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Debra A. Livingston

Paul J. Kellner Professor of Law

Debra A. Livingston

Paul J. Kellner Professor of Law

Debra A. Livingston joined the faculty in 1994 and became a full professor in 2000.  She was named Paul J. Kellner Professor of Law in 2004.  From 2005 to 2006, Livingston served as vice dean.  Livingston is co-author of the casebook, Comprehensive Criminal Procedure, and has taught courses and seminars in evidence, advocacy, criminal law and procedure, policing, and national security and terrorism.

In 2007, Livingston was appointed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.  Since that appointment, Judge Livingston has continued to teach criminal procedure and appellate advocacy. 

In addition to her academic and judicial experience, Livingston clerked for Judge J. Edward Lumbard on the Second Circuit and was thereafter an associate to the New York firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison.  She was an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York from 1986 to 1991, and served as a deputy chief of appeals from 1990 to 1991.  Livingston was a member of the University of Michigan’s Law School faculty from 1992 until 1994.  From 1994 to 2003, Livingston was a Commissioner on New York City’s Civilian Complaint Review Board.

Livingston 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.  Livingston is a recipient of Columbia’s Wein Prize for Social Responsibility.  She currently serves as Chair of the Advisory Committee on Evidence Rules. 

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