- Harold R. Medina Professor of Procedural Jurisprudence
Professor Bert I. Huang teaches at Columbia Law School, where he has been awarded the Reese Prize for Excellence in Teaching by the graduating class. Columbia University has also honored him with its Presidential Award for Outstanding Teaching.
He has served on the Presidential Commission on the Supreme Court of the United States and been appointed to the advisory committee on appellate rules for the Judicial Conference of the United States.
He was president of the Harvard Law Review and clerked for Justice David H. Souter and Judge Michael Boudin. He received his A.B., J.D., and Ph.D. from Harvard University. Before law school, he was a Marshall Scholar at the University of Oxford and worked for the White House Council of Economic Advisers.
At Columbia, in addition to teaching foundational courses, he created the Courts & Legal Process workshop to bring judges, students, and faculty together to discuss new scholarship. He previously also served as a Vice Dean. His teaching abroad includes presentations to the constitutional high court justices in Brazil and in Taiwan, as well as lectures in Asia, Australia, and Europe.
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 “A Court of Two Minds,” Columbia Law Review Forum (2022); “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.