This past spring, more than 100 former clerks of judge Wilfred “Bill”
Feinberg ’43 of the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals came together to establish a Columbia Law School student scholarship in his name. The Wilfred Feinberg Scholarship in Law will provide support to a student based on academic achievement and financial need.
Feinberg, who turned 90 this past June, spent more than a decade in private practice before receiving a judicial appointment to the Southern District of New York in 1961. Also a graduate of Columbia College, Feinberg later ascended to the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals, where he served as chief judge from 1980 to 1988. He assumed senior status on the court in 1991.
Every year during his almost 50 years on the bench, Feinberg has selected at least one Columbia Law School graduate—and often more—to serve as a law clerk in his chambers. Those clerks have included Columbia University President Lee C. Bollinger ’71, Home Depot CEO Francis S. Blake ’76, 2nd Circuit Court Judge Gerard E. Lynch ’75, and Stanley Lubman ’58, who spearheaded the effort to establish the scholarship.
“Judge Feinberg presents an unusual mixture of intelligence, poise, dignity, quiet confidence, warmth, and a sense of humor,” said Lubman, a distinguished resident lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law. “I am delighted to have helped energize his clerks to establish a scholarship that might enable a Columbia [Law School] student to pursue an innovative and rewarding career.”