David N. Dorfman

  • Assistant Professor of Law
Preston Hall 313
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Preston Hall 314
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IBA, City University of New York–Queens College
MA, University of Chicago
JD, Chicago-Kent College of Law

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Before joining Pace Law School in 1995, Prof. Dorfman taught Lawyering skills and techniques at NYU Law School. From 1987-1993, he was a criminal defense trial attorney at the Legal Aid Society Criminal Defense Division in Brooklyn, NY. Prof. Dorfman brought many cases to jury and bench verdict, while defending many other criminal clients through pre-trial hearings and final dispositions. He wrote numerous motions, briefs and memoranda of law.

Prior to law school, he received an Art Critics Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. As a freelance writer, he wrote both for publication and for grants, specifically on art criticism and aesthetic theory topics.

Professor Dorfman teaches and supervises the Barbara Salken Criminal Justice Clinic, which represents indigent defendants charged with misdemeanor crimes in the County of the Bronx. He also teaches doctrinal courses, specializing in Criminal Law and Procedure.



New York Criminal Procedure: Cases and Materials (unpublished manuscript, used for teaching course in New York Criminal Procedure)

“Tribute to Al Bronstein,” 27 Correctional Law Reporter 69 (2016) (with Michael Mushlin)

“Federal Sentencing from Booker to Gall/Kimbrough: is the Sixth Amendment a ‘Head Fake’?” (work incomplete).

“Loss of the Ritual: the Secularization of Criminal Sentencing” (work incomplete).

Proving the Lie: Litigating Police Credibility,” 26 Am. J. Crim. L. 455 (1999).

"Fictions, Fault, and Forgiveness: Jury Nullification in a New Context." 28 University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform 861 (1995).