Wendy L. Tenzer

Assistant Professor of Research, Writing, and Advocacy


  • J.D., 1982, Syracuse University College of Law
  • M.A., 2003, Education, New York University
  • B.A., 1979, English with French Minor, New York University

Areas of Expertise

  • Professor Tenzer teaches Research, Writing, and Advocacy I and II, Law and Literature, and The Legal Narrative in Theory and Practice.

Professional Experience

Professor Tenzer has over 20 years of experience in legal publishing as a Senior Legal Editor and Publications Manager in New York City for Matthew Bender Publishing, a division of Lexis/Nexis. In her role as a manager and editor, Professor Tenzer negotiated contracts with attorney-authors, researched, wrote, and revised thousands of pages of legal manuscript in preparation for publication, and supervised the writing and revision work of over 25 attorney- authors. Professor Tenzer also attended the Advisory Rules Committee meetings for proposed amendments and revisions to the Federal Rules of Procedure submitted to Congress. She has worked with many distinguished judges, law professors, and attorneys to provide direct editorial guidance on various substantive law topics including: criminal law, criminal procedure, banking, commercial law, federal practice and procedure, and intellectual property. Professor Tenzer began her career handling diverse legal issues for undergraduate students including: landlord-tenant, misdemeanor criminal, domestic issues, wills, and contracts. She then spent several years negotiating contracts with talent agencies for music rights and drafting client-agency contracts. Professor Tenzer has also taught writing and paralegal studies at the college level.

Honors and Professional Affiliations

  • Admitted to the New York Bar
  • Member of the Law Review, Syracuse University College of Law
  • Graduated Summa Cum Laude from New York University Masters’ Program
  • Awarded Certificate of Appreciation by Law Review Editorial Board for outstanding contribution by a faculty member (2013-2014)

Key Works      Publications worked on:

  • Criminal
  • Prosecution and Defense of Sex Crimes
  • Business Crime
  • Cross-Examination: Science and Techniques
  • Federal Habeas Corpus Practice and Procedure
  • Search and Seizure
  • Understanding Criminal Law
  • Understanding Criminal Procedure
  • Intellectual Property
  • Gilson on Trademarks
  • Federal Practice
  • Moore’s Federal Practice (criminal volumes)
  • Bender’s Federal Practice Forms
  • Federal Jury Instructions
  • Banking
  • Bank Holding Company Compliance Manual
  • Asset-Based Financing
  • Lender Liability Law and Litigation
  • Letters of Credit;
  • Secured Transactions Under the U.C.C. 

     Presentations and Panels

  • “Professionalism in the Workplace: How to Leverage Your Summer Job into Full-Time Employment” (Legal Writing Institute Workshop, December 2012) (co-presenter)
  • “Warren the Whining 1L: An Introduction to Legal Analysis” (Legal Writing Institute, Southeastern Regional Conference, April 2013) (co-presenter)
  • “But My Undergraduate Professor Said I Was a Great Writer: Helping Students Make the Transition to Legal Writing” (Legal Writing Institute, Biennial Conference, July 2014) (co-presenter)
  • “Alternative Careers in the Law,” panel member (2010, 2011)


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