June 2009

  Supreme Court “Dodged a Bullet” In Leaving Voting Rights Act Intact, Persily Says   
Voting and election-law expert Professor Nathaniel Persily says Court side-stepped crucial constitutional questions for now.
  Sexuality and Gender Law Clinic at Columbia Law School Secures Asylum for Transgender Mexican Woman   
Clinic secures asylum for a woman who fled her native Mexico after suffering severe police abuse and gang violence because she is transgender.
  Chinese Judges to Study American Legal System at Columbia Law School   
  Professor Thomas W. Merrill Returns to Columbia Law School Faculty   
Merrill is an expert in property, administrative, and environmental law.
  Supreme Court Ruling on State Regulation of Bank Lending Called a Victory for Consumers   
A U.S. Supreme Court ruling that allows states to probe whether national banks discriminated in their mortgage-lending decisions was hailed as a victory for consumers and state prosecutors trying to protect them.
  Bert Huang Joins Law School Faculty   
Bert Huang, a scholar who merges empirical methods with legal analysis in the study of federal courts and civil procedure, will join the Columbia Law School faculty as an associate professor of law on July 1.
  Columbia Law School Alumni Win Legal Writing Awards   
Eight graduates of Columbia Law School are winners of awards for effective legal writing from the Burton Foundation, a nonprofit academic organization.
  Not Lost In Translation: Judges from China Learn About U.S. Legal System at Columbia Law School   
If you stopped by the classroom at Columbia Law School where 30 Chinese judges are learning about the American legal system, you might think you were in the wrong place.
  House Passage of Climate Bill Lauded by Center for Climate Change Law   
The House of Representatives has passed a major environmental bill that supporters said could reduce greenhouse gases and global warming. Michael Gerrard, Director of the Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia Law School, praised the measure even though it falls short of what environmentalists had sought.
  Plan Sent to Congress to Boost Consumer Financial Protections Praised by Columbia Law School Experts   
An Obama administration proposal to consolidate consumer-protection powers over banks and mortgage brokers is a reform was welcomed by Columbia Law School experts who said such a measure is overdue.
  Supreme Court Could Have Gone a Lot Further in Firefighter Discrimination Case   
White firefighters from New Haven, Conn., denied promotions may have scored a big victory when the Supreme Court ruled they were victims of racial discrimination after being denied promotions. However, Associate Professor Jamal Greene, a constitutional law expert at Columbia Law School, said the civil-rights community “dodged another bullet.”
  Disagreements at Supreme Court Confined to Opinions, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg '59 Says   
At Columbia Law School's Reunion Weekend, Alumna Ginsburg Calls the Court a Collegial, Caring Place to Work
  Professor Tells Senate Prolonged Detention of Guantanamo Detainees Immoral, Security Danger   
A Senate committee weighing the future of the practice heard from Professor Sarah Cleveland, who argued that not only is prolonged detention unconstitutional, it also harms U.S. interests.
  Symposium Honors Professor Monaghan   
Colleagues and professors from other law schools honored Prof. Henry P. Monaghan on the occasion of his 75th birthday at a May 15 symposium that featured panels discussing habeas corpus and constitutional common law, a field in which Monaghan is considered the leading scholar.
  Advice to Companies Thinking About Taking on an Attorney General: Beware   
"Companies ought to know their attorney general and ought to have a strategy," said Merrill, during a June 11 visit to the National State Attorneys General Program at Columbia Law School. The program is a legal research, education, and policy center that examines the jurisprudence of state attorneys general.
  Sentencing of U.S. Journalists by North Korea Seen as Way to Engage Washington   
The sentencing by North Korea of two U.S. reporters to 12 years of hard labor is an attempt by the reclusive hard-line government in that country to be taken seriously by the Obama administration more so than to punish the journalists, says Jeong-Ho Roh, Director of the Center for Korean Legal Studies at Columbia Law School.
  Professors Help Separate Fact from Fiction in Off-Broadway Play about Supreme Court Clerks   
Jamal Greene and Daniel Richman were among those leading post-performance discussions on issues the play raises.
  Dean Schizer Moderates Forum Among Manhattan District Attorney Candidates   
Dean David M. Schizer moderated a forum June 24 with the three candidates vying for the Democratic nomination for Manhattan District Attorney.
  Columbia Law School Experts Available for Comment on Remainder of Supreme Court Docket   
Legal Scholars and Thought Leaders Can Speak on Top Cases to be Decided in Final Month of Session
  Two Columbia Law School Alums Take Leadership Roles at the SEC   
George Canellos '89 is picked to head New York office, and David Becker '73 is general counsel and senior policy director.
  Andrew Shapiro ’94 Confirmed as Assistant Secretary, Political-Military Affairs   
The Senate has confirmed Andrew J. Shapiro '94 to be Assistant Secretary for Political-Military Affairs in the Department of State. This position serves as the primary link between the State Department and the Department of Defense.
  Judge Sotomayor Was 2004 Law School Graduation Speaker   
Supreme Court nominee also received a 2006 leadership award from Latino Law Students' Association
  Strip Search Decision Praised by Leading Children’s Rights Experts at Columbia Law School   
A Supreme Court decision Thursday that found officials at an Arizona school district illegally strip searched an eighth-grader was praised by leading children’s rights and juvenile justice experts at Columbia Law School for recognizing that students have a right to privacy.
  Voting Rights Decision May Set Stage for Showdown between Congress, Supreme Court   
Columbia Law School Professors Say Justices Avoided Constitutional Questions to Give Congress Chance to Act