Yeshiva University President Names Cardozo Dean Vice President for Legal Education

Sep 14, 2005 — Yeshiva University President Richard M. Joel announced today that David Rudenstine, dean of the university’s Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, has been named vice president for legal education and reappointed as dean. According to President Joel, Dean Rudenstine’s new appointment is in recognition of his and the law school’s continuing success and his contribution to the university.

“David Rudenstine is a gift to the university,” President Joel said. “He is the consummate legal educator, a respected scholar, and an effective, creative administrator. I am delighted that now, as a vice president of the university and a member of my cabinet, he will bring his knowledge and expertise to global issues facing the university.”

Kathryn O. Greenberg, Cardozo Board chair and a member of the university’s Board of Trustees who approved the appointment, said, “Cardozo and the university each benefit from this wonderful appointment. It will increase the amount of mutual understanding and success that both institutions enjoy.”

Rudenstine was appointed Cardozo’s dean in the fall of 2001 after serving as a faculty member since 1979 and holding positions as academic dean and dean ad interim. His tenure as dean has been marked by the establishment of important new programs, the appointment of 10 new members to the Cardozo faculty, a significant increase in Cardozo alumni on the school’s board of directors, and the completion of a $45 million renovation and expansion program.

In accepting the appointment, Dean Rudenstine, who also is the Sheldon H. Solow Professor, said, “I am honored by my appointment as a university vice president and grateful to President Joel for the trust and confidence he has in me. It has been a very special and gratifying privilege to serve as dean of Cardozo these last four years and I look forward to continuing to serve this remarkable law school and to assist in the strengthening of Yeshiva University.”

Dean Rudenstine is a constitutional law scholar with expertise in freedom of the press and cultural property. He is the author of the widely acclaimed The Day the Presses Stopped: A History of the Pentagon Papers Case, and is completing Trophies for the Empire: The Tale of the Parthenon Marbles, a history of the famous dispute over the Elgin Marbles. In 2000-2001, he was an inaugural fellow in Princeton University’s Program in Law and Public Affairs.

Prior to joining the Cardozo faculty, he was a project director, associate director, and acting executive director of the New York Civil Liberties Union; counsel to the National News Council; a staff attorney in the New York City Legal Services Program; and director of the Citizen’s Inquiry on Parole and Criminal Justice, Inc., a not-for-profit research corporation. He is the primary author of Prison Without Walls: Report on New York Parole and author of Rights of Ex-Offenders. He was a fellow in the New York University Arthur Garfield Hays Civil Liberties Program and spent two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Uganda.

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