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The Passing of Prof. Monroe H. Freedman, Hofstra Law’s 2nd Dean

Dear Friends and Fellow Members of the Hofstra Law Community,

It is with great sadness that I share with you the passing this day of Professor Monroe Freedman.

For 42 years as a professor and dean at Hofstra Law, Monroe instilled in thousands of students the responsibility of lawyers to zealously represent their clients and also to stand for social justice.

Nationally he was known as the father of modern legal ethics for his successful effort to introduce the field into the mainstream of the legal academy.

For this, he received the American Bar Association’s highest award for professionalism, in recognition of “a lifetime of original and influential scholarship in the field of lawyers’ ethics,” and his peers have called him “the conscience of our profession.”

When I was hired 38 years ago by Monroe, then dean, I asked him “What are your expectations for me?” He gave me only two directives: Be a great teacher and make a difference. No person has embodied these ideals, both personally and professionally, better than Monroe.

His impact on the Law School, the legal community and on his colleagues is indelible.

On behalf of the Maurice A. Deane School of Law community, I offer my deepest sympathies to his family.

Services will be held Sunday, March 1, at noon at the Riverside Memorial Chapel, 180 West 76th Street, New York City.

An announcement of a formal memorial by the Law School will follow.

Eric Lane
Dean and Eric J. Schmertz Distinguished Professor of Public Law and Public Service

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