James S. Liebman

Simon H. Rifkind Professor of Law, Columbia Law School

James S. Liebman is the Simon H. Rifkind Professor of Law at Columbia Law School (B.A. Yale 1974, J.D. Stanford 1977). Jim served as law clerk to Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens (1978-79), was Assistant Counsel at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (1979-85), and joined the Columbia law faculty in 1985. He has written widely on the death penalty, habeas corpus, evidence and public education reform. Among his coauthored works are The Wrong Carlos: Anatomy of a Wrongful Execution (2014), A Modern Approach to Evidence (5th ed. 2014), and Federal Habeas Corpus Practice and Procedure. Jim is a recipient of the Norman Redlich Capital Defense Distinguished Service Award, Law & Society Association Article Prize, the National Association of Criminal Defense lawyers Champion of Justice Award, a Soros Senior Justice Fellowship, and New York City’s Overall Excellence in Technology Award. He has argued five criminal cases in the United States Supreme Court.

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