February 2008

  Update On Investigation Into U.S. Attorneys' Dismissals   
The country hasn’t heard the end of the outcry over the dismissal of nine U.S. attorneys by Attorney General Alberto Gonzales during President Bush’s second term, said Preet Bharara '93, chief counsel and staff director to Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., in a lunchtime talk at Columbia Law School sponsored by the American Constitution Society.
  Bolton: U.S. Needs To Stay Vigilant About Iran Nuke Program   
John Bolton, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, questioned a recent State Department national intelligence estimate (NIE) that minimized Iran’s nuclear weapons program and criticized “the mindset of State Department bureaucrats who advance their own priorities, not the president’s.” Blolton made the remarks in a speech to the Federalist Society today during a visit to Columbia Law School.
  CLS Frederick Douglass Moot Court Team Shines at Regionals   
Columbia Law School student teams take home five of the six trophies at Frederick Douglass Moot Court regional competition.
  Goldfield '94 Wins Pro Bono Award   
Columbia Law School alum Herschel Goldfield ’94, senior counsel at Proskauer Rose LLP, was recently given a Cornerstone Award by the Lawyers Alliance for New York for his pro bono work.
  Counterterrorism and Human Rights Panel at CLS   
  Kenneth Starr, Dean of Pepperdine Law, To Speak at CLS   
Kenneth W. Starr, dean of Pepperdine University School of Law and the former Independent Counsel in the Whitewater investigation during the Clinton Administration will speak Feb. 15 at Columbia Law School on “The Roberts Court: The Enduring Hamiltonian-Jeffersonian Colloquy.”
  Persily On Upcoming Primaries In LA, VA, MD, DC   
Columbia Law School Professor Nathaniel Persily, an expert on American politics and election law, is available to speak with reporters about the implications of tomorrow’s presidential primaries in Louisiana and Washington State, as well as the primaries next Tuesday in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia.
  New Columbia Center Studies Novel Contracts of Globalization   
Welcome to Columbia Law School’s new Center for Contract and Economic Organization, a year-old entity focused on examining the contracts and business structures created when a corporation goes global. The Center’s ultimate goal is to analyze how economic theory and contract law affect real corporations.
  With Legal System Overwhelmed, China Uses Mediation   
In China’s vast legal system, citizens turn to People’s Mediation Committees to solve problems
  Law School Program Helps Students Land Coveted Clerkships   
Columbia students have always been successful in getting clerkships. Here's a look at how its programs give CLS graduates an extra edge in a very competitive field.
  Professors Bring Clinical Legal Education Abroad   
Columbia’s clinical legal faculty members help law schools abroad establish experiential programs.
  Persily, Wu Analyze Results of Super Tuesday Primaries   
Super Tuesday, the largest presidential primary contest with polls in 24 states, all but sealed the Republican nomination for Arizona Sen. John McCain, and ensured that the Democratic contest between New York Sen. Hillary Clinton and Illinois Sen. Barack Obama will continue for weeks, if not months. That was the consensus of Columbia Law School Professors Tim Wu and Nathaniel Persily and students David Gringer ’08 and Steve Nadel ’09, who led a Wednesday lunch discussion.
  Kernochan Conference Analyzes Changing Contours of Fair Use   
Many of the nation's leading copyright scholars gathered at Columbia Law School recently to examine the scope and application of the fair use defense to copyright infringement.
  CLS Student Rishab Gupta '08 Named Rhodes Scholar   
Columbia Law School student Rishab Gupta ’08 will head to Oxford, England later this year after being named a Rhodes Scholar for 2008. Gupta, who grew up in Delhi, India, was one of five Rhodes scholars selected from India for the year.
  U.S.S.C. Decisions on Gitmo May Set Precedent for Iraq Cases   
Decisions on Guantanamo detainees’ rights cases currently before the Supreme Court could influence how the U.S. handles many more combatants in custody in Iraq.
  Alumni Judges Attend Sesquicentennial Dinner at Morgan Library   
To honor the long history of Columbia alumni serving at all levels of the judiciary — from clerk to Supreme Court Justice — more than 50 alumni who are judges showed up last night at the Morgan Library & Museum in Manhattan for a celebratory dinner, one of the many events scheduled in 2008 to mark Columbia Law School’s sesquicentennial.
  New Columbia Law Review Administrative Board Named   
The Columbia Law Review has announced its new administrative board for the 2008-09 academic year. The new Editor-in-Chief will be Julius Chen ’09 of Valencia, CA and a Princeton University graduate.
  Persily on Primaries in Wis., Hawaii and Wash.   
Columbia Law School Professor Nathaniel Persily, an expert on American politics and election law, is available to speak with reporters about the implications of today’s presidential primary in Wisconsin, Democratic caucus in Hawaii and Republican primary in Washington State.
  Public Interest Law Foundation's "Bid for Justice" Auction   
Public service opportunities for law students and local legal organizations will benefit from an auction held by Columbia Law School’s Public Interest Law Foundation (PILF). The 16th annual “Bid for Justice” auction – offering prizes from weekend trips to martini lessons to babysitting – takes place on March 6, 2008.
  CLS Fights Deforestation In West Africa   
Won Park ’08, with classmate Sara Froikin ’08, traveled to West Africa recently on a fact-finding mission to São Tomé and Principe, part of their work in Columbia Law School’s Environmental Law Clinic, after the country’s chief environment official asked for help in curtailing the problem from Columbia University’s Earth Institute.
  Supreme Court Dinner Continues Sesquicentennial Celebration   
Columbia Law School continued its yearlong sesquicentennial celebration with a black-tie dinner last night at the United States Supreme Court hosted by Justice and former Columbia Law School professor Ruth Bader Ginsburg ’59.
  Prof. Jane Spinak's Work Instrumental in Defeat of Act at the ABA   
Using Columbia Law Professor Jane M. Spinak’s published critique to mobilize opposition to the Uniform Representation of Children in Abuse, Neglect, and Custody Proceedings Act, a coalition of child advocacy organizations, law school clinics and academics successfully prevented it from reaching the floor at the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Midyear Meeting in Los Angeles, California, last week.
  Starr Sees Current Court In Historic Hamiltonian-Jeffersonian Tug   
The recent Supreme Court opinions of Justices Anthony Kennedy and Samuel Alito tend to favor the federal government’s authority rather than that of the states, said Kenneth Starr, former Independent Counsel during the Clinton-era Whitewater investigation. Starr spoke today at Columbia Law School.
  Persily On Super Tuesday Primaries   
Columbia Law School Professor Nathaniel Persily, an expert on American politics and election law, is available to speak with reporters about the implications of tomorrow’s “Super Tuesday’’ presidential primaries.
  Law Students Help Patients Complete Advance Directives   
Most Americans had strong opinions about the Terri Schiavo case when the battle over whether to remove her feeding tube became a political issue and drew front-page headlines in 2005. But many people have not taken the necessary steps to ensure that their wishes are fulfilled should they become incapacitated and unable to make decisions about their medical care. Columbia Law School students are volunteering their skills and time to help change that.
  CLS Launches Visiting Scholar Speaker Series   
Columbia Law School will present a Visiting Scholar Speaker Series this semester to introduce Law School students and faculty to the research of the Law School’s current Visiting Scholars and Research Fellows. The first session is set for March 3.