John C. Coffee Jr. is the director of Columbia Law School’s Center on Corporate Governance. The National Law Journal has often named Coffee on it “100 Most Influential Lawyers in America” list. Coffee has served as a member of the Legal Advisory Board to the New York Stock Exchange and the National Association of Securities Dealers. He has been a visiting professor of law at several universities, including Harvard and Stanford. Coffee is the author of several books, including Business Organization and Finance: Legal and Economic Principles, and he is author and editor of casebooks on several legal topics, including corporations, securities regulation, and takeovers.
Harold S. H. Edgar ’67 teaches diverse areas of law, including criminal law, constitutional law, and the law and science. Edgar has participated in numerous test cases in the welfare field with the Center on Social Welfare Policy and Law. He has also served as a reporter for the UNESCO International Committee on Bioethics, which drafted the International Declaration on Human Rights and the Human Genome. Edgar’s interests include law and technology and law and medicine. He is currently the Julius Silver Professor in Law, Science, and Technology at Columbia Law School.
Jeffrey A. Fagan is an authority on crime, law, and social policy. His research has centered on several areas of criminal law, including capital punishment, racial profiling, legal socialization of adolescenets, and drug control policy. He has served as the director of the Columbia Law School's Center for Crime, Community and Law and he is the former vice chair of the Committee on Law and Justice of the National Academy of Science. Fagan has served on a number of editorial boards, including the Journal of Quantitative Criminology and Crime and Justice: A Review of Research.
George P. Fletcher is regarded as one of the leading scholars in the United States in the fields of torts and criminal law, in particular, comparative and international criminal law. His work is widely read and discussed all over Europe, Latin America, and Israel. Fletcher's most famous law review article is "Fairness and Utility in Tort Theory," 85 Harvard Law Review 537 (1972), and is one of the most cited articles of all time. He is the author of several books, including The Bond and Tort Liability for Human Rights Abuses.
Bernard E. Harcourt is a leading scholar on the political economy of punishment, the penal law and procedure, critical theory, and social and political thought. In 2013, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit in Atlanta appointed Harcourt to serve as counsel for an Alabama inmate on death row for more than 25 years. Harcourt, who edited the French edition of La société punitive (Gallimard), the 1973 lectures delivered by Michel Foucault at the Collège de France, is the author of several books exploring policing and punishing, including The Illusion of Free Markets: Punishment and the Myth of Natural Order (Harvard University Press 2011) and Illusion of Order: The False Promise of Broken-Windows Policing (Harvard University Press 2001).
James S. Liebman is a leading expert on the death penalty, having argued several habeas corpus and capital appeals before the Supreme Court. He is the author of numerous works on the death penalty and habeas corpus, including the co-authored “Broken System” studies: A Broken System: Error Rates in Capital Cases, 1973-1995 (2000) and A Broken System, Part II: Why There Is So Much Error in Capital Cases and What Can Be Done About It (2002). Liebman has also served as assistant counsel at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund and as the chief accountability officer for the New York City Department of Education.
Debra A. Livingston is a judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit. She teaches criminal procedure at Columbia Law School, where she served as vice dean from 2005 to 2006. Livingston ha served as an assistant U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York and deputy chief of appeals in the criminal division. Livingston has published several articles on a number of legal topics, and she is the co-author of the casebook, Comprehensive Criminal Procedure. The subject matters of her courses include evidence, criminal law and procedure, and law and policing.
Gerard E. Lynch ’75 is a judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit. President Barack Obama appointed Lynch to the position in 2009. Previously, Lynch was a federal district judge for the Southern District of New York. He served as an assistant U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, prosecuting white-collar criminal cases. In addition, Lynch also served as the district’s chief appellate attorney as well as chief of the criminal division for the office. Lynch joined the Law School faculty in 1977, and he was named the Paul J. Kellner Professor of Law in 1996.
Daniel C. Richman is a former federal prosecutor who served as chief appellate attorney in the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York. He has offered testimony as an expert in a number of congressional hearings and state, federal, and international criminal and civil matters, and has served as a consultant to the U.S. Departments of Justice and the Treasury on federal criminal matters. In 2004, Richman was appointed by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg as chairman of the Local Conditional Release Commission. He is currently an advisor to FBI Director James B. Comey.
Elizabeth S. Scott teaches on several criminal law areas, including family law, property, and children and the law. She is the founder of the University of Virginia’s Interdisciplinary Center for Children, Families and the Law, where she has also served as co-director. Scott has also served as legal director for the University of Virginia’s Forensic Psychiatry Clinic, Institute of Law, Psychiatry and Public Policy. Her research is interdisciplinary, applying behavioral economics, social science research, and developmental theory to family/juvenile law and policy issues. Scott has also served in various professor roles at the University of Virginia, and she is currently Columbia Law School’s Harold R. Medina Professor of Law.