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September 2008

  Mia Robertshaw '10 Honored at 2008 Abely Awards   
Columbia Law School student Mia Robertshaw '10, the 2008 Maryellen Abely Fellow, was among those honored at the 12th annual Abely Awards on September 22.
  
  Law School Student Activity Fair Draws 800 Participants   
More than 800 law students turned out to explore the wealth of extracurricular opportunities at Columbia Law School during the School's first annual B(law)ck Party on September 5.
  
  Professor Bobbitt Lectures on Terrorism   
Professor Philip Bobbitt addressed a full room of students and faculty on the subject of international terrorism on the eve of the anniversary of the World Trade Center attacks, challenging the audience to rethink some of its assumptions about war, terrorism and international law. Talk kicked off speaker series sponsored by Center on Global Legal Problems.
  
  Talks Address Int'l Law and Policy Issues Facing Next President   
In the two months leading up to the election, Columbia Law School's Center on Global Legal Problems will host a speaker series titled "International Law and Policy Issues Facing the Next President." Legal experts will discuss such topics as terrorism, global warming, international trade and the pre-emptive use of force.
  
  Breathing Life Into The Constitution   
A panel of five Columbia Law School professors celebrated and dissected the U.S. Constitution during a lively panel Sept. 17 in Jerome Greene Hall that drew a standing room only crowd of more than 100 people.
  
  The Constitution: Its Past, Present and Future   
On September 17, six Columbia Law School professors will offer their perspectives and scholarship in a discussion of the U.S. Constitution to honor the day it was ratified in 1787.
  
  Brett Dignam Joins Columbia Law School Faculty   
Brett Dignam, a clinical professor of law at Yale Law School and a leading advocate for prisoners, will join the Columbia Law School faculty. Professor Dignam has been on the faculty at Yale Law School since 1992, where she has led the Prison Legal Services, Complex Federal Litigation and Supreme Court Advocacy clinics.
  
  Columbia Law School Faculty Experts for Election 2008   
Columbia Law School faculty are available to discuss many aspects of this year's presidential campaign, from campaign finance issues to election law and voters’ rights. Others can address some of the hot-button policy issues of the campaign, from the war on terror to the subprime loan crisis, from the rights of prisoners held at Guantánamo to foreign investment in America's iconic companies, from U.S. foreign policy to same-sex marriage.
  
  Columbia Law Students Gather To Watch Presidential Forum   
Approximately 100 Columbia Law School students gathered in Jerome Greene Hall on Sept. 11 to watch a live broadcast of the Service Nation presidential forum at Columbia University attended by both John McCain and Barack Obama.
  
  Michael Heller's Gridlock Economy   
Michael Heller has discovered a free market paradox—and he writes about it in The Gridlock Economy: How Too Much Ownership Wrecks Markets, Stops Innovation, and Costs Lives.
  
  U.S. Attorney General Mukasey to Give Leventhal Lecture   
U.S. Attorney General Michael B. Mukasey will give the Harold Leventhal Memorial Lecture at Columbia Law School on October 2, 2008.
  
  Profs Describe Government Lawyering   
A panel of Columbia Law School faculty members who formerly worked as attorneys for the federal government talked about their employment for an audience of current law students.
  
  Brett Dignam To Join Columbia Law School   
Columbia Law School has hired six new full-time faculty over the past several months with expertise in civil rights, separation of powers, mediation, tax law, prisoner rightsn and constitutional law.
  
  Prize-Winners in 1L Moot Court Program   
Columbia Law School announced the 2007-08 winners of the prizes for outstanding performance in the 1L Moot Court program.
  
  Prof. Nicholas Robinson ’70 Lectures on Global Warming   
“We are going to have a global team effort to create a new economy at the same time that the global investment trading system is collapsing in shambles,” said Nicholas Robinson '70, Professor of Law at Pace Law School, in a lecture on Sept. 18 as a worldwide financial crisis roiled the stock markets.
  
  Presidents Roosevelt Awarded Posthumous J.D.s   
Presidents Theodore Roosevelt and Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who attended Columbia Law School but did not complete their degrees, will receive posthumous J.D.s.today. Conferring these degrees will make them official members of the Classes of 1882 and 1907 respectively.
  
  Dinner w. São Tomé and Príncipe Pres. Launches Investor's Guide   
The Vale Columbia Center and The Earth Institute at Columbia University celebrated the Investor’s Guide to São Tomé and Príncipe, a prospectus aimed at assisting the tiny West African nation to attract foreign direct investment, at a dinner with that nation's president.
  
  Making a Difference: Faculty Discuss Experiences in Government   
Several of Columbia Law School's faculty who have worked in government will share their experiences in public service during a panel discussion for students tomorrow evening.
  
  New Report: Investment Prospects in São Tomé and Príncipe   
The Earth Institute at Columbia University and the Vale Columbia Center on Sustainable International Investment, a joint center of Columbia Law School and The Earth Institute, release their Investor's Guide to São Tomé and Príncipe in New York, Washington D.C., Lisbon and São Tomé and Príncipe today.
  
  Law Teaching Program Announces Newest Faculty Appointments   
Columbia Law School's Program on Careers in Law and Teaching grooms graduates and associates for careers as law professors.
  
  Universal Declaration of Human Rights Anniversary Celebration   
Columbia Law Professor Kendall Thomas Presents "Human Rights: Culture", a Seminar Performance Project
  
  Young Alumni in IP Law Panel   
Columbia Law School alumni who’ve found success in the tough-to-break-into fields of intellectual property and entertainment law offered advice, strategy and reassurance to law students.