President Barack Obama is naming Richard H. Weisberg to the Commission for the Preservation of America’s Heritage Abroad. Professor Weisberg is the founding and current President of the Law and Humanities Institute. Below is an abbreviated biography, taken from a White House press release.
Richard H. Weisberg is the Floersheimer Professor of Constitutional Law at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University. He began his teaching and scholarly career as Assistant Professor of French and Comparative Literature at the University of Chicago, and then went on to practice and teach law. In 2009, he was awarded the Legion of Honor by the French government for his work, together with US State Department and French governmental officials, in providing restitution from France to victims of the wartime Vichy regime. A recipient of Guggenheim, ACLS, and Rockefeller Foundation fellowships, he is the author of four books including Vichy Law and the Holocaust in France; Poethics; and The Failure of the Word. He is the founding and current president of the Law & Humanities Institute and founding and general editor of the periodical, Law and Literature. He received his J.D. from Columbia Law School, where he was an editor of the Law Review, and his Ph.D from Cornell University.