January 2006

Full-time Faculty

 (listed in reverse alphabetical order)
  • Tim Wu provided comment in a review of the book he co-authored, "Who Controls the Internet?", for the Boston Globe ("Sovereignty in Cyberspace: Two Legal Scholars Puncture the Myth of the Borderless, Lawless Internet," January 15, 2006). Also, Prof. Wu spoke about international jurisdiction in cases involving American Internet companies in the Financial Times ("Court's Ruling Extends US Jurisdiction Online," January 19, 2005). He also appeared in the Forbes article titled "Whose Line is it Anyway?" (January 30, 2006) to comment on digital innovation.

    Additionally, his book was adapted into an article which ran in the January/February 2006 issue of Legal Affairs under the headline "Digital Borders." The selection from the book details governments' ability to police the Internet within their own borders, even when the content originates from elsewhere.

    Prof. Wu also appeared in several stories to discuss a government subpoena for Google's records, including:

    • "Google Resists U.S. Subpoena Of Search Data," The New York Times, January 20, 2006
    • "Government Issues Subpoena to Google," NY1, January 20, 2006
    • "Google's Dicey Dance in China," Business Week Online, January 25, 2006
    • "In Case About Google's Secrets, Yours Are Safe," The New York Times, January 26, 2006
    • "Google Hits Glitches Over Video Site," Washington Post, January 28, 2006

  • Dean David Schizer was profiled in Crain's New York Business' "40 Under 40," an annual feature that has honored talented young New York businesspeople for the past 17 years (January 30, 2006). The Dean was also included in an article about a gift to create a professorship to study issues related to race and social justice ("Gift of the Week: Advancing Civil Rights," The Wall Street Journal, January 6, 2006). Jack Greenberg '48 is the first nominee for the chair.  Additionally, Dean Schizer appeared in an article about faculty recruiting efforts at Columbia Law School entitled "Columbia Law Is Seeking Guinier In Harvard Raid" (New York Observer, January 30, 2006). Profs. Thomas Merrill and Michael Dorf were also quoted in the article.

  • Henry Monaghan's role as a panelist at a summit convened during the New York State Bar Association's annual meeting, where he discussed the nomination and confirmation process for the U.S. Supreme Court, was reported in the New York Law Journal ("Well-Attended Bar Summit Airs Privilege Waiver Concerns," January 26, 2006). Also at the meeting was former Southern District U.S. Attorney Mary Jo White '74, who commented on concerns over the potential erosion of the attorney-client privilege and work product doctrine.

  • Eben Moglen, general counsel of the Free Software Foundation, participated in a Q-and-A about his new role of explaining and overseeing the update to the General Public License ("Defender of the GPL," CNet, January 19, 2006).

  • Curtis Milhaupt '89 discussed the ongoing investigation of accounting and securities fraud by internet company Livedoor and its controversial founder on Japanese television station NHK's evening news on January 23, 2006.

  • Thomas Merrill commented on regional bank BB & T's policy to forbid loans to developers who gain land using the power of eminent domain. "The policy also will protect the assets of banks such as BB &T by not tying up their money in projects that may draw political opposition," Prof. Merrill told the Associated Press ("Seized Land Has Bank Taking Stand," January 26, 2006).

  • Jim Liebman has been appointed to head the New York City school system's new Office of Accountability, an honor mentioned in the New York Times ("Schools Chancellor to Give Principals More Autonomy," January 20, 2006). Prof. Liebman will be responsible for carrying out a more sophisticated data-driven approach to evaluating school performance.

  • Kent Greenawalt '63 was cited in an article about the difference between creationism, intelligent design and evolution theory ("Federal Court Expands ‘Creationism' Definition,"  Baton Rouge Advocate, January 14, 2006).

  • Jeffrey Fagan wrote a letter-to-the-editor to challenge an article which claimed the death penalty has a deterrent effect on crime in the states that have the greatest number of executions ("Claims that the Death Penalty Deters Murder are Fragile," Christian Science Monitor, January 11, 2006). Prof. Fagan cited his own analysis of the author's research, which he says "suggest that her claims of deterrence are fragile and inconsistent."

    Prof. Fagan also commented on firearms laws ("Firearm Law not Slowing Crime," Sun-Sentinel, January 22, 2006) and training police officers to prevent racial profiling ("Denver Cops Train Less on Avoiding Bias," The Denver Post, January 24, 2006).

  • Michael Dorf was quoted in a story about whether legislation that bars federal judges from hearing the habeas corpus petitions of "enemy combatants" can be applied to pending cases, as claimed by the Bush administration ("Levin Protests Move to Dismiss Detainee Petitions," The Washington Post, January 5, 2006). Prof. Dorf also commented on the confirmation hearings of Supreme Court justice Samuel Alito, noting that "like every nominee in this era, he has to maintain ambiguity … and he has done that" ("Nominee Separates 'Roe,' Other Landmarks," USA Today, January 13, 2006).

  • John Coffee was featured in several stories to discuss corporate governance, securities regulation and the Enron trial. His stories include:

    • "Experts: Roberts, Alito Side With Business,"Associated Press, January 1, 2006
    • "SEC Attempting to Make Executive Compensation Known to Shareholders," CBS Evening News, January 10, 2006
    • "Spitzer's Targets Use His Tactics," The Wall Street Journal, January 24, 2006
    • "Culpable, or Just Gullible?" The Toronto Star, January 30, 2006

He also authored a column to examine what he calls the "most unexpected doctrinal development over the last year in the area of securities fraud," the rediscovery of the "willfulness" requirement under Section 32(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 ("Corporate Securities," New York Law Journal, January 19, 2006).

  • Vivian Berger '73 wrote an editorial for the National Law Journal on the success of non-profit groups in overturning a government mandate that they screen recipients of funds against official watch lists to receive federal funding ("Big Victory for Charities," January 16, 2005). The government was "wise to back off," Prof. Berger wrote. "If the government creates 'enemies' lists,' let it enforce them--and let charitable organizations do the work for which they were established."
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Centers/ Events/ Others

  • South African Constitutional Court member Justice Albert Louis Sachs included Columbia Law School in a group of three New York appearances to discuss his book on the triumph of democracy and racial equality over his country's long and brutal era of apartheid ("South African High Court Judge Seeks 'Soft Revenge' on U.S. Tour," New York Law Journal, January 20, 2006). In one of his appearances, Justice Sachs told a group of ninth-graders that "we must seek not the destruction of our enemy, but common humanity in the most unlikely places."

  • Grainne O'Neill '07 was featured in a segment on New Yorkers helping to rebuild New Orleans ("From New York To New Orleans: New Yorkers Aide In Big Easy Cleanup," NY1, January 18, 2006). Ms. O'Neill was in the hurricane-ravaged city over winter break with the Law Student Hurricane Volunteers and spoke about what the students hoped to accomplish. "The People's Hurricane Action Network has been working with Common Ground and other local organizations to ensure that people have the right to return to their homes and to collect their belongings," she said.

    Also, two students from the Gulf Coast area, Laila Hlass '06 and Anna Arceneaux '06, were featured the previous day in the Columbia Spectator for their work in organizing week-long trips to various Louisiana towns for thirty-eight law students from Columbia and other East Coast schools. A total of about 230 students worked with 18 different legal organizations to help prepare for possible lawsuits related to the hurricane. Kim Lehmkuhl '06 and Liz Aloi '06 were among the participants mentioned.
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