Medal For Excellence Awarded

At the annual Winter Luncheon in February, Dean David Schizer awarded the Medal for Excellence to Steven Epstein ’68 and the late Jerome L. Greene. Before a crowd of more than 325 at the Waldorf Astoria, Dean Schizer hailed both men as exceptional members of the Law School community. Our medalists have had profound impact on the lives of many, Dean Schizer said. We could not be more proud of their professional stature or more impressed with their commitment to philanthropy.

Epstein, a senior partner at the firm of Epstein Becker & Green in Washington, D.C., is a “towering figure in the field of health care law,” Dean Schizer said. Epstein was instrumental in developing the legal basis for, and acceptance of, managed care as the most prominent form of health care delivery. “Receiving the Medal for Excellence is one of these cherished moments,” he said. Epstein offered heartfelt thanks to his family and said the award signaled that he had struck the right balance in life between loved ones, work, and community involvement.


Pictured, left to right:

John M. Olivieri '94, President of the Columbia Law School Association

Dawn Greene, President and CEO of the Jerome L. Greene Foundation (accepted award posthumously in honor of her husband, Jerome L. Greene, ’28, ’83 HON 1906–1999| Lawyer, real estate investor, philanthropist)

David M. Schizer, Dean and the Lucy G. Moses Professor of Law, Columbia Law School

Steven Epstein, ’68, Senior Partner, Epstein Becker & Green, P.C.

Epstein also lauded his fellow award-winner, Jerome Greene, a lawyer, real estate investor, and philanthropist for whom the Law School’s flagship building is named. Greene was a “dedicated New Yorker and ardent Columbian who believed in the transformative power of giving,” said Dean Schizer. Before he passed away in 1999, Greene established scholarships and professorships at the Law School, set up fellowships at Julliard, served on Lincoln Center’s Board of Directors, and supported the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore Medical Center. His wife, Dawn, president and CEO of the Jerome L. Greene Foundation, continues his commitment to his alma mater and to New York City.

To watch a video of the awards ceremony, click here.
To view the event program, click here.