Eric Lane

Former Senior Fellow

Professor Lane is the Eric J. Schmertz Distinguished Professor of Public Law and Public Service at Hofstra University School of Law where he has been teaching since 1976. He teaches courses relating to the structure and processes of government. He is the co-author of two books with the Honorable Abner J. Mikva. The first, titled, The Legislative Process, is a law school text. The second, An Introduction to Statutory Interpretation and the Legislative Process, is a text for law students and lawyers. He has also written a book with Michael Oreskes, Editor of the International Herald Tribune, titled The Genius of America: How the Consitution Saved Our Country—And Why It Can Again. This book is intended to be published by Bloomsbury Press in 2008. He is also the author of a number of articles on governmental decision-making.

Professor Lane was a Senior Fellow at the Brennan Center of Justice and the NYU School of Law. He has served as a special counsel to the Speaker of the New York City Council. He has also recently served as a consultant for the Justice Project of the Center for Court Innovation. The purpose of this project was to study problem solving courts. From July 1993 to February 1995 he served as Counsel to the New York State Temporary Commission on Constitutional Revision. The Commission, established by Governor Mario Cuomo and chaired by Peter Goldmark, President of the Rockefeller Foundation, was charged with reviewing various aspects of the New York State Constitution.

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 and The Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem. He is a member of the American Law Institute and the American Bar Foundation.