The Kessler Advocates Fund

The Kessler Advocates Fund

In memory of Professor Kessler, who passed away in March of 2017, individuals may give to The Kessler Advocates Fund. Established in 2007 to honor Professor Larry Kessler, the Fund provides scholarship support to 2L or 3L Hofstra Law students who exhibit a commitment to pursuing a career in civil or criminal litigation or demonstrated excellence in trial team competitions.

Support the Kessler Advocates Fund in memory of Professor Kessler.

Professor Kessler's Legacy  

Larry Kessler, the Richard J. Cardali Distinguished Professor of Trial Advocacy, taught at Hofstra Law for 43 years and was the director of the Law School’s E. David Woycik, Jr. Intensive Trial Techniques Program for almost 20 years.

A nationally recognized expert in the field of trial advocacy training, Larry was the director of the National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA) Master Advocates’ Program, the co-director of NITA’s Northeast Regional Program, and a team leader and teacher for courses in advocacy teacher training and trial advocacy at law schools and agencies throughout the country and the world.

He also designed advocacy programs for diverse groups all over the country.

Before joining Hofstra Law, Larry was a senior trial attorney for The Legal Aid Society, Federal Court Branch, and practiced law as a criminal defense attorney in the federal District Courts for more than 25 years.

He was a former law clerk to Judge Edward C. McLean in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, and also served on the faculty of the University of Cincinnati College of Law.

Larry earned his J.D. from Columbia Law School and his B.A. from Columbia College.