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About William E. Hellerstein

Professor Hellerstein is an expert in criminal law, and in particular constitutional litigation. He is also an experienced civil rights and appellate advocacy authority, having served for 16 years as Attorney-in-Charge of the Legal Aid Society's Criminal Appeals Bureau. He has argued numerous appeals before the U.S. Supreme Court and New York's highest court. He served for many years as Special Counsel for Pro Bono Matters at Proskauer Rose, LLP., where he coordinated its pro bono program. Professor Hellerstein has established in the Law School the Second Look Program, which investigates and litigates claims of innocence by prisoners whose appellate remedies have run their course. He formerly served as Vice President of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, Chair of the Bar's Executive Committee, and Chair of the Bar’s Council on Criminal Justice. The New York State Bar Association has honored him twice with awards for "Outstanding Contribution to the Delivery of Defense Services" and "Outstanding Contribution to the Field of Criminal Law Education," and the New York Civil Liberties Union has honored him for his contribution to the cause of civil liberties. Professor Hellerstein has been a member of the faculty since 1985.


Present Professor of Law, Brooklyn Law School



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250 Joralemon Street
Room 721
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Phone: (718) 780-7954

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