Touro Law to Host Charles A. Reich Conference

January 15, 2020

Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center will host a one-day conference titled, “Charles A. Reich, A Commemoration of His Life and Legacy,” on Thursday, January 30, 2020 beginning at 9:30am at the law school in Central Islip. The full-day conference will explore the life, work, and legacy of Charles A. Reich, a Yale Law School professor and – to everyone’s surprise, including his own – a best-selling author.  
Reich loomed large in the history of American law and society of the second half of the twentieth century. His law review article “The New Property” (1964) not only influenced Supreme Court case law, it continues to inform how Property and Constitutional Law are taught in law schools today. His best-selling book The Greening of America (1970) explained the 1960s counterculture. Reich died last June.  The conference will commemorate his life and explore how his writing and teaching influenced the law.
“I met Charles in my last year of law school when he returned to Yale as a visiting professor,” said Rodger Citron, an associate dean at Touro Law.  “Later I became interested in writing about him and we became friends.  Our conversations covered many subjects – from his clerkship with Justice Hugo Black and his friendship with Justice William O. Douglas to his views on contemporary law and society – and occurred over a more than 15-year period.  It was a privilege to learn from Charles and it is an honor to chair this conference celebrating his life and work.”    
Speakers and presenters will include: the Hon. Guido Calabresi, Senior Circuit Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, former Dean of Yale Law School, and Sterling Professor Emeritus and Professorial Lecturer at Yale Law; Harold Hongju Koh, former Legal Adviser of the U.S. Department of State, former Dean of Yale Law School and currently Sterling Professor of International Law at Yale Law; John Q. Barrett, Professor of Law, St. John’s Law School; Ray Brescia, Hon. Harold R. Tyler Chair in Law and Technology and Professor of Law, Albany Law School; Rodger D. Citron, Associate Dean for Research and Scholarship and Professor of Law, Touro Law Center; Doug Kysar, Deputy Dean and Joseph M. Field ’55 Professor of Law, Yale Law School; Gillian Metzger, Harlan Fiske Stone Professor of Law and Co-Faculty Director, Center for Constitutional Governance, Columbia Law School; Judith Resnik, Arthur Liman Professor of Law, Yale Law School; Sarah Seo, Associate Professor of Law, Iowa Law School; and Karen Tani, Professor of Law, Berkeley Law School.
The conference is being offered at no charge, but registration is required. To register or for more information please visit
Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law is located adjacent to both a state and a federal courthouse in Central Islip, New York. Touro Law’s proximity to the courthouses, coupled with programming developed to integrate the courtroom into the classroom, provide a one-of-a kind learning experience for law students, combining a rigorous curriculum taught by expert faculty with a practical courtroom experience. Touro Law is dedicated to providing hands-on learning that enables students to gain experience while offering much-needed legal services in the community.

Touro Law, which has an alumni base of more than 6,500, offers full- and part-time JD programs where students can earn a degree in 2, 3 or 4 years and provides four areas of concentration Additionally, Touro offers a hybrid, four-year FlexTime JD Program combining online and on campus learning. Touro Law offers several dual degree programs and graduate law programs for US and foreign law graduates. Touro Law Center is part of the Touro College system.

About the Touro College and University System 
Touro is a system of non-profit institutions of higher and professional education. Touro College was chartered in 1970 primarily to enrich the Jewish heritage, and to serve the larger American and global community. Approximately 18,000 students are currently enrolled in its various schools and divisions. Touro College has 30 campuses and locations in New York, California, Nevada, Berlin, Jerusalem and Moscow. New York Medical College; Touro University California and its Nevada branch campus; Touro University Worldwide and its Touro College Los Angeles division; as well as Hebrew Theological College in Skokie, Ill. are separately accredited institutions within the Touro College and University System. For further information on Touro College, please go to:

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