Fall 2016

Professors Bernstein, Schneider, and Stein Recognized as Top-Cited Scholars

Three professors have been recognized among the most often-cited scholars in their fields

Bernstein, who holds the Anita and Stuart Subotnick ’69 chair, was recognized for her work in the area of torts and products liability. Her writings have appeared in dozens of law reviews, including Harvard, Yale, Columbia, California, Michigan, Cornell, Duke, Texas, and Vanderbilt.

Her books address torts, products liability, and the law of marriage. Professor Bernstein’s wide-ranging interests extend to microfinance, diversity as a rationale for affirmative action, and comparative and international law. Her scholarship has been cited by federal courts (both trial and appellate) and the Supreme Courts of Pennsylvania and Texas. Most recently, she authored a series on legal malpractice for the New York Law Journal.

Bernstein is a member of the American Law Institute and a past chair of the Association of American Law Schools Executive Committee on Torts and Compensation Systems. Among her many distinctions, she was awarded the first Fulbright scholarship in European Union affairs given to a law professor.

Schneider, the Rose L. Hoffer Professor of Law, was recognized in the field of feminist legal theory. She is the Director of the Edward V. Sparer Public Interest Law Fellowship Program, which she founded and has led for more than 30 years (see page 12). Schneider is a nationally recognized expert in the fields of civil procedure, gender law, and domestic violence, and is a frequent commentator for print and broadcast media. She is the author of the prizewinning book Battered Women and Feminist Lawmaking (Yale University Press, 2000) and coauthor of several other books in this area. She has also written numerous articles and book chapters on civil rights, civil procedure, women’s rights, and domestic violence.

She is a member of the American Law Institute and chair of the Judicial-Academic Network of the National Association for Women Judges. She has been honored by numerous organizations such as the National Organization of Women-NYC and the New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence. She has been active in legal education, serving as a member of the AALS Executive Committee and on the Board of Governors of the Society of American Law Teachers. She has also been a visiting professor at Harvard and Columbia Law Schools.

Stein, who joined the faculty in July, was recognized as one of the most highly cited scholars in the field of evidence. He is a widely published expert on torts, medical malpractice, evidence, and general legal theory. His writings combine law with economic theories and moral philosophy. In addition to the three books he has authored—Foundations of Evidence Law, Tort Liability Under Uncertainty, and An Analytical Approach to Evidence: Text, Problems and Cases—he has published more than 60 articles that have appeared in scholarly journals. (Read more about Professor Stein on page 19.)

The list of legal scholars—“Most-Cited Critical Theory Law Faculty, 2010-2014 (inclusive)”—draws upon data from a 2015 study examining the top law faculties in scholarly impact. In that study, Brooklyn Law School placed 33rd in the nation.