Spring 2018

Message from the Dean and Executive Director of the Center for Children, Families and the Law

Every day, children and families in America come to our courts at some of the most challenging times in their lives — often facing poverty, homelessness, dementia, divorce, abuse and/or neglect. [...]

Message from the Director of the Center for Children, Families and the Law

Family law is a special field, and Hofstra Law is proud to give it the special emphasis it deserves in the Center for Children, Families and the Law. This first issue of the Center’s [...]

Professor James Herbie DiFonzo 1953-2017

If there is one quality that immediately comes to mind when I think of my dear friend and cherished colleague, Professor Herbie DiFonzo, it is: kind. He was, of course, a first-rate intellect, a [...]

Herbie DiFonzo – Mensch Extraordinaire

When news of Herbie’s death spread, the calls and emails from former students, colleagues and friends that I received repeatedly used the same word – mensch- to describe him. According to Leo [...]

“LETS ROCK AND ROLL!” – A Tribute to J. Herbie DiFonzo

Walking into Hofstra Law School in August 2015 I was petrified. As a first year law student you hear horror stories of professors using the Socratic method coupled with a public reprimand if you [...]

Hofstra Law’s Youth Advocacy Clinic: Social Justice Lawyering by Students in Family and Immigration Courts

Since 2004 students in Hofstra Law ’s Youth Advocacy Clinic (YAC) have advocated on behalf of one of the most vulnerable segments of our society — immigrant children and youth in dire need of [...]

Student in Youth Advocacy Clinic Obtains Special Immigrant Juvenile Status for Abused Immigrant Child

In the fall semester of 2017, the Youth Advocacy Clinic (YAC) afforded me an exceptional opportunity. I was able to make a positive impact on the life of one member of one of the most vulnerable [...]

Navigator Program Enables Hofstra Law Students to Help Self-Represented Litigants in Nassau County Supreme Court Matrimonial Center

In February of 2014, Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman launched a pilot program in which non-lawyer volunteers, usually local law students, assisted unrepresented litigants during their court [...]

Hofstra Law’s 2017 Siben Lecture and Symposium on Interdisciplinary Collaboration in Family Law

The Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University’s Sidney and Walter Siben Distinguished Professorship in Family Law annual lecture series features leading scholars from law schools [...]

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