Fordham Law Alumnus Eric Lane '70 Named Hofstra Law DeanDecember 17, 2012
Hofstra names Eric Lane new law school dean
by John Callegari
Long Island Business News Published: December 17, 2012
After a national search for a replacement for the head of its law school, Hofstra University has settled on one of its own.
Eric Lane, a law professor at Hofstra for more than three decades, has been chosen by Hofstra President Stuart Rabinowitz to serve as the university’s newest dean for the Maurice A. Deane School of Law.
Lane has been serving as the interim dean of Hofstra Law since March, replacing Nora Demleitner, who left to become dean of Washington and Lee University’s school of law in July.
Lane has an extensive background in constitutional and statutory law, authoring several books on the Constitution and the legislative process. He has also served as special counsel to key government officials, including speaker of the New York City Council and the New York State Senate minority caucus in the 1980s.
“These are challenging times for American law schools, but these challenges provide a real opportunity to rethink legal education and implement thoughtful changes directed toward an improved, more just legal system,” Lane said. “In keeping with our origins, Hofstra Law will add even more focus on providing our students with the necessary experiential education required to succeed. I also believe that students must graduate with a fundamental understanding that being a lawyer is an honor that carries great responsibility. I look forward to leading Hofstra Law in this effort.”
A graduate of Brown University, Lane also received a Master of Arts degree from Stony Brook University, a Juris Doctor degree from Fordham Law School and a Master of Laws degree from New York University.