Leslie Salzman

Clinical Professor of Law

Director, Bet Tzedek Legal Services Clinic


B.A., 1978, Tufts University;
J.D., 1981, New York University

Areas of Expertise

Elder Law
Landlord-Tenant Law
Welfare Law


Leslie Salzman currently directs Cardozo's Bet Tzedek Legal Services clinical program where she has been teaching since 1990. The clinic represents low-income individuals in matters relating to public and private disability and health-related benefits and insurance, housing, and consumer transactions. During her time at Cardozo Law School, she has been involved in individual and class action litigation involving rights under the Constitution, Americans with Disabilities Act, Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare laws, the Federal Housing Act, and various consumer protection laws. In 2002, Professor Salzman was trained as a community mediator and currently mediates community, custody/visitation, and criminal cases in the community mediation centers in Manhattan and Brooklyn. She has recently joined the mediation panel of the Southern District of New York to mediate cases involving the rights of individuals with disabilities.


Prior to joining the Cardozo faculty, Professor Salzman was an attorney at New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, where she specialized in litigation concerning the rights of individuals with physical and mental disabilities and worked for several years as a staff attorney at South Brooklyn Legal Services. After her graduation from New York University School of Law, she served as Pro Se Law Clerk for the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.


Professor Salzman is a Full-Time Faculty member of Cardozo's Kukin Program for Conflict Resolution. In addition to directing the Bet Tzedek Legal Services clinical program, she teaches Interviewing and Counseling,  Disability Rights Law and Its Implications, and Social Welfare Litigation.