Abbe Gluck Joins Law School as Associate Professor

Among her credentials: an expertise in state and local law and a clerkship with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg ’59

Abbe Gluck, who has served as a senior lawyer in New York City and New Jersey state governments, has been named an associate professor at Columbia Law School.
Gluck most recently was in the Columbia Law School Academic Fellows Program, which was created to support future legal scholars.
“I’m thrilled to be here. I’m a lifelong New Yorker. I couldn’t think of a better place to start my academic career,” Gluck said. “I’ve made a lot of great friends and mentors here.”
Gluck, who will teach Civil Procedure, Legislation and a seminar on health law, has researched and written about federalism, legislation and statutory interpretation, and the government’s role in health issues, particularly regarding the end of life.
An article she completed during her fellowship on statutory interpretation by states’ top courts will be published in April by the Yale Law Journal.
“I think the academic fellowship is a great transition into the lifestyle of a professor,” Gluck said. “It shows you how exciting it can be. And once you get students in the mix, it gets even more rewarding.”
Before coming to the Law School, Gluck served as senior counsel and special adviser in the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office, where she supervised numerous legal divisions, including the Division of Elections, the Division of Consumer Affairs and all multistate and U.S. Supreme Court practices. She will harness that experience to work on projects with the Law School’s National State Attorneys General Program.
Gluck had previously served in New York City government as senior counsel to the Corporation Counsel, deputy counsel to the Charter Revision Commission, and chief of staff and counsel to the deputy mayor for Health and Human Services. She also worked as an associate at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, and as a visiting professor at Brooklyn Law School.

Gluck, who received her B.A. and J.D. from Yale University, began her legal career as a clerk for then-Chief Judge Ralph K. Winter on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit; and for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg ’59.


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