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March 2007

  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.
  
  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.
  
  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."
  
  Animal Use and Animal Treatment   
Animal rights or animal welfare? This workshop examines the differences between two legal and moral philosophies. Sponsored by the Feminist Theory Workshop and the Bob Barker Fund for the Study of Animal Rights.
  
  Judge Bianco on Terrorism and the Role of Judges   
As Assistant U.S. Attorney, Deputy Assistant Attorney General, and former employee of the United States Department of Justice, Criminal Division, Joseph F. Bianco ’91 prosecuted some of the most notorious terrorism cases to date. He now finds himself sitting on the other side of the bench.
  
  CLS Hires New Faculty   
Columbia Law School hired four new faculty members.
  
  Prof. Liebman On Accountability in NYC Public Schools   
Professor James Liebman spoke to an audience of students on February 28 about his work as the chief accountability officer of the New York City Department of Education, a new post created by Schools Chancellor Joel Klein in efforts to repair the country’s largest public school system. New York’s schools suffer from low test scores, corruption, crumbling infrastructure, and other problems.
  
  Cynthia McFadden Speaks at Myra Bradwell Dinner   
ABC News “Nightline” co-anchor Cynthia McFadden ’84 realized she was “not cut out to be a lawyer” while at law school. During a civil procedure class, she asked the “iconic” Professor Hans Smit ’58 why a particular rule existed.
  
  Columbia Scores Victories in Multiple Moot Court Competitions   
Columbia Law School s Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court team will be defending its world championship title at the International Tournament at the end of this month. The team, under the direction of international law professor Lori Damrosch, advanced to the world finals after prevailing against New York University Law School in the semi-finals and Fordham Law School in the finals at the Atlantic Regional tournament on March 4.
  
  Legal Issues in New Media Platforms Panel   
Lawyers from media giants Viacom Inc. and Warner Music Group Corp. joined Mr. Klieger and Professor Jane Ginsburg for a March 27 panel discussion on “Legal Issues in New Media Platforms.”
  
  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.
  
  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
  
  Columbia Kicks off Clerkship Season w/ Panel Discussion   
"Why Clerk?", the Law School’s inaugural panel for the 2007 clerkship season, featured Judges John Koeltl and Alvin Hellerstein '56 of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York (SDNY) and Robert Smith '68 of the New York State Court of Appeals, several recent graduates now clerking, and moderator Gary Naftalis '67.