Eric Lane talks about The Genius of America: How the Constitution Saved our Country - and Why it Can Again.
This is an inspiring look at the document that has made our country the longest surviving democracy in the history of civilization. But Lane warns us our system is at risk- Book Passage
Professor Lane is the Eric J. Schmertz Distinguished Professor of Public Law and Public Service at Hofstra University School of Law. He is the coauthor with Michael Oreskes, executive editor of the International Herald Tribune, of the Genius of America: How the Constitution Saved the Nation and Why It Can Again and two books with the Honorable Abner J. Mikva. The first, titled, The Legislative Process, is a law school text. He is also the author of a number of articles on governmental decision-making.
Presently, Professor Lane is the Senior Fellow at the Brennan Center of Justice and the NYU School of Law. Through last year he has served as a special counsel to the speaker of the New York City Council. Professor Lane has also recently served as a consultant for the Justice Project of the Center for Court Innovation. From July 1993 to February 1995 he served as counsel to the New York State Temporary Commission on Constitutional Revision.
Professor Lane served, in 1990, as chair of the New York City Task Force on Charter Implementation. From 1986 to 1989 he served as executive director/counsel to the New York City Charter Revision Commission. Professor Lane also spent six years (1981-1986) as chief counsel to the New York State Senate Minority.
He serves on the boards of the Vera Institute of Justice and The Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem. He is a member of the American Law Institute and the American Bar Foundation.