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Hofstra Mourns the Loss of Law Professor Alan Resnick

The Hofstra community is saddened to announce the passing of Alan N. Resnick, the Benjamin Weintraub Distinguished Professor of Bankruptcy Law at the Maurice A. Deane School of Law.  

Professor Resnick taught at Hofstra Law for 42 years, almost since the school’s founding, and served as interim dean from 2004-2005 and as associate dean from 1979-81.  He was a visiting professor at New York University School of Law in 2004.

A nationally recognized authority on bankruptcy laws, he was a prolific writer, editor and speaker for many leading professional publications and seminars.  Professor Resnick’s writings have been cited in more than 150 judicial opinions, including opinions of the Supreme Court of the United States and the United States Court of Appeals in several circuits.

“Alan Resnick devoted virtually his entire professional life to Hofstra Law, and it showed in everything he did. He was an exemplary teacher, mentor, scholar and leader,” said President Stuart Rabinowitz, who tapped Resnick as interim law school dean in 2004. “We joined Hofstra Law at about the same time as young professors, and he was a trusted friend and colleague for more than 40 years. His contributions to and impact on the Hofstra community will be felt for decades to come.”

Hofstra Law Dean Eric Lane remembers Professor Resnick as an extraordinary colleague and scholar. “He was known throughout the country for his research and writing on bankruptcy, and was also a first-rate practitioner in that area of the law,” he said. “But more importantly, he cared deeply about the students and the law school. In the short time since word of his passing has spread through the Hofstra community, I’ve received hundreds of notes from students and alumni who wanted to bear witness to Alan’s qualities as a teacher and a mentor. Nothing could have made him happier.”

In 2015, Hofstra Law established the Alan N. Resnick Endowed Scholarship to honor his exemplary teaching career. Alumni, colleagues and friends donated more than $220,000 to support, in perpetuity, the award of scholarships to future Hofstra Law students who demonstrate outstanding academic achievement, with priority for students interested in the bankruptcy and restructuring field.

Professor Resnick was of counsel to the law firm of Fried, Frank, Harris, Silver & Jacobson LLP in New York City, where he consulted on bankruptcy, insolvency, and commercial law issues in connection with complex debt restructurings, chapter 11 reorganization cases, and corporate transactions for more than 25 years.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, July 31, at Riverside Memorial Chapel, 180 West 76th Street, New York, NY. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests that donations be made to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation through the following website: http://support.themmrf.org/goto/teamresnick.

Flags on campus will be flown at half-staff in his memory.  An announcement of a formal memorial by the Law School will follow.

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