Jane Booth is General Counsel for Columbia University. Joining the Office of the General Counsel in 2002, Jane E. Booth represents the University in regulatory matters. Her expertise extends to research integrity, health care compliance, HIPAA, False Claims Act, and environmental and safety issues. Before coming to Columbia, Ms. Booth was Chief of the Civil Division of the United States Attorneys' Office, and served as a member of Attorney General Reno's health care advisory council (1994-2002). Ms. Booth has also extensive appellate and civil and criminal litigation experience; she headed the civil appellate unit of Legal Aid (1989-1994) and the appeals unit for the United States Attorneys Office (1983-1987), and litigated complex securities and financial matters for Shearson Lehman (1987-1989). Ms. Booth began her career as a law clerk to Judge Leonard Sand in the Southern District of New York.
Ms. Booth received her law degree from Columbia in 1976. Prior to attending law school, she also received a B.A. in History from Fordham (1967) and an M.A. in History from the University of Toronto (1968). She is admitted to practice law in New York State.
David Choi is an Associate with Vinson & Elkins LLP. David’s practice focuses on corporate finance and securities law, including securities offerings, private equity, mergers and acquisitions, and general corporate representation. He also has experience working with publicly traded limited partnerships.
Laura Cohen is Clinical Professor of Law and Director of the Criminal and Youth Justice Clinic at Rutgers School of Law. Professor Cohen earned her B.A. summa cum laude from Rutgers College, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and her J.D. from Columbia, where she was managing editor of the Columbia Human Rights Law Review. Prior to joining the Rutgers faculty, she was the director of training for the New York City Legal Aid Society’s Juvenile Rights Division, where she oversaw the attorney training program and public policy initiatives relating to child welfare and juvenile justice. She also served as Deputy Court Monitor for the U.S. District Court, District of Puerto Rico in Morales Feliciano v. Hernandez Colon, a federal class action challenging conditions of confinement in Puerto Rico’s prisons; Senior Policy Analyst for the Violence Institute of New Jersey; and staff attorney for the Legal Aid Society’s Juvenile Rights Division in the Bronx.
Under Professor Cohen’s direction, her clinic has spearheaded several important amicus curiae efforts before the New Jersey Supreme Court in juvenile justice matters. These include State in the Interest of V.A., 212 N.J. 1(2012) (imposing a higher judicial review standard of prosecutorial decisions to try juveniles in adult court) and State in the Interest of P.M.P., 200 N.J. 166 (2009) (establishing that the right to counsel attaches at the time a juvenile delinquency petition is filed).
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Roberto Concepción, Jr., is an Associate in the Long Island, New York, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. He represents employers in a wide range of employment law matters, including employment discrimination and wage and hour disputes.Prior to joining Jackson Lewis, Mr. Concepción represented employees and employers in all aspects of workplace law.
Mr. Concepción was also previously an Associate Counsel at LatinoJustice PRLDEF (formerly Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund) where he worked on civil rights impact litigation, including a successful challenge to a part of the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk program. While attending law school, Mr. Concepción was a member of the Board of Editors for the Columbia Journal of Law & Social Problems.
George Cooper is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of the Harvard Law School and was a Professor of Law at Columbia University from 1966 to 1985, where he specialized in Taxation and Civil Rights Law. Mr. Cooper was a co-founder of the Employment Rights and Immigration Law Clinics at Columbia. He was active in the civil rights movement in the 1960's and 1970's, working on race and sex discrimination cases both in the South and in New York. He spent 1979 in South Africa, where he helped establish the Legal Resources Centre, an anti-apartheid legal aid program.
Mr. Cooper is the author of numerous articles in the Columbia and Harvard Law Reviews and other legal journals. Among his other publications are A Voluntary Tax? (1979) and Taking Wealth Taxation Seriously (1979). He was co-author and supervising editor of the textbooks Law and Poverty (1973) and Fair Employment Litigation (1975). A wanderer at heart, Mr. Cooper holds a Certificate in Celestial Navigation from the Hayden Planetarium and has navigated small boats on big oceans. For several years he turned to writing about historic true crimes for a general audience, researching archives and court records. He has published Lost Love: A True Story of Passion, Murder, and Justice in Old New York, and Poison Widows: A True Story of Witchcraft, Arsenic, and Murder. Both are now being reissued as eBooks. More info is available by clicking the title links.
For the last twelve years he has devoted himself to the Tropic Cinema, a non-profit four-screen arts cinema in Key West, Florida, which he served as founding Chairman, Treasurer and general overseer. He is now working on starting an independent bookstore in Key West, where he lives with his wife.
Carla Fredericks is Director of the American Indian Law Clinic and Director of the American Indian Law Program (AILP), which serves as the umbrella organization for Colorado Law's academic, practice-focused, and community outreach activities in American Indian law. She is a graduate of the University of Colorado and Columbia Law School. At Colorado Law, Fredericks leads a year-long clinic in which students have the opportunity to represent American Indian tribes, organizations, and individuals in a variety of matters, designed to ready students for the complexities of general counsel work.
Fredericks is chair of the Board of Trustees for the Mashantucket Pequot (Western) Endowment Trust.
Fredericks began teaching at Columbia Law School in New York, teaching Columbia's Legal Practice Workshop, focused on development of research, writing and appellate advocacy skills and working with Columbia's National NALSA moot court competition team. Previously a partner at Milberg LLP in New York, Fredericks founded Milberg's Native American practice and directed the firm's human rights litigation. She is an enrolled member of the Mandan Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation of North Dakota.
Caroline Fredrickson is the President of the American Constitution Society (ACS). During her tenure, Caroline Fredrickson has worked to grow the American Constitution Society, which now has more than 40 lawyer chapters across the country, student chapters in nearly every law school in the United States, and thousands of members throughout the nation. Before joining ACS, Caroline served as the director of the ACLU’s Washington legislative office and as general counsel and legal director of NARAL Pro-Choice America. In addition, Caroline was chief of staff to Sen. Maria Cantwell and deputy chief of staff to then-Senate Democratic Leader Tom Daschle. During the Clinton administration, she served as special assistant to the president for legislative affairs.
Caroline graduated summa cum laude from Yale University with a Bachelor of Arts in Russian and East European Studies in 1986 and from Columbia University School of Law with a J.D. in 1992. In law school, she was a Harlan Fiske Stone scholar, served on the Columbia Law Review and co-founded the Columbia Journal of Gender and Law. Following law school she clerked for James L. Oakes of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
Lee graduated from CLS in 1988 and was a Notes & Comments Editor of the Law Review. After a clerkship on the First Circuit and a civil rights fellowship, he joined the ACLU in 1992. He currently holds the positions of Deputy Director of the ACLU’s Immigrants’ Rights Project and Director of the Project’s Program on Access to the Courts. He has argued numerous groundbreaking cases, including in the Supreme Court and the First, Second, Third, Fourth, Sixth, Eighth, Ninth, and Eleventh Circuits.
Lee has also testified before the Senate on habeas corpus and is an adjunct at CLS and Yale Law School. Lee is currently litigating Rodriguez v. Swartz, which involves the cross-border shooting of a Mexican teenager by a U.S. Border patrol Agent. The case has received significant national attention and poses the question of whether the Fourth and Fifth Amendments apply extraterritorially where the agent was shooting from the U.S. side but the victim was a Mexican citizen shot on the Mexican side of the border. Lee has litigated numerous important immigration cases in the areas of discrimination, education, due process and access to the courts. Since 9-11, Lee has also worked on several far-reaching national security cases and served as one of only a few human rights observers at Guantanamo Bay for the first military trial conducted by the U.S. since World II.
In 2011, Lee argued Ashcroft v. al-Kidd in the Supreme Court, which challenged the government’s post 9-11 use of the federal material witness statute to detain Muslim suspects. Lee has received many honors for his work and, in 2013, CLS recognized him as its Distinguished Public Interest Lawyer of the Year. He is a frequent guest speaker around the country and regularly appears in the national media.
Whitney Hayes is a 2015 graduate of Columbia Law School. In Fall 2013, Whitney participated in the Challenging the Consequences of Mass Incarceration Clinic. While in the clinic, she participated in litigation efforts on behalf of a client seeking adequate medical care from the Federal Bureau of Prisons. She also participated in The Bronx Defenders Externship, providing representation to indigent clients in housing court proceedings, as well as the Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem Externship, where she represented indigent clients in misdemeanor criminal court proceedings.
During her 1L year, Whitney competed in the Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition and was awarded the Simon H. Rifkind Prize for best overall performance in the first-year moot court program. Whitney spent the summer after her 1L year at the ACLU’s Capital Punishment Project in Durham, NC, where she had the opportunity to work on capital trials and appeals for indigent clients in the South. As a 2L, she served as a brief editor for the Frederick Douglass Moot Court Team, was the President of the Criminal Justice Action Network, and was a staff member on Columbia Human Rights Law Review’s A Jailhouse Lawyer’s Manual. After her 2L year, Whitney worked in The Bronx Defenders Criminal Defense Practice, representing indigent clients in the Bronx on a variety of criminal matters.
During her 3L year, Whitney was a Special Features Editor on the Columbia Journal of Race and Law and the Moot Court Coordinator for the High School Law Institute.Whitney was also involved with several pro bono projects while at Columbia, including working for the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia as a 2L and the New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice as a 3L. Following graduation, Whitney was awarded the Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossmann LLP Fellowship for her commitment to public interest law dedicated to fighting racial discrimination.
In September 2015, Whitney joined The Bronx Defenders as a staff attorney in their Criminal Defense Practice.
Allison Heimann is a third year law student and the teaching assistant for the Community Enterprise Clinic. She is a former Co-President of the Columbia Law Women's Association and staffer on the Columbia Business Law Review. She has worked with numerous nonprofit organizations, including the Arts and Business Council of New York and its affiliated groups. Allison graduated from Columbia University in 2013. In the fall of 2016, she will be an associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore.
Benjamin Hoffman is a lawyer specializing in international human rights law and corporate accountability. Benjamin’s work and scholarship focus on the integration of community collaboration and empowerment in transnational human rights advocacy strategies and methodology. Prior to joining Columbia Law School’s Human Rights Clinic, Benjamin spent three years working with EarthRights International in Lima, Peru, providing litigation support to communities from the Andean-Amazonian region resisting the harmful consequences of resource extraction and mega-development projects.
Hoffman has also worked with Harvard Law School's International Human Rights Clinic, as an Ella Baker Fellow with the Center for Constitutional Rights, and as a Human Rights Fellow with the Colombian NGO DeJuSticia. Through this work, Benjamin has provided legal, policy, and advocacy support to communities in Latin America, South Africa and the United States affected by development projects, resource extraction, armed conflict, state violence, and Apartheid. He holds a B.A. in Rhetoric and Political Science from U.C. Berkeley, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School, where he received the Dean's Award for Community Leadership for his work in the area of human rights. He is currently admitted to practice law in New York.
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Professor Laila Hlass joined BU Law's faculty in July 2014, directing the Immigrants' Rights Clinic. Previously, she was a clinical teaching fellow with the Center for Applied Legal Studies, an asylum clinic, at Georgetown University Law Center. In this role, she participated in all aspects of managing the clinic—through case selection, curriculum design, and budgeting—and specifically taught and supervised students in the semester-long asylum clinic.
Prior to Georgetown, Prof. Hlass was a staff attorney in the Immigration Clinic at Loyola University New Orleans, College of Law, where she advocated for particularly vulnerable immigrants in the deep south, including survivors of violence, detainees, and children. While at Loyola, she also served as the interim director of the Office of Law Skills and Experiential Learning and as an adjunct professor, teaching a seminar in refugee and asylum law. Previously, Prof. Hlass provided holistic, legal services to immigrant youth in the New York City metropolitan area at the Door Legal Services. During 2009-10, she was selected as an Effective Leadership Fellow with Duke University's Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy, and she currently serves on the National Advisory Committee of Equal Justice Works.
Prof. Hlass obtained her LLM with distinction from Georgetown University, and her JD from Columbia Law School, where she was a Stone Scholar. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Rice University. While in law school, she co-founded the Student Hurricane Network, a national network of law students that recruited and placed more than 5,500 law students with pro bono placements in the hurricane-affected region.
Clare Huntington, Associate Dean for Research, Professor of Law, Fordham Law School. Professor Huntington is an expert in the fields of family law, poverty law, and immigration. Her work has appeared in numerous legal journals, including the Stanford Law Review, NYU Law Review, and Duke Law Journal.
In 2014, Oxford University Press published her first book, Failure to Flourish: How Law Undermines Family Relationships. Professor Huntington’s legal experience includes serving as an Attorney Advisor in the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel as well as clerking for Justice Harry A. Blackmun and Justice Stephen Breyer of the Supreme Court of the United States, Judge Merrick B. Garland of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, and Judge Denise Cote of the United States District Court of the Southern District of New York.
Prior to joining the Fordham faculty in 2011, Professor Huntington was an Associate Professor at the University of Colorado Law School. Professor Huntington earned her J.D. from Columbia Law School and her B.A. from Oberlin College.
Darren Jackson is an associate in Davis Polk’s Corporate Department, practicing in the Capital Market’s Group. Jackson received his B.A. in International Relations from Brigham Young University in 2009. He received his J.D. from Columbia Law School in 2013 and has been recognized as a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and winner of the Jane Marks Murphy Prize. During his time at Columbia, he served as the managing editor of the Columbia Journal of Transnational Law.
Shavar Jeffries is a highly successful litigator and a fierce advocate for his clients, he brings integrity, courage, and uncommon insight to his complex-litigation and white collar criminal defense work for Lowenstein. His experience stretches across the spectrum – from managing large-scale government investigations to representing individual and institutional clients in impact-litigation matters to case-specific advocacy and alternate methods of problem solving for diverse clients. Before Shavar joined Lowenstein in 2014, he was an Associate Professor of Law at Seton Hall Law School’s Center for Social Justice in Newark, New Jersey, where he ran a litigation clinic focused on complex and class-action litigation and advocacy. In this role, he helped numerous clients, in both individual and class actions, defend themselves against consumer fraud, unlawful education policies, and overly broad government actions in wide-ranging matters affecting individual rights and liberties.
From 2008 to 2010, Shavar was Counsel to New Jersey Attorney General Anne Milgram, serving in the line of succession as one of the office’s most senior officials. In that role, Shavar oversaw all multistate investigations, spanning a wide range of matters from securities and consumer fraud to environmental protection and products liability. He also had supervisory responsibility for several divisions of the office, including the Division on Civil Rights, encompassing responsibility for enforcing a wide range of state and federal employment and antidiscrimination statutes. Earlier in his career, Shavar was Counsel to the firm and Deputy Director of the Gibbons Fellowship in Public Interest and Constitutional Litigation at Gibbons P.C., where he worked on a variety of complex-litigation and class-action matters, including cases involving consumer fraud, voting rights, affordable housing, and special education. He clerked for Nathaniel R. Jones, a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and worked as an associate at Wilmer Cutler & Pickering (now WilmerHale), where he defended the University of Michigan in affirmative-action litigation challenging its admissions policies, and represented large institutional clients in class-action employment cases.
A native of Newark, New Jersey, Shavar has been extensively involved in the Newark community. He was the founding Board President of TEAM Academy Charter School, Board President of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Newark, and a board member of Seton Hall Preparatory School. In 2010, he was elected to the Newark Public Schools Advisory Board, and was then unanimously selected by his colleagues to serve as Board President. Shavar ran as a candidate for Newark mayor in 2014, in a campaign that attracted national attention. Despite being a first-time municipal candidate, Shavar’s reform platform gained broad support and he proved to be a formidable contender, obtaining over 46 percent of the vote, more votes than any other firsttime municipal candidate in modern history.
Shavar has received numerous honors for his client advocacy, including “40 Under 40” recognition by the National Bar Association as one of the nation’s top lawyers, the Garden State Bar’s Young Lawyer Award, the NAACP’s Freedom Fund award, the Brendan Byrne Distinguished Public Servant Award, and recognition by New Jersey Super Lawyers Magazine as a “Rising Star.”
Michael Kawachi is an American lawyer who has lived and practiced in Japan for the past 25 years. He is currently Visiting Scholar, Columbia University Law School, and Executive Director of the International Mediation Training Program, as well as CEO of Charis Capital Management Ltd., a private investment company in Tokyo. He was previously Vice President and Associate General Counsel of Amazon.com in Japan and practiced law in the Tokyo offices of Skadden, Arps, Meagher, Slate and Flom and as a partner of Mayer, Brown & Platt (now Mayer Brown Rowe and Maw). He is a Founding Member of the Board of Councilors of the Outlook Foundation (Tokyo, Japan), a member of the Board of Trustees of International Christian University (Tokyo, Japan) and a member of the Board of Governors of the Japanese-American National Museum (Los Angeles, California).
He is a member of the State Bar of California and the First Tokyo Bar Association. He is a graduate of UCLA, Columbia University School of Law, Duke University Fuqua School of Business and was a graduate research associate at Tokyo University, Faculty of Law, as a Rotary International Graduate Fellow.
Scott Lewis spent more than 19 years in state prison, every day of which he proclaimed his status as an “Innocent Man” and worked on legal arguments that would lead a court to that conclusion. On December 16, 2013, United States District Court Judge Charles Haight granted his federal habeas corpus petition on the ground that he had been denied a fair trial. The State of Connecticut appealed but agreed to Mr. Lewis’ conditional release from prison.
On May 14, 2015, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals (Walker, J.) upheld the district court ruling that the State had withheld crucial impeachment evidence and particularly noted the “clear and well-researched pro se brief” where Mr. Lewis had set forth his argument under Brady v. Maryland. Mr. Lewis became a successful licensed real estate agent after his release and is focused on counseling new home owners about the financing necessary to obtain a mortgage. He is also a law clerk for the Connecticut Innocence Project.
Oscar Daniel Lopez jointed Advancement Project in 2013 as a Skadden Fellow Staff Attorney. As a member of the Ending the Schoolhouse to Jailhouse Track program, he builds relationships with youth and parent led groups to fight against the over-criminalization of youth. Oscar is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles, where he earned a B.A. in Psychology, and minored in Education Studies, Civic Engagement, and Chicana/o Studies.
Oscar attended Columbia Law School, where he served as the Executive Articles Editor of Jailhouse lawyers, Manual, a publication of the Human Rights Law Review. Oscar taught for two years in the High School Law Institute program and coached the Latino/a Law Students’ Association moot court team. During law school, Oscar spent his simmer at Community Lawyers, Inc., in Compton, CA and the New York Lawyers for Public Interest. He also participated in the Challenging the Consequences of Mass Incarceration Clinic and interned for the Honorable Ronald L. Ellis Magistrate Judge for the Southern District of New York.
Professor Solangel Maldonado’s research and teaching interests include family law, feminist legal theory, race and the law, and international and comparative family law. Her scholarship focuses on the intersection of race and family law and on the legal regulation of children’s relationships with parental figures. Her current research examines the law’s influence on individuals’ preferences for romantic partners of certain races. She joined the Seton Hall Law faculty in 2001 and was named the Joseph M. Lynch Research Fellow in 2007.
Prior to joining the Seton Hall faculty, Professor Maldonado was a litigation associate with Kaye, Scholer, Fierman, Hays & Handler, LLP and with Sidley, Austin, Brown & Wood in New York. She also clerked for then District Court Judge Joseph A. Greenaway, Jr., now on the United States Court of Appeals. Professor Maldonado received her B.A. from Columbia College and her J.D. from Columbia Law School, where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and the Managing Editor of the Columbia Journal of Gender and Law. She is a member of the Hispanic National Bar Association and, in that capacity, collaborated with five other law professors on a comprehensive report on the jurisprudence of then U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Sonia Sotomayor in connection with her nomination and confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court.
In 2010, Professor Maldonado was honored by the Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey for her contributions to the legal profession.
Professor Maldonado is an elected member of the American Law Institute. She serves on the New Jersey Supreme Court Committee on Women in the Courts and chairs the Dean’s Diversity Council, an advisory body that supports Seton Hall Law’s efforts to promote a diverse academic and legal community. As part of her work with the Diversity Council, in 2010 she organized the Third National People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference, the largest gathering of diverse law faculty in the United States.
Michael Meltsner is the Matthews Distinguished University Professor at the Northeastern University School of Law. He was the dean of the Law School from 1979 to 1984. As Professor of Law at Columbia University School of Law (1970-79) he co-founded the School’s first clinical program. At Harvard University Law School (2000-05) he directed the First Year Lawyering Program. He is also a licensed Marriage/Family Therapist.
In the 1960s he was first assistant counsel at the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund. Meltsner represented black doctors and patients in the case that ended segregation in Southern medical facilities and filed the first case brought under Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. In 2013 John Jay College (CUNY) awarded him an honorary degree, describing him as “principal architect” of death penalty abolition movement.” He is also know for representing Mohammad Ali in his successful return to the ring after having been uncostitutionally stripped of his boxing license.
A prolific writer, his publications include law reviews and journalism as well as the novel Short Takes (1980). The book most associated with his work on the death penalty is, Cruel and Unusual: The Supreme Court and Capital Punishment (1973; Quid Pro Books edition 2011). Meltsner co-authored with Philip Schrag Public Interest Advocacy: Materials for Clinical Legal Education (1974); Toward Simulation in Legal Education (1979) and Reflections On Clinical Education (1998). His memoir of the civil rights years,The Making of a Civil Rights Lawyer was published in 2006. A 2011 play “In Our Name: A Play of the Torture Years” has been performed in New York and Boston. His latest book “Race, Rape and Injustice” (2012) tells the story of a group of law students sent secretly to the South during the 1960s to collect proof of discrimination.
Professor Meltsner has been a Guggenheim Fellow, a consultant to the U.S. Department of Justice, the Ford and Carnegie Foundations and has lectured in Canada, Egypt, Germany, India, the Netherlands and South Africa. In 2000, he was named a Fellow of the American Academy in Berlin. He has received the Hugo Bedau Award for excellence in death penalty scholarship (2010), the Thurgood Marshall Award from the Association of the Bar, City of New York, (1998) and the American Bar Association's Silver Gavel Award (1985).
Devin is an associate with Sive, Paget & Riesel P.C. His practice includes litigation, renewable energy projects, infrastructure projects, and brownfields redevelopment. He maintains an active pro bono practice, which has included advising environmental organizations domestically and abroad. He is a graduate of the New York City Environmental Law Leadership Institute.
While at Columbia, Devin served as Senior Articles Editor of the Columbia Journal of Environmental Law. He participated in the Columbia Environmental Law Clinic and interned with the Center for Biological Diversity in San Francisco. His article on procedural aspects of environmental litigation was published in the Columbia Journal of Environmental Law and awarded its “Best Note Prize.”
Devin holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in comparative politics from McGill University and studied as a Guy Drummond Fellow at Sciences Po Paris. He was born in New York City and is a dual citizen of the United States and Canada.
Latif Nurani, CLS ’11, is a proud alumni of the Environmental Law Clinic. As an associate at the law firm Spiegel & McDiarmid LLP, Latif represents state agencies, municipalities, and Indian tribes before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and he advises those clients on a variety of regulatory and policy issues related to the affordability, reliability, and sustainability of electricity.
Katherine Park is an Immigrant Justice Corps Fellow at the Urban Justice Center. She provides direct immigration legal services to sex workers and survivors of human trafficking. Katherine received her J.D. from Columbia Law School, where she was awarded the Clinical Legal Education Association Outstanding Student Award.
Prior to joining the Urban Justice Center, Katherine interned in the immigration units of the Legal Aid Society and The Bronx Defenders, focusing on removal defense for individuals who had previously had contact with the criminal justice system. She also interned with the New York Asian Women’s Center, where she worked on applications for immigration status on behalf of survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking. She spent a summer in Geneva, Switzerland interning with the Human Rights Liaison Unit of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.
Katherine participated in the pilot semester of Columbia’s Immigrants’ Rights Clinic and represented asylum seekers detained at the Elizabeth Contract Detention Facility in Elizabeth, New Jersey. She worked with a pro bono attorney to represent a refugee family through the Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project and went on a spring break pro bono caravan to conduct intakes in Amman, Jordan. She also volunteered with the Courtroom Advocates Project. Katherine graduated summa cum laude from Yale University with a B.A. in History.
Lynn Povich is an award-winning journalist who has spent more than 40 years in the news business. She began her career at Newsweek as a secretary and, in 1970, was one of 46 women who filed a complaint with the EEOC charging the magazine with sex discrimination, the first women in the media to do so. Her book on that landmark lawsuit, The Good Girls Revolt, was published by PublicAffairs in September 2012. Five years after the legal complaint, Povich was appointed Newsweek’s first female senior editor. In 1991, Povich became Editor-in-Chief of Working Woman magazine, the only national business magazine for women. She joined MSNBC.Com at its launch in 1996 as Managing Editor/East Coast.
Harriet S. Rabb is Vice President and General Counsel to The Rockefeller University, a position she has held since 2001. The University is a world renowned biomedical research institute, founded in 1901 as the nation’s first institution devoted exclusively to biomedical research and now, as well, to graduate science education. From 1993 – 2001, Ms. Rabb served as General Counsel to the United States Department of Health and Human Services under Secretary Donna E. Shalala. As chief legal officer of the Department, Ms. Rabb was responsible for legal matters involving, among other agencies, the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Food and Drug Administration, the Health Care Financing Administration (now the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services) and the Administration for Children and Families. She provided legal advice to the Department on policy, regulatory and litigation matters, and oversaw legal services across all of DHHS’s programs. Ms. Rabb managed the 475 person Office of the General Counsel in fourteen national locations. Prior to her work at DHHS, Ms. Rabb was at Columbia Law School from 1971 – 1993 where she held positions as a Clinical Professor, George M. Jaffin Professor of Law and Social Responsibility and Vice Dean. During her years at the Law School, Ms. Rabb co-founded and co-directed five different clinical offerings (Employment Rights Project; Big Apple Clinic; Immigration Law Clinic; Education Law Project; Fair Housing Clinic,) and was one of the founders of the Profession of Law, a clinically-directed ethics course for students entering their third year of study at the law school.
Jayesh Rathod is a Professor of Law at American University Washington College of Law, and founding Director of the law school’s Immigrant Justice Clinic. His areas of expertise and scholarly interests include immigration law, labor and employment law, occupational safety and health, and clinical legal education. Prior to joining the faculty, he was a Staff Attorney at CASA of Maryland, representing low-wage immigrant workers on employment law and immigration matters, and participating in worker education, organizing, and advocacy efforts. He also practiced in the litigation section at Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering LLP, and was law clerk to the Honorable Louis F. Oberdorfer, of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. He is a graduate of Columbia Law School and Harvard College.
Professor Rathod has been recognized for his innovative teaching, including the use of technology and the promotion of bilingual education within U.S. law schools. His scholarship, covering a range of topics relating to immigration law, labor & employment law, and legal pedagogy, has been featured in a variety of prominent journals. Professor Rathod has been invited to speak on these topics at institutions across the United States, and has served as a commentator in local and national media (including CNN, NBC News, and National Public Radio) on immigration and workplace law topics.
Over the course of his career, Professor Rathod has worked with numerous non-governmental organizations to advance the civil and human rights of communities in the United States and abroad. He currently serves on the Council of Advisors of South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT).
Gulika Reddy is a human rights lawyer and the founder of Schools of Equality. She is currently a Human Rights LL.M. Fellow at Columbia University. In the past, she has worked with lawyers, nonprofits and academic institutions on the rights of: women and children, indigenous communities, climate refugees, and slum-dwellers.
Camilla Roberson is a staff attorney working primarily in the areas of health rights, workplace justice, and race equity. Prior to joining the PJC, Camilla worked in a variety of settings, including three and a half years as a class action litigation associate at Schneider Wallace Cottrell Brayton Konecky LLP, a civil rights firm in San Francisco, California. She also completed a Skadden Fellowship as part of the Safe Families Project at the Legal Aid Society- Juvenile Rights Division in New York, where she represented child witnesses of domestic violence in child protective proceedings.
During law school, Camilla interned with the Legal Aid Society, the National Center for Youth Law, the Welfare Law Center (now the National Center for Law and Economic Justice) and Human Rights Watch – Children’s Rights Project. She also volunteered as a Court Appointed Special Advocate in Brooklyn and trained as a community mediator. Between law school and college she worked at Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos, a home for orphaned and abandoned children in Honduras; taught reading and Spanish in the Baltimore City and Baltimore County schools respectively; and taught English as a Second Language with EBLO (Education Based Latino Outreach).
Camilla is a Baltimore native. She is a supporter of ATD-Fourth World Movement, a human rights-based antipoverty movement, and founding member of the Maryland Lawyers Alliance for Race Equity and Human Rights.
Sandy Santana is the Executive Director of Children’s Rights, a national advocacy organization that uses the power of the courts to reform failing child welfare systems. In more than a dozen states, Children’s Rights has won landmark victories that are bringing about dramatic improvements in the lives of tens of thousands of vulnerable children in state care. He served as Chief Operating Officer of Children’s Rights from 2012 to mid-2015, and from 2006 to 2012, as the Managing Director and General Counsel of Legal Outreach, a law-related college prep organization. Prior to joining Legal Outreach, he served as a corporate associate in the Boston office of Goodwin Procter LLP (2004-2006) and in the New York office of Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton LLP (2001-2004). His legal practice focused on international corporate finance, securities, mergers and acquisitions, and private equity matters. Mr. Santana received his B.A. from Harvard College (’97) and his J.D. from Columbia Law School (’01), where he was teaching fellow for the Non-Profit Organizations/Small Business Clinic.
Warren B. Scharf
Warren B. Scharf has been the Executive Director of Lenox Hill Neighborhood House since 2003. Lenox Hill Neighborhood House is a 121-year-old settlement house that provides an extensive array of integrated human services—social, educational, legal, health, housing, mental health, nutritional and fitness—which significantly improve the lives of 20,000 people in need each year on the East Side of Manhattan. Clients include older adults, homeless and formerly homeless adults, children and families, recent immigrants, disabled persons, adult learners and more. Lenox Hill Neighborhood Houses’ diverse programs for young and old include a 15-member Legal Advocacy Department which assists more than 2,500 low-income individuals and families each year with civil legal issues including housing, health care, government benefits and employment.
Warren served previously as the Attorney-in-Charge of The Brooklyn Neighborhood Office of The Legal Aid Society, the Attorney-in-Charge of The Brooklyn Office for the Aging of The Legal Aid Society and the Vice President of The Partnership for the Homeless. He started his career as a corporate attorney at the law firm Fried Frank. He is the recipient of the Legal Services Award from the Association of the Bar of the City of New York and is a graduate of Columbia College (East Asian Languages and Cultures-Chinese)(’80) and Columbia Law School (’83). He is extremely proud to have been a student in the law school’s Child Advocacy Clinic.
Holly Stubbs was awarded a Leebron Human Rights Fellowship to work with the Center for Economic and Social Rights. At CESR she is creating a comparative review of evidence used in cases involving economic and social rights and developing innovative methods of evidence gathering that combine the expertise of human rights practitioners and interdisciplinary experts. Holly's research focuses improving methods to understand on the connections between economic and political systems and the realization of economic and social rights. At Columbia she participated in interdisciplinary legal research and advocacy projects on land laws in South Africa for the Legal Resources Center, housing laws in Myanmar for the Columbia Center on Human Rights, and the environmental and social impacts of mining in Papua New Guinea for the Columbia Human Rights Clinic.
Holly received a bachelor’s degree from the College of Idaho summa cum laude, and a law degree from Columbia University, where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar.
Professor Philip G. Schrag directed clinics at Columbia from the fall of 1971 through the spring of 1977, following three years of practice as assistant counsel at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and a year as the first Consumer Advocate of the City of New York. He left Columbia to serve in the Carter administration as the Deputy General Counsel of the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency. At Georgetown, where he has taught since 1981, he directs the asylum law clinic and teaches civil procedure and professional responsibility.
Professor Schrag has also had a distinguished career in civic service, which has included positions as a consultant to the New York State Consumer Protection Board, a consultant to the Governor's Advisory Council of Puerto Rico, an advisor to the Committee of Chinese Clinical Legal Educators, and an Academic Specialist for the United States Information Agency in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Hungary. He has written dozens of articles on consumer law, nuclear arms control, political asylum, and other public law topics. He is the author or co-author of fifteen books, including Lives in the Balance: Asylum Adjudication by the Department of Homeland Security (with Jaya Ramji-Nogales and Andrew I. Schoenholtz) (N.Y.U. Press 2014), Asylum Denied (with David Ngaruri Kenney) (Univ of California Press 2008) and the innovative professional responsibility textbook Ethical Problems in the Practice of Law (with Professor Lisa G. Lerman) (Aspen Publishers, 3d ed. 2012).
He has been honored with the Association of American Law Schools' Deborah L. Rhode Award for Advancing Public Service Opportunities, the Association of American Law Schools William Pincus Award for Outstanding Contributions to Clinical Legal Education, Lexis/Nexis' Daniel Levy Memorial Award for Outstanding Achievement in Immigration Law, Equal Justice Works’ Outstanding Law School Faculty Award, and Georgetown University's Presidential Award for Distinguished Teacher-Scholars.
Chancellor Kent Professor of Law; President Emeritus of Columbia University
Commendatore in the Order of Merit of the Republic of Italy, 1991. Recipient, Citizens Union Civic Leadership Award, 1993. Columbia Law School Medal for Excellence, 1997. Town Hall Friend of the Arts Award, 2001. Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star from Japan, 2004. Centennial Medal, American Academy in Rome, 2006. Lawrence A. Wien Prize for Social Responsibility, 2010. After two years on the faculty at the University of Minnesota Law School, joined the Columbia faculty in 1957. Served as chairman of the Executive Committee of the Faculty of Columbia University, 1968-69; dean of the School of Law, 1970-79; executive vice president for academic affairs and provost of the University, 1979-1980; president of the University, 1980-93. Former arbitrator for disputes between numerous private companies and public agencies and the unions representing their employees; mediator in negotiations between the New York Transit Authority and the Transport Workers Union, as well as between New York City and its firefighters and policemen; author-moderator, WNBC-TV series Due Process for the Accused; host, WNET-TV series, Leading Questions; special counsel, Governor of New Jersey; consultant on law to Time magazine; and consultant to the Ford Foundation. Member, Pulitzer Prize Board and NAACP Legal Defense Fund, and Presidential Legal Expense Trustee. Founding member of the board of directors of Mobilization for Youth’s Legal Services Unit; the Mexican-American Legal Defense Fund; the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund; and Helsinki Watch. Chairman, New York City Charter Revision Commission, 1982-83. Chairman, State-City (New York) Commission on Integrity in Government, 1986. Current member, board of directors of the Asian Cultural Council; WNET/13; and other corporate and nonprofit organizations. Member, Council on Foreign Relations; American Law Institute; American Academy of Arts and Sciences; and the American Philosophical Society. Honorary Chairman, Japan Society. Chairman Emeritus, American Academy in Rome. President, Shubert Foundation. Past Chairman of Sotheby’s.
Past member, board of directors of AT&T, Comcast, Pfizer and Chase.
Publications include an An Improbable Life: My Sixty Years At Columbia and Other Adventures (2014), Legal Restraints on Racial Discrimination in Employment (1966), Of Boundless Domains (1994), Cases and Materials on Law and Poverty (co-author) (1969).
Minna Schrag is a retired partner in the law firm of Proskauer Rose in New York, where she was responsible for a wide variety of litigation matters. In 1994 and 1995, she took leave from the firm to serve at the then new International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, where she was a senior trial attorney engaged in setting up policies and procedures for the Office of the Prosecutor, and the senior American on the staff. Since her retirement from Proskauer, she has served on the U.S. delegation that negotiated for the establishment of the International Criminal Court and and consulted to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. She is a founding board member of the International Center for Transitional Justice, and was board chair of NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund (now Legal Momentum) and the Interstitial Cystitis Association. Ms. Schrag has been a frequent instructor in trial advocacy programs at the Harvard Law School and the National Institute for Trial Advocacy, an active consultant and participant in conferences regarding international criminal justice issues, and chair of the International Law Committee of the New York City Bar Association.
A graduate of Radcliffe College, Ms. Schrag received her law degree from Columbia Law School, where she was an editor of the Columbia Law Review and participated in the Employment Law clinical course taught by Harriet Rabb. She clerked for federal District Judge Whitman Knapp in New York, and then spent several years as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York, concentrating on complex business fraud prosecutions.
Rachel B. Tiven is the Executive Director of Immigrant Justice Corps. From 2005-2013, Ms. Tiven led Immigration Equality, a national non-profit organization fighting for equal rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and HIV-positive immigrants and asylum seekers. Under her leadership, Immigration Equality built a $17 million pro bono program, quintupled client services to aid more than 5,000 people annually, and succeeded in changing the U.S. immigration system for LGBT and HIV-positive people.
Ms. Tiven is a graduate of Harvard-Radcliffe College and Columbia Law School. Before becoming a lawyer she worked at Bloomberg Business News and Lambda Legal. As a lawyer, she represented immigrant clients at the Legal Aid Society of New York and served as a law clerk to the Honorable Barbara S. Jones in the Southern District of New York. She is a recipient of Columbia’s Public Interest Law Foundation award, and was named one of the Advocate magazine’s 40 under 40.
Janice Tudy-Jackson, is a facilitator, mediator, and educator, with extensive experience in collaborative processes, negotiation and conflict management. Her consulting practice focuses on intra- and inter-organizational, community-wide, national and international facilitation, training and coaching in:
• Complex, Multi-party Conflict Resolution & Negotiations
• Team building, Consensus Building, Collaborative Planning and
• Organizational Visioning and Strategic Planning;
• Challenges & Opportunities of Intergenerational Dynamics; and
• Restorative Justice Mediation.
Since 1998, she has been teaching the “Negotiation Workshop,” at Columbia Law School. She has also developed and taught modules, for the “Community Enterprise Clinic” and the “Law and the Arts Clinic.” Additionally, she has served as Visiting Professor, at the University of Parma, Law Faculty (Italy); and for Sophia University’s (Bulgaria) graduate and doctoral program, in Conflict Management & Diplomacy, for diplomats, at the United Nations headquarters. She has authored numerous articles, manuals and other publications.
Ms. Tudy-Jackson, also, conducts seminars and presentations for the American Bar Association, and other Bar Associations; as well as for numerous corporations; non-profit organizations; law firms; law schools; universities; youth groups; ex-offenders; courts; and for government, and faith-based organizations—throughout the USA and abroad. She is the former Senior Director of Safe Horizon Mediation Program (now known as The New York Peace Institute), in New York City. Before Safe Horizon, Ms. Tudy-Jackson was a Labor & Employment Associate, with Morgan, Lewis & Bockius; and prior to law school, she served as Vice President, Labor Relations, with a major international agribusiness corporation. In that position, Ms. Tudy-Jackson had overall responsibility for labor and industrial relations, and human resources, for more than 70 sites in the U.S. and the Caribbean.
Ms. Tudy-Jackson received a Juris Doctor degree from Columbia Law School, after receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree from City College of New York; and a Master of Science in Industrial & Labor Relations, conferred jointly by Cornell University and Baruch College. Additionally, she is a graduate of the Collegiate Bible Institute, where she currently serves on the faculty.
Mary Lynne Werlwas
Mary Lynne Werlwas is an attorney at the Prisoners’ Rights Project of The Legal Aid Society of the City of New York, a litigation unit that challenges constitutional violations and unlawful conditions in jails and prisons in New York. She is class counsel in Nunez v. New York, challenging the systemwide misuse of force by the New York City Department of Correction, and Handberry v. Thompson, remedying New York City’s failure to provide mandated education to school-age youth incarcerated in adult jails. She has also been counsel in numerous other cases involving excessive force in the New York City jails, and in several cases addressing the exhaustion requirement of the PLRA. Previously she was an associate at Altshuler, Berzon, Nussbaum, Rubin & Demain in San Francisco, specializing in labor, employment, constitutional and civil rights law. She was the Leonard Sandler Fellow at Human Rights Watch in New York, and served as a law clerk to the Honorable Richard D. Cudahy of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, and to the Honorable Chief Justice Gubbay of the Supreme Court of Zimbabwe in Harare. She is a graduate of Princeton University (A.B. 1988) and Columbia Law School (J.D. 1992).
Mia Marie White
Mia is an associate in our US IP/IT practice advising on various intellectual property issues, particularly in relation to corporate transactions and commercial agreements. Mia advises clients on copyright, trademark, privacy and data law related to technology licensing, outsourcing, media and commercial deals.Mia received her Juris Doctor from Columbia Law School as a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and her Bachelor of Arts with honors from the University of Michigan Ann Arbor. She is a certified mediator and serves on the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee of the New York City Bar Association and the Pro Bono Council of Sanctuary for Families.