The legal system can force open doors and sometimes even knock down walls. But it cannot build bridges. That job belongs to you and me. Justice Thurgood Marshall

The Maurice A. Deane School of Law has always viewed the subject of legal ethics as a priority and an essential component of legal education. However, in the last several years, legal ethics has become the focus of intense national attention.

The Freedman Institute serves as a research center for the study of legal ethics issues. In addition to offering courses in professional responsibility, the Freedman Institute sponsors speakers, conferences and symposiums, inspires a new generation of law students through the Freedman Social Justice Fellowship Program, and provides opportunities for student and faculty research.

The Institute is named after Monroe H. Freedman, Hofstra Law’s second dean from 1973-1977 and a professor until the time of his death in 2015.  Professor Freedman left an indelible mark, helping to define Hofstra Law and established our reputation as a place where social justice and ethical lawyering form our backbone. His extraordinary accomplishments in bringing legal ethics to the forefront and creating a field of study where none previously existed are unparalleled and respected by all in the legal community. In the classroom and beyond, Professor Freedman was what is known today as a “disruptor.” He helped us to question the status quo and made us think deeply about the complexity of legal representation, particularly for those marginalized by society.  Monroe Freedman schooled generations of law students and implored colleagues to “make a difference.” The Freedman Institute seeks to enhance his legacy.

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  • Professors Theo Liebmann and Ellen Yaroshefsky Conduct CLE Training for Fragomen October 15, 2019
    Professors Theo Liebmann and Ellen Yaroshefsky teamed up on Oct. 3 to provide a CLE training for over 150 lawyers at the Fragomen law firm, the largest immigration law firm in the United States. Fragomen attorneys have been increasing their pro bono activities as ever more draconian immigration policies have been implemented by the Trump administration, […]
  • Prof. Ellen Yaroshefsky Writes Book Chapter on the Mueller Investigation and Legal Ethics September 23, 2019
    Ellen Yaroshefsky, the Howard Lichtenstein Distinguished Professor of Legal Ethics and executive director of the Monroe H. Freedman Institute for the Study of Legal Ethics, is the author of the chapter “The Mueller Investigation and Legal Ethics” in the forthcoming book The Mueller Investigation and Beyond (Carolina Academic Press), which is due to be released […]
  • Hofstra Law’s Freedman Institute Organizes Nat’l Conference on Training Lawyers as Leaders September 20, 2019
    The Monroe H. Freedman Institute for the Study of Legal Ethics at the Maurice A. Deane School of Law has organized the conference “Leading Differently Across Difference: A National Conference on Training Lawyers as Leaders.” The full-day event is being held on Nov. 8 at the Association of the Bar of the City of New […]

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For more information about the Monroe H. Freedman Institute for the Study of Legal Ethics, please contact:

Executive Director
Ellen Yaroshefsky, Howard Lichtenstein Distinguished Professor of Legal Ethics
Phone: 516-463-5882
Email: yaroshef@hofstra.edu

Coordinator
Deborah Grattan, Monroe H. Freedman Institute for the Study of Legal Ethics Coordinator
Phone: 516-463-5748
Email: Deborah.J.Grattan@hofstra.edu

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