Columbia Law School has announced that Sarah Knuckey, the Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein Clinical Associate Professor of Human Rights, has received a 2017 Presidential Award for Outstanding Teaching by Faculty. The award is presented annually at the Law School’s Commencement ceremony and honors a small number of instructors nominated by the Columbia community who display a commitment to excellent and innovative teaching.
Knuckey is an international human rights lawyer who is dedicated to reporting on human rights investigations and armed conflict violations throughout the world. These include unlawful killings, sexual violence, corporate abuses, impacts of extractive industries, and protest rights. She has been actively working on numerous human rights field projects as the director of Columbia Law School’s Human Rights Clinic. This year, she and her students worked on projects in different countries, including the Central African Republic, Papua New Guinea, and Yemen, in order to advance the law and revolutionize human rights methodologies.
The Columbia Law School Commencement ceremony will take place on May 17th this year. Congratulations Sarah!
About the Columbia Law School Lieff Cabraser Clinical Professorship in Human Rights
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 L. 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.