Jethro K. Lieberman holds a B.A. in politics and economics from Yale University, a J.D. from Harvard Law School, and a Ph.D. in political science from Columbia University. As Founding Publisher and Editorial Director of Tribeca Square Press, he returns to his roots in writing, editing, journalism, and publishing.
Lieberman published his first book while a third-year law student. After graduating in 1967, he was a staff writer at BusinessWeek magazine, until beginning three years’ active duty in the Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corps the following year. In 1972–1973, he was Vice President and General Counsel of Stein and Day Publishers, a trade book publisher. In 1973, he rejoined BusinessWeek to found the Legal Affairs Department, and served as its editor until 1982. He then created and edited Alternatives, a monthly newsletter on dispute resolution published by the organization now known as CPR International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution, until joining the faculty of New York Law School in 1985.
At New York Law School, Lieberman has taught constitutional law, law and society, and an advanced writing class. This year he is undertaking a new course, Explaing Law to the Public, in conjunction with the Program in Law and Journalism. He was director of the School’s Writing Program from 1985 to 2007, and from 2000 to 2007 served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. He is now Vice President of Academic Publishing, a newly established office at New York Law School.
His more than 25 books as author, co-author, or editor have ranged from the erudite to popular. Two, The Litigious Society (Basic Books, 1981) and The Enduring Constitution (West and Harper & Row, 1987), won the American Bar Association’s top literary prize, the Silver Gavel, and one of his books, The Complete CB Handbook (Avon, 1976), landed on a Publishers Weekly best-seller list.
Lieberman learned to set type at the age of nine and still maintains metal type and presses at his home. He and his wife Jo own one of the world’s most famous printing presses still in private hands, the Kelmscott/Goudy Albion iron hand press, originally used by William Morris in 1896 to publish the book known today as the Kelmscott Chaucer.
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