David Yellen has been Dean and Professor of Law since July 2005. From 1988-2004, he was on the faculty of Hofstra Law School, holding the Max Schmertz Distinguished Professorship, and serving as Dean from 2001-2004. During the 2004-2005 year, he was the Reuschlein Distinguished Visiting Professor at Villanova University School of Law. He has also taught at Cornell Law School and New York Law School.
Dean Yellen's major area of academic expertise is criminal law, particularly sentencing and juvenile justice. He has written widely about the federal sentencing guidelines, testified before the United States Sentencing Commission, advised President Clinton's transition team and argued a case before the United States Supreme Court.
Before beginning his academic career, Dean Yellen clerked for a federal judge, practiced law in Washington, D.C., and served as counsel to the Judiciary Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives.