Christopher Riano '07 will return to the Columbia classroom this fall to teach Constitutional Law through the Lens of Higher Education. The course will explore the most controversial aspects of the American Constitution and how they play out daily on college campuses across the country. Who gets admitted to elite institutions, and what factors should they consider? Faculties have tenure to protect their right to challenge conventional wisdom, but what exactly does Academic Freedom protect? Students have the right to free speech, or do they? How does the law treat private and public institutions differently? This course will discuss topics including the First Amendment right to free speech, the Fifth Amendment's takings clause, the Sixth Amendment right to counsel, and the Fourteenth Amendment's guarantee of equal protection, procedural due process and substantive due process in regards to life, liberty, and property.
Riano is founder and CEO of The Riano Group, LLC, a consulting practice working for national and international institutions of higher education. In addition, The Riano Group represents select clients with truly global reach, offering unique legal counsel to high-profile individuals and groups around the world. The Riano Group currently operates out of New York, NY and Washington, DC. In addition to his consulting practice, Riano is the inaugural Chairman of the Board of Visitors for the Student Affairs Committee of the Columbia University Senate, and co-chair of the GS Recent Alumni Leadership Committee.
To register for this class, alumni should contact the School of Continuing Education at firstname.lastname@example.org.