Richard Winfield

Lecturer in Law

Office:
Tel: (212) 878 - 8233
Email: rwinfi@law.columbia.edu
Mr. Winfield's deep involvement in extending freedom of the press is reflected in both his pro bono, volunteer work, his law school teaching, and his previous law practice.

Since the mid-1990's, Mr. Winfield has led the media law reform programs of the American Bar Association/Central European and Eurasian Law Initiative in numerous former Soviet bloc nations. More recently, the International Senior Lawyers Project, which he co-founded in 2000, has continued and expanded this work to Algeria, China, Japan and Turkey.

For over three decades he served as general counsel of the Associated Press while a partner in the law firm of Rogers & Wells, which became Clifford Chance US LLP. There he worked closely with American publishers and editors, and defended AP and other media clients in many hundreds of press freedom cases.

Mr. Winfield is chair of The Fund for Peace, a Washington-based non-governmental organization. He serves of counsel in the international law firm of Clifford Chance, where he engaged in a communications and commercial litigation practice, with emphasis on First Amendment litigation. Mr. Winfield served as Assistant Counsel to the Governor of New York, Special Counsel to the New York State Public Employment Relations Board and Co-Counsel to the Governor's Committee on Public Employee Relations. He served as a U.S. naval officer for four years, and taught European history and U.S. diplomatic history at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. Mr. Winfield is a graduate of Villanova University and Georgetown University Law Center.