Debra A. Livingston

Paul J. Kellner Professor of Law

Debra A. Livingston

Paul J. Kellner Professor of Law

Debra A. Livingston is the Paul J. Kellner Professor of Law at Columbia Law School. She has taught courses in evidence, criminal law and procedure, and national security and terrorism.

Prior to her current role, Livingston served in several other capacities during her time at the Law School, including vice dean from 2005 to 2006; a full professor in 2000; and an assistant professor of law in 1994.

Livingston was appointed judge to the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in 2007.

She was previously an assistant U.S. attorney in the Southern District of New York from 1986 to 1991 and went on to serve as a deputy chief of appeals in the criminal division from 1990 to 1991. She was an associate with the New York law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison from 1985 to 1986 and again from 1991 to 1992.

Livingston was a member of the University of Michigan’s Law School faculty from 1992 until 1994.

Livingston is co-author of the casebook, Comprehensive Criminal Procedure, and has published numerous academic articles on the law. From 1994 to 2003, Livingston was a commissioner on New York City’s Civilian Complaint Review Board. Livingston is also a recipient of Columbia’¬ís annual Wein Prize for Social Responsibility. She has clerked for Judge J. Edward Lumbard of the 2nd Circuit.

She received her J.D., magna cum laude, in 1984 from Harvard Law School, where she was an editor on the Harvard Law Review. Livingston received her B.A., magna cum laude, in 1980 from Princeton University, where she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

  • J.D., Harvard Law School, 1984
  • B.A., Princeton University, 1980
Areas of Expertise
  • Criminal law and procedure
  • Evidence
Criminal Investigations
Externship: Federal Appellate Court
Externship: Federal Appellate Court - Fieldwork
S. Appellate Advocacy