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Fall 2005

Full-Time Faculty

(listed in reverse alphabetical order)
  • Tim Wu appeared in several news outlets to discuss Internet privacy and copyright issues. On November 15, his comments about the contentious issue of Internet governance in response to the U.N.'s World Summit on the Information Society in Tunisia were published in Wired ("Net Dust Storm Blows into Tunis"). Two days later, Prof. Wu was quoted in a Financial Times story about Google's legal negotiations to create a virtual card catalogue ("Google's Digital Page-Turner," November 17, 2005). Finally, a speech by Prof. Wu in which he advocated the creation of a viewer's right to get lawful shows over any network coming into the home was covered in Communications Daily ("Prof. Says TV Policy Must Get Darwinian," November 30, 2005).

  • Patricia Williams reviewed the book "Lies and Other Tall Tales," a collection of African-American folklore by Zora Neale Hurston that has been adapted for children, for the New York Times ("Outrageously Speaking, November 14, 2005).

  • Jane Spinak appeared on the CBS Early Show to offer advice for people hoping to adopt on December 15, 2005.

  • Dean David Schizer was named a member of the "Little Supremes," a group of law professors, prosecutors and litigators considered future Supreme Court nominees("The Little Supremes: Meet the Next Generation of Robertses and Alitos," The New York Observer, November 9, 2005) . Catherine Sharkey was also included in the group. The Dean's trip to Puerto Rico to honor outstanding alumni judges led to the following articles: "6 Judges Feted, Columbia-P.R. connection celebrated" in the San Juan Star (November 4, 2005) and "Toward Tax Reform that Serves the Poor"in El Pais (November 4, 2005).

  • Barbara Schatz was awarded the Lawyers Alliance for New York's annual Cornerstone Award for outstanding pro bono business counsel given to a nonprofit organization, reported the New York Law Journal ("Accolades: Helping Nonprofit Businesses," December 2, 2005).

  • Katharina Pistor was quoted about the case of Josef Ackermann, Deutsche Bank's chief executive standing trial for corporate governance maneuvers that yielded record profits but earned Ackerman criticism for shunning German tradition ("Retrial Ruling Reflects German Mood," International Herald Tribune, December 22, 2005).

  • Eben Moglen appeared in Forbes.com to opine that advances in technology are making the Federal Communications Commission irrelevant (Does Open Source Software Make the FCC Irrelevant?," October 18, 2005). He later advocated the use of the General Public License in the New York Times ("Lawyer: Open-Source Risks Overblown," November 2, 2005).

  • Curtis Milhaupt '89 spoke at a conference in South Korea, where he stated that the type of foreign investments in China reflect poor corporate governance conditions, according to the South Korean news service Yonhap ("FDI in China Shows Poor Corporate Governance," November 14, 2005).

  • Gillian Metzger '95 spoke to FOXnews.com about the possible outcomes of Ayotte v. Planned Parenthood of Northern New England, the first major abortion case to be heard by the Supreme Court in five years ("Precedent at Stake in Supreme Court Abortion Case," December 1, 2005).

  • Deborah Livingston commented in the Boston Globe on allegations that the National Security Agency has been using computers to monitor Americans' international communications under the guise of screening for Al-Qaeda operatives ("Wiretaps Said to Sift All Overseas Contact," December 23, 2005).

  • Jim Liebman's study on the death penalty was mentioned in an article arguing against streamlining court proceedings in capital cases ("A New New Low," The American Prospect, November 2005). The study was also cited by the Birmingham News as one of the reasons it has reversed its decades-long position in support of the death penalty ("Editorial: A Death Penalty Conversion," November 6, 2005). On November 14, Prof. Liebman published a letter-to-the-editor in the New York Times arguing for the public's right to persuade elected representatives to withhold consent from a nominee who would skew the ideological balance of the Supreme Court ("Balance on the Court: The Alito Factor"). Lastly, Prof. Liebman commented on a controversial murder conviction that is under review in the Los Angeles Times ("Bratton Enters Lisker's Legal Battle," November 23, 2005).

  • Jack Greenberg's memoir, which is being made in to a movie titled "The Crusaders" and written in part by Michael Bogner '05 and John Saroff '04, was the subject of the Daily Variety article "New Line Courting History" on December 7, 2005.

  • Harvey Goldschmid '65, who recently left his post as S.E.C. commissioner to return to Columbia Law School, spoke about corporate governance and the role of the S.E.C. in several articles, including "Spitzer's Next Crusade: Satan or Savior?" in Fortune (November 28, 2005); "Goldschmid Defends Reforms He Supported During SEC Term" in the New York Law Journal, December 1, 2005; and "For All Its Cost, Sarbanes Law Is Working" in the New York Times (December 3, 2005), in which Prof. Goldschmid said, "I think that Sarbanes-Oxley has been a great success in terms of the effect it has had on improved corporate governance … There is no question it has been a great piece of legislation, and anybody who says otherwise is talking like a darn fool."

  • Jane Ginsburg told the New York Times that trademark logos don't give New York officials "rights to every incarnation of the words ‘New York'" in a November 4, 2005, article about moving sports teams titled "You Can Take the Team out of NY."

  • Ronald Gilson's study on a California law's impact on labor mobility was cited in the New York Times article "In Silicon Valley, Job Hopping Contributes to Innovation" (December 1, 2005).

  • Jeffrey Fagan spoke about the drop in New York City's crime rate and the role of the police in the New York Times on October 5, 2005, in an article titled "New York's Falling Crime Rate Is a Potent Weapon for the Mayor." He was also quoted in a New York Sun story about sentencings ("Judge Tells Why He Let Suspect Free," December 16, 2005).

  • Ariela Dubler and John Fabian Witt published an editorial on Slate.com about FAIR v. Rumsfeld, in which they advocate allowing law school to enforce their non-discrimination policies against military recruiters without losing federal funding ("Tactical Withdrawal?," December 5, 2005).

  • Michael Dorf appeared in several articles to discuss Constitutional law and the Supreme Court. He spoke about executive privilege in the National Law Journal article "Battle Looming Over Privilege" (October 10, 2005). On November 1, he discussed Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito's views on abortion in USA Today ("Record Backs up Alito's Bona Fides as Conservative"). Prof. Dorf spoke about the rights of suspected terrorists who have been detained without a trial in the Baltimore Sun ("Padilla Move is Seen as Showdown Stopper," November 24, 2005). Additionally, Prof. Dorf was quoted about law schools' Supreme Court challenge to the Solomon Amendment ("Military Recruitment Case Heads to High Court," New York Sun, December 6, 2005) and about the ability to punish someone for filing frivolous lawsuits ("Woman Held over Lawsuits," The Denver Post, December 19, 2005).

  • Lori Damrosch, in response to conservative legal scholars' advocacy of expanded executive powers, said the Constitution "is working as it's supposed to" with regards to presidential war powers in an October 23rd Boston Globe article titled "Critical Faculties: War Counsel."

  • John C. Coffee, Jr. appeared in numerous articles and television programs to discuss corporate governance and securities fraud. In particular, Prof. Coffee discussed the Enron, Refco and Qwest prosecutions, among others. His media appearances include the following:

    • "The Senate: Doubting a Trust," Newsweek, October 10, 2005
    • "SEC's War on Inside Information Pays Dividends to Investors, Analysts," St. Louis Post-Dispatch, October 19, 2005
    • "Refco Considers Offer," Bloomberg Market Movers, October 17, 2005
    • "Refco," BBC News, October 17, 2005
    • "Refco: The Reckoning," Business Week, November 7, 2005
    • "Pink Sheets Scams may Give Investors Nightmares," USA Today, November 11, 2005
    • "NYSE, NASD Explore Joint Regulatory Role," The Wall Street Journal, November 14, 2005
    • "Corporate Securities Sovereign/Santander Deal: Will the NYSE Stand Up?," New York Law Journal, November 17, 2005
    • "Corporate Lawyers Feel Chill," Chicago Tribune, December 4, 2005
    • "Former Qwest CEO Charged with Inside Trading," USA Today, December 21, 2005
    • "Lawyers' Man of the Hour ," The Washington Post, December 21, 2005
    • "Watchdogs Hear Calls for Reform," USA Today, December 6, 2005
    • "Executives on Trial," The Wall Street Journal, December 23, 2005
    • "Enron's Chief Accounting Officer, Richard Causey, Cuts Plea Deal," NBC Nightly News, December 28, 2005
    • "Causey's Shift Eases Burden for Prosecution," USA Today, December 30, 2005

  • Richard Briffault was quoted in the New York Law Journal about the campaign for a national living wage on December 9, 2005 ("Winning Pay Hikes for Low Wage Workers").
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Adjunct Faculty / Administrative Deans / Directors

 
  • Jim Tierney, director of the National State Attorneys General program, appeared in several articles to talk about the role of attorneys general and corporate governance regulations. On October 17, he advocated the hiring of ex-regulators as corporate board members in The Wall Street Journal ("The Cop on the Board"). He discussed New York State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer on CNNMoney.com on December 9 ("The I-Hate-Spitzer-Club"), and article in which John Coffee also appeared. On December 20, Prof. Tierney talked about legal standards for the appointment of a special prosecutor in the Detroit Free-Press article "Ex-Prosecutor is Taking Over the Fieger Case." Finally, on December 23, Prof. Tierney voiced his support for Mr. Spitzer in the New York Times ("Executive's Article Revives Feud With Prosecutor").
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Centers / Events / Others

 
  • Laila Hlass '06 and Anna Arceneaux '06 were quoted in a New York Law Journal story titled "Students Take a Role In Katrina Recovery" (November 25, 2005). Both students joined others at a half-dozen New York law campuses, including Columbia Law School, to aid in the recovery of areas hit by Hurricane Katrina as part of the Student Hurricane Network.

  • The legal work of Carolyn Patty Blum, senior legal adviser to the Center for Justice and Accountability, was mentioned in a New York Times story about the former vice-minister of defense of El Salvador who has been deemed responsible for torture and crimes against humanity ("Ex-Salvadoran Colonel is Ordered to Pay for Crimes Against Humanity," November 21, 2005). Three student members of the Human Rights Clinic--Anna Arceneaux '06, Julie Hassman '06 and Juan Gonzalez '07--worked with Ms. Blum on the case.

  • Reed Super, senior clinical staff attorney at the Environmental Law Clinic, was featured in a story about a clinic project completed on behalf of Riverkeeper to compel the World Trade Center redevelopment to reduce its impact on aquatic life in the Hudson River ("Ground Zero Cooling Plant Shrinks from XL to S," The New York Times, November 16, 2005). Mr. Super also appeared in an article about New York's sewage treatment plants and their inability to handle the necessary capacity of waste ("Foul Play," The Village Voice, December 27, 2005).

  • In a column titled "What's Online," the New York Times directs readers to visit the website of the Columbia Law Library Music Plagiarism Project (located here), where listeners can hear samples of the music involved in landmark copyright disputes ("Claim that Tune," December 31, 2005).
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