Robert Pitler is a recognized expert in the area of criminal law, procedure and evidence. His seminal article on the constitutionality of New York State’s search and seizure procedures in the Brooklyn Law Review is the authoritative source on the subject. He has been twice honored by the New York State Bar Association, for "Outstanding Contribution in the Field of Criminal Law Education," and "Outstanding Contribution in Criminal Justice Legislation." He currently serves as chair of the New York State Law Revision Commission, and was the principal drafter of the Commission's 1990 proposed Code of Evidence. The Commission recently issued a report evaluating the New York State Liquor Authority.
Before joining the faculty in 1988, Professor Pitler was counsel to the New York County District Attorney, chief of the Office's Investigations Division, and chief of the Appeals Bureau. He previously taught at the University of Syracuse Law School and the University of Colorado Law School. He also served as senior law clerk to Charles D. Breitel, Chief Judge of the New York State Court of Appeals.