Pace University School of Law-- Dean Stephen Friedman
Email: sfriedman@la w.pace.edu
Tel: (914) 422-4407
Stephen J. Friedman became Dean of the School of Law on July 1, 2004.
Prior to that he was a senior partner at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, where he served as co -
chairman of the firm’s corporate department from 1993 to 2000. Before he rejoined
Debevoise in September 1993, Dean Friedman was executive vice president and general
counsel of The Equitable Companies Incorporated and its subsidiary, The Equitable Life
Assurance Society of the United States. Before joining Equitable in 1988, Dean Friedman
was executive vice president of the E.F. Hutton Group Inc. (1986 -88) and a partner at
Dean Friedman also has served as a commissioner of the Securities and Exchange
Commission (1980-81), deputy assistant secretary of the Treasury for Capital Markets Policy
(1978-79), special assistant to the U.S. Maritime Administrator (1964-65), and law clerk to
Justice William J. Brennan Jr. of the United States Supreme Court (1963 -64).
Dean Friedman is chairman emeritus of American Ballet Theatre. He also serves as
president and a trustee of the Practising Law Institute, chairman and trustee of the Asian
University for Women Support Foundation, and he is a member of the Council on Foreign
Relations. In addition, Dean Friedman has served as chairman of the Overseas
Development Council and chairman of the Securities Regulation Committee of the
Association of the Bar of the City of New York and as a member of the ABA Special
Committee on Lawyers’ Political Contributions. He has served as a board member of CCL
Industries Inc., Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette, ConRail, The National Association of Securities
Dealers, the Chicago Board Options Exchange and Foundation, and United Way of New
Dean Friedman received his AB magna cum laude in 1959 from the Woodrow Wilson School
of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, and his JD magna cum laude in
1962 from Harvard Law School, where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review and a
recipient of the Sears Prize.
Publications and Testimony by Dean Friedman:
William J. Brennan Jr. An Affair with Freedom: A Collection of His Opinions and
Speeches Drawn from His First Decade as a United States Supreme Court Justice
(Stephen J. Friedman, ed. Atheneum, 1967).
"Arthur J. Goldberg" and "William J. Brennan Jr." In The Justices of the United States
Supreme Court 1789-1969: Their Lives and Major Opinions, vol. 4 (Leon Friedman
and Fred L. Israel, eds.) (New York: R.R. Bowker, 1969).
"The Acquisition of the American Stock Exchange by the NASD," 30 Inst. on Sec.
Reg. 181 (1998).
"A Comment on Judge Selya's Arbitration Unbound?: The Legacy of McMahon," 62
Brook. L. Rev. 1433 (1996).
"The U.S. Life Insurance Industry – the Next Five Years," 9 Ann. Rev. Banking L. 419
"Regulatory Change: A Step in the Right Direction," 8 Ann. Rev. Banking L. 365
"Capital Formation Alternatives: An Overview," 10 N.C. J. Int'l L. & Com. Reg. 199
"A New Paradigm for Financial Regulation: Getting From Here to T here," 43 Md. L.
Rev. 413 (1984) (with Connie M. Friesen).
"Remarks on Mutual Fund Underwriting by Banks," 2 Ann. Rev. Banking L. 87
"Reflections on Carter-Johnson," 13 Inst. on Sec. Reg. 197 (1982).
"Tender Offer Issues for 1982," 14 Rev. Sec. Reg. 833 (October 21, 1981).
"Limitations on the Corporate Lawyer's and Law Firm's Freedom to Serve the Public
Interest," 33 Bus. Law. 1475 (1977).
"Mr. Justice Brennan: The First Decade," 80 Harv. L. Rev. 7 (1966).
American Bar Association Task Force on Lawyer's Political Contributions, Report and
Recommendations (July 1998) (member of Task Force).
"Effect on Capital Formation of Proposed Changes in Regulation," 51 Rec. Ass’n B.
City of N.Y. 912 (1996).
Arbitration Policy Task Force to the Board of Governors, National Association of
Securities Dealers, Inc., Report: Securities Arbitration Reform (1996) (member of
Special Committee on Shareholder Voting Rights to the Board of Governors,
American Stock Exchange, Shareholder Voting Rights Report (February 14, 1991)
(author and committee chairperson).
R EVISED UNIFORM L IMITED PARTNERSHIP A CT (1976).
"The Corporate Executive's Guide to the Role of the General Counsel," ACCA
Docket 58 (May 2000) (with C. Evan Stewart).
"Resigning from the Board," 20 Directors and Boards 30 (Winter 1996).
"Demutualization: The Equitable Experience," The Association of Life Insurance
Counsel Proceedings (1993) (with Wolcott B. Dunham Jr.).
"Full Line Bank Brokerage Services," The New York Law Journal 33 (December 12,
1983) (with Helen Garten).
"Deregulation and Litigation," 8 Litigation 8 (1981).
"Let's Experiment with Corporate Disclosure Laws," Enterprise 8 (June 1981).
Selected Speeches and Papers
"Convergence - Products or Institutions?" Address at the Fourth Annual
Forum on the Insurance Industry (October 22, 1998).
"M&A in the Insurance Industry: An Overview." Address at the 8 th Annual
Insurance Tax Seminar of the Section of Taxation, Federal Bar
Association (May 2, 1996).
Remarks accepting the Brandeis University Public Service Award (April
"Corporate Governance in the 90's: Institutional Investors and the
Evolution of the Law." Address at the ABA National Institute - Dynamics of
Corporate Control V (1991).
"The Evolving Legal Status of Institutional Investors as Shareholder and
Bondholder" (with Pauline Sherman). Address at the Seventeenth Annual
Securities Regulation Institute, The University of California at San Diego
(January 25, 1990).
(Please see website above for list of Selected Speeches and Papers from 1990 to 1979)