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James S. Liebman

Visiting Professor of Law
James S. Liebman is a Visiting Professor of Law at Yale Law School and the Simon H. Rifkind Professor of Law at Columbia Law School. He teaches, researches, and writes in the areas of criminal law, evidence, ethics, habeas corpus, the death penalty, equality and equal protection, public interest advocacy, and education and the law. Prior to joining the Columbia faculty in 1985, he served as assistant counsel to the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, specializing in school desegregation, capital punishment, and habeas corpus. He is the author of numerous books and articles on the death penalty, federal habeas corpus, public education reform, equal protection, and evidence and has argued several habeas corpus and death penalty appeals in the U.S. Supreme Court. He holds a B.A. from Yale and a J.D. from Stanford Law School.

J.D., Stanford Law School, 1977
B.A., Yale College, 1974

Courses Taught
Public Sector Structural Change