Berit Berger ’02, Former Assistant United States Attorney, Joins Columbia Law School’s Center for the Advancement of Public Integrity as Executive Director
Berger succeeds Jennifer Rodgers, who headed CAPI since it was established in 2013.
New York, October 11, 2018—The Center for the Advancement of Public Integrity (CAPI) at Columbia Law School announced today that Berit Berger joined the center as executive director. Berger, a member of the Columbia Law School Class of 2002, succeeds Jennifer Rodgers, who served as CAPI’s executive director since CAPI’s founding in 2013.
Berger previously served as a federal prosecutor for more than 11 years in the United States Attorney’s Offices for both the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York. As an assistant U.S. attorney, Berger worked on a wide variety of federal criminal matters, for which she argued appeals before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, conducted jury trials, and supervised oversaw federal criminal cases on public corruption, terrorism, violent crime, fraud, and racketeering. Berger also held numerous supervisory positions within the U.S. Attorney’s Office, including chief of the general crimes unit and deputy chief of the organized crime and gangs unit.
Prior to becoming a federal prosecutor, Berger was a litigation associate at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, and worked as a law clerk in the Southern District of New York for the Honorable James C. Francis IV.
“With her steep experience as a former federal prosecutor, including in corruption cases, Berit has the perfect background to lead CAPI and continue its body of work comprised of innovative tools, meaningful programming, and publications for investigators, prosecutors, and other government enforcement and oversight professionals,” said Rose Gill Hearn, chair of CAPI’s advisory board.
“Since its founding five years ago, CAPI has become an important part of the Columbia Law School community, providing terrific opportunities for students to work on interesting projects that help anti-corruption practitioners and for really making a difference to scholars and practitioners in the field,” said Richard Briffault, Columbia Law’s Joseph P. Chamberlain Professor of Legislation and CAPI advisory board member. “I want to thank Jennifer Rodgers for her outstanding service and dedication to CAPI.” Rodgers will continue to teach as a Lecturer-in-Law at Columbia Law School, and is now a member of CAPI’s advisory board. “I am looking forward to working with Berit to continue CAPI’s great work,” said Briffault.
CAPI’s mission is to improve the capacity of public offices and practitioners to deter, identify, and combat corruption. CAPI has created a first-of-its kind public integrity community, currently numbering 10,000+ practitioners and scholars. Through this community, CAPI helps government entities strive towards honest, transparent, and accountable government, and empowers watchdog groups to conduct necessary oversight through learning, sharing, and networking. CAPI produces independent research and publications, and brings together scholars who are studying and conducting cutting-edge research into corruption with the practitioners charged with eradicating it, as well as advocacy groups whose work shines a light on this critical problem.
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