Columbia Law Announces New Faculty

Dean David Schizer has announced the addition of five new members of the Columbia Law faculty, effective July 1, 2006.
  • Professor Suzanne Goldberg of Rutgers Law School will direct a new clinic on gender and sexuality, the first clinic of its kind in the country. She brings deep expertise in civil procedure, employment discrimination, and sexuality and the law. She also has valuable experience directing the Women's Rights Litigation Clinic at Rutgers, and spent nine years at Lambda litigating lesbian and gay civil rights impact cases, including Lawrence v. Texas. Professor Goldberg was a visitor at the Law School last year and is currently teaching a seminar.

  • C. Scott Hemphill will teach antitrust, intellectual property, contracts, and regulated industries. Hemphill has been in residence as an Olin Fellow since fall 2004. He graduated first in his class at Stanford Law, and went on to clerk for Judge Richard Posner and then Justice Antonin Scalia. Hemphill also has earned an M.Sc. from the London School of Economics and Political Science, where he studied as a Fulbright Scholar, and an M.A. in economics from Stanford. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate in economics at Stanford, where he is pursuing dissertation work on the regulation of innovation.

  • Olati Johnson will teach civil procedure, constitutional law, and advanced constitutional law offerings. She brings a wealth of experience to her scholarship and teaching. Johnson clerked for David Tatel on the D.C. Circuit, and for Justice Stevens on the U.S. Supreme Court. After working on employment and education-related cases for the N.A.A.C.P. Legal Defense Fund, including the Michigan affirmative action cases, Johnson worked for Senator Ted Kennedy on civil rights, First Amendment, and judicial nominations. She has deep expertise on civil rights policy and advocacy strategies, as well as on the legislative process. She has been serving as a Kellis Parker Fellow at the Law School for the past two years.

  • Elizabeth Scott is a leading scholar of family law, juvenile justice, and property. She is a founder and co-director of the Center for Children, Families and the Law at the University of Virginia and is coauthor of Children in the Legal System: Cases and Materials (Foundation Press, 2004). Prof. Scott has worked in collaboration with social scientists on both empirical and theoretical research dealing with family issues and has published in both law reviews and in interdisciplinary journals and edited volumes. She was a visiting professor in 1987-88.

  • Robert Scott, who will lead a program on contract and transactional design, is a nationally-recognized scholar and teacher in the fields of contracts, commercial transactions, and bankruptcy. He has published widely in his areas of expertise. A leading scholar of law and economics, he served as an extremely successful dean of the University of Virginia Law School from 1991-2001. Prof. Scott was a visiting professor in 1987-88 and was the Justin W. D'Atri Professor of Law, Business and Society in 2001-02.

This brings to nine the total number of new faculty for 2006 (Columbia Law previously announced the arrivals of Clarissa Long, Elizabeth Emens, Philip Hamburger and Tim Wu).