Children, Families and the Law, in which professionals from law, medicine and mental health collaborate in a clinical program, conferences and training to improve the welfare of children and their families. The result is a law school community that is constantly engaged in intellectual discussion and debate as faculty and students critically examine the law, the legal profession and legal education itself.


The Law School is located in a three-level building, designed to be in harmony with the brick neoclassic buildings on the South Campus. A significant building expansion was completed in 1991 to house the school‚??s growing library and faculty and to accommodate new programs. A state-of-the-art building has been constructed for the Law School‚??s clinical programs and Career Services Offices. In the Law School‚??s newly constructed trial courtroom/classroom, students view and criticize their own trial practice through the use of advanced audio-visual equipment, including remote-control, closed-circuit television cameras and recording devices. The new moot courtroom is an attractively designed amphitheater, with a professional judge‚??s and jury box and sophisticated computer and video equipment. The law library contains more than 560,000 volumes or equivalents. The library has one computer lab and additional workstations throughout the library. A wireless network has been installed throughout the Law School, which allows laptop access to the network (internet, e-mail, LEXIS and WESTLAW) from any site in the building.


In achieving a national reputation for academic excellence, the Law School has always emphasized teaching as well as research and publication. The faculty are persons of academic distinction, and many of them are recognized as national authorities in their fields. The faculty care deeply about legal education in general and about their students in particular. They make it a point to be accessible to students outside of the traditional classroom setting.


The curriculum at Hofstra is designed to provide a broad-based legal education that will equip students to practice law in any setting. The emphasis is primarily on the teaching of legal analysis, lawyering skills and professional responsibility. The first-year curriculum includes a unique course on Transnational Law, reflecting the ever-increasing importance of international issues in every area of the law. The Law School takes special care to provide the rigorous first-year legal training in as personal an atmosphere as possible. For example, each first-year student has one class in a section of fewer than 35 students; this experience enables a closer relationship between students and faculty in a seminar-like environment. In the second and third years, the Law School provides the opportunity for interested students to develop expertise in a wide range of specialized practice areas of the law. For example, extensive offerings in litigation and trial practice consist of a mix of classroom, simulation, skills training and strategy sessions. Other areas of possible concentration include corporate, constitutional, criminal, family, health, intellectual property, international, labor and tax law as well as alternative dispute resolution. In addition to its full and part-time J.D. programs, the Law School offers LL.M. degrees in American Legal Studies (for foreign law graduates) and in Family

Law (for U.S. law graduates).


Learning takes place not only in the classroom and clinical settings, but also at frequent special lectures when prominent judges, scholars and practitioners address students and faculty and during more informal exchanges among faculty and students in faculty offices and students lounges. This intellectually challenging atmosphere makes Hofstra a very special place at which to obtain a high quality and rigorous legal education in a diverse and nurturing atmosphere.


Dean: Nora V. Demleitner (516) 463-5854

Vice Dean for Academic Affairs: Jennifer Gundlach (516) 463-5858

Admissions: Noreen O‚??Brien (516) 463-5243

Financial Aid: Gerald Anderson (516) 463-5929

Library: Michelle M. Wu (516) 463-5392

Career Services: Michael Ende (516) 463-5871




NORA V. DEMLEITNER, (Law Professor), born Schwabach, Germany, December 11, 1966; admitted to bar, 1993, Massachusetts, New York. Education: Bates College (B.A., 1989); Yale Law School (J.D., 1992); Georgetown University Law Center (LL.M., 1994). COURSES: Criminal Law, Sentencing, Evidence, Comparative Law. Email:lawnvd @ hofstra.edu


MIRIAM R. ALBERT, (Law Professor), born Atlanta, Georgia, June 27, 1962; admitted to bar, 1988, Pennsylvania; 1988, New Jersey; 1991, New York. Education: Tufts University (B.A., 1984); Emory University (M.B.A., 1987; J.D., 1987). COURSES: Contracts, Business Organizations, Business Drafting, Business Planning. Email: lawmra @ hofstra.edu


BARBARA BARRON, (Law Professor), born 1954; admitted to bar, 1985, New York. Education: SUNY at Albany (B.A., 1974); Columbia University (M.A., 1977); Hofstra University (J.D., 1984). COURSES:Legal Research and Writing, Appellate Advocacy, Moot Court Program, Trial Advocacy.


AIESHA L. BATTLE, (Law Professor), born Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, September 11, 1979; admitted to bar, 2004, New York. Education: Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (B.A., Political Science, 2000); University of Pennsylvania Law School (J.D., 2003). COURSES:Legal Writing and Research.


ALAFAIR S. BURKE, (Law Professor), born Fort Lauderdale, Florida, October 16, 1969; admitted to bar, 1995, Oregon; 2000, New York. Education: Reed College (B.A., 1991); Stanford University Law School (J.D., 1994). COURSES:Criminal Law, Evidence, Criminal Procedure. Email:lawasb @ hofstra.edu


ROBERT A. BARUCH BUSH, (Law Professor), born 1948; admitted to bar, 1974, California. Education: Harvard University (B.A., 1969); Stanford University Law School (J.D., 1974). COURSES:Alternative Dispute Resolution, Alternatives to Litigation, Comparative Law, Economic Analysis and Law, Mediation Clinic, Torts.


I. BENNETT CAPERS, (Law Professor), born Charleston, South Carolina, May 16, 1966; admitted to bar, 1992, New York. Education: Princeton University (B.A., 1988); British and European Studies Group (London, England), Columbia University School of Law (J.D., 1991). COURSES:Criminal Law, Law and Literature.


ROBIN CHARLOW, (Law Professor), born 1951; admitted to bar, 1982, New York. Education: Vassar College (A.B., 1971); Cornell University (J.D., 1981). COURSES: Appellate Advocacy, Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, Mass Media and the First Amendment, Sex-Based Discrimination.


J. SCOTT COLESANTI, (Law Professor), born Brooklyn, New York, January, 1963; admitted to bar, 1989, New York; 1990, District of Columbia; 2000, Missouri. Education: Adelphi University (B.A., 1985); Fordham University School of Law (J.D., 1988); New York University School of Law (LL.M., 1997). COURSES:Legal Writing, Appellate Advocacy, Securities Regulation. Email:j.s.colesanti @ hofstra.edu


RONALD J. COLOMBO, (Law Professor), born Jamaica, New York, March 8, 1972; admitted to bar, 1999, New York; 2000 Washington, D.C.; 2001 Southern District New York. Education: Cornell University (B.S., 1994); New York University (J.D., 1998). COURSES: Contracts, Securities Regulation, Business Organizations. Email: ronald.colombo @ hofstra.edu


J. HERBIE DIFONZO, (Law Professor), born Buenos Aires, Argentina, March 19, 1953; admitted to bar, 1977, Virginia; 1978, District of Columbia. Education: St. Joseph‚??s University (B.S., 1974); University of Virginia (M.A., 1977; J.D., 1977; Ph.D., 1993). COURSES:Criminal Justice Clinic, Family Law.


JANET L. DOLGIN, (Law Professor), born New York, N.Y., September 19, 1947; admitted to bar, 1982, New York. Education: Barnard College (B.A., 1968); Princeton University (M.A., 1971; Ph.D., 1974); Yale Law School (J.D., 1981). COURSES:Family Law, Health Law, Law and Society, Selected Problems in Reproductive Technology, Wills, Trusts & Estates.


ERIC M. FREEDMAN, (Law Professor), born 1953; admitted to bar, 1980, New York; 1985, District of Columbia. Education: Yale University (B.A., 1975); Victoria University (M.A., 1977); Yale Law School (J.D., 1979). COURSES:Civil Procedure, Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Legal History, Mass Communications Law.


MONROE H. FREEDMAN, (Law Professor), born 1928; admitted to bar, 1954, Massachusetts; 1957, Pennsylvania; 1960, District of Columbia; 1978, New York. Education: Harvard University (A.B., 1951); Harvard University Law School (LL.B., 1954; LL.M., 1956). COURSES:Appellate Advocacy, Contracts, Legal Ethics, Legal Profession, Trial Advocacy.


LEON FRIEDMAN, (Law Professor), born New York, N.Y., February 6, 1933; admitted to bar, 1961, New York. Education: Harvard University (A.B., 1954); Harvard University Law School (LL.B., 1960). COURSES: Constitutional Law, Copyright, Criminal Procedure, Federal Courts.


EDWIN S. FRUEHWALD, (Law Professor), born Great Lakes, Illinois, April 13, 1955; admitted to bar, 1989, Kentucky. Education: University of North Carolina (M.A., 1979); CUNY (Ph.D., 1984); University of Louisville (J.D., 1989); University of Virginia (LL.M., 1994). COURSES: Legal Research and Writing, Appellate Advocacy.


LINDA GALLER, (Law Professor), born 1959; admitted to bar, 1982, Massachusetts; 1983, New York. Education: Wellesley College (B.A., 1979); Boston University (J.D., 1982); New York University School of Law (LL.M., 1986). COURSES:Business Organizations, Corporate Tax, Federal Taxation, International Taxation, Tax Policy.


MITCHELL GANS, (Law Professor), born 1949; admitted to bar, 1975, New York. Education: Hofstra University (B.B.A., 1971); Hofstra University School of Law (J.D., 1974). COURSES:Estate & Gift Tax Partnership Law, Estate Planning, Federal Tax, Wills, Trusts and Estates. Email:lawmmg @ hofstra.edu


ELIZABETH M. GLAZER, (Law Professor), born New York, New York, August 7, 1979; admitted to bar, 2005, New York. Education: University of Pennsylvania (B.A., 2001; M.A., 2001); University of Chicago (J.D., 2004). COURSES:Property Contracts, Jurisprudence. Email:elizabeth.glazer @ hofstra.edu


DANIEL J. H. GREENWOOD, (Law Professor), born 1957; admitted to bar, 1985, New York; 1994, Utah. Education: Harvard (A.B., 1979); Yale (J.D., 1984). COURSES: Business Organizations, Corporate Finance, Torts. Email: daniel.greenwood @ hofstra.edu


JOHN DEWITT GREGORY, (Law Professor), born 1931; admitted to bar, 1960, New York. Education: Howard University (B.A., 1952); Harvard University Law School (J.D., 1959). COURSES: Criminal Law, Domestic Relations, Education, Legal Problems of Local Government, Family Law.


JOANNA L. GROSSMAN, (Law Professor), born Madison, Wisconsin, August 5, 968; admitted to bar, 1995, California; 1996, District of Columbia. Education: Amherst College (B.A., 1990); Stanford Law School (J.D., 1994). COURSES:Sex Discrimination, Contracts, Trusts & Estates, Family Law. Email:lawjlg @ hofstra.edu


FRANK GULINO, (Law Professor), born Brooklyn, New York, August 14, 1954; admitted to bar, 1980, New York. Education: New York University (B.A., 1976); Fordham University School of Law (J.D., 1979). COURSES: Legal Writing, Appellate Advocacy. Email:lawfzg @ hofstra.edu


GRANT M. HAYDEN, (Law Professor), born Los Angeles, California, May 2, 1964; admitted to bar, 1997, Maryland. Education: Kansas (B.A., 1989; M.A., 1991); Stanford (J.D., 1995). COURSES:Labor Law, Employment Law, Lawmaking Institutions.


LISA HERSHMAN, (Law Professor), born Manhasset, New York, June 15, 1979; admitted to bar, 2005, New York. Education: University of Pennsylvania (B.A., 2001);  New York University School of Law (J.D., 2004). COURSES:Mediation, Alternative Dispute Resolution. Email:lawlyh @ hofstra.edu


JAMES EDWARD HICKEY, JR., (Law Professor), born Lebanon, Tennessee, February 12, 1944; admitted to bar, 1970, Georgia; 1971, District of Columbia. Education: University of Florida (B.S., 1966); University of Georgia (J.D., 1970); University of Cambridge (Ph.D., 1977). COURSES:Energy Law, International Human Rights, International Law, Law of the Sea, Personal Property, Real Property.


SUSAN JOFFE, (Law Professor), born December 25, 1950; admitted to bar, 1990, New York and U.S. District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York; 1996, U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit. Education: Herbert H. Lehman College of the City University of New York (B.A., 1971); State University of New York at Stony Brook (M.A., 1972); Hofstra University Law School (J.D., 1989). COURSES:Appellate Advocacy, Legal Writing and Research. Email:susan.joffe @ hofstra.edu


LAWRENCE W. KESSLER, (Law Professor), born 1942; admitted to bar, 1967, New York; 1974, Ohio. Education: Columbia University (B.A., 1964; J.D., 1967). COURSES: Clinical Teaching, Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Environmental Law, Evidence, Torts, Trial Practice.


STEFAN H. KRIEGER, (Law Professor), born 1946; admitted to bar, 1975, Illinois; 1987, Texas. Education: University of Chicago (A.B., 1968); University of Illinois (J.D., 1975). COURSES:Clinical Teaching, Trial Advocacy.


JULIAN G. KU, (Law Professor), born 1973; admitted to bar, 2001, New York. Education: Yale University (B.A., 1994); Yale Law School (J.D., 1998). COURSES:Business Organizations, Law and International Economic Development, Lawmaking, International Business Transactions, Foreign Affairs and the Constitution.


KATRINA FISCHER KUH, (Law Professor), born Houma, Louisiana, July 17, 1976; admitted to bar, 2004, New York. Education: Yale College (B.A., 1997); Yale Law School (J.D., 2002). COURSES:Torts. Email:katrina.kuh @ hofstra.edu


ERIC LANE, (Law Professor), born 1943; admitted to bar, 1971, New York. Education: Brown University (B.A., 1965); State University of New York at Stony Brook (M.A., 1967); Fordham University (J.D., 1970); New York University School of Law (LL.M., 1979). COURSES: Administrative Law, Legislative Process, International Law, Legal History.


HILLARY L. BURGESS LEARY, (Law Professor), born 1974; admitted to bar, 2004, New Jersey. Education: University of Chicago (A.B., Sociology, 1996); University of North Carolina Chapel Hill School of Law (J.D., 2003). COURSES: Legal Methods. Email:prof @ hillaryburgess.com


THEODOR S. LIEBMANN, (Law Professor), born New Haven, Connecticut, September 2, 1968; admitted to bar, 1996, New York. Education: Yale University (B.A., 1990); Georgetown University Law Center (J.D., 1995).


SERGE A. MARTINEZ, (Law Professor), born Bethesda, Maryland, December 21, 1969; admitted to bar, 2001, New York. Education: Brigham Young University (B.S., 1994); Yale Law School (J.D., 1999). COURSES:Nonprofits, Small Business, Community Development. Email:lawsam @ hofstra.edu


CAMILLE A. NELSON, (Law Professor), born Kingston, Jamaica, August 22, 1968; admitted to bar, 1996, Ontario, Canada. Education: University of Toronto (B.A., 1991); University of Ottawa Faculty of Law (LL.B., 1994); Columbia University Law School (LL.M., 2000). COURSES: Transnational Law, Comparative Criminal Law. Email: camille.nelson @ hofstra.edu


RICHARD K. NEUMANN, JR., (Law Professor), born 1947; admitted to bar, 1975, Maryland; 1981, New York. Education: Pomona College (B.A., 1969); University of Stockholm (Dipl., 1971); American University Washington College of Law (J.D., 1975); Temple University (LL.M., 1978). COURSES:Civil Procedure, Clinical Teaching, Legal Writing, Pre-Trial Litigation, Trial Techniques.


ASHIRA OSTROW, (Law Professor), born November 19, 1978; admitted to bar, 2004, New York. Education: University of Pennsylvania (B.A., 1999); Columbia Law School (J.D., 2003). COURSES: Property, Real Estate. Email: ashira.ostrow @ hofstra.edu


CURTIS E. PEW, (Law Professor), born Ft. Benning, Georgia, April 20, 1948; admitted to bar, 1979, New York; 1979, Southern District of New York. Education: Tulane University (B.A., 1969); University of Wisconsin (M.P.P.A., 1970); George Washington University National Law Center (J.D., 1978). COURSES:Securities, Arbitration, International Commercial Arbitration. Email:lawcep @ hofstra.edu


ALAN N. RESNICK, (Law Professor), born 1947; admitted to bar, 1973, New York. Education: Rider College (B.A., 1969); Georgetown University Law Center (J.D., 1972); Harvard University Law School (LL.M., 1974). COURSES:Commercial Law, Commercial Paper, Contracts, Debtor-Creditor Law.


JAMES J. SAMPLE, (Law Professor), Education: Boston College (B.A., 1995); Columbia University School of Law (J.D., 2003). COURSES: Civil Procedure, Federal Courts. Email:james.sample @ hofstra.edu


ANDREW SCHEPARD, (Law Professor), born 1948; admitted to bar, 1974, California; 1980, New York. Education: City College of the City University of New York (B.A., 1968); Columbia University (M.A., 1969); Harvard University Law School (J.D., 1972). COURSES:Civil Procedure, Education Law, Family Law.


NORMAN I. SILBER, (Law Professor), born 1951; admitted to bar, 1986, New Jersey; 1987, District of Columbia, Massachusetts and New York. Education: Washington University (B.A., 1972); Yale University (M.A., 1978; Ph.D., 1978); Columbia University (J.D., 1986). COURSES: Commercial Transactions, Consumer Law, Legal History, Not-for-Profit Corporations.


RONALD H. SILVERMAN, (Law Professor), born 1940; admitted to bar, 1964, Illinois; 1981, New York. Education: University of Michigan (B.A., 1961); University of Chicago (J.D., 1964). COURSES:Constitutional Law, Housing and Community Development, Land Use Regulation, Local Government, Real Estate Transactions, Real Property.


ROY D. SIMON, JR., (Law Professor), born 1949; admitted to bar, 1983, Missouri; 1990, Illinois. Education: Williams College (B.A., 1973); New York University School of Law (J.D., 1977). COURSES:Agency and Partnership, Clinical Teaching, Complex Litigation, Legal Profession, Pretrial Practice and Procedure.


BARBARA STARK, (Law Professor), born 1952; admitted to bar, 1977, West Virginia; 1978, New Jersey; 1983, New York. Education: Cornell University College of Arts and Sciences (B.A., 1973); New York University Law School (J.D., 1976); Columbia University School of Law (LL.M., 1989). COURSES:International Human Rights, Torts.


AMY STEIN, (Law Professor), born 1963; admitted to bar, 1989, New York; 1988, Connecticut. Education: Tufts University (B.A., 1985); Fordham Law School (J.D., 1988). COURSES:Appellate Advocacy, Legal Research and Writing.


ROSE CUISON VILLAZOR, (Law Professor), born Tarlac, Philippines, February 4, 1972; admitted to bar, 2000, New Jersey; 2001, New York. Education: University of Texas (B.A., 1996); American University Washington College of Law (J.D., 2000); Columbia University Law School (LL.M., 2006). COURSES:Immigration Law, Property. Email:rose.cuison-villazor @ hofstra.edu


VERN R. WALKER, (Law Professor), born 1945; admitted to bar, 1980, District of Columbia. Education: University of Detroit (B.A., 1967); University of Notre Dame (M.A., 1969; Ph.D., 1975); Yale Law School (J.D., 1980). COURSES:European Union Law, Health and Safety Regulation, Products Liability, Scientific Evidence, Torts.


LAURIS WREN, (Law Professor), born 1966; admitted to bar, 1994, New York. Education: University of Durham, England (1987); Williams College (B.A., 1988); Columbia University Law School (J.D., 1993).


MICHELLE M. WU, (Law Professor), admitted to bar, 1994, California. Education: University of California at San Diego (B.A., 1991); California Western School of Law (J.D., 1994); University of Washington (MLS, 1995). COURSES:Licensing and Copyright Law, Legal Research.