May 2014

May 1-15

Forbes—May 1
After ten years in office, David M. Schizer will step down as dean of Columbia Law School on June 30, 2014. As the head of one of the nation’s leading law schools, he led Columbia through a tumultuous era.
BBC—May 1
Some estimates put the amount of US cash kept abroad at $1.5 trillion. Nevertheless, multinational firms "would like to be able to bring money back to the US without paying a big tax", says Columbia Law School professor Michael Graetz.
The National—May 1
That despotism appalled de Tocqueville nearly 200 years ago, and as Columbia professor Robert Ferguson makes clear in his powerful, excoriating new book Inferno, it’s almost incalculably worsened with time.
SCOTUSblog—May 1
By Ronald Mann
It was doubtless with some sense of relief Wednesday morning that the Chief Justice called for argument in “our last case this Term,” Limelight Networks v. Akamai Technologies.  Fittingly, it was a patent case – the Court has heard more patent cases this Term than in any prior Term since the Patent Act’s enactment two generations ago.
Taiwan News—May 1
The relationship between a functioning judicial system and a stable and growing economy is a close one, and if the Tang Prize raises awareness of that, it can help economic growth, Lance Liebman, the William S. Beinecke Professor of Law at Columbia Law School, said in Taipei Wednesday.

Global Arbitration Review—May 2
Columbia Law School’s fifth annual Arbitration Day explored the interactions between commercial and investment treaty arbitration and national courts, including the recent BG v Argentina decision… From the audience, Columbia Law School professor George Bermann asked about the preclusive effect of previous judgments. He argued that the onus should be on the tribunal of the second proceeding to ensure that there is no conflicting decision.

Time—May 2
A study done a few years ago by James Liebman at Columbia University found that, over a 22-year period, almost 70% of all death sentences were overturned. And more than 80% of those overturned sentences were never ultimately re-imposed.

The Wall Street Journal—May 2
Mr. [Jagdish] Bhagwati, 79, teaches economics, law, and international affairs at Columbia University in the United States… Mr. Bhagwati has often praised Gujarat’s economic policies, putting him at cross-swords with critics of Mr. Modi’s policies, including his contemporary Nobel laureate Amartya Sen. His pro-Modi views have given rise to talk that he may get some kind of advisory role in a Modi government if it is ever formed.

New York Daily News—May 4
By Peter Zimroth, Lance Liebman, and Gerald F. Mollen
As usual, New York State budget season created controversy: Gov. Cuomo shut down the Moreland Commission, which he had created nine months earlier to investigate Albany’s corrupt culture and figure out how to fix it. That decision attracted heat in no small part because the commission’s top idea — comprehensive campaign finance reform, including public financing of elections — was left out when the governor and legislative leaders made their final budget deal.

The New Republic—May 4
“It turns out ‘independence’ means independent from liberals, and total dependence on the corporate law community,” says Columbia law professor Rob Jackson, one of the 10 signatories of the original petition. Jackson compares White unfavorably in this regard even to Chris Cox, SEC chair under George W. Bush, who despite other failings did push for some investor-friendly measures regarding executive compensation and proxy access.
The New York Times—May 4
Prof. Jeffrey A. Fagan of Columbia Law School has argued that “even in states where prosecutors infrequently seek the death penalty, the price of obtaining convictions and executions ranges from $2.5 million to $5 million per case (in current dollars), compared to less than $1 million for each killer sentenced to life without parole.”

SCOTUSblog—May 5
By Ronald Mann
Robers v. United States is a classic circuit-conflict case.  The question is not at all complex, quite narrow, and frequently recurring.
USA Today—May 5
Columbia Law School Professor John Coffee said Holder's words marked a potential retreat from March 2013 Senate Judiciary Committee testimony, in which he said "it does become difficult for us to prosecute" major banks because the action could harm the U.S. or global economy.
The Washington Post—May 5
Mozilla's proposal looks a lot like what Columbia law professor Tim Wu suggested in a recent paper: Rather than think about Internet service in terms of an ISP and subscribers like you and me, think of it as a two-sided market in which ISPs are engaged in economic activity with consumers on the one hand and with Internet companies like Dropbox on the other.

Bloomberg TV—May 6
Jagdish Bhagwati, Professor of Economics & Law at Columbia University, says he is excited about Narenda Modi becoming India's Prime Minister. He adds that Modi's Gujarat model of development is only half-understood. Vivek Law caught up with Professor Bhagwati and began by asking him about the big perception difference between Manmohan Singh and Modi.
Al Jazeera America—May 6
 “Regrettably, the members of Congress who oppose climate regulation are impervious to science,” said Michael Gerrard, director of the Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia University. “They won’t even read the report.”

Reuters TV—May 6
White House Report: Climate Change Impact Real, Action Needed
Professor Michael B. Gerrard spoke about the Obama Administration’s new report on climate change.
Professor Gerrard also discussed the report on China Radio International.

Variety—May 7
The House’s Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law, chaired by Rep. Spencer Bachus (R-Ala.), also has scheduled testimony from Time Warner Cable CEO Rob Marcus, Columbia Law School Professor C. Scott Hemphill, attorney Allen Grunes, Rural Media Group chairman Patrick Gottsch, Cogent Communications CEO Dave Schaeffer and DeepField Networks CEO Craig Labovitz

The Huffington Post—May 8
Columbia Law School's Center for Gender and Sexuality Law released a study co-authored by the Center for American Progress highlighting that 75 percent of LGBT and HIV-positive people who have had an encounter with the police in the past year have faced some form of verbal, physical or sexual harassment. The report also outlines various ways federal agencies can address the issue of this discrimination.

Bloomberg TV—May 8
Columbia Law School Professor Scott Hemphill explains why the proposed Comcast and Time Warner Cable merger doesn’t break any anti-trust laws.

The Advocate—May 9
A Roadmap for Change: Federal Policy Recommendations for Addressing the Criminalization of LGBT People and People Living with HIV, a new report published by Columbia University’s Center for Gender and Sexuality Law, offers policy makers and advocates a guide to modernizing the laws that have led to the overrepresentation of LGBT people and people living with HIV in the criminal justice system.

The New Yorker—May 9
By Tim Wu
Tom Wheeler, the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, probably hoped he could avoid spending too much of his tenure dealing with net neutrality. He likely envisioned spending a few pleasant years in office, liberating some spectrum (he’s already done some of that), and maybe playing with a few mergers.
CNN—May 9
It's not a surprise that these issues have become such flashpoints, says law professor Suzanne Goldberg, the director of Columbia University's Center for Gender & Sexuality Law. "We live in a society in which race and gender and sexual orientation remain contentious issues for many people. So it's not surprising that these clashes are playing out in very public ways, and in the market," she says.
The Wall Street Journal—May 9
By Jagdish Bhagwati and May L. Yang
The immigration-reform debate raises many thorny questions, none more so than how to offer legal status to nearly 12 million illegal immigrants already living in the U.S. The comprehensive immigration reform bill passed last June by the Senate offers a pathway to citizenship for those who entered the country illegally.
The Philadelphia Inquirer—May 10
"Nothing is lost by their combination," countered C. Scott Hemphill, a Columbia University law professor. He said the Justice Department should look into the combination but did not see the same anti-competitive issues.
Professor Hemphill’s testimony was picked up by other outlets, included PC World.
The New York Times—May 10
The Federal Communications Commission is making decisions that may determine how open the Internet will be, who will profit most from it and whether start-ups will face new barriers that will make it harder for ideas to flourish. Tim Wu, 41, a law professor at Columbia University, isn’t a direct participant in the rule making, but he is influencing it. A dozen years ago, building on the work of more senior scholars, Mr. Wu developed a concept that is now a generally accepted norm.
Professor Wu’s commentary on net neutrality was also picked up in the Washington Post and The Week.

Jurist—May 10
Bruce Rashkow, formerly of the UN Office of Legal Affairs and the US Mission to the UN, questioned how the claims could be considered to fall outside the UN's obligations to settle, and noted that "as the head of the UN legal office that routinely handled claims against the Organization for some ten years, I did not recall any previous instance where such a formulation was utilized."

Bruce Rashkow is a lecturer.
The Wall Street Journal—May 11
Some say broadband needs to be subjected to public-utility rules, so the FCC can use its full authority to ensure the Internet remains open and accessible. They say broadband is so crucial and the industry so concentrated that it needs stricter oversight… Tim Wu, a Columbia Law School professor, argues in favor of regulating broadband like a utility.
The Wall Street Journal—May 11
The FCC also plans to seek comment on two other net neutrality proposals offered by the Mozilla Foundation and Columbia Law Professor Tim Wu, who coined the term "net neutrality."

The Philadelphia Inquirer—May 12
But Daniel Richman, a former federal prosecutor who is a law professor at Columbia University, said the contradiction might be more apparent than real. He said corruption cases invariably turn on the nitty-gritty interactions between politicians and their benefactors. He said Kane could have plenty of reason to find a quid pro quo in one context and not another - in one criminal investigation, but not another.
The Christian Century—May 13
This sobering picture of the American penal system provides the context for Inferno, the latest work by Robert Ferguson, a professor of law, literature, and criticism at Columbia University. According to Ferguson, we have poured immense resources into a justice system that has woefully failed to deliver justice.
The Washington Post—May 13
“It definitely makes Europe a less favorable place for these companies to do business. . . . But that’s a balance these countries are allowed to make,” said Tim Wu, a Columbia University professor who specializes in Internet-related legal issues. “Even though the Internet started in America, I don’t think we get a veto on other countries’ laws.”
The New York Post—May 13
That’s “a striking total that’s far outside the norm,” especially for a company facing operational and board issues, said Robert Jackson, a Columbia law professor specializing in corporate governance.
The Washington Post—May 14
First, the public discourse on intelligence policy is often driven by what David Pozen has termed ‘pleaks’ or leaks from officials seeking to further policy. Since these disclosures are ‘authorized’ (or ‘semi-authorized’), they are not likely to be affected by the new regulation.

Law360—May 14
Colo. Ruling Bolsters State Green Energy Mandates
“The decision offered fairly resounding support for renewable portfolio standards,” said Michael B. Gerrard, director of Columbia Law School's Center For Climate Change Law. “It acknowledged that electricity flows in interstate commerce, but just because a program has an adverse effect on energy companies in other states, that does not necessarily make it invalid.”

The New York Times—May 14
Robert Jackson, a professor at Columbia University, said that stock appreciation rights were flawed because they let executives ride the soaring stock market without putting any of their own money on the line. “We can’t call it pay for performance if it rewards rising tides and lets the execs cash out as soon as they’re ready,” he said, adding that few companies used the rights structure anymore.

NPR—May 14
Michael Gerrard, who runs the Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia University, says he’s been waiting to see a lawsuit like this for a long time. “There will be many such lawsuits,” says Gerrard. “Some against governments, some against private entities. Often, insurance companies will be in the mix, and we’ll see who pays what.”

New York Law Journal—May 15
By John C. Coffee Jr.
Two recent developments have changed the playing field of corporate governance: (1) the Delaware Chancery Court's ruling this month on the use of a two-tier poison pill in the Sotheby's case (and Sotheby's quick and conciliatory settlement two days later, which conceded three seats on Sotheby's expanded board to Third Point, a particularly aggressive hedge fund), and (2) the joint $50 billion bid of Pershing Square Capital Management and Valeant Pharmaceuticals International for Allergan.

The Economic Times—May 15
By Jagdish Bhagwati and Arvind Panagariya
If growth did follow liberal policies and reforms in the Indian economy, ...still some critics argue that the growth is not "inclusive", that it has failed to reduce poverty and has not spread to the marginalised groups in society. It is often argued that a policy of redistribution is preferable. This sounds plausible except that the Indian experience, and we might also add the East Asian experience, shows otherwise.
The New York Times—May 15
Under the second option, the commission would reclassify broadband as a telecommunications service, akin to a public utility. That would allow for more stringent regulation that could prevent companies like Verizon and Comcast from engaging in unreasonable and unjust discrimination. Many consumer advocates like Public Knowledge and legal scholars like Tim Wu of Columbia Law School have recommended this option all along.
The New York Times—May 15
Professor Tim Wu shared his views on net neutrality in the New York Times’ “Room for Debate” forum.
Politico—May 15
Columbia University professor Tim Wu, who coined the term net neutrality, carried some hope as he headed out of the meeting. Wheeler “said he feels net neutrality in his bones,” he said, “so I hope he acts on that.”

Deutsche Welle—May 15
India's Business Leaders Look To Assume New Roles
Jagdish Bhagwati, Economics and Law professor at Columbia University, is of the view that change will come to the country's corrupt politics from clean leaders and not from "businessmen who are often into influence-peddling." Many opposed investment and trade liberalization because "they preferred to get favors rather than compete," Bhagwati told DW.

Reuters—May 15
One reason for the two different policies at the SEC and FINRA are the types of enforcement cases each handles. "FINRA is settling the equivalent of misdemeanors and traffic offenses while the SEC is often handling felonies," said John Coffee, a law professor at Columbia University.


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May 16-31

The Hoover Institute—May 2014
In a brilliant Harvard Law Review article, “The Leaky Leviathan,” Columbia Law School professor David Pozen argues persuasively that most of this upper-level government leaking is useful, necessary, and virtually ineradicable. “Leakiness”—Pozen’s term for the porosity of our government—lubricates the policy process and serves a great many different purposes for a great many powerful players.
Deutsche Welle—May 16
Jagdish Bhagwati, professor of Economics and Law at Columbia University, says the Chief Minister has presided over the state's impressive economic record. "Modi has attracted a great deal of investment to Gujarat, both domestic and foreign, because he has offered a corruption-free environment and is reputed to take quick decisions on granting licenses to invest and manufacture, whereas in almost every other Indian State the delays are pathetic," the economist told DW.

The Philadelphia Inquirer—May 16
Some of his prominent allies, including Columbia University law professor Tim Wu, suggest Wheeler could do the same without a formal reclassification - at least for now. To Wu, who first developed the net-neutrality concept, the key issue is the standard, not how the agency gets there. He notes that Internet innovation thrived when Title II applied, as well as more recently. "I don't think it makes a difference."
The New York Times—May 16
What makes the United States so punitive, and how can we make it less so? Robert A. Ferguson, a professor of law and literature at Columbia University, notes that a dozen or more studies have been written denouncing the situation in recent years, with little noticeable effect. Speculating that these studies failed because they were too narrowly pitched to the legal profession, Ferguson argues that “the desire for change must come from outside the invested framework.”
McClatchy—May 16
At 90 years old and not traveling much, Jack Greenberg didn't make the NAACP's symposium here commemorating the 60th anniversary of the Supreme Court's Brown v. Board of Education decision. But the former head of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund still teaches at Columbia Law School and follows the nation's civil rights laws to the minutest detail.

Associated Press—May 16
Obama also met Friday in the White House East Room with families of the plaintiffs, lead attorneys Jack Greenberg and William Coleman and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. Greenberg argued the case; Coleman was a leading legal strategist.
The New Yorker—May 16
By Tim Wu
Most people have a rough sense that net neutrality is about the rules for Internet traffic; but the precise debates about regulatory authority and the rules themselves are abstruse. Net neutrality has seized the moment because it is standing in for a national conversation about deeper values.
Reuters—May 16
"We will see more and more cases," said Michael Gerrard, director of the Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia Law School in New York. "No one is expected to plan for the 500-year storm, but if horrible events are happening with increasing frequency, that may shift the duties."
Professor Gerrard’s commentary was picked up in the Washington Post and at

The Huffington Post—May 16
By Ira Millstein
We are taking a hard look at the financial sector today, through government regulation, legislation, relevant experts, the sector itself, and most important, hopefully the public. Two great minds are relevant, the Dalai Lama and Adam Smith.
Ira Millstein is Adjunct Professor of Law and Business and Chair of the Millstein Center for Global Markets and Corporate Ownership.

BookTV—May 17
Beginning with the first attempts to stop California's Proposition 8 and the initial efforts to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act, Jo Becker takes readers through the latter stages of what some call the new civil rights movement, culminating in the Supreme Court decision to strike down DOMA.  She speaks with Suzanne Goldberg, Director of Columbia Law School's Center for Gender and Sexuality Law.

Politico—May 17
“I can’t think of any administration that was in love with school desegregation efforts,” said Columbia Law School Professor Ted Shaw, who worked as a trial attorney at the Justice Department during the Carter and Reagan administrations.

The Wall Street Journal—May 18
As Goes Public, Potential Investors Get Little Say
"For every Berkshire Hathaway, there's a Groupon," said Robert Jackson of Columbia Law School, referring to the online coupon site, controlled by its founders, whose share price has tumbled 80% since a 2011 IPO.
Lawfare—May 18
By Matthew Waxman
Recent flare-ups in the South China Sea, including provocative moves by China to put a huge oil rig in waters also claimed by Vietnam and the Philippines’ challenge to China over its maritime claims, have produced a lot of reporting on law of the sea, territorial legal disputes, and how disputed territorial claims in Asia could escalate.

KBPS—May 19
Columbia Law School criminologist Jeffrey Fagan, who crafted a statistical analysis that more accurately assessed racial profiling in New York City, said police officers are right to advise taking their findings with a grain of salt. But he said he and others have set a precedent for working through the sticky variables.
SCOTUSBlog—May 19
By Ronald Mann
A big day for the Ninth Circuit.  For the first time this Term, a Justice voted to affirm the Ninth Circuit!  Unfortunately, only three Justices voted in favor of the Ninth Circuit’s decision in Petrella v. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, so the Ninth Circuit was still reversed.
Boston Review—May 19
By Jeremy Kessler
What should really concern us, as the legal scholar David Pozen has argued, are “deep secrets,” government practices so hidden that “we do not know we do not know” about them. It is these secrets that threaten to sever all links between governance and democratic control.
Jeremy Kessler will join the faculty in 2015.
Mint—May 20
The new government will have to reduce spending as one of its first steps, Jagdish Bhagwati, a professor of economics at Columbia University, said on Monday.

The United States Law Week—May 20
Judicial Candidate Speech Restrictions Struck Down on First Amendment Grounds (Subscription Required)
David Pozen, a professor at Columbia Law School and author of The Irony of Judicial Elections, 108 Colum. L. Rev. 265 (2008), told BNA May 15, ‘‘It’s very plausible to me that the Supreme Court will re-engage some of what it left open after’’ its decision in Republican Party of Minn. v. White, 536 U.S. 765 (2002), which struck down a Minnesota rule prohibiting judicial candidates from announcing their political views.
The Guardian—May 20
John Coffee, Adolf A Berle professor of law at Columbia Law School, said the Justice Department had consulted carefully with the Federal Reserve, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and other regulators to make sure there were “no unanticipated consequences”, resulting from the criminal conviction. “They were making sure that in a sense this was a red carpet, cushioned landing for Credit Suisse. They don’t want anything like an Arthur Andersen-like debacle,” he said.
Professor Coffee’s commentary was also picked up in Forbes.

Bloomberg—May 21
In a statement, Michael B. Gerrard, director of the Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia Law School, said the proposed bill “would become a model for the entire country.’’ Gerrard, who played a significant role in the PSC decision, said the proposed bill would take “an additional leap forward by writing the requirement into the statute books and broadening its applicability.’’

Democracy Now!—May 21
Harper’s Magazine contributing editor Scott Horton first raised questions about what happened on that night in a 2010 piece headlined "The Guantánamo 'Suicides.'" For the piece, Horton won a National Magazine Award for Reporting. He has just uncovered more details on the deaths of the three men. His latest piece for Harper’s is called "The Guantánamo 'Suicides' Revisited." Attorney Scott Horton joins us now, human rights lawyer, lecturer at Columbia Law School, author of the forthcoming book, The Lords of Secrecy: The National Security Elite and America’s Stealth Foreign Policy.

Free Press Journal—May 23
Election Dust Settled, All Eyes Now on the Modi Man Who’ll Fix Econ
Jagdish Bhagwati, 79; Eminent economist and Professor at Columbia University, Bhagwati, has been among the most important faces from the field of economics who have vociferously supported Modi as the prime ministerial candidate ahead of the elections.  

Bloomberg—May 23
SEC’s White Feels BlackRock’s Pain Over Systemic Label
The council is justified in examining whether asset managers create or spread risk that the SEC hasn’t adequately addressed, said Jeffrey N. Gordon, co-director of the Richman Center for Business, Law and Public Policy at Columbia Law School.

The Daily Beast—May 23
Pope Francis’s Sister Souljah Moment
Likewise, Menachem Rosensaft, general counsel of the World Jewish Congress and a lecturer at Columbia Law School, said: “I would expect him to use his office and his moral influence to promote the peace process by any means he deems appropriate.” Rosensaft, the son of Holocaust survivors, added: “I am not going to second-guess from afar who he meets with.”  

Main Justice—May 23
Fishman, Vance Clash Over Christie Port Authority Funds Diversion Probe
Daniel Richman, a professor at Columbia University Law School and a former prosecutor in the Southern District of New York U.S. Attorney’s office, expects Fishman and Vance eventually to resolve their differences. “It will get worked out,” said Richman.  “These aren’t two offices with a natural relationship.”

The New Republic—May 24
We Need a Strong Prison System
Robert Ferguson is a distinguished professor of law at Columbia University, with a deep interest in literature and in American culture. (He has a Ph.D. in the history of American civilization.) He has written an eloquent and learned book about the American criminal justice system today, with emphasis on imprisonment.  

Hartford Courant—May 25
Wesleyan Speaker Endorses Value of Affirmative Action
"To be clear what … Monsignor Meehan practiced was affirmative action and it transformed countless lives in ways that will continue to echo across generations," said [Ted] Shaw, a professor at Columbia University School of Law, who has argued cases on voting rights, education, housing discrimination and civil rights in courts throughout the nation, including the U.S. Supreme Court.

The Examiner—May 25
Did African Americans Lose Respect in the Architecture Industry?
In 2010, 7.2 percent of first-year medical students were Black, reports the Association of American Medical Colleges; numbers for Black law students in 2008 were about the same, according to a study conducted by Conrad Johnson, a Columbia Law School professor.  

Legal Theory Blog—May 27
Pozen on Constitutional Self-Help and Separation of Powers
David Pozen (Columbia Law School) has posted Self-Help and the Separation of Powers (Yale Law Journal, volume 124, issue 1, October 2014, Forthcoming) on SSRN.  

Forbes—May 27
Five Questions for Professor Jagdish Bhagwati on the Indian Economy and Prime Minister Modi’s Next Steps
Jagdish Bhagwati, university professor at Columbia University and senior fellow for international economics at the Council on Foreign Relations, has been described as the most creative international trade theorist of his generation. He has been a leader in the fight for freer trade for decades.

The Guardian—May 27
Privacy Under Attack: The NSA Files Revealed New Threats to Democracy
By Eben Moglen
In the third chapter of his History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Edward Gibbon gave two reasons why the slavery into which the Romans had tumbled under Augustus and his successors left them more wretched than any previous human slavery.  

Scientific American—May 27
Nobody is Neutral When It Comes to Net Neutrality
Not everyone thinks reclassification would be prohibitively difficult, however. Tim Wu, the Columbia Law School professor who coined the term “net neutrality” in 2003, calls Yoo’s legal assessment “flat out wrong.” For one thing, in the 1990s when Internet access was transmitted over telephone lines it was classified as a Title II, or a telecommunications common carrier, “so it would actually be a return to an older approach,” Wu says.
The Wall Street Journal—May 28
Alibaba to Disclose Names of 28 Partners
Investors might also become more comfortable with the structure if the partners are founders or other company leaders, said Robert Jackson, a former corporate lawyer and Treasury Department official who now teaches at Columbia Law School. If not, the partnership could make investors wary.   Professor Jackson’s commentary was also picked up by the International Business Times.

Salon—May 29
Sleazy, Bloody and Surprisingly Smart: In Defense of True Crime
But we also live in a golden age when it comes to a more challenging vein of true crime… Coming up next month is another landmark, “The Wrong Carlos,” by James Liebman and the Columbia DeLuna Project, an exhaustively researched consideration of a 1980s case in which the state of Texas most likely executed the wrong man.

The Guardian—May 29
How to Rebuild America’s Mental Health System, in 5 Big Steps
By Paul S. Appelbaum
No genuine system of mental health care exists in the United States. This country's diagnosis and treatment of mental health problems are fragmented across a variety of providers and payers – and they are all too often unaffordable.  

Capital New York—May 30
E.P.A. Administrator: Not Too Late to Reverse Climate Change
Touting President Obama's upcoming announcement on greenhouse gas regulations, Judith Enck, the Environmental Protection Agency's Region 2 administrator, told a conference at Columbia University on Thursday there's still time to reverse some of the effects of climate change.  

ZDNet—May 30
Corporations Put Their Cash Where Their Open Source Security Is
Looking ahead, the CII also announced its Advisory Board. This group will advise the CII Steering Committee about the open source projects most in need of support. Its membership, a who's who of open source programmers, security experts, and lawyers includes… Eben Moglen, a professor of law and legal history at Columbia University; founder, director-counsel and chairman of Software Freedom Law Center; and the foremost expert on open source legal practices.

Albany Times Union—May 30
Green Groups Want Assurances on Utility Reforms
Four of the state's most influential environmental groups want the Cuomo administration to ensure that renewable energy and climate change policy goals don't get discarded as part of the state plan to radically reform the ways electric utilities operate. The consortium, made up of the Columbia Center for Climate Change Law, the National Resources Defense Council, the Pace Energy and Climate Center and the Environmental Defense Fund, made the push in a May 27 filing with the state Public Service Commission.  

Bangor Daily News—May 30
‘You Can Only do Life Once’: Some Legal Experts Say Split Verdict in Triple Murder Trial May Not Matter
Former Maine Attorney General James Tierney, who now teaches at Columbia University School of Law in New York City, said that trying to second-guess juries was fruitless. He also said that having two defendants who each blamed the other was “a prosecutor’s nightmare.”

Times of Trenton—May 30
EarthShare N.J. Celebrates 20 Years of Protecting Environment at Grounds for Sculpture
At the event, EarthShare N.J. will present its Environmental Stewardship Award to Columbia Law School professor Edward Lloyd and the Environmental Leadership Award to TerraCycle, a Trenton-based company that takes hard-to-recycle materials and turns them into products.  

Private Eye—May 30
FIFA on the Fiddle
Asked about Garcia’s record as a Wall Street crime-buster and his closeness to the Bush White House, Columbia University law professor Scott Horton commented: “The one thing that could be predicted with utter confidence on the basis of Garcia’s professional career is that he would zealously protect whoever appointed him and paid his bills. He might actually go after corrupt figures, but only to the extent it served the agenda of the person who appointed him.”

Scott Horton is a lecturer. 

Associated Press—May 31
Obama Climate Change Policy Comes with Perils
"It's going to be like eating spaghetti with a spoon. It can be done, but it's going to be messy and slow," said Michael Gerrard, director of the Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia University.

Professor Gerrard’s commentary was picked up by numerous outlets, including Business Insider.

The Columbia Law School Magazine article “A Tangled Mess” won a merit award from the Society of Publication Designers and was recently featured in the organization's Publication Design Annual, a widely used creative reference tool for the design industry. The layout was created by B&G Design Studios and appeared in the Winter 2012 issue of Columbia Law School. The feature story detailed the work by the Center for Constitutional Governance on territorial conflicts in the South China Sea.

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