Richard Briffault is the Joseph P. Chamberlain Professor of Legislation at Columbia Law School. His research, writing and teaching focus on state and local government law, the law of the political process, government ethics and property.
Since 2014 he has been the Chair of the New York City Conflicts of Interest Board. He was a member of New York's Moreland Act Commission to Investigate Public Corruption (2013-14). He served as a member of or consultant to several New York City and State commissions dealing with state and local governance including the New York State Commission on Local Government Efficiency & Competitiveness (2007-08), the Temporary New York Commission on Constitutional Revision (1993-95), the New York City Real Property Tax Reform Commission (1993), and the New York City Charter Revision Commission (1987-89). He is currently the Reporter for the American Law Institute's project on Principles of Government Ethics. He is co-author of the textbook State and Local Government Law (8th ed. 2016); principal author of Dollars and Democracy: A Blueprint for Campaign Finance Reform (Report of the Commission on Campaign Finance Reform of New York City Bar Association); and author of Balancing Acts: The Reality Behind State Balanced Budget Requirements as well as more than seventy-five law review articles. He is also vice-chair of Citizens Union of the City of New York.
Professor Briffault joined the Columbia faculty in 1983. He received his B.A. summa cum laude from Columbia University and his J.D. magna cum laude from Harvard University. He was law clerk to the Honorable Shirley M. Hufstedler of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and was Assistant Counsel to New York Governor Hugh L. Carey.