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May 2009

  Law School Sexuality & Gender Law Experts Criticize Proposition 8 Ruling   
The California Supreme Court's 6-1 ruling today upholding that state's Proposition 8 ban on marriage for same-sex couples was condemned by the director of the Sexuality & Gender Law Clinic and the director of the Gender and Sexuality Law Program at Columbia Law School as an "about-face" that strips away the rights of minorities.
  
  Alumnus Preet Bharara ’93 Nominated as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District   
President Barack Obama today nominated Preet Bharara '93 for United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, based in Manhattan.
  
  Death Penalty Status   
Innocence and cost have replaced race and deterrence as the legal tools driving the debate against the death penalty now. Professor Jeffrey Fagan says more states are asking if resources could be better spent.
  
  Columbia Law School Graduates Keep It All in the Family   
In many ways, law school is a family affair. There were numerous examples on display at the Columbia Law School Class of 2009 Graduation Ceremony, where more than 680 students received J.D., LL.M., and J.S.D. degrees.
  
  Columbia Law School Holds 148th Graduation Ceremony   
More than 680 J.D., LL.M., and J.S.D. students will graduate from Columbia Law School on May 21.
  
  Leading Human Rights Activist: Iran Is Guilty of Trying to Incite Genocide against Israel   
Irwin Cotler, a member of Canada's Parliament and that country's former justice minister and attorney general, says the many anti-Zionist and anti-Semitic remarks of Iranian leaders, especially President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, are akin to a country sanctioning genocide.
  
  Corporate Governance Expert Joins Columbia Law School Faculty   
Robert J. Jackson Jr. will join the Columbia Law School faculty in July 2010 as associate professor after spending the 2009-10 academic year in Washington, D.C., advising the Treasury Department.
  
  Don't Ask, Don't Tell   
More than 40 Columbia Law School students gathered in Jerome Greene Hall last month to listen to a panel discussion of the controversial policy commonly known as "don't ask, don't tell." The event was co-sponsored by the Columbia Outlaws and the Law School's Military Association.
  
  Columbia Law School Awards 2009 Public Service Fellowships   
The newest fellows will embark on careers in areas ranging from civil rights litigation to advocacy for immigrant victims of domestic violence to representing Native American interests.
  
  Public Interest Community Celebrates Columbia Law School Student Achievements   
The Social Justice Program recently honored outstanding students, as well as the Law School community that supports them, at its annual Public Interest Awards Dinner
  
  Dean David M. Schizer Receives Honorary Degree From Jewish Theological Seminary   
  
  Judge Sonia Sotomayor Named Supreme Court Nominee   
Sonia Sotomayor, a Lecturer-in-Law at Columbia Law School, created and has co-taught a course called "The Federal Appellate Externship" every semester since fall 2000. This course combines intensive work in the chambers of a Second Circuit Judge with class sessions and a moot court exercise.
  
  To Thrive in a Legal Career in the Sports Industry, Excel at Law First   
Tales from the highly charged, day-to-day law practices of three of the sports industry's most esteemed attorneys riveted students who attended The Sports Law Career Panel.
  
  Alumnus Tristram Coffin ’89 Nominated as U.S. Attorney for District of Vermont   
Coffin would be the 36th United States Attorney in Vermont's history, running the U.S. Attorney's offices Burlington and Rutland, which include approximately 20 attorneys who represent the U.S. in civil and criminal cases in Vermont.