Daniel L. Feldman

Daniel L. Feldman

Associate Professor
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1973 JD        Harvard Law School

1970 AB       Columbia College (Economics)


Dan Feldman teaches Oversight & Investigation, Ethics & Accountability, and Administrative Law. He was first elected to the New York State Assembly in 1980, and served as a member of the Legislature from 1981 through 1998, writing over 140 state laws, including New York’s Megan’s Law and Organized Crime Control Act. As Correction Committee chair for twelve years, he led some of the first efforts to repeal the Rockefeller drug laws. For six years thereafter, as a senior member of Attorney General Eliot Spitzer’s staff, he exposed HUD’s 203k mortgage loan guarantee scandal and led the investigation of UnumProvident’s disability insurance scam. Until his full-time appointment at John Jay, he worked as Special Counsel for Law & Policy to New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli. Feldman's fourth book, Tales from the Sausage Factory: Making Laws in New York State, with co-author Gerald Benjamin, was published by SUNY Press in 2010.  The publication date for his fifth book, The Art of the Watchdog: Fighting Fraud, Waste, Abuse and Corruption in Government, with co-author David Eichenthal, also by SUNY Press, is January 1, 2014. He also wrote numerous scholarly articles, and serves as Perspective and Commentary Editor for Public Administration Review. His current research involves government oversight, administrative theory, and legal philosophy.



THE ART OF THE WATCHDOG: FIGHTING FRAUD, WASTE, ABUSE AND CORRUPTION IN GOVERNMENT, SUNY Press, with co-author David Eichenthal, Albany, N.Y., publication due January 2014.

TALES FROM THE SAUSAGE FACTORY: MAKING LAWS IN NEW YORK STATE, SUNY Press, with co-author Gerald Benjamin, Albany, N.Y., 2010

NEW YORK CRIMINAL LAW, West Publishing Company, Inc., St. Paul, Minn., 1996, legislative editor and co-author

THE LOGIC OF AMERICAN GOVERNMENT, William Morrow & Co., Inc., N.Y., 1990

REFORMING GOVERNMENT, William Morrow & Co., Inc., New York, 1981


The New York State Office of the Attorney General, in New York State Government Handbook, Gerald Benjamin, ed., Oxford University Press, New York, 2012

New York’s Born-Again Money Laundering Statute, 224 New York Law Journal, with Kevin Suttlehan, Oct.31, 2000, 4.  Reprinted as Chapter 8 of New Responsibilities & Obligations Under the Money Laundering & Financial Anti-Terrorism Act of 2001, Practising Law Institute, New York, 2002

Realpolitik, or The First Machine to Beat is the Mimeograph, Up Against New York, William Morrow & Co., New York, 1970

Journal editing

Perspective and Commentary Editor, Public Administration Review, 7/2013-

Member, Editorial Board, Public Administration Review, 1992-2000, 1/2013-6/2103

Guest editor, Government, Law & Policy Journal, Volume 13, Number 2 (Winter 2011) and Volume 14 Number 1 (Spring 2012)


Who Guards the Guardians? 35 Legislative Gazette 5, Number 15, December 6, 2011 (Albany, New York),

Tough Love – Tightening Administrative Hearing Procedures To Get Better Substantive Justice, 25 The NAPPA Report 7, November/December 2011 (published by National Association of Public Pension Attorneys, Sacramento, California), with Deborah Richards

State Law Encourages Insurers to Cheat, 237 New York Law Journal, January 10, 2007, 2 (annotated letter)

Office of the Comptroller of the Currency Preemption, 231 New York Law Journal, with Mark Fleischer, April 6, 2005, 4

Legislating or Litigating Public Policy Change: Gunmaker Tort Liability, 12 Va. J. of Social Policy and the Law 140 (Fall 2004)

Conflict Diamonds, International Trade Regulation, and the Nature of Law, 24 U. Pa. J. of Internat’l Economic Law 835 (Winter 2003-4) 

Not Quite High Noon for Gunmakers, But It’s Coming: Why Hamilton Still Means Negligence Liability in Their Future, 67 Brooklyn L. Rev. 293 (Winter 2001)

New York’s Born-Again Money Laundering Statute, 224 New York Law Journal, with Kevin Suttlehan, Oct.31, 2000, 4.  Reprinted as Chapter 8 of New Responsibilities & Obligations Under the Money Laundering & Financial Anti-Terrorism Act of 2001, Practising Law Institute, New York, 2002

The “Scarlet Letter Laws” of the 1990's: A Response to Critics, 60 Albany L. Rev. 1081, June 1997

20 Years of Prison Expansion: A Failing National Strategy, 53 Public Admin. Rev. 561, Nov./Dec. 1993

Imprisoners’ Dilemma, 14 The American Prospect 106, Summer 1993

Public Administration and the Constitution, Introduction to Forum, 53 Public Admin. Rev.237, May/June 1993

J.S. Mill and the Middle Road for American Constitutional Jurisprudence, 20Perspectives on Pol. Sci. 197, Fall 1991

Constitutional Dimensions of the Iran-contra Affair, 2 Int’l. J. of Intelligence and Counterintelligence 381, Fall 1988

Ethical Analysis in Public Policymaking, 15 Policy Studies J. 441, March 1987

Principled Compromise, 6 Crim. Justice Ethics 50, Winter/Spring 1987

Teaching Law, 37 News for Teachers of Pol. Sci. 1, Spring 1983

Book review, 77 Amer. Pol. Sci. Rev. 216, 1983

Games of Skill, 8 Political Methodology 59, 1982

Reformers as Legislative Watchdogs, 10 The Bureaucrat 49, 1981

Combating Waste in Government, 6 Policy Analysis 467, Fall 1980

Administrative Agencies and the Rites of Due Process, 7 Fordham Urban L. J. 229, 1978-79


1) oversight principles and cases in the United States


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