Adjunct Assistant Professor of Public Service
Jeff Metzler is the Chief of Litigation for the New York City Council, where he is responsible for managing the Council’s involvement in litigation, including constitutional challenges to local laws, employment lawsuits, and amicus briefs. Prior to joining the Council, Mr. Metzler was a law clerk for Judge Diana Motz on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and has held positions as an Assistant Solicitor General for New York State, as Vice President for Economic Empowerment at Empire State Development, and as a math teacher at a public high school in New York City. Mr. Metzler graduated magna cum laude from Brown and holds a J.D. from Yale Law School and a Master’s in Public Administration from Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs. He is the Chair of the New York City Bar Association’s Education Committee, a Trustee of the First Presbyterian Church of New York, and lives in Manhattan with his wife and their two children, ages 9 and 6.
Law and Public Policy
This course introduces students to the manner in which the judiciary, the legislature, and the executive shape public policy in the U.S. Since the adoption of the Constitution, the powers and limitations of each branch of government to shape policy has evolved as new challenges arise and each branch seeks to assert its influence on how the nation responds. The course uses current public policy debates such as legal challenges to the Affordable Care Act and aspects of the War on Terror as well as historical examples to explore the evolution of power for the three branches of government and the manner in which legal issues shape policy development and implementation. Readings will include books, articles, and excerpts from court cases.