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January 2008

  Goshen Named Chairman of Israel Securities Authority   
Columbia Law School Professor Zohar Goshen has been appointed chairman of the Israel Securities Authority, Israel’s version of the Securities and Exchange Commission. The appointment by Israeli Minister of Finance Ronnie Bar-On takes effect Feb.1.
  
  Kernochan Remembered as IP Advocate in Service   
Family, friends, colleagues and former students gathered together for a warm and eloquent tribute to John M. Kernochan '48, Nash Professor Emeritus of Law and leading intellectual property law advocate, who died October 29, 2007.
  
  Alum Kay Murray Honored By NYSBA   
Columbia Law School alum Kay C. Murray ’76 will receive the New York State Bar Association’s inaugural Kay Crawford Murray Award on Tuesday, Jan. 29 during the NYSBA’s annual meeting in New York City.
  
  Persily On Indiana Voter-ID Case and NH Primaries   
Nathaniel Persily, an expert on election law, is available to discuss the oral arguments today before the Supreme Court in an Indiana case that explores whether voter-identification laws act as an unfair barrier to prevent low-income people and minorities from voting.Prof. Persily can also speak on the results of yesterday’s New Hampshire presidential primary, and why all the Democratic polls incorrectly projected that Barack Obama would win.
  
  Persily on Supreme Court Ruling re Choosing N.Y. Judges   
Columbia Law School Professor Nathaniel Persily, an expert on election law, can speak with journalists about today’s Supreme Court decision which upheld New York’s method for nominating and selecting judicial candidates. The case was New York Board of Elections v. Lopez Torres.
  
  Persily on Nevada Court Ruling About Las Vegas Caucus Sites   
Columbia Law School Professor Nathaniel Persily, an expert on election law, can speak with journalists about decision by the district court in Nevada to reject the challenge to various Las Vegas caucus sites.
  
  Acosta '82 and Columbia Law School Win Hispanic Judges Award   
The Hon. Rolando T. Acosta ’82 was among those honored this month at the Hispanic Heritage Awards Dinner, an annual event of the Association of Judges of Hispanic Heritage (AJHH) that rotates location from year to year and was held this year in the Faculty House at Columbia University.
  
  Kernochan Center Holds Panel With Young Alums in IP   
Columbia Law School’s Kernochan Center for Law, Media and the Arts will host its annual panel, ``Young Alumni in Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law,’’ on Tuesday, January 29, 2008. Four recent Columbia Law School graduates will speak about their careers and give advice to current students interested in pursuing a career in these fields.
  
  Bioethics Symposium: Challenges to Lethal Injection   
The Center for Bioethics at Columbia University Medical Center hosts a full-day symposium on Jan. 23, 2008, titled “The Supreme Court and the Legal, Medical, and Ethical Challenges to Execution by Lethal Injection.”
  
  Persily On Implications of S. Carolina 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 this Saturday’s Democratic primary in South Carolina.
  
  Panel On Clerkships Features U.S. District and Appeals Court Judges   
Columbia Law School will host a panel of federal judges on Monday, Jan. 28, 2008 who will speak to students about the benefits of clerkship programs. This is the first of a series of clerkship events designed to help students understand the process.
  
  Kernochan Center Looks At Evolution of Copyright's Fair Use Doctrine   
Columbia Law School will host an all-day symposium Feb. 8, 2008 on the recent evolution of the fair use doctrine of U.S. copyright law. The symposium, which features fair use experts from law schools across the country and a representative of the U.S. Copyright Office, will probe a variety of topics.
  
  Recommendations by Wu to Guide Key FCC Auction   
The Federal Communications Commission will hold a historic auction this week under rules first proposed by Columbia Law School Professor Tim Wu. The government agency will begin accepting bids today for some of the nation’s most valuable airwaves, requiring the winners to adhere to “wireless Carterfone” principles that Wu proposed last year.
  
  Filtering and Fair Use   
The Kernochan Center speaker series tackles the copyright issues facing YouTube and other file-sharing Internet sites.
  
  Persily On Implications of Florida Presidential 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 today’s presidential primaries in Florida.
  
  Hispanic Judges Group Holds Awards Dinner at CLS   
A who’s who of the Hispanic legal community in New York will be at Columbia Law School when the Association of Judges of Hispanic Heritage Inc. holds its annual awards dinner on January 23.
  
  CLS Students Gear Up For November Poll Watching   
With the 2008 presidential primary season in full swing, Columbia Law School students are planning a nation-wide effort to help ensure that every eligible voter gets to cast a ballot during the general election this November.
  
  Lenfest Receives 2008 Medal For Excellence   
Columbia Law School gave H.F. (Gerry) Lenfest ’58 its most prestigious award today during a luncheon at the Waldorf=Astoria, the first in a series of events across the country planned to celebrate the Law School’s 150th anniversary.
  
  CLS Celebrates Sesqui With Events in China, Japan   
Columbia Law School will kick off a global celebration of its 150th anniversary and its long connection with China by hosting events in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Beijing in mid-January. A Sesquicentennial event is also scheduled for Tokyo on Jan. 16.
  
  Events Worldwide Mark Law School's 150th   
A luncheon that honors former deans at the Waldorf in New York. A London forum on global law. Alumni events in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Beijing. These are among the highlights in a year’s worth of events to mark the 150th anniversary of Columbia Law School.
  
  CLS Prof. Spinak Testifies on Family Court before City Council   
New York City Family Court could better serve child welfare if the court were held more accountable, the system made more transparent, and connections strengthened with communities, said Professor Jane Spinak in a hearing before New York City Council.
  
  Tierney on MySpace Agreement with AGs on Child Predators   
James Tierney, director of the National State Attorneys General Program at Columbia Law School, is available to talk with media about today’s announcement of a major agreement with MySpace Inc. and the nation’s current state attorneys general to protect children from online predators.
  
  Alum Argues Lethal Injection Case Before Supreme Court   
Donald B. Verrilli Jr., a member of Columbia Law School’s Board of Visitors and a 1983 Columbia Law School graduate, argued a key death penalty case before the U.S. Supreme Court yesterday.
  
  Columbia Law School Celebrates 150th At Waldorf Lunch   
H. F. (Gerry) Lenfest ’58, president of the Lenfest Foundation, will receive Columbia Law School’s most prestigious award during the 2008 Winter Luncheon as the Law School kicks off a series of domestic events to mark its sesquicentennial.