Columbia Law School Student Awarded Ethics Fellowship at Auschwitz

Miaoting (Mimi) Wu '15 Will Study Professional Ethics in Germany and Poland for Two Weeks

New York, April 6, 2015—Miaoting (Mimi) Wu ’15, a student in the Three-Year J.D./M.B.A. Program at Columbia Law School and Columbia Business School has been selected to participate in Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics (FASPE).

Miaoting (Mimi) Wu ’15 will travel to Germany and Poland to participate in Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional ethics.
Wu is one of 12 law students selected to participate in the two-week program, which was created six years ago and takes place in Germany and Poland. The fellowships bring together graduate students in business, journalism, medicine, religion, and the law for an intensive study of contemporary ethics. During the program, fellows visit Auschwitz and participate in workshops there and in Berlin and Krakow.
As a student in the accelerated Three-Year J.D./M.B.A. Program, Wu spent her first year at Columbia Law School, her second year at Columbia Business School, and is now completing her third year at the Law School. She was a managing editor of the Columbia Law Review and of The CLS Blue Sky Blog, Columbia Law School’s Blog on Corporations and the Capital Markets. Earlier this semester, she and several classmates traveled to Europe with Columbia Law School Professor Anu Bradford for a 10-day intensive study trip focused on European law and policy.
Wu, who grew up in Wuhan China, and Millburn, New Jersey, said she wants her participation in the fellowship to help her better understand the interconnections between her chosen fields of law and business.
“I’m very grateful for the opportunity to study legal ethics with FASPE,” she said. “Based on my experience in the joint degree program, I think lawyers and businesspeople have very different conceptions of what the role of a lawyer is and should be, and I’m excited to be able to explore this issue more thoroughly through the fellowship.”
Wu earned her bachelor’s degree in English and political science from Yale University. She will join Sullivan & Cromwell in New York City in the fall.
Run under the auspices of the Museum of Jewish Heritage—A Living Memorial to the Holocaust in New York, the Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics examine what role professionals in business, journalism, law, medicine, and the clergy played in Nazi Germany and underscore that the moral codes governing these essential professions can break down or be distorted with devastating consequences.
Wu joins a group of 62 fellows who represent a broad range of religious, ethnic and racial backgrounds, and who were chosen through a competitive process that drew nearly 1,000 applicants from around the world.