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James E.C. Perry

James E.C. Perry

James Vescovi

James E.C. Perry '72, the new Florida Supreme Court justice, had a firsthand perspective of the South during the civil rights movement.

Added 8/5/2009
Lynn Forester De Rothschild

Lynn Forester De Rothschild

Christopher Mason

Lynn Forester de Rothschild '79 looks to the future with optimism as she continues to build on an exceptional business career.

Added 7/15/2009
Criminal Master Mind

Criminal Master Mind

Alexander Zaitchik

For scholar and public intellectual George Fletcher, a career overflowing with influential contributions to the academy portends even bigger things to come.

Added 6/22/2009
Eric Holder

Eric Holder

Carrie Johnson

United States Attorney General Eric Holder '76 is addressing the challenges that go hand-in-hand with being the nation's most powerful law enforcement officer.

Added 6/22/2009
Global Positioning

Global Positioning

Peter Coy

In the midst of the worst international economic meltdown in generations, Law School scholars of varying backgrounds and perspectives are grappling with how to effectively assess and address what has become a global crisis.

Added 6/22/2009
High Hopes

High Hopes

Professor Michael Gerrard talks global climate change with Elizabeth Kolbert. Is there any hope for an effective international response to the problem? And could it be that U.S. legislation is the key to the equation?

Added 6/22/2009
Hollywood, Esq.

Hollywood, Esq.

Marc Weingarten

For Law School graduates who have risen to great heights in entertainment law, a day at the office can mean power lunches and more.

Added 6/22/2009
Lost in Translation

Lost in Translation

David Hechler

During a time of unprecedented, swift development within the Chinese judiciary, Professor Benjamin Liebman focuses on what the country's courts are doing now, and where they might be headed.

Added 6/22/2009
Tom Rothman

Tom Rothman

Ian Daly

Fox Filmed Entertainment Chairman and CEO Tom Rothman '80 is an expert of the highest order when it comes to the art of producing Hollywood hits.

Added 5/29/2009

Only on the Web

Hollywood Esq.: Image Gallery

Hollywood Esq.: Image Gallery

As related to the feature "Hollywood Esq.," see images of Law School graduates who are making their mark in the high-profile world of entertainment law.

Added 6/29/2009
Go Beyond: Browse an interactive map showing CO2 emissions by country

Go Beyond: Browse an interactive map showing CO2 emissions by country

Compare CO2 emissions from countries around the world. See "High Hopes" for the full story.

Added 6/22/2009
Web Exclusive: Read Professor Pistor's full articles on the global financial system

Web Exclusive: Read Professor Pistor's full articles on the global financial system

Read articles by Professor Katharina Pistor on how to effectively assess and address the global financial crisis.

Added 6/16/2009
Video: Additional Corporations in Court Seminars

Video: Additional Corporations in Court Seminars

More videos from Professor John Coffee's Corporations in Court seminar.

Added 6/12/2009
View More: See videos of  professors speaking about the global financial crisis

View More: See videos of professors speaking about the global financial crisis

Professors John Coffee and Merritt Fox discuss regulatory proposals that could help address the global economic crisis.

Added 6/12/2009
Video: Corporations in Court Seminar on United Rentals, Inc. v. RAM Holdings, Inc.

Video: Corporations in Court Seminar on United Rentals, Inc. v. RAM Holdings, Inc.

A video from Professor John Coffee's Corporations in Court seminar.

Added 6/10/2009
View More: Browse web-only photos of Professor Fletcher

View More: Browse web-only photos of Professor Fletcher

View additional web-only photos of scholar and public intellectual George Fletcher.

Added 6/10/2009
View More: See a video of Martha Nussbaum's keynote address

View More: See a video of Martha Nussbaum's keynote address

The Gender and Sexuality Law Program celebrated its inaugural symposium by honoring University of Chicago professor Martha Nussbaum.

Added 6/10/2009
View More: See videos of scholars discussing the Chinese court system

View More: See videos of scholars discussing the Chinese court system

Professor Benjamin Liebman and Edwards Visiting Fellow Chi Majiao discuss the Chinese court system's strengths and weaknesses.

Added 6/10/2009
View More: Watch a video of Professor Gerrard speaking about the climate change center

View More: Watch a video of Professor Gerrard speaking about the climate change center

Professor Michael Gerrard talks about Columbia's Center for Climate Change Law.

Added 6/10/2009
Video: Ted Shaw and Curtis Levey Debate Affirmative Action

Video: Ted Shaw and Curtis Levey Debate Affirmative Action

Professor Theordore M. Shaw and attorney Curt Levey debated affirmative action during a spirited discussion held at Jerome Greene Hall.

Added 4/24/2009

In Session

Mary Kate Johnson

Mary Kate Johnson

Joy Y. Wang

A summer associate at Sidley Austin this year, Mary Kate Johnson '10 sees her father as a catalyst for her burgeoning career in law.

Internet Internationalization

Internet Internationalization

Tim Wu

National and commercial forces at work around the globe cause the Internet to look and function differently depending on where you live. So does it still make sense to refer to it as the Internet? Professor Tim Wu explains.

Added 2/20/2012
On Cultural Confrontation

On Cultural Confrontation

George A. Bermann

Professor George A. Bermann examines whether law deemed to be Americanized is truly distinct from law thought of as Europeanized, or whether they are two versions of the same thing.

Added 2/20/2012
Angela Smedley

Angela Smedley

Joy Y. Wang

Angela Smedley '10 looks forward to a career that incorporates her interests in both the legal and sports arenas.

Added 6/8/2009
Benjamin Beaton

Benjamin Beaton

Mary Johnson

Driven in part by his experience working for the federal government, Benjamin Beaton '09 begins a clerkship with Judge A. Raymond Randolph of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit this year.

Added 5/29/2009
Charting a New Course

Charting a New Course

Peter Kiefer

With the help of some of the country's foremost judges and attorneys, Professor John Coffee has devised a bold new approach for teaching law students the subtle art of litigation strategy.

Added 5/29/2009
Fighting Foreclosures

Fighting Foreclosures

Amy Miller

To help stem the destructive increase in mortgage foreclosures, Professor Edward Morrison and two colleagues have devised an innovative proposal that has congress listening.

Added 5/29/2009
Max Miller

Max Miller

Mary Johnson

Max Miller '09 made an impact on the Law School community with his work as the president of the Student Senate, and now, he hopes to take his skills to the litigation department of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom.

Added 5/29/2009
Tegan Brink

Tegan Brink

Joy Y. Wang

Tegan Brink '09 LL.M., a Fulbright Scholar from Australia, looks forward to a bright future in international trade law.

Added 5/29/2009
The Real Deal

The Real Deal

Mary Johnson

She may have gone into the family business, but intellectual property law expert Jane Ginsburg has chosen a path all her own.

Added 5/29/2009
Crystal Lopez

Crystal Lopez

Joy Y. Wang

Traveling to countries from Equatorial Guinea to the Dominican Republic, Crystal Lopez '09 takes on complicated human rights issues around the world.

Added 5/27/2009
From Fashion to Pharmaceuticals

From Fashion to Pharmaceuticals

James Vescovi

An expert in intellectual property law, Professor C. Scott Hemphill navigates the intricate issues surrounding copyright infringement in two important industries.

Added 5/27/2009
From the Dean

From the Dean

Dean David M. Schizer notes that "one of the great virtues of private philanthropy, as opposed to government programs, is that the funding is voluntary."

Added 4/9/2009

In Profile

Brett McGurk '99

Brett McGurk '99

After helping the last presidential administration negotiate a long-term strategic framework agreement in Iraq, Brett H. McGurk '99 has been asked by the Obama administration to continue serving as a special adviser.

Added 3/27/2012
Alan Bain '64

Alan Bain '64

In 1970, Alan L. Bain '64 launched World-Wide Business Centres, a company that provides all the comforts of an office, from furniture to assistants to phone lines, for workers on the go.

Added 5/29/2009
Edward Hayes '72

Edward Hayes '72

Edward W. Hayes '72 has made a career of defending high-profile clients, and along the way, he also served as the basis for a character in Tom Wolfe's Bonfire of the Vanities.

Added 5/29/2009
Louise Renne '61

Louise Renne '61

As the city attorney for San Francisco, Louise Renne '61 has enjoyed a long, and perhaps unlikely, career in the public sector.

Added 5/29/2009
Melanie Velez '01

Melanie Velez '01

As an attorney with the Southern Center for Human Rights, Melanie Velez '01 spends her working hours defending the rights of some of society's most underrepresented: convicted felons.

Added 5/29/2009
Nancy Sanborn '91

Nancy Sanborn '91

After combining eight years of experience as a banker with her pronounced interest in law, Nancy L. Sanborn '91 is at the top of her game as a bankruptcy lawyer.

Added 5/29/2009
Richard Weisberg '74

Richard Weisberg '74

For more than 30 years, Richard H. Weisberg '74 has been researching the legal climate in France during the Vichy regime. In recognition of his work, he was recently named to the French Legion of Honor.

Added 5/29/2009
Tara Burns Newell '99

Tara Burns Newell '99

Tara Burns Newell '99, a partner at Bryan Cave, specializes in mergers and acquisitions, while also taking on as clients three start-up companies, all of which are women-run and technology-focused.

Added 5/29/2009
Wade Leak '89

Wade Leak '89

After several years working in private legal practice, Wade Leak '89 chose to combine his profession with his passion in music, and this year he celebrates a decade-long career in the music industry.

Added 5/29/2009

Questions Presented

Brad Meltzer '96

Brad Meltzer '96

Brad Meltzer is a bestselling author with seven novels to his credit. Last year, Meltzer released The Book of Lies, which unites the biblical murder of Cain with the real-life killing of Superman creator Jerry Siegel.

Added 5/29/2009

Happenings

30 Rock Character Accepted to Columbia Law School

Television character Jack Donaghy, played by Alec Baldwin, name-dropped Columbia Law School in a recent episode of NBC's critically acclaimed show 30 Rock.

Added 5/29/2009
Annual Symposium Centers on Secondary Liability

Annual Symposium Centers on Secondary Liability

The Kernochan Center for Law, Media and the Arts at Columbia Law School devoted its fourth annual symposium to analyzing the issue of secondary liability in intellectual property law.

Added 5/29/2009
Debate Covers Strategies for Closing Guantanamo

Debate Covers Strategies for Closing Guantanamo

For the 35th annual Wolfgang Friedmann Conference, the Columbia Society of International Law and the Journal of Transnational Law chose to examine one of the most complex and controversial legal issues of the day: the closing of the detention center at Guantanamo Bay.

Added 5/29/2009
Doyle Elected to American Philosophical Society

Doyle Elected to American Philosophical Society

Professor Michael W. Doyle, the Harold Brown Professor of International and Public Affairs, of Law, and of Political Science, was recently elected to the American Philosophical Society, the nation's oldest learned society.

Added 5/29/2009
Experts Debate Solutions to Global Financial Crisis

Experts Debate Solutions to Global Financial Crisis

Columbia Law School and the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy recently hosted a conference examining several regulatory proposals that could help address the global economic crisis.

Added 5/29/2009
Google Settlement Draws Criticism and Praise

Google Settlement Draws Criticism and Praise

At a recent conference hosted by Columbia Law School's Kernochan Center for Law, Media and the Arts, more than 300 people gathered to hear experts discuss the settlement Google drafted with The Authors Guild and the Association of American Publishers in October.

Added 5/29/2009

Hebrew University Group Honors Law School Alumni

American Friends of the Hebrew University recently honored Gary P. Naftalis ’67 and Mary Jo White ’74 with the George A. Katz Torch of Learning Award.

Added 5/29/2009

Hironobu Takesaki '71 to Lead Japan's Supreme Court

An expert in criminal law, Hironobu Takesaki ’71 LL.M. recently became chief justice of the Supreme Court of Japan.

Added 5/29/2009
Indian Human Rights Legend Lectures at the Law School

Indian Human Rights Legend Lectures at the Law School

In a lecture at Columbia Law School, P.N. Bhagwati discussed his time as a justice on the Supreme Court of India, a period of roughly 13 years during which the court handed down a series of landmark rulings supporting human rights.

Added 5/29/2009
Initiative on Diversity Spurs Affirmative Action Debate

Initiative on Diversity Spurs Affirmative Action Debate

This April, Professor Theordore M. Shaw and attorney Curt Levey debated affirmative action during a spirited discussion held at Jerome Greene Hall.

Added 5/29/2009
James E.C. Perry '72 Joins Florida Supreme Court

James E.C. Perry '72 Joins Florida Supreme Court

Florida Governor Charlie Crist recently appointed James E.C. Perry ’72 to serve as a justice on the Florida Supreme Court.

Added 5/29/2009

Law School Honors Class of '09

On May 21, 2009, more than 680 J.D., LL.M., and J.S.D. students celebrated the culmination of intensive legal training at Columbia Law School.

Added 5/29/2009

Lord Justice Collins '65 LL.M. Appointed to U.K. Supreme Court

Queen Elizabeth II has appointed Lord Justice Lawrence A. Collins ’65 LL.M. to serve as one of the 12 inaugural members of the United Kingdom’s newly instituted Supreme Court.

Added 5/29/2009
Lynch Nominated for 2nd Circuit Position

Lynch Nominated for 2nd Circuit Position

Gerard E. Lynch ’75, the Paul J. Kellner Professor of Law at Columbia Law School, has been nominated for a judicial position with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit.

Added 5/29/2009

More Law Alumni Tapped for Top D.C. Posts

In addition to Eric H. Holder Jr. ’76 and several other alumni, President Barack Obama’s administration has recruited 10 more Columbia Law School graduates to fill key government positions.

Added 5/29/2009
Myra Bradwell Dinner Focuses on Gender and the Law

Myra Bradwell Dinner Focuses on Gender and the Law

At the annual Myra Bradwell Dinner hosted by the Columbia Law Women’s Association, veteran public interest attorney Susan Lindenauer ’64 reflected on her career accomplishments as she discussed the progress women lawyers have made over the past 40 years.

Added 5/29/2009
PILF Auction Draws Record Crowd

PILF Auction Draws Record Crowd

More than 600 people descended on Roone Arledge Auditorium recently for the 17th annual "Bid for Justice" auction.

Added 5/29/2009
Professor Goldschmid Pushes for New Regulatory Body

Professor Goldschmid Pushes for New Regulatory Body

Harvey J. Goldschmid, Columbia Law School’s Dwight Professor of Law and a former general counsel of the Securities and Exchange Commission, called for an overhaul of the nation's economic regulatory system.

Added 5/29/2009
Professor Nathaniel Persily Files Amicus Brief in Key Voting Rights Case

Professor Nathaniel Persily Files Amicus Brief in Key Voting Rights Case

Professor Nathaniel Persily filed an amicus brief in a landmark Supreme Court case dealing with the Voting Rights Act.

Added 5/29/2009
Robeson Conference Draws Civil Rights Leaders

Robeson Conference Draws Civil Rights Leaders

The election of the nation's first African-American president does not mean racial inequality is a thing of the past, argued civil rights scholars who gathered in April for the Paul Robeson Social Justice Conference.

Added 5/29/2009

Students Launch New Tax Law Journal

Columbia Law School recently added the Columbia Journal of Tax Law to its roster of publications.

Added 5/29/2009

Students Spend Spring Break Working on Pro Bono Cases

In March, about 60 Law School students completed pro bono work in cities from San Juan to Seattle for the Spring Break Caravans program.

Added 5/29/2009
Symposium Honors Scholarship of Martha Nussbaum

Symposium Honors Scholarship of Martha Nussbaum

The Gender and Sexuality Law Program celebrated its inaugural symposium by honoring Martha Nussbaum, the Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics at the University of Chicago.

Added 5/29/2009

Tierney Testifies Before Congress

James E. Tierney, the director of Columbia Law School’s National State Attorneys General Program, appeared before Congress in March to advocate for increased state authority over the regulation of banks.

Added 5/29/2009

Visiting Scholar Calls for Death Penalty Reform in China

In a recent lecture at Columbia Law School, visiting scholar Ye Xiaoqin presented a comprehensive plan for reforming and finally abolishing the death penalty in China.

Added 5/29/2009

Read More School News

Faculty Books and Publications

U.S. Corporate Law

U.S. Corporate Law

Professor Curtis Milhaupt recently edited U.S. Corporate Law, a Japanese-language book written by LL.M. students from the Class of 2007.

Added 12/21/2009
Franz Kafka: The Office Writings

Franz Kafka: The Office Writings

Franz Kafka: The Office Writings is a compilation of Kafka's work as a prominent and acclaimed litigator during the first decades of the 20th century.

Added 6/2/2009
Termites in the Trading System: How Preferential Agreements Undermine Free Trade

Termites in the Trading System: How Preferential Agreements Undermine Free Trade

In Termites in the Trading System: How Preferential Agreements Undermine Free Trade, Professor Jagdish Bhagwati explains how preferential trade agreements can endanger the global trading system.

Added 6/2/2009
The Effect of Treaties on Foreign Direct Investment: Bilateral Investment Treaties, Double Taxation Treaties, and Investment Flows

The Effect of Treaties on Foreign Direct Investment: Bilateral Investment Treaties, Double Taxation Treaties, and Investment Flows

Karl Sauvant, the executive director of the Vale Columbia Center for Sustainable International Investment, and Lisa Sachs '08, the center's program coordinator, assess the performance of bilateral investment treaties and double taxation treaties.

Added 6/2/2009
The Legacy of Brown v. Board of Education: Reflections and Colloquy

The Legacy of Brown v. Board of Education: Reflections and Colloquy

Notable experts and lawyers discuss Brown v. The Board of Education 50 years after the ruling that made school segregation unconstitutional.

Added 5/26/2009

In Memoriam

Louis Lowenstein '53

Louis Lowenstein '53

Added 6/5/2009
Phyllis S. Jaffe '49

Phyllis S. Jaffe '49

Added 6/5/2009
Sara S. Portnoy '49

Sara S. Portnoy '49

Added 6/5/2009

David Blackstone '63

Added 6/4/2009

Francis Gates

Added 6/4/2009

Herbert L. Hutner '31

Added 6/4/2009

Roger C. Kline '69

Added 6/4/2009

Seymour Epstein '42

Added 6/4/2009

Susan Goldberg Lamb '57

Added 6/4/2009