Professor of Law
BA, Hamilton College; JD, New York University School of Law
Professor Silverstein joined the faculty in 2004. He teaches Contracts, Secured Transactions, and Jurisprudence, and is a past recipient of the Law School Faculty Excellence Award for Excellence in Teaching. Professor Silverstein has published in the areas of bankruptcy, civil procedure, and law school grading practices. His scholarly papers have been cited in court opinions, treatises, and law review articles. And one reviewer described Professor Silversteinâ€™s work as â€śexhaustively researched and meticulously and persuasively argued.â€ť Professor Silversteinâ€™s public service has included serving on several law school and university committees, serving on the board of directors and in leadership positions for various public interest organizations, and spearheading the adoption of the law schoolâ€™s current grading policy.
Professor Silverstein graduated magna cum laude from the New York University School of Law and was named to the Order of the Coif. He also served as the Legal Theory Editor for the New York University Review of Law and Social Change while a student. After graduation, he served as a law clerk to the Honorable Suzanne B. Conlon, United States District Judge for the Northern District of Illinois. Professor Silverstein then became a litigation associate at the law firm of Mayer Brown in Chicago. There, he worked on a wide variety of matters, including products liability, bankruptcy, and accounting malpractice cases. Professor Silverstein subsequently joined the Chicago law firm of Freeborn & Peters, where he practiced in the area of commercial litigation, focusing on antitrust disputes and business torts.