New York Law Journal

James Comey to Teach at Columbia Law

Comey will teach a spring semester seminar called "Lawyers and Leaders" as a "Leader in Residence" at the law school.

Columbia Law School has landed a big name to teach next semester: Former FBI Director James Comey.

The school announced Tuesday that Comey will be a “Leader in Residence” as part of the school’s Reuben Mark Initiative, which each year brings two corporate executives, law firm leaders, and high-level government workers to campus to teach, advise students, and participate in law school programming. Comey is being joined by former Facebook general counsel Colin Stretch, who will again teach a spring semester seminar called “The Role of General Counsel in the Modern Economy.” (Stretch, who left Facebook in 2019, was also a Leader in Residence at Columbia last spring.)

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How Law Schools Are Encouraging Students to go In-House

While speaking to Columbia Law School students, a former Con Edison general counsel shared a pro tip from her in-house career: It's up to corporate counsel to first understand the company's needs, and then help the business achieve those goals. The event, which was also open to business students, was part of the law school's Reuben Mark Initiative for Organizational Character and Leadership, a joint project between the law and business schools that began in fall 2017. Out of that came the In-House Counsel Lab, which focuses on research and experiential learning opportunities and offers a handful of courses taught by sitting and retired general counsel from companies including Facebook, Apple and Nike.

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Corporate Counsel

In-House Master Class: At Columbia, Former GC of Facebook Is Bringing the Real World Into the Classroom

If the purpose of law school is to train eager minds to “think like a lawyer,” then the purpose of a Columbia Law School seminar taught by former Facebook Inc. vice president and general counsel Colin Stretch is to teach them to think specifically like an in-house lawyer. 

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Corporate Counsel

Behind the Columbia Initiative: An Enduring General Counsel/CEO Bond

An inside look into the Columbia in-house counsel program and one of their two leaders Andrew Hendry.


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As the Leader, I Believe “Transparency, Integrity, and Inclusiveness Should Come Out of a Company's Culture”

Elizabeth Moore, former senior vice president and general counsel at Consolidated Edison, discusses her early influences, the values she leans on as a leader in challenging moments, and the work it takes to build an honest and diverse corporate culture.


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