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Douglass J. Seidman
Adjunct Professor of Law

The Legal Aid Society
Manhattan Housing Court Project
111 Centre Street, #106
New York, NY 10013
Telephone: (212) 766-2452

Prof. Seidman has been a practicing legal services attorney for 36 years, working in Brooklyn, Bronx, Staten Island, Manhattan and Nassau Counties. His duties have ranged from being a staff attorney to being a unit supervisor to being an Attorney-in-Charge of an office consisting of 22 persons, including 8 attorneys and 4 paralegals. He has argued over 40 times in the Appellate Division (both 1st and 2nd Depts) as well as twice successfully in the New York State Court of Appeals. 
Prof. Seidman's teaching experience includes teaching for 3 years paralegal studies in a medium security prison as Adjunct Assistant Professor of Bronx Community College; Adjunct Instructor in paralegal studies at Marymount Manhattan College for 7 years; and 11 years as Adjunct Associate Professor at Fordham Law School, co-teaching the Housing Rights Clinic with Professor Russell Pearce.


  • New School for Social Research, MA in Anthropology, 1981.
  • Antioch School of Law, JD 1975.
  • Georgetown University, Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service, 1972.


Lebovits, Gerald and Seidman, Douglass, "Drug Holdover Proceedings: An Overview from "Knew" to "Should Have Known" to "Strict Liability", NYSBA, New York Real Property Law Journal, Spring/Summer 2007, vol. 35, no. 2, pp. 16 -29;

"A Survey and Comparison of the States' Treatment of Cars Owned by AFDC Applicants", Clearinghouse Review #23, 541 (1978);

 "Subject Index to the Rules and Regulations of the New York State Department of Social Services, July 1977