Columbia Business and Law Schools Launch New Interdisciplinary Academic Center
May 19th marked the official launch of the Richard Paul Richman Center for Business, Law and Public Policy, a new academic center that the Columbia Business and Law Schools will administer jointly.
“The center will provide a space for great scholars of the law and business schools to formulate, collaborate and debate the public policy issues of today,” said Richard Richman, whose family foundation awarded $10 million to establish the interdisciplinary center. “We are here today to celebrate a great new institution for Columbia and, hopefully, for our nation,” he added.
Richman is chairman of the Richman Group, one of the largest owners and developers of rental housing in the nation, and a graduate of both Columbia Law School (’72) and Columbia Business School (’73).
The center is intended to help bridge what students are learning in each school with applications in the real world and to encourage students to explore career paths at the intersection between business, law and public policy. CBS Dean Glenn Hubbard and Law School Dean David Schizer will serve together as co-directors.
“A love of questioning will be the foundation of this center, which will develop new curricula for both the business and law schools and host faculty, alumni and student dialogues on topics where business, law and public policy converge,” Dean Hubbard said.
The gift from the Richard Paul and Ellen S. Richman Private Family Foundation also will fund two new professorships, one in each law and business, and support the launch of center activities, including curriculum development, faculty research projects and panel discussions and conferences.
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