Vivian O. Berger

Nash Professor of Law Emerita

Office: Columbia Law School
435 West 116th Street, JGH Room 618
New York, NY 10027
Tel: 212.854.5521
Fax: 212.854.7946

Assistant Info

Name: Carmen Abber
Phone: 212.854.7467

Public Affairs, 212.854.2650


B.A., Radcliffe (Harvard), 1966; J.D., Columbia, 1973. Joined the Columbia faculty first in 1975 and again in 1983. Law clerk to Judge Wilfred Feinberg of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, 1973-74. Assistant District Attorney in New York County, 1977-83. Assistant counsel, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc., 1986. Of counsel, Hoffinger Friedland Dobrish & Stern, P.C., 1994-98. Professional activities include mediation and arbitration; service as general counsel and member of the board of the American Civil Liberties Union; board member of The Bridge, Inc.; chair of the First Dept. Screening Panel; and regular columnist for the National Law Journal. Member, the American Law Institute; the American Bar Foundation Fellowship; various committees of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York; the New York Unified Court System ADR Advisory Committee; the board of advisers of the California Appellate Advocacy Institute; the advisory board of the ACLU Capital Punishment Project; and New York Lawyers Against the Death Penalty. Principal areas of interest are criminal process and law (in particular, capital punishment), habeas corpus, mediation/alternative dispute resolution, and employment discrimination.