Bruce Green

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Louis Stein Chair of Law; Director, Stein Center

Curriculum Vitae
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Professional Responsibility: A Contemporary Approach

Research and Teaching Areas

Criminal Procedure; Legal Education; Public Defenders; Public Interest/Service; Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility


Bruce A. Green is the Louis Stein Professor at Fordham Law School, where he directs the Louis Stein Center for Law and Ethics. He teaches and writes primarily in the areas of legal ethics and criminal law, and is involved in various bar association activities. Currently, Professor Green is a Council member and past chair of the ABA Criminal Justice Section, serves on the Multistate Professional Bar Examination drafting committee, and is a member and past chair of the NY State Bar Association’s Committee on Professional Ethics. He previously served on the ABA Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility, was the Reporter to both the ABA Task Force on Attorney-Client Privilege and the ABA Commission on Multijurisdictional Practice, and co-chaired the ethics committee of the ABA Litigation Section and Criminal Justice Section. Since joining the Fordham faculty in 1987, Professor Green has engaged in various part-time public service, including as a member of the NYC Conflicts of Interest Board, as a member of the attorney disciplinary committee in Manhattan, as Associate Counsel in the office of the Iran/Contra prosecutor, and as a consultant and special investigator for the NYS Commission on Government Integrity. Previously, Professor Green was a federal prosecutor in the Southern District of New York, where he served as Chief Appellate Attorney, and he was a judicial law clerk to Justice Thurgood Marshall and Circuit Judge James L. Oakes.

Selected Publications

  • Legal Discourse and Racial Justice: The Urge to Cry “Bias!”, 28 Georgetown J. Legal Ethics 177 (2015)
  • Prosecutors’ Disclosure Obligations in the U.S., 42 Hitotsubashi J. L. & Politics 51 (2014) (with Peter Joy)
  • Judicial Regulation of US Civil Litigators, 16 Legal Ethics 306 (2013)
  • Gideon’s Amici: Why Do Prosecutors So Rarely Defend the Rights of the Accused?, 122 Yale L.J. 2336 (2013)
  • The Right to Plea Bargain With Competent Counsel After Cooper and Frye: Is the Supreme Court Making the Ordinary Criminal Process “Too Long, Too Expensive, and Unpredictable . . . in Pursuit of Perfect Justice”?, 51 Duquesne L. Rev. 735 (2013)
  • Lawyers’ Professional Independence: Overrated or Undervalued?, 46 Akron L. Rev. 599 (2013)
  • The Attorney-Client Privilege – Selective Compulsion, Selective Waiver and Selective Disclosure: Is Bank Regulation Exceptional?, 2013 Journal of the Professional Lawyer 85 (2013)
  • Unregulated Corporate Internal Investigations: Achieving Fairness for Corporate Constituents, 54 B.C. L. Rev. 73 (2013) (with Ellen S. Podgor)
  • Federal Criminal Discovery Reform: A Legislative Approach, 64 Mercer L. Rev. 639 (2013)
  • Rehabilitating Lawyers: Perceptions of Deviance and its Cures in the Lawyer Reinstatement Process, 40 Fordham Urb. L.J. 139 (2012) (with Jane Moriarty)
  • The Flood of U.S. Lawyers: Natural Fluctuation or Professional Climate Change?, 19 Int’ J. Legal Prof. 193 (2012)
  • Prosecutors and Professional Regulation, 25 Georgetown J. Legal Ethics 873 (2012)
  • The Community Prosecutor: Questions of Professional Discretion, 47 Wake Forest L. Rev. 285 (2012) (with Alafair S. Burke)
  • Developing Standards of Conduct for Prosecutors and Criminal Defense Lawyers, 62 Hastings L.J. 1093 (2011)
  • Prosecutors’ Ethical Duty of Disclosure In Memory of Fred Zacharias, 48 San Diego L. Rev. 57 (2011)
  • Rationalizing Judicial Regulation of Lawyers, 70 Ohio St. L.J. 73 (2009) (with Fred C. Zacharias)
  • The Duty to Avoid Wrongful Convictions: A Thought Experiment in the Regulation of Prosecutors, 89 Boston University L. Rev. 1 (2009) (with Fred C. Zacharias)
  • The Market for Bad Legal Scholarship: William H. Simon’s Experiment in Professional Regulation, 60 Stanford L. Rev. 1605 (2008)
  • “The U.S. Attorneys Scandal” and the Allocation of Prosecutorial Power, 69 Ohio St. L.J. 187 (2008) (with Fred C. Zacharias)
  • Permissive Rules of Professional Conduct, 91 Minn. L. Rev. 265 (2006) (with Fred C. Zacharias)
  • Reconceptualizing Advocacy Ethics, 74 George Washington L. Rev. 1 (2005) (with Fred C. Zacharias) 
  • Prosecutorial Neutrality, 2004 Wisconsin L. Rev. 837  (with Fred C. Zacharias)
  • Federal Court Authority to Regulate Lawyers: A Practice in Search of a Theory, 56 Vand. L. Rev. 1303 (2003) (with Fred C. Zacharias)
  • Prosecutorial Ethics as Usual, 2003 Illinois L. Rev. 1573
  • Regulating Federal Prosecutors’ Ethics, 55 Vand. L. Rev. 381 (2002) (with Fred C. Zacharias)
  • The Disciplinary Restrictions on Multidisciplinary Practice: Their Derivation, Their Development, and Some Implications for the Core Values Debate, 84 Minn. L. Rev. 1115 (2000)
  • The Uniqueness of Federal Prosecutors, 88 Georgetown L.J. 207 (2000) (with Fred C. Zacharias)
  • Why Should Prosecutors “Seek Justice”?, 26 Fordham Urb. L.J. 609 (1999)
  • The Criminal Regulation of Lawyers, 67 Fordham L. Rev. 327 (1998)
  • The Role of Personal Values in Professional Decisionmaking, 11 Geo. J. of Legal Ethics 19 (1997)
  • Whose Rules of Professional Conduct Should Govern Lawyers in Federal Court and How Should the Rules Be Created?, 64 George Washington L. Rev. 460 (1996)
  • Lethal Fiction: The Meaning of “Counsel” in the Sixth Amendment, 78 Iowa L. Rev. 433 (1993)
  • “Power, Not Reason”: Justice Marshall's Valedictory and the Fourth Amendment in the Supreme Court's 1990-91 Term, 70 N.C.L. Rev. 373 (1992)
  • Zealous Representation Bound: The Intersection of the Ethical Codes and the Criminal Law, 69 N.C.L. Rev. 687 (1991)
  • “Through a Glass, Darkly”: How the Court Views Motions to Disqualify Criminal Defense Lawyers, 89 Colum. L. Rev. 1201 (1989)


  • Columbia University School of Law: J.D. 1981
    Honors: James Kent Scholar;
    Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar
    Associate Editor, Columbia Law Review
  • Princeton University: A.B. 1978, summa cum laude