Faculty, Staff and Leadership
Gillian E. Metzger
Gillian E. Metzger ’96 is a Faculty Director for the Center for Constitutional Governance and the Stanley H. Fuld Professor of Law at Columbia Law School. Professor Metzger writes and teaches in the areas of administrative and constitutional law, with a specialization in federalism and privatization, and has published extensively in these areas. Before joining Columbia’s faculty in 2001, she served as a law clerk to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg ’59 of the U.S. Supreme Court and Judge Patricia M. Wald of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. B.A., Yale; B. Phil., Oxford; J.D., Columbia.
Olatunde Johnson is a Faculty Director for the Center for Constitutional Governance and the Jerome B. Sherman Professor of Law at Columbia Law School. Professor Johnson writes and teaches in the area of legislation, civil procedure, and constitutional law, specializing in statutory antidiscrimination law, equality law, and congressional power. Johnson clerked for David Tatel on the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia and for Justice John Paul Stevens on the Supreme Court. She also previously served as constitutional and civil rights counsel to Sen. Edward M. Kennedy on the Senate Judiciary Committee, and as an attorney at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund (LDF). B.A., Yale; J.D., Stanford.
Jessica Bulman-Pozen is a Faculty Director of the Center for Constitutional Governance and Professor of Law at Columbia Law School. She teaches and writes about administrative law, antidiscrimination law, constitutional law, and federalism. She previously served as an attorney-adviser in the Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Counsel and a law clerk to Justice John Paul Stevens of the U.S. Supreme Court and Judge Merrick B. Garland of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. B.A., Yale; M.Phil., Cambridge; J.D., Yale.
Mr. Verrilli served as Solicitor General of the United States from 2011 to 2016. His landmark victories included his successful advocacy in defense of the Affordable Care Act, for marriage equality, and in favor of federal preemption authority in the immigration field.
Before serving as Solicitor General, Mr. Verrilli served as Deputy White House Counsel, and previously, as an Associate Deputy Attorney General at the U.S. Department of Justice. In those positions, he counseled the president and senior government officials on a wide range of legal issues involving national security, economic regulation, domestic policy, and the scope of executive and administrative authority.
Mr. Verrilli joined Munger, Tolles & Olson in October 2016, and is the founder of its Washington, D.C. office. Mr. Verrilli’s practice focuses on Supreme Court and appellate litigation and on representing and counseling clients on multi-dimensional problems, where litigation, regulation and public policy intersect to shape markets and industries in our evolving economy.
He earned his J.D. with honors in 1983 from Columbia Law School, and was editor-in-chief of the Columbia Law Review, and earned his B.A. in 1979 from Yale University. He clerked for Justice William J. Brennan, Jr. for the U.S. Supreme Court from 1984-1985 and Judge J. Skelly Wright for the U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit from 1983-1984.
Sophia Natasha Sunseri
Sophia Natasha Sunseri is the Coordinator for the Center for Constitutional Governance and a Faculty Assistant to Professors Henry Paul Monaghan, Gillian Metzger, Jessica Bulman-Pozen and Judge Debra Livingston. She is currently a Doctoral Candidate in the English Department at the Graduate Center (CUNY) and also holds an MA in Comparative Literature (the University of Toronto) and an MFA in Poetry (the New School University).
Luke Norris is a fellow at the Center for Constitutional Governance and a Visiting Assistant Professor at Cardozo Law School, where he teaches Administrative Law and Constitutional Law. He writes about the foundations of civil procedure and its relationship to administrative and constitutional law, as well as about the constitutional foundations of labor and employment law. Luke has clerked for Judges Guido Calabresi and Robert D. Sack ’63 on the United States Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit and has practiced as a litigator at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP. Luke is a graduate of Yale Law School, Gettysburg College, and the University of Oxford, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar.
Christina Duffy Ponsa-Kraus
Henry Paul Monaghan
Board of Advisors
Susan M. Davies, Partner, Kirkland & Ellis LLP; former Deputy White House Counsel to President Obama
Jay P. Lefkowitz ’87, Partner, Kirkland & Ellis LLP; former Deputy Assistant to President Bush for Domestic Policy
George W. Madison ’80, Former General Counsel, U.S. Department of Treasury
Lori Alvino McGill ’03, Partner, Quinn, Emanuel, Urquhart & Sullivan LLP
Nancy Northup ’88, President and CEO, Center for Reproductive Rights
Benjamin A. Powell ’96, Partner, WilmerHale LLP; former General Counsel, Office of the Director of National Intelligence