The Hofstra Law community is saddened by the passing of Lawrence W. Kessler, the Richard J. Cardali Distinguished Professor of Trial Advocacy.
Professor Kessler taught at Hofstra Law for 43 years and was director of the Law School’s E. David Woycik, Jr. Intensive Trial Techniques Program for almost 20 years.
A nationally recognized expert in the field of trial advocacy training, he was the director of the National Institute of Trial Advocacy’s (NITA) Master Advocates’ Program, the co-director of NITA’s Northeast Regional Program, and a team leader and teacher in Advocacy Teacher Training and Trial Advocacy courses at law schools and agencies throughout the country.
Professor Kessler also designed advocacy programs for groups as diverse as the New York State Department of Health and the Queens County District Attorney’s Office.
“I am grateful that I had the opportunity to work with and get to know Larry during my short time at Hofstra Law,” said Judge A. Gail Prudenti, interim dean. “He will be dearly missed.”
Before joining Hofstra Law, Professor Kessler was a senior trial attorney for the Legal Aid Society, Federal Court Branch, and practiced law as a criminal defense attorney in the federal District Courts for more than 25 years. He was a former law clerk to Judge Edward C. McLean in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, and also served on the faculty of the University of Cincinnati College of Law. Professor Kessler earned his J.D. from Columbia Law School and his B.A. from Columbia College.
A graveside funeral service for Professor Kessler will be held at 11 a.m. on Sunday, March 19, at Mount Ararat Cemetery, 1165 Route 109, Lindenhurst, NY 11757.