April 2008

  Bollinger Says Bringing in Police Was Mistake in ’68 Strike   
"Columbia 1968 +40" Panel on Political Action and Official Response
  Law Students Launch Lightbulb Exchange   
The Student Lightbulb Brigade Project aims to reduce the collective carbon footprint of the Columbia University community by providing the more efficient CFL bulbs. Exchanges will be made from April 14 to 21 at various locations through Columbia’s Morningside Heights campus, as well as at Columbia University Medical Center.
  Carter Hired to Teach Mediation Clinic   
Alexandra Carter, an associate attorney with Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP and a mediator, will join Columbia Law School July 1 as an Associate Clinical Professor in the Law School’s Mediation Clinic.
  Friedmann Conference Examines Efficacy of International Courts   
This year’s Wolfgang Friedmann Conference, “Reform and Challenges Confronting Regional Human Rights Regimes,” held April 8, critically compared two regional human rights courts.
  Cançado Trindade to Receive Friedmann Award   
Antônio Augusto Cançado Trindade, former President and Judge of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, will receive the 2008 Wolfgang Friedmann Memorial Award from the Columbia Journal of Transnational Law. Judge Cançado Trindade will give a speech and moderate a panel during the annual Friedmann Conference April 8.
  Goldberg Named Public Interest Faculty of Year   
Suzanne Goldberg, clinical professor of law, will be presented with the 2008 Public Interest Faculty of the Year Award on April 24
  Gordon Named ECGI Fellow   
Jeffrey N. Gordon, the Alfred W. Bressler Professor of Law, was named on April 11 a fellow of the European Corporate Governance Institute, an international scientific non-profit association that provides a forum for debate among academics, legislators and practitioners.
  U.S. and the Inter-American Human Rights System Symposium   
When advocacy in civil and human rights cases is unsuccessful in U.S. courts, lawyers sometimes turn to the Washington, D.C. based Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) as an alternate forum to air their clients’ grievances. Just how this tribunal affects U.S.-based advocacy was the subject of a conference on April 7
  Separation of Powers Expert Joins CLS Faculty   
Trevor W. Morrison, an expert on separation of powers, federalism and executive branch legal interpretation, will join the Columbia Law School faculty July 1.
  Persily Comments on Pennsylvania Primary   
Columbia Law School Professor Nathaniel Persily, an expert on American politics and election law, is available to speak with reporters about the implications of Tuesday’s Democratic presidential primary in Pennsylvania.
  Supreme Court Ruling in Indiana Voter ID Case   
Columbia Law School Professor Nathaniel Persily, an expert on election law, is available to discuss the U.S. Supreme Court decision handed down today in an Indiana case that explored whether voter-identification laws act as an unfair barrier to prevent low-income people and minorities from voting.
  Christopher McCrudden Gives 2008 Rubin Lecture   
The tensions between government social policies and economic liberalization may be building towards a showdown in the World Trade Organization, which could have broad implications for the future of trade. That was among the insights offered last week by Christopher McCrudden, professor of human rights law at Oxford University, who delivered the 34th annual Rubin Lecture April 16 at Jerome L. Greene Hall.
  Spinak Honored For Work With Children   
Jane M. Spinak will be presented the 2008 Howard A. Levine Award for Excellence in Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare on Thursday, April 24, at the New York State Bar Center in Albany.
  Hogan '08 Wins Best Orator at Stone Finals   
Over 400 Columbia Law School students packed the main auditorium of Jerome Greene Hall to watch the final arguments in this year’s Harlan Fiske Stone Moot Court Competition. Four Columbia Law School students, narrowed down from 55 starting in the fall, argued before a panel of four highly distinguished judges, including Chief Justice of the United States John G. Roberts, Jr.
  Tim Wu Elected Board Chair At Free Press   
Columbia Law Professor Tim Wu has been elected chairman of the board of Free Press, a national, nonpartisan media reform organization.
  Africa-Focused Symposium Will Take Place at CLS   
Experts in law, development, health and policy in Africa will convene at Columbia Law School to discuss global emigration of African peoples and neocolonialism.
  Law Commentator Lithwick Keynotes at Columbia Law School   
Dahlia Lithwick, legal editor and columnist at Slate, took the invitation to make the keynote address at the Myra Bradwell Dinner on March 26 as an opportunity to honor the first generation of American women lawyers and deliver a kind of state-of-the-state of being one today.
  Child Advocacy Clinic at Child Rights Week   
Columbia Law students who represent adolescents in the Child Advocacy Clinic will discuss the advantages and challenges of youth clients participating in the decision making in their cases on the panel, “Representing Adolescents: Child Participation in Practice,” on Thursday, April 3.
  Defining Chinese Modernity: Information, Economy & Environment   
The Fourth Annual China Symposium will explore how a modern China is defining itself and how it is being defined under the scrutiny of ever-increasing global attention. Hosted by Columbia University’s Weatherhead East Asian Institute and co-sponsored by the Columbia Law School Center for Chinese Legal Studies and The Earth Institute at Columbia University.
  Buying Justice   
Columbia Law School professors Mark Barenberg and Ellen Chapnick and experts from the nonprofit and the corporate sectors will evaluate corporate social responsibility at a panel at Columbia Law School on April 7, 2008.
  Report From Darfur   
There was only one time during her stint in Darfur that she felt unsafe, said Jehanne Henry, a Human Rights Watch Africa Division researcher, recently returned from West Sudan, where she worked as a U.N. human rights officer.
  CLS Routs NYU For Dean's Cup   
CLSsoundly routed rival NYU 83-68, in the seventh annual Deans’ Cup. The event raised more than $140,000 for public interest law programs for each school.
  Seventh Annual Deans' Cup   
The largest student-run law school event in the United States is the annual Deans' Cup co-ed basketball game played between students of Columbia Law School and New York University School of Law. More than 2,000 people are expected at this year’s, the seventh, when it is played at NYU on April 10.
  Reforming China's State-Owned Enterprises   
Visiting Scholar Ding Ding, Professor and Associate Dean of China's University of International Business and Economics, reviewed the past several decades of China's corporate reform at Columbia Law School talk.
  Columbia Earns Third Place in European Union Law Moot Court   
Columbia Law School placed third in the European Law Moot Court (ELMC) tournament, whose final arguments took place before the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg from April 3-4, 2008.
  New York City Bar Honors Jennifer Friedman '98   
The New York City Bar awarded this year's Kathryn A. McDonald Award for Excellence in Service to Family Court to Jennifer Friedman '98, the founder and director of the Courtroom Advocates Project, which offers pro bono advocacy to domestic violence victims petitioning for orders of protection in New York City’s family courts.
  Special Jurors Hear Jerome Michael Trial Competition   
The annual Jerome Michael Jury Trial had added to its proceedings unusual elements this year: not only were there two juries, but they were composed of 20 students from New Jersey’s Belleville High School.
  Manges Lecture Highlights Library Concerns with Digital Works   
Columbia University Librarian James Neal told Manges attendees about his participation in a group whose role was to reexamine the exceptions and limitations afforded to libraries and archives under Section 108 of the Copyright Act, specifically in light of digital technologies.
  Fourteenth Annual Paul Robeson Conference   
Forty years after the passage of the Fair Housing Act, the subprime mortgage crisis has hit minority homeowners at disproportionate rates. Columbia Black Law Students Association will host a day-long conference on April 18 to probe why homeownership remains out of reach for much of today's minority population, and to discuss how legal activism can aid communities devastated by foreclosures.
  2008 Rubin Lecture: Buying Social Justice   
Dr. Christopher McCrudden will give the Rubin Lecture which will address the relationship between human rights and international economic regulation.
  CLS Students Volunteer as Low-Income Tax Preparers   
For the third year, nearly two dozen Columbia Law School students are working as tax preparers for low-income filers.
  CLS Teaching program Announces New Positions   
Professors Carol Sanger and Michael Dorf, co-directors of the Program on Careers in Law and Teaching, announce those who received appointments beginning in the 2008-09 year.