The Howard Lichtenstein Distinguished Professorship in Legal Ethics Lectures bring outstanding scholars in the field of legal ethics together with the Hofstra Law community.

The Howard Lichtenstein Distinguished Professorship was established in 1989 to remember Howard Lichtenstein, an outstanding lawyer with a genuine interest in legal education and the training and development of young lawyers. During his 44 years of practice, his primary concentration was in the field of labor law. As a senior partner at the law firm Proskauer Rose Goetz & Mendelsohn (now known as Proskauer Rose LLP), he was considered an authority on administrative law. In addition, Mr. Lichtenstein was a strong advocate for improving the teaching of legal ethics.

Each entry below includes a complete video recording of the lecture and, when possible, the full text of the published paper related to the presentation.


Lectures from 2024

The New Legal Ethics, W. Bradley Wendel

Lectures from 2023

Reimagining Lawyering: Supporting Well-Being and Liberation, Susan Brooks

Lectures from 2022

Should You Have To Be A Lawyer To Do That?, Bruce Green

Lectures from 2021

Is Emotion The Enemy of Reason? The Role of Emotion in the Legal System, Susan A. Bandes

Lectures from 2019

Prosecutorial Ethics in Current Times, Angela J. Davis

Lectures from 2018

Ethics and Government Lawyering in Current Times, Richard W. Painter

Lectures from 2017

The Future of the Legal Profession: Innovation, Technology and Regulation, Andrew M. Perlman

Lectures from 2016

Convocation to Install Ellen Yaroshefsky as the Howard Lichtenstein Distinguished Professor of Legal Ethics, Barry C. Scheck, Casandra Tolentino, and Ellen Yaroshefsky

Lectures from 2014


Why U.S. Jurisdictions Should Adopt ‘Regulatory Objectives’ for the Legal Profession, Laurel S. Terry

Lectures from 2012


The Rise of Institutional Law Practice, Thomas D. Morgan

Lectures from 2010


Lawyering in the Supreme Court, Paul D. Clement


Engaged Client-Centered Representation and the Moral Foundations of Legal Representation, Katherine R. Kruse

Lectures from 2008


Pro Bono Publico in a Parallel Universe: The Meaning of Pro Bono in Solo and Small Law Firms, Leslie C. Levin

Lectures from 2007

The Impact of the Globalization of the Legal Profession on Legal Education, Mary C. Daly

Lectures from 2006


Judicial Ethics, The Appearance of Impropriety, and the Proposed New ABA Judicial Code, Ronald D. Rotunda

Lectures from 2005


Accidental Clients, Susan R. Martyn

Lectures from 2002

The Limits of Morality: Why the Cabinets Need Locks, Burnele Venable Powell

Lectures from 2000


All's O.K. Between Consenting Adults: Enlightened Rule on Privacy, Obscene Rule on Ethics, Lawrence J. Fox Esq.

Lectures from 1999


Safeguarding a Crown Jewel: Judicial Independence and Lawyer Criticism of Courts, Judith S. Kaye


Defending Defending: The Case for Unmitigated Zeal on Behalf of People Who Do Terrible Things, Abbe Smith

Lectures from 1997


"Thinking Like a Lawyer" About Ethical Questions, William H. Simon