Barbara Gillers

New York University School of Law

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New York University School of Law


Barbara S. Gillers is an Adjunct Professor of Law at New York University, where she teaches professional responsibility, legal ethics, and the law governing lawyers; directs the Legal Ethics Bureau, a student clinic; and has taught at NYU’s graduate law program based in Singapore.  Ms. Gillers has also taught professional responsibility and the law governing lawyers at Columbia Law School.

Ms. Gillers is a past member of the ABA Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility.  She is Vice Chair of the New York State Bar Association’s Committee on Standards of Attorney Conduct, which studies and makes recommendations for changes in the rules of professional conduct that govern lawyers in New York State.  She has served as a Vice President of the New York City Bar, Chair of its Executive Committee, and Chair of its Committee on Professional and Judicial Ethics, and as a Liaison to the ABA Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility from the Association of American Law Schools Section on Professional Responsibility.  In the summers of 2012, 2014, and 2016 Ms. Gillers was a Guest Professor at the Institute for Austrian and International Tax Law, Vienna University of Economics and Business.

From 1998 to 2009 Ms. Gillers was of counsel at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP where she practiced in the area of the law governing lawyers and law firms, advising law firms, not-for-profit and corporate law departments and others on compliance and regulatory matters including matters before government regulators and courts.  From 1979 to 1983, Ms. Gillers was an Assistant US Attorney in the Southern District of New York and before that held various positions in both the public and private sector.  She served as the First Deputy Chief Counsel to the Departmental Disciplinary Committee for the First Judicial Department of New York for nine years.  While at the Disciplinary Committee, Ms. Gillers handled complex and sensitive investigations and prosecutions, participated in the management of the office and advised on changes to the Court’s Rules and the New York Code of Professional Responsibility.


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