The University of Houston Law Center Faculty

Yale  Rosenberg

Yale Leonard Rosenberg

Yale Leonard Rosenberg, A.A. White Professor of Law, joined the University of Houston Law Center faculty in 1973, teaching generations of students the law of Civil Procedure, Federal Jurisdiction, Professional Responsibility, Jewish Law and many other fields of study. A distinguished scholar, he was an expert in the law of federal courts, Habeas Corpus, and Jewish Law. He passed away on Sept. 22, 2002, at the age of 63.

He earned a B.A., summa cum laude, in Business Administration – Economics from Rice University and an LL.B., graduating with numerous honors from New York University School of Law in 1964. He clerked for the Hon. Judge Oscar H. Davis, of the United States Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., and practiced with the firm of Arnold & Porter until joining the (New York) Mayor's Task Force on the Constitutional Convention as a Legal Advisor in 1966. From 1967-1972 he served as assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York.

His writings, many in collaboration with his wife and co-author, Irene Merker Rosenberg, reflected his passion for the Constitution, for justice for juveniles and the accused, for Jewish law, and for learning. Rosenberg was called "America's prophet" for his analysis of the decline of federal habeas corpus.

The Yale L. Rosenberg Memorial Fund was established to recognize and foster excellence at the UH Law Center. The endowment is used to fund a student writing prize and to bring distinguished speakers to the Law Center.