William H. Simon

Arthur Levitt Professor of Law

Office: 435 West 116th Street
Room 512
New York NY 10027
Tel: 212.854.9215
Fax: 212.854.7946
Email: wsimon@law.columbia.edu

Assistant Info

Name: Sara Goot
Phone: 212-854-3077
Email: sgoot@law.columbia.edu
Areas of Expertise
  • Professional responsibility
  • Social policy


  • A.B., Princeton, 1969
  • J.D., Harvard, 1974

Detailed Biography

Private practice in Boston, 1974-77; staff attorney, Legal Services Institute, 1979-81. Member of the Stanford faculty 1981-2003 (Montgomery Professor, 1995-99; William W. and Gertrude H. Saunders Professor of Law, 1999-2003). Visiting professor: Harvard, 1987-88 (Academic year), 1997-2001 & 2003 (January terms), 2006 (Fall term); and UC Berkeley, 1997-98. Visiting staff member, National Center for Economic Development and Law, 1990. Guggenheim fellow, 1994. Member, board of directors, East Palo Alto Community Law Project. Member, Massachusetts bar. Interests include professional responsibility, corporations, and foundations of the regulatory state.

Recent Publications

Recent publications include:

  • "Duties to Organizational Clients," 29 Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics (forthcoming 2016)
  • "The Organizational Premises of Administrative Law", 78 Law & Contemporary Problems 61 (2015)
  • "In Defense of the Panopticon," Boston Review (Sept.-Oct. 2014)