Eric Lane is the Eric J. Schmertz Distinguished Professor of Public Law and Public Service and Dean at the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University, where he has taught since 1976. From 2002 to 2005, Mr. Lane was special counsel to the speaker of the New York City Council. In 1990 he chaired the New York City Task Force on Charter Implementation, and from 1986 to 1989, Dean Lane served as executive director/counsel to the historic New York City Charter Revision Commission, which was responsible for the most substantial changes in the institutions and processes of New York City government since its creation. Dean Lane also spent six years (1981-1986) as chief counsel to the New York State Senate Minority.
Mr. Lane currently serves on the board of the Vera Institute and was a Fellow at the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law and a long time board member of Neighborhood Defender Services of Harlem (NDS).
Mr. Lane is also an accomplished author and has written many articles and books on government and the U.S. Constitution.