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Winter 2003/04

Full-time Faculty

*Listed in reverse alphabetical order

Patricia Williams continues to pen her regular columns for The Nation.  Her most recent columns included: "Baghdad Beat," January 26, 2004; "Money, Money, Money," January 5, 2004 issue; "Death and Discourse," December 22, 2003; "Reason for Doubt," December 8, 2003; "Loose Cannon," November 10, 2003; "Rush Limbaugh's Inner Black Child," October 27, 2003; and "State of Denial," October 13, 2003.

H. Richard Uviller was quoted in an article headlined, "Legal Experts Agree Defendant Is 'Making a Bad Case Worse'," which appeared in the Los Angeles Times on October 21, 2003.

Jane Spinak was interviewed for an article about mandatory reporting laws as they relate to the Michael Jackson case.  The article, titled "Case puts spotlight on therapists' duty; Suspicions must be reported," appeared in the Santa Barbara News-Press on December 21, 2003.  Prof. Spinak also co-penned a letter to the editor of the New York Law Journal titled, "Higher 18-B Rates Are Only a First Stop," which was published on January 8, 2004.  Additionally, the Fred Friendly Seminars and the Institute for Child and Family Policy (ICFP) at Columbia University were among the recipients of a 2004 Dupont Columbia University Award for broadcast journalism for their contribution to the three-part FRONTLINE series, "Failure to Protect."  Prof. Spinak was a senior advisor for this series.

WABC's "Eyewitness News" did an investigative piece on November 4, 2003 about the accusations that Leeds, Morelli, and Brown Law Firm sold out its own clients in discrimination cases and made secret deals with companies it had threatened to sue.  Professor William Simon, who was interviewed for the segment, says it's improper if the solicitors were being paid by lawyers that were in it for profit.  Prof. Simon was also included in an article headlined, "Law Firm Chases Ferry Disaster Victims," which appeared in The New York Sun on October 24, 2003.

Catherine Sharkey was quoted in the following articles:

  • "Big award in bug case stirs debate," Chicago Tribune, November 24, 2003
  • "Victory for high-side punitives; Judge Posner rips a hotel over bedbugs," National Law Journal, November 3, 2003; Broward Daily Business Review, November 3, 2003; Miami Daily Business Review, November 3, 2003; Palm Beach Daily Business Review, November 3, 2003
  • "GOP Faces Test On Tort Reform," The New York Sun, October 22, 2003

Carol Sanger was quoted in a syndicated opinion column by William Buckley Jr. headlined, "Does Marriage Matter."  It appeared on United Press Syndicate and was then picked up by various dailies including the Chatanooga Times Free Press (Tennessee) and the National Review.  Prof. Sanger was also quoted in a New York Times feature article about marriage headlined, "Untying the Knot; For Better or Worse: Marriage's Stormy Future," which was reprinted in the Deseret News (Salt Lake City, Utah) and International Herald Tribune.

Charles Sabel's comments at a conference were cited in an article headlined, "Social partners told to tackle poor education and poverty," which appeared in the November 22, 2003 issue of The Irish Times.  He was also cited in an article titled, "Making do-gooders accountable; Humanitarian organizations were forced to confront the issue of accountability by the horrifying failure of their missions in Rwanda in 1994," Hamilton Spectator (Ontario, Canada), January 15, 2004.

Eben Moglen was included in the following articles:

  • "SCO Position Under Fire; Paper: Stand on Linux Kernel has 'inherent contradiction'," eWeek, December 1, 2003
  • "Linux Users Dodge Volleys In Code Debate -- The only clear thing in SCO's fight with open-sourcers is that no one knows who's right," InformationWeek, December 1, 2003
  • "OSDL Offers a Reminder of SCO Opposition," ComputerWire, November 26, 2003
  • "Paper Calls SCO's Position 'Desperate'," ExtremeTech.com, November 24, 2003
  • "SCO Group vs. Big Blue: The Free-Software Battle; UNIX Owner Takes A Swing At Open-Source Software Community."  Corporate Legal Times, November, 2003
  • "Pay artists, not 'owners'" The Nation, October 27, 2003
  • "Linux Lawsuit Could Resound Through Computer Industry," Newhouse News Service, October 20, 2003
  • "Open - Source Licensing Raises Questions," Australian Financial Review, October 14, 2003
  • "Is the Future Free?; A brewing legal battle imperils Linux and other public-license software," Legal Times, October 13, 2003.

Curtis Milhaupt was quoted in an article titled, "Tokyo invokes key bankruptcy law." Daily Deal/The Deal, November 24, 2003.

Tom Merrill was interviewed for an October 29, 2003 segment about the new Supreme Court term for WBEZ-FM's "Odyssey."

Judge Gerard E. Lynch was the focus of an article on sentencing guidelines headlined, "A Judge's Struggle to Avoid Imposing a Penalty He Hated." The New York Times, January 13, 2004.

James Liebman and/or his study on the death penalty were included in the following articles:

  • "Killer's Lawyers Seek to Raise Standard of Proof for Death Penalty," The New York Times, January 11, 2004
  • "Massachusetts hopes new law eliminates death penalty flaws," Houston Chronicle, November 9, 2003
  • "Romney pushing for death penalty," Deseret News (Salt Lake City, Utah), November 2, 2003.
  • "The Nation: Sentence Revision; States Seek Ways to Make Executions Error Free," The New York Times, November 2, 2003
  • "Justices granting fewer stays of execution," USA Today, October 28, 2003
  • "Chance of Execution Slim in Some States," Richmond Times Dispatch (Virginia), October 27, 2003
  • "'My Life....Is on the Line'; Death Penalty is More Likely to be carried out in Virginia than it is in any other State," Richmond Times Dispatch (Virginia), October 26, 2003

Dean David Leebron's resignation as dean and acceptance of the presidency at Rice University in Houston was included in the following articles:

  • "Law School Dean Selected to Be President of Rice University," Columbia Daily Spectator, January 20, 2004
  • "Leebron to Become Next President of Rice," Columbia Daily Spectator, December 27, 2003
  • "Rice Hires Columbia Dean," New York Times, December 19, 2003
  • "Columbia University law dean introduced as Rice president," Associated Press Newswires, December 19, 2003
  • "Rice names seventh president," Associated Press Newswires, December 18, 2003
  • "Rice chooses new president / Ivy Leaguer will assume top position in summer," Houston Chronicle, December 18, 2003
  • "Law School Dean Tapped to Head Rice," Columbia Daily Spectator, December 17, 2003

Dean Leebron was also interviewed for an article about the Staten Island ferry incident titled, "City Could Face a Deluge Of Suits Over Ferry Crash." The New York Times, October 18, 2003.

Professor Samuel Issacharoff moderated a panel on the eve of the third anniversary of the ruling to discuss the impact of Bush v. Gore, the Supreme Court decision ending the Florida recount.  Other participants included Vicky Beasley, Deputy National Field Director, People For the American Way Foundation;  Jessie Allen, Associate Counsel of the Democracy Program at the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU Law; and Theodore M. Shaw, Associate Director-Counsel, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. U.S. Newswire, December 8, 2003

Prof. Issacharoff was also included in the following articles:

  • "The Court Case That Could ReShape Democracy," The Independent (London), December 11, 2003
    "The Great Election Grab: When does gerrymandering become a threat to democracy?" The New Yorker, December 8, 2003

According to the October 14th issue of The Hollywood Reporter, New Line Cinema is readying a feature film based on the life of Professor Jack Greenberg '48.  The untitled project is in early stages of development as New Line has acquired a treatment based on Greenberg's book "Crusaders in the Courts." No writer is yet attached to the project, but the treatment was developed by Michael Bogner '05 and John Saroff '04, a pair of Columbia Law School students. 

Prof. Greenberg has also participated in numerous interviews and documentaries in the past few months in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of Brown v. the Board of Education, including: KSDK-TV's "5 At Six," which aired on October 10, 2003.  Additionally, he was quoted in a feature article about Brown v. Board of Education in the January 18th "Education Life" section of The New York Times.  The article, penned by editorial scribe Adam Cohen, was titled, "The Supreme Struggle" and was an in-depth analysis of the case and its impact -- past, present, and future. He was also included in a documentary which aired on PBS on Martin Luther King Day 2004 called, "Citizen King."

Harvey Goldschmid '65 and Adolf A. Berle were included in an article about corporate governance headlined "The Way We Live Now: 12-14-03: Phenomenon; A Boss for the Boss." The New York Times, December 14, 2003.

Harvey Goldschmid was also included in the following articles:

  • "SEC proposes replacing chairmen of most mutual funds with outsiders," The International Herald Tribune, January 16, 2004
  • "SEC Endorses Stricter Rules On Fund Sales," The Washington Post, January 15, 2004
  • "S.E.C. Plan Would Force Fund Boards To Change," The New York Times, January 15, 2004
  • "Dilemmas in Attorney-Client Confidentiality," Washington Lawyer, January 2004
  • "Washington Wires," Wall Street Journal, January 9, 2004

Jane Ginsburg was quoted in an article titled, "Facts must be free whatever the cost," which appeared in the January 12th Financial Times (London, England).

Alejandro Garro was quoted or included in the following articles:

  • "Taking an oil giant to task over rain forest pollution; Ecuador," The International Herald Tribune, January 13, 2004 (co-bylined opinion piece) 
  • "Boiling Oil; ChevronTexaco faces Ecuador's courts," In These Times, December 8, 2003
  • "ChevronTexaco on trial over pollution in Amazonia," The International Herald Tribune, October 24, 2003
  • "Texaco Goes on Trial in Ecuador Pollution Case," The New York Times, October 23, 2003
  • "Chevron trial opens; Oil company faces allegations today of environmental destruction in Ecuador," Alameda Times-Star (Alameda, CA), October 21, 2003
  • "Oil firm in legal battle in Ecuador; San Ramon-based ChevronTexaco accused of polluting tribal homeland in Amazon," Tri-Valley Herald (Pleasanton, CA), October 21, 2003

George P. Fletcher bylined a piece for the "Viewpoint" section of the November 4, 2003 issue of The Jerusalem Report titled, "Join the International Criminal Court."

Jeffrey Fagan was quoted in an article headlined, "Sentencing of teen girl fuels debate over youths in prison; Debate goes on over kids in prison," which appeared in the October 14, 2003 edition of the Salt Lake Tribune (Utah).

Michael Dorf continues to pen his regular column for Findlaw.com, which is often picked up by CNN.com.  Following are his most recent columns:

  • "Caucuses and Democracy in Iowa and Iraq: Should Direct Elections Be Held Instead?" January 19, 2004
  • "Do Symbolic Pardons Do More Harm than Good? The Lenny Bruce and Swiss Humanitarian Cases," January 7, 2004
  • "Should Foreigners Be Permitted to Make Campaign Contributions to U.S. Candidates? Surprisingly, the Answer May Be Yes," December 24, 2003
  • "How Should Courts Handle Frequent Filers?  A Trampling Incident at a Florida Wal-Mart Highlights a Dilemma," December 10, 2003
  • "Could Justice Scalia's Affirmative Action Dissent Become a Self-Fulfilling Prophecy?" November 26, 2003
  • "Why the Lawsuit Challenging Tennessee's ‘Choose Life' License Plates Should Fail," November 12, 2003
  • "How The Florida Legislature and Governor Have Usurped the Judicial Role in the Schiavo ‘Right to Die' Case," October 29, 2003
  • "America's Favorite Pastime Exposes a Necessary Evil in the Legal System; Harmless Error in Baseball, and in Law," October 13, 2003

Prof. Dorf was also cited in the following articles:

  • "THE AMERICAN WAY; Fairness requires that status of Guantanamo detainees be clarified," Columbus Dispatch (Ohio), January 20, 2004
  • "Tarnished Perle; The Hollinger revelations follow the accusations of last spring that Perle was representing companies that had business pending before the U.S. Defence Department, while at the same time he was advising the DOD in a semiofficial capacity," Hamilton Spectator (Ontario, Canada), December 6, 2003
  • "Talk Is Not Cheap In Tennessee," Western Massachusetts Law Tribune, January 2004
  • "California alone is able to disclose client information," The Recorder, December 1, 2003
  • "The gathering storm around Richard Perle," Salon.com, November 26, 2003
  • "California OKs some secrecy breaches; Lawyers may disclose client information to head off physical harm," National Law Journal, November 24, 2003
  • "Bush in Britain: War critics astonished as US hawk admits invasion was illegal," The Guardian, November 20, 2003

Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw continues to be a regular guest on NPR's "Tavis Smiley" show.  Recent shows addressed, "Parallels between Michael Jackson and Lionel Tate cases (January 9, 2004)," "Carrie Butler may not have been of legal age under South Carolina law when she gave birth to Strom Thurmond's child (December 19, 2003)," "Debate in America about the real meaning of liberty and freedom (November 14, 2003)," and "Race considerations in drug offenses (October 17, 2003)."  She also appeared on CNN's "Sunday Night" on January 4, 2004 for a segment headlined, "Democratic Primaries; Update on Rover on Mars." 

Prof. Crenshaw also participated in a panel titled, "Is Opportunity Equal? 50 Years After Brown v. Board of Education" at the Primo Lecture Series on the Martin Luther King Jr. day in Delaware.  The News Journal (Wilmington, DE), January 16 and 19, 2004.

John Coffee continues to be a leading commentator on corporate governance and white collar crime.  He was quoted or mentioned in the following top dailies: The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Seattle Times, The New York Post, Newsday (New York), The New York Sun, The International Herald Tribune, Sunday Times (London), and  Globe and Mail. He was also included in the following business and legal publications: Newsweek, Business Week, Fortune, Forbes, National Law Journal (bylined an article), Texas Lawyer, New Jersey Law Journal, The Recorder, Legal Week, Legal Week Global, Legal Affairs (penned a feature article), New York Law Journal (quoted; bylined a column), Corporate Counsel, and Pensions and Investment.  Additionally, he was included in wires and online publications such as The Bulletin's Frontrunner, AFX.com, CFO.com, and Business Wire.  Finally, Prof. Coffee appeared on various broadcast programs including: NBC's "Nightly News with Tom Brokaw" and "The Today Show"; CBS' "Evening News" and "Sunday Morning"; ABC's "World News Tonight with Peter Jennings"; PBS' "The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer";  CNN's "DAYBREAK," "Anderson Cooper 360 Degrees," and "Wolf Blitzer Reports"; CNNFN's "Market Call" and "Money & Markets"; CNBC's "Morning Call," "Early Today," "The News with Brian Williams," and "Power Lunch"; National Public Radio's (NPR) "Day to Day," "Morning Edition," and "All Things Considered"; Minnesota Public Radio's "Marketplace Morning Report"; "Nightly Business Report"; CBS "MarketWatch;" Bloomberg's "Money"; and Fox 5 "Morning News."

Vivian Berger continues to pen regular articles for the National Law Journal.  On January 19, 2004, her column titled, "Flag ‘Desecration': Persuade, Don't Punish," was published.  On November 3, 2003, her piece on Representative William Janklow and similar cases, headlined "Put speeders in jail," was published.  Prof. Berger was also referenced in an October 27th column in The Boston Globe headlined, "Those Accused of Rape Have Rights, Too."

Mark Barenberg's letter to the editor titled, "Does Trade Help Or Hurt Workers?" was published in The New York Times on January 17, 2004 in response to Nicholas D. Kristof's column (January 14, 2004) about international labor rights. 

José Alvarez was quoted in an article about Saddam Hussein's capture headlined, "Dictator to deal with local justice."  The Weekend Australian, December 20, 2003

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Adjunct Faculty

*Listed in reverse alphabetical order

James Tierney was quoted in a January 9th Dow Jones newswire story headlined, "California Gives Spitzer-Like Clout To State Atty General."

Columbia University announced the appointment of Mary Robinson, the first woman president of Ireland, and more recently, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, to the faculty effective spring semester, 2004.  Robinson will hold the position of Professor of Practice in the Department of International and Public Affairs and will teach a course on human rights and globalization. She also will serve as an advisor to Columbia's Earth Institute on a broad range of international development issues and as a senior research scholar at Columbia Law. Columbia University Press Release; The Irish Times, January 15, 2004; AScribe Newswire, January 13, 2004.

Michael Ratner '69 was profiled in the article headlined, "Statutes of Liberty; Michael Ratner Is In Hot Pursuit Of Justice for Guantanamo Detainees" The Washington Post, December 19, 2003

The World Trade Organisation's dispute settlement body appointed Merit Janow, the first ever woman, to join a seven-member panel that helps to resolve trade rows between member states.  Columbia Daily Spectator, November 18, 2003.

Jagdish Bhagwati penned an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal titled, "…And a New Dawn for Immigrants," which was published on January 12, 2004.

Anne Bayefsky was quoted in an article titled, "Jules Rule!" The Recorder, November 14, 2003.

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Centers / Events / Other


The National Law Journal
and Columbia Law School
co-sponsored a roundtable on Nov. 18 on the Feeney Amendment -- a measure passed this year that reduces the discretion of federal judges in sentencing criminal defendants under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines. National Law Journal, December 15, 2003; "Prosecutor and Ex-Judge Spar Over Need for Consistency in Sentencing," New York Law Journal, November 21, 2003.

The Fred Friendly Seminars, as part of Columbia University's 250th Anniversary celebration, produced one of its unique Socratic Dialogues exploring national security and civil liberties in the post-9/11 world.  The segment aired on PBS on December 18, 2003, and included participants such as Floyd Abrams, President Lee C. Bollinger '71, and Mary Jo White '74, among others.  Professor Michael Dorf moderated the program.

On December 5 and 6, 2003, public officials from around the country gathered at the Law School to discuss their ambitious agenda to help consumers across a wide range of issues.  Attorneys general from many states including New York (Eliot Spitzer), New Jersey (Peter Harvey '82), California, and Pennsylvania participated in the discussions, as well as Professors Briffault, Coffee, Issacharoff, Simon, and SEC Commissioner and Law School professor Harvey Goldschmid '65.  The events were spearheaded by the former attorney general of Maine and Law School lecturer James Tierney. Columbia University Record, December 19, 2003.

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan delivered the Program on International Migration: Economics, Ethics and Law's inaugural Emma Lazarus Lecture on International Flows of Humanity on November 21, 2003.  Columbia University Record, December 1, 2003.

Columbia Law School's bar pass rates were included in the New York Law Journal's December 19th article titled, "Bar Pass Rates at State Schools Are Up Slightly."  Columbia Law School ranked second statewide.

Lord Falconer of Thoroton's comments made during a speech at Columbia Law School were cited in an article in The Journal (Newscastle, UK) on December 16, 2003.

On the October 27th edition of "The Today Show," Matt Lauer interviewed a New York Times scribe regarding her recent column about women with Ivy League educations, ‘opting out" of success.  The high ratio of women graduating from Columbia Law School, as well as from Boalt Hall and Harvard Law School was referenced.  Katherine Brokaw '90 was featured in the original article headlined, "The Opt-Out Revolution," which appeared in The New York Times, on October 26, 2003.

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