Recent Press Releases

Professor Sturm Wins Presidential Award for Outstanding Teaching    
Professor Susan Sturm, the George M. Jaffin Professor of Law and Social Responsibility, is one of five professors from Columbia University to receive the 2007 Presidential Teaching Award. The award honors the best of Columbia’s faculty members for their influence on the development of their students, as well as their dedication outside the classroom to progress in education. More.

Jose Alvarez Charges ASIL Members To Think Critically About International Law    
In his presidential address to the American Society of International Law (ASIL), Professor José Alvarez urged attendees to reflect critically on the role of international organizations in global regulation. International law in its current state is not a panacea to the world’s ills; it must be carefully redesigned to address today's threats, Prof. Alvarez cautioned delegates at the 101st meeting of the ASIL. More.
Professor Damrosch Named Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar    
Lori Damrosch is among an elite group of 13 men and women selected as 2007-08 Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholars. Tapped by a committee of Phi Beta Kappa senior officers, Prof. Damrosch joins the ranks of past scholars such as U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg ’59, Pulitzer Prize-winning writers, and recipients of the prestigious Nobel and Wolf Prizes for scientific achievement. More.

50th Annual Law Revue Show
When Dean David Schizer embarks on a world tour to visit alumni: the nefarious Vice Dean Winston Weiner strikes a deal with the devil: In exchange for Dean Weiner?s soul, Columbia will become the nation's top-rated law school. Read for to find out about this Faustian bargain. More.

Dean's Cup Raises $105,000 to Support Public Interest Law
While a boistrous crowd of 1,500 saw CLS narrowly defeated 68-65, the faculty came out victorious on a short jumper by Professor Timothy Wu. More.

CLS BLSA Paul Robeson Conference
This year’s Conference will focus on the legal and social issues surrounding Hurricane Katrina. The conference will provide a comprehensive survey of rebuilding efforts in New Orleans, with a particular emphasis on issues of race, class, and activism. For pre-registration and more information, please e-mail by April 10. RSVP for Luncheon required. More.

Harlan Fiske Stone Moot Court Finals    
Supreme Court Associate Justice Alito Hears Final Arguments In Duarte v. Los Alamos County Library. More.

Professor Goldberg's Book Examined at Conference on Contracts
Victor Goldberg's new book Framing Contract Law (Harvard University Press, 2007) was the subject of the opening session of the Third International Conference on Contracts. More.

Deals Roundtable: Corporations and Capital Markets Evolution    
There has been persistent demand for new corporate-governance and -structure models that utilize outside indicators to measure internal performance. Recommendations that rely more on the intrinsic efficiency of the marketplace to sniff out fact from fiction than traditional assessments are gaining acceptance. More.

Professor Gordon's Paper on Independent Directors Wins Prize
Professor Jeffrey Gordon's paper on independent directors was awarded the Egon Zehnder Prize by the European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI). More.

The Twentieth Horace S. Manges Lecture
To be given by Lionel Bently, Herchel Smith Professor of Intellectual Property Law, University of Cambridge. His talk is entitled “People v. The Author: From the Death Penalty to Community Service." More.

Supreme Court Associate Justice Samuel Alito To Hear Final Arguments In Duarte v. Los Alamos County Library
On April 11th, Supreme Court Associate Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr., presides over final arguments of Duarte v. Los Alamos County Library for the Harlan Fiske Stone Moot Court competition. More.

2007 Friedmann Conference, Toward Peace and Justice
The Role of International Law in Confronting War and Genocide, will be held March 22. Judge Antonio Cassese to receive Wolfgang Freidmann Award. More.

CLS Hires New Faculty
Columbia Law School has hired four new faculty members. More.

Attorneys General Roundtable Discussion
In recognition of the growing importance of the individual states in regulating everything from pollution laws to charities, the attorneys general of three states participated in a roundtable discussion at the Law School titled "The Role of State Attorneys General."  More.

PILF Auction Raises Record Amount
The Columbia Law School raised a record $75,000 for public interest programs at the 15th Annual Bid for Justice Auction on March 1. More.

CLS Students Invited to State of the Judiciary Address
Chief Judge Judith S. Kaye invited a team of students from Lawyering in the Digital Age Clinic to the Court of Appeals for her State of the Judiciary Address. More.

Domestic Violence Victim Sues U.S. Government
Jessica Gonzales, whose three daughters were kidnapped by her estranged husband and killed, and whose domestic violence protection claims were rejected by the U.S. Supreme Court, spoke publicly today for the first time before an adjudicating body, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. The American Civil Liberties Union and Columbia Law School’s Human Rights Clinic represented Gonzales. More.

HR Clinic Brings Case to Inter-American Commission
On Friday, March 2, Jessica Lenahan, formerly Gonzales, the mother of three daughters who were abducted by her estranged husband and killed, and whose domestic violence protection claims were rejected by the U.S. Supreme Court, will speak publicly for the first time before an adjudicating body, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights in Washington D.C. The case is Jessica Gonzales v. United States of America. More.

Law Deans Urge Congress To Increase Federal Pay
The following letter was sent to Congressional leadership asking Congress to authorize a substantial increase in compensation for the federal judiciary. A copy of this letter was also sent to Chief Justice Roberts. The letter, written by Dean David M. Schizer of Columbia Law School, was signed by 130 law school deans. More.

CPII Contributes to Guide for Investors in Liberia
A new guide for investors in Liberia, a nation that recently has emerged from a decade-long civil war, has been published with support from the Columbia Program on International Investment (CPII). Directed by Law School Professor Karl Sauvant, the CPII is a leader in the global discussion on foreign direct investment. More.

Court Finds Massive Power Plant Fish Kills Illegal
A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled yesterday that EPA cannot allow power plants to kill a trillion fish per year through their cooling water intakes. Cooling water intakes gulp in billions of gallons of river, lake and coastal water to cool power plant machinery. Along with the water, these intakes devour countless fish and fish larvae, devastating fish populations across the country. More.

Christina Duffy Burnett Joins CLS Faculty
Christina Duffy Burnett, who specializes in legal history, has joined the faculty of Columbia Law School, effective July 1. Prof. Burnett, who will be in residence during the 2007-08 year, will begin teaching in fall 2008 in her areas of expertise, including legal history, constitutional law, and the federal courts. More.

Twenty Years After McCleskey v. Kemp
A symposium will be held on March 2-3, 2007 at Columbia Law School entitled "Pursuing Racial Fairness in Criminal Justice: Twenty Years After McCleskey v. Kemp." The symposium is sponsored by the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund and Columbia Law School. More.

Professor Jack Greenberg in Newsweek
Professor Jack Greenberg fields questions on civil rights, affirmative action, and school desegregation for a Newsweek Live Talk. More.

CLS Grads Top Picks at Largest Firms
Columbia Law School graduates are the first choice of the nation’s 250 largest law firms when they hire first-year associates, according to The National Law Journal’s 2006 annual survey. More.

New Faculty, July 1, 2007
Two distinguished scholars, Sarah H. Cleveland and Daniel C. Richman, will join the faculty of Columbia Law School on July 1, 2007. More.

New Funding for Public Interest Work
Columbia Law School will guarantee summer stipends for domestic and international public interest work to all students who apply, beginning in the summer of 2008. More.

The Thirty-Third Rubin Lecture
Justice S. Sandile Ngcobo, the Samuel Rubin Visiting Professor of Law, gave the Rubin Lecture entitled "Courts and Transformation of Society: What is Their Role?" on December 7, 2006. More.

Professor Liebman Recognized for Mediation Work
Professor Carol Liebman received the first-ever "Frontline Champion" award at Mediation Settlement Day in October for her work to promote mediation as a creative and cost-effective tool to resolve conflicts. More.

Columbia in Paris
Columbia Law School and the Institut d'etudes politiques de Paris (known as Sciences Po) have launched a joint continuing legal education program for members of the legal profession based in France. More.

Constitutional Challenges to Copyright
On Friday, October 27, 2006, Columbia Law School will host a day-long symposium on Constitutional Challenges to Copyright. The past several years have seen an increasing number of challenges to copyright and related laws on constitutional grounds. The 1976 Copyright Act, the Copyright Term Extension Act, the Berne Convention Implementation Act, the Copyright Renewal Act of 1992, the Copyright Restoration Provisions of the URAA, the federal anti-bootlegging statutes, and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act have all been subject to challenge, and one federal district court has held the federal anti-bootlegging statute unconstitutional, while another has reached the opposite conclusion. For more information, click here.

CLS Alumni, Adjunct Named in List of Top 100 "Super Lawyers"
Twenty-three Columbia Law School graduates and one adjunct professor appeared on the Law & Politics list of top New York "Super Lawyers." The annual list recognizes attorneys who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. According to the rankings, three Columbia Law alumni members were among the top ten attorneys in New York State: Peter C. Canellos '67, Robert G. Morvillo '63, and Mary Jo White '74. For more information, click here

The Albert E. Cinelli Enterprise Faculty Chair is Established
In a move that gives the Law School's program in law and business great momentum, Albert E. Cinelli '55 has made a pledge to create the Albert E. Cinelli Enterprise Chair. For more information, click here.

Conference on Tort Law and the Modern State
This conference, to be held September 15-16, 2006, will bring together many of the world's most prominent tort scholars representing a range of perspectives and methodologies including comparative, economic, empirical, historical, institutional, and philosophical analysis. For more information, click here.

Columbia Law Announces New Faculty Hires
Dean David Schizer has announced the addition of five new members to the Columbia Law faculty, effective July 1, 2006.  This announcement will bring the total of 2006 faculty appointments up to nine.
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Columbia Wins International Moot Court Competition
Columbia's Jessup International Law Moot Court Team beat out more than 500 teams from 89 different countries to win the international competition in Washington, D.C.
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