Albert J. Rosenthal

Maurice T. Moore Professor Emeritus of Law; Dean Emeritus, Faculty of Law

Albert J. Rosenthal

Maurice T. Moore Professor Emeritus of Law; Dean Emeritus, Faculty of Law

Albert J. Rosenthal was a Maurice T. Moore Professor Emeritus of Law and Dean Emeritus, Faculty of Law at Columbia Law School. He joined the Law School faculty in 1964, after working in government and spending 11 years in private practice. Rosenthal served as director of the Catastrophic Accident Project of the Legislative Drafting Research Fund. From 1966 to 1976, he was a consultant to the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund on employment discrimination cases. He co-directed a New York City Bar Association project with Law School Professor Frank Grad on the federal role in environmental protection and, from 1971 to 1974, of an interdisciplinary study of the environmental effects of the automobile.

Rosenthal was a member of environmental study groups on Jamaica Bay and Kennedy Airport at the National Academy of Sciences in 1970 and on Logan International Airport with the Massachusetts Port Authority in 1975, as well as a member of the EPA Decision Making Commission on Natural Resources from 1975 to 1976. He was the hearing officer of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation in 1975 and 1977. He also served as commissioner of the New York State Law Revision Commission.

Rosenthal was a fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. He was a member of teaching and consulting missions on constitutionalism and human rights in South Africa, Indonesia, Uganda, and Mozambique from 1989 to 1991.

Rosenthal was published in the areas of constitutional law, contracts, commercial transactions, environmental law, and employment discrimination. He was also a distinguished professor at St. John’s University School of Law.

He was a law clerk to Judge Magruder of the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals from 1941 to 1942, and to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Felix Frankfurter from 1947 to 1948.

He earned a LL.B. from Harvard University, where he was president of the Harvard Law Review, and a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania.

He was deeply mourned following his death in 2010.

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