This week we feature Amy R. Stein, B.A., J.D., who has extensive experience in legal writing. Stein is a Professor and Assistant Dean for Legal Writing and Adjunct Instruction at Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University.
About Amy R. Stein:
Amy Stein received her B.A. degree in American Studies and English from Tufts University and her J.D. from Fordham University School of Law. She is currently studying for a Master’s Degree in Higher Education Leadership Policy Studies.
After law school, Professor Stein worked as a litigation associate at a 350-lawyer Manhattan law firm. She then became associated with a midsize Manhattan law firm, where she specialized in the defense of employment and products liability cases. She later served as counsel to a Syosset, New York, law firm.
Professor Stein began her academic career at Touro Law Center, where she was the inaugural Director of the Continuing Legal Education program. She came to Hofstra Law in 2000 and has been teaching Legal Writing, Research and Appellate Advocacy since then. Professor Stein also teaches Civil Procedure and Pretrial Skills courses, where she draws on her experience in complex civil litigation.
Professor Stein is particularly interested in the areas of law school teaching and learning. She has written articles on these topics, as well as presenting at workshops and conferences at both the regional and national levels. In her role as Assistant Dean for Legal Writing and Adjunct Instruction, she works with new Legal Writing and Adjunct faculty to assist them in becoming effective classroom teachers. She is a past member of the American Bar Association Adjunct Committee and is a co-author of the Best Practices for Adjunct Teaching manual recently published by the ABA.
Professor Stein is committed to encouraging high school students to pursue higher education and careers in the law, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds. She frequently judges high school moot court competitions and speaks to students to encourage them to continue their educations. She has participated in the Law, Youth and Citizenship program sponsored by the New York State Bar Association, which trains K-12 educators to create opportunities in the classroom to educate students to become effective citizens, and has also participated in Youth Law Day programs.
Professor Stein has written three research guides for Hein. She likes to write about issues that impact people’s everyday lives, such as whether gender is a bona fide occupational qualification for a physician. Her most recent research guide deals with the law relating to English-only rules in the workplace. We are a nation of immigrants, and language issues are something that many people encounter on a daily basis. What drew Professor Stein to the legality of English-only rules is that there are compelling arguments on both sides. For example, the safety arguments are clear–it’s obvious that everyone in an operating room must speak the same language for the safety of the patient. However while employers have an interest in maintaining a productive and harmonious workplace, the question becomes murkier when the employer decides that a blanket rule preventing employees from speaking their native tongue is the way to accomplish those goals. There has been surprisingly little judicial activity in this area. Perhaps in the current political climate where immigration-related issues have come to the fore, we may see more litigation in this area.
When Professor Stein is not teaching, writing, or grading papers, you will find her in yoga class or at the gym. She enjoys spending time with her husband of 26 years (also a lawyer), and her two daughters, one of whom is already a special education teacher and the other who is pursuing a Master’s degree in the same field. She is proud to say that teaching is the family business!
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Do English-Only Rules Have a Place in the Workplace?
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Published: Getzville; William S. Hein & Co., Inc.; 2017
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