Government Anti-Corruption Externship - Spring Only
Jennifer Rodgers and Rachel Pauley, Lecturers-in-Law (2 graded academic and 2 ungraded fieldwork credits)
The Government Anti-Corruption Externship will teach students the structure and complexities of our Government’s efforts to identify, prevent, and prosecute public corruption. It provides students the opportunity to work in a government agency dedicated to combating public corruption and/or enhancing public ethics, and to examine through the seminar the different approaches and jurisdictions of the various federal, state, and local anti-corruption agencies operating in New York City. In the seminar, externs will learn how each of the placement agencies fits into the broader anti-corruption effort, through discussion about the various legal mechanisms in place to combat corruption, the roles of each of the placement agencies (and other relevant offices), and actual case studies. Students will interact with guest speakers from federal, state, and local agencies to enhance the lessons of that particular class, and to ensure that students are considering all possible approaches to dealing with the public corruption problem. With students approaching public corruption matters from a variety of perspectives, the seminar component will be an opportunity for enriched discussion of the ways in which these complex issues are handled. Through their fieldwork, students will gain professional skills by working with attorneys and learning about how the placement agencies investigate and respond to corruption.
This externship is a four-credit offering. The seminar portion of the course will award two graded credits; completion of the fieldwork will award two ungraded credits. Students are expected to spend 10-15 hours per week at an anti-corruption agency chosen with guidance from the instructors. The agencies are:
- New York County Office of the District Attorney, Public Corruption Bureau
- King’s County District Attorney’s Office, Public Integrity Bureau
- New York City Department of Investigation
- New York City Campaign Finance Board
- New York City Conflicts of Interest Board
- The City of New York Business Integrity Commission
- Office of the Inspector General of the New York City Police Department
- New York State Attorney General’s Office, Public Integrity Bureau
- New York State Office of the Inspector General
- New York State Joint Commission on Public Ethics
- US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, Public Corruption Unit
- US Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York, Public Corruption Unit
Jennifer Rodgers, the Executive Director of the Center for the Advancement of Public Integrity at Columbia Law School (CAPI), and Rachel Pauley, the Director of Government Programs, Social Justice Initiatives, Columbia Law School, will co-teach the externship. Before coming to CAPI, Jennifer spent more than 13 years at the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York; prior to joining CLS, Rachel worked at the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office, the New York State Attorney General’s Office, and the Office of the New York Inspector General.
This externship is only offered in the Spring. The online application will be released in Fall 2018. Any additional questions can be sent to Marcia Levy at [email protected].