Columbia Law School announced this week that Sarah Knuckey, an international human rights lawyer, professor, and special advisor to the U.N. special rapporteur on extrajudicial executions, will join the Columbia Law School faculty July 1, 2014. Knuckey will serve as the Lieff Cabraser Associate Clinical Professor of Law, director of the Human Rights Clinic, and faculty co-director of the Human Rights Institute.
"Columbia Law School’s clinic and institute have long been leaders and innovators in human rights," Knuckey said. "The clinic and institute will seek to be at the forefront of new efforts to localize human rights and redistribute power, engage in interdisciplinary collaborations, advance human rights methods, and foster an ethic of internal critique."
Lieff Cabraser played a leading in litigating claims by Holocaust survivors against banks, insurance companies, manufacturers, and other entities that profited from persecuting Jews and other minority groups during World War II. We donated our attorneys’ fees in the Swiss Banks case to fund the Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein Clinical Professorship in Human Rights Law at Columbia Law School. The position is devoted to the study of human rights issues around the world.
Robert Lieff has also endowed a second professorship at Columbia Law School. Known as the Robert L. Lieff Professorship, the position supports a faculty member with expertise in cross-border litigation and international law.