Brooklyn Law School professor appointed to the Israeli Supreme Court

February 26, 2018 By Rob Abruzzese, Legal Editor Brooklyn Daily Eagle
After joining the faculty at Brooklyn Law School in 2016, Professor Alex Stein will leave to join the Israeli Supreme Court. Photo courtesy of Brooklyn Law School
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A Brooklyn Law School professor was appointed to the Israeli Supreme Court by the country’s Judicial Appointments Committee, the school announced last week.

Professor Alex Stein is considered an expert on torts, medical malpractice, evidence and general legal theory. He has written three books — “Foundations of Evidence Law,” “Tort Liability Under Uncertainty” and “An Analytical Approach to Evidence: Text, Cases and Problems” — and often combines law with economic theories and moral philosophy.

Stein was appointed along with Israeli District Court Judge Ofer Grosskopf to fill two open Supreme Court seats vacated by retiring justices.

“Professor Stein is one of the world’s brilliant legal minds,” said BLS Dean Nicholas Allard. “In the short time he has been with us, he has made an enormous positive impact on the Brooklyn Law School community — as a teacher, a scholar and a wonderfully energetic and engaged colleague and friend.

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“We could not be prouder of his well-deserved appointment to the Israeli Supreme Court, where we know he will make important and lasting contributions as a jurist — as he has as a law professor and practicing lawyer,” Allard continued.

Stein was born in the former Soviet Union before he moved to Israel where he finished high school, served in the military and studied law. He has lived in the U.S. for the past 14 years and joined BLS as a professor in 2016. While living in the U.S., he maintained his involvement in the Israeli legal academy and practice.

“I am thrilled and humbled,” said Stein. “Leaving legal academia — and, in particular, Brooklyn Law School, where I found a great home and intellectual powerhouse with prolific world-class faculty and highly motivated students — isn’t easy. But I very much look forward to serving the people of Israel and its legal system.”

Stein’s nomination was supported by Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked, who chairs the Judicial Appointments Committee. Stein was voted in unanimously.

Stein received his law degree from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and his Ph.D. from the University of London.


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