April 2007

  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.
  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.
  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.
  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.
  Dean's Cup Raises $105,000 to Support Public Interest Law   
While a boisterous crowd of 1,500 saw CLS narrowly defeated 68-65, the faculty came out victorious on a short jumper by Professor Timothy Wu.
  Professor Fox Named Professorial Fellow at Tilburg University   
Merritt Fox, an expert in securities law and international finance, will discuss emerging issues in market regulation with policymakers in the Netherlands and with other leading scholars.
  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.
  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).
  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.
  The Twentieth Horace S. Manges Lecture   
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”
  Harlan Fiske Stone Moot Court Finals   
Supreme Court Associate Justice Alito Hears Final Arguments In Duarte v. Los Alamos County Library
  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.