November 2008

  Alito's Way   
After sanctioning a number of campaign finance reform laws over the past few years, the Supreme Court appears to be turning its back on proposals aimed at leveling the campaign money playing field.
  The Big Picture   
Professor Tim Wu is at the forefront of scholarship on telecommunications law. He speaks with Jeffrey Toobin about why our communications systems work the way they do, and how things might change over the next 10 years.
  The Barbara Aronstein Black Lecture   
“Between the Politics of Exclusion and the Cultures of Control: Violence Against Women and Law In Conflict Zones" will be given by Professor Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian on Nov. 10, 2008.
  Without Borders   
Armed with an insatiable curiosity and a state-of-the-art Leica camera, litigation specialist Anne Cohen ’85 travels the globe on behalf of her high-powered clients.
  U.S. Senate General Counsel Dauster ’84 Speaks at CLS   
General Counsel Bill Dauster of the U.S. Senate Finance Committee spoke about the need for economic reform in the next presidential administration before an audience of Columbia Law School students on October 29, as part of Social Justice Initiatives' (SJI) inaugural Visitor From Government Practice program.
  Sixth Annual Deals Roundtable   
Sixth Annual Deals Roundtable sponsored by Columbia Law School and Columbia Business School was held November 14.
  Deans'-Eye View   
Watch a Sesquicentennial video about Columbia Law School featuring Dean David M. Schizer and six other living deans.
  Conference On The Future of Diversity In Higher Education   
A three-day conference on December 3-5, 2008, will bring university presidents, provosts, foundation leaders and academic innovators together with researchers, policymakers and advocates to share the successful new ways that institutions and foundations are closing the opportunity gap in higher education.
  When Is Preemptive Military Attack Permissible?   
Covering conflicts from the Revolutionary War era to the 2003 invasion of Iraq, Professor Michael Doyle lectured on when American forces can launch a preemptive military attack.
  A Healthy Career   
Health care law specialist Steven Epstein '68, a trailblazer in the field, has perfected the art of doing well by doing good.
  Professor Fagan's Expert Report at Gonzales Merits Hearing   
The frequent failure of United States police departments to enforce protection orders increases the danger domestic violence victims face, according to an expert report submitted by Columbia Law School Professor Jeffrey Fagan to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights in Jessica Ruth Gonzales v. United States of America. Professor Fagan also testified at the Commission's hearing of the case on October 22, 2008.
  Columbia FDI Perspectives: The FDI Recession Has Begun   
With $1.8 trillion, according to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), world foreign direct investment (FDI) flows reached an all-time high last year. All major regions benefited from increased flows. “But that was then,” said Karl P. Sauvant of the Vale Columbia Center on Sustainable International Investment. “What is, and will be, the impact of the financial crisis and the looming recession on FDI flows this year and next?”
  Global Reunion in London   
The event on October 18, which attracted more than 150 Law School alumni and friends from around the world, also featured a keynote address by Lord Patten of Barnes titled “Tackling the New Global Agenda.”
  Represented By CLS, Lenahan Makes Declaration In Her Case   
Jessica Lenahan (formerly Gonzales), whose three young daughters were killed after police officers failed to enforce a restraining order against her estranged husband, appeared before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights in Washington, D.C., to make her declaration in the merits stage of the case. The case, championed by Columbia Law School’s Human Rights Clinic and the American Civil Liberties Union seeks to change the way police departments respond to domestic disputes.
  Project To Promote Broader Participation In Higher Education   
Columbia Law School has collaborated to launch a project designed to bring researchers, university leaders, change agents and other innovators together to identify and promote new ways to ensure that America’s marginalized have greater access to and broader participation in higher education as both students and faculty.
  The Obama Presidency and Human Rights   
A panel of human rights activists and legal academics convened at Columbia Law School to discuss what an Obama presidency will mean for the cause of human rights.
  Columbia Law Students Make An IMPACT   
Student organization IMPACT fielding more than 100 volunteers to ensure a smooth day at the polls.
  Improving The Working Conditions For Low-Wage Laborers   
Columbia Law School Professor Mark Barenberg and Columbia University Political Science Professor Dorian Warren have joined forces on The Low-Wage Work Project, a collaborative project designed to measure the success of new tactics that labor unions and other groups are using to improve the working conditions of low-income laborers in the United States and throughout the world.
  Charging Ahead   
Professor Ronald Mann suggests ways America can get out from under its credit card debt.
  Judge Posner on the Economic Crisis   
A staunch proponent of free trade and minimal regulation, U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Richard Posner told a Columbia Law School audience that he surprised even himself by placing the blame for the current financial crises not with Washington but with the free-market system
  Chief Prosecutor of the Special Court for Sierra Leone Lectures   
Stephen Rapp spoke at a Human Rights Institute panel at Columbia Law School on October 30.
  Russian Multinationals' Foreign Assets up 4 Times in 3 Years   
The Vale Columbia Center on Sustainable International Investment and the Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO released the SKOLKOVO-2008 Ranking of Russian multinational enterprises (MNEs) today.
  Japan's New Jury System Evaulated   
On November 5, Columbia Law School’s Center for Japanese Studies hosted a panel featuring a judge, a prosecutor and a professor from Japan, as well as two Columbia Law professors, that discussed the history, strengths and potential pitfalls of the new jury or "Saiban-in" system.
  Guantánamo, Voter Rights and the Current Session of the Roberts Court Reviewed   
Columbia faculty and legal experts discussed a variety of cases under consideration by the fourth Roberts Court, including those involving voter rights, the death penalty, gun laws, Guantánamo detainees, and employment law.
  Sesquicentennial Gala   
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 75, who graduated from Columbia Law School in 1959 and later became its first tenured female professor, intends to stay on the Court until at least the age of 83. She made the announcement before more than 1,200 alumni, faculty, students and friends October 25th as Columbia Law School celebrated its 150th anniversary at its Sesquicentennial Gala.
  Controlling Interests   
Two Columbia Law School professors take aim at a key problem swirling around the multitrillion-dollar world of sovereign wealth funds.
  Toobin Gives Rosenberg Lecture At Columbia Law School   
For Jeffrey Toobin, the election on November 4 boils down to who will name the next justices to inevitable openings on the Supreme Court, and what those choices will mean for the country.
  Law School Military Association Revives Columbia Tradition   
Of the 70 students groups at Columbia Law School, seven formed this year. There is a yoga club, Beltway Bandits for future lawyers, and the Columbia Law School Military Association.
  2008 Lawrence A. Wien Prize Awarded   
Ellen V. Futter '74 and Hon. Gerard E. Lynch '75 received the Lawrence A. Wien Prize For Social Responsibility on November 18, 2008.
  CLS Clinic Represents Gay Inmate in Discrimination Lawsuit   
Federal District Court Judge Patti Saris allowed Bruce Wilborn, an openly gay Massachusetts prison inmate, to go forward with his discrimination suit against the Massachusetts Parole Board on Oct. 31.
  What the #%@$?   
The Supreme Court is set to decide whether Nicole Richie can say "sh*t" on national television. And, believe it or not, the case could result in one of the court's most important First Amendment decisions in decades.