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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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

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

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