Areas of Study



  • Sarah Burns
    Professor of Clinical Law;
    Faculty Director, Carr Center for Reproductive Justice
    Sarah Burns is faculty director of the Carr Center for Reproductive Justice and supervises the Reproductive Justice Clinic, which represents clients throughout the United States in litigation and policy projects centering on reproductive decision making. Burns is executive director of Washington Square Legal Services, the nonprofit entity under which most NYU Clinical Law Programs practice law. Burns also co-founded and oversees the Mediation Clinic and the Litigation, Organizing & Systemic Change Clinic, conducted in partnership with Make the Road NY and Center for Popular Democracy. Burns combines law with learning in social science to develop effective solutions for problems that institutions and communities face. Burns, who has been on the NYU faculty since 1990, specializes in experiential learning pedagogy, developing simulation and clinical courses in litigation, negotiation, mediation, policy advocacy, and systemic change. Burns began her law practice as a litigating attorney with the Washington, DC, commercial law firm Covington & Burling, representing industry associations in federal regulatory matters that Burns cites as “a key introduction to interest-based and advocacy legal practice so central to all negotiation and coalition work—whether in for-profit or not-for-profit/NGO sectors.” Burns later moved into public interest civil rights practice, undertaking litigation, legislative, and policy advocacy work. She has worked nationwide on cases in federal and state courts, and has advised legislative and regulatory initiatives. Burns graduated in 1979 from Yale Law School, where she edited the Yale Law Journal, and holds master’s degrees from Stanford University in sociology and the University of Oklahoma in human relations.
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  • Oscar Chase
    Russell D. Niles Professor of Law;
    Co-Director, Institute of Judicial Administration
    Oscar Chase regularly teaches courses on various aspects of civil procedure, including the basic first-year course and a seminar on comparative procedure. Another of his courses is Professional Responsibility, a survey of legal ethics. His books on procedure include Civil Litigation in New York (sixth edition, 2013) and Civil Litigation in Comparative Context (co-authored, 2007). In recent years, Chase has advocated for increasing the interdisciplinary and comparative aspects of law teaching and scholarship. He offers a popular colloquium, Culture and the Law, in which the tools of anthropology and sociology are used to add understanding of disputing systems. His book Law, Culture, and Ritual: Disputing Systems in Cross-Cultural Context (2005) explores how culture and disputing institutions interrelate. His work has been translated into Italian, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish. Chase is currently a vice president of the International Association of Procedural Law. He began his legal career as an attorney in the legal services program and was involved in establishing the law reform orientation of the first federally funded program in New York. Chase then taught at Brooklyn Law School before joining the NYU School of Law faculty, where he served as vice dean from 1994 to 1999.
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  • Rochelle Dreyfuss
    Pauline Newman Professor of Law;
    Co-Director, Engelberg Center on Innovation Law & Policy
    Rochelle Cooper Dreyfuss holds BA and MS degrees in chemistry and was a research chemist before entering Columbia Law School, where she served as articles and book review editor of the Law Review. She is a member of the American Law Institute and served as a reporter for its Intellectual Property: Principles Governing Jurisdiction, Choice of Law, and Judgments in Transnational Disputes project. She sits on the National Academies’ Committee on Science, Technology, and Law. Dreyfuss clerked for Judge Wifred Feinberg of the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and for Chief Justice Warren Burger of the US Supreme Court. She was a member of the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services’ Advisory Committee on Genetics, Health, and Society, and a consultant to the Federal Courts Study Committee, the Presidential Commission on Catastrophic Nuclear Accidents, and the Federal Trade Commission. She has edited several books on intellectual property, including Balancing Wealth and Health: The Battle Over Intellectual Property and Access to Medicines in Latin America (2014, with César Rodríguez-Garavito), and she co-authored A Neofederalist Vision of TRIPS: Building a Resilient International Intellectual Property System (2012, with Graeme Dinwoodie).
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  • Samuel Estreicher
    Dwight D. Opperman Professor of Law;
    Director, Center for Labor and Employment Law;
    Co-Director, Dwight D. Opperman Institute of Judicial Administration
    Samuel Estreicher has published more than a dozen books, including a forthcoming Cambridge University Press book on access to civil justice; leading casebooks on labor law and employment discrimination and employment law; and authored more than 150 articles in professional and academic journals. After clerking for Judge Harold Leventhal of the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit, practicing in a labor law firm, and clerking for Justice Lewis F. Powell Jr. of the US Supreme Court, Estreicher joined the NYU School of Law faculty in 1978. He is the former secretary of the Labor and Employment Law Section of the American Bar Association, a former chair of the Committee on Labor and Employment Law of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, and chief reporter of the Restatement Third of Employment Law, sponsored by the American Law Institute. He is also of counsel to Schulte Roth & Zabel in its employment and employee benefits group. In addition, he maintains an active appellate and ADR practice. The Labor and Employment Research Association awarded him its 2010 Susan C. Eaton Award for Outstanding Scholar-Practitioner. In recent years, Estreicher has published work in public international law and authored several briefs in the Supreme Court and US courts of appeals on international issues. In 2013, he was appointed a member of the Administrative Review Board of the Asian Development Bank in Manila in the Philippines. Estreicher received his BA from Columbia College, his MS in industrial relations from Cornell University, and his JD from Columbia Law School, where he was editor-in-chief of the Columbia Law Review.
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  • Helen Hershkoff
    Herbert M. and Svetlana Wachtell Professor of Constitutional Law and Civil Liberties;
    Co-Director, Arthur Garfield Hays Civil Liberties Program
    Helen Hershkoff’s teaching and scholarship involve civil procedure, federal jurisdiction, and constitutional law. She currently is a co-author of Friedenthal, Miller, Sexton, and Hershkoff’s Civil Procedure: Cases and Materials, co-editor/co-author of Civil Litigation in Comparative Context, and a member of the author team of the “Wright & Miller” treatise on federal procedure, focusing on the United States as party. Hershkoff also writes about state constitutions, on such topics as social and economic rights, constitutional interpretation, and the relation between constitutional norms and common law. With Stephen Loffredo she is author of The Rights of the Poor (1997). Hershkoff graduated from Harvard College, Harvard Law School, and Oxford University, where she studied modern history as a Marshall Scholar. Until 1995, Hershkoff was a practicing lawyer in New York, first as a litigation associate at Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison, then as a staff attorney at the Legal Aid Society, and finally as an associate legal director at the American Civil Liberties Union. From 2006 to 2009, Hershkoff was the Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz Professor of Law. In 2012, she received the Podell Distinguished Teaching Award.
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  • Samuel Issacharoff
    Bonnie and Richard Reiss Professor of Constitutional Law
    Samuel Issacharoff’s wide-ranging research deals with issues in civil procedure (especially complex litigation and class actions), law and economics, American and comparative constitutional law, and employment law. He is one of the pioneers in the law of the political process; his Law of Democracy casebook (co-authored with Stanford Law School’s Pam Karlan and NYU School of Law’s Richard Pildes) and dozens of articles have helped create this vibrant new area of constitutional law. In addition to ongoing involvement in some of the front-burner cases involving mass harms, he served as the reporter for the Principles of the Law of Aggregate Litigation of the American Law Institute. Issacharoff is a 1983 graduate of Yale Law School. He began his teaching career in 1989 at the University of Texas, where he held the Joseph D. Jamail Centennial Chair in Law. In 1999, Issacharoff moved to Columbia Law School, where he was the Harold R. Medina Professor in Procedural Jurisprudence. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
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  • Troy McKenzie
    Professor of Law
    Troy McKenzie ’00 joined the faculty of NYU School of Law in 2007. His scholarly interests include bankruptcy, civil procedure, complex litigation, and the federal courts. He earned a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Princeton University and his law degree from NYU Law, where he was an executive editor of the NYU Law Review. After graduation, he clerked for Judge Pierre N. Leval of the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and Justice John Paul Stevens of the US Supreme Court. Before joining the faculty, McKenzie was an associate in the New York office of Debevoise & Plimpton. At the end of his first year of teaching at the Law School, McKenzie was honored with the Albert Podell Distinguished Teaching Award for outstanding achievement in the classroom.
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  • Arthur Miller
    University Professor
    Arthur Miller, CBE, is one of the nation’s most distinguished legal scholars in the areas of civil litigation, copyright, unfair competition, and privacy. Miller joined NYU School of Law from Harvard Law School, where he not only earned his law degree but also taught for 36 years. A renowned commentator on law and society, he won an Emmy for his work on PBS’s The Constitution: That Delicate Balance and served for two decades as the legal editor for ABC’s Good Morning America. Miller has argued cases in all of the US circuit courts of appeals as well as several before the US Supreme Court. He has worked in the public interest in the areas of privacy, computers, copyright, and the courts. Miller has served as a member and reporter of the Advisory Committee of Civil Rules of the Judicial Conference of the United States by appointment of two chief justices of the United States, as reporter and adviser to the American Law Institute, and as a member of a special advisory group to the chief justice of the US Supreme Court. Miller is the recipient of numerous awards, including five honorary doctorates, three American Bar Association Gavel Awards and a Special Recognition Gavel Award for promoting public understanding of the law. He recently was honored by the Queen of England for his charitable and media work by being named a Commander of the Order of the British Empire.
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  • Geoffrey Miller
    Stuyvesant P. Comfort Professor of Law;
    Director, Center for Financial Institutions;
    Faculty Director, Program on Corporate Compliance and Enforcement
    Geoffrey Miller is author or editor of eight books and more than 200 articles in the fields of compliance and risk management, financial institutions, corporate and securities law, constitutional law, civil procedure, legal history, jurisprudence, and ancient law. He has taught a wide range of subjects including property, corporations, compliance and risk management, financial institutions, land development, securities, the legal profession, and legal theory. Miller received his BA magna cum laude from Princeton University in 1973 and his JD from Columbia Law School in 1978, where he was a Stone Scholar and editor-in-chief of the Columbia Law Review. He clerked for Judge Carl McGowan of the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit and Justice Byron White of the US Supreme Court. After two years as an attorney adviser at the Office of Legal Counsel of the US Department of Justice and one year with a Washington, DC, law firm, he joined the faculty of the University of Chicago Law School in 1983, where he served as associate dean, director of the Program in Law and Economics, and editor of the Journal of Legal Studies. He joined the faculty of NYU School of Law in 1995. Miller has been a visiting professor or visiting scholar at Columbia University, Harvard University, University of Minnesota, University of Basel, University of Genoa, University of St. Gallen, University of Frankfurt, Study Center Gerzensee, Collegio Carlo Alberto, University of Sydney, University of Auckland, and the Bank of Japan. Miller is a founder of the Society for Empirical Legal Studies, co-convener of the Global Economic Policy Forum, director of the NYU Law Center for Financial Institutions, and co-director of the NYU Law Program on Corporate Compliance and Enforcement. He serves on the board of directors of State Farm Bank. In 2011, Miller was elected as a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
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  • Trevor Morrison
    Eric M. and Laurie B. Roth Professor of Law
    Trevor Morrison came to NYU School of Law in June 2013 from Columbia Law School, where he was Liviu Librescu Professor of Law as well as faculty co-director of the Center for Constitutional Governance and faculty co-chair of the Hertog Program on Law and National Security. In 2009, Morrison was associate counsel to President Barack Obama. Morrison’s research and teaching interests are in constitutional law, federal courts, and the law of the executive branch. He has developed particular renown for his expertise in constitutional law as practiced in the executive branch. His scholarship has appeared in the Harvard Law Review, the Yale Law Journal, and the Columbia Law Review, among other publications. From 2003 to 2008, Morrison taught at Cornell Law School, and was a visiting associate professor at NYU Law in 2007. He was previously a law clerk to Judge Betty B. Fletcher of the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg of the US Supreme Court. Between the two clerkships, he was a Bristow Fellow in the US Justice Department’s Office of the Solicitor General, an attorney-advisor in the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel, and an associate at Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering. Morrison received a BA with honors in history from the University of British Columbia in 1994, and a JD from Columbia Law School in 1998. He was also a Richard Hofstadter Fellow in History at Columbia University.
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  • Burt Neuborne
    Norman Dorsen Professor of Civil Liberties;
    Founding Legal Director, Brennan Center for Justice
    Burt Neuborne is one of the nation’s foremost civil liberties lawyers, teachers, and scholars. He is the founding legal director of the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law. Neuborne has served as national legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union, special counsel to the National Organization for Women Legal Defense and Education Fund, and member of the New York City Human Rights Commission. He challenged the constitutionality of the Vietnam War, worked on the Pentagon Papers case, worked with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg when she headed the ACLU Women’s Rights Project, and anchored the ACLU’s legal program during the Reagan years. At the Brennan Center, he has concentrated on campaign finance reform and efforts to reform the democratic process. In recent years, Neuborne has served as principal counsel in cases that have resulted in the payment of $7.5 billion to Holocaust victims. He has received the University-wide Distinguished Teaching Award and been elected to membership in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Among his best-known scholarly works is the two-volume Political and Civil Rights in the United States, which he co-authored with NYU colleagues Norman Dorsen and Sylvia Law, and Paul Bender. In 1996, Neuborne appeared as Jerry Falwell’s lawyer in the Milos Forman movie The People vs. Larry Flynt. His new book, “Madison’s Music:” On Reading the First Amendment, is scheduled for publication in the fall of 2014.
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  • Linda Silberman
    Martin Lipton Professor of Law;
    Co-Director, Center for Transnational Litigation, Arbitration, and Commercial Law
    Linda Silberman teaches Civil Procedure, Conflict of Laws, Comparative Procedure, International Litigation, and International Commercial Arbitration. She is co-director of NYU’s Center for Transnational Litigation, Arbitration, and Commercial Law. She is a member of the editorial advisory boards of the Journal of Private International Law (UK) and Revista Española de Derecho Internacional (Spain). She is also a member of the Academic Council of the Institute of Transnational Arbitration, a fellow of the American Bar Foundation, and a board member of the Institute of Judicial Administration. Her own scholarship covers a wide variety of domestic and transnational subject areas: conflict of laws; domestic and comparative procedure; transnational litigation, in particular judicial jurisdiction and judgment recognition; class actions; international arbitration; and international child abduction. Her articles have been cited by state and federal courts, including the US Supreme Court, as well as by the courts of other nations. Silberman has played an important role at the American Law Institute (ALI), serving as an adviser on two large projects: the Restatement Third of the US Law of International Commercial Arbitration and the Restatement Fourth of the Foreign Relations Law of the US. Previously, she was co-reporter (with Andreas Lowenfeld) for ALI’s Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Judgments: Analysis and Proposed Federal Statute. Silberman has testified in Congress on judgment recognition, first on libel tourism and later on the need for a federal statute on recognition and enforcement. She has been active in the New York City Bar Committee on International Commercial Disputes as well as the City Bar Committee on Arbitration. She is also a member of the State Department’s Advisory Committee on Private International Law. Silberman recently served as a distinguished research scholar at Queen Mary School of International Arbitration in London and earlier as a scholar-in-residence at WilmerHale in London. Silberman is co-author of Civil Procedure: Theory and Practice (fourth edition, 2013) and Civil Litigation in Comparative Context (2007).
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