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Paul S. Ferber

Professor Emeritus of Law

JD, New York University, 1966;
BA, Queens College, 1963

Phone: 802-831-1222


Professor Paul Ferber specializes in commercial law, professional responsibility, and professional skills. From 1988 through 2001, he was director of the General Practice Program, which integrates law and professional skills by simulating a general practice law firm. The courses he taught at Vermont Law School included Contracts, Introduction to Lawyering, Legal Profession, Remedies, Sales, and Secured Transactions. He received his BA degree from Queens College in 1963 and his JD degree, cum laude, from New York University in 1966, where he was a John Norton Pomeroy Scholar, a member of the Order of Coif, and an editor of the New York University Law Review. After receiving his law degree, he served as a deputy attorney general for the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division in Washington, D.C., then clerked for Hawaii Supreme Court Justice Bernard H. Levinson. In 1968, Professor Ferber joined the law firm of Swerdlow, Glikbarg and Shimer in Beverly Hills and was involved in a broad range of commercial litigation, including antitrust, securities, and contracts. In 1973, he served as managing partner of the Los Angeles office of Herzfeld and Rubin of New York. For the next six years, he managed the firm, handled business and litigation matters for Volkswagen of America, and dealt with extensive commercial and antitrust litigation throughout the United States. He was professor of law at Southwestern University School of Law in Los Angeles from 1972 to 1987. He has been a faculty member at Vermont Law School since 1987. He co-founded the Sterry R. Waterman Inn of Court in Vermont. He was a member of Vermont's Professional Conduct Board from 1993 to 2000 and was chair of a Vermont Professional Responsibility Hearing Panel. He is a member of the Committee on Legal Education of the American Bar Association and of the Vermont Bar Association-Vermont Law School Liaison Committee.