Prof. Eric Lane in Lancaster New Era

Professor Eric Lane was profiled in the Lancaster New Era column by Jack Brubaker

The Constitution and Speed’s

Eric Lane, a 1960 graduate of J.P. McCaskey High School and devotee of Speed’s steaks, co-authored “The Genius of America: How the Constitution Saved Our Country and Why It Can Again.”

Bloomsbury USA has just brought out the paperback edition of the book, so Hofstra Law School notified the New Era about Lane. He is professor of public law and public service at Hofstra, in Hempstead, N.Y.

The book, co-authored with Michael Oreskes, an Associated Press managing editor, dissects the Constitution’s history in relation to current problems of democracy.

The Scribbler talked briefly to Lane in New York.

The son of Jesse and Louise Lane played football and basketball at McCaskey and worked at Maple Grove swimming pool and on an Amish farm during summers in the 1950s.

None of Lane’s family lives here anymore, but he and his wife come back about once a year to visit. Lane always makes a beeline for Speed’s Sandwich Shop.

“You can never beat ’em,” he says. “I tried to buy the recipe, but they weren’t selling.”

Lane says he loves Lancaster, then and now, and treasures memories of eating fried chicken at the old Brunswick Hotel and watching Amish drive their buggies downtown.

But he has lived in New York for decades. Here’s some of what he has accomplished there.

He is the senior fellow at the Brennan Center of Justice and the New York University School of Law.

He has served as special counsel to the speaker of the New York City Council and as chief counsel to the New York State Senate Minority.

Lane owns a farm in upstate New York. He says his rural land reminds him of Lancaster and “open-space farming.”