The Center for Law and Politics brings together students, faculty and practitioners with an interest in the study and practice of politics and government. The Center provides a range of opportunities for members of the Columbia community to engage in the academic study of law and politics, as well as participate in activities at the intersection of theory and practice. Through its speaker series, research projects, and policy work, the Center exists as a home for all those in the Columbia community and beyond who wish to engage in the academic study and practice of the legal regulation of politics.
The Center sponsors workshops and speakers throughout the year on particular topics concerning law and politics. The Public Law Workshop brings to the Law School academics from around the country to discuss their works in progress on topics concerning Constitutional Law, Administrative Law, and American Politics. The Annual Maurice Rosenberg Memorial Lecture brings a distinguished jurist or legal thinker to the law school to deliver a lecture to the students and faculty.
Through the Center, students and affiliated faculty also can get involved in the legal practice of politics. On several occasions, students have assisted faculty with Supreme Court amicus briefs and other policy work or litigation related to law and politics. In the upcoming 2011 redistricting process, students and faculty will work to create a redistricting plan for the entire United States House of Representatives. In addition, affiliated faculty have initiated national public opinion surveys on topics concerning law and politics.