October 2008

  Clifford Chance Thought Leadership Initiative On Diversity   
Justice S. Sandile Ngcobo, a justice in the Constitutional Court of South Africa and visiting professor at Columbia Law School asserted the importance of comparative international law in an address at the Law School on October 7.
  Sexuality and Gender Law Clinic Lauds Connecticut Supreme Court   
The Columbia Law School Sexuality & Gender Law Clinic, which filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the Connecticut Supreme Court marriage equality case, lauds the state high court ruling, which requires Connecticut to provide marriage to same-sex couples.
  Panel Discussion: New Scholarship on Reproductive Rights   
On October 20, the Columbia Journal of Gender and Law and the Center for Reproductive Rights will host "New Scholarship on Reproductive Rights," a panel discussion of legal research on reproductive health and human rights. The event celebrates the launch this year of the Center for Reproductive Rights/Columbia Law School Fellowship, a new opportunity for law school graduates pursuing legal academic careers in reproductive health and human rights.
  Students to Share Jailhouse Lawyer's Manual at FED 4/NYC   
Columbia Law School students will make A Jailhouse Lawyer's Manual (JLM) available to families and friends of prisoners at Family Empowerment Day 4 (FED 4/NYC), a series of workshops designed for those with friends and relatives in prison. JLM is a student-written and -edited handbook of legal rights and procedures designed for use by the incarcerated, their families and advocates.
  Tort Liability for Human Rights Abuses by Prof. George Fletcher   
Columbia Law School professor George Fletcher's new book Tort Liability for Human Rights Abuses advances a bold theory of using tort law, rather than the traditionally utilized criminal law, to fight human rights abuses worldwide.
  Lenahan, Represented by CLS Clinic, to Appear before IACHR   
Jessica Lenahan (formerly Gonzales), whose three young daughters were killed when local police refused to enforce a domestic violence restraining order against her former husband, and who subsequently filed a human rights violation suit before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) will appear to make her declaration in the merits stage of the case, on October 22. Columbia Law School’s Human Rights Clinic and the American Civil Liberties Union represent Lenahan in Jessica Ruth Gonzales v. United States of America.
  Ninth Floor Expansion Project Now Complete   
Columbia Law School celebrated the completion of the ninth floor expansion at Jerome L. Greene Hall with a dedication of the Sidley Austin Room, a new conference room with striking southern and eastern views of New York City. The $18 million construction project at the Law School's main building also created meeting areas and space for up to 38 new faculty offices.
  Professor Johnson at New Media in Education Conference   
Columbia Law School Professor Conrad Johnson will discuss web-based support tools for public defenders at "New Media in Education 2008: Connecting a Global Community," a conference hosted by the Columbia Center for New Media Teaching and Learning on October 17.
  Professor Conrad Johnson Unveils 4Cs Calculator   
Columbia Law School Professor Conrad Johnson presented The Collateral Consequences of Criminal Charges Calculator, an innovative tool that unites the legal profession with cutting edge technology to fill a crucial information gap for lawyers and their clients. It has been two years in the making.
  Coffee Named to Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers   
John C. Coffee Jr. was named to the prestigious Lawdragon list of the 500 leading lawyers in America. This marks Coffee's third appearance on the annual list, now in its fourth year.
  Program on International Migration Hosts 2008 Lazarus Lecture   
The 2008 Emma Lazarus Lecture focused on the surprising discoveries of Harvard University Professor Gerald Holton's work, which will be published in his forthcoming book, "What Happened to the Children? Achievement and Trauma among Young Refugees from Nazi Persecution."
  Columbia-Leiden-Amsterdam Summer Program   
Every summer since 1963, students from around the world go to the Netherlands for a one-month, intensive training in American law given by the Columbia Summer Program. Participants – practicing lawyers as well as students in an advanced stage of their studies – learn about the common law system, get a taste of the Socratic Method, and form relationships with classmates and professors that last a lifetime.
  U.S. Attorney General Mukasey Gives Leventhal Lecture   
U.S. Attorney General Michael B. Mukasey made a case for the government's lawyers and the decisions they made in the aftermath of the World Trade Center attack on September 11, 2001 when he gave the Harold Leventhal Memorial Lecture October 2.
  UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Speaks at Law School   
The terrorist attacks on 9/11 brought a "paradigm shift" in how Western countries view torture, according to Manfred Nowak, '75 LL.M, United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment. "Torture was taboo until that time. There was an absolute prohibition," said Nowak, who spoke at a Human Rights Institute panel at Columbia Law School on October 22, 2008.
  New York City Proclaims Oct. 25 Columbia Law School Day   
In honor of Columbia Law School's Sesquicentennial year, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has proclaimed October 25, 2008, Columbia Law School Day.
  Professor Nate Persily Is Braced for October Surprises   
Professor Nathaniel Persily has a simple hope for November's highly anticipated presidential election. His is a nonpartisan expert’s wish to avoid the sort of divisive legal entanglements that have rattled and split the American political system in recent elections.
  Presidents Roosevelt Awarded Law Degrees Posthumously   
Roosevelts awarded posthumous J.D.s as their legacies are claimed by both presidential candidates.
  Jeffrey Toobin to Give Maurice Rosenberg Memorial Lecture   
Jeffrey Toobin, a legal analyst for CNN Worldwide, acclaimed author and staff writer at The New Yorker, will deliver the eleventh annual Maurice Rosenberg Lecture at Columbia Law School on October 27. Toobin will speak on "The Supreme Court and Election 2008."
  Roundtable: Evaluating Japan's New Jury (Saibin-in) System   
In early 2009, Japan will introduce a system of lay participation in criminal trials for the most serious offenses such as murder and rape. The new jury ("Saiban-in") system is part of a large package of reforms to the Japanese legal system, such as the formation of American style law schools and an increase in the size of the bar. On November 5, Columbia Law School's Center for Japanese Legal Studies will host a roundtable discussion of the new reforms.
  Law School Professor Experts for Supreme Court's New Term   
Columbia Law School faculty are available to discuss many of the cases scheduled for argument before the United States Supreme Court this fall. Their expertise includes voting rights, the environment, criminal law, pre-emption, discrimination, antitrust and asylum. Some faculty members also are involved in cases as amici curiae.
  Law Clinic Urges Support for Victims of Sex Trafficking   
The Columbia Law School Sexuality and Gender Law Clinic urged the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) to recognize states’ obligations to sex trafficking victims in a Third Party Intervention filed October 3. The Court granted the Clinic intervener status in M. v. United Kingdom, a case brought by a young woman who was sex trafficked to the United Kingdom and subsequently denied asylum there.
  Chinese Multinationals Make Steady Progress   
The Vale Columbia Center on Sustainable International Investment, a joint center of Columbia Law School and The Earth Institute, and The School of Management at Fudan University release their first-ever ranking of large Chinese multinationals, based on their foreign assets.