David Rudenstine

Sheldon H. Solow Professor of Law


B.A., 1963, M.A.T., 1965, Yale University;
J.D., 1969, New York University

Areas of Expertise

Constitutional Law
Cultural Property
Federal Courts


Dean Rudenstine was dean of Cardozo from 2001-2009, the first dean appointed from the ranks of the Cardozo faculty. He is the author of the widely acclaimed The Day the Presses Stopped: A History of the Pentagon Papers Case and is completing Trophies for the Empire: The Tale of the Parthenon Marbles, a history of the famous dispute between Greece and Britain. In 2000-01, he was an inaugural fellow in Princeton University's Program in Law and Public Affairs. Prior to joining the Cardozo faculty, he was a project director, associate director, and acting executive director of the New York Civil Liberties Union; counsel to the National News Council; a staff attorney in the New York City Legal Services Program; and director of the Citizen's Inquiry on Parole and Criminal Justice, Inc., a not-for-profit research corporation. He is the primary author of Prison Without Walls: Report on New York Parole and author of Rights of Ex-Offenders. He was a fellow in the New York University Arthur Garfield Hays Civil Liberties Program and spent two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Uganda.


The Day the Presses Stopped
The Day the Presses Stopped: A History of the Pentagon Papers Case University of California Press, 1996

Nominated for Pulitzer Prize
Nominated for Robert F. Kennedy Annual Book Award

“…Rudenstine has mined the primary ands secondary sources, interviewed three dozen important players, and unearthed new evidence. The result: a very readable political narrative with scholarly analysis of the landmark case.”

Kirkus Reviews, April 15, 1996

“…he offers truly compelling portraits of the key players. Henry Kissinger, Daniel Ellsberg, Richard Nixon, reporters, editors, publishers and lawyers come alive thanks to the author’s prodigious research. Rudenstine writes well…this potentially dry, true-life story is old with more panache than a John Grisham novel. By the time the readers reach the U.S. Supreme Court , the are hooked on the drama. This is not the first book about the landmark case, but it is the best”

Publisher’s Weekly, April 29, 1996

“Among his interesting insights are his descriptions of the shortcomings of the various lawyers and judges in the case. Rudenstine catches Chief Justice Warne Burger inappropriately scolding the Washington Post for coming into court without ‘clean hands’ because it had published stolen government documents. ”

The Philadelphia Inquirer, Thursday, June 16, 1996

“…A superbly researched and compellingly written book. Rudenstine makes solid points on the constitutional issues.”

Boston Sunday Globe, July 14, 1996

Contact Information


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New York, NY 10003

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