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June 2008

  Alvarez Addresses Council of Former Heads Of State   
Columbia Law School Professor Jose Alvarez was invited to speak as an expert on international law before the InterAction Council, a group of former heads of governments around the world, as they prepared for their annual conference this month.
  
  Burnett Speaks on Puerto Rico's Role in Presidential Race   
Columbia Law School Associate Professor Christina Duffy Burnett addressed basic facts and common myths in the debate over the future of Puerto Rico during a recent panel titled “Campaigning in the Colonies: Puerto Rico and the Presidential Primaries.” She and other panelists addressed the status of Puerto Rico in the context of this year’s hard-fought Democratic race for the presidential nomination.
  
  Columbia Experts on Campaign Finance Decision   
Columbia Law School Professors Richard Briffault, an expert on campaign finance law, and Nathaniel Persily, an expert on American politics and election law, can speak with reporters today on the U.S. Supreme Court’s 5-4 ruling in Davis v Federal Election Commission
  
  CLS Experts On SCOTUS Striking Down D.C. Gun Ban   
Columbia Law School Professors Jeffrey Fagan, Trevor Morrison and Nathaniel Persily can discuss today’s Supreme Court decision in District of Columbia v Heller which struck down Washington, D.C.’s handgun ban.
  
  Doyle Elected Chair of U.N. Democracy Fund's Board   
Columbia Law School Professor Michael W. Doyle has been elected chairman of the board of the United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF), which supports projects around the world designed to empower civil society in order to increase popular participation, ensure that people can exercise their democratic rights and develop pluralistic media.
  
  Ginsburg On Internet Ad Practices And Infringement   
Columbia Law School Professor Jane Ginsburg, an expert on copyright and trademark law, recently discussed the many techniques used by Internet advertisers to direct potential customers to their wares and whether some of these gambits enter the realm of trademark infringement.
  
  Michael Graetz, National Tax Law Expert, Joins Columbia   
Michael J. Graetz, a leading expert on national and international tax law whose work has influenced U.S. tax policy for decades, will join Columbia Law School’s faculty.
  
  CLS Hosts Conference in Israel on Corporate Governance   
Columbia Law School and the Anti-Defamation League teamed up to produce an academic conference in Tel Aviv, Israel at the end of May which attracted 22 American academics, including eight Columbia Law School faculty, to discuss issues related to freedom of speech and corporate governance.
  
  Kauffman Foundation Gives CLS GrantsFor Research   
The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation has awarded Columbia Law School two grants, including one for $450,00 that will help support a legal contracts research project by four Columbia Law School faculty.
  
  Three Alums Listed Among 50 Most Influential Minority Lawyers   
Three Columbia Law School alumni were included among the National Law Journal’s recent list of the “50 Most Influential Minority Lawyers in America.” The list, published in the May 26 edition of the NLJ, includes brief biographies on Columbia Law School alumni Edward Fernandes ’83, Eric H. Holder Jr. ’76 and Jeh C. Johnson ’82.
  
  CLS Clinic Lauds NYS Senate Vote on Domestic Violence   
The New York State Senate today approved important new domestic violence protection for individuals in dating and domestic partner relationships. The first version of the “Fair Access to Family Court” bill was introduced twenty years ago, but was bottlenecked in the state Senate for many years.
  
  Persily Files Amicus Brief in Voting Law Case   
Columbia Law School Professor Nathaniel Persily, an expert on election law and voters’ rights, has written and filed with the U.S. Supreme Court an amicus brief on behalf of himself and other political scientists who have been appointed by courts to draw legislative districts. The brief was filed in a case called Bartlett v Strickland.
  
  Strauss Wins Cudahy Prize   
Professor Peter L. Strauss has been named winner of the first Richard D. Cudahy Writing Competition on Regulatory and Administrative Law for an article on the expansion of presidential power
  
  Controversial Topics Presented at ALEA Meeting   
Among the topics raised by panelists: research shows that gender discrimination is alive and well among business analysts.
  
  Human Rights Panel: 'Unexpected Disasters, Surprising Successes'   
The state of international human rights in our post-9/11 world was the central theme of a Columbia Law School- and Columbia Alumni Association-sponsored panel on June 11 at the Morgan Library.
  
  Alumna Leber Is President of New York State Bar Association   
Columbia Law School alumna Bernice K. Leber '78 is the 111th president of the New York State Bar Association, the nation’s largest voluntary state bar.