Charles M. Sparacio Professor of Law. B.A., Yale University
(magna cum laude); J.D., St. John's University (cum laude); LL.M.,
J.S.D., Columbia University.
As a law student at St. John's, Professor Alexander was the
Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review. Before joining the St. John's
faculty in 1977, he practiced law in the litigation department of
Mudge Rose Guthrie & Alexander in New York. He currently
teaches Evidence, Civil Procedure and New York Practice.
He is co-author of the treatise Evidence in New York State and
Federal Courts (Thomson/West), the second edition of which was
published in 2011. In addition to annual updates for the Evidence
treatise, other recent publications include the Practice
Commentaries on the New York Civil Practice Law and Rules
("CPLR") in seventeen volumes of McKinney's Consolidated Laws
of New York Annotated. His writings have been cited by
the U.S. Supreme Court on two occasions (Swidler & Berlin v.
United States (1998); and Shady Grove Orthopedic Associates, P.A.
v. Allstate Insurance Co. (2010)). He is a frequent lecturer for
judges and bar groups on the topics of evidence and civil
procedure, including the 2006 U.S. Judicial Conference of the
Second Circuit; the 2005 and 2006 Winter Bench and Bar Conferences
of the Federal Bar Council; the 2010 Annual Meeting of the New York
State Bar Association; and the 2012 Joint Seminar of the
Appellate Divisions for the First and Second Judicial
Departments of New York. In March 2013, he participated
in a symposium on the fiftieth anniversary of the CPLR for the
Institute of Judicial Administration of New York University School
of Law. His remarks at that event appear as an article, "The
CPLR at Fifty: A View from Academia," 16 N.Y.U. J. Legis.
& Pub. Policy 664 (2013).
Professor Alexander is a member of the Civil Practice Advisory
Committee of the New York Office of Court Administration. He
has also served as a member of the New York City Mayor's
Advisory Committee on the Judiciary and the Continuing Legal
Education Board of the State of New York. He served as Interim Dean
of the School of Law during the 1999-2000 academic year. The
students of the Law School have named him "Professor of the Year"
on seven occasions, most recently in 2010. He was awarded the
President's Medal of St. John's University in 2000; the St.
John's Law Alumni Association's 2007 Dean John J. Murphy Award
for Distinguished Service to the Public, the Profession and the
Rule of Law; and in 2010, the University’s Pietas Medal “in
celebration of his exemplary career and loyalty to alma