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Howard Lesnick

Jefferson B. Fordham Professor of Law

Howard Lesnick

Along with many articles on ethical responsibility in law, religion and morality, and moral education and most recently, The Reality of Moral Imperatives in Liberal Religion  (forthcoming 2013) - Howard Lesnick has published Religion in Legal Thought and Practice, The Moral Stake in Education: Contested Premises and Practices (with J.F. Goodman), and Listening for God: Religion and Moral Discernment, which asks where moral imperatives come from, and how the answers found in religion and in law affect one another. Continue reading… Along with many articles on ethical responsibility in law, religion and morality, and moral education and most recently, The Reality of Moral Imperatives in Liberal Religion  (forthcoming 2013) - Howard Lesnick has published Religion in Legal Thought and Practice, The Moral Stake in Education: Contested Premises and Practices (with J.F. Goodman), and Listening for God: Religion and Moral Discernment, which asks where moral imperatives come from, and how the answers found in religion and in law affect one another. A former law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice J.M. Harlan, Lesnick has arbitrated jurisdictional disputes for the AFL-CIO since 1978. He is a founder and past president of the Society of American Law Teachers, and has participated in litigation, training, and consultative work related to the legal problems of poor people. He has worked to develop methods by which students, teachers, and practitioners can integrate their work with their aspirations and values, work recognized by an AALS Award for outstanding contributions to public service.

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Expertise

  • Law and Equality
  • Religion and the Law
  • Professional Responsibility

Books

RELIGION IN LEGAL THOUGHT AND PRACTICE (Cambridge 2010).
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MORAL EDUCATION: A TEACHER-CENTERED APPROACH (Longman 2004) (with J.F. GOODMAN).
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THE MORAL STAKE IN EDUCATION: CONTESTED PREMISES AND PRACTICES (Longman 2001) (with J.F. GOODMAN).
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LISTENING FOR GOD: RELIGION AND MORAL DISCERNMENT (Fordham 1998).
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BECOMING A LAWYER: A HUMANISTIC PERSPECTIVE ON LEGAL EDUCATION AND PROFESSIONALISM (West 1981) (with E. DVORKIN & J. HIMMELSTEIN).
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Articles and Book Chapters

The Reality of Moral Imperatives in Liberal Religion, 28 J. L. & RELIGION 297 (2013).

Moral Disagreement in a Culture of Certainty, in LAW AND DEMOCRACY IN THE EMPIRE OF FORCE, (H. Jefferson Powell & James Boyd White, eds.) (Univ. Of Michigan 2008).

The Practice of Teaching, the Practice of Law: What Does It Take to Practice Responsibly, 29 PACE L. REV. 29 (2008).

The Rhetoric of Anti-relativism in a Culture of Certainty, 55 BUFF. L. REV. 887 (2007).

The Consciousness of Religion and the Consciousness of Law: Some Implications for Dialogue, 8 U. PA. J. CONST. L. 1 (2006).

No Other Gods: Answering the Call of Faith in the Practice of Law, 18 J.L. & RELIG. 459 (2003).

Speaking Truth to Powerlessness, 52 VAND. L. REV. 1033 (1999).

Personal Fulfillment in the Changing World of Law Practice: Opportunities and Obstacles, 72 TEMPLE L. REV. 1011 (1999).

The Religious Lawyer in a Pluralist Society, 66 FORDHAM L. REV. 1469 (1998).

Religious Particularity, Religious Metaphor, and Religious Truth: Listening to Tom Shaffer,
10 J.L. & RELIG. 317 (1995).

BEING A LAWYER: INDIVIDUAL CHOICE AND RESPONSIBILITY IN THE PRACTICE OF LAW (West 1992).
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Being a Teacher, of Lawyers: Discerning the Theory of My Practice, 43 HASTINGS L.J. 1095 (1992).

The Wellsprings of Legal Responses to Inequality: A Perspective on Perspectives, 1991 DUKE L.J. 431.

More publications can be found here.

Research Areas

  • The Relation of Religious Consciousness to Legal Thought and Practice

Positions

Penn Law - Jefferson B. Fordham Professor of Law (1991- ); Professor (1960-82, 1988-91); Participating Faculty, Center on Professionalism (1988-96)

Impartial Umpire, AFL-CIO Internal Disputes Plan (1978- )

Visiting Professor - University of California, Berkeley, University of Chicago, Columbia, University of California, Hastings, Lewis & Clark, University of Michigan, NYU, Stanford, University of Texas, University of Utah, University of Washington

Co-Founder and Distinguished Professor, CUNY School of Law (1982-88)

Law Clerk to the Hon. John M. Harlan, U.S. Supreme Court (1959-60)

President, Society of American Law Teachers (1973-75)

Courses

  • Religion, Law and Lawyering
  • Professional Responsibility
  • Legal Responses to Inequality

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