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Suzanne Goldberg

The Office of University Life is led by Executive Vice President Suzanne Goldberg. A leading expert in sexuality and gender law, Professor Goldberg is also the Herbert and Doris Wechsler Clinical Professor of Law, founder and director of the Sexuality and Gender Law Clinic, and co-director of the Center for Gender & Sexuality Law at Columbia Law School, where she has been on the faculty since 2006.

Since her appointment to Executive Vice President for University Life in January 2015, Professor Goldberg has focused the office’s efforts on Columbia as community, working actively on student life, intellectual life and community citizenship across Columbia’s many schools.  Among the programs she has spearheaded are the nationally-recognized Sexual Respect and Community Citizenship Initiative, University-wide task forces on Gender-Based Misconduct Prevention and on Race, Ethnicity and Inclusion, and Columbia’s new Awakening Our Democracy series focused on race, ethnicity, disparities and justice and other pressing issues of our time.

A long-time advocate and attorney, Professor Goldberg began her career at Lambda Legal, the nation’s oldest and largest legal organization focused on LGBT and HIV-related civil rights. There, she worked on immigration, employment discrimination, and family law matters as well as two cases that eventually became cornerstone gay rights victories at the U.S. Supreme Court – Lawrence v. Texas, which struck down Texas’s sodomy law, and Romer v. Evans, which overturned an anti-gay Colorado constitutional amendment.  She has continued this line of work since joining Columbia’s faculty, filing briefs in nearly every marriage equality case in the U.S.  She has also served as Special Advisor on Sexual Assault Prevention and Response to Columbia President Lee C. Bollinger since July 2014. 

Professor Goldberg has received numerous awards for her teaching and scholarship, including Columbia Law School’s  Professor Willis L.M. Reese Award for Excellence in Teaching (2009) and its Public Interest Professor of the Year Award (2008).  She graduated with honors from  Brown University and Harvard Law School and was a Fulbright Fellow at the National University of Singapore.

She has been spotted playing – and scoring – in law school basketball games, and further back in time, as one of the first girls on the White Plains, NY Little League baseball team, where she grew up with dreams of pitching and playing center field in the major leagues.


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