Meet NYLS’s faculty emeriti, who remain connected to the School’s intellectual and scholarly community.


Professor of Law, Emeritus
Founding Director, Graduate Tax Program

Education: University of Chicago, B.A. 1963, Ph.D. 1973; Yale, J.D. 1980; New York University, LL.M. (Taxation) 1984

Fulbright Fellowships, University of Paris 1965-66, University of Calcutta Sanskrit College 1967-68.

An expert in federal individual income tax who has testified for reform of spousal liability for income taxes before the Oversight Subcommittee of the House Ways & Means Committee and the Senate Finance Committee, Professor Beck has taught Individual Tax, Tax Policy, International Tax, and the Taxation of Property Transactions.

Professor of Law, Emeritus

Education: Harvard Law School, J.D. 1974 cum laude; Tufts University, B.A. 1969

Served as Special Assistant Attorney General, New York State Office of Special Anti-Corruption Prosecutor. A leading U.S. authority on death penalty and frequent commentator for national media, including CNN, Court TV, and PBS.

Professor of Law, Emeritus

Education: University of Cambridge, Ph.D. 1978, Fulbright Scholar 1975–1977; University of Iowa, M.A. 1974, J.D. 1975; University of Massachusetts, B.A. 1971

A legal historian and internationally minded law professor who has taught in the areas of trusts and estates, property, International Business Transactions, European Union law, and legal history.

Professor of Law, Emeritus

Education: St. John’s University, J.D. 1972; New York University, B.A. 1969

Expert in white-collar criminal defense and commercial and tort litigation. Taught clinical and advocacy law courses for 23 years, 12 years at New York University Law School, two years at Pace Law School, and nine years at NYLS. Advocate for high professional standards.

James Brook

Professor of Law, Emeritus

Education: Columbia University, LL.M. 1983; Harvard University, J.D. 1972 cum laude; Harvard University, B.A. 1968 magna cum laude

Expert in commercial transactions, contracts, and credit.

Professor of Law, Emerita

Education: Yale, B.A. 1978 cum laude; Harvard, J.D. 1982 cum laude

Co-chair, Statewide Law School Access to Justice Council 2012-2014; member, New York State Bar Association Committee on Legal Education and Admission to the Bar, 2011 – present; member, New York County Lawyers’ Association Task Force on Meeting the Challenge 2013-2014; member, Law School Conference Planning Committee, Task Force to Expand Access to Civil Legal Services in New York. Also served on New York County Lawyers Association Task Force on Professionalism and Ethics Institute; American Civil Liberties Union Privacy Committee and New York City Bar Association Civil Rights Committee.

Eugene Cerruti

Professor of Law, Emeritus

Education: University of Pennsylvania, J.D. 1970; Harvard, B.A. 1966

Expert on trial practice and strategy. Prior practice includes service as a public defender with New York Legal Aid Society and as a federal prosecutor with U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York.

Lung-chu Chen

Professor of Law, Emeritus

Education: Yale, LL.M. 1962, J.S.D. 1964; Northwestern, LL.M. 1961; National Taiwan University, LL.B. 1958 summa cum laude; Yale Fellowship, 1961–64; Ford Foundation Fellowship, 1960–61

Authority on international law and human rights with special interest in Taiwan. Founder and chairman, Taiwan New Century Foundation, a think tank dedicated to the advancement of human dignity.

Professor of Law, Emeritus

Education: Georgetown University Law Center, LL.M. 1976; George Washington University Law School, J.D. 1973; University of Illinois, B.A. 1970

An expert in the area of financial services law, he has written extensively on several issues involving the financial services industry with a special emphasis on customer asset protections.

B. James George Jr.

Professor of Law, Emeritus

Education: New York Theological Seminary, M.Div. 1993; Michigan, J.D. 1951; B.A. 1949

Taught at Michigan, Wayne State, and NYLS. Former president, Southwestern Legal Foundation. Member, American Law Institute and Japanese-American Society for Legal Studies. Authority on comparative law, criminal law, criminal procedure, domestic relations, evidence, and international law.

Lawrence M. Grosberg

Professor of Law, Emeritus

Education: Columbia, J.D. 1969; University of Southern California, B.A. 1965 cum laude

Taught at Columbia and NYLS for several years and prior to academia, ran a legal services office in Manhattan and was an associate at Spear & Hill.

Professor of Law, Emerita

Education: Brown, A.B. 1976 magna cum laude; Georgetown, J.D. 1979

Member of the Board of Trustees of the New York County Lawyers’ Association. Member of the Indigent Defense Organization Oversight Committee for the Appellate Division, First Department. Chair of the Communications Committee of New York County Lawyers’ Association. Lecturer and teacher for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy. Co-Sponsor of the Federal Criminal Practice Institute. Served on the Mayor’s Advisory Committee on the Judiciary.

Randolph N. Jonakait

Professor of Law, Emeritus

New York University, LL.M. 1971, Arthur Garfield Hays Graduate Civil Liberties Fellow, 1970-71
University of Chicago, J.D. 1970
Princeton, A.B. 1967 cum laude

Former attorney at the Criminal Defense Division of the NYC Legal Aid Society. Spent several years working on a full range of felony cases. A former Garfield Graduate Fellow at the American Civil Liberties Union, NYC Human Rights Commission. Professor of Law, NYLS.

Kim M. Lang

Professor of Law, Emerita

Education: Harvard, Ph.D. 1972; Georgetown, J.D. 1960; Radcliffe, M.A. 1950; Ohio State University, B.A. 1948

Former Foreign Service Officer and U.S. Vice Consul. Served as Attorney for U.S. Department of Justice and worked five years in private practice.

Robert F. Wagner Professor of Labor and Employment Law, Emeritus; Editor, LGBT Law Notes

Education: Harvard, J.D. 1977 cum laude; Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations, B.S. 1974

Editor-in-Chief of LGBT Law Notes, instrumental in chronicling legal aspects of lesbian and gay community. Regular broadcast and newspaper commentator on labor and employment law, AIDS law, and homosexuality and the law. Trustee, Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services of New York; Chair, Corporate Compliance Committee.

Martin Professor of Law, Emeritus

Education: Columbia University, M.Phil. 1994, Ph.D. 1995; Harvard University, J.D. 1967 cum laude; Yale University, B.A. 1964 cum laude

Served as director of the Writing Program for more than 20 years, and as Vice President, Academic Publishing. From 2000-2007, he was associate dean for academic affairs, a role he reprised as interim associate dean in spring 2012. He served on active duty in the Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corps and for nearly a decade was Legal Affairs Editor of Business Week magazine. He is an award-winning author of more than 25 books on a variety of legal and other topics, including constitutional law, the legal profession, political theory, and writing.

Richard A. Matasar

Dean Emeritus

Education: University of Pennsylvania, J.D. 1977 magna cum laude; B.A. 1974 magna cum laude

Former Law Clerk, Hon. Max Rosenn, U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit. President and Dean, NYLS, 2000–2011. Levin Mabie & Levin Professor of Law, University of Florida Fredric G. Levin College of Law, where he also served as Dean from 1996 to 1999. Dean, Chicago-Kent College of Law (1991–96). Professor of Law (1980–1991) and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs (1989 to 1991), University of Iowa College of Law.

Carlin Meyer

Professor of Law, Emerita

Education: Yale University, L.L.M. 1988; Rutgers University, J.D. 1974; Radcliffe, B.A. 1970 cum laude

Frequent speaker on issues of sex, sexuality, family, and gender, as well as employment law and practice. Served on NYC Mayor’s Commission on Status of Women and former president of NYC Chapter of National Lawyers Guild. Arbitrator since 1990, NYC Office of Collective Bargaining, and pro bono consultant for nonprofit organizations on employment issues.

John Marshall Harlan II Professor of Law, Emeritus

Education:University of Michigan, J.D. 1968, Ph.D. (Sociology) 1977; Woodrow Wilson Fellow; Fulbright Scholarship (1964–65); Kenyon College, B.A., 1964 summa cum laude

Writes and lectures about his ethnographic research on poverty and low-wage work in the United States and, more recently, about public interest law and human rights in Asia.

Stephen A. Newman

Professor of Law, Emeritus

Education: Columbia University, J.D. 1970; University of Pennsylvania, B.A. 1967

Addresses personal, often controversial, issues of euthanasia, right to die, cloning, and cases involving children, as well as consumer law. Legal topics columnist, New York magazine, 1980–88.

Michael Perlin

Professor of Law, Emeritus

Education: Columbia University, J.D. 1969; Rutgers University, A.B. 1966 magna cum laude

Award-winning author on mental disability law, international human rights, therapeutic jurisprudence, sex offender law, and the insanity defense. Honorary lifetime president of the International Society for Therapeutic Jurisprudence, and member of the Society’s Board of Trustees. Co-founder of Mental Disability Law and Policy Associates. Lectures frequently on all continents on the relationship between international human rights and mental disability law. Testifies in trials as expert witness on questions of effectiveness of counsel in cases involving criminal defendants with mental disabilities. Previously Deputy Public Defender, Mercer County (Trenton) New Jersey; Director, Division of Mental Health Advocacy, New Jersey Department of the Public Advocate. Reach Professor Perlin at michael.perlin@nyls.edu.

Joyce D. Saltalamachia

Professor of Law, Emerita

Education: Golden Gate University, J.D. 1976; University of California, Berkeley, A.B. 1969, M.L.S. 1970

The first librarian to serve as deputy director of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) in Washington, D.C. Professor Saltalamachia is an expert on the delivery of services in academic law libraries, with extensive experience in the law school accreditation process, and an authority on delivery of services in academic law libraries, as well as on issues of modern legal research. Gavel Awards Screening Committee of the American Bar Association, Member.

Professor of Law, Emeritus

Education: Yale, LL.B. 1968; B.A. 1963 magna cum laude; Oxford, B. Phil., 1965, Marshall Scholar

A pioneer in the field of environmental law, Professor Schoenbrod was at the forefront of environmental justice, taking on big business. He also focuses on accountability in Congress, and he has written several widely-praised books on environmental law and government accountability. Served as a co-leader for Breaking the Logjam: An Environmental Law for the 21st Century project, and a co-director of the Natural Resources Defense Council’s Project on Urban Transportation. Member of the Board of Advisors for the New Civil Liberties Alliance, a member of the Advisory Council for the C. Boyden Gray Center of George Mason University, and a member of the American Law Institute, the Federalist Society, and the Heterodox Academy.

James F. Simon ’92

Martin Professor of Law, Emeritus
Dean Emeritus

Education: New York Law School, LL.D. 1992; Yale, LL.B. 1964, B.A. 1961; Law and Humanities Fellowship, Harvard, 1974-75; Ford Foundation Africa-Asia Fellowship, India, 1964-65

Dean, NYLS, 1983-92. Award-winning author of books on modern Supreme Court and its justices. Former correspondent and contributing author of Time magazine.

Michael B.W. Sinclair

Professor of Law, Emeritus

Education: University of Michigan, J.D. 1978 magna cum laude, Order of the Coif; Fulbright Fellow (Linguistics) 1973; Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, Ph.D. 1974; B.A. 1968; B.A. Hons. (First Class in Philosophy) 1970

Expert in statutory interpretation. He has also written in the areas of contracts, commercial law, intellectual property, banking, feminist theory, jurisprudence, common law, legal method, and payment systems. Before joining NYLS, he was an assistant professor at the School of Law at Indiana University. Previously, he was in private practice with Dickinson Wright Moon VanDusen & Freeman, specializing in commercial litigation, finance, and municipal bonds.

John Marshall Harlan II Professor of Law, Emerita
Former President, American Civil Liberties Union, 1991–2008

Education: Harvard Law School, J.D. 1975 magna cum laude; Harvard College, A.B. 1972 Phi Beta Kappa

Expert and frequent public speaker on constitutional law and civil liberties. Former Law Clerk for the Honorable John J. Todd, Minnesota Supreme Court (1975-76). Former Head of ACLU from 1991–2008 and first woman to hold post. One of “The 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America” (National Law Journal).  Member, Council on Foreign Relations.

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