Richard Briffault

Joseph P. Chamberlain Professor of Legislation

Office: Jerome Greene Hall - Room 726
435 West 116th Street
New York NY 10027
Tel: 212.854.2638
Fax: 212.854.7946

Assistant Info

Name: Taylor Grace Cook
Phone: 212.854.4282

Courses/Current Research

  • State and local government law
  • Property law
  • Election law


  • Harvard, J.D., 1977
  • Columbia, B.A., 1974

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Detailed Biography:

B.A., Columbia, 1974; J.D., Harvard, 1977. Developments editor, Harvard Law Review. Law clerk to Judge Shirley M. Hufstedler, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, 1977-78. Associate at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, 1978-80. Assistant counsel to the Governor of the State of New York, 1980-82.

Joined the Columbia faculty in 1983 and is the Joseph P. Chamberlain Professor of Legislation. His research, writing and teaching focuses on state and local government law and the law of the political process. He is the Chair of the New York City Conflicts of Interest Board; served as a member of New York’s Moreland Commission to Investigate Public Corruption; and is the Reporter for the American Law Institute's project on Principles of Government Ethics. He is the co-author of State and Local Government Law; principal author of Dollars and Democracy: A Blueprint for Campaign Finance Reform, and author of Balancing Acts: The Reality Behind State Balanced Budget Requirements, as well as more than seventy law review articles including The Anxiety of Influence: The Evolving Regulation of Lobbying (2014), The Future of Public Funding(2013), Coordination Reconsidered (2013), Super PACs (2012) and Campaign Finance Disclosure 2.0 (2010).