About the Director Professor Samuel J. Levine

Director, Professor Levine

Professor Samuel J. Levine joined the Touro Law Center faculty in 2010 as Professor of Law and Director of the Jewish Law Institute. He previously served as Professor of Law at Pepperdine University School of Law, and he has served as the Beznos Distinguished Professor at Michigan State University College of Law. He has published two books and more than sixty law review articles and book chapters, and he has lectured throughout the United States on the subjects of Legal Ethics, Jewish Law, Criminal Law, Law and Religion, Constitutional Law, and Disability Rights. 

Professor Levine has been described in the pages of the Notre Dame Law Review as “one of the leading legal-ethics and professional-responsibility scholars of his generation,” and in 2016, he received the Sanford D. Levy Award from the New York State Bar Association's Committee on Professional Ethics, in recognition of his contributions to the field of legal ethics.  He has been described by the Detroit Legal News as “one of the world’s foremost experts on the interplay of Jewish and American law.”  In 2021, he received the Touro College Presidential Faculty Excellence in Scholarship Award.

He is the author of Jewish Law and American Law: A Comparative Study (Two Volumes), and Was Yosef on the Spectrum? Understanding Joseph Through Torah, Midrash, and Classical Jewish Sources

Professor Levine received a J.D. from Fordham Law School, graduating cum laude and Order of the Coif, an LL.M. from Columbia Law School, graduating with Highest Honors as a James Kent Scholar, and Rabbinical Ordination from Yeshiva University. He has served as an appellate prosecutor in the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office, as a law clerk to United States District Court Judges Loretta A. Preska and David N. Edelstein in the Southern District of New York, and as an adjunct professor at Fordham Law School. He has also taught at St. John’s University School of Law and Bar-Ilan University Law School. He has appeared before a number of courts, including the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and the Supreme Court of the State of New York.

Professor Levine’s articles have been published in numerous law reviews, including, among many others,  the Chicago-Kent Law Review, Fordham Law Review, Houston Law Review, Indiana Law Review, Maryland Law Review, Northwestern University Law Review Colloquy, Notre Dame Law Review, Notre Dame Law Review Online, San Diego Law Review, Tulane Law Review, and Utah Law Review, as well as peer-reviewed journals, such as the Air Force Law Review, the American Journal of Legal History, Constitutional Commentary, Dublin University Law Journal (Trinity College Dublin), the Journal of Law and Religion, the Journal of the Professional Lawyer (American Bar Association), and the Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law.

Professor Levine’s articles have been cited in judicial opinions in the United States and New Zealand, and in appellate briefs submitted to federal and state courts, including the Supreme Court of the United States.  His scholarship has appeared in textbooks and anthologies, has been included in course adoptions in the United States, Israel, and Denmark, and has been cited in more than six hundred articles and books by scholars in the United States, Israel, England, Canada, Ireland, Scotland, Australia, China, India, Germany, Austria, South Africa, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Belgium, Romania, Indonesia, South Korea, Denmark, Finland, the Netherlands, Malaysia, Ethiopia, Singapore, Poland, Lithuania, the United Arab Emirates, and Iran.

His books have been reviewed in scholarly journals and periodicals around the world, including, among others: the American Journal of Comparative Law, the Canadian Journal of Disability Studies, the Global Journal of Comparative Law, the Israel Journal of Psychiatry, the Jewish Telegraph (England), the Jewish Week, Jotwell, the Journal of Law and Religion, and Touro Law Review.

Professor Levine has delivered a number of public and endowed lectures, including: the inaugural Yale L. Rosenberg Memorial Lecture at the University of Houston Law Center; the inaugural Beznos Family Lectures at Michigan State University College of Law; the inaugural lecture in Trinity College Law Review’s Distinguished Speaker Series at Trinity College Dublin; the second annual Holocaust Remembrance Lecture at Washington University School of Law; the David S. Stone Foundation Jewish Law Lecture in Toledo, Ohio; a public lecture as part of the University of Tulsa’s Jewish Law Lecture Series; a public lecture as part of Chabad of Wyoming’s Distinguished Speaker Series; a plenary address at the inaugural Conference on Religious Legal Theory at Seton Hall School of Law; the Jewish Law, Thought and Identity Lunch Talk at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law, a series of public lectures at Chabad of Malibu; and public lectures at the University of Toledo Law School, Wayne State Law School, and Loyola University Maryland.

He has spoken at numerous other law schools, including Baylor, Bar-Ilan University, Boston College, Brigham Young University, Cardozo, Catholic University, Chicago-Kent, Columbia, Fordham, George Mason, Harvard, Hebrew University, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Stanford, University of California Irvine, University of Colorado, University of Illinois, University of San Diego, University of Southern California, and Yale. In addition, he has made presentations at a number of other colleges and universities, including Columbia College, Fuller Theological Seminary, Johns Hopkins, Lander College for Men, New York University, Pepperdine, Princeton, Queens College, Stern College for Women, Stony Brook, University of Illinois, and Yeshiva College.

Professor Levine has organized several national conferences, including: the Conference of Religiously Affiliated Law Schools; the Conference on Religious Legal Theory; Louis D. Brandeis: An Interdisciplinary Retrospective; Benjamin N. Cardozo: Judge, Justice Scholar; Jewish Law and American Law: A Comparative Study; Jewish Law in Comparative Context; and Billy Joel and the Law, all hosted at Touro Law Center.  He was co-organizer of a number of additional conferences, including: The Law: Business or Profession?; Bob Dylan and the Law; and the Legal Ethics Shmooze, all hosted at Fordham Law School. He has also been co-organizer of the annual Criminal Justice Ethics Schmooze. He has organized many other programs and panels, including the Emerging Scholars’ Plenary Session at the Jewish Law Association Conference at Yale Law School. He has also organized a number of special law review issues, including the Symposium: Current Issues in Disability Rights Law, in Touro Law Review.

Professor Levine has made CLE presentations at a number of leading law firms, including: Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP; Proskauer Rose LLP; Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP; and Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP.

He has made presentations in connection with various other institutions and organizations throughout the United States, including, among others: American Association of Jewish Lawyers and Judges, American Association of Law Libraries, American Society for Legal History, Archdiocese of Los Angeles, Association of American Law Schools, Center for Ethics at Yeshiva University, Chabad, Gratz College, Hadassah, Hillel, James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions, Jewish Federation, Jewish Law Association, Jewish Learning Initiative on Campus, Makor/Steinhardt Center of the 92nd Street Y, MEOR, Orthodox Union, Osher Lifetime Learning Institute, Ruderman Family Foundation, Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies, Suffolk County Board of Rabbis, and Woodward Avenue Shul. He has also spoken at conferences in Paris and Israel.

Professor Levine has served as Chair of the American Association of Law Schools Section on Professional Responsibility, three times as Chair of the AALS Section on Jewish Law, as Co-Chair of the AALS Section on Law and Religion, and on the Executive Committee of the AALS Section on Criminal Justice. He is Chair of the annual Fred C. Zacharias Memorial Prize for Scholarship in Professional Responsibility, and he serves on the New York State Bar Association Committee on Professional Ethics, the Executive Committee of the Association of Religiously Affiliated Law Schools, the International Advisory Board of the Journal of Law and Religion, and the U.S/Canada Committee of the Jewish Law Association.  He has also served as a peer reviewer for several academic publishers and universities, and as Pro Bono Ethics Consultant for the National Disability Rights Network.

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