Rose L. Hoffer Professor of Law
Areas of Expertise
B.A., Bryn Mawr College
M.Sc., The London School of Economics and Political Science
J.D., New York University School of Law
Experts and political candidates are still trying to sort out the implications of a federal appellate court ruling in the landmark stop-and-frisk case, Floyd v. New York, which asserted that stop-and-frisk tactics of the New York Police Department violated the constitutional rights of minorities. WNYC’s Amy Eddings interviewed Professor Elizabeth Schneider, a noted civil procedure authority, on “All Things Considered.” Eddings asked Professor Schneider to comment on journalist Jeffrey Toobin’s statement that the appellate judges were trying to embarrass Judge Scheindlin because she “is not a part of that 'boys' club' politics.
Professor Elizabeth Schneider was a recent guest on the NY1 show, Road to City Hall, to discuss the resignation of New York State Assembly member Vito Lopez and the sexual harassment allegations against him.
Professor Elizabeth Schneider was a featured guest on MSNBC to discuss the “Stand Your Ground” law, which allows individuals in several states to use self-defense against an attacker without an obligation of retreat following the attack.
Professor Elizabeth Schneider's article, “The Changing Shape of Federal Civil Pretrial Practice: The Disparate Impact on Civil Rights and Employment Discrimination Cases,” cited by Justice Cornelia A. Clark of the Tennessee Supreme Court in her dissenting opinion in Gossett v. Tractor Supply Co. The article was originally published in the University of Pennsylvania Law Review in 2010.
Brooklyn Law School is pleased to announce the publication of Women and The Law Stories, co-edited by Elizabeth M. Schneider, Rose L. Hoffer Professor of Law at Brooklyn Law School and Stephanie M. Wildman, Professor of Law, Santa Clara University.
In a recent decision, a majority of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit sided with the plaintiff in the case of Swanson v. Citibank, saying that the plaintiff’s complaint concerning a Fair Housing Act claim was sufficient and reversing the District Court judge who had dismissed the plaintiff’s case. The suit revisits issues of pleading standards in federal civil cases that arose from Ashcroft v. Iqbal and Bell Atl. Corp. v. Twombly, two Supreme Court decisions from 2007 and 2009. In its coverage of the Swanson case, BNA Law Week spoke to Professor Elizabeth Schneider, an expert in civil procedure and civil rights. She called it “a fascinating decision which is emblematic of current judicial efforts to grapple with the unstable state of federal pleading standards in light of Twombly and Iqbal.”
Professor Elizabeth Schneider was quoted in the National Law Journal on Monday concerning the Ashcroft v. Iqbal ruling, which has increased the amount of initial evidence a plaintiff needs to avoid having the case dismissed. Professor Schneider, who has written extensively on federal civil procedure, told the Law Journal that the Iqbal case forces judges to go "line by line" through pleadings, open the door to judicial bias.
The New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence has honored BLS Professor Elizabeth M. Schneider as one of 30 leaders who has made a difference in the lives of survivors of domestic violence since the coalition's inception in 1978. She received the award at the organization’s 30th anniversary conference, “A Mosaic of Movements: An Assembly of Human Rights,” on April 29th in Albany.
Professors Margaret Berger, Aaron Twerski, and Elizabeth Schneider ranked in Brian Leiter’s recent survey of “Most Cited Law Professors by Specialty.” The survey, published on his Law School Rankings Web site, a highly respected and comprehensive ranking of law school performance, counted citations in law review articles from 2000 to 2007 that reference scholars in 18 different fields. In each category, 10 or 20 professors are ranked.