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Hofstra Law School dean Aaron D. Twerski will resign at the end of July after undergoing quadruple bypass surgery last month. Twerski, 67, has served as dean at the Hempstead, Long Island, campus since June 2005. He was unavailable for comment, but in an e-mail to colleagues last week he said his decision to resign was made with “intense sadness.” “I cannot tell you how painful this decision is for me,” the dean wrote. “The past two years have been an exciting challenge. You have been supportive of our joint endeavors and we have made extraordinary progress in a very short time.” Twerski, who plans to return in March, launched several new initiatives as dean, including the popular Summer Skills Institute, which offers short courses in practical aspects of lawyering conducted by private attorneys and faculty. Nora V. Demleitner, Hofstra Law’s vice dean for academic affairs, said she expects a nationwide search for Twerski’s replacement to begin this fall. In the meantime, she said, President Stuart Rabinowitz would appoint an interim dean. Late last year, Southern District Judge Alvin Hellerstein appointed Twerski as a special master – along with Professor James A. Henderson Jr. of Cornell Law School – to help handle an anticipated 11,000 respiratory illness cases related to the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks. It is unknown if he will continue in this role. -

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