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Published on April 26, 2018 | by LawNews

University Gala Honors Hofstra Law Alumnus Steven Witkoff ’83 and Teacher of the Year James Sample

The 22nd annual Hofstra University Gala on May 3 is honoring Hofstra Law alumnus Steven Witkoff, B.A. ’80, J.D. ’83, the chairman and CEO of The Witkoff Group and a member of the Hofstra University Board of Trustees. Professor James Sample, who was selected by this year’s graduating law students as Teacher of the Year, will also be recognized at the event, together with his counterparts at the University’s other colleges and schools.

The annual Gala is Hofstra University’s premier fundraising event. Honoring outstanding members of our community, the Hofstra Gala raises funds for the Endowed Scholarship Program. Over 600 people attend the event each year, and it provides a networking opportunity with alumni, donors and friends of the University.

Headshot of Steven Witkoff '83, Chairman and CEO of The Witkoff Group

Steven Witkoff ’83

Witkoff founded The Witkoff Group, a privately held, global real estate development and investment firm headquartered in New York City, in 1997. Previously, he co-founded Stellar Management Company, where he acquired and repositioned a portfolio of residential buildings in New York City.

Earlier, he practiced as an attorney in real estate law at Dreyer & Traub and Rosenman & Colin, where he represented a number of large developers and investors.

He served on the Executive Committee for the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY) and as a trustee for the Intrepid Foundation.

Headshot of James Sample, Hofstra Law Professor of Law

James Sample

Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Gail Simmons recently announced the 2017-2018 Teachers of the Year, including Professor Sample. He previously received the award in 2011-2012 and 2013-2014.

Every March, graduating students are invited to vote online for the faculty they feel are most deserving of recognition as distinguished teachers. All faculty members who have taught a minimum of three full years at Hofstra are eligible for the Teacher of the Year award. The faculty members selected receive an engraved plaque, recognition in the commencement program, and a monetary award.

View a list of all 12 Teachers of the Year on the University’s website.


The Hofstra Gala takes place at the David S. Mack Sports and Exhibition Complex, North Campus. Cocktails begin at 7 p.m., followed by dinner at 8 p.m. Cocktail attire is requested.

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