Max Berger ’71 and Stephen Case ’68 Awarded Medal for Excellence

Summer 2011

Columbia Law School awarded Max W. Berger ’71 and Stephen H. Case ’68 the Medal for Excellence, the Law School’s highest honor, during the 62nd annual Winter Luncheon. 

Max Berger is a founding partner of Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossmann. At the Law School, where Berger serves on the Dean’s Council, he and his wife, Dale, established a fellowship that supports students pursuing public interest careers. He also helped secure funding from his firm to establish the Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossmann LLP Fellowship, which is awarded to graduates involved in anti-discrimination work. 

“Max has earned a reputation as a first-rate litigator,” said Dean David M. Schizer. “Less well-known, though, is his generous support of education and youth programs. Max is instrumental in the development of promising young men and women each year.”In accepting the medal, Berger reflected on the transformative impact of the education he received at the Law School. “[Columbia Law School trains] students so that each of us has the confidence to be our own person and not fit into any particular mold,” he said. 

Berger’s fellow honoree, Stephen Case, serves as the managing director and general counsel of Emerald Development Managers. As a member of the Law School’s Dean’s Council and a Columbia University trustee for more than a decade, Case helped spearhead the Davis Polk & Wardwell Scholarship, which has benefited numerous Law School students. 

“Steve’s philanthropy at Columbia Law School has helped finance the studies of countless students,” Dean Schizer said, “and his support of faculty scholarship has funded groundbreaking work by Professors Richard Briffault, Tim Wu, Clarisa Long, Katherine Franke, and Philip Genty.”As the luncheon drew to a close, Case expressed his humble appreciation for being selected to receive the Medal for Excellence. “The greatest strength of Columbia Law School is represented right here,” Case said. “[T]o paraphrase a familiar cliché: There is no one out there who is better to eat with, drink with, or fight with than my brother and sister graduates of the Law School.”