The Columbia Law School Public Interest/Public Service Council is a large group of senior Law School alumni who are experts and leaders (past and present) in the public interest and government sectors, both in the U.S. and abroad. Members are representative of the large array of Columbia alumni who have served in meaningful ways to foster social change or protect the public good. 

Council members actively support Columbia's core belief that serving the public interest should be part of the professional life of every student and graduate. Members are available to engage with current students or recent alumni to provide support or advice.

Please contact Erica Smock, Dean for Social Justice Initiatives & Public Service Lawyering, to get involved. 


Hon. Rolando T. Acosta '82
Presiding Justice, Appellate Division, First Department, New York State Supreme Court
Fmr. Supervisor & Attorney-in-Charge, Civil Trial Office, Legal Aid Society

Cathy Albisa '89
Executive Director, National Economic & Social Rights Initiative
Fmr. Co-director, International Women's Human Rights Clinic, CUNY Law

Liz Aloi, '06
Assistant U.S. Attorney, U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia
Fmr. Deputy Chief, Money Laundering & Asset Recovery Section, U.S. Department of Justice

Amy Barasch '96
Executive Director, Her Justice
Fmr. Executive Director, New York State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence

Elisabeth R. Benjamin '92
Vice President of Health Initiatives, Community Service Society

Max W. Berger '71
President, Baruch College Fund
Founding Partner, Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossmann LLP

Anurima Bhargava '02
Founder & President, Anthem of Us
Fmr. Chief, Educational Opportunities Section, Civil Rights Division, U.S. Department of Justice

Antony J. Blinken '88
Managing Director, Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy & Global Engagement
Fmr. Deputy Secretary of State, U.S. Department of State

Michael Garcia Bochenek '95
Senior Counsel, Children's Rights Division, Human Rights Watch
Fmr. Director of Law and Policy, International Secretariat, Amnesty International

Gretchen Borchelt ‘02
Vice President for Reproductive Rights & Health, National Women's Law Center

Lisa M. Bornstein '98
Vice President of Strategy & Policy, Lawyers'‚Äč Committee for Civil Rights Under Law

Hon. Richard F. Boulware, II '02
U.S. District Judge, U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada
Fmr. Trial Attorney, Federal Public Defender's Office

Hon. Anita Brody '58 
Senior Judge, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
Fmr. Judge, Montgomery County of Pennsylvania Court of Common Pleas 

Judith A. Browne Dianis '92
Executive Director, Advancement Project

Michael A. Cardozo '66
Partner, Proskauer Rose LLP
Fmr. Corporation Counsel, New York City Law Department

Juan Cartagena '81
President & General Counsel, LatinoJustice PRLDEF

Hon. John W. Carter '82
Justice, New York State Supreme Court
Fmr. Judge, Criminal Court of the City of New York

Julie Chinitz '99
Senior Analyst, Main Street Alliance
Fmr. Policy Director, Alliance for a Just Society

Jennifer R. Clarke '82
Executive Director, The Public Interest Law Center
Fmr. Partner, Dechert LLP

Kristen Clarke '00
President & Executive Director, Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law

Andrea G. Cohen '95
Senior Vice President & General Counsel, NYC Health + Hospitals

Sara Corello '92
Partner, Spivak Lipton LLP

Michele Cortese '87
Executive Director, Center for Family Representation

Bill Dauster '84
Fmr. Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid

Richard Dicker ‘87
Director, International Justice Program, Human Rights Watch

Jessica Evans '07
Principal Policy Adviser, Attorney General of Western Australia
Fmr. Senior Researcher/Advocate for International Financial Institutions, Human Rights Watch

Angela Fernandez ‘98
Executive Director & Supervising Attorney, Northern Manhattan Coalition for Immigrant Rights

Brian Frosh '71
Attorney General of Maryland
Fmr. Senator, Maryland General Assembly

Peter C. Harvey '82
Partner, Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP
Fmr. Attorney General of New Jersey

Eric L. Hirschhorn '68
Retired Partner, Winston & Strawn LLP
Fmr. Under Secretary of Commerce for Industry & Security

Eric H. Holder, Jr. '76
Partner, Covington & Burling LLP
82nd Attorney General of the United States

Roderick L. Ireland '69
Distinguished Professor of Criminology & Criminal Justice, Northeastern University
Fmr. Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court

Pernille Ironside, LL.M. '02
Deputy Representative, UNICEF Nigeria

Roberta A. Kaplan '91
Partner, Kaplan Hecker & Fink LLP
Founder, TIME'S UP Legal Defense Fund

Akshaya Kumar '13
Deputy U.N. Director, Human Rights Watch
Fmr. Sudan & South Sudan Policy Analyst, Enough Project

Hon. Leslie Leach '77
Justice, Supreme Court, Queens County
Fmr. Executive Deputy Attorney General, Division of State Counsel, New York State Office of the Attorney General

Jin Hee Lee, '00
Senior Deputy Director of Litigation, NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund

Peter H. Lehner '84
Managing Attorney, Sustainable Food & Farming, Earthjustice
Fmr. Executive Director, Natural Resources Defense Council
Fmr. Chief, Environmental Protection Bureau, New York State Office of the Attorney General

George W. Madison '80
Partner, Sidley Austin LLP
Fmr. General Counsel, U.S. Department of the Treasury

Catherine R. McCabe '77
Commissioner, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection
Fmr. Environmental Appeals Judge, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Jonathan Miller, '05
Chief, Public Protection & Advocacy Bureau, Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General

Jim Millstein '82
Co-chairman, Guggenheim Securities
Fmr. Chief Restructuring Officer, U.S. Department of the Treasury

Irvin B. Nathan '67
Fmr. Attorney General of the District of Columbia
Fmr. General Counsel, U.S. House of Representatives

Annette L. Nazareth '81
Partner, Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP; Fmr. Commissioner, U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission

Suzannah Phillips '08
Deputy Director, Women Enabled International, Inc.
Fmr. Legal Adviser for International Advocacy, Center for Reproductive Rights

Alka Pradhan '07
Human Rights Counsel, Guantanamo Bay Military Commissions, U.S. Department of Defense

Harriet Rabb '66
Retired Vice President & General Counsel, The Rockefeller University
Fmr. General Counsel, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
Fmr. Vice Dean & George M. Jaffin Professor of Law & Social Responsibility, Columbia Law School

Timothy Reif ‘85
Senior Advisor to the U.S. Trade Representative, Executive Office of the President
Fmr. General Counsel, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, Executive Office of the President
Fmr. Chief Trade Counsel, Committee on Ways and Means, U.S. House of Representatives

Hon. Jenny Rivera LL.M. '93
Judge, New York State Court of Appeals
Fmr. Special Deputy Attorney General for Civil Rights, New York State Office of the Attorney General
Fmr. CUNY Law School Professor and Director of the Center on Latino and Latina Rights and Equality

Sasha Samberg-Champion '04
Counsel, Relman, Dane & Colfax PLLC
Fmr. Appellate Attorney, Civil Rights Division, U.S. Department of Justice

Jocelyn Samuels '82
Executive Director, Williams Institute, UCLA School of Law
Fmr. Acting Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Justice

Sandy Santana '01
Executive Director, Children's Rights

William E. Schaeffer '93
Investigations Division Chief, Westchester County District Attorney's Office
Fmr. Investigations Division Chief, Kings County District Attorney's Office

Lynn Hecht Schafran '74
Legal Director & Director, National Judicial Education Program, Legal Momentum
Fmr. National Director, Federation of Women Lawyers Judicial Screening Panel

Warren B. Scharf '83
Executive Director, Lenox Hill Neighborhood House

Theodore M. Shaw '79
Julius L. Chambers Distinguished Professor of Law & Director of the Center for Civil Rights, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law
Fmr. Director-Counsel & President, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund

Clive Stafford Smith '84
Founder, Reprieve
Founder, Louisiana Capital Assistance Center

John J. Sullivan '85
Deputy Secretary of State, U.S. Department of State

Kim Sweet '92
Executive Director, Advocates for Children of New York

Rachel B. Tiven '03
Experienced Practitioner in Residence, Columbia Law School
Fmr. CEO, Lambda Legal

Melanie Velez '01
Regional Director, Office for Civil Rights (Region IV), U.S. Department of Education

Donald B. Verrilli, Jr. '83
Partner, Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP
Fmr. Solicitor General of the United States

David C. Vladeck '76
A.B. Chettle, Jr., Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center
Fmr. Director, Bureau of Consumer Protection, Federal Trade Commission
Fmr. Director, Public Citizen Litigation Group

Liz Vladeck '06
Senior Labor Policy Adviser, New York City Mayor's Office of Policy and Planning
Fmr. Deputy Commissioner & Founding Director, Office of Labor Policy & Standards, New York City Department of Consumer Affairs

Monica Wagner ‘81
Deputy Bureau Chief, Environmental Protection Bureau, New York State Office of the Attorney General
Fmr. Assistant Solicitor General, Appeals & Opinions Division, New York State Office of the Attorney General

Mary Lynne Werlwas '92
Director, Prisoners' Rights Project, Legal Aid Society

Anne Williams-Isom '91
CEO, Harlem Children's Zone
Fmr. Deputy Commissioner, New York City Administration for Children's Services

Sheena Wright ‘94
President & CEO, United Way of New York City
Fmr. President & CEO, Abyssinian Development Corporation

Ursula Wynhoven '02
Representative to the United Nations, International Telecommunication Union
Fmr. Chief, Social Sustainability, Governance & General Counsel, U.N. Global Compact