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.

Professor of Law, Emeritus

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

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

Professor of Law, Emeritus

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Joseph Solomon Distinguished Professor of Law, Emeritus

Education: Harvard, J.D. 1979 cum laude; University of Wisconsin, Ph.D. 1968; University of Kansas, M.A. 1964; Rockhurst College, B.A. 1962

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

Wallace Stevens Professor of Law, Emeritus

Education:Columbia, LL.M. 1985, J.S.D. 1989; Boston College, J.D. 1981; Brandeis, B.A. 1975 summa cum laude

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

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