Pace University Recognizes Bennett Gershman as Distinguished Professor of Law

May 15, 2020
Professor Ben Gershman

Pace University Recognizes Bennett Gershman as Distinguished Professor of Law
Long-time Elisabeth Haub School of Law professor is a noted teacher and nationally recognized expert on prosecutorial misconduct

WHITE PLAINS, NY (May 15, 2020) -- Pace University has recognized Bennett Gershman, a member of the Elisabeth Haub School of Law faculty, as a Distinguished Professor, which is the highest honor the University bestows upon faculty.

This honor comes in recognition of a sustained record of extensive, extraordinary research and scholarship, outstanding teaching, and exemplary service to the University, community, and the faculty member’s professional field. Gershman’s body of work was strongly recommended by his department Chair, school Dean, and many Pace colleagues. He was strongly supported by the University Distinguished Professor Advisory Committee, endorsed by the Provost and President, and approved by the Pace Board of Trustees.

“We are extremely proud that Pace University has recognized Bennett Gershman with its greatest faculty honor," said Haub Law Dean Horace Anderson. "He was instrumental in the founding of the Law School in 1976 and since then has selflessly provided us with the highest levels of teaching, scholarship, mentorship, leadership and friendship."

Gershman has been a professor of law at the Elisabeth Haub School of Law since its founding as the Pace Law School in 1976. Prior to coming to Pace, Gershman was a prosecutor in the New York State Anti-Corruption Office, where he argued cases in state and federal courts involving public and political officials charged with corruption.

Gershman has written four books, over 75 articles in law journals, and hundreds of book reviews, essays, and op-ed pieces. His treatise, Prosecutorial Misconduct, initially published in 1985 and now in its 2nd edition, has become a preeminent resource for scholars and practitioners seeking guidance on wrongful convictions.

As a leading authority in the country on prosecutorial misconduct, Gershman is continuously called upon by the news media for his expertise. He is routinely quoted by the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and The Wall Street Journal, as well as by a host of local publications. He has served as an expert witness on prosecutorial misconduct in numerous criminal cases. He also has devoted much of his time to training prosecutors and judges.

Attesting to his teaching effectiveness, Gershman has received the Outstanding Professor of the Year award from graduating students eight times in the past 20 years. His sensitivity to the student experience is evidenced by his book, The Law School Experience: Law, Legal Reasoning and Lawyering (2000; co-authored with Lissa Griffin), which seeks to demystify the experience of being a law student. Registration for his classes often closes quickly.

About Elisabeth Haub School of Law:

Pace University’s Elisabeth Haub School of Law (Haub Law) offers J.D. and Masters of Law degrees in both Environmental and International Law, as well as a Doctor of Juridical Science (SJD) in Environmental Law. The school, housed on the University’s campus in White Plains, N.Y., opened its doors in 1976 and has over 8,500 alumni around the world. The school maintains a unique philosophy and approach to legal education that strikes an important balance between practice and theory.

The Elisabeth Haub School of Law launched its Environmental Law Program in 1978; it has long been ranked among the world’s leading university programs. Pace’s doctoral graduates teach environmental law at universities around the world. Pace’s J.D. alumni are prominent in environmental law firms, agencies and non-profit organizations across the U.S. and abroad. In 2016, the Law School received a transformational gift from the family of Elisabeth Haub, in recognition of its outstanding environmental law programs. For more information visit

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