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Eric Lane

Professor of Law


LLM, 1979, New York Univ (NYU); JD, 1970, Fordham University; MA, 1966, SUNY Stony Brook Univ; BA, 1965, Brown Univ


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Professor Lane is the Eric J. Schmertz Distinguished Professor of Public Law and Public Service at Hofstra University School of Law. He is the coauthor with Michael Oreskes, managing editor for U.S. news for the Associated Press, of The Genius of America: How the Constitution Saved the Country and Why It Can Again and two additional books with the Honorable Abner J. Mikva, The Legislative Process and An Introduction to Statutory Interpretation and Legislative Process. Both are law school texts. He is also the author of a number of articles on governmental decision-making.

Presently, Professor Lane is the Senior Fellow at the Brennan Center of Justice and the NYU School of Law. Through 2005 he served as special counsel to the speaker of the New York City Council. Professor Lane has also served as a consultant for the Justice Project of the Center for Court Innovation. From July 1993 to February 1995 he served as counsel to the New York State Temporary Commission on Constitutional Revision.

Professor Lane served, in 1990, as chair of the New York City Task Force on Charter Implementation. From 1986 to 1989 he served as executive director/counsel to the New York City Charter Revision Commission. Professor Lane also spent six years (1981-1986) as chief counsel to the New York State Senate Minority.

He serves on the boards of the Vera Institute of Justice, The Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem, and the Council on the Environment of New York City. He is a member of the American Law Institute and the American Bar Foundation.

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