Margaret V. Turano

George F. Keenan Professor of Law
School of Law
B.A. (French), College of New RochelleM.A. (Comparative Literature), University of WisconsinJ.D., St. John’s UniversityL.L.M., Yale Law School

Margaret Valentine Turano, the George F. Keenan Professor of Law, teaches Trusts and Estates, Law and Literature, and Advanced Legal Writing. 

A French major in college with a Master’s degree in Comparative Literature, Professor Turano believes that good writing makes a difference, and that words can march forth into the chaos and night to bring light and order to the universe.  She is the founder and faculty director of the Law School Writing Center. Her own writings, a book entitled New York Estate Administration and annual Practice Commentaries to twelve volumes of the Laws of New York, educate and guide trusts-and-estates lawyers and judges at all levels. One of her articles recounts why lawyers need to read good books, and another examines Jane Austen and Charlotte Bronté in light of the married women’s property laws. 

Professor Turano is faculty advisor to LALSA, whose members convene annually at her home for an unpredictable potluck supper.

Professor Turano is married to John B. Turano (‘69), and together they have three sons, Dan, Pat and Chris.  


Trusts & Estates
Law and Literature
Advanced Legal Writing

Faculty Director, Law School Writing Center
Faculty Advisor, Latin American Law Student's Association (LALSA)

Professor Turano has received the Dean’s Teaching Award several times and was voted Professor of the Year by the students in 2008.

New York Estate Administration (with Radigan, West Publishing Co. 1986) (Lexis Publishing 2015).

Practice Commentaries
McKinney’s Laws of New York, Surrogate’s Court Procedure Act (six volumes).

McKinney’s Laws of New York, Estates Powers & Trusts Law (six volumes).

"Moments of Grace: Lawyers Reading Literature," 72 New York State Bar Association Journal 3 (Oct. 2000).

“Jane Austen, Charlotte Brontë, and the Marital Property Law,” 21 Harvard Women’s Law Journal 179 (1998).