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It is with great sadness that we announce that John L. Hanks, a member of Cardozo Law's founding faculty, passed away at the age of 74 on August 9, 2014, at his home in Rumson, NJ, after a brief, valiant battle against lung cancer. He leaves behind his beloved wife Fran Condon, his brother Dan, his sister Florence and a host of dear friends and colleagues who share a deep sense of sorrow with this loss. Born in Staten Island, NY, and raised on the West Coast, John had an illustrious professional career spanning significant public service as an educator through his tenure as professor of law and associate dean at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where he was a founding faculty member; for the City of New York; in his volunteer service as a board member of the Art Students League of New York, and as a successful business leader and owner of a long-term care facility, King James Care Center of Chatham, NJ.
John's educational background was extensive. He held a B.S. degree in City and Regional Planning Engineering from Rutgers University's College of Engineering; a J.D. Degree from Rutgers University School of Law, where he was research editor of the Rutgers Law Review; a Master of Arts degree in Economics from Columbia University's Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and a Master of Laws degree from Columbia University School of Law.
Among the many accomplishments during his public service career, John served as Director of Franchises for the City of New York from 1988 to 1990, where he oversaw the growth of the cable industry. In that capacity, he provided testimony to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation of the United States Senate on behalf of New York City regarding the affects of vertical and horizontal integration and consolidation that was then taking place in the cable industry. Of particular note was John's service as special master from 1980 to 1988, appointed by Federal District Court Judge Robert L. Carter to oversee the financing, design and construction of two sewage treatment plants in New York City. This complex project, which included negotiations with affected communities near the plants, was managed on time and under budget during John's tenure as special master. A community park atop one of the sewage treatment plants alongside the Hudson River, serving the Harlem community, is a lasting testament to John's success in this role.
John was the author of numerous publications in franchising law and the regulation of cable television. He was also the author of the publication On a Just Measure of the Efficiency of Law and Governmental Policies.
After his service to the city of New York and Cardozo Law, John focused on his business, his life-long passion as an artist, and designing home renovations. John's generosity with his friends and family expressed itself most importantly in his capacity to listen, analyze and advise, particularly the young people who were fortunate enough to have him in their lives. Most sadly he leaves behind his wife, best friend and business partner, Fran Condon. The love and life they shared together was an inspiration to all of their friends. Cardozo Law extends its deepest sympathies to John's family and loved ones.