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Hofstra brings Breslin into legal fold

Hofstra University is expanding its law program to meet demand for more attorneys skilled in navigating the challenging and changing real estate market.

The Wilbur F. Breslin Center for Real Estate Studies will become part of the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University as part of an effort to will expand programs focusing on land use, zoning and finances
Hofstra Law Professor Ashira Ostrow has been named executive director of the center. She is also the Peter S. Kalikow Distinguished Professor of Real Estate.

Named after one of Long Island’s leading real estate developers, the Breslin Center was established by Hofstra University in 2007 to provide real estate professionals, municipal officials, developers and the public with information, education and scholarly analysis about the issues facing the real estate field.

“Wilbur Breslin is one of the preeminent leaders in the real estate industry on Long Island, dedicating his life and career to improving the community,” said Hofstra University President Stuart Rabinowitz.

“He has played an active role in many significant initiatives at Hofstra University over the years, serving as a trustee and trustee emeritus. As the Breslin Center embarks on this new chapter, we are grateful for Mr. Breslin’s time, energy and commitment to making Hofstra a world-class university and Long Island a great place to live, work and study.”

Judge Gail Prudenti, dean of Hofstra Law, said, “With the dedicated resources of our Law School, and our partnership with the business school, the Breslin Center is now uniquely positioned to be a leading educational hub for our students and the Long Island real estate community.

“We will continue to explore additional partnerships with Hofstra’s business school and engineering school as well as with local real estate organizations to meet the interdisciplinary demands of the industry.”

Five events are planned for the year at the Breslin Center. They include al conference with the Zarb School of Business on real estate investment opportunities, and a Land Use Training Program.

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