Ruth S. Hochberger
Ruth Hochberger, with 25 years of experience in legal journalism, was the editor-in-chief of the New York Law Journal for 12 years. A lawyer and member of the New York Bar, she was a criminal defense lawyer for The Legal Aid Society in Manhattan. As the first feature reporter for the New York Law Journal, she contributed features and news stories on trials, court decisions, legislation, law firms, and local legal personalities to the 110-year-old daily professional paper, and to the National Law Journal, a weekly legal newspaper. She also supervised the Law Journal's magazine for young lawyers, New York Lawyer, and the paper's Web site, www.nylj.com. She was the founding publisher of Leader Publications, a division of New York Law Publishing Co. that publishes monthly newsletters reporting recent developments in specialty areas of the law. She returned to the Law Journal as managing editor, and then became editor-in-chief in 1989. Since leaving the Law Journal in 2001, she has taught a seminar in "Covering Courts, Trials and the Justice System" at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, and "Media Ethics, the Law and Public Policy" and "Reporting I" to undergraduates at NYU.