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Spring 2001

Spring 2001

(January 2001 - May 2001)

Prof. John C. Coffee was mentioned in an article entitled, “The Private World of Public Offerings.” The article takes a look at the world of large investment bank’ IPO allotment practices, and possible violation of federal disclosure laws. The federal government is probing into “whether investment banks require some IPO investors to pay ‘unusual large commission on other stock trades’ in order to get the IPO shares, and whether those payments constitute kickbacks.” Prof. Coffee states that although this is extraordinarily hard to prove, that’s where the U.S. attorney’s office - and the grand jury - comes in. “You can count on one thing, that rightly or wrongly, when U.S. attorneys subpoena in a case, they indict what they investigate.” The Industry Standard, May 14, 2001.

We have learned that the U.S. was recently not re-elected into the United Nations Human Rights Commission. However, Prof. L. Henkin, a member serving the body of the U.S. Human Rights Committee, is still currently active in his participation, monitoring compliance on the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. Prof. Henkin, along with 17 other (unpaid) independent ‘experts’ are elected by the states party to the Covenant. Although the Human Rights Committee Prof. Henkin serves is not of the United Nations body, the United Nations still affords them services and facilities. May 4, 2001.

Prof. Harvey Goldschmid was mentioned in an article entitled, “SEC Investigating Claims Raytheon Hid Cost Overruns.” “Raytheon Co. is being investigated by the Securities and Exchange Commission amid allegations that it hid cost overruns at a construction unit sold to Washington Group International Inc. last year. Washington Group filed a lawsuit in March to cancel the sale and has said it may seek bankruptcy protection because of higher-than-expected expenses on some projects.” Prof. Goldschmid states, “It’s somewhat unusual for the SEC to act in what appears to be a private dispute, but if there are significant accounting or public issues involved, an investigation is certainly legitimate.” The Los Angeles Times, May 4, 2001.

Prof. Mark Barenberg was mentioned in an article entitled, “No to Global Sweatshops; Brief Article.” New York’s City Council is about to open a promising new front in the global struggle against sweatshop exploitation, a city procurement ordinance that requires decent wages and factory conditions for those that make uniforms for police, firefighters, sanitation, park and other employees. The new ordinance was drafted and promoted by UNITE (Union of Needletrades, Industrial and Textile Employees). Prof. Barenberg, the chairman of the governing board of the Worker Rights Consortium, “believes UNITE’S draft legislation is immune to any accusation the New York City is poaching on federal territory, either the regulation of interstate commerce or the executive branch’s exclusive domain of foreign relations.” The Nation Company, L.P The Nation, May 7, 2001.

Prof. James S. Liebman’s “A Broken System” was mentioned in a “Student Briefing on the News.” With the upcoming scheduled execution of Timothy McVeigh, the convicted individual of the Oklahoma City Bombing, the complex issue of capital punishment is continually being debated. Prof. Liebman’s study shows “that of 5,760 nationwide capital punishment cases prosecuted from 1973-95, nearly half of those death sentences were thrown out due to serious errors, such as incompetent defense attorneys and suppressed evidence.” Newsday, May 2, 2001.

Prof. John C. Coffee was quoted in an article entitled, “Former SEC Counsel in Line to Head Agency.” Washington’s securities lawyer Harvey L. Pitt has emerged as the Bush administration’s leading candidate to become the new SEC chairman. The Washington Post, April 27, 2001.

Prof. John Manning was mentioned in an article entitled, “Two Korean-Americans Nominated for White House Office Positions. John Woo, a Korean Law Professor, will be named Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the White House Office of Legal Counsel. In his new position, Professor Woo will be working with Prof. Manning, whom he calls a ‘very good friend.’ Korean Times, April 25, 2001.

Prof. Carol Sanger was quoted on the CBS Morning News with Anchor Julie Chen and Reporter Maureen Maher for Headline, “DNA Testing makes for Bitter Custody Cases.” DNA testing has been used for years in criminal cases, but now they’re making some bitter custody cases even more contentious. ‘Paternity testing has spawned a whole new industry. Family law experts believe the courts are unlikely to catch up with science.’ Prof. Sanger states, “ They’re very reluctant to–to–leave a–a child without support.” CBS Morning News, April 24, 2001.

Dean David Leebron was mentioned in an article entitled, “Ten Year Study Reveals Nuclear Unlawful According to U.S. and Military Documentation.” New York Litigator Charles Moxley is catching the attention of leaders in the fields of politics, law and international relations due to his newly released book, ‘Nuclear Weapons and International Law in the Post Cold War World.’ Experts in the fields of politics, law and international relations are calling Moxley’s book groundbreaking , comprehensive and of the utmost importance. In an indictment that Dean Leebron gave, he concluded, saying that Mr. Moxley’s work “requires a response.” U.S. Newswire, April 23, 2001.

Prof. Gerald Newman was mentioned and quoted in an article entitled, “Did Congress Go Too Far?” The article focuses on a case of different deportation proceedings that are being argued in front of the Supreme Court after legal resident aliens who plead guilty to crimes are fighting deportation against the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS). “The court will decide whether Congress went too far in 1996 when they stripped the federal courts of their authority to hear claims of lawful resident aliens convicted of so-called aggravated felonies. While the stakes are high for convicted resident aliens, the cases are fundamentally about the role of the federal courts and the reach of the Great Writ of habeas corpus.” Professor Newman refers to the present litigation to similar litigations that took place in two other historical periods. “In both periods, the Supreme Court acted to protect the writ of habeas corpus, and the government is asking the court to do things now that the court was unwilling to do in those earlier periods.” The National Law Journal, April 23, 2001.

Professor John C. Coffee, Jr. was mentioned in two different articles:

  • An article entitled, “METRO NEWS; Judge Rules That RICO Act May Be Used Against Police Department, Which Could Add to the City’s Financial Liability,” takes a look at how the Los Angeles Police Department can be sued as a racketeering enterprise. “The ruling, for cases in which individuals say their rights were violated by Rampart Division officers, marks the second time in seven months that a federal judge has rebuffed efforts by the city’s attorney’s office to dismiss Rampart-related claims filed under the RICO (Racketeer Influence and Corrupt Organizations)Act.” Professor Coffee noted, “that to win monetary awards under RICO, the plaintiffs will have to show that they have been injured in their ‘business or property’, unlike cases involving traditional charges of excessive force in which damages can be awarded for brutality or mental distress.” The Los Angeles Times, April 20, 2001.
  • An article entitled, “How Analysts Missed Signs of PSINet’s Ruin,” focuses on how PSINet Inc.’s stock prices plummeted, and how stock market analysts didn’t see the fall coming. In reference to these analysts, Professor Coffee states, “Often they are not very good watchdogs, and they are more promotional artists than watchdog.” The Baltimore Sun, April 22, 2001.

Prof. Michael B. Gerrad was quoted in an article entitled, “Federal Judge Halts Opening of Slag Plant.” The article takes a look at how a federal judge ‘has blocked the opening of a cement addictive plant in a poor black neighborhood in Camden, N.J., a ruling that legal experts said was the first time an environmental agency that issues permits had been found in violation of civil rights law.’ Prof Gerrad states that he thinks that “if this decision is upheld on appeal it will be the most important environmental justice case ever decided, by a wide margin.” The New York Times, April 21, 2001.

Prof. Samuel Issacharoff was mentioned in an article entitled, “Justice Back Race-Based Redistricting,” The article takes a look at the Supreme Court, and its ruling in favor of states giving more leeway in creating electoral districts that favor blacks, Latinos and other minorities. Prof. Issacharoff, showing the potential pros and cons of the ruling, states, “We succeeded in creating a cadre of black elected officials, which was missing for most of the 20th century. At the same time, it has increased the polarization in Congress.” Los Angeles Times, April 19, 2001.

Prof. Harvey Goldschmid ‘65 was quoted in an article entitled “Book Cookers, Beware! Audits are Improving.” The article focuses on how changes and new rules are being established to ensure that audit committees are actually doing their jobs, and that the make-up of these committees are acceptable to the standards set by the Blue Ribbon Committee of Corporate Audit Committees. Prof. Goldschmid stated he felt that “clearly all this has made audit committees far more active.” 2001 Time, Inc., Fortune Magazine, April 2001.

Prof. Jane Ginsburg was quoted in an article entitled, “ ‘Gone With the Wind’ Parody Resisted.” The article states how the recently released book, “The Wind Done Gone” will test how far a writer can go without violating copyright law. The new book, written by author Alice Randall, is a satire of the classic novel, “Gone With the Wind ” written by the late Margaret Mitchell. Representatives of Ms. Mitchell, The Stephens Mitchell Trusts, want a court to block the publication of Randall’s book, scheduled to come out in June 2001. Professor Ginsburg states that, “this is clearly a parody, a very biting, sarcastic angry book.” The Chattanooga Times, April 4, 2001.

Prof. Lori F. Damrosch was quoted in an article entitled, “Collision with China: The Law; Old Tactics May Pull the Rug From the U.S. Claim to Plane.” The article focuses on the collision that occurred between a U.S. Navy surveillance plane and a Chinese fighter jet on Sunday, April 1, 2001. The Bush administration has insisted that the Chinese have no right to hold or even inspect the Navy’s EP-3E surveillance aircraft if the collision between the two planes occurred where the Pentagon has indicated. China claims that the collision occurred within their country’s boundary. Prof. Damrosch states that the islands sited by China as part of it’s boundary amounted to just, “a bunch of little specks of rocks.” The New York Times, April 4, 2001.

Prof. John F. Manning was appointed the Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Counsel under the Bush Administration. The White House Weekly, April 3, 2001.

Prof. John C. Coffee bylined an article entitled, “Two Recent Cases.” The article takes a look at corporations, their shareholders, and the results that occur when a controlling shareholder tried to sell its control block at a premium. The National Law Journal, April 2, 2001.

Prof. James S. Liebman was mentioned in an article entitled "State Bar Calls for a Halt To Capital Punishment." The article mentions how the New York State Bar Association called "for a moratorium on capital punishment until concerns about the conviction of innocent people and racial disparities in the use of the death penalty are addressed." Prof. Liebman, leading a team of researchers last year, found that in two-thirds of cases that resulted in a death sentence, errors by trial judges and prosecutors were found. These errors were considered serious enough to reverse either the conviction or the sentenced appointed. The New York Times, April 1, 2001.

Prof. John C. Coffee, Jr. was quoted in an article entitled “Investigation Into Commuting of Sentences for Four Hasidim Raises Thorny Legal Issues.” The article, relating to an active investigation by the government into whether there was anything illegal, questions ex-President Clinton’s action in reducing the sentences of four men from the Rockland Village of New Square, who were convicted of biking the state and federal government of tens of millions of dollars. The New York Times, March 23, 2001

Prof. John C. Coffee, Jr. was also quoted in an article entitled “Castles Made of Sand; Brokers Who Rode Fraud to Riches Now Federal Witnesses,” the first of two parts. Stratton Oakmont, a now closed brokerage firm became “the best-known example in history of a pump-and-dump-scheme.” Newsday, March 25, 2001.

Previous Columbia Law School Professor David Kessler authored an article entitled “U.S. vs. Joe Camel,.” which promotes his book, “A Question of Intent, A Great American Battle With a Deadly Industry.” His article recounts his struggle with the tobacco industry during his seven years at the FDA. The New York Times, March 25, 2001.

Prof. James Liebman was quoted in an article entitled, “Texas Fight Takes On Race and Death Penalty.” The article takes a look at Attorney General John Cornyn’s attempt to achieve new sentencing trials for seven men on death row. Attorney General Cornyn’s belief that the death sentence was issued based upon an expert witness’ racial testimony, has acknowledged that the testimony should not have been permitted. Professor Liebman states that, “one of the clearest principles of American constitutional law is that race is an inappropriate basis upon which to make official decisions.” The Christian Science Monitor, March 22, 2001.

Prof. Cynthia Estlund was quoted in an article entitled “High-Court Decision Won By Management.” The article states how the Supreme Court ruled that complaints made by employees in the work force can be taken to private arbitrators rather than to courts, which could yield to smaller damages for their employers. Prof. Estlund states arbitration agreements, “are becoming quite popular and will likely grow in popularity now that the legal cloud has been removed.” The Daily News, March 22, 2001.

Prof. Andrew Scherer wrote an article titled, “Nassau County Kicks the Down-and-Out to the Curb”. The article condemns the Nassau County Sheriff’s Department practice of putting an evicted person’s possessions out on the street instead of in a storage facility. Prof. Scherer writes, “But the heart of the issue is the fundamental property rights and human dignity of the poorest and most vulnerable members of the community.” Newsday, March 13, 2001

Prof. Carol Sanger was quoted in an article entitled “Whose Child is This? DNA Testing is Unsettling Paternity Law.” The article cites that in cases involving questionable paternity, most men are ordered to support children they did not father. “Now that DNA Testing has washed off the table the reasons we didn’t used to allow paternity evidence, we have to decide whether there are other reasons to keep that evidence out, like child support and fairness.” International Herald Tribune (Neuilly-sur-Seine, France), March 12, 2001.

Prof. Carol Sanger was also quoted in The New York Times as the quote of the day. “We no longer run the risk of a gazillion people coming forward to say, ‘Howard Hughes is my father’, because we can say, ‘Stick out your finger and we’ll see.’ ” The New York Times, March 11, 2001.

Prof. Jack Coffee was interviewed for a news segment on CNBC News entitled “Henry Blodgett of Merrill Lynch Faces Arbitration Proceeding Over Internet Stock Pick.” Mr. Coffee was doubtful that Blodgett would lose arbitration because, “To charge securities fraud, you’ve got to show material misrepresentation. Analysts are very careful to make statements of opinion, statements that are highly qualified that this is their assessment. Thus they are not making factual misrepresentations.” CNBC News Transcripts, March 2, 2001

Prof. Michael Dorf and Prof. Samuel Issacharoff were mentioned in an article entitled “Law Professors’ Site A Real Hoot”. The professors discussed a website named, “www.the-rule-of-law.com”, at a conference in Colorado recently. They elaborated on how the website name-called the judges in the Bush v. Gore case “propagandists”. Rocky Mountain News, Denver, February 27, 2001.

Prof. James Liebman’s “A Broken System” was mentioned in The Charleston Gazette. Feb 26, 2001.

Prof. John Coffee was quoted in the following:

  • “Did Clinton Pardons Constitute Criminal Behavior?” The Christian Science Monitor, March 2, 2001.
  • “Funds Complain of NYSE Practices; Big Investors Want to Skip Floor Traders.” The Washington Post, March 2, 2001.

Prof. Eben Moglen wrote an essay entitled, “Liberation Musicology; Free Download of Music”. He sides with Napster and sites that even though the recording industry believes this is the fall of Napster and music sharing, he knows this is just the beginning of music sharing due to a new, free software called “OpenNap”. Prof.Moglen writes “The result will be more music, poetry, photography and journalism available to a much wider audience. Artists will see a whole new world of listeners, readers and viewers; though each audience member will be paying less, the artist won’t have to take the small end of the split determined by the distribution oligarchs who have swindled and cheated them ever since Edison.” The Nation, March 12, 2001.

Prof. Vivian Berger was recently named to the Committee on Disciplinary Procedures for Columbia’s ACLU. Columbia Daily Spectator, February 26, 2001.

Prof. John Coffee was quoted in the article entitled, “ Nasdaq Traders Fear Overload by Going Decimal.” NASDAQ officials fear that last month’s decimalization by the NYSE may overwhelm computers and give advantages to smaller more specialized traders. Mr. Coffee compared the move to the days of pirates on the Spanish Main “when eight pieces was the smallest practical size you could divide a dollar.” London, Sunday Times, February 25, 2001.

Prof. John Coffee was quoted in an article entitled “Troubled Firms Try Reverse Stock Splits, Move Cuts Number Of Outstanding Shares, Raises Price.” USA Today, February 14, 2001.

Adjunct Prof. Nathan Lewin joins Mintz Levin’s Washington and New York offices as a partner. He previously worked at the Washington firm of Miller, Cassidy, Larroca & Lewin LLP where, since 1969, he was involved in trial appellate litigation in the federal courts. Business Wire, February 13, 2001.

Prof. John Coffee was quoted in an article entitled “Levitt Ends Tenure As Chairman Of SEC With Activist Legacy.” Arthur Levitt officially ended his record tenure as chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday, leaving behind what’s expected to be at least a brief period of regulatory inactivity at the U.S. stock and bond market watchdog. Levitt “basically fought the good fight for the American investor and was guided by one pole star: increasing the transparency and disclosure standards in our markets,” said Prof. John Coffee when Levitt announced in December that he planned to leave. The Deseret News (Salt Lake City, Utah), February 10, 2001.

Prof. John C. Coffee was quoted in the following:

  • “Markets/ Your Money; Online Stock Pundit ‘Tokyo Joe’ Says He’ll Pay $750,000 SEC Fine.” Los Angeles Times, February 8, 2001.
  • “Nasdaq Economic Advisory Board Announces Addition of Three New Members. Nasdaq Also Appoints New Visiting Academic Fellow.” PR Newswire, February 6, 2001.
  • “Antitrust, Chapter Two; Visa, MC Challenge Retailers Class Status.” The American Banker, February 5, 2001.
  • “Suit Claims Firms Limited Gas Supply To Raise Prices; Energy: Lawyers Say Notes Show Executives Agreed To Kill Pipelines To State. Companies Deny Wrongdoing.” Los Angeles Times, February 4, 2001.

Prof. Harvey Goldschmid was quoted in an article entitled “US and Canada: Hunt for SEC Chief Breaks Tradition.” Financial Times (London), February 7, 2001.

Prof. Jim Liebman’s “A Broken System was mentioned in an article entitled “Statistics Fail Activists.” Columbia daily Spectator, February 6, 2001.

Prof. Vivian Berger authored an article entitled “Cruel delays Not Unusual.” The National Law Journal, February 5, 2001.

Prof. Ed Lloyd was quoted in an article entitled “The Enforcer; As Mrs. Whitman Begins Her New Job, There Is Debate Over Her Commitment to the Environment in the Past.” The New York Times, February 4, 2001.

Prof. Richard Briffault was quoted in an article entitled “Improvement Districts Balk At City Plan For New Fee.” The New York Times, February 4, 2001.

Prof. Patricia Williams will gave URI’s seventh annual lecture on muticulturalism on Wednesday, February 7, 2001. The Providence Journal-Bulletin, February 3, 2001.

Prof. Samuel Issacharoff’s book “When Elections Go Bad: The Law of Democracy and the Presidential Election of 2000” was mentioned in an article entitled “Court Battle For Presidency Rages On In Legal Circle.” The New York Times, February 1, 2001.

Prof. Jim Liebman’s “A Broken System” was mentioned in an article entitled “Local Attorney’s Defend Death Penalty Positions.” The Pantagraph (Bloomington, IL) January 31, 2001.

Prof. John Manning was mentioned in an article entitled “Republicans At Odds Over Who Is Hired; Below the Cabinet, Infighting Underway.” The Washington Post, January 31, 2001.

Prof. John Coffee was quoted in an article entitled “SEC Chief Leaving Fiery Legacy.” In his final and 43rd investors’ town hall meeting earlier in January, Arthur Levitt sounded the battle cry against financial miscreants and the crowd loved it. The event, so crowded that people were packed to the balcony, quickly turned into a tribute to Levitt, the longest-serving SEC chairman ever. “Arthur Levitt proved to be an activist and a reformer,” said Prof. Coffee. “He came in with deep connection to the industry and other chairmen with those connections have been temperate in the changes they’ve made. Instead, he was confrontational and a politician.” The Deseret News (Salt Lake City, UT), January 30, 2001.

Prof. Richard Uviller was quoted in an article entitled “Kenya Statements In Terrorism Case Allowed By Judge.” A federal judge ruled yesterday that United States prosecutors could use statements given overseas by three defendants in the 1998 bombings of American Embassies in East Africa, even though the defendants were not given lawyers at the time and, in some cases, claimed that they were threatened with violence during questioning. But legal experts who were interviewed after reading the transcript deemed the ruling significant. “It is very important because it underscores what the Supreme Court has said on other occasions - - that the precise form of the Miranda warnings is not written in stone..” The New York Times, January 30, 2001.

Prof. Patricia J.Williams will present the University of Rhode Island’s seventh annual lecture on multiculturalism next month. The Providence Journal-Bulletin, January 23, 2001.

Prof. Richard Uviller was quoted in an article entitled “A Letter To Victim’s Kin, Lawyer In Wendy’s Massacre Offers Condolences.” A lawyer representing one of the two suspects in the May massacre of five Wendy’s employees sent a personal letter to at least one of the victim’s families this week, expressing condolences for the tragedy. “It’s quite strange,” said Prof. Uviller. Prof. Uviller explained that lawyers are prohibited from contacting witnesses and political witnesses. But such restrictions are aimed at keeping attorneys and their clients from threatening witnesses or making suggestions about how witnesses could avoid giving testimony. “But beyond those (situations), it’s a free country, including for a lawyer.” Prof. Uviller said. “He can express himself.” Daily News, January 19, 2001.

Dean David W. Leebron was quoted in an article entitled “Avoiding A Day In Court.” US News & World Report, January 22, 2001.

A Columbia Law School professor will join in the Worker Rights’ Consortium’s first-ever investigation into allegations of worker abuse at a factory where Nike sweatshirts are made in Mexico. Participants include, among others, students from Purdue University and the University of Arizona, a pastor of a church in Brooklyn and a University of Iowa professor. University Wire, January 18, 2001.

Prof. John C. Coffee was quoted in an article entitled “Despite Discussion Of Pardon, Milken Comeback Is Doubtful.” President Clinton has been considering granting an 11th-hour pardon to Mr. Michael R. Milken, who served almost two years in prison after pleading guilty to six felony counts of securities fraud in 1990. A pardon would suggest that Mr. Milken has atoned for his crimes through his philanthropy, but he would still be bound by a court order that bars him from securities industry for life. “A presidential pardon doesn’t rescind any injunction,” said Prof. Coffee. “It’s more about writing history over again. Once you grant the pardon, I think that would help his apologists to try to rewrite history and see conviction as not legitimate.” The New York Times, January 16, 2001.

Prof. Samuel Issacharoff was mentioned in an article entitled “Supreme Court Redeemed.” The Village Voice, January 16, 2001.

Prof. John C. Coffee was quoted in an article entitled “The Americas: Ford Goes Into The Business Of Saying Sorry: US Companies Are Slowly Learning To Exploit Contrition As A Corporate Legal Strategy.” Ford staged an extraordinary act of public contrition when it sent three officials to the bedside of a Texas quadriplegic to record a silent film of apology after a rollover accident in her Ford Explorer equipped with Firestone tires. Though an apology that is part of a settlement is not legally admissible as evidence in other suits, it can influence the opinion of jurors. “It is very unusual to apologize when you still have many days of litigation yet to come,” said Prof. Coffee. “It is much more common to apologize at the end than at the beginning.” Financial Times (London), January 13, 2001.

Prof. Richard Briffault was quoted in an article entitled “Focus on School Adequacy Is Now Key To Aid Cases.” In seeking more aid for education, local school districts have for 30 years turned to the courts using a variety of arguments. In recent years such lawsuits have focused increasingly on issues of educational adequacy rather than outright equality, and they have met with more success. State courts have ruled that allowing public education to fall below some floor of what constitutes an adequate education may be violating the state’s own constitutions, which virtually all call for them to deliver a basic education. That was the case this week, when Justice Leland DeGrasse of State Supreme Court in Manhattan in a decision called for a wholesale revamping of the formulas that the state uses to allocate education money. Prof. Briffault said, “The court is not saying that the state engaged in international discrimination, but that its process tends to shortchange New York City students, who are overwhelmingly minority, and for no good reason.” The New York Times, January 13, 2001.

Prof. Eben Moglen was quoted in an article entitled "Sounding Off About Music, The Web; Conference Corrals Disparate Groups To Debate Future Of Art Form." Sponsored by groups ranging from MPS.com to the Internet advocacy group Electronic Frontier Foundation, The Future of Music Coalition conference began on Wednesday night and focused on how all aspects of music - most notably art, law and commerce - are being altered by the Internet and digital technology. Prof. Moglen drew a raucous response from the crowd when he proclaimed that the major record labels "will be competed out of business by anarchism, which works better. The only hope for those dead businesses is if they realize they are dead and begin to reinvent themselves." Chicago Tribune, January 11, 2001.

Prof. John F. Manning who was in Florida last month working on recount litigation and before that clerked for former appeals judge Robert H. Bork and Justice Antonin Scalia, is a top prospect for deputy White House counsel. The Washington Post, January 11, 2001.

Prof. Richard Briffault was mentioned in an article entitled “Is The Supreme Court Disgraced?” The Village Voice, January 9, 2001.

Prof. John C. Coffee authored an article entitled "Stock For Legal Work." The National law Journal, January 8, 2001.

Prof. Samuel Issacharoff along with two others authored a book entitled “When Elections Go Bad: The Law of Democracy and the Presidential Election of 2000.” Prof. Issacharoff says the text explores underlying issues such as electoral remedies and equal protection. “If the question is, does the book depend on the lasting power of this particular opinion,” he says, “the answer is no.” Legal Times, January 1, 2001.