- Michael I. Sovern Professor of Law
Bert I. Huang is the Michael I. Sovern Professor of Law at Columbia Law School, where he has been awarded the Reese Prize for Excellence in Teaching by the graduating class. In addition, Columbia University has honored him with its Presidential Award for Outstanding Teaching. He previously also served as Vice Dean for Intellectual Life.
He served as the president of the Harvard Law Review and as a law clerk for Justice David H. Souter of the U.S. Supreme Court. He also clerked for Chief Judge Michael Boudin of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 1st Circuit. He completed his J.D. and Ph.D. at Harvard University, where he was a Paul & Daisy Soros Fellow. After earning his A.B. at Harvard College, he worked for the White House Council of Economic Advisers and was a Marshall Scholar at the University of Oxford.
At Columbia, he teaches Civil Procedure and Torts, as well as advanced seminars including the Courts & Legal Process workshop, which he created to bring judges, students, and faculty together to discuss new scholarship. He has been invited by Brazil’s constitutional high court to advise on issues of appellate procedure and by Taiwan’s constitutional grand justices to teach about the practices of the U.S. federal courts.
In his research he has studied how the law can influence norms and beliefs, in “Law’s Halo and the Moral Machine,” Columbia Law Review (2019); “Law and Moral Dilemmas,” Harvard Law Review (2016); and “Shallow Signals,” Harvard Law Review (2013).
He has also explored new ways of thinking about remedies, in “Coordinating Injunctions,” Texas Law Review (2020); “The Equipoise Effect,” Columbia Law Review (2016); “Concurrent Damages,” Virginia Law Review (2014); and “Surprisingly Punitive Damages,” Virginia Law Review (2014).
His further work on courts and procedure includes “Judicial Credibility,” William & Mary Law Review (2020); “Judicial Priorities,” University of Pennsylvania Law Review, with Tejas Narechania (2015); “Trial by Preview,” Columbia Law Review (2013); and “Lightened Scrutiny,” Harvard Law Review (2011).
Law, Norms, and Beliefs
Students praise his pedagogy, intellect, charisma, and kindness. Huang will receive the honor, awarded annually by the graduating class, at graduation on May 20.