Prof. Stephen Gillers

The Crystal Eastman Professor of Law, New York University School of Law

Stephen Gillers has been a professor of law at New York University School of Law since 1978 and Vice Dean from 1999-2004. He holds the Crystal Eastman chair. He does most of his research and writing on the regulation of the legal profession. His courses include Regulation of Lawyers, Evidence, Media Law (with David McCraw.), and Law and Literature (with University Professor Catharine Stimpson, former dean of the graduate school).

Professor Gillers has written widely on legal and judicial ethics in law reviews and in the legal and popular press. He has taught legal ethics as a visitor at other law schools and has spoken on lawyer regulatory issues at hundreds of events in the U.S. and abroad - often for legal ethics CLE credit - including at federal and state judicial conferences, law firms, corporate general counsel's offices, government law offices, ABA meetings, state and city bar meetings nationwide, in oral and written submissions to Congress, and in law school lectureships. For many years, four or five times each year, he has lectured on legal ethics at the New York City Bar Association CLEs.

Professor Gillers is the author of Regulation of Lawyers: Problems of Law and Ethics, a widely used law school casebook first published by Little, Brown (now Aspen) in 1985 and now in its 8th edition (2009) with a 9th edition scheduled for spring 2012. With Roy Simon (and as of 2008, also Andrew Perlman), he has edited Regulation of Lawyers: Statutes and Standards, published annually by Little, Brown, then Aspen, since 1989. He is also the author of Regulation of the Legal Profession (Aspen 2009) (the "Essentials" series).

In 2009, Professor Gillers was selected to be a member of the ABA 20/20 Commission, which is studying the effects of technology and globalization on the regulation of lawyers. He was a member of the Policy Implementation Committee of the ABA's Center for Professional Responsibility (2002-2008) and was a member from 2002-2010. He was a member of the International Issues Committee of the ABA Section on Legal Education (2008-2009) and is now a member of the International Legal Education Committee of the Section (2009- ).

In 2011, he received the Michael Franck Award from the ABA’s Center for Professional Responsibility. The Award is given annually for “significant contributions to the work of the organized bar….noteworthy scholarly contributions made in academic settings, [and] creative judicial or legislative initiatives undertaken to advance the professionalism of lawyers…are also given consideration.”

Following a clerkship with Chief Judge Gus J. Solomon in Federal District Court in Portland, Oregon, Professor Gillers practiced law for nine years in various settings in New York City before joining the NYU Law School faculty. He is often quoted on issues of legal ethics in the legal and popular media. His latest scholarship is Guns, Fruits, Drugs, and Documents: A Criminal Defense Lawyer's Responsibility for Real Evidence, 63 Stan. L. Rev. 813 (2011).

  • J.D., New York University School of Law, 1968
  • B.A., Brooklyn College, 1964

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Publications and Multimedia
Judicial Ethics - Event Audio/Video
14th Annual Faculty Conference
January 06, 2012