Compassionate, Unorthodox Teacher
Joshua Silverstein defies the Machiavellian maxim that it is better to be feared than be loved. His students will tell you that he is both loved and respected. As one of his former students explains, “Professor Silverstein is an outstanding teacher who cares deeply for his students. He works incredibly hard at his teaching. But Professor Silverstein is also concerned about our success beyond the law. He wants us to be successful in every aspect of our lives.”
Silverstein, an assistant professor of law, teaches Contracts I and II. His teaching strengths include his immeasurable enthusiasm, meticulous organization, limitless knowledge, and genuine compassion for the students. “His ways of encouraging us to learn were unorthodox but highly effective,” according to another former student. “I never in my life thought a series of Flash cartoons would help me learn how to outline.”
A professor at the Bowen School since 2004, Silverstein received a J.D., magna cum laude, in 1996 from New York University School of Law, and a B.A., summa cum laude, in 1993 from Hamilton College in Clinton, N.Y. For the past two years, he has been elected Faculty Honor Announcer by the graduating class and in 2007 was elected Faculty Honor Marshall by the graduating class.