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August 2009

  Massachusetts Parole Board Grants Parole to Openly Gay Inmate After New Hearing   
Major Victory for Columbia Law School’s Sexuality and Gender Law Clinic
  
  National State Attorneys General Program Interns Get Up Close and Personal with Practice of Law   
Columbia Law School Students Get Rare Chance to be Part of Cases Early in their Careers.
  
  Steve Bullock '94: Montana's Attorney General Finds You Can Go Home Again   
Steve Bullock '94 is a hometown boy made good. As Montana's attorney general, he can look out at one of the streets where he used to deliver papers.
  
  Credit-Rating Agencies Must be More Accountable to Restore Confidence in Financial Markets   
Credit-rating agencies should be subject to some lawsuits and held more accountable for their actions, to help avoid a repeat of last year’s financial crisis, Columbia Law School Professor John C. Coffee told the Senate Banking Committee.
  
  Michael Doyle Recipient of Award by American Political Science Association   
Merriam Award given to a person whose published work and career represent a significant contribution to understanding government.
  
  Michael Gerrard: Interest in Climate Change Issues Growing at Law School   
  
  Phillip Hamburger Receives Henry Paolucci/Walter Bagehot Book Award   
Phillip Hamburger, The Maurice and Hilda Friedman Professor of Law, has been awarded the 2009 Henry Paolucci/Walter Bagehot Book Award for his book, Law and Judicial Duty.
  
  Human Rights Institute Report: Complying with Human Rights Treaties Can Start Close to Home   
State and local human rights agencies can play a pivotal role in ensuring international human rights treaties are enforced, according to a new report co-authored by the Columbia Law School Human Rights Institute.
  
  Law School Scholar Looks at Benefits and Burdens of Family in the Criminal Justice System   
If you ask Ethan J. Leib, the junction where crime, punishment and family ties meet is thorny.
  
  Vilma Martinez '67 Confirmed as New U.S. Ambassador to Argentina   
Martinez is a former Samuel Rubin Fellow who also served on the Law School's Advisory Board
  
  Petal Modeste Named Dean of Career Services   
  
  Support for Same-Sex Marriage in U.S. at Highest Level Ever, Study Led by Professor Persily Finds   
A majority of Americans could support same-sex marriage within five years regardless of whether state courts legalize such unions, a new study has found.
  
  Sotomayor Confirmation Hearings Revealed Little; Professors Say Other Nominees Will Follow Suit   
That Justice Sonia Sotomayor revealed little about her judicial philosophy or much else during her U.S. Supreme Court confirmation hearings came as no surprise to those who have watched these proceedings over the last two decades. And experts at Columbia Law School say we should expect more of the same from future nominees, as politics and the independence of the judiciary run up against each other.