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Lions of Law

Our alumni are changemakers with the hunger and drive to make a difference in the world. 

Below is a sample of alumni we have recently profiled. We invite you to read more about their work and how the Law School propelled their success. This page will continue to be updated with new profiles over time.

Juan Cartagena ’81, President and General Counsel of LatinoJustice PRLDEF speaks at the 2021 Alumni of Color Celebration

Juan Cartagena '81 Delivers Keynote at Alumni of Color Event

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Lorna Chen ’99 LL.M., ’01 J.D.

Shearman & Sterling’s Powerhouse Partner in Asia: Lorna Chen ’99 LL.M., ’01 J.D.

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Joshua Simmons in glasses and blue blazer next to bookshelf with memorabilia from his court cases

Joshua Simmons ’10: An Intellectual Property Superhero

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Five Questions on New Voting Laws for Civil Rights Lawyer Judith Browne Dianis ’92

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Gert Jan van den Bergh

Gert Jan van den Bergh ’91 LL.M.: Portrait of an Art Lawyer

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Columbia Law Graduation 2018 Jeh Johnson

Jeh Johnson ’82: Success on Two Tracks

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James Kreindler ’80: The Long Journey From Tragedy to Accountability

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Charles Yu ’01: National Book Award Finalist Skewers Asian Typecasting On and Off Screen

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Karenna Gore ’00: From Politics to a Movement

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James Meredith '68: A Racial Justice Pioneer

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Anne Williams-Isom ’91

Anne Williams-Isom ’91 Speaks at Alumni of Color Event

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Former U.S Solicitor General Donald Verrilli Jr. in blue suit with a white shirt and blue tie/

Donald B. Verrilli Jr. ’83: A Candid Conversation with Former U.S. Solicitor General

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New York City Bar president Sheila Boston in a striped blazer and chunky necklace

Sheila Boston ’93: Leading the City Bar Association Into a Brave New World

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Sarah A. Seo ’07 Joins Law Faculty

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Myrna Perez '03

Myrna Pérez ’03: Five Questions on Voting During a Pandemic

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Jill Wine-Banks

Jill Wine-Banks ’68: Holding Power to Account, Then and Now

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Franklin Thomas

Franklin A. Thomas ’63: A Lifetime of Leading Change

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Jim Millstein

Jim Millstein ’82: A Private and Public Career

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Ruth Greenwood '09

Ruth Greenwood ’09 LL.M.: Keeping Democracy Within the Lines

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Abigail Hing Wen

Abigail Hing Wen ’04: On Writing, Time Shifting, and Gut Instincts

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Rashida La Lande

Rashida La Lande ’98: 57 Varieties of Wise Counsel

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Mark L. Attanasio ’82 at the Alumni Speaker Luncheon.

Mark Attanasio ’82: From M&A to Major League Baseball

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Dana Delger

Dana Delger ’10: Fighting to Keep Flawed Forensics From Convicting the Innocent

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Andrea Saavedra

Why Clerk? Andrea Saavedra ’06 Has the Answers

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Brad Smith

Brad Smith ’84: Microsoft’s President on Privacy, Artificial Intelligence, and Human Rights

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Jeffrey Kessler

Jeffrey Kessler ’77: Five Questions on Sports Litigation

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Jennifer Fitzgerald

Jennifer Fitzgerald ’08: Disrupting the Insurance Industry

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Lynnise Pantin

Lynnise Pantin ’03 Joins Faculty as Clinical Professor of Law

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Ryan Smith behind the anchor desk of "Outside the Lines" on ESPN.

Ryan Smith ’97: Going “Outside the Lines” for ESPN

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Brett Busby ’98 being sworn into the Texas Supreme Court

Brett Busby ’98: Texas Supreme Court Apointee

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Ezra Young ’12

Ezra Young ’12: A Transgender Lawyer for Our Times

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Melanie Scheible ’16 smiles, standing in front of an installation of solar panels.

Melanie Scheible ’16: The New Normal

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Rick Ireland ’69: Breaking Barriers at Columbia Law and on the Bench

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Stan Kasten and Mark Attanasio stand in Dodger Stadium.

Stan Kasten ’76 and Mark Attanasio ’82: Two Heavy Hitters Talk Baseball and Law

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Nina Shaw '79

Nina Shaw ’79: And ... Action! Setting the Stage for Reform in Hollywood

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Jonathan Schiller

Jonathan Schiller ’73: Renowned Litigator Loves a Good Challenge

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Don Liu speaking at the Alumni of Color Talk and Reception on January 24, 2019.

Don Liu ’86 Delivers Keynote at Annual Alumni of Color Gathering

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Ben McAdams and his family at his swearing-in with Nancy Pelosi. Courtesy official House photographer.

Ben McAdams ’03 Wins Seat in Congress

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Brenda Toineeta Pipestem

Brenda Toineeta Pipestem ’99: A Leader in Tribal Law

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Lee Gelernt ’88 poses by a mural of the Statue of Liberty.

Lee Gelernt ’88: ACLU Attorney on the Front Lines of Immigrants’ Rights

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Tom Rothman meets with Dean Gillian Lester and members of theColumbia Law School Entertainment, Arts, and Sports Law Society.

Tom Rothman ’80: Hollywood Executive Dazzles Students

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Robert Kaplan portrait

Roberta Kaplan ’91: A Cutting-Edge, Old-Fashioned Law Firm

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Patricia Hatry ’51: In Practice for 66 Years

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The Campaign for Columbia Law

Read profiles of some of our campaign supporters, whose generosity helps us achieve our goals.

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Leadership Councils and Advisory Boards

We rely on our leaders, liaisons, visionaries, donors, mentors, ambassadors, and advisers for counsel and support. 

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Medal for Excellence Winter Luncheon, 2018

The Medal for Excellence

Learn more about some of the past recipients of our most prestigious award, presented since 1964 to alumni and faculty who exemplify the qualities of character, intellect, and social and professional responsibility that we seek to instill in our students.​

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