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Thursday, June 29, 2006

CrimProf Debra A. Livingston Nominated to U.S. Court of Appeals

DlivingstonCrimProf Debra A. Livingston,the vice dean and Paul J. Kellner Professor of Law at Columbia Law School, has been nominated to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit.

Livingston is co-author of Comprehensive Criminal Procedure, the leading casebook on criminal procedure and has done pioneering work on community policing. She has written and lectured about domestic surveillance, national security issues and the delicate balance with individual rights.

From 1986 to 1991, she was assistant U.S. attorney in the Southern District of New York, where she prosecuted public corruption cases and served as deputy chief of appeals. From 1994 to 2003, she served as a commissioner of the New York City Civilian Complaint Review Board, overseeing complaints about police brutality. She also served as legal consultant to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Bangkok (1982-83) and was an associate at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison.

Livingston began her academic career in 1992 at the University of Michigan Law School and joined the faculty of Columbia Law School in 1994. As the Paul J. Kellner Professor of Law at Columbia, she teaches criminal procedure and evidence, as well as seminars on national security and terrorism. She co-directs the school’s Center on Crime, Community and Law and served as vice dean of the Law School and chair of the Appointments Committee. She received her undergraduate degree from Princeton University and her J. D. from Harvard Law School. After graduation, she clerked for the Honorable J. Edward Lumbard, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit.

"I'm delighted she has been nominated," says Columbia Law School Dean David Schizer. "She is an extraordinarily skilled lawyer and wise leader in our community. If confirmed, Livingston will bring a rare combination of wisdom, judgment and expert lawyering to the bench. She will be a fabulous asset to the judiciary. At Columbia, we’re delighted by her nomination" [Mark Godsey]

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