Judith S. Koffler


  • A.B. cum laude, Rutgers Univ. (Classics & Philosophy)
  • J.D. Boston Univ. School of Law
  • LL.M. Harvard Law School; Post-graduate study, Classics, Univ. of Texas

Teaching Experience:

  • Law teaching, USC Gould School of Law, Chapman Univ. Law School, Syracuse Univ. College of Law, Univ. of Texas (Austin) School of Law, Rutgers Univ. School of Law-Camden, Pace Univ. School of Law (tenured), West Virginia Univ. College of Law, Thurgood Marshall Law School, Tex. Southern Univ.; Wuhan Univ., China (2 yrs), Univ. Botswana, Africa (1 yr).
  • Undergraduate teaching: Cornell Univ., Tufts Univ., SUNY-Purchase, N.Y.
  • Law courses taught Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, Contracts, Civil Procedure, Women and the Law, Jurisprudence, Legal Ethics, Bankruptcy, Debtor-Creditor, Secured Transactions, Commercial Law, International Commercial Law, Payment Systems, Agency.
  • Law School & Undergrad courses taughtLaw and Literature, a field I’ve pioneered, teaching Dante, Dostoevsky, Dickens, Kafka, Melville, Shakespeare and others; Aristotle in the Renaissance – Slavery and the New World (at Cornell).


  • Volunteer Attorney for homeless people, Center for Constitutional Rights; for poor tenants & battered immigrant women, Greater Boston Legal Services.
  • Mediator since 1990, private, court-ordered, and EEOC cases; founder, Mountain Mediation (first private mediation firm in WV); worked with judges and Bar Association of WV to promote mediation as alternative to litigation.
  • Law Practice: Massachusetts; corporate law, West Virginia. Law clerk, Sup. Ct. of Connecticut. (Admitted – MA, WV, and CT). Consultant, NY State Bd of Bar Examiners.
  • Career consultant to lawyers, law school students, college and law school applicants.


Law and Humanities Fellow, Harvard; Visiting Scholar, Harvard Law School; Fellow, Cornell Society for the Humanities; Univ. Fellow, Univ. of Texas. Grantee, Amer. Assoc. of Univ. Women, Amer. Council of Learned Societies, NEH (research in US, UK and Italy); recipient, H.L. Mencken award; Articles Ed., Boston Univ. Law Review.Two Fulbright awards. Liaison, ABA Rule of Law Program, Tajikistan. MVP, Sing-Sing Paralegal Training Program.

Publications in numerous leading law journals (Columbia, NYU, Cornell, Texas); recognized scholar in law and literature.  Member, Board of Governors, Law and Humanities Institute.

Current: Public Interest Chair, Harvard Law School Assoc., LA (; Docent-in-Training, Getty Villa; Board member, (nonprofit promoting the study of Greece and Rome); Mentor to inner-city at-risk youth in LA.

Personal: three grown sons and a grandson; live with deranged chihuahua, Frankie, and a baby grand piano

Hobbies: film, classical and world music, reading, languages, hiking, wilderness camping