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Columbia Law Professor Harvey J. Goldschmid Confirmed for SEC Post

By Hayley Miller

Harvey J. Goldschmid

Columbia Law Professor Harvey J. Goldschmid, CC '62, Law '65, is one of four new commissioners confirmed by the United States Senate to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The Senate confirmed Goldschmid prior to adjourning for its August recess.

This will mark a return engagement to the SEC for Goldschmid, who took a leave of absence from teaching at the Law School (May 1998 through 1999) to serve as SEC general counsel under former chairman Arthur Levitt. During his tenure at the SEC, Goldschmid was influential in developing the Regulation Fair Disclosure, which bars public companies from providing market-moving information to Wall Street analysts unless they release it simultaneously to the public. Additionally, he was a key player in the SEC's push for tougher rules on auditor independence.

Levitt also has a strong relationship with the University. He received an honorary doctor of laws degree from Columbia in 2001. In addition, Law Professor Harlan M. Blake currently holds the Arthur Levitt Professorship Emeritus of Law.

Goldschmid, a member of the Law School faculty since 1970, will take a leave of absence from the University during his tenure at the SEC, which concludes June 5, 2004. Goldschmid also chaired Columbia's Advisory Committee on Socially Responsible Investing, which was established in 2000 to deliberate upon issues of corporate social responsibility confronting the University as an investor and to advise the University Trustees. A new chair has not yet been named.

Widely respected by his students and peers, Goldschmid has written numerous articles on antitrust, corporate law, securities law and legal education.

Published: Aug 12, 2002
Last modified: Sep 18, 2002


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