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, was published by Oxford University Press. In it, he explores the costs and benefits of the legal recognition of and sensitivity to friendship. Along with his writing for Yale Law Journal and the University of Illinois Law Review he frequently writes 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.
His first book, Deliberative Democracy in America: A Proposal for a Popular Branch of Government was published by Pennsylvania State University Press. With Baogang He he edited The Search for Deliberative Democracy in China, published by Palgrave Macmillan and Privilege or Punish? The Challenge of Family Status in Our Criminal Justice System, written with Jennifer Collins & Dan Markel, was published by Oxford University Press.