Joseph A. Rosenberg, Professor, served as Senior Associate Dean for Clinical Programs from 2012-2016, is a Supervising Attorney in Main Street Legal Services, the law school’s clinical program (Community & Economic Development Clinic and Elder Law Clinic), supervised students doing housing work in the Pro Bono Scholars Program in Spring 2016 as part of a joint project with Queens Legal Services, teaches in the first-year Lawyering Seminar Program, and has taught the wills, trusts, and estates elective.
Joe was a member of CUNY School of Law's inaugural class in 1986. After graduation, he worked as a staff attorney for the Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York, specializing in government benefits, health law, and family law. He is co-author of the practice treatise New York Elder Law. His law review articles have explored a variety of topics, including adult guardianships and the vulnerable elderly, using online instruction to teach lawyering skills, supplemental needs trusts for people with disabilities, and professional responsibility issues in elder law practice.
Joe currently serves on the Board of Directors of Queens Legal Services and is a member of the Elder Law Section of the New York State Bar Association. His current work includes expanding the role of technology in the law school curriculum, law practice, and to promote access to justice; incorporating housing and adult guardianship simulations in the first year lawyering seminar program; protecting the rights of vulnerable adults in adult guardianship proceedings; exploring supported decision making as an alternative to guardianships; expanding experiential learning across the law school curriculum; and analyzing the impact of the bar exam on law school access and diversity, the law school curriculum, and the legal profession.
Why I Teach at CUNY Law?
"I teach at CUNY School of Law not only because of our social justice and access missions, but because we are a leader in the law school experiential learning movement and continue to aspire to be an alternative to the competitive and hierarchical environment that is the norm at many law schools."