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Ethan J. Leib

Ethan Leib Faculty Photo 2016

John D. Calamari Distinguished Professor of Law

Curriculum Vitae
Telephone: 212-636-7490
Email: [email protected]
Office: Room 7-177
SSRN (academic papers)

Faculty Assistant: Diane Pinero
Email: [email protected]

Research and Teaching Areas

Contracts; Legislation; Constitutional Law & Theory


Ethan J. Leib is Professor of Law at Fordham Law School. He teaches in contracts, legislation, and regulation. His most recent book, Friend v. Friend: Friendships and What, If Anything, the Law Should Do About Them, explores the costs and benefits of the legal recognition of and sensitivity to friendship; it was published by Oxford University Press. Leib’s scholarly articles have recently appeared in the Yale Law Journal, Virginia Law Review, Georgetown Law Journal, University of Pennsylvania Law Review, University of Chicago Law Review, California Law Review, and elsewhere. He has also written for a broader audience in the New York Times, USA Today, Policy Review, Washington Post, New York Law Journal, The American Scholar, and The New Republic. Before joining Fordham, Leib was Professor of Law at the University of California–Hastings in San Francisco. He has served as a Law Clerk to then-Chief Judge John M. Walker, Jr., of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and as a Litigation Associate at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP in New York.


  • JD, Yale Law School
  • PhD and BA, Yale University
  • MPhil, Cambridge University