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Aaron Twerski - Biography

Professor Aaron D. Twerski (born May, 1939) is a professor at Brooklyn Law School, as well as a former Dean and professor of tort law at Hofstra University School of Law. He is a prolific scholar who served as co-reporter for the American Law Institute’s Restatement of Torts Third: Products Liability, receiving the prestigious designation of "R. Ammi Cutter Reporter" for his outstanding performance. He is the author of five books and more than 70 articles in scholarly journals about torts, products liability and conflict of laws. He served as a professor at Hofstra University School of Law from 1972 to 1986 and at Brooklyn Law School from 1986 to 2005, when he became dean of Hofstra Law School. He has been appointed by Federal Judge Alvin Hellerstein as one of two Special Masters to handle cases filed by workers who suffered respiratory illnesses as a result of cleaning up the World Trade Center site after the September 11, 2001 terror attacks.

Professor Twerski has been a visiting professor at Cornell Law School, Boston University and the University of Michigan. A teaching fellow at Harvard Law School from 1966-67, he was a trial attorney with the United States Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division - Honors Program, 1965-66. He holds a Juris Doctor, cum laude, from Marquette University Law School, where he was the student editor of the Marquette Law Review. In addition, Professor Twerski has an A.B. in Talmudic Law from Beth Medrash Elyon Talmudic Research Institute and attended Ner Israel Rabbinical College. He received his Bachelor of Science in Philosophy from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, where he was a member of the Phi Eta Sigma National Honor fraternity.

He is a scion of the Chernobyl, Chabad, Sanz and Bobov Hasidic dynasties. He and his twin brother Rabbi Michel Twerski were the youngest sons of Rabbi Jacob Israel Twerski (1899-1973) and Rebbetzin Dvorah Leah Twerski (1900-1995). He was raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where his father was the rabbi of Congregation Beth Jehudah. Aaron Twerski is the younger brother of Rabbi Abraham J. Twerski (1930–), a noted psychiatrist and author of some 50 books on Judaism and self-image. His twin brother is now the rabbi of Congregation Beth Jehudah. He has been married to Kreindel Twerski since 1960.

Retirement from deanship at Hofstra

On February 5, 2007, he announced that he intended to resign as Dean of Hofstra Law School by July 31. He attributed the resignation to his recent quadruple-bypass surgery.

He is now a professor at Brooklyn Law School where he teaches conflict of laws, product liability, and torts.


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