November 2007

  Alumni News Fall 2007   
Columbia graduates share a wide variety of news, from making partner to successfully turning around a pension fund to starting a jewelry business.
  Clincal Profs Teach in Bialystok, Poland   
Columbia Law School professors Philip Genty, Carol Liebman and Barbara Schatz recently participated in a three-day conference in Poland that looked at ways to improve legal education in Eastern Europe. “The Next Step Forward in the Development of Clinical Legal Education in Poland — Judicial Practices Center and Mediation Clinic,” was sponsored by the Faculty of Law, University of Bialystok.
  Transformative People, Transformative Lawyers   
Columbia Law School's Robert Ferguson and former Attorney General of New Jersey Peter Harvey '82 will host a panel discussion on Nelle Harper Lee’s literary classic "To Kill A Mockingbird" from a legal perspective. The talk will address such topics as the influence of literary and legal sources on the book and the legend of protagonist Atticus Finch in the legal profession.
  Burniat Gives Insider’s View of International Court of Justice   
Former ICJ Legal Officer Nicolas Burniat described ICJ’s 2005 decision for the Congo against Uganda.
  U.S. District Judge Weinstein to Give Cardozo Lecture   
U.S. District Judge Jack B. Weinstein, a 1948 Columbia Law School graduate, will give the New York City Bar Association’s annual Benjamin N. Cardozo Lecture Nov. 28.
  Expert Lectures on China's Emergence as Superpower   
Professor Randall Peerenboom, whose recent book, China Modernizes: Threat to the West of Model for the Rest? critically evaluates China’s economic, political and legal systems, will lecture at Columbia Law School on December 5.
  How Do You Sell Coffee To A Tea-Drinking Nation?   
A former Chinese government official from Beijing, Wang Jinlong ’88 knows what it’s like to be a coffee convert. Today, Mr. Wang, 50, president of Starbucks in Greater China, is the beverage’s biggest champion in China, the most famous tea-drinking nation in the world.
  Lobbying Companies to Help End Darfur Violence   
Amnesty International’s Sudan country specialist advocates economic pressure as a means to ending the conflict in Darfur
  A Look at Tax Law and Charitable Giving   
Columbia Law School will host a day of discussions Nov. 9 that will probe U.S. tax law as it applies to charitable donations. Featured speakers include Columbia Law School Dean David M. Schizer, an expert on tax policy.
  Los Angeles City attorney Rocky Delgadillo Describes Crackdown on Gangs   
Law School alumnus Rocky Delgadillo '86 reduces gang violence through injunctions preventing members from congregating.
  Which Red Wine Goes Best with a Redweld?   
Scores of students filed into a lecture hall on the first floor at Columbia Law School, took their seats, and, armed with handouts and pens, waited for an evening lecture to begin. But the subject wasn’t torts or contracts, and the two speakers at the lectern were not professors; they were French winemakers, there to teach law students about Bordeaux.
  Fagan On N.J. Bid to Ban Death Penalty   
Jeffrey Fagan, an expert on capital punishment, can speak to news media covering the New Jersey Legislature’s plan to consider bills that would abolish the death penalty.
  Benjamin Feldman '76 Writes Book on NY Murder Mystery   
Alumnus’s new book “Butchery on Bond Street” tells story of 1857 society murder.
  Law School Prof. Genty Testifies on Sentencing Reform   
New York State should update its parole practices and increase resources for prison rehabilitative programs so it can promote public safety and ensure successful re-entry of prisoners into society, Professor Philip Genty said in testimony before the New York State Commission on Sentencing Reform.
  Using the Alien Tort Statute to Bring Justice   
Paul Hoffman discusses the application of the Alien Tort Statute in his long career as a civil rights and human rights litigator.
  Changes in International Investment Suggested   
International Investment experts reviewed recent changes in the global investment climate and suggested legal tweaks at the Second Columbia International Investment Conference
  Alum Reflects on Tour in Iraq   
Former Treasury financial attaché in Iraq, Jeremiah S. Pam ’00, reflects on his year in Baghdad.
  Sexuality and Gender Law Clinic Secures Asylum for Gay Jamaican   
Columbia Law School’s Sexuality and Gender Law Clinic secured asylum for Ven Messam, a gay man who feared persecution if forced to return to Jamaica because of his sexual orientation.
  Kernochan Memorial Service Set for Jan. 11   
A memorial service will be held at Columbia Law School on Friday, January 11, 2008 for John M. Kernochan, the law professor, composer and music publisher who founded Columbia Law School’s Kernochan Center for Law, Media and the Arts.
  Increasing Diversity at Top Law Firms   
Olati Johnson and Susan Sturm, Columbia Law School professors with expertise on race and diversity issues, will be part of a panel discussion Nov. 14 on how to increase diversity at top law firms.
  Livingston Inducted as U.S. Circuit Court Judge   
Columbia Law School professor Debra A. Livingston will be inducted as a United States Circuit Judge today by the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
  Lynch Calls War on Drugs ‘Counterproductive’   
The Cato Institute’s Tim Lynch critiques Washington’s war on drugs.
  Justice O'Connor Wins Wolfgang Friedmann Memorial Award   
The Honorable Sandra Day O’Connor, former Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court, will receive the Wolfgang Friedmann Memorial Award from the Columbia Journal of Transnational Law on Tuesday, November 13, 2007.
  O’Connor Tells Law Students, Faculty to Press for Judicial Reform   
Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor called the system of elected judges in New York and many other states “a form of corruption,” and issued a pointed challenge to Columbia Law School’s professors and students to fix it.
  Justice O'Connor To Lecture on Human Rights, Terrorism   
Sandra Day O’Connor, former Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court, will talk about the delicate balance of security and human rights in the face of ongoing terrorism when she gives the Harold Leventhal Memorial Lecture at Columbia Law School on November 12, 2007.
  Barenberg Condemns U.S.-Peru Trade Agreement   
Columbia Law School professor Mark Barenberg has released a report that condemns the free trade agreement that passed in House of Representatives today. A vote in the Senate is expected to follow in the next few weeks.
  Careers in Prosecution: 'Not About Catching the Bad Guys'   
Prosecutors share why they chose the field.
  Is the Future of American Law in India?   
Nearly two years ago, Russell Smith, '85, opened a law office in India. Now, as he prepares for a huge expansion, he's surer than ever that the future of law is in outsourcing.
  The Stock Market as Tool for Social Justice   
Sit-ins, tent cities and calls for divestment are not the favored protest tools for students in 2007. Strategic financial investment in the stock market is the tactic of choice these days. Columbia Law School student Lisa Sachs has co-written a book that’s a fresh tool for her peers and higher education trustees and administrators who want to advocate responsible investing at their universities.
  TC/CLS Democracy and Higher Ed. Panel   
Colleges and universities have defaulted on their democratic responsibility and are failing in their primary mission to train citizens, Columbia Law School visiting professor Lani Guinier said at a recent conference on the future of public education in America.
  Roundtable Considers the Tax Treatment of Philanthropy   
While tax experts disagreed on ways to increase philanthropy, they presented some unique ideas.
  Wien Prize Awarded to Cardozo and Michelson   
The 25th annual Lawrence A. Wien Prize for Social Responsibility was awarded to Michael A. Cardozo, ’66, and Gertrude G. Michelson, ’47, at a luncheon at the Rainbow Room in Manhattan on November 5, 2007.
  Cardozo, Michelson Awarded Wien Prize by CLS   
Michael A. Cardozo, Corporation Counsel for the City of New York, and Gertrude G. Michelson, former senior adviser to R.H. Macy & Co., have been awarded this year’s Lawrence A. Wien Prize for Social Responsibility by Columbia Law School.
  Copyright Professors Back Striking Writers   
Association Littéraire et Artistique Internationale-USA, based at Columbia Law School, has issued a statement of support for the 12,000 movie and television writers who went on strike last week against Hollywood producers.