Former FBI Director James Comey to teach at Columbia Law

Students who are part of Columbia Law School’s Reuben Mark Initiative for Organizational Character & Leadership program will be taught by ex-FBI Director James Comey for the Spring 2021 semester. Beginning in January 2021, Comey will be appointed senior research scholar and distinguished fellow of the program. His new seminar is titled, “Lawyers and Leaders.” 

“Very excited to return to teaching at Columbia in the new year,” Comey tweeted Dec. 1. 

The Mark Initiative’s Leader-in-Residence Program hosts executives from multinational corporations, leading law firms and key government agencies who have first-hand experience with the challenges of building organizational policies and practices premised on ethical values and optimal work environments, according to the law school. 

Prior to becoming the director of the FBI, Comey was a longtime federal prosecutor for the Southern District of New York and served as deputy attorney general of the U.S. He’s also worked at major corporations and previously held a senior research appointment with Columbia Law’s National Security Law Program. 

“…Comey’s experience represents a broadening of the Mark Initiative’s focus to include leadership of major public institutions, complementing existing offerings relating to corporations and law firms,” the law school wrote in his biography on the program’s website announcement.

In addition to Comey, Colin Stretch, former general counsel of Facebook, Inc., will also be returning to Columbia Law as part of the program to reprise his popular seminar, “The Role of the General Counsel in the Modern Economy,” according to the law school. 

The Reuben Mark Initiative for Organizational Character and Leadership is a joint initiative between Columbia Law School and Columbia Business School that provides students, practitioners, and organizations an unmatched curriculum and distinctive programs that impart lifelong leadership lessons on exceptional organizational character and culture. 

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