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SJI Monday: Lawyering for Change--Faculty Working in the Public Interest

Monday, February 3rd, 2020 @ 12:10pm to 1:10pm
Case Lounge
Feb 03
Monday, February 3rd, 2020 @ 12:10pm to 1:10pm
Case Lounge

Did you know that Columbia Law faculty members do important work in the public interest? Come meet Professors Briffault, Fagan, Hoag, and Pantin, who will discuss the work they do outside of the classroom, in areas of state and local government, government ethics, police reform, the death penalty, civil rights, and economic and community justice. The professors will share their work briefly with the whole room, and students will have the opportunity to engage informally at roundtable discussions.

  • Richard Briffault is the Joseph P. Chamberlain Professor of Legislation. His research, writing, and teaching focus on state and local government law, legislation, the law of the political process, government ethics, and property. He chairs the Conflicts of Interest Board of New York City and served on New York State’s Moreland Act Commission to Investigate Public Corruption, as well as other commissions dealing with state and local governance. He is currently the reporter for the American Law Institute's project on principles of government ethics and vice-chair of Citizens Union of the City of New York.
  • Jeffrey Fagan is an Isidor and Seville Sulzbacher Professor of Law and Professor of Epidemiology at the Mailman School of Public Health. His research and scholarship examines policing, the legitimacy of the criminal law, capital punishment, legal socialization of adolescents, neighborhoods and crime, and juvenile crime and punishment. Previously, he served on the Committee on Law and Justice of the National Academy of Science and the MacArthur Foundation’s Research Network on Adolescent Development and Juvenile Justice. He was a member of the 2004 National Research Council panel that examined policing in the U.S. He has been an expert witness on capital punishment to the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.
  • Alexis Hoag is the inaugural Practitioner-in-Residence at the Eric H. Holder Jr. Initiative for Civil and Political Rights. She has spent over a decade as a civil rights and criminal defense lawyer, primarily representing capitally convicted clients in federal post-conviction proceedings. Hoag’s scholarship interests include race and criminal justice, capital punishment, and civil rights. Previously, as Senior Counsel at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (LDF), Hoag represented clients in a variety of civil and criminal matters, including Davis, et al. v. City of New York and New York City Housing Authority, a federal class action lawsuit seeking systemic reform of the NYC Police Department’s discriminatory practices against Black and Latinx public housing residents and guests. She also supervised LDF’s parole advocacy in Mississippi on behalf of young people and captained Prepared to Vote efforts in Alabama and Missouri.
  • Lynnise E. Pantin ’03 is a clinical professor of law and the founding director of the Law School's Entrepreneurship & Community Development Clinic, in which students get hands-on training in providing entrepreneurs with legal services in a range of transactional, intellectual property, and governance matters. Pantin’s scholarship focuses on clinical legal education, entrepreneurship, and economic justice. Prior to joining the Columbia Law faculty, Pantin founded and directed Boston College Law School's Entrepreneurship and Innovation Clinic and cofounded the New York Law School Transactional Law Clinic.

Non-pizza lunch will be served. Vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options will be available. If you have further dietary restrictions, email Diana Pedi at [email protected] at least two business days prior to the event, and we will do our best to accommodate them.

Lawyering for Change is a monthly workshop aimed at providing an opportunity for faculty, students, staff, and alumni to interact informally with each other, framed by brief remarks about an issue or topic relating to the general theme. It is led by Susan Sturm, George M. Jaffin Professor of Law and Social Responsibility, with SJI.

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