Leadership Coaching

The Leadership Initiative provides leadership coaching for law students and law school staff who are involved in building leadership capacity in other law students, including students occupying leadership roles in student organizations, Davis Polk Leadership Fellows, Innovation Grant recipients, student mentors and peer coaches, teaching assistants, and students leading projects requiring leadership skills.

Coaches with substantial and varied experience supporting leadership development in the public and private sector are available to meet individually or in groups with students and staff to help them maximize their own impact and the impact of others. 

"In my experience, the most meaningful part of the Leadership Initiative was getting to connect with mentors who were truly willing to invest their time, energy, and focus into helping me achieve the growth and success of my project."  - Kori Cooper, Fellow 2019-2020


Leadership Coaches

Richard Gray

Richard Gray

Richard is an adjunct lecturer at Columbia Law School, where he teaches Vision, Action, and Social Change. He is also the Deputy Executive Director of School Change and Community Engagement Programs at the Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools. He has extensive experience building the capacity to work effectively with communities, develop and run teams and organizations, engage in dialogues across difference, fund raising, and strategic planning.


Mary J.L. Herrington

Mary is the Director at the Columbia Reuben Mark Initiative for Organizational Character & Leadership and provides career advising for dual degrees at the Law School. For the Reuben Mark Initiative, Mary designs programs on the role of in-house counsel and the leadership skills and strategies necessary to create an optimal organizational culture. Within the career services office, Mary advises students and alumni on private sector careers and is the specialist advisor to students in the dual degree programs, including the JD/MBA program. Mary also serves as an Advisor and Leadership Coach to the Davis Polk Leadership Initiative. Previously, she was a corporate lawyer at Paul, Weiss and Norton Rose in addition to founding two media and event production companies and a solo legal practice. 


Warren Motley

Warren Motley ‘89 is an Experienced Practitioner in Residence at Columbia Law School. He previously served as a Hiring Partner at Davis Polk, and, in the derivatives group, helped to develop the firm’s structured product practice. He has extensive experience both leading complex cross-border transactions for sophisticated clients and recruiting and preparing law students to be successful lawyers. He has helped summer and full-time associates successfully navigate law firm life; develop and execute individual career strategies; build the capacity to work effectively on teams; learn to interact effectively with clients, partners, peers and others; and understand how to form and nurture strong professional networks.