George Clooney's Wife Amal To Teach At Columbia Law School
Amal Clooney is going to teach at Columbia Law School.
The New York Post reported that 37-year-old civil rights lawyer, who is living in New York City for the next few months while husband George shoots "Money Monster," will serve as a guest professor this spring at the uber-prestigious college, lecturing students at the Law School's Human Rights Institute.
"It is an honor to be invited as a visiting professor at Columbia Law School alongside such a distinguished faculty and talented student pool," Amal said in a statement. "I look forward to getting to know the next generation of human rights advocates studying here."
Human Rights Institute co-director Professor Sarah H. Cleveland told The Post, "We are privileged to have an international human rights practitioner of Amal Clooney's stature join our faculty. Her extensive experience advocating before UN and regional human rights mechanisms complements our existing offerings and will enrich the experience of our students."
It remains to be seen if Amal's position at Columbia will turn the campus into a paparazzi bonanza. Glenn Selig of The Publicity Agency, via Fox News, recently argued that while Amal's newfound celebrity brings needed international attention to some legal cases, her enormous fame also has the potential to "turn a serious situation into a circus, like it apparently has at the European Court of Human Rights [where she is working an Armenian Genocide case]."
"[But] if she does not pursue her own career she will always and only be known only as Mrs. George Clooney," added Selig. "Over time, people will even forget she had a career. [Her presence] will, at least for near future, cause a distraction outside the courtroom. [However] there are clearly important cases that would otherwise not be receiving worldwide exposure if not for her celebrity tie so there is an upside to it."
Awareness is good, but, do Columbia law students, after pulling an all-nighter, really want to weave through a horde of shouting and spitting photogs? Probably not.