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Lev Menand

  • Associate Professor of Law

A.B., Harvard College, 2009
J.D., Yale Law School, 2014

Areas of Specialty

Financial Institutions
Money, Banking, and Central Banking
Networks, Platforms, and Utilities
Administrative Law
Separation of Powers

Lev Menand is an associate professor of law at Columbia Law School where he teaches financial institutions and administrative law. He has written extensively on money and banking, including a book, The Fed Unbound: Central Banking in a Time of Crisis. Along with Morgan Ricks, Ganesh Sitaraman, and Shelley Welton, Menand recently published a new textbook on the law of Networks, Platforms, and Utilities—the first in the field in over twenty years. In 2018, along with Morgan Ricks and John Crawford, Menand proposed that Congress authorize the Fed to offer a public option for bank accounts. The proposal has been endorsed by The New York
Times Editorial Board, and legislation to implement it has been introduced in Congress.

Menand served on the Biden-Harris Transition Team in 2020, as senior adviser to the deputy secretary of the Treasury from 2015 to 2016, and as senior adviser to the assistant secretary for Financial Institutions from 2014 to 2015. Menand was previously an economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York in the Supervision Group, where he was part of the Governance and Culture Reform initiative, and in its Research and Statistics Group, where he helped to develop econometric models for the Federal Reserve System’s first Comprehensive Capital Assessment and Review. While at the New York Fed, Menand was seconded to the Financial Stability
Oversight Council, where he helped to prepare the council’s first financial stability report.

Menand clerked for Judge Jed S. Rakoff on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York and Chief Judge Robert A. Katzmann on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit. On January 1, 2022, Menand joined the faculty of Columbia Law School, where he was previously an academic fellow and lecturer in law. Menand is also currently a Fellow at the Roosevelt Institute.


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