Rebecca Roiphe

Rebecca Roiphe is the Trustee Professor of Law and Co-Dean for Faculty Development at New York Law School where she teaches Professional Responsibility, Criminal Procedure, Ethics in Criminal Practice, and American Legal History. She runs the Institute for Professional Ethics and is a co-director of the Criminal Justice Institute at NYLS.

Professor Roiphe holds a JD from Harvard Law School and a PhD from the University of Chicago in American History. She writes on the history of the legal profession and prosecutorial ethics. Her academic work focuses, in part, on the President’s relationship with the Department of Justice and government lawyers’ ethical obligations with respect to executive branch officials. Her opinion pieces on prosecution, legal ethics, and politics have appeared in Slate, the New York Review of Books Daily, Politico, and USA Today among other popular press. She is a legal news analyst for CBS News and has also served as an expert on MSNBC and CNN.

Before going into academia, she worked as an Assistant District Attorney in the New York County District Attorney’s Office where she prosecuted white collar crime. She is currently a member of the New York State Bar’s Committee on the Standards of Attorney Conduct, the liaison from the American Association of Law Schools to the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility, and she serves as a subject matter expert for the Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam.

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