Nationally recognized expert in prosecutorial ethics Professor Ben Gershman recognized for lifetime of scholarship

October 31, 2019 Press Release
Professor Gershman

The Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law spring issue dedicated to Professor Gershman’s work and impact

The Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University is proud that one of its founding faculty members, Bennett L. Gershman, has been recognized for a lifetime of scholarly work and impact with a special dedicated issue of the Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law, an honor typically given posthumously. Professor Gershman’s work as a teacher, scholar and practitioner has made a tremendous impact on the thousands of students who he has taught over his four decades at the Law School.

“Professor Gershman is a leader on the Law School’s faculty and we are tremendously proud of the impact his work has had over his decades of service to the Law School and our students,” said Horace Anderson, Dean of the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University. “Ben is the author of four books and hundreds of articles on criminal law and prosecutorial ethics. His contributions to the field and his expertise are second to none. Haub Law congratulates Ben on this incredibly well-deserved honor.”

In the Journal’s foreword, guest editors and respected legal experts and professors, Bruce Green, Peter Joy and Ellen Yarsoshefsky note that “Professor Gershman’s writings have had an essential role in establishing the subject of prosecutorial conduct — a subject at the crossroads of criminal procedure and professional ethics — as one deserving serious academic study and discussion.” They further note that through his prolific writing and scholarship, Professor Gershman “has lifted the veil from prosecutor’s work, has demonstrated its complexity and importance, and has sparked a lively decades-long academic conversation about how prosecutors should behave and how they should be regulated.”

Professor Gershman is one of the original faculty members at Pace University’s law school and has taught as a visiting professor at Cornell Law School and Syracuse Law School. While in private practice he specialized in criminal defense litigation. A former prosecutor with the Manhattan District Attorney’s office for six years, he is the author of numerous articles as well as several books on prosecutorial and judicial ethics. He served for four years with the Special State Prosecutor investigating corruption in the judicial system. He is one of the nation’s leading experts on prosecutorial misconduct. He is active on several Bar Association committees, and is a frequent pro bono litigator.

The spring 2019 issue of the Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law can be found on the Moritz College of Law at Ohio State’s website.


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