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Richard Weisberg

Richard H. Weisberg is Floersheimer Prof. of Constitutional Law at the Cardozo School of Law of Yeshiva University. His JD is from Columbia Law School (editor, Law Review). While he was earning his law degree, he began his teaching career at the U. of Chicago as Assistant Prof. of French and Comparative Literature, having received his PhD in those fields from Cornell University. In his years on the U of C faculty, he helped inaugurate the graduate program in Comparative Literature and wrote his first articles in the then nascent field of Law and Literature. After practicing law at Clearly Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton in NYC, he joined the faculty at Cardozo. His books include THE FAILURE OF THE WORD (Yale U P), POETHICS (Columbia U P), WHEN LAWYERS WRITE (Little Brown), VICHY LAW AND THE HOLOCAUST IN FRANCE (NYU P), and the forthcoming FATAL FLEXIBILITY (OUP, 2014). He currently teaches a seminar, "The Holocaust and the Law," which studies the participation in genocide of a form of "legality" in several wartime European countries and also tracks current efforts (which he has helped litigate) in US Federal courts to achieve a measure of justice for the victims of that wrongdoing.