Frank P. Grad

Joseph P. Chamberlain Professor Emeritus of Legislation

Frank P. Grad

Frank P.
Joseph P. Chamberlain Professor Emeritus of Legislation

Frank P. Grad was a Joseph P. Chamberlain Professor Emeritus of Legislation at Columbia Law School. His areas of expertise included public health law, legislation, and environmental law. He joined the the Law School faculty in 1969.

A graduate of the Law School, Grad returned to Columbia in 1953 after several years in private practice. He directed a number of studies for the Legislative Drafting Research Fund at the Law School, and became successively assistant and associate director of the fund before serving as director from 1969 to 1995. He has been a special consultant to the American Law Institute Model Penal Code Project, state and city health departments, and several state constitutional conventions.

Grad was a member of the Legal Advisory Committee of the U.S. Council on Environmental Quality and New York Advisory Committees on Court Administration. He was counsel to the New York State Panel on Medical Malpractice from 1974 to 1975, and a member and reporter of the Section 301(e) Study Group. Grad was the director of research for the New York City Charter Revision Commission from 1982 to 1983 and the director of research for State-City Commission on Integrity in Government in 1986.

In addition to his work at the Law School, he lectured on public health law at the Yale School of Epidemiology and Public Health. Grad 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.

His 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), 2000, (4th edition), as well as numerous other books and articles.

In addition to earning his LL.B. at the Law School in 1949, he also received his B.A. from Brooklyn College in 1947.

The Law School mourned his passing in 2014.

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