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Norman I. Silber

Hofstra University
Associate Dean for Intellectual life and Professor of Law
Hempstead, NY, USA


Norman I. Silber is a Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Intellectual Life at Hofstra Law School, and a Senior Research Scholar at Yale Law School. He served for fifteen years as a director of Consumer Reports and currently serves as a director of the Consumers Union Action Fund. He is a past chair of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York Consumer Affairs Committee; a past director of the American Council on Consumer Interests; and a past editor of Advancing The Consumer Interest: A Journal of Consumer Law, Policy and Research.  He has published more than a dozen articles about consumer law subjects, including a recently published a two-part law review series: "Thriving On Adversity: Corporate Treatment and Mistreatment of Consumers in the Wake of Hurricane Katrina" in the Loyola Consumer Law Review, and "Debts, Disasters, and Delinquencies: The Case for a Mandatory Force Majeure Provision in Consumer Credit Agreements" in the NYU Review of Law and Social Change. In 2009 he was a Principal Co-Drafter (with Jeff Sovern) of Statement of Support for a Proposed Consumer Financial Protection Agency by Professors of Consumer Law and Banking Law: A Communication From Academic Faculty Who Teach Courses Related to Consumer Law and Banking Law at  American Law Schools, endorsed by more than eighty-five law professors, and introduced in hearings of the House of Representatives. 

Professor Silber is the author of Test and Protest: The Influence of Consumers Union (1983). In addition to work in consumer and commercial law, Professor Silber writes about legal history and nonprofit law. His books With All Deliberate Speed: The Life of Philip Elman, An Oral History Memoir (2004), and A Corporate Form of Freedom (Westview Press, 2001), concern the legal history of Post-World War Two America, and the development of the law of nonprofit corporations, respectively.  Articles about these subjects have appeared in the Harvard Law Review, the Columbia Law Review, and other academic journals.  He joined the Hofstra law faculty in 1989, after practicing with the New York City law firm of Patterson, Belknap, Webb & Tyler, and serving as a law clerk to Judge Leonard I. Garth of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

Prior to entering law school, Professor Silber taught history at Sarah Lawrence College and Yale University. He is a fellow of the American Bar Foundation and a member of The American Law Institute. He received his B.A. from Washington University, M.A. and Ph.D. from Yale University, and J.D. from Columbia University.

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