Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Democrat Roy Simon, Skelos' Challenger

Skelos faces another challenge in November from Democrat Roy Simon a professor at Hofstra Law School. His range of expertise fits perfectly into what is missing in the State Senate - Ethics.

Here is his bio from the Hofstra website:
" Roy Simon is the Howard Lichtenstein Distinguished Professor of legal ethics at Hofstra University School of Law and is the director of Hofstra's Institute for the Study of Legal Ethics. He graduated from Williams College (B.A., 1973) and N.Y.U. School of Law (J.D., 1977), where he was editor-in-chief of the N.Y.U. Law Review. He clerked for United States District Judge Robert Merhige (pronounced "marriage") in Richmond, Virginia, then practiced law at Jenner & Block in Chicago. He began his teaching career at Washington University School of Law in St. Louis in 1983, and has taught legal ethics since 1985. He joined the Hofstra faculty in 1992.

Professor Simon annually writes Simon's New York Code of Professional Responsibility Annotated, annually co-authors Regulation of Lawyers: Statutes and Standards (with Professor Stephen Gillers of N.Y.U.), and co-authors Lawyers and the Legal Profession. He also writes a monthly article for the New York Professional Responsibility Report, a monthly newsletter covering professional responsibility items of interest to New York lawyers.

Professor Simon is a member of the professional ethics committees of the New York State Bar Association, the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, and the Bar Association of Nassau County, and is vice chair and reporter for the New York State Bar Association's Committee on Standards of Attorney Conduct ("COSAC"), which is comprehensively reviewing the New York Code of Professional Responsibility. In March of 2005, he was appointed to the New York City Bar's Task Force on the Role of the Lawyer in a Corporate Governance."

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