July 19 - October 7, 2003

Full-Time Faculty

(Listed in reverse alphabetical order)
  • H. Richard Uviller appeared on CBS' "60 Minutes" on September 21, 2003 in a segment headlined, "The terrorist's lawyer; attorney Lynne Stewart discusses the indictment Attorney General John Ashcroft has brought against her for passing along information to Omar Abdel-Rahman's followers." Prof. Uviller also appeared on WNBC's "Today In New York" (July 29, 2003) and "News 4 New York At 11:00" (July 28, 2003) about video tape as evidence.

  • William Simon penned an opinion piece for the October 2nd issue of the New York Law Journal's "Perspectives" section headlined, "Managerial Confidentiality is Overrated."

  • Barbara Schatz was included in an article headlined, "Pro Bono - Organizations; An Excellent Opportunity To Provide Business Law Services To The Nonprofit Sector." The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel, August, 2003.

  • Peter Rosenblum was included in a wire story headlined, "Governance experts warn nations against dwelling on past sins." Agence France Presse, August 16, 2003.

  • Eben Moglen was included in the following articles:
    1. "An open letter to recent SCO Linux licensees," Network World, September 8, 2003
    2. "Vetting SCO's Linux Lawsuits; Evidence is mounting against SCO's claims," eWeek, September 1, 2003
    3. "Lawyer Hits Back at SCO's GPL Attack," Newswire (VNU), August 18, 2003
    4. "Hiawatha Bray Upgrade; Linux Users Have IBM on their side; Utah Firm's Demand for Licensing Fees May End up Backfiring," The Boston Globe, August 11, 2003
    5. "I.B.M. Files Countersuits in a Dispute Over Linux Licensing," The New York Times, August 8, 2003
    6. "Linuxworld," The Guardian, August 7, 2003
    7. "The Nation: What Privacy?; Everything Else But the Name," The New York Times, August 3, 2003
    8. "OSDL Releases Position Paper on SCO and Linux; Columbia University Law Professor Disputes Copyright and Trade Secret Claims; Unsubstantiated Litigation Threats Not a Deterrence to Linux Customers," PR Newswire, July 31, 2003
    9. "Linux users face legal action; News; SCO," MicroScope, July 29, 2003
    10. "Linux Users Reject SCO Offer; Many Linux customers have no intention of paying The SCO Group for a UnixWare license," eWeek, July 28, 2003
    11. "Sports of The Times; A Feeding Frenzy on the Web Shoves Sanity Right Out the Door," The New York Times, July 27, 2003
    12. "SCO Copyright Claims Questioned; Free Software Foundation, Red Hat Inc. raise issue with SCO's call for enterprise Linux users to pay for UnixWare licenses,", July 22, 2003;, July 21, 2003
  • James Liebman and/or he and his colleagues' study on the death penalty was mentioned in the following articles:
    1. "Push in Massachusetts for a Death Penalty," The New York Times, September 23, 2003
    2. "Few win murder-case appeals; Not one Iowa defendant who did win was freed," Des Moines Register, August 24, 2003
    3. "Death sentence in Md. would go against trend; Rollins case: As fewer killers are being sent to death row, a Baltimore County judge faces a tough decision," The Baltimore Sun, August 14, 2003
    4. "Muhammad lawyers argue against death; Defense team for suspect in sniper killings stresses convictions of innocent," The Baltimore Sun, August 8, 2003
    5. "Muhammad Team Attacks Death Penalty," The Washington Post, August 8, 2003
    6. "Sniper suspect's team fears unfair jury; Attorneys assail death penalty," The Washington Times, August 8, 2003
    7. "New Standards in Death Penalty Cases Predicted," New Jersey Law Journal, July 24, 2003
    8. "Late High Court Ruling Expected to Boost Chances on Capital Case Appeals," Fulton County Daily Report, July 21, 2003
    9. "A tide of doubt is rising about the death penalty," Philadelphia Inquirer, July 20, 2003
  • On the October 1, 2003 episode of NBC's "The West Wing," David Leebron was referenced when a political consultant in conversation with the president's chief of staff said, "If you want a constitutional debate, you should call the dean of Columbia Law!"

  • Samuel Issacharoff was quoted about the California recall in a September 17th Los Angeles Times article headlined, "Supreme Court May Pass on This One; Legal experts say a number of reasons exist for the justices to avoid hearing California case, including the divisive Florida experience." Prof. Issacharoff was also quoted in the Detroit News on August 26th in an article about affirmative action titled, "U-M readies new admissions plan; More individualized review of freshman applicants is expected."

  • Jeffrey Gordon was quoted in the July 30th issue of The New York Times. The article was headlined, "Banking Giants Further Tangle the Enron Cases." The story was also published in the July 31st issue of The International Herald Tribune.

  • Jane Ginsburg was quoted in the following articles:
    1. "There is no nobility in music theft," Financial Times (London, England), September 29, 2003
    2. "Risking backlash, labels sue online CD sharers," The International Herald Tribune, September 10, 2003
    3. "The Price of Music: The Overview; 261 Lawsuits Filed on Music Sharing," The New York Times, September 9, 2003
    4. "Satirists claim ad slogan suits are a real joke," The Houston Chronicle, August 24, 2003

  • Ronald Gilson was elected as a fellow by the European Corporate Governance Institute. Financial Times (London, England), September 29, 2003.

Prof. Gilson was also quoted in the following articles:

    1. "NYSE resists push to separate," Daily Deal/The Deal, October 3, 2003
    2. "Growing S.E.C. Role In Big Board Reform," The New York Times, September 26, 2003
  • Alejandro Garro co-bylined an opinion piece about transnational justice which was published in the September 6, 2003 Boston Globe. He also co-penned an op-ed that was headlined, "Argentina seeks to confront its dark past; Impunity laws," with the same co-author which was published in the September 30, 2003 edition of The International Herald Tribune.

  • George Fletcher was quoted in an article titled, "Looking Back, Moving Forward," which appeared in the September 8th issue of The Journal News (Westchester County, NY). Prof. Fletcher was also quoted in the August 11th Jerusalem Report. The article was headlined, "Appeal Unlikely in Unique Case of Israeli Arab Granted U.S. Political Asylum."

  • Jeffrey Fagan was quoted in a feature article about video games and violence for the July 24th issue of Nature. He was also interviewed about juvenile offenders and reform for the October 6th "Debate Hour," on NHK's BS1 channel.

  • Michael Dorf was quoted in the front page story of the September 22, 2003 National Law Journal headlined, "Is it 'Bush v. Gore' or not exactly?; The issue at the core of California's case." He was also cited in an article headlined, "Bush won't 'compromise' on same-sex marriage" for the July 31st issue of The Record (Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario), and he was quoted in the September/October 2003 issue of the Columbia Journalism Review. The article was title, "TV and the Supreme Court; Broadcasters want access, but will they deliver serious coverage?"

Prof. Dorf was also an in-studio guest on CNN's "Lou Dobbs Tonight," along with NYU professor Sal Fallica, and CNN legal correspondent and New Yorker scribe, Jeffrey Toobin. The segment aired at 6:00 p.m. on August 6, 2003, and discussed Kobe Bryant's right to a fair trial.

Prof. Dorf also continues to pen his column for His most recent columns include: "The Legal Status of the Don't-Call Registry: Sooner or Later, They'll Leave You Alone," September 30, 2003; "The Supreme Court's Extraordinary Campaign Finance Reform Oral Argument," September 17, 2003; "A New Proposal to Permit Lawyers to Cite 'Unpublished' Opinions Does It Go Far Enough?" September 2, 2003; "Why Federal Law May Keep the Terminator off the Air Until After California's Recall Election: A Primer," August 20, 2003; "Balancing Privacy and Fair Trial Rights Against the Public's Right to Information In the Kobe Bryant Case," August 6, 2003; "Can Kobe Bryant Be Convicted On ‘He Said, She Said' Evidence Alone?" July 23, 2003. Many of these columns also appeared on Additionally, excerpts from Prof. Dorf's January 2001 column were quoted in the article headlined, "Whose Rights Are They Anyway? In The Age of Aschcroft, Lawyers Debate Whether the Constitution Protects Aliens," which appeared in the September 28th edition of The Boston Globe.

  • Kimberlé Crenshaw continues to be a commentator on NPR's "Tavis Smiley." Recent appearances, included discussions about, "Legal and political ramifications of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals' decision to allow California gubernatorial recall to go on," "Legacy of the March on Washington in '63," "Legacy of Martin Luther King's speeches and the march on Washington," and "Impact and legacy of the march on Washington 40 years ago."

  • John C. Coffee, Jr. continues to be a leading commentator on white collar crime and corporate law, and was quoted in numerous daily newspapers including: USA Today, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, New York Post, Daily News (New York), Newsday, Chattanooga Times Free Press (Tennessee), The Houston Chronicle, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pennsylvania), Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (Wisconsin), The San Diego Union-Tribune, The Seattle Times, Sun-Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, FL), Ventura County Star (California), The Record, Financial Times, The Evening Standard (London), Sunday Times (London), The Toronto Star, and The International Herald Tribune.

Prof. Coffee also penned a column for the New York Law Journal, and was featured in business and legal publications such as Time, BusinessWeek, Corporate Counsel, Daily Deal/The Deal, Corporate Legal Times, International Enforcement Law Reporter, The National Journal, Los Angeles Business Journal, Fulton County Daily Report, and The Lawyer.

Prof. Coffee was also cited in various wire and on-line stories including Reuters, Knight Ridder, AFX, Newsbytes,, The Bulletin's Frontrunner, and Newsbytes.

Additionally, he appeared on CNNfn's "Money & Markets," Fox News' "Your World with Neil Cavuto," Reuters Television, BBC, PBS' "Nightly Business Report" and "The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer," Public Radio's "Marketplace Morning Report," National Public Radio's "Morning Edition," CBS' "MarketWatch," CNBC's "Business Center," and WBBR-AM's "Morning Drive."

Finally, Prof. Coffee was elected as a fellow by the European Corporate Governance Institute. Financial Times (London, England), September 29, 2003.

  • Richard Briffault was a featured speaker at the formal unveiling of a stamp honoring Paul Robeson '23. The event was hosted by Columbia's Center for Contemporary Black History along with the U.S. Postal Service. The Columbia Daily Spectator, September 29, 2003; The Record (Bergen County, NJ), September 30, 2003. Prof. Briffault was also interviewed by the Adirondack Express on the right of seasonal residents to vote.

  • George Bermann was included in an article titled, "ABA Section Reports Continuing the quest for tax code simplification." National Law Journal, August 4, 2003.

  • Vivian Berger was quoted several times in an article penned by Jeffrey Toobin headlined, "The Consent Defense." The article, which focused on the Kobe Bryant case, appeared in the September 1, 2003 issue of The New Yorker and addressed why questions about the accuser in rape cases remain the same, even though rape laws have changed. Prof. Berger also penned a column for August 4, 2003 The National Law Journal titled, "Congress Aims Fatal Shot," and reviewed Willard Gaylin's Hatred: The Psychological Descent Into Violence for the New York Law Journal's "Lawyer's Bookshelf."

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Faculty On Leave

  • Patricia Williams was a featured guest on PBS' September 11, 2003 edition of "The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer." The episode focused on security versus liberties. Prof. Williams also continues to pen her regular "Diary of a Mad Law Professor" column for The Nation. Her most recent column was titled, "State of Denial," October 13, 2003, and "Send in the Clowns," September 29, 2003. Additionally, Prof. Williams was referenced in an article titled, "Racial equality still eludes us; Supreme Court rulings were fair, balanced," which appeared in The Asheville Citizen-Times on July 25, 2003.


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Adjunct Faculty

  • Visiting scholar Koigi wa Wamwere discussed his dedication to reforming his native Kenya and the price he's paid for his efforts. NPR's "Tavis Smiley," August 22, 2003.

  • Jim Tierney, adjunct faculty member and former Maine Attorney General, was interviewed for a July 24, 2003 Associated Press wire story headlined, "Church Abuse Cases Bring Few Indictments." He was also included in the article titled, "The Rise Of State Attorneys General," which appeared in the August 2003 Corporate Legal Times, and in the article, "AG isn't charging accused priests; But report on sex abuse allegations may include names of priests still considered a threat" in the July 31st Portland Press Herald (Maine).

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Centers and Events

  • On Friday, September 12, 2003, CLS celebrated the 10th Anniversary of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's tenure on the Supreme Court. Various reporters and photographers attended the day-long event, which included a set of panels, and a luncheon address by Justice Stephen G. Breyer. The event was included in The Associated Press, The New York Law Journal, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (Wisconsin), The Jerusalem Post and The Columbia University Record.

  • The Environmental Law Clinic was part of a coalition that penned a letter to Schools Chancellor Joel Klein and Mayor Bloomberg demanding they pull students out of basement classes. They charged that basement classes at a controversial Ozone Park school jeopardize students' safety and violate city health codes. Daily News (New York), October 2, 2003.

  • Lenfest Hall, the new law school residence hall, was mentioned in various articles in relation to Columbia University's expansion. The dedication ceremony was included in the October 3rd issue of The Spectator.

  • The surveys commissioned by the Law School in 2002 were featured in the May/June 2003 issue of The Lion's Letter, the newsletter for the Columbia University Alumni Association of Southern California, and in the August 18th Legal Times.

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