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June 2015

June 1-15

 
The Deal—June 1
Why Some Investors Dread Proxy Campaigns
Columbia Law School professor John Coffee noted that activists believe that corporate boards exist to represent shareholders and no one else. He said that activists, particularly those seeking to break up companies, will urge actions that reduce debt ratings and result in cuts to research and development spending.
 
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch—June 1
The difference may not seem large, but it is. “Five percent is a much more difficult number,” says John Coffee, a law professor at Columbia University. “People typically do not buy 5 percent and hold it for three years.”
 
Psychiatric News—June 1
“The decision represents a strong affirmation of the reason for physician-patient privilege: to encourage disclosure in the context of diagnosis and treatment,” former APA President Paul Appelbaum, M.D., the Dollard Professor of Psychiatry, Medicine, and Law at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, told Psychiatric News.
 
The Times Herald—June 1
Professor James Liebman of Columbia Law School documented that “23 years of results reveal a death penalty system collapsing under the weight of its own mistakes. They reveal a system in which lives and public order are at stake. There is serious, reversible error in nearly 7 of every 10 of the thousands of capital sentences that were fully reviewed during this period.” The conclusion is that innocent persons have been executed.
 
McClatchy—June 2
Elizabeth Warren Rips SEC Chief: ‘Extremely Disappointing’
John C. Coffee Jr., a nationally recognized securities law professor at Columbia University in New York who frequently testifies before Congress, echoed Warren’s complaint. “Right now, I see an SEC that seems somewhat equivocal, and somewhat weak-kneed and generally unwilling to take stern action against banks,” Coffee told McClatchy, adding that “indeed, if you’re convicted, everyone else takes action against you, but the SEC assures you it won’t mean a thing.”
 
The Washington Post—June 2
That's because it is legal for states to give money to political parties, said Columbia Law Professor Richard Briffault, an expert in campaign finance and government ethics issues… "I can't tell you it's illegal," Briffault said, "but it certainly seems improper."
 
Vice—June 2
"The rate of participation [by local police with the UCR] has been falling steadily for years," said Jeffrey Fagan, a law professor at Columbia University in New York, before suggesting that the entire system of self-reporting is flawed. "What are the incentives? They might be political," Fagan said. "A local police executive who wants the information to be publicized maybe? I don't know the incentive structures."

Berfrois—June 2
With the third course, 1972-73’s La société punitive (“The Punitive Society”), the tape recording was erased, but not before a transcript was fortunately prepared. That was made on Foucault’s request, and the surviving archival copy was corrected by him. It was then edited by Bernard Harcourt for the published version. Harcourt also serves of the editor of Théories et institutions pénales.

The New York Times—June 3
Ex-FIFA Official Chuck Blazer Admitted Accepting Bribes for World Cup Votes
A deposition is one option, said Daniel C. Richman, a professor at Columbia Law School. While courts do not favor them in federal criminal cases, Mr. Richman said, they are allowed “in extraordinary circumstances, and it sounds like this one is.”

Stratfor Global Intelligence—June 3
At least two presidential candidates — Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton — are being flayed with the question, "If you had known in 2003 what you know now, would you have supported the Iraq invasion?"

The Volokh Conspiracy—June 3
In Defense of Judicial Equality
As Philip Hamburger demonstrates in his book Law and Judicial Duty, the term “power of judicial review” is an anachronism. At the founding it was thought that judges had a duty to follow the law, and that the Constitution was a law that was higher than any statute, however popular.

The New York Times—June 4
Jeffrey A. Fagan, a professor at Columbia Law School, provided data for this essay.
 
The Huffington Post—June 4
By Georges Ugeux
As well intended as it could be, the regulator seems to ignore that none of the European insurance companies needed any rescue during the financial crisis and they even contributed to the haircut of Greek debt.
 
Georges Ugeux is a lecturer.

Integrated Regional Information Networks—June 5
How US Is Failing Syrian Refugees
Columbia Law School professor Michael Doyle pointed out that the refugees are fleeing the very people the US is terrified of letting in. “But the spectre of ISIS, the beheadings and the rhetorical targeting of US citizens makes it a very difficult issue for the immigration services to wave aside.” Being responsible for opening the door to terrorist infiltration would constitute a disaster for any president, he added. 
 
The Atlantic—June 5
“A punitive impulse has controlled criminal justice in America for almost half a century,” Columbia law professor Robert Ferguson writes in his searing book, Inferno: An Anatomy of American Punishment. Surveying law, history, philosophy, and literature, Ferguson grapples with Americans’s peculiar commitment to punishment (rather than, say, rehabilitation, justice, or utility) as the aim of our justice system. “American attitudes toward legal punishment have entered a fantasy land of inconsistencies so intense that there seems to be no possible return to reality,” Ferguson told me recently.
 
CNN Money—June 5
North Carolina Law Could Stymie Undercover Videos of Animal Abuse
"The conditions in those facilities are sometimes quite problematic," said Susan Kraham, a senior staff attorney for Columbia University's Environmental Law Clinic. "The response by the industry and state governments to efforts to uncover abuses has been to criminalize the behavior of the undercover investigators," Kraham said.

Susan Kraham is a lecturer.

The Guardian—June 5
Some are seeking to rectify that, like the Columbia University law professor Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw, who recently co-authored a report called #SayHerName: Resisting Police Brutality Against Women, for the African American Policy Forum. “The failure to highlight and demand accountability for the countless black women killed by police over the past two decades,” the report observes, “leaves black women unnamed and thus under-protected in the face of their continued vulnerability to racialized police violence.”
 
Bloomberg—June 5
As John Coffee has put it: “The key advantage of joining a “wolf pack” is that it offers near riskless profit. The hedge fund leading the pack can tip its allies of its intent to initiate an activist campaign because it is breaching no fiduciary duty in doing so (and is rather helping its own cause); thus, insider trading rules do not prohibit tipping material information in this context.”

The Guardian—June 6
By Bernard Harcourt
Pulling a page out of the conservative playbook from the 1960’s, some are arguing that America is seeing a “dramatic crime wave” as a result of the protests against police shootings in cities like Baltimore and Ferguson.
 
The New York Times—June 6
“The legal requirement to be a gift is that it’s made out of detached and disinterested generosity,” said Michael Graetz, a tax law professor at Columbia. So, if events occurred as described by government prosecutors, these payments were not gifts.
 
The Virginian-Pilot—June 8
Grand juries are also "more likely to excuse a police officer in the shooting death of an unarmed civilian, due to broad definitions of deadly force and the rules about when it is justified," according to a fact sheet about grand jury proceedings by Columbia Law School professors Jeffrey Fagan and Bernard E. Harcourt.
 
The New York Times—June 9
The government can “gather information not only for use as evidence at trial but information to be used by the government to get smarter about the threats it’s trying to quell,” particularly when someone is captured overseas, said David Raskin, a former federal terrorism prosecutor who now teaches national security law at Columbia Law School and is a partner at Clifford Chance.
 
David Raskin is a lecturer.

Truthout—June 9
We write to you again on behalf of New York City’s children and families regarding the Department of Correction’s recent submission (May 26, 2015) of a request to begin rule-making regarding several standards… Thank you for your careful consideration of this critically important matter. Sincerely,… Philip Genty, Director, Prisoners and Families Clinic at Columbia University
 
New York Law Journal—June 10
The New York City Bar Association honored Columbia Law School professor Jack Greenberg, seated, with an honorary membership Monday. Greenberg argued Brown v. Board of Education and succeeded Thurgood Marshall as director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund. He also is a founding board member of Human Rights Watch.
 
Hamptons.com—June 10
Michael B. Gerrard, director of the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law, expressed his concerns about the rising sea level and how it could affect life for East End residents. "The central range of projections is that the level of the ocean off of Long Island in the 2020s will be about 6 inches above what it is now, but it might be 10 inches," noted Gerrard. "By the 2050s, the central range is around 15 inches above what it is now but might be around 30 inches, depending largely on what greenhouse gas emissions are."
 
Gerrard’s remarks were also picked up in The East Hampton Star.
 
Bloomberg BNA—June 10
“It’s the least-surprising decision of the year,” Michael Gerrard, director of the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia Law School, told Bloomberg BNA June 9.

NJ.com—June 10
Environmental Groups Move to Block Christie’s Exxon Deal in Court
"We believe DEP is no longer representing the people of the state, because they've proposed this settlement which doesn't adequately compensate the public for damage that's been done here," said Edward Lloyd, director of the Environmental Law Clinic at Columbia Law School, which is representing some of the groups.

NorthJersey.com—June 11
On March 12, Susan Kraham of the Columbia Environmental Law Clinic filed an appeal of the settlement on behalf of the Highlands Coalition and Sierra Club.

The Lompoc Record—June 11
Columbia law professor Robert Ferguson writes in his book "Inferno: An Anatomy of American Punishment:" “A punitive impulse has controlled criminal justice in America for almost half a century.” Rather than rehabilitation, justice, or even utility as the primary goal of our justice system punishment has assumed the Paramount position."
 
Politico—June 12
The crime of mail or wire fraud requires a “specific intent” to defraud, according to John Coffee, a professor at Columbia Law School. “So far, I have not seen any credible scenario that banks were intending to defraud anyone. This is not a money laundering kind of case where they were stripping the Iranian senders’ identities off the transfers. Clear as the fraudulent intent of some individuals may have been at FIFA, I cannot transfer their guilt to mere instrumentalities.”
 
The Wall Street Journal—June 12
“It is unusual because only insiders and venture capital funds normally agree to lock ups at the underwriters ‘ insistence,” says John Coffee, a Columbia University Law School professor who specializes in securities law. “…This does show a deeper commitment but it is still surprising that these investors would give it.”
 
ABA Journal—June 12
One of the interesting issues that has arisen out of high-frequency trading is the co-location of computer servers that give traders an advantage, said Edward F. Greene, senior counsel at Cleary Gottlieb and a senior research scholar and lecturer-in-law at Columbia Law School. “When you can trade in milliseconds—and that’s what we’re talking about, milliseconds—that type of advantage can be profitable.”
 
The New York Times—June 14
With some 40 migrants arriving at Dilley each day, most have to go it alone. “They might have winning claims,” said Elora Mukherjee, a professor from Columbia Law School who brought a squad of students to volunteer here last month. “But we don’t know because there are just not enough lawyers.”

Marketplace—June 15
AIG Bailout Trial: A Partial Moral Victory
“Remember [the government was] making an $85 billion loan, an extraordinary loan to one financial institution that had seemingly been run in reckless fashion,” says John Coffee, a professor at Columbia Law School. “They were buying a pig and a poke. They didn’t know just the full major liabilities they were going to encounter when they took over the company. They wanted complete control.”
 
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June 16-30


SCOTUSBlog—June 16
By Ronald Mann
The Court’s opinion in Baker Botts v. ASARCO, LLC pretty much amounts to an application of the first sentence Justice Clarence Thomas writes in his opinion for the Court after summarizing the facts: “Our basic point of reference when considering the award of attorney’s fees is the bedrock principle known as the American Rule: Each litigant pays his own attorney’s fees, win or lose, unless a statute or contract provides otherwise.”

The Street—June 16
"The decision is disturbing in several respects and uses a flawed logic," John C. Coffee of Columbia University, wrote in an email to TheStreet. "It seems to feel that the Fed has a duty to be fair to failing financial institutions because of its 'monopolistic' position. Under that dubious logic, the Fed might be sued for not granting a bailout when it thought the risk was too high or the social need too low. All in all, this is a check on financial regulators who were already too equivocal and undemanding."

BBC—June 17
“A new concept of citizenship will have to be developed internationally,” says Michael Gerrard, director of the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia Law School. “I have confidence that island nations will still be states throughout this century, but the next one is another question, with many uncertainties.”

Newsweek—June 18
"It is a favorite tactic of those who resist climate regulation to cherry-pick data from limited time periods and limited geographical areas to draw broad conclusions that are contrary to the overwhelming body of climate science," says Michael Gerrard, a law professor and director of the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia University.

Counterpunch—June 19
Mumia’s Skin Disease and Mass Incarceration as Lethal Threat
Prisons themselves are lethal cultures, simmering with a tension that Columbia University Law Professor Robert Ferguson describes in his book, Inferno, as always prone to violence, a violence that guards come to desire (95-137).
 
The Huffington Post—June 19
By Suzanne B. Goldberg
As the U.S. Supreme Court considers taking up another case related to abortion rights, now is the time to reexamine the old-chestnut narrative that abortion rests solely on a tenuous right to privacy and take heed that the Court -- yes, this Court -- has a long track record of protecting not only privacy but also the liberty that is part of such deeply personal decision-making.

Daily Kos—June 19
As I reflect on and grieve over the recent terrorist attack on the congregants of The Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, what comes to my mind over and over again is “spirit murder,” a term Columbia University law professor Patricia J. Williams coined some years back to describe a particularly gruesome murder committed by a white man in the 1960s.

The Incidental Economist—June 19
As important, there aren’t good incentives to leak. As David Pozen has expertly explained, executive branch-officials and legislators use leaks as part of a broader political strategy. A well-timed leak can put your opponents on the defensive or alert your external supporters of the need to mobilize.

Legal Theory Blog—June 20
The Legal Theory Bookworm recommends Entrepreneurial Litigation: Its Rise, Fall, and Future by John Coffee.

The New Yorker—June 21
The Destruction of Defendants’ Rights
When A.E.D.P.A. became law, it fell like an “atomic bomb” on the federal judiciary and the “structure of habeas corpus law,” according to “Federal Habeas Corpus Practice and Procedure,” the leading treatise by Randy Hertz and James S. Liebman.

Gayn Winters Blog—June 21
The Leaky Leviathan
David Pozen’s Harvard Law Review paper “The Leaky Leviathan: Why the Government Condems and Condones Unlawful Disclosures of Information” explores the issues of leaks, plants, and combinations “pleaks” of confidential government information. Such disclosures represent an art form for U.S. (and I’m sure other nation) politicians. This paper will be required reading for any student of constitutional law or participant in government.

The Hill—June 22
In pushing for Trade Promotion Authority, the Obama administration argues that the agreements it is negotiating (including TPP and TTIP) are true 21st century agreements that correct the failings of past agreements and will promote trade and investment that can both re-launch America as the key economic player and promote broad-based sustainable development at home and abroad.
 
Lisa Sachs is an adjunct assistant professor.

The Huffington Post—June 22
Columbia, in New York, owned more than 230,000 shares of Corrections Corp. of America, the largest private prison company, headquartered in Nashville, Rolling Stone reported last year. The school no longer owns those shares, law professor Jeff Gordon disclosed in April.

Bloomberg News—June 23
“Anthem has decided that Cigna has overplayed its hand and is vulnerable by using a social justification for saying no,” said John Coffee, a professor at Columbia University’s law school. “I understand why the younger guy doesn’t want his career ended by being taken over. But that doesn’t mean there can’t be an arrangement.”

Project Syndicate—June 23
By Katharina Pistor
News headlines notwithstanding, the fundamental challenge facing Europe today extends far beyond Greece. The real question is what kind of European Union Greece’s creditors want: a “small” one, comprising only the countries that are prepared to live by their exacting standards, or a “big” one that heeds the Treaty of Rome’s call for “ever-closer union.”
 
Ms. Magazine—June 23
By Kimberlé Crenshaw
In 2012, 6-year-old Salecia Johnson was arrested and handcuffed in a Georgia school for having a temper tantrum. In 2007, 16-year-old Pleajhai Mervin was arrested after she dropped cake on the floor in her California school and failed to clean it up to a school security officer’s satisfaction.

SCOTUSBlog—June 23
By Ronald Mann
If anybody gave out an award for “funnest” opinion of the year, yesterday’s opinion in Kimble v. Marvel Entertainment surely would be a strong contender.
 
The Daily Caller—June 23
Being the former commissioner of the IRS certainly means that he will have a focus on tax reform, and that is why he proposes the “competitive tax plan.” This plan was authored by Columbia University professor and former H.W Bush Treasury official Michael Graetz.

The New York Times—June 24
The effects of Wednesday’s decision could ripple far beyond the Netherlands, said Michael B. Gerrard, the director of the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia Law School. “I think this will encourage lawyers in several other countries to see if they have opportunities in their domestic courts to pursue similar litigation,” he said.

Vice—June 24
"The important question is whether the deputies acted according to established procedure and policy, or if they made an exception for Mr. Roof," Jeffrey Fagan, an expert on policing and criminal justice at Columbia Law School, said in an email. "If it's an exception, this smells, and smells badly, of racial preference."

The Los Angeles Times—June 24
June Besek, a Columbia Law School professor and copyright expert, said she wants a solution soon. "Now is the time to turn it into a 21st century Copyright Office," she said, "because otherwise, we'll be doing it just in time for the 22nd century."
 
June Besek is a lecturer.

The Guardian—June 24
Unfortunately for climate change campaigners in the US, the constitution does not hold the same protections for citizens’ environmental rights and it is this separation of powers that has prevented similar cases taking hold in the US, says Michael Gerrard of Columbia Law School.

The New York Times—June 24
The effects of Wednesday’s decision could ripple far beyond the Netherlands, said Michael B. Gerrard, the director of the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia Law School. “I think this will encourage lawyers in several other countries to see if they have opportunities in their domestic courts to pursue similar litigation,” he said.

NPR—June 25
"It's a sea change if other courts follow the lead of the Dutch court," said Michael Gerrard, who directs the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia University. "It's sort of a break in the dike, appropriate coming from the Netherlands. And we'll see how big the flow is that follows from it."

Gerrard’s commentary was also picked up in other outlets, including Newsweek and Mashable.

National Review—June 25
Renowned Columbia Law School professor Philip Hamburger wrote a book last year entitled “Is Administrative Law Unlawful?” The book traced the lineage of administrative law back to royal prerogative — the notion that a monarch’s proclamations carry the force of law even though they are not, in fact, law.

PBS Newshour—June 25
Will This Supreme Court Ruling Lead to Greater Fair Housing Enforcement?
The Supreme Court ruled today that housing discrimination doesn't have to be intentional for plaintiffs to be able to sue. Gwen Ifill gets background on the case from Marcia Coyle of The National Law Journal, then Hari Sreenivasan gets two views on the ruling from Ralph W. Kasarda of Pacific Legal Foundation and Olatunde Johnson of Columbia Law School.

Slate—June 25
By Katherine Franke
Supreme Court watchers have their money on same-sex couples winning a right to marry when the court rules in Obergefell v. Hodges. But the harder question is: How will the court get there?

The Washington Post
—June 25
By Michael B. Gerrard
Toward the end of this century, if current trends are not reversed, large parts of Bangladesh, the Philippines, Indonesia, Pakistan, Egypt and Vietnam, among other countries, will be under water.

Gerrard’s piece was cited in an article on the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting’s blog.

The D&O Diary—June 25
As discussed here, according to Columbia Law School Professor John Coffee, as a result of the statute’s wording, there may be unanswered questions whether the statute prohibits bylaws shifting fees in connection with securities litigation.

Al Jazeera America—June 25
This opinion is just one of many in which Kennedy has shown “a preference for race-neutral policies over race-conscious policies,” says Columbia law professor Olati Johnson, who has written about the ways federal agencies can better harness the power of disparate impact. “He’s very clear about that.”

The New York Times—June 26
Katherine Franke is a law professor at Columbia University and director of its Center for Gender and Sexuality Law. “It's interesting to see marriage being the object of the gay rights movement now, because as a feminist, we've always had a critique of the institution of marriage. It's never been a particularly generous or safe place for women, and indeed has been the source of many women's oppression. So I find it kind of curious that marriage has become the vehicle for gay liberation.”
 
American Constitution Society Blog—June 26
By Suzanne B. Goldberg
By striking down state laws that shut same-sex couples out of marriage, the U.S. Supreme Court has put an end to a long and painful chapter in our country’s history and, at the same time, created an opening for a new wave of civil rights, safety, and justice advocacy.

Western Journalism—June 26
A wonderful expose of the modern administrative state was recently published by Columbia Law Professor Philip Hamburger, Is Administrative Law Unlawful? His book demonstrates that the modern administrative state traces its roots to the king’s prerogative courts in England, such as the Court of Star Chamber. In England, the King’s Court of Star Chamber was abolished in 1641; but it has returned with a vengeance in modern America.

Bloomberg BNA—June 26
According to John C. “Jack” Coffee, Jr., a professor at Columbia Law School and director of the school's Center on Corporate Governance, because SB 75 only bars fee-shifting bylaws and charters “in connection with an intracorporate claim,” the new legislation could be read not to apply to certain types of federal securities class actions.
 
The Chronicle of Higher Education—June 26
Since colleges have been dealing with a "patchwork of laws across states," the ruling will probably make it easier for institutions to support gay students and professors, said Suzanne B. Goldberg, director of the Sexuality and Gender Law Clinic at the Columbia University Law School, which filed a brief with the Supreme Court in support of same-sex marriage.

The Dallas Morning News—June 26
“John and Tyron were just regular guys who wound up being arrested and charged with homosexual conduct,” said lawyer Suzanne Goldberg, a Columbia law professor who in 1998 was a lawyer for Lambda Legal Defense Fund who helped represent the pair.

The Straits Times—June 26
Ms Lisa Sachs, director of the Columbia Centre on Sustainable Investment at Columbia University, said: "There are, of course, many complex issue areas and the parties involved have diverse interests and priorities, so I expect that the actual negotiations will face some challenges."

ProPublica—June 26
James Tierney, director of the National State Attorneys General Program at Columbia Law School, said it is not unusual for attorneys general to seek outside counsel for specialized cases that they view as a priority.

Tierney is a lecturer.

TakePart—June 26
A case similar to the Dutch one is pending in Belgium, and one is in preparation in Norway, according to Michael Gerrard, director of the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia Law School. “I think it will be heavily cited by the plaintiffs in Belgium,” he said. “And it may encourage some judges to act boldly, like the Dutch judges did.”

Vice News—June 26
"It's a very nice win for the plaintiffs," Michael Gerrard, who direct the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia Law School, told VICE News. However, he noted that what comes next is unclear. "We don't know whether the state will change its standards after it reviews the evidence."

The Nation—June 28
“Dignity,” as Columbia Law Professor Katherine Franke has written, is a land mine. It is emerging from a series of cases that can be read to suggest that justice for LGBT persons resides in a quid pro quo of equal treatment in return for conformity to the norms of respectability.

The New York Times—June 29
“The idea that you can build a better version of Google search engine pretty easily if you don’t exclude competitors to me was a pretty startling finding,” said Tim Wu, a co-author on the study, who was paid by Yelp to conduct the study.
 
Wu’s research was featured in numerous other outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, and the Boston Globe.

New York Law Journal—June 29
"The marriage equality battle in the United States is over," said Suzanne Goldberg, director of Columbia Law School's Center for Gender & Sexuality Law and a law professor. "It is a tremendous and tremendously important decision."

Al Jazeera America—June 29
“The point is, if they committed a capital, eligible murder, and to avoid the arbitrariness prong of the Furman complaint, you’d want to be able to have something be systematic and predictable … you don’t want it to be the case that this person was somehow a loser in a nasty or fatal lottery,”said Jeffrey Fagan, who teaches courses on criminal law and capital punishment at Columbia University Law School, explaining the argument that led to a de facto moratorium on executions in the U.S.

Jet—June 29
A Black girl enrolled in middle school or high school is six times more likely to be suspended for disciplinary reasons than her white female classmate, according to a recent study from the African American Policy Forum and Columbia Law School’s Center for Intersectionality and Social Policy Studies, led by renowned legal scholar Kimberle Crenshaw.

Lawfare—June 29
Readers who found engaging my recent paper with Jodie Liu, "The Privacy Paradox: The Privacy Benefits of Privacy Threats," will certainly want to check out a new draft paper by Columbia Law School professor David E. Pozen. Entitled "Privacy Privacy Tradeoffs," the paper covers some similar thematic ground: the idea that while we often think of privacy goods as clashing with other values, they often clash, in fact, with other privacy goods. And Pozen attempts to apply this idea to the controversies over NSA surveillance.

New York Law Journal—June 30
John Coffee, a corporate law expert and a professor at Columbia Law School, said the ruling was significant because "most SPACs have a drop dead-date and that creates a perverse incentive to rush into transactions and lower standards."

Houston Press—June 30
Decades after his execution, Columbia University law professor James Liebman and a team of students found that other Carlos — Carlos Hernandez — and ultimately uncovered a trove of compelling evidence that DeLuna was, in fact, innocent. A website and book they later published about the case argues, with meticulous, shocking detail, that an innocent man was sent to his death.

The New York Times—June 30
“The politics are making the administration do things in a much more expensive way,” said Michael J. Graetz of Columbia Law School, “than if the Congress had acted to do something about climate change.”

Gay City News—June 30
Columbia University law professor Suzanne Goldberg, who while at Lambda Legal won a 1996 Supreme Court victory against an anti-gay Colorado voter initiative, said she was “so happy” about the marriage decision, but misses “people like Paula Ettelbrick and Tom Stoddard who opened up the debate on it.”

The Huffington Post—June 30
"Those who opposed gay rights for so long and really held the public agenda now see themselves as retreating to an enclave" that's protected by the right to religious freedoms, said Katherine Franke, the director of the Center for Gender and Sexuality Law at Columbia Law School. Franke launched a think-tank last year to address the rise of so-called religious liberty laws. "That's such a shift, to see themselves having gone from established norms to being the discriminated minority themselves," she said.

Christian Science Monitor—June 30
On the other hand, a Washington Post article reported “despite extensive research on the question, criminologists have been unable to assemble a strong case that capital punishment deters crime. "We're very hard pressed to find really strong evidence of deterrence," Columbia Law School's Jeffrey Fagan told the Post.

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