The Catholic University of America

Harris Weinstein
Distinguished Lecturer

Harris Weinstein joined the Columbus School of Law Faculty in January 2007. His primary interests are in international arbitration, transnational contract law, and advocacy, oral and written.
He will teach International Commercial arbitration during the Fall 2012 Semester. He will also coach the law school’s team for the Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot and the Frankfurt Investment Arbitration Moot competitions throughout the 2012-2013 Academic year. His other courses have been Introduction to International Arbitration and Mediation, the Law of Agency, Banking Law, Regulated Industries, and the Law of Not-for-Profit Organizations. He has also taught American Banking Law in the law school’s American Law program at the Jagiellonian University.
Weinstein’s professional career had been primarily in the private practice of law at Covington & Burling LLP prior to his retirement from the firm in 2009. His practice focused on complex civil litigation covering a broad range of subject matters. He has appeared in federal district courts throughout the country and argued appeals in a majority of the United States Courts of Appeals. He has also argued nine cases in the Supreme Court.
From 1990 to 1992, Weinstein served as chief counsel of the Office of Thrift Supervision in the U.S. Department of the Treasury. From 1967 to 1969, he was an assistant to the Solicitor General, U.S. Department of Justice. From 1961-1962, he was law clerk to Judge William H. Hastie of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. He was a public member of the Administrative Conference of the United States in 1982-1990 and chaired its Committee of Government Processes in 1988-1990. 
In the past he has written on professional responsibility and on the responsibilities of corporate fiduciaries. He has co-taught a seminar on advanced problems of legal ethics at the University of Virginia and lectured at a number of other law schools, including the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagne and the University of Michigan.
His published articles include: Regulatory Child Support: Capital Maintenance Requirements in the United States, 14 J. Int'l Banking L. 18 (1999) (with E. Jason Albert); Lawyer Liability Under the Securities Laws: Recent Developments, 28 RICO L. Rep. 362 (1998) (with Karen D. Coombs and Wendy L. Feng); Client Confidences and The Rules of Professional Responsibility: Too Little Consensus and Too Much Confusion, 35 S. Texas L. Rev. 1001 (1994); Advising Corporate Directors After the Savings and Loan Disaster, 48 Business Lawyer 1499 (1993); Attorney Liability in the Savings and Loan Crisis, 1993 Ill. L. Rev. 53; Partisan Gerrymandering: The Next Hurdle in the Political Thicket?, 1 J.L. & Pol., 357 (1984). He also was among the authors of ABA Antitrust Section Monograph No. 10, Interlocking Directorates Under Section 8 of the Clayton Act (1984).  

His pro bono legal work has included representation of low-income tenants facing eviction and a tenants association; representation of an appellant in Jones and Short v. United States, 342 F. 2d 863 (D.C. Cir 1964)(en banc) and Short v. United State, 344 F.2d 550 (D.C. Circuit 1965); representation of a non-profit organization denied tax exempt status because of its magazine’s promotion of lesbianism, Big Mama Rag, Inc. v. United States, 631 F.2d 1030 (1980); and service as counsel to the Committees on Credentials and Contests of the Republican National Conventions in 1984 and 1988.
He has also been a director and officer of the Jewish Social Service Agency of Greater Washington, a director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington, a member of the advisory committee of the Commonwealth Institute (Richmond, VA), and initial chair of the Jewish Funeral Practices Committee of Greater Washington. In the for-profit sector he was a director of Undiscovered Managers, a mutual fund sponsor subsequently merged into a larger financial company.
Weinstein received S.B. and S.M. degrees in mathematics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has been active in MIT Alumni/ae Association matters, having chaired the school’s Alumni/ae Fund Board and been president of its Alumni/ae Association, a member of the MIT Corporation and a chair of its Mathematics Department Visiting Committee.
His law degree is from Columbia University, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Columbia Law Review.