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March 2009

  Postpartum Legal Repercussions of the Suleman Octuplets   
The Youth Justice Association invited professors of law, social work, and medicine to address how and whether reproductive technology should be regulated, and the implications the new technology might hold for child welfare law. “Reproductive Law in American Society: The Recent Case of the Octuplets” took place on March 9, 2009. The interdisciplinary experts included Professor Patricia J. Williams, NYU Professor of Social Work Dr. Alma Carten, and Columbia Medical School’s Dr. Kenneth Praeger, chairman of Columbia Medical Center’s Ethics Committee.
  
  Two Columbia Law School Grads Ascend To High-Level Posts on New York State Court   
New York State Governor David A. Paterson has named Hon. Luis Gonzales '75 presiding justice of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court for the First Judicial Department, and Hon. Sheila Abdus-Salaam '77 a justice on the same court.
  
  Annual Myra Bradwell Dinner 2009   
Alumna Susan B. Lindenauer, one of 11 women in the Class of 1964, a vice president of the New York State Bar Association and the retired general counsel of The Legal Aid Society of New York City, discussed the progress of women lawyers and the challenges they face today, and the obligation of women lawyers to mentor and assist other women.
  
  Eighth Annual Deans' Cup   
Columbia and NYU face off this year at the Levien Gym on Thursday, April 2. Annual basketball game raises funds for public interest law programs at the two schools.
  
  Columbia Law School Takes Silver in National Frederick Douglas Moot Court Competition   
Students Kinara Flagg '11 and Maren Messing '11 edged out second- and third-year law students from schools across the country over six rounds of oral arguments, held in Irvine, California, from March 19 to 21.
  
  Closing Guantánamo: Challenges and Opportunities for the Obama Administration   
Counterterrorism campaigns, the fate of enemy combatants, and detention policies are just a few of the controversial topics that renowned experts will discuss during the 35th Wolfgang Friedmann Conference, sponsored by the Columbia Society of International Law.
  
  How To Be A Great Trial Lawyer   
Judge Paul G. Gardephe ’82 recently moderated a panel for students called “How To Be A Great Trial Lawyer.” The discussion was laced with humor and practical advice drawn from the experiences of the judge and three accomplished attorneys: Karen Patton Seymour of Sullivan & Cromwell, Tai Park of Park & Jensen, and Milton L. Williams Jr. of Vladek, Waldman, Elias & Engelhard.
  
  The Google Books Settlement: What Will It Mean for the Long Term?   
The recent Google books class action settlement is the subject of a full-day conference, March 13, 2009, at Columbia Law School's Kernochan Center for the Law, Media and the Arts.
  
  Kernochan Center Conference Scrutinizes the Google Books Settlement   
Google has a reputation for making a splash. But when it decided to scan more than seven million books and create a publicly searchable electronic database of largely copyrighted material, it created a tsunami in the world of copyright law. Authors and publishers responded accordingly: They sued. But the resulting settlement that Google reached with the Authors Guild and the Association of American Publishers has created a tempest in itself.
  
  Law School Alumnus James E. C. Perry '72 Appointed Supreme Court Justice in Florida   
James E. C. Perry '72 is serving as Florida Supreme Court Justice, having been appointed to the seven-member high court by Governor Charlie Crist earlier this month.
  
  Greensboro, North Carolina, Confronts Its Racist Past   
Convenes the nation's first Truth and Reconciliation Commission with alumna Lisa Magarrell '01 as an advisor.
  
  Thorny Environmental Issue Argued at Stone Moot Court Finals   
Melanie L. Cristol ’09, Matthew Guarnieri ’10, Lauren Howard ’09, and Abbey J. Hudson ’09 will argue before The Honorable Barrington D. Parker, Second Circuit; The Honorable Richard A. Posner, Seventh Circuit, and The Honorable Reena Raggi, Second Circuit in the Harlan Fiske Stone Moot Court finals on March 24, 2009.
  
  Columbia Students Place First in National Native American Law Students Association Moot   
Number of Columbia moot court competition victories grows.
  
  Public Interest Law Foundation's "Bid for Justice" Auction Draws Record Turnout   
More than 600 people showed their support for public interest law programs at the 17th Annual "Bid for Justice" auction. Columbia Law School's Public Interest Law Foundation hosted the event on March 5.
  
  Law School Alumna Priscilla Hall ’73 Appointed Justice of Appellate Court   
Hon. L. Priscilla Hall '73 was named a Justice of the Appellate Division, Second Department, by New York State Governor David Paterson. She has served as an elected justice of the Supreme Court of Kings County since January 1994.
  
  Thinking Outside of Race: Are We Ready?   
The 15th Annual Paul Robeson Conference, hosted by Columbia Black Law Students Association, will examine ballot initiatives to end affirmative action, what the election of President Obama means for race relations, and how lawyers can diversify higher education and employment.
  
  The Future of Diversity under President Obama   
Columbia Law School and leading international law firm Clifford Chance host a discussion of affirmative action policy and practices.
  
  Spring Break Caravans 2009   
A group of about 60 students from Columbia Law School will spend their spring break vacation volunteering at social justice organizations across the country.
  
  Tierney Testifies before Congressional Committee on Consumer Credit Protection   
James E. Tierney, director of the National State Attorneys General Program at Columbia Law School, calls upon the Federal Trade Commission to join the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, all attorneys general, and many consumer groups in opposing efforts by other federal agencies and the banking industry to preempt state consumer protection authority over banks.
  
  Tinker Don’t Tamper In Governing the Internet