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Ross Sandler

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When Ross Sandler became the founding director of New York Law School’s Center for New York City Law in 1993, Crain’s New York Business applauded the choice, calling him “a good-government crusader.”

For Professor Sandler, it was the opportunity to bring together all his experience—as a legal practitioner, a New York City official, and an academic—in an exciting new enterprise.

“I felt that New York Law School had a unique opportunity to put its resources into a virtually ignored area—state and city government. Here we were, right in the center of everything happening in New York. We could make a real contribution,” he recalls.

Professor Sandler left Jones Day Reavis & Pogue, where he was a partner, to join New York Law School’s faculty and head the new center, which he suggested should specialize in city government.

Professor Sandler is an appointed member of the New York Procurement Policy Board. He is the author of numerous publications on environmental law, transportation, and government issues. In 2003, Yale University Press released his new book, Democracy by Decree: What Happens When Courts Run Government, written with Professor David Schoenbrod.