Anita Bernstein

Anita and Stuart Subotnick Professor of Law

250 Joralemon Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 780-7934 |  Email
Areas of Expertise

Legal Profession
Feminist Jurisprudence
Family Law
Products Liability


B.A., Queens College
J.D., Yale Law School

New York Law Journal: Vicarious Liability for Judiciary Law §487 Violations


Professor Anita Bernstein latest column examines the various violations of Judiciary Law §487 and how it can affect all involved parties. Lauren Boulbol ’17 co-authored the article.

New York Law Journal: First Department Rolls Own Criteria for a Judiciary Law §487 Claim *


Professor Anita Bernstein’s Dec. 2016 column explores First Department interpretations of §487 claims, focusing on specific language used in court decisions.

Professor Anita Bernstein a Top-Cited Scholar in Torts and Products Liability


Professor Anita Bernstein has been recognized as one of the most highly cited scholars in the field of Torts and Products Liability, according to Brian Leiter's Law School Reports, an influential legal blog.

New York Law Journal: Legal Malpractice in Defending Civil Actions


Professor Bernstein examines malpractice by defense attorneys on the civil side of the litigation docket.

New York Law Journal: Legal Malpractice Liability for Criminal Defense: Rare, Yet Possible


In her latest Malpractice column, Professor Bernstein fleshes out why "earning a living as a criminal defense lawyer takes guts."

New York Law Journal: Judiciary Law §487 Claims for Attorney Misconduct


Professor Bernstein's November 2015 NYLJ column addresses "the most important legal malpractice provision found in the Judiciary Law: Section 487."

Professor Anita Bernstein Article on Matrimonial Malpractice Appears in New York Law Journal


Professor Anita Bernstein’s article “Matrimonial Malpractice Before, During and After a Client's Divorce" appeared in the Oct. 30 edition of the New York Law Journal. This is the third article in a series on legal malpractice she contributes to the publication’s “Outside Counsel” column.

Professor Anita Bernstein Article on Legal Malpractice Appears in New York Law Journal


Professor Anita Bernstein’s article “Avoidable and Actionable Errors by Personal Injury Lawyers" appeared in the Sept. 17 edition of the New York Law Journal. This is the second article in a series on legal malpractice she contributes to the publication’s “Outside Counsel” column.

Article by Professor Anita Bernstein on Legal Malpractice appears in New York Law Journal


Professor Anita Bernstein’s article “Nine Easy Ways to breach Your Duty to a Real Estate Client" appeared in the Aug. 11 edition of the New York Law Journal. The article is the first in a series she will contribute to the publication’s “Outside Counsel” column.

Media Seeks Out Professor Anita Bernstein on Stop-and-Frisk Controversy

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. Professor Anita Bernstein, a nationally recognized expert on professional responsibility, was quoted in a Newsday article entitled “New Stop-Frisk Judge,” which reported on the removal of Judge Scheindlin from the case and the appointment of Judge Torres, who was once a state judge in criminal court.

Professor Bernstein Featured as Guest Blogger on TortsProf Blog

Professor Anita Bernstein was featured as a guest blogger on the TortsProf Blog, which provides an ongoing conversation among torts professors from law schools around the country. In her post, Professor Bernstein discussed how instructors can include professional responsibility and legal ethics in torts courses without these issues monopolizing classroom time. Among other points, she suggests explaining contingent fees, conflicts of interest, solicitation, and witness coaching to students during lessons on relevant topics.

Professor Anita Bernstein Warns Students About Practice Perils

Law students will be better prepared for practice if they are fully aware of the perils, says Professor Anita Bernstein in the American Bar Association Journal. Her working paper, "Pitfalls Ahead: A Manifesto for the Training of Lawyers," presents potential problems--why lawyers lose their licenses and when to fight with a judge, among others--to equip students with a full picture of their future careers.