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President's Curriculum Vitae

 

DAVID W. LEEBRON


Rice University
Office of the President MS-1
6100 Main Street
Houston , Texas 77005
Telephone 713.348.5050
email: president@rice.edu 

 

 

EMPLOYMENT

2004-Present  

RICE UNIVERSITY
President, July 2004-Present
Professor, Department of Political Science, 2004-Present

 

HOUSTON, TEXAS

1989-2004



 
 
 
 
COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW
Dean and Lucy G. Moses Professor of Law (1996-2004)

Subjects Taught (since 1983): Corporate Finance, International Corporate Finance, International Economic Law, International Trade, Human Rights, International Law, Privacy, Torts

President, Columbia Community Services, a charitable organization at Columbia which raises funds from Columbia University faculty and employees for the benefit of neighborhood organizations which provide needed services.

 

 NEW YORK,
NEW YORK

1992-1993
(Winter)

UNIVERSITÄT BIELEFELD
Jean Monnet Visiting Professor
 
 

BIELEFELD,
GERMANY
1983-1989 NEW YORK UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW
Professor of Law and Director, International Legal Studies Program
 
 
 
1981-1983 CLEARY, GOTTLIEB, STEEN & HAMILTON
Associate specializing in corporate practice
 
 
NEW YORK,
NEW YORK
1980 UCLA SCHOOL OF LAW
Acting Assistant Professor of Law (Teaching Torts)
 
 
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA
1979 JUDGE SHIRLEY M. HUFSTEDLER
Law clerk, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
 
 
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA


EDUCATION

HARVARD LAW SCHOOL
J.D. magna cum laude, 1979.
Sears Prize (given to the two students receiving the highest averages in the first year class).
President, Harvard Law Review (Volume 92).
 
 

CAMBRIDGE,
MASSACHUSETTS
HARVARD COLLEGE
B.A. summa cum laude, 1976. Major: History and Science.
Thesis: "Hermann Kolbe and the Structural Theory of Organic Chemistry: A Case Study in Scientific Opposition"
CAMBRIDGE,
MASSACHUSETTS


PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

 

Council on Foreign Relations

Commission on Federal Election Reform (2005-06, co-chaired by President Jimmy Carter and Secretary James Baker)

National Commission on the War Powers (2007-08, co-chaired by Secretary Warren Christopher and Secretary James Baker)

National Security Higher Education Advisory Board

Greater Houston Partnership (Executive Committee)

BioHouston (Board of Directors)

Harvard Law School Visiting Committee (2004-2010)

Internet2 Board of Trustees (2010-)

KIPP Foundation (National Board of Directors)

IMAX Corporation (Board of Directors)

Jacobs University Bremen (Board of Directors)

Member of Delegation led by Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings to Japan, Korea and China (2006)

Recipient:  Commandeur de l'Ordre National du Mérite [awarded by Government of France and presented by Ambassador of France to the United States]; Wm. Penn Charter School Alumni Award of Merit; Honorary Degree from Nankai University (Tianjin, China); International Executive of the Year awarded  by Greater Houston Partnership; Distinguished Friend of China award presented by Chinese Civic Center of Greater Houston Chinese Community

Selected Activities before becoming President of Rice University:

American Association of Law Schools (Nomination Committee, 2003)

American Bar Association (member, Standards Review Committee)

American Law Deans Association (Board of Directors)

American Law Institute (ex officio)

American Society of International Law

Association of the Bar of the City of New York (formerly on the Committee on International Affairs)

Foundation Press (Editorial Board)

New York State Judicial Institute on Professionalism in the Law.

Bar admissions: Hawaii (inactive), New York, Pennsylvania (inactive).


PUBLICATIONS

Linkage, 96 Amer. J. Int'l Law 621 (2002).

Regulatory Discrimination in Domestic United States Law: A Model for the GATS? (OECD paper 2002).

The Philosophy of Legal Education, 19 Nihon Univ. J. Comp. L. 115 (2002).

Human Rights (Foundation Press 1999) (with Henkin, Neuman and Orentlicher).

Mutual Recognition: Structure, Problems and Prospects (OECD paper 1997).

Harmonization: A Theoretical Framework, Canadian Business Law Journal (1996).

Lying Down with Procrustes: An Analysis of Harmonization Claims, in Bhagwati and Hudec (eds.), Fair Trade and Harmonization (MIT Press 1996).

Implementing the Uruguay Round in the United States , in Jackson and Sykes (eds.), Implementing the Uruguay Round ( Oxford University Press, 1997).

An Overview of the Uruguay Round Results, Aktuelle Juristische Praxis, 9/95, p. 1137 (1995), and 34 Columbia J. Transnational Law 11 (1995).

Non-tariff Trade Barriers: Technical Barriers to Trade, in Chung-Hua Institution for Economic Research, Conference Series No. Workshop on the Multilateral Trade Negotiations of GATT (1992).

"Computers", in Encyclopedia of the American Constitution (1992) (with Rochelle Dreyfuss).

Limited Liability, Tort Victims and Creditors, 91 Colum. L. Rev. 1565 (1991).

A Game Theoretic Approach to the Regulation of Foreign Direct Investment and the Multinational Corporation, 60 Univ. Cincinnati L. Rev. 305 (1991).

The Right to Privacy's Place in the Intellectual History of Tort Law, 41 Case W. Res. L. Rev. 769 (1991).

An Introduction to Products Liability Law: Issues and Trends, 1990 Annual Survey of American Law 395 (1991).

First Things First: A Comment on Securitizing Third World Debt, 1989 Colum. Bus. L. Rev. 173.

Final Moments: Damages for Pain and Suffering Prior to Death, 64 N.Y.U. Rev. 256 (1989).

An Introduction to Products Liability: Origins, Theory, Issues and Trends, in R. Zäch , US and EEC Product Liability: Issues and Trends (1989).

Foreword: Privacy and Information Technology, 1986 Ann. Surv. Am. L. 495 (with Rochelle Dreyfuss).

Games Corporations Play: A Theory of Tender Offers, 61 N.Y.U. L. Rev. 153 (1986).

Defense Strategies in Proxy Contests, in D. Blotch & H. Pitt, Hostile Battles for Corporate Control, Vol. 1 (with C. Nathan and B. Steinfeld).

Comment, Double Deductions in the Context of Affiliated Corporations: Textron, Inc. v. United States , 91 Harv. L. Rev. 692 (1978).

Book reviews: Asian Wall Street Journal, American Journal of International Law.


INVITED SPEAKER

Invited speaker at symposia and conferences on international education, international trade law, foreign investment, harmonization, product liability, privacy, corporate law, tort law, and legal education.   


TRANSACTIONAL EXPERIENCE

Leveraged Leasing, Aircraft Financing, Tender Offers, Private Placements, Asset Backed Financing, Corporate Debt Restructuring, International Debt Restructuring, Project Finance.  Litigation experience in financial fraud.  Arbitrator in securities fraud case. 


LANGUAGES   

Excellent German and fair French.


FAMILY    

Married to Y. Ping Sun; two children, Daniel (13 years) and Merissa (11 years).