Three Experts Join Law School Faculty

Winter 2010

Columbia Law School recently added three renowned professors to its faculty, each of whom brings a level of expertise that will further enhance the school’s position as a leader in legal education.

Bert I. Huang, who recently completed a one-year stint as an academic fellow at the Law School, joined the faculty in July as an associate professor. Huang is a specialist in federal courts and civil procedure. He plans to create a new colloquium at the Law School called Courts and the Legal Process, which will allow scholars to present selected works in progress and receive comments on their research from invited judges. “The idea is to bring to life the kind of interplay I’ve found intriguing and enriching, between what I’ve learned from the judges I clerked for and what’s being studied by academics,” said Huang.

Huang, who is co-teaching a law and economics seminar this semester, previously served as a law clerk for retired Supreme Court Justice David H. Souter.

Robert J. Jackson Jr., an expert in corporate law and executive compensation, will join the Law School faculty as an associate professor in 2010, after spending this academic year advising the Treasury Department in Washington, D.C. The New York Times, The Economist, and The Wall Street Journal have referenced Jackson’s work on executive compensation, which has also been the subject of rulemaking commentary before the Securities and Exchange Commission. Recently, Jackson conducted the first comprehensive study of compensation awarded to CEOs who work in firms owned by private equity investors.

Thomas W. Merrill, who taught at Yale Law School last year after spending half a decade at Columbia Law School, has decided to return to Jerome Greene Hall, beginning in 2010. Merrill, a former deputy solicitor general in the Justice Department, is an expert in property law, administrative law, and environmental law.