Making a Difference: Faculty Discuss Experiences in Government

Making a Difference: Faculty Speak about Experience in Government
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September 22, 2008 (NEW YORK) – Several of Columbia Law School’s more than 100 faculty members who have worked in government will share their experiences in public service during a panel discussion for students tomorrow evening. The talk, “Making a Difference,” will feature faculty members whose experiences in government span the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Department of Justice, Senate, State Department, Department of Defense and National Security Council.

"Our faculty exemplify the diverse range of public service opportunities," said Jane Cooper, Program Coordinator for Social Justice Initiatives. "This event is an excellent way for students to connect to the amazing resources available right here at Columbia."

The event, presented by Social Justice Initiatives and co-sponsored by the Center for Public Interest law, is part of Columbia Law School’s Government Lawyering Program. Upcoming events in the program include a talk by Deputy Staff Director and General Counsel for the U.S. Senate Finance Committee Bill Dauster ’84 (Oct. 29), and a panel discussion in November titled “Federal Government Lawyering: A Revolving Door.”

WHAT:    Making a Difference: Columbia Faculty Speak about Their Experiences As Government Lawyers

WHO:   Harvey Goldschmid, Dwight Professor of Law
United States Securities and Exchange Commission: Commissioner (2002-05); General Counsel (1998-1999)

Diane Houk, Lecturer-in-Law
Civil Rights Division, U.S. Department of Justice (1991-2004)

Olati Johnson, Associate Professor of Law
Counsel to the United States Senate Judiciary Committee (2001-03)

Matthew Waxman, Associate Professor of Law
Principal Deputy Director of the Secretary of State's Policy Planning Staff (2005-07); Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Detainee Affairs (2004-05); Director for Contingency Planning & International Justice, National Security Council, The White House (2002-03)  

Ellen Chapnick, Dean for Social Justice Initiatives (moderator)
WHEN:   Tuesday, September 23, 2008
                  6:15 – 8 p.m.

WHERE: Jerome Greene Hall, Room 103, 435 West 116th Street (bet. Amsterdam Ave. and Morningside Dr.), New York, NY 10027

Social Justice Initiatives was created in 2003 to develop and implement projects that will further Columbia's excellence in preparing public interest and human rights lawyers. Projects advance Columbia's participation in efforts to improve public interest and human rights legal education and to enhance the effectiveness of civil society and democratic governmental organizations in the United States and abroad.

The Center for Public Interest Law, created in 1993, assists students individually in exploring the role of a public interest lawyer in nonprofit organizations, government agencies, international human rights organizations, academia and other areas, including pro bono service in private law firms. The Center provides information, counseling, and guidance about permanent jobs, summer and semester internships, and houses Columbia's mandatory Pro Bono Program. The Center also serves as a focal point for students interested in the Law School's public service courses, clinics, and field projects, helping them forge a comprehensive education that meets their evolving individual needs.

Columbia Law School, founded in 1858, stands at the forefront of legal education and of the law in a global society. Columbia Law School joins traditional strengths in international and comparative law, constitutional law, administrative law, business law and human rights law with pioneering work in the areas of intellectual property, digital technology, sexuality and gender, and criminal law.