James S. Liebman
James S. Liebman, Simon H. Rifkind Professor of Law at Columbia Law School, is the Executive Director of the Center for Public Research and Leadership (CPRL). From 2006 to 2009, Jim took a partial leave of absence from Columbia Law School to serve as Chief Accountability Officer at the New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE). While there, he created and led the Division of Accountability and Achievement Resources, directed the City's summative assessment programs, directed the design and implementation of the City's comprehensive new accountability and periodic assessment systems, facilitated the establishment in each of the City's 1500 schools of inquiry teams for using data to improve student learning, and designed and deployed a citywide instructional data system that won the 2009 Government Technology Magazine and Digital Government Award for Overall Excellence in Technology. Jim joined the Columbia law faculty in 1985 and he served as Vice Dean from 1991 to 1992. He was Assistant Counsel at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund from 1979 to 1985, where he specialized in school desegregation litigation. He served as law clerk to Judge Carl McGowan of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit from 1977 to 1978, and to Justice John Paul Stevens of the U.S. Supreme Court from 1978 to 1979. Jim earned his BA from Yale University and his JD from Stanford University.