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.

Hofstra Law’s Monroe H. Freedman Institute for the Study of Legal Ethics 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. It also provides opportunities for student and faculty research.

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  • Prof. Ellen Yaroshefsky Serves on Panel for CLE on Special Counsel Investigations, Legal Ethics February 13, 2019
    Ellen Yaroshefsky, the Howard Lichtenstein Distinguished Professor of Legal Ethics and the executive director of the Monroe Freedman Institute for the Study of Legal Ethics, on Feb. 8 served as an expert panelist for the CLE program “Special Counsel Investigations and Legal Ethics” at Duquesne University School of Law in Pittsburgh. Professor Yaroshefsky was one […]
  • Prof. Ellen Yaroshefsky Quoted on DOJ’s Stance on Post-Conviction Prosecutor Rule in Law360 February 6, 2019
    DOJ Bucks Trend on Protections Against Wrongful ConvictionsBy Andrew StricklerLaw360Feb. 3, 2019 Excerpt:The DOJ opposition in Michigan follows similar opposition from U.S. attorneys in states including Arizona, Illinois, California and Tennessee, all of which ultimately adopted the rule. That stance is increasingly out of step with the legal community’s more progressive attitude towards “actual innocence” […]
  • Prof. Ellen Yaroshefsky Receives Levy Award From NYSBA Committee on Professional Ethics January 4, 2019
    Professor Ellen Yaroshefsky will be recognized by the Committee on Professional Ethics of the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) with the Sanford D. Levy Award on January 16 at the NYSBA Annual Meeting in New York City. In announcing Professor Yaroshefsky as this year’s Levy Award recipient, the committee wrote: “Yaroshefsky is the Howard Lichtenstein […]


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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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