September 2007

  Dean's Statement Re: SIPA Invitation to President of Iran   
A statement by David M. Schizer reagrding the invitation extended to Mahmoud Akmadinejan from the School of International and Public Affairs
  Bobbitt Debate in London on Whether War on Terror is Feasible   
Columbia Law School’s Philip C. Bobbitt, the Thomas M. Macioce Professor of Law and Sir Lawrence Freedman, Vice-Principal and Professor at King’s College, London, will offer diverging views on the feasibility of a war on terror at Brooks’s Club in London, England October 2.
  Coffee Testifies Before Senate on Subprime Crisis   
Columbia Law School professor John Coffee told the Senate Banking Committee today that more transparency could be created for the credit rating industry if the Securities and Exchange Commission started to calculate default rates for rating agencies and make the information public.
  Sex and Gender Clinic Blasts Iran President's Anti-Gay Remarks   
Columbia Law School’s Sexuality and Gender Law Clinic condemns the comments made by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at Monday’s World Leaders Forum at Columbia University. Mr. Ahmadinejad’s claim that Iran has no homosexuals is both absurd and dangerous.
  Brown v. Board of Ed Lawyer Speaks on Little Rock Nine   
Fifty years ago today, President Dwight D. Eisenhower called federal troops to escort nine black students through the doors of Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, to impose the order to integrate. Columbia Law School Professor Jack Greenberg, Alphonse Fletcher Professor of Law, was a co-council with Thurgood Marshall on “Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas,” the landmark decision that had desegregated American schools in 1954.
  Faculty Experts Available to Discuss Mukasey Nomination for AG   
Former federal and state prosecutors are among those on the Columbia Law School faculty who can speak today with reporters working on stories about President Bush’s plans to nominate former federal judge Michael B. Mukasey as U.S. attorney general.
  Election Law Expert Discusses Supreme Court Case on Voter ID Law   
Columbia Law School Professor Nathaniel Persily, an expert on election law, is available to discuss the Supreme Court’s announcement today that it will hear arguments in an Indiana case over whether voter-identification laws act as an unfair barrier to prevent low-income people and minorities from voting.
  Law School Faculty on Erosion of Constitution's Protections   
Concern about the erosion of individual rights permeated presentations by Columbia Law School faculty participating in a panel discussion on the U.S. Constitution. The event, held on September 17, 2007, commemorated the 220th anniversary of its signing.
  The Constitution From Every Angle - Gitmo to Gender and Race   
What conclusions can be made about the Guantanamo Bay prisoner litigation when analyzing the U.S. Constitution through the prism of international human rights law? What does the Constitution say about police brutality? What about using race when deciding which public schools children may attend? What is the Constitution’s role in the debate over gender and sexuality issues? Six Columbia Law School professors and a dean will tackle these and other thorny issues at a Faculty Panel on the Constitution, designed to commemorate Constitution Day, a federal holiday that celebrates the signing of our nation’s foundational document on Sept. 17, 1787, at the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia.
  New CLS Web Site Helps Writers, Creators With Copyright Law   
Columbia Law School is launching a Web site to help artists and writers retain control of their copyrights and manage those rights through their careers. The site,, is the work of Columbia Law School professors Jane Ginsburg and Timothy Wu.
  Center for Global Legal Problems Hosts Speaker Series   
Columbia Law School’s Center for Global Legal Problems has organized a fall speaker series that features experts from other schools on a wide array of topics.
  Goldschmid Named to Audit Quality Board   
Columbia Law School Professor Harvey Goldschmid ’65 was named to the board of the Center for Audit Quality (CAQ), a nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve the reliability of public audits and boost investor confidence.
  ICC Court of Arbitration's World Role Discussed   
Dr. Robert Briner, former president of the Iranian Hostage Tribunal and the Court of International Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce, has been invited to speak at Columbia Law School on the current role of the ICC’s arbitration court. The event is scheduled for September 26 from 12 to 1 p.m. in the Jerome Greene Annex Room.
  Alum Heads Up Indian Legal Clinic in Arizona   
Columbia Law School graduate Patty Ferguson-Bohnee has been named director of the Indian Legal Clinic at Arizona State University’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law.
  Israeli Justices Speak on Foie Gras Decision   
Columbia Law School will host a presentation and panel, Cruel Farming Practices and the Law: The Israeli Ban on Foie Gras, on the landmark Supreme Court of Israel decision that banned the force feeding of geese and ended the production of foie gras in Israel in 2006.
  Coffee Among Most Influential in Corporate Governance   
Columbia Law School Professor John CoffeeCoffee Among Most Influential in Corporate Governance: Magazine has been named one of the 100 most influential people in corporate governance by Directorship Magazine.
  Prisoner Rights Experts Comment on Lethal Injection Case   
Columbia University Law professors are available to discuss the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to hear arguments in a Kentucky case about whether lethal injection violates the constitutional ban on cruel and unusual punishment.
  Encouraging Rebels to Honor Human Rights   
Getting non-state actors such as armed rebel groups to comply with human rights law is no easy task, but Human Rights Watch has had some success, reports James Ross, legal and policy director, in a talk on September 26.
  Election Law Expert Comments on Florida Primary Dispute   
Florida has decided to move its primary to January 29th in violation of Democratic National Committee rules. Columbia Law School Professor Nathaniel Persily, an expert on elections law, has written extensively about the autonomy rights of political parties and can field questions from journalists writing about this issue.
  Experts Discuss Prison Chapel Library Controversy   
Several Columbia Law School professors are available to address the federal Bureau of Prisons decision to purge prison chapel libraries of religious materials and books that are not on its approved list, which is part of its Standardized Chapel Library Project. Professors Jeffrey A. Fagan, Philip Genty, and Michael C. Dorf are experts on prisoner and First Amendment rights.
  Richman Senate Testimony on Corporate Fraud   
Columbia Law School Professor Daniel Richman cautioned a Senate committee today against imposing legislative limits on the Justice Department’s negotiating tools when prosecuting white collar corporate fraud cases. He also called on the committee to beef up the financial resources for such prosecutions.
  Will Chief Justice Roberts Oversee an Activist Court?   
Panelists at a Columbia Law School debate argued whether Chief Justice John Roberts will shape constitutional law through a conservative form of judicial activism.
  CLS Alum's Advocacy for Women's Human Rights in Kenya   
Kenya’s Minister of Public Health has waived maternity fees at public hospitals and the government is investigating abuses of women delivering at Kenya’s hospitals as the result of a powerful report co-written by Columbia Law School alumna Elisa Slattery '04, legal advisor to the Africa Program at the Center for Reproductive Rights based in New York.
  Taxes and Treasures: a Panel on Art and the IRS   
The twists and turns of tax law, charitable giving and the arts will be discussed October 1 as Columbia Law School presents ``Treasures and Taxes: The Intersection of Art and the Internal Revenue Code.’’
  State AGs Develop Strategy for Predatory Lending Crisis   
State attorneys general, responding to the subprime crisis, are moving collectively to develop a national strategy to help borrowers avoid foreclosure and lenders restructure troubled loans. A ten state Task Force, led by Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller and announced last week, is scheduling meetings with lending industry leaders. State attorneys general are also calling on the Fed for action to prevent further predatory lending.
  Bermann of CLS to Moderate Panel on Turkey's Role in Europe   
Columbia Law School Professor George A. Bermann will moderate a panel of experts who will discuss Turkey’s European Union accession process, recent political and legislative developments in Turkey, the recent elections there, and the larger question of Turkey’s role in Europe.
  June Warren, Actress and CLS Benefactor, Dies   
June Peel Willock Warren, theater, radio, early television actress and wife of the late William C. Warren, Dean of Columbia University Law School for more than a quarter of a century, died September 5 in Newark, DE.