Our Diverse Community
At Columbia Law, we cultivate and value a talented community that is broadly and multidimensionally representative. More than that, our students come from countries around the world, speak hundreds of languages, and have earned degrees in every subject, from comparative literature to particle physics. And they have educational backgrounds as diverse as they are, whether they have lawyers in their families or are the first in their family to attend college.
Events and Programming
Each week, students attend events, conferences, and other programs that engage with issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion, and hear from a wide range of experts. These programs can take many forms: a panel discussion on women in the legal profession, a gathering of alumni of color, or a conference sponsored by a student affinity group.
Our Commitment to Anti-Racism
During the summer of 2020, Dean Lester announced the creation of an Anti-Racism Steering Committee composed of faculty, students, and senior administrators to evaluate, coordinate, and strengthen anti-racism efforts across the Law School. The creation of this Committee is part of Columbia Law's ongoing commitment to engaging in the hard work of self-examination—our past, our values, or responsibilities—and charting a course for a future built on a strong and indefatigable commitment to combating structural racism. Read the Committee's agenda and see below for the its composition and areas of focus.
David Pozen, Vice Dean for Intellectual Life and Charles Keller Beekman Professor of Law
Richard Briffault, Joseph P. Chamberlain Professor of Legislation
Jamal Greene, Dwight Professor of Law
Gillian Lester, Dean and Lucy G. Moses Professor of Law (ex officio)
Lynnise E. Pantin, Clinical Professor of Law
Colleen F. Shanahan, Clinical Professor of Law
Yadira Ramos-Herbert, Associate Dean for Student and Registration Services
Erica Smock, Assistant Dean and Dean for Social Justice Initiatives and Public Service Lawyering
Anu Chugh, Class of 2022
Dante Violette, Class of 2022