In Pursuit of Change
New York, October 23, 2014—Students can make a difference in the world by putting their passion and problem-solving skills to work in any career they pursue, Columbia Law School Dean Robert E. Scott told a standing-room only crowd at a student-faculty workshop series event on Oct. 13.
|(left to right) Professors Mark Barenberg, Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw, and Sarah Knuckey joined Dean Robert E. Scott in a lively discussion with students about how to advocate for change.|
- Barenberg, a labor and employment law expert, mentioned some of his ongoing efforts to advocate for workers’ rights both in the U.S. and abroad;
- Crenshaw talked about her work raising awareness of intersectionality, a term she coined to encapsulate the unique discrimination women of color face based on gender and race
- Knuckey talked about new projects students are involved in, including with the United Nations and studying environmental risks in Papua New Guinea; and
- Scott, a nationally-recognized authority in the fields of contracts, commercial law, and bankruptcy, described his research into new and innovative ways transactional attorneys are designing contracts to facilitate productive business relationships.
|Students packed into the Jerome Greene Annex to hear the professors talk about their work and experiences.|
The professors encouraged students to pursue their existing interests even as they explore the myriad opportunities available to them on campus, to seek out faculty mentors, and to continue to work in the public interest no matter where their career takes them.
|Professor Susan Sturm, left, and Student Public Interest Network Co-Chair Paul Chander '15 organized the event, which allowed students to ask the faculty members about their work advocating for change.|