Professor of Law and Justice Nathan L. Jacobs Scholar.
(Constitutional Law; Legal Aspects of Death and Dying.) Professor
Cantor earned an A.B. cum laude from Princeton and a J.D. magna cum laude from Columbia, where he was notes and comments editor of the Law Review.
He clerked for Justice Schettino of the New Jersey Supreme Court in
1967-1968. In 1968-1969, he served in the New York University VISTA
project in urban and poverty law. He has been at Rutgers since 1970.
His writing has focused on legal issues concerning the handling of
dying medical patients. Professor Cantor has published three books: Deciding for the Profoundly Mentally Disabled (2004), Advance Directives and the Pursuit of Death with Dignity (1993), and Legal Frontiers of Death and Dying (1987). In 1987, he briefed and argued before the U.S. Supreme Court in Karcher v. May,
a successful challenge to New Jersey`s "moment of silence" law.
Professor Cantor has served as a visiting professor at Columbia
University, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and Tel Aviv University. As
a result of considerable time spent in Israel, Professor Cantor is
fluent in Hebrew and has published several articles on Israeli labor
law and on comparative American-Israeli law. He once ranked eighth
among senior tennis players in Israel.