Steven Phillips

Lecturer in Law

Office:
Tel: (212) 605 - 6220
Email: sphill@law.columbia.edu
After graduating from Williams College in 1968 and Columbia University's School of Law in 1971, Steve worked as an Assistant District Attorney in Bronx County, where he was promoted to Deputy Chief of Homicide Prosecutions. He successfully tried 17 murder cases-two of which involved the murder of police officers. He successfully investigated and prosecuted police officers who beat a prisoner to death while in custody. He also created and designed the first program in New York for the videotaping of homicide confessions. While in private practice, Steve has acted on a pro bono basis in the defense of capital cases.

Steve has briefed and argued many cases before the New York State Court of Appeals, the Supreme Court of New Jersey, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second, Third, Fifth, and District of Columbia Circuits. He has also authored an amicus curiae brief on behalf of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund before the Supreme Court of the United States. His leading appellate cases have included:

Aside from his writing on professional subjects, Steve is an author of nonfiction and fiction books. In the United States his work has been published by Random House and Doubleday, and, in the United Kingdom, by MacMillan. He has also written shorter pieces that have appeared in popular periodicals