Norman L. Greene, Partner
Norman L. Greene has extensive experience in a wide-range of litigation, such as commercial litigation, real estate (including cooperatives and condominiums, discrimination, and zoning), construction, product liability, securities, breach of contract, including government contracting and insurance, unfair competition and professional liability, including professional malpractice. He has handled cases in trial and appellate courts (including the United States Supreme Court), mediation and arbitration, and has engaged in general problem-solving short of litigation.In addition to his litigation practice, Mr. Greene consults on, among other things, government relations and public policy.
His wide list of publications and presentations, bar association activities, uniform law work, and other activities exemplify his interests and experience in law reform, including judicial selection; criminal justice (including capital punishment); substantive law issues, including civil justice reform; and overall litigation practice and strategy.His work on judicial selection reform and fair and impartial courts includes developing appointive systems for the selection of state court judges, which, in addition to his publications, was the subject of a symposium he organized at Fordham Law School.
Bar and Community Service:
New York City Bar Association (Past service: Chair, Committee on Uniform State Laws; Chair, Committee on Lectures and Continuing Education; Chair, Committee on Capital Punishment; Member: Executive Committee; Long-Range Planning Committee; Product Liability Committee; Council on Criminal Justice. Current: Committee on Capital Punishment.)
New York State Bar Association (Member, Special Committee on Court Structure and Judicial Selection; Section of Commercial and Federal Litigation; Section of International Law); New York County Lawyers Association (Member, Task Force on Judicial Selection)
American Bar Association (Member, International Law; Vice Chair, International Corporate Counsel Committee; Steering Committee, Africa Committee; and Litigation Sections)
Member of American Law Institute (Member Consultative Group on Restatement Third, The U.S. Law of International Commercial Arbitration)
Member of American Society of International Law (various interest groups)
Fellow of the American Bar Foundation
Fellow of the New York Bar Foundation
Director, Center for Family Support, New York, N.Y.
Board Member, Law Alumni Association, New York University School of Law
Commissioner, New York State Commission on Uniform State Laws, Member Uniform Law Commission
(Past: Member, Drafting Committee on Model Punitive Damages Act; Chair, Study Committee on Regulation of Medical Examiners; Member, Drafting Committee on Electronic Recording of Custodial Investigations. Current: Member, Drafting Committee on Prevention of and Remedies for Human Trafficking).
Speaking Engagements & Panel Discussions:
Mr. Greene has made many presentations on judicial selection reform to law schools, bar conventions and business groups, including the following:
Organized and spoke at a symposium on judicial selection reform at Fordham Law School on April 7, 2006, entitled “Rethinking Judicial Selection: A Critical Appraisal of Appointive Selection for State Court Judges;”
Organized and moderated a full-day conference on April 8, 2008, entitled Enhancing Judicial Independence, Accountability, and Selection for the State Court Judiciary: A Program for Reform, which included presentations by Justices Sandra Day O’Connor and Stephen Breyer;
Spoke about the rule of law and judicial reform at George Washington University School of Law and Fordham Law School in January and February 2009;
Participated and spoke at Kentucky's Rule of Law conference, Frankfort, Kentucky, February 2009, sponsored by the Kentucky State Bar Association, Kentucky State University and others.
Mr. Greene also has made various presentations on criminal justice and capital punishment, including at the New York City Bar Association, the American College of Family Trial Lawyers Annual Convention (San Diego, CA), as well as various religious institutions, schools, theaters, and other places. He also made presentations on litigation and related topics, including as a member of the faculty of the Fordham University School of Law School of Continuing Legal Education Program (organizer and founder of course on Product Liability), and at the New York City Bar Association.
"How Great Is America's Tolerance for Judicial Bias? An Inquiry into the Supreme Court's Decisions in Caperton and Citizens United, Their Implications for Judicial Elections, and Their Effect on the Rule of Law in the United States," 112 W. Va. L. Rev. 873 (2010).
"Advancing the Rule of Law through Judicial Selection Reform: Is the New York Court of Appeals Judicial Selection Process the Least of Our Concerns in New York,” 72 Albany L. Rev. 633 (2009).
"Perspectives from the Study of International Development and the Rule of Law: Are There Lessons for the Reform of Judicial Selection in the United States?" 86 Denv. U. L. Rev. 53 (2009).
"Appointive Selection of Judges, Limited Jurisdiction Courts with Non-Lawyer Judiciaries, and Judicial Independence," 43 Court Review 80 (Court Review is a publication of the American Judges Association (2007)).
"The Judicial Independence Through Fair Appointments Act,” 34 Fordham Urb. L. J. 13 (2007).
“What Makes A Good Appointive System for the Selection of State Court Judges: The Vision of the Symposium," 34 Fordham Urb. L. J. 35 (2007).
"Reflections on the Appointment and Election of State Court Judges: A Response to Adumbrations on Judicial Campaign Speech and a Model for a Response to Similar Advocacy Articles," 43 Idaho L. Rev. 601 (2007)
“Perspectives on Judicial Selection,” 56 Mercer L. Rev. 949 (2005)
“Perspectives on Judicial Selection Reform: The Need to Develop a Model Appointive Selection Plan for Judges in Light of Experience,” 68 Albany L. Rev. 597 (2005)
“The Governor’s Power to Appoint Judges: New York Should Have the Best Available Appointment System,” 7 NYSBA Government, Law and Policy Journal 46 (2005)
Preface, “Executioners, Jailers, Slavetrappers, and the Law: What Role Should Morality Play in Judging,” 19 Cardozo L.Rev. 963 (1997)
Introduction, “Politicians on Judges: Fair Criticism or Intimidation,” 72 N.Y.U. L. Rev. 294 (1997)
"A Perspective on Temper in the Court: A Forum on Judicial Civility," 23 Fordham Urb. L. J. 709 (1996)
"A Perspective on Nazis in the Courtroom, Lessons From the Conduct of Lawyers and Judges under the Laws of the Third Reich and Vichy, France," 61 Brook. L. Rev. 1122 (1996)
Introduction, “The Art of Execution,” 15 Law & Literature 229 (2003)
Preface, “Rethinking the Death Penalty: Can We Define Who Deserves Death,” 24 Pace Law Review 107 (2003)
Introduction, “Dying Twice: Incarceration on Death Row,” 31 Capital University Law Review 853 (2003)
“A Perspective on The Condemned, the Tinkerers, and the Machinery of Death: Capital Punishment in New York Before 1965,” 38 Criminal Law Bulletin 510 (2002)
Introduction, “Governor Ryan’s Capital Punishment Moratorium and The Executioner’s Confession: Views From the Governor’s Mansion to Death Row,” 75 St. John’s Law Review 401 (2001)
“The Context of Executive Clemency: Reflections on the Literature of Capital Punishment,” 28 Capital University Law Review 513 (2000)
“Clemency and the Capital Offender: An Introduction to the Power and the Punishment,” 28 Capital University Law Review 557 (2000)
“Within These Walls: Memoirs of a Death House Chaplain,” New York Law Journal, April 1, 2003
“The Last Face You’ll Ever See: The Private Life of the American Death Penalty,” New York Law Journal, February 22, 2002
“The Last-Gasp World” (review of Habeas Corpus: Rethinking the Great Writ of Liberty), Legal Times, July 15, 2002
“Who Owns Death? Capital Punishment, The American Conscience,” New York Law Journal, March 2, 2001
“Legal Lynching: The Death Penalty and America’s Future,” New York Law Journal, December 14, 2001
“Condemned: Inside the Sing Sing Death House,” New York Law Journal, August 1, 2000
“Proximity to Death,” New York Law Journal, March 10, 2000
“Just Revenge: Costs and Consequences of the Death Penalty,” New York Law Journal, January 30, 1998
Product Liability and General Litigation:
“Civil Conspiracy and the Rule of Law: A Proposal for Reappraisal and Reform,” 64 Arkansas Law Review 301 (2011)
“Away from Ideology: A Review of Products Liability Defenses in the Era of Tort Reform,” 13 Pace L. Rev. 43 (Winter 1993)
"Product Liability Reform: The Governor's Proposal," New York Law Journal, June 22, 1993
“Cigarette Warning Labels - The Real Issue for the Supreme Court,” Business Insurance (November, 1991)
“Rabies and the Researcher: Andrulonis v. United States,” New York Negligence Reporter (June, 1991)
“Enright v. Eli Lilly : A Retreat from Deterrence,” New York Law Journal, March 20, 1991
“The Law of Successor Liability in New York Products Liability Cases,” New York Negligence Reporter (April 1990)
“Successor Liability,” New York Law Journal, February 28, 1990
"Galileo's Revenge: Junk Science in the Courtroom," New York Law Journal, December 23, 1991
“Settlement Strategy,” New York Law Journal, November 3, 1989
“Document Discovery, Strategy and Practice,” New York Law Journal, July 19, 1989
Norman L. Greene and Lara Goldmark, “New York International Law Panel Addresses Law and Development Movement, Underlying Assumptions and Challenges,” Africa Law Today, Volume 4, Issue 4 (2012).
“Rule of Law in Morocco: A Journey Towards a Better Judiciary Through the Implementation of the 2011 Constitutional Reforms,” 18 ILSA J. of Intern. & Comp. L 455 (2012).
“International Law Weekend Panel Examines Access to Justice in the Middle East and North Africa Before and After the Arab Spring,” 20 ILSA Quarterly 22 (2011)
“The Lawyer’s Myth: Reviving Ideals in the Legal Profession,” New York Law Journal, July 12, 2002
“The Good Black: A True Story of Race in America,” New York Law Journal, February 9, 1999
"The Tough Litigator," New York State Bar Journal, February 1990
Uniform State Laws:
“Symposium on Uniform State Laws,” 22 Okla. City Univ. Law Review 257, 286 (1997)
Other Book Reviews:
“Augusta Gone: A True Story,” New York Law Journal, July 20, 2001