Samuel J. Levine
Director of the Jewish Law Institute and Professor of Law

Samuel J. Levine


LL.M., Columbia University, 1996, James Kent Scholar (highest honors)
Rabbinical Ordination, Yeshiva University, 1996
J.D., Fordham University, 1994, cum laude
Order of the Coif
B.A., Yeshiva University, 1990, cum laude

Criminal Law
Criminal Procedure
Professional Responsibility
Ethical Criminal Practice
Jewish Law
Criminal Law II
Selected Topics in Criminal Justice: Comparing Jewish Law and American Law
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 and has delivered online presentations on webinars hosted in countries around the world.
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 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.”  
Professor Levine has received many awards, including 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, and the Presidential Faculty Excellence in Scholarship Award from the Touro College and University System.  In 2023,  he was inducted into the Touro Law Center Builders Society.  
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 been cited in more than 600 articles and books by scholars in 40 countries. 
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 Sourcesand his books have been reviewed in scholarly journals and periodicals around the world.
Professor Levine has delivered a number of public and endowed lectures, and he has spoken at numerous law schools and universities and in connection with various other institutions and organizations.  He has made CLE presentations at leading law firms, and he has been the organizer and co-organizer of several national conferences.
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 and the AALS Section on Criminal Procedure. He is Chair of the annual Fred C. Zacharias Memorial Prize for Scholarship in Professional Responsibility, and he served on the New York State Bar Association Committee on Professional Ethics.
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