Richard Briffault

Former Fellow, 2005-2006

Home Institution, Columbia Law School

LAPA Fellow, 2005-2006

LAPA Fellow

 Columbia Law School<br />Jerome Greene Hall - Room 726<br /> 435 West 116th Street, New York NY 10027




While at LAPA
Richard Briffault is Joseph P. Chamberlain Professor of Legislation at Columbia Law School. His primary areas of teaching, research and writing are state and local government law and the law of the political process. He received his B.A. from Columbia University, and his J.D. from Harvard Law School. He is the co-author of a casebook, State and Local Government Law; author of Balancing Acts: The Reality Behind State Balanced Budget Requirements; and author of Dollars and Democracy: A Blueprint for Campaign Finance Reform, the report of the Commission on Campaign Finance Reform of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. He is also the author of numerous law review articles on local government law, state-local relations, campaign finance reform, and voting rights. While at Princeton, he will work on a book on campaign finance regulation.

Life after LAPA

I continue to focus on state and local government, and law and politics issues. That book on campaign finance regulation is finally in the writing stage.


"Home Rule and Local Political Innovation," Journal of Law and Politics, 2006.

"Defining the Constitutional Question in Partisan Gerrymandering," Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy, Vol. 14, p. 397, 2005.

"Adding Adequacy to Equity: The Evolving Legal Theory of School Finance Reform," SSRN working paper, 2005.

State and Local Government Law, 7th Edition, with Laurie Reynolds (West 2009)

“The Business Improvement District Comes of Age,” 3 Drexel L. Rev. ___ (2011) (forthcoming)

“Campaign Finance Disclosure 2.0,” 9 Elec. L.J. 273 (2010)

“Skelos v. Paterson: The Surprisingly Strong Case for the Governor’s Surprising Power to Appoint a Lieutenant Governor,” 73 Alb. L. Rev. 675 (2010)

“The Most Popular Tool: Tax Increment Financing and the Political

Economy of Local Government,” 77 U. Chi. L. Rev. 65 (2010)

“Town of Telluride v. San Miguel Valley Corp.:Extraterritoriality and Local Autonomy”, 86 Denver U. L. Rev. 1311 (2009)

“Davis v. FEC: The Roberts Court’s Continuing Attack on Campaign Finance Reform”, 44 Tulsa L. Rev. 475 (2009)

“Life of the Parties? Money, Politics and Campaign Finance Reform,” 8 Elec. L. J. 207 (2009)

“Lobbying and Campaign Finance: Separate and Together”, 19 Stan. L. & Pol. Rev. 105 (2008)

“WRTL II: The Sharpest Turn in Campaign Finance’s Long and Winding Road,” 1 Albany Govt L. Rev. 101 (2008)

“WRTL and Randall: The Roberts Court and the Unsettling of Campaign Finance Reform Law,” 68 Ohio State L.J. 807 (2007)