Heidi Gilchrist

Assistant Professor of Legal Writing

250 Joralemon Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Areas of Expertise

National Security Law
Legal Writing
International Law
Human Rights Law
Civil Litigation

B.A., Yale University
J.D., Columbia Law School

Professor Gilchrist joined the faculty in fall 2015. She teaches Legal Writing and National Security Law. She is also a Lecturer-in-Law at Columbia Law School.

Professor Gilchrist's scholarship focuses on national security law issues and the intersection of national security with civil rights and human rights law. In addition to law reviews and journals, her commentary has been published in The Washington Post, Miami Herald, Just Security, and Jurist, among others. In February 2017, Professor Gilchrist was appointed to the Fulbright Specialist roster making her eligible for an international teaching grant through the J. William Fulbright Scholars Program.

Previously, she served in the federal government as an analyst at the CIA and subsequently as a liaison to the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force in New York City. Professor Gilchrist also worked as a managing editor at Wordsworth Publishing, writing and editing legal publications including American JurisprudenceAmerican Law Reports, and American Law of Torts. Before that, she practiced law at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton in New York, where she focused on securities law and international law. She clerked for Judge Robert P. Patterson, Jr. in the Southern District of New York.

Professor Gilchrist received her B.A. from Yale University and her J.D. from Columbia Law School, where she was a Kent Scholar and an Articles/Submissions Editor at the Journal of Transnational Law. After graduating from Yale, she was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to study Arabic literature and Islamic law in Damascus, Syria. She is proficient in Arabic, Italian, and French.