Frank P. Grad

Joseph P. Chamberlain Professor Emeritus of Legislation

Assistant Info

Name: Manissa M. Maharawal
Phone: 212-854-2511
Courses/Current Research
  • Public Health Law
  • Legislation
  • Environmental Law


  • B.A., Brooklyn, 1947
  • LL.B., Columbia, 1949

Media Contact

  • Media Relations (212) 854-2650

Detailed Biography

After some years in private practice, returned to Columbia in 1953 to direct a number of studies for the Legislative Drafting Research Fund and became successively its assistant and associate director, and then director, 1969-95. Joined the Columbia faculty in 1969. Has been a special consultant to the American Law Institute Model Penal Code Project, state and city health departments, and several state constitutional conventions. Member, Legal Advisory Committee of the U.S. Council on Environmental Quality and New York Advisory Committees on Court Administration. Counsel, New York State Panel on Medical Malpractice, 1974-75. Member and reporter, Section 301(e) Study Group, established under Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980 ("Superfund"); director of research, New York City Charter Revision Commission, 1982-83; director of research, State-City Commission on Integrity in Government, 1986. Has lectured on public health law at the Yale School of Epidemiology and Public Health and at present teaches a course on public health law at Columbia's School of Public Health. Has directed background research and was responsible for drafting the New York City Health Code, the New York City Air Pollution Control Code, the New York City Housing Maintenance Code, the Model State Constitution, the Model State and Regional Planning Law, the Model State Campaign Finance Law, and the Model State Conflict of Interest and Financial Disclosure Law. Publications include Alcoholism and the Law (1971); The Automobile and the Regulation of Its Impact on the Environment (with Rosenthal and others, 1974); Environmental Law (with Joel A. Mintz, 4th ed. 2000); Physician's Licensure and Discipline, the Legal and Professional Regulation of Medical Practice (with MartÝ, 1979); Environmental Control: Priorities, Policies, and the Law (with Rosenthal and Rathjens, 1982); The Law of Product Liability (with Murphy and Santagata, 1982); Legal Remedies for Housing Code Violations (1986); The Public Health Law Manual (2nd ed., 1990); and the eight-volume Treatise on Environmental Law (updated semiannually, 2002). Fields of teaching interest are legislation, environmental law, public health law, state constitutional law, and torts.