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Professor Nissenbaum has been the Director of the Leo T. Kissam Memorial Library and Professor of Law with Fordham Law since 2004. During this time he has taught the courses Trusts and Wills, and Decedents Estates while serving on various faculty committees. 

Before coming to Fordham, Professor Nissenbaum was the Law Library Director at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, where he led courses in trusts and wills, and legal research and writing, chaired numerous committees, and advised student groups. He has previously worked at Cleveland State University as a Law Library Director and Associate Professor and at the University of Texas Law Library as Head of Reference Services and Lecturer in Law.

He has been a Visiting Professor with the University of International Business and Economics Department of Law in Beijing, China as well as the University of Texas School of Law in Austin, Texas.  Professor Nissenbaum holds a Master of Library Science from Pratt Institute, a J.D. cum laude from Western New England College School of Law, where he also served as Research Editor of the Western New England Law Review, and a B.A. in International Affairs from George Washington University.

Professor Nissenbaum's research focuses on the estate planning implications associated with that advent of marriage alternatives such as civil unions. He also has many publications about various legal information systems and his book reviews have appeared in the Journal of Library History, Criminal Law Bulletin, American Reference Books Annual, and the Texas Bar Journal.

Throughout his more than twenty year law library career, Professor Nissenbaum has participated in numerous professional organizations to include serving as Chairman of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities, the Council of Law Library Consortia Chair with the American Association of Law Libraries, and a member of the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) Program and Services Committee, among others. He has also been active with the American Bar Association and Association of American Law Schools, SCRIBES, and the Society of American Law Teachers (SALT).