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Daniel Richman

Paul J. Kellner Professor of Law

Daniel Richman

Paul J. Kellner Professor of Law

Daniel C. Richman is the Paul J. Kellner Professor of Law at Columbia Law School.

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 (where he was an Assistant from 1987 to 1992), and has served as an adviser to FBI Director James B. Comey and a consultant to the Department of Justice and the Department of the Treasury on federal criminal matters. Richman was the Brendan Moore Professor in Advocacy at Fordham Law School before joining Columbia Law School’s faculty. In 2004, Richman was appointed by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg as chairman of the Local Conditional Release Commission.

  • J.D., Yale University, 1984
  • A.B., Harvard University, 1980
Areas of Expertise
  • Criminal procedure, adjudication
  • Evidence
  • Federal criminal law

Defining Federal Crimes (with Kate Stith &William J. Stuntz) (2d Edition 2018) (Aspen Casebook Series)

Available in free e-book format. Contact [email protected]wolterskluwer.com to request an access code. 

Daniel C. Richman, Law Enforcement Organization Relationships, Handbook on Prosecutors and Prosecution, Ronald Wright, Russell Gold & Kay Levine, Eds., 2019, forthcoming; Columbia Public Law Research Paper No. 14-616 (2019). 

Getting Encryption onto the Front Burner, Lawfare Oct. 26, 2017, available at https://www.lawfareblog.com/getting-encryption-front-burner

Accounting for Prosecutors, in Prosecutors and Democracy: A Cross-National Study, ed. Maximo Langer & David Sklansky (Cambridge Univ. Press, 2017)

A Quarter Century of Supreme Court Criminal Procedure Work: Three Constitutional Brushes, in Nouveaux Regards sur de Modèles Classiques de Démocratie Constitutionalle: États-Unis, Europe  (ed. Eleonora Bottini, et al. 2018).

Understanding Recent Spikes and Longer Trends in American Murders (with Jeffrey Fagan), 117 Columbia Law Review 2035 (2017)

Informants and Cooperatorsin Bridging the Gap: A Report on Scholarship and Criminal Justice Reform (Erik Luna ed., 2017).

Disaggregating the Criminal Regulatory Statein The New Criminal Justice Thinking (Sharon Dolovich & Alexandra Natapoff, eds., 2017)

Corporate Headhunting, 8 Harvard Law & Policy Review 901 (2014).

Framing the Prosecution, 87 University of Southern California Law Review 673 (2014).

Federal White Collar Sentencing in the United States – A Work in Progress, 76 Law & Contemporary Problems 53 (2013)

Overcriminalization for Lack of Better Options: A Celebration of Bill Stuntz , in The Political Heart of Criminal Procedure: Essays on Themes of William J. Stuntz (Michael Klarman, David Skeel & Carol Steiker, eds. 2012).

Tribute to William Stuntz, 124 Harvard Law Review 1849 (2011).

Political Control of Federal Prosecutions – Looking Back and Looking Forward, 58 Duke Law Journal 2087 (2009) (Administrative Law symposium).

Federal Sentencing in 2007: The Supreme Court Holds – The Center Doesn’t, 117 Yale Law Journal 1374 (2008).

Decisions about Coercion: The Corporate Attorney-Client Privilege Waiver Problem,

57 DePaul Law Review 295 (2008).

Institutional Coordination and Sentencing Reform, 84 Texas Law Review 2055 (2006)

(symposium on Punishment Law and Policy).

The Past, Present, and Future of Violent Crime Federalism, in 34 Crime and Justice: A Review of Research 377 (2006).

United States v. Salerno, in Carol S. Steiker, ed., Criminal Procedure Stories (Foundation Press 2006).

Al Capone’s Revenge: An Essay on the Political Economy of Pretextual Prosecution (with William J. Stuntz), 105 Columbia Law Review 583 (2005).

The Right Fight: Local Police and National SecurityBoston Review (Dec. 2004/ Jan. 2005) (with response to commentators).

Prosecutors and Their Agents, Agents and Their Prosecutors, 103 Columbia Law Review  749 (2003).

“Project Exile” and the Allocation of Federal Law Enforcement Authority, 43 Arizona Law Review 369(2001) 

The Changing Boundaries Between Federal and Local Enforcement, in Boundary Changes in Criminal Justice Organizations, vol. 2 of Criminal Justice 2000 (National Institute of Justice, NCJ 182409, July 2000).

Grand Jury Secrecy: Leaks from an Empty Bucket, 36 American Criminal Law Review 339 (1999).

Criminal Law, Congressional Delegation, and Enforcement Discretion, 46 UCLA Law Review 757 (1999).

The Process of Terry-Lawmaking, 72 St. John’s University Law Review 1043 (1998).

Old Chief v. United States: Stipulating Away Prosecutorial Accountability, 83 Virginia Law Review 939 (1997)

Bargaining About Future Jeopardy, 49 Vanderbilt Law Review 1181 (1996)

Cooperating Clients, 56 Ohio State Law Journal 69 (1995).

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