Gillian Lester is Dean and the Lucy G. Moses Professor of Law at Columbia Law School.

She is a nationally recognized authority on employment law and policy whose research has explored workplace intellectual property law, public finance policy, and the design of social insurance laws and regulations. Dean Lester is the author of numerous academic books and articles and is a co-author of Employment Law: Cases and Materials, Sixth Edition, one of the leading casebooks in the field. Dean Lester is also a member of the Executive Committee of the American Association of Law Schools, a member of the American Law Institute, and she served as an adviser to the ALI Restatement of Employment Law.

Dean Lester began her teaching career in 1994 at UCLA School of Law, becoming a full professor in 1999, and joined the Berkeley Law faculty in 2006. At Berkeley, she was the Alexander F. and May T. Morrison Professor of Law and Mimi Wolfen Research Professor, and also served as co-director of the Berkeley Center for Health, Economic and Family Security; Associate Dean for the J.D. Program and Curricular Planning; and, most recently, Acting Dean (2012-2014).

She has held external appointments as the Sidley Austin Visiting Professor at Harvard Law School and Sloan Fellow and Visiting Professor at Georgetown University Law Center. Dean Lester also held short-term visiting appointments at USC Gould School of Law, University of Chicago Law School, and Radzyner School of Law Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya, Israel.

Dean Lester, Columbia Law School’s 15th dean, holds degrees from Stanford Law School and the University of Toronto Faculty of Law, where she served as Editor-in-Chief of the law review. She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of British Columbia.

Dean Lester Kicks Off the $300 Million Campaign

At the fundraising gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Dean Lester outlined her vision for the Law School's future.

How to Train "Lawyers of the Future"

In an interview with Bloomberg's Big Law Business, Dean Lester shared her views on who is taking the LSAT these days and why and how she is seeing the demand for legal skills evolve.

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In Conversation: Dean Gillian Lester and Dan Abrams ’92

Recently, Dean Lester spoke with Abrams, the media company founder and ABC News chief legal analyst.