Noah Kupferberg ’09 has been on a search most of his life for the right career—and the right story.
Kupferberg worked for years in publishing, and then as a journalist at The Village Voice covering film, theater, and the arts. “Publishing and journalism never quite grabbed me,” he says. “What I was doing didn’t seem to make a difference.” He always had an interest in government and politics, and so he decided to attend law school.
At Columbia, Kupferberg found himself drawn to criminal law, enjoying courses with Professor Daniel Richman and a sentencing seminar with Judge Gerard E. Lynch. He kept a full schedule outside the classroom, interning with Judge Lynch in the Southern District of New York, Second Circuit Judge Robert Sack, the Manhattan District Attorney’s office, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York.
Kupferberg was inspired in a way he had never been before. When asked what attracted him to criminal law, he explains with passion: “It’s very real. I was editing a lot of fiction, and I began to feel very isolated from reality. There’s nothing more real than the crimes that people commit, and then the trials to determine their innocence or guilt. Ironically it’s still about stories, but they’re real stories.”
Kupferberg’s long-term career goal has become clear: working as an Assistant U.S. Attorney prosecuting white-collar crime. After graduating, he will clerk with U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Griesa in the Southern District of New York, and then work in white-collar defense for Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe in San Francisco. Along with the prospects for his new career, Kupferberg is also thrilled with the recent addition of a baby to his family. “I’m really, really happy,” he says. “I finally found a fit.”