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December 2009

  Students Meet With NYC Children's Services Commissioner to Discuss Foster Care Problems   
Foster youth face challenges and issues their peers heading to college would never have to think about. Students in Columbia Law School’s Child Advocacy Clinic encounter these problems regularly while working with their adolescent clientele in foster care.
  
  Columbia Law School Receives Award for Pro Bono Leadership   
Columbia Law School received a 2009 "Pro Bono Leaders” award along with Milbank, Tweed, Hadley, McCloy LLP for a project known as the Low Income Taxpayer Clinic at Legal Services NYC-Bronx.
  
  Veterans Decry Lack of Legal Redress for Sexual Harassment in Military   
At a recent Law School event focusing on women at war, three panelists discussed military service and the problems associated with pervasive sexual harassment in the armed forces.
  
  Columbia Law School Establishes World’s First Endowed Professorship in Climate Change Law   
Columbia Law School has established the first endowed professorship at any law school in the world devoted exclusively to the study of climate change law.
  
  Crawling From the Wreckage: Sol Wachtler Uses His Experience Behind Bars to Help Mentally Ill   
As chief judge on New York’s highest court, Sol Wachtler was a nationally respected jurist on the fast track to become governor, maybe even a Supreme Court justice.But all the accolades, admirers and aspirations vanished instantly when Wachtler was caught in a bizarre plot in 1992 to stalk and harass a former lover.
  
  Old Legal Principle Can Provide New Way to Handle Suspected Terrorists, Professor Hamburger Writes   
As the government continues to wrestle with how to mete out justice to suspected terrorists, one clue may be found in a legal principle as old as the Constitution, according to a new article by Professor Philip Hamburger.
  
  Climate Change Policies Can Threaten Right to Food, Human Rights Institute Report Argues   
Climate change threatens to aggravate the plight of more than one billion people who suffer from severe hunger because policies being considered lack protections for the right to food, says a report issued today by the Columbia Law School Human Rights Institute.
  
  The Law Professor as Goodwill Ambassador: Richard Gardner in China   
When Professor Richard Gardner went to China earlier this month for a series of speeches, he had a tough act to follow: President Obama.Fortunately, Obama, who had been in China about two weeks earlier, had gotten good reviews.
  
  Report on Conditions in New York Juvenile Prisons "Very Disturbing," Says Law School Expert   
New York confines juvenile offenders in prisons that are often violent and can leave youths worse off than when they first entered a system ill-equipped to help them, said Columbia Law School Professor Elizabeth Scott, a leading juvenile justice expert.
  
  Four Columbia Law School Professors Contribute to Landmark Book on Children   
A new book that aims to provide parents and professionals with the latest information on all aspects of child studies and development includes contributions from four Columbia Law School professors.
  
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  Professor Gerard Lynch '75 Inducted to U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit   
The Daniel Moynihan United States Courthouse was where the branches of the professional life of Gerard Lynch ’75 intersected Wednesday as he was inducted to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
  
  Professors Goldberg and Franke on Decisive Defeat of Same-Sex Marriage Bill by New York State Senate   
  
  Professor Jack Greenberg ’48 and Jeh Johnson '82 Win Wien Prize   
The Lawrence A. Wien Prize for Social Responsibility was awarded by Columbia Law School to Jack Greenberg ’48, the Alphonse Fletcher Jr. Professor of Law, and Jeh Charles Johnson ’82, general counsel of the U.S. Department of Defense. Dean David M. Schizer presented the award to Greenberg and Johnson for their exemplary efforts on behalf of the public good at a Nov. 17 ceremony in New York.