Eileen Kaufman is Professor of Law at Touro Law Center. She graduated with highest honors from Skidmore College and received her J.D. and LLM. from New York University School of Law. Before joining the faculty at Touro, Professor Kaufman served as managing attorney at Westchester Legal Services where her work included major class actions and law reform relating to government benefit programs.
Professor Kaufman was Touro's Vice Dean from 1996-2000, the founder of Touro Law's summer program in India and the co-director of Touro Law's summer program in Israel. She teaches Torts, Constitutional Law, Evidence, Sex-Based Discrimination, and Civil Liberties in an Age of Terrorism. Among her professional activities, Professor Kaufman served as the co-President of the Society of American Law Teachers, the Reporter for the New York Pattern Jury Instructions Committee, the chairperson of the Bar Admission and Lawyer Performance Committee of the American Association of Law Schools, the co-chair of the Committee on Legal Education and Admission to the Bar of the New York State Bar Association, a member of the Committee on Legal Education and Admission to the Bar of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York and the New York State Judicial Institute on Professionalism in the Law. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Tibet Justice Center.
Professor Kaufman has published primarily in the areas of civil rights, women's rights and human rights. Among her recent publications are: "Testing, Diversity, and Merit: A Reply to Dan Subotnik and Others," 9 U. Mass. L. Rev.206 (2014) co-authored with Andrea Anne Curcio and Carol L. Chomsky
“Deference or Abdication: A Comparison of the Supreme Courts of Israel and the United States in Cases Involving Real or Perceived Threats to National Security,” 12 Washington University Global Law Studies 95 (2013); "Shelter from the Storm: An Analysis of U.S. Refugee Law as Applied to Tibetans Formerly Residing in India," 23 Georgetown Immigration Law Journal 497 (2009); "Innocents Abroad: Reflections on Summer Abroad Law Programs," 30 Thomas Jefferson L. Rev. 69 (2007) co-authored with Louise Harmon; "Women and Law: A Comparative Analysis of the United States and Indian Supreme Courts' Equality Jurisprudence," 34 Georgia Journal of International & Comparative Law 557 (2006) reprinted as lead article in Indian Juridical Review (2007); and "Dazzling the World: A Study of India's Constitutional Amendment Mandating Reservation for Women on Rural Panchayats," 19 Berkeley Women's Law Journal 29 (2004) co-authored with Louise Harmon.
Professor Kaufman is the recipient of the 2004 Ruth G. Schapiro Award of the New York State Bar Association. She has also received Touro Law Center's Professor of the Year Award (1995, 2002, 2005, 2011, 2012), the Class Professor Award (2013), the Lecturer of the Year Award (2004), the Distinguished Service Award (2004), the Paul Marks Public Interest Award (1989, 2004) the Milton Handler Scholarship Award (2004) and the Touro Law Public Interest Award (2013).