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Remembering Monroe Freedman

Maurice A. Deane School of Law  Professor Monroe Freedman, who instilled in thousands of students the responsibility of lawyers to zealously represent clients and to stand for social justice, died in February after a legendary 42-year career as a teacher, mentor, advocate and dean.

Known as the father of modern legal ethics for his successful effort to introduce the field to the mainstream of the legal academy, Professor Freedman received the American Bar Association’s highest award for professionalism. He was recognized for “a lifetime of original and influential scholarship in the field of lawyers’ ethics,” and his peers have called him “the conscience of our profession.”

“When I was hired 38 years ago by Monroe, then dean, I asked him, ‘What are your expectations for me?’ He gave me only two directives: Be a great teacher and make a difference. No person has embodied these ideals, both personally and professionally, better than Monroe,” said Hofstra Law Dean Eric Lane. “His impact on the Law School, on the legal community and on his colleagues is indelible.”

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