ALI Council, Director Emeritus
Lance Liebman was the Director of The American Law Institute from 1999 to 2014, and was elected to the ALI Council to begin serving a five-year term on the day that his directorship ended. Professor Liebman is the William S. Beinecke Professor of Law at Columbia University and Director of Columbia’s Parker School of Foreign and Comparative Law. He is the coauthor of law school casebooks on property, employment law, and the legal profession.
Before joining Columbia in 1991 as Dean and Lucy G. Moses Professor of Law, Professor Liebman was on the faculty of Harvard Law School for 21 years, becoming a full professor in 1976 and serving as Associate Dean from 1981 to 1984. He spent two years working on transportation and community issues as an Assistant to Mayor John V. Lindsay of New York City, after serving as a law clerk to Justice Byron White of the U.S. Supreme Court during the Court’s 1967 term.
Professor Liebman has been a Visiting Fulbright Professor of Law at Maharajah Sayajirao University in Baroda, India, a visiting lecturer at Tokyo University, and an adviser for the Japanese Institute of Labor. He also taught at the Harvard-Fulbright School in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, and at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel. He was a contributor to the ALI Reporters’ Study on Enterprise Responsibility for Personal Injury published in 1991.
EDUCATION: Yale University, B.A.; Cambridge University, M.A.; Harvard Law School, J.D.