Hofstra University has named Eric Lane, municipal law scholar and author, as dean of the law school beginning Jan. 1, university president Stuart Rabinowitz announced.

Lane, 69, has been interim dean since March after Nora Demleitner left the Hempstead campus to lead the Washington and Lee University School of Law in Lexington, Va.

Lane has taught at the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra since 1976. Rabinowitz appointed him permanent dean of the law school, which has 1,000 full-time students, after a national search, university officials said.

"These are challenging times for American law schools, but these challenges provide a real opportunity to rethink legal education and implement thoughtful changes directed toward an improved, more just legal system," Lane said in a statement. "Students must graduate with a fundamental understanding that being a lawyer is an honor that carries great responsibility."

In the mid-1980s, Lane served as executive director/counsel to the historic New York City Charter Revision Commission, which was responsible for the most substantial changes in the operation of New York City government since its creation. He also spent six years, starting in 1981, as chief counsel to the New York State Senate minority.

He is the senior fellow at the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law, a nonpartisan public policy and law institute.

He holds a bachelor's degree from Brown University, a master of arts degree from Stony Brook University, a juris doctorate from Fordham Law School and a master of laws degree from New York University.

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