The event marked the retirements of two beloved longtime professors: David Schoenbrod and Eugene Cerruti. Professor Schoenbrod, who taught at NYLS since 1983, is a noted scholar and prolific author on the environment and government reform. His acclaimed new book, DC Confidential: Inside the Five Tricks of Washington, included forewards by Democratic Governor Howard Dean and Republican Senator Mike Lee. He is now working on a ninth book.
“Thank you for an extraordinary level of presence and impact,” Dean Crowell said to Professor Schoenbrod.
Professor Schoenbrod called NYLS “a home where I really felt I could do good work.”
Professor Cerruti, who taught at NYLS since 1977, is an expert on criminal defense law. Early in his legal career, Professor Cerruti coordinated the legal defense of hundreds of demonstrators arrested at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago. In the early 1970s, he launched NYLS’s thriving Criminal Defense Clinic, which enables students to represent low-income defendants in criminal cases.
Dean Crowell praised Professor Cerruti’s role in building NYLS’s early experiential learning programs. “We owe you a great deal,” he said.
Professor Cerruti said, “The transformation of New York Law School in the 40 years that I have been here is utterly extraordinary … We have a wonderful crop of new people.” He added, “This is a nice way to leave New York Law School.”
Professor Ellmann is an award-winning author on legal ethics and an expert in clinical legal education, constitutional law, and South African law. He co-chairs NYLS’s South Africa Reading Group, an interdisciplinary group of scholars who study South Africa from a variety of perspectives, and he has written extensively on human rights in South Africa, both under apartheid and in the newly democratic nation that has followed the end of apartheid. Since the September 11 attacks, he has focused much of his work on issues of war and emergency power.
Professor Hogan has overseen NYLS’s externships since 1994. She places students with judges and in law offices and develops related teaching seminars. She is co-author of the chapter on Judicial Externships in Learning from Practice, a popular textbook for externship students. She is also an expert on advocacy and a sought-after speaker on trial skills at National Institute for Trial Advocacy Programs nationwide. Professor Hogan is Director of Advocacy Programs and regularly teaches Trial Advocacy, Deposition Skills, and Advocacy of Criminal Cases. From 2009 to 2014 she served as Associate Dean for Professional Development; in that role she developed and taught a professionalism program for all law students and ran NYLS’s Student Services, Externship Programs, and Career Services.