LHS Teacher-Turned-Lawyer: Arthur H. Lang

Mr. Arthur H. Lang graduated pre-law from the University of Texas (UT) in 1983 with a degree in government. He was immediately accepted to the prestigious UT Law School, but deferred it for a year to continueyeshiva studies in Eretz Yisroel.

“I wanted nothing more than to stay in learning but I aspired to enter the law and politics since I was in sixth grade. My father was a captain of industry, an executive officer at Shell Oil, and I wanted to be public servant. The hardest decision of my life was to give that up.”

Mr. Lang studied Constitutional law as an undergraduate at UT under the famous scholar, Wallace Mendelson. Professor Mendelson was a protégée of the eminent Felix Frankfurter. Justice Frankfurter was a student of both Oliver Wendell Holmes and Louis Brandeis. The three were the most important constitutional scholars to have sat on the Court.

“UT had a policy to put all its pre-law students into Mendelson’s class. You had to get a B if you wanted to go to law school. If you got an A, you were promised to become ‘prominent lawyer in Houston.’ He had about 60 or 80 students and gave out only three A’s. I got one of them.”

Twenty-five years later, Mr. Lang finally went to law school. “It was so different than my UT days, especially Constitutional law. I had Mendelson’s class behind me and 25 years of reading almost every decision coming out of the Court.”

Aaron Lang came to Lakewood in 1985 as a bachur, got married in 1988, and received smicha in 1991. He spent the next nine years learning choshen mishpat as the morning chavrusa of a Lakewood Rav.

“I taught history in Belmar in the afternoons while I was still in yeshiva starting in 1995. I ‘went to work’ in 2003 as a mathematics teacher at Lakewood High School.” After a year at LHS, Mr. Lang began to study educational administration in hopes of becoming the district school superintendent. “I always knew that I could fix the district. Nobody on the inside was connected to the reality of Lakewood. The readers of TLS know my vision. Unfortunately, it somehow has become perceived as a threat to elected officials.”

Mr. Lang is now certified as a teacher of mathematics, teacher of social studies, a curriculum supervisor, principal and superintendent. “I saw that the district was really controlled by the attorney and the law was my first calling, so I finally went to law school.” Mr. Lang wrote numerous papers in Rutgers law school including a paper that was published in the Spring 2012 issue of the Dartmouth Law Journal.

“I basically gave up on my future as a school administrator. I still am fighting for our kids and will not give up the cause, but it will be as ‘just a teacher.’ My goal now is to build my legal practice. The law was always my real vocation and my hours as an LHS teacher do not interfere with my legal work. I take off when I have to go to court and the benefits from my teaching position allow me to work independently in my home office. This lowers my overhead and my fees.”

(Arthur H. Lang, Attorney at Law, is accepting clients. His law office can be reached at 877-550-9612. His email is [email protected])

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  1. I still remember way back when he supervised the kitchen in BMG over Shabbos – by no means an easy undertaking but did it as a way that he could make a parnassa. As he spent hours in kitchen and dining roon over Shabbos – he always had a Shulchan Oruch or a Gemora in his hand as he would be able to learn in those quiet moments. A real Talmud Chochom and a caring individual.(Btw thank you Aaron for always letting me sneak in the huge refridgerator on Friday night to grab a little liver – even though it wasnt on the menu)

  2. good job mr.lang your favorite student erik cisneros ,ausencio gonzalez ,kevin andrade,luis sanchez, and every one else who has you.Good luck

  3. I knew Aaron from back when he used to learn first seder with R’ Eliyahu Levine in Bais Eliyahu.

    A really good guy – tremendous integrity and sincerity. To the point where I hope it doesn’t interfere with his law practice, the way things are these days …

    Hatzlocha rabba.

  4. The article fails to mention that Mr. Lang also taught in Tashbar for a little while. A great teacher, person, & role model! I’ll never forget the time a wild loose dog came running into our playing field. While everyone just ran away, Mr. lang calmly went out to tame the dog until animal control arrived. As was the case with all his students, the dog respectfully followed any order or command Mr. Lang made.

  5. If the article in the star ledger is correct and the children are not getting the correct services why are the schools getting federal funds.

  6. I have only the fondest memories of R’ Aaron Lang from my days at Belmar. (Although back then we didn’t know him as ‘Arthur’.) He was a great teacher who was really passionate about what he taught – and he was one of the most well-liked members of the faculty (along with Mr. Fried, for those who know what I’m talking about).

    In addition to having a very thorough knowledge about American History, he was a genuine Talmid Chochom who would coalesce stories about Jefferson and Adams with relevant anecdotes relating to Jewish history. I still recall a speech he once gave about the Rambam’s view on Kiddush Hachodesh… and how he brilliantly he tied it into a lesson about Isaac Newton. He was a fun guy too: I remember him washing his then-new minivan (I think it was a green Chrysler?) during recess breaks while wearing a suit and tie.

    Fact is, Aaron (a.k.a. Arthur) Lang is a dedicated, earnest man who made a positive impact on me so many years ago. Good memories indeed. I wish him all the best in his endeavors…

  7. Would the schools welcome computers in the schools?. If so, why haven’t the schools done so in the past?

    My next question, if computers were allowed in the schools would this be for both boys and girls schools.

    someone please answer my questions !!!

  8. I read some of the previous posts on TLS written by Mr. lang. He clearly knows what hes talking about. The township and BOE should take him more seriously as they try to resolve the problems plaguing the BOE. he may very well know more about the legal aspects of the current situation than all of the BOE members put together.

  9. I have a question please. What problems are plaguing the BOE ?, I assume you over the past decade you were not aware of any issues, am I correct?

  10. As a life long friend of Artie, I can say that he is a truly remarkable person. Long before he became obsessed with his Jewish heritage, he was extremely intelligent and passionate about his opinions. Artie is a man with the highest integrity and intelligence. We all knew that Artie would accomplish great things in life… as much as he has accomplished, he has just begun.

    “Hook ’em Horns” 🙂

    It couldn’t have happened to a better person, but with Artie, it wasn’t by accident, it was by design and hard work.

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