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April 2009

  Justice P.N. Bhagwati Lectures on India's Human Rights Law   
During Justice Bhagwati's tenure, the Court issued a series of landmark rulings supporting human rights and expanding access to justice for all Indians.
  
  National Legal Expert Can Discuss the Case Cuomo v. Clearing House Association   
James Tierney, director of the National State Attorneys General Program at Columbia Law School, is available to speak with media about Cuomo v. Clearing House Association. At issue is whether New York and other states are able to investigate potential racial discrimination in the lending practices of national banks and their affiliates.
  
  Columbia Law School European Law Moot Court Team Wins Regional Round   
Columbia Law School's European Law Moot Court team advances to the finals before the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg for the second year in a row.
  
  The Global Financial Crisis: Will State Emergency Measures Spark International Investment Disputes?   
Perspectives on topical foreign direct investment issues by the Vale Columbia Center on Sustainable International Investment.
  
  Professor Fried Delivers F.F. Randolph Lecture on Daubert v. Merrell Dow   
Charles Fried, the Nathaniel Fensterstock Visiting Professor of Law, revisited the arguments he made more than 15 years ago in a landmark Supreme Court case that helped establish rules governing the use of scientific evidence in court.
  
  Closing Guantánamo: Challenges and Opportunities Faced by the Obama Administration   
35th Annual Wolfgang Friedmann Conference Addresses Crucial Questions of International Law and Policy.
  
  How a Systemic Risk Agency Can Reshape Regulation   
  
  Harlan Fiske Stone Moot Court Finals   
Students Melanie Cristol, Matthew Guarnieri, Lauren Howard, and Abbey Hudson argued before Judges Reena Raggi, Barrington D. Parker, and Richard A. Posner. Student Patrick McGill designed the case.
  
  Landmark Human Rights Law Brief Filed Against the Dominican Republic before IACHR   
Columbia Law School Human Rights Clinic jointly filed a landmark human rights law brief against the Dominican Republic on behalf of 28 Haitians and Dominicans of Haitian descent.
  
  Demanda Legal Histórica Sometida en contra de la República Dominicana ante la CIDH   
La Clínica de Derechos Humanos de la Facultad de Derecho de Columbia, el Centro por la Justicia y el Derecho Internacional (CEJIL), el Movimiento de Mujeres Dominico-Haitianas (MUDHA), y el Grupo de Apoyo a los Repatriados y Refugiados (GARR) sometieron en conjunto una demanda legal histórica a nombre de veintiocho haitianos/as y dominicanos/as de ascendencia haitiana en contra de la República Dominicana.
  
  Same-Sex Couples’ Marriage Victory in Iowa a Win for Sexuality and Gender Law Clinic   
The Clinic filed a brief in the case, Varnum v. Brien, on behalf of several Iowa constitutional law professors.
  
  Columbia Jessup International Law Moot Court Team Wins U.S. National Championship   
Jennifer Poh received the award for Fifth Place Best Oralist and Suyash Paliwal won First Place Best Oralist among all participants in the International Rounds.
  
  Professor Olati Johnson Named Public Interest Professor of the Year   
Columbia Law School students have recognized Professor Johnson for her support for and inspiration to the public interest community. Johnson received the Public Interest Professor of the Year award at Social Justice Program's Public Interest Honors Dinner.
  
  Law School Alumnus Lanny Breuer ’85 Confirmed As Assistant Attorney General   
Breuer confirmed as Assistant Attorney General for the criminal division of the U.S. Department of Justice in the Obama administration.
  
  Columbia's LL.M. Program: Home to Human Rights Adovcates Worldwide   
At a recent conference, four students pursuing LL.M.s described the work experience they bring to Columbia Law School.
  
  Louis Lowenstein, LL.B.’53, Brilliant Professor and Scholar, Dies   
Lowenstein, an eminent scholar, professor, and philanthropist who began his illustrious career as a corporate lawyer in New York and became one of the country’s most influential critics of financial misconduct on Wall Street, died on April 18 in New York at age 83 from pancreatic cancer.
  
  Professor Gerard Lynch '75 Nominated for the Second Circuit   
Gerard Lynch '75, the Paul J. Kellner Professor of Law at Columbia Law School and a federal district judge for the Southern District of New York since 2000, has been nominated to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
  
  ALUMNUS NOMINATED AS TREASURY DEPARTMENT’S GENERAL COUNSEL   
  
  Race in the Era of President Obama   
Visiting scholars, civil rights leaders and Columbia Law School professors assembled at Jerome Greene Hall last week for discussions on race in America after the historic election of the country's first African-American president.
  
  Future Lawyers Learn about Opportunities for Social Entrepreneurship   
Speakers encourage students to think creatively about putting legal skills toward global need for social change.
  
  Sexuality and Gender Law Clinic Gains Victory in Discrimination Case   
The Massachusetts Parole Board agreed to give Bruce Wilborn, an openly gay inmate, a new parole hearing to settle the sexual orientation discrimination charges he brought against the board more than a year ago. Columbia Law School’s Sexuality and Gender Law Clinic and the law firm McDermott Will & Emery LLP serve as counsel for Wilborn.