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July 2008

  Besek Named Chair Of Copyright Task Force   
June M. Besek, executive director of the Kernochan Center for Law, Media and the Arts at Columbia Law School, will chair the new Copyright Law Reform Task Force of the American Bar Association Section of Intellectual Property Law.
  
  Heller's New Book Looks At Gridlocked Economy   
Usually, private ownership creates wealth, but too much ownership has the opposite effect – it creates what Prof. Michael Heller terms “gridlock.” This paradox is at the center of Heller’s new book, The Gridlock Economy: How Too Much Ownership Wrecks Markets, Stops Innovation and Costs Lives.
  
  More Than 1,100 Attendees At CLS Reunion Weekend 2008   
About 680 Columbia Law School graduates descended on the Morningside Heights campus June 6 and 7 for reunion weekend, where they touched base with old friends, took walking tours of campus, celebrated at a series of lunches, cocktail parties and dinners, and found time for some educational endeavors as well.
  
  Greenberg Turns Attention To Plight Of The Roma   
Professor Jack Greenberg, whose civil rights legal work successfully challenged racism in the United States, is championing another cause – equal rights, integration and education for the reviled outcasts of Eastern Europe – the Roma.
  
  Schatz Elected President of Public Interest Group   
Columbia Law School Professor Barbara A. Schatz was recently re-elected as president of the Public Interest Law Institute (PILI) during the group’s annual board meeting in Budapest, Hungary.
  
  Waxman Tells Committee Guantanamo Should Close   
Columbia Law School Professor Matthew Waxman told an independent Congressional committee yesterday that, while closing the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay would be hard, “Guantanamo should be closed because doing so – if handled right – will improve, not detract from, our ability to combat terrorism.”
  
  Crenshaw Named Fletcher Fellow   
Professor Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw has been named a 2008 Fletcher Fellow
  
  Human Rights Institute Research Cited in Congressional Testimony   
Research conducted by Columbia Law School's Human Rights Institute (HRI) on transparency in oil and mining contracts was cited in testimony at a hearing of the United States House Financial Services Committee on June 26. The hearing concerned H.R. 6066, the Extractive Industries Transparency Disclosure Act (EITDA).
  
  Goldberg Honored by National Association of Women Lawyers   
Suzanne B. Goldberg is the recipient of the National Association of Women Lawyers' M. Ashley Dickerson award, bestowed annually in recognition of lawyers who promote diversity.
  
  Digital Tools Explain Collateral Consequences of Criminal Charges   
Columbia Law School Professor Conrad Johnson has presented this summer to New York State judges two digital resources on the collateral consequences of criminal charges. The Law School's Lawyering in the Digital Age Clinic, which Johnson co-directs, played a major role in developing the programs.
  
  Prizes for 2007-08 Year Announced for Continuing Students   
The following prizes are awarded to continuing students for their excellent achievements during the 2007-08 academic year. This announcement follows the May graduation announcement of prize winners from the Class of 2008.
  
  Quigley Named Kelley Drye & Warren Scholar for 2008   
Columbia Law School student John B. Quigley '10 has been named the recipient of the Kelley Drye & Warren LLP Scholarship administered by The New York Bar Foundation.
  
  Spinak Named Co-Chair of New Task Force on Family Court   
Columbia Law School Professor Jane M. Spinak will co-chair the new Task Force on the Family Court that will analyze proceedings from two conferences on the Family Court and develop a reform agenda. Columbia Law School and the New York County Lawyers' Association (NYCLA) Justice Center co-sponsored both conferences.
  
  Witt's Book on Workplace Safety Law Now Available in Chinese   
Columbia Law School Professor John Fabian Witt's award-winning book on the development of American workplace safety law has been translated into Chinese and published. The Accidental Republic: Crippled Workingmen, Destitute Widows, and the Remaking of American Law (Harvard University Press, 2004) was published in Chinese this year by the Shanghai Joint Publishing Company in conjunction with Harvard University Press.