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10 Years of Extraordinary Leadership

10 Years of Extraordinary Leadership

Adam Liptak

As he prepared to wrap up a highly successful 10-year term as dean of Columbia Law School, David M. Schizer joined graduates and faculty members in examining how the Law School confronted the unprecedented challenges of the past decade and how it has emerged on the other side—bright future intact and stronger than ever.

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Out of the Shadows

Out of the Shadows

Anna Louie Sussman

With a new immigrants' rights clinic and an innovative partnership to assist children facing deportation from the U.S., Columbia Law School has set the standard for immigration law training.

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Sign of the Times

Sign of the Times

Amy Singer

Fifty years after the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was signed into law, the Columbia Law School community is marking the legislation's anniversary by hosting a yearlong, multidimensional series of celebrations and events. With 64@50, Law School faculty members and students are examining how far the nation has progressed on issues of civil rights, while also assessing strategies for addressing the challenges that remain.

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A Conversation with Professor Theodore M. Shaw

A Conversation with Professor Theodore M. Shaw

A former NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund director-counsel, Professor Theodore M. Shaw '79 spoke with Columbia Law School Magazine about the civil rights movement, his legal career, and teaching the next generation of public interest lawyers.

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The Middle Ground

The Middle Ground

Kristina Dell

Students in Professor Alexandra Carter's mediation program learn to take thoughtful, nuanced approaches when addressing previously intractable disputes. In the process, they become better advocates, more agile problem solvers, and expert communicators.

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Menachem Rosensaft

Menachem Rosensaft

Amy Feldman

World Jewish Congress General Counsel Menachem Rosensaft '79 works tirelessly to ensure Holocaust remembrance efforts strengthen with the advancement of time.

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Susan B. Lindenauer

Susan B. Lindenauer

Seth Stevenson

Throughout the course of a successful career in public interest law, Susan B. Lindenauer '64 has improved countless lives as a devoted advocate and mentor.

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U.W. Clemon

U.W. Clemon

Kelly Carroll

As a crusading civil rights attorney and a widely respected federal judge, U.W. Clemon '68 has crafted an inspiring, influential career.

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Only on the Web

View More: Columbia Law School Deans Discuss the Law School's Legacy

View More: Columbia Law School Deans Discuss the Law School's Legacy

Watch a video in which Dean David M. Schizer and six other deans discuss the Law School's legacy.

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View More: See Photos from Novak Djokovic's Visit

View More: See Photos from Novak Djokovic's Visit

Six-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic discussed the business and legal aspects of professional tennis with members of the Law School community this spring.

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View More: See Photos from the Myra Bradwell Dinner

View More: See Photos from the Myra Bradwell Dinner

Minna Schrag '75 received the Myra Bradwell Distinguished Alumna Award from the Columbia Law Women's Association at the organization's annual dinner.

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View More: See Photos of Students in Columbia Law School's Mediation Program

View More: See Photos of Students in Columbia Law School's Mediation Program

Students participating in Columbia Law School's mediation program often work with nonprofit organizations and community groups to perfect their mediation techniques.

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In Session

From the Dean

From the Dean

David M. Schizer

On May 1, Columbia Law School held a dinner at the American Museum of Natural History celebrating David M. Schizer's service as dean. These are his remarks from that occasion.

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At Issue: An Improbable Life

At Issue: An Improbable Life

MIchael I. Sovern

Professor Michael I. Sovern '55 recounts some memorable exchanges with Professor Elliott Evans Cheatham, Justice Felix Frankfurter, and Professor Walter Gellhorn '31 in an excerpt from An Improbable Life: My Sixty Years at Columbia and Other Adventures

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At Issue: Financial Regulation

At Issue: Financial Regulation

Kathryn Judge

Much has changed since the 2007–2009 financial crisis, but the more we learn about what triggered the downturn, and the actions taken to stem the tide, the clearer it becomes that there is still much work to do.

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Global Justices

Global Justices

Amy Feldman

Professors George A. Bermann '75 LL.M. and Sarah H. Cleveland recently joined five supreme court justices for a pathbreaking judicial journey.

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Providing Hope

Providing Hope

Anna Louie Sussman

As the head of a new immigrants' rights clinic, Elora Mukherjee connects students with clients who have nowhere else to turn.

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Towering Inferno

Towering Inferno

Alexander Zaitchik

Professor Robert A. Ferguson has crafted a magnum opus that uses literature and philosophy as lenses for examining criminal punishment in America.

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Christopher Burke

Christopher Burke

Kelly Carroll

Christopher Burke '14 enrolled at the Law School to gain the training needed to become a lawyer at a large firm, while also maintaining a public interest focus.

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Gexu

Gexu "George" Zhang

Joy Y. Wang

Gexu "George" Zhang '14, who intends to pursue a career in corporate law, confesses to a competitive streak. When asked what sparked his interest in that field, he answers without hesitation: "I like the fast pace."

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Gloria Golmohammadi

Gloria Golmohammadi

Joy Y. Wang

On a leave of absence from the Administrative Court of Stockholm to obtain her LL.M., Gloria Golmohammadi '14 LL.M. worked with the Center for Public Research and Leadership to study public sector reform efforts in education. She also analyzed how normative values define human rights issues.

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Lizzie Gomez

Lizzie Gomez

Kelly Carroll

As a summer associate in the Buenos Aires office of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton this past year, Lizzie Gomez '14 immersed herself in a world of cross-border transactions, capital markets, and joint ventures. But one of the most valuable lessons she took away from her experience in the six-lawyer workplace was how much she could learn in a tight-knit, hands-on environment.

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In Profile

Livia Angiolillo '11

Livia Angiolillo '11

Livia Angiolillo '11, who holds an M.A. and an Ed.M. from Teachers College, in addition to her law degree, became involved with Uncommon Schools as a summer operations fellow in 2009. During the next few years, she worked closely with Uncommon administrators to establish multiple schools throughout Brooklyn.

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Richard Hsu '94

Richard Hsu '94

When attorney Richard Hsu '94 first decided to create intellectual property law tutorials for his blog, HsuTube, he enlisted the services of an unlikely assistant—his 13-year-old daughter, Maya.

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Betsy Pearce '91

Betsy Pearce '91

As a legal adviser to fashion designers and luxury brands, Betsy Pearce '91 maintains a client list that mirrors the labels found in a style maven’s closet.

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Fernando de Mello Barreto '74 LL.M.

Fernando de Mello Barreto '74 LL.M.

Fernando de Mello Barreto '74 LL.M. is enjoying the chance to serve as a diplomat in his native country, but he does not see his role at the Brazilian Ministry of External Relations as the final stop of his peripatetic career.

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Monica Jahan Bose '90

Monica Jahan Bose '90

Monica Jahan Bose '90 practices what she calls "artivism" by using any means possible to get marginal voices heard.

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Penelope Andrews '84 LL.M.

Penelope Andrews '84 LL.M.

After a teaching career that led her to Australia, Scotland, Canada, and Germany, Penelope Andrews '84 LL.M. decided to settle in the United States, where she saw connections between South Africa's struggle for racial equality and the American civil rights movement.

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Questions Presented

Michael I. Sovern '55

Michael I. Sovern '55

A member of the faculty for nearly six decades, Professor Michael I. Sovern '55 served as dean of Columbia Law School from 1970 to 1979 and as president of Columbia University from 1980 to 1993.

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Happenings

Amato Named to Italian High Court

Former Italian Prime Minister Giuliano Amato '63 M.C.L. was recently appointed as a justice of the Constitutional Court of Italy.

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Briffault Confirmed as Head of NYC Ethics Board

Professor Richard Briffault was recently confirmed as chair of New York City's Conflicts of Interest Board, an enforcement agency that oversees the ethical conduct of the city's employees.

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Career Services Launches New Program

Columbia Law School's Office of Career Services and Professional Development recently established its Partners in Residence program, which connects third-year students with retired and practicing Law School graduates who can provide career guidance.

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Clinic Defends Wrongfully Imprisoned Man

Students in Columbia Law School's Mass Incarceration Clinic recently gained a favorable ruling for Scott T. Lewis, who was convicted of a double murder in 1995 but has maintained his innocence.

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Djokovic Gives Students Advantage

Djokovic Gives Students Advantage

Six-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic discussed the business and legal aspects of professional tennis with members of the Law School community this spring.

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Gardner, Kennedy Tapped For Key Diplomatic Roles

Anthony Luzzatto Gardner '90 and Caroline Kennedy '88 were recently chosen by President Barack Obama to serve as U.S. ambassadors.

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Genty Honored at Columbia University Commencement

Professor Philip M. Genty received a Presidential Award for Outstanding Teaching during Columbia University's 2014 Commencement exercises.

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Gerrard Discusses Coal Ash Leak on Rachel Maddow Show

Michael B. Gerrard, the Andrew Sabin Professor of Professional Practice and director of the Law School's Center for Climate Change Law, talked with Maddow about the unusual and quick steps taken by the federal government to investigate a coal ash leak in North Carolina.

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Graduates Begin Clerkships at the Supreme Court

Jennifer B. Sokoler '10, Mark Musico '11, and James W. Crooks '13 will soon begin prestigious clerkships at the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Immergut Instructs Students on Deal-Making

Mel M. Immergut '71, former chairman of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy, returned to Columbia Law School this past fall to teach a course on transactional law.

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Joe Lieberman Co-Teaches National Security Law Course

Joe Lieberman Co-Teaches National Security Law Course

Former U.S. Senator Joe Lieberman recently joined Columbia Law School Professor Matthew C. Waxman in teaching a course on congressional power and national security law.

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Johnson Named  Homeland Security Secretary

Johnson Named Homeland Security Secretary

Since assuming his post, Jeh C. Johnson '82 has worked on initiatives related to U.S. border security and emergency preparedness and response. He recently traveled to Poland to attend the G6 ministerial meeting, and has met with state and local officials to ensure continued coordination of homeland security efforts.

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Justice Kagan Visits Law School

Justice Kagan Visits Law School

U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Elena Kagan, Judge Carlos F. Lucero of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit, and Judge Raymond J. Lohier Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit presided over the 2014 Harlan Fiske Stone Moot Court Competition this spring at Columbia Law School.

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Kaplan Named Top Litigator

Kaplan Named Top Litigator

Roberta A. Kaplan '91 was recognized for her successful representation of Edith Windsor in the U.S. Supreme Court case United States v. Windsor, which struck down key components of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the federal government's ban on marriage for same-sex couples.

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Law School Brings Together Energy and Environmental Experts in Beijing

Earlier this year, Columbia Law School hosted a daylong interdisciplinary forum at Peking University Law School in Beijing to foster discussion relating to large-scale shale gas development.

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Law School Honors Four Distinguished Graduates

Sheila Abdus-Salaam '77 and Rolando T. Acosta '82 were awarded the Lawrence A. Wien Prize for Social Responsibility. Ira M. Millstein '49 and Edgar G. Rios '77 each received the Law School's Medal for Excellence.

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Law School Hosts Arbitration Day

The daylong event, which was hosted by the Columbia International Arbitration Association, focused on the interplay between national courts, arbitral tribunals, and legal regimes.

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Law School Remembers Professor James Kent

Columbia Law School recently celebrated the 220th anniversary of James Kent's appointment as Columbia College's first professor of law.

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Lubman Named Distinguished Columbian in Teaching

Lubman Named Distinguished Columbian in Teaching

Stanley Lubman '58, a renowned Chinese legal studies scholar, received the Columbia Law School Association's Distinguished Columbian in Teaching Award this past winter.

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Merrill Wins Property Rights Prize

The William & Mary Property Rights Project recently awarded the Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Prize to Columbia Law School Professor Thomas W. Merrill, the Charles Evans Hughes Professor of Law.

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NYC Mayor Selects Alumni to Serve as Advisers

Columbia Law School graduates Elizabeth Glazer '86, Alicia K. Glen '93, and Maya Wiley '89 earned prominent appointments in New York City government earlier this year, joining first-term New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's administration as high-ranking advisers.

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PILF Auction Raises Money to Support Students Pursuing Public Interest Work

The auction raised approximately $65,000, which will help fund guaranteed stipends for students working in public interest summer jobs.

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Pistor Creates Global Finance Network

Columbia Law School Professor Katharina Pistor recently established the Global Law in Finance Network, an international group of academics and doctoral students interested in analyzing the paradoxical relationship between law and finance.

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Robeson Conference Focuses on Legal Activism

The conference, which is held to commemorate the life and advocacy of Paul Robeson '23, explored the role of legal activism in creating transformative policy.

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Sarah Cleveland Nominated for U.N. Committee

Columbia Law School Professor Sarah H. Cleveland was recently nominated to serve as an independent expert on the United Nations' Human Rights Committee, which monitors implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights by state parties.

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Shaw Honored at SJI Dinner

Professor Theodore M. Shaw '79 received the Distinguished Public Interest Graduate of the Year Award from Social Justice Initiatives at the organization's 2014 Honors Celebration.

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Ed Morrison Returns to Columbia

Bankruptcy law expert Edward R. Morrison will return to the Columbia Law School faculty this July after spending two years at the University of Chicago Law School.

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Goldberg Elected to American Law Institute

The American Law Institute, which was founded in 1923, works to clarify, simplify, and modernize law through scholarship.

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Lester Named Law School's Next Dean

Lester Named Law School's Next Dean

Columbia University President Lee C. Bollinger '71 recently announced the appointment of Gillian Lester as the next dean of Columbia Law School. Lester, an expert on employment law and policy, and the acting dean of the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, will officially begin her tenure on January 1, 2015.

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New Faculty Members to Join the Law School

Distinguished scholar Bernard E. Harcourt, legal historian Jeremy K. Kessler, and international human rights expert Sarah Knuckey recently accepted faculty appointments from Columbia Law School.

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Schiller to Chair Board of Trustees

Schiller to Chair Board of Trustees

Columbia University recently announced that Jonathan D. Schiller '73 will become chair of the University's Board of Trustees.

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Schrag Honored at Bradwell Dinner

Human rights advocate Minna Schrag '75 received the Myra Bradwell Distinguished Alumna Award from the Columbia Law Women's Association at the organization's annual dinner this spring.

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Scott to Head American Law and Economics Association

Robert E. Scott, the Alfred McCormack Professor of Law and incoming interim dean, has been named president of the American Law and Economics Association.

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Torrey Named Legal Counsel of the United States Supreme Court

Columbia Law School graduate Ethan V. Torrey '99 began serving as legal counsel of the U.S. Supreme Court earlier this year.

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In Memoriam

Charlotte Smallwood-Cook '46

Charlotte Smallwood-Cook '46 was the first woman to hold the office of district attorney in the state of New York.

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David A. Rice '65

David A. Rice '65

David A. Rice '65 was a longtime law professor and an authority on commercial law.

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David Sive '48

David Sive '48

David Sive '48, who was known as the father of modern environmental law, argued landmark cases, led environmental advocacy groups, and taught environmental law at Columbia Law School.

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Francis H. Musselman '53

Francis H. Musselman '53 was a longtime managing partner at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy and founder of the firm's Washington, D.C., office.

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Freda Silbowitz Hertz '38

Freda Silbowitz Hertz '38

Freda Silbowitz Hertz '38 was a Manhattan family court judge and former president of the New York Women’s Bar Association.

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George Bunn '50

George Bunn '50 was a lifelong advocate for nuclear arms control who helped develop the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

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Gerard Arnoth Weiss '34

Gerard (Gerry) Arnoth Weiss '34 was a skilled lawyer specializing in corporate law who investigated the war crimes of German chemical conglomerate IG Farben.

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Janet C. Jacobson '81

Janet C. Jacobson '81 was an assistant district attorney in Manhattan and a pioneering entertainment lawyer.

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Millard L. Midonick '36

Millard L. Midonick '36

Millard (Will) L. Midonick '36 was a judge for both Manhattan family and surrogate courts, and a longtime member of the Columbia Law School Board of Visitors.

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Otis G. Pike '48

Otis G. Pike '48 was a nine-term U.S. congressman from Long Island.

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Peter Tilden Hitchcock '59

Peter Tilden Hitchcock '59 was a founding executive of Vista Chemical and counsel for Allied Chemical and Conoco Chemical.

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Thomas W. Evans '57

Thomas W. Evans '57 was a presidential adviser, an educator, and a longtime member of the Columbia Law School Board of Visitors.

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Victor H. Li '64

Victor H. Li '64

Victor H. Li '64 was a professor and scholar who worked to devise a framework for normalized diplomatic relations with China.

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Walter Joseph Smith Jr. '61

Walter Joseph Smith Jr.'61 was a Washington, D.C., trial lawyer and mediator for the district’s Superior Court.

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In Memoriam, Spring 2014

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