Norman I. Silber

Teaches Law at Hofstra and Yale

Norman Silber teaches and writes in areas that relate to consumer law, commercial law, legal history and nonprofit corporations as a visiting professor at Yale Law School and Professor of Law at the Maurice A. Deane School of Law of Hofstra University.

After practicing with the New York City law firm of Patterson, Belknap, Webb & Tyler, he served as a law clerk to Judge Leonard I. Garth of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Prior to entering law school, Professor Silber taught history at Sarah Lawrence College and Yale University. He holds a J.D. from Columbia Law School and a Ph.D. in history from Yale.

He is a past officer and director of Consumers Union, the publisher of Consumer Reports magazine. He is a past chair of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York Consumer Affairs Committee, and a past director of the American Council on Consumer Interests. He was also editor of Advancing The Consumer Interest: A Journal of Consumer Law, Policy and Research. He is a fellow of the American Bar Foundation, and a member of The American Law Institute.

Professor Silber's books, With All Deliberate Speed: The Life of Philip Elman, An Oral History Memoir (2004), and A Corporate Form of Freedom (Westview Press, 2001), concern the legal history of Post-World War Two America, and the development of the law of nonprofit corporations, respectively. He has also written a widely acclaimed book about consumer protection, titled Test and Protest.