Partner Jeffrey W. Herrmann has taught the Shakespeare Survey course in the School of English Studies at Kean University night since Fall 2016.
Herrmann was introduced to Shakespeare in junior high school when his class took a bus trip to Stratford, Connecticut, and he saw his first play. Later, a professor at Columbia University opened his eyes to the beauty and lasting impact of the works of “the Bard of Avon,” to the point where he would sometimes skip boring law classes and sit in on Shakespeare classes. “You can enjoy Shakespeare your whole life, and it feels different to you at different times in your life,” Herrmann said. “I hope my students get infected with the Shakespeare bug like I was.”
At the end of each semester, Professor Herrmann takes all his students to attend a production of a Shakespeare play. On December 8, he and his students saw a production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at the New Jersey Shakespeare Festival.
Herrmann has been a lawyer for 47 years. He has said that marking up students’ papers is not much different from editing the legal briefs of a young lawyer. Says he, “You make the time for the things you love to do.” he said.