Jonathan Freedman recently retired as corporate partner in the international law firm Sidley Austin LLP, with a practice focusing on capital markets and mergers and acquisitions transactions in the insurance industry. He is currently a graduate student in American Studies at the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Columbia University. He graduated from Columbia College magna cum laude in 1978 with a major in history, studying under Professor James Shenton, one of founders of the Double Discovery Program. Freedman received his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 1981. He also serves on the Steering Committee of the Board of Visitors of the Department of History at Columbia.