October 2009

  Mandatory Ultrasounds Latest Weapon to Limit Abortions, Warns Professor Sanger   
There are now 12 states that require a woman to undergo an ultrasound examination and be offered an image of her fetus before obtaining an abortion. According to Carol Sanger, the Barbara Aronstein Black Professor of Law, it’s another weapon in the arsenal of anti-abortion forces, but one that does nothing to advance the debate over abortion.
  Professor Ben Liebman Speaks at Conference on New Media in China   
  Economics of Large Law Firms: Perspectives from the Profession   
Students were all ears when they attended a panel of leading attorneys who returned to the Law School on Oct. 20 to share their views on the current state of the legal job market and future employment prospects.
  What to do with Goldman's Bonus Billions   
The bottom line here is: let Goldman pay its bonuses but insist that the payout be made almost entirely in restricted stock, not cash, because that’s the way to fortify the bank and the overall financial system against the foreseeable bumpiness as the government withdraws its credit market support.
  Jessica Lenahan (formerly Gonzales) to Speak about Domestic Violence Case   
A panel discussion of the challenges and tactics involved in litigating Jessica Ruth Gonzales v. United States, the first case brought by a survivor of domestic violence against the U.S. before an international human rights tribunal. Lenahan’s three young daughters were killed in 1999 after police officers failed to enforce a restraining order against her estranged husband.
  Climate Change Experts to Discuss Issues Surrounding Copenhagen Conference   
The top climate lawyer in the White House, a leading Capitol Hill staffer, a prominent China expert, and a vice president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce will engage in a broad-ranging dialogue on U.S. climate legislation, the upcoming international negotiations, and the role of China.
  Law School to Host Conference on Federal-State Cooperation on Antitrust Matters   
Top officials from the U.S. Department of Justice, the Federal Trade Commission, and state attorneys general offices will meet Oc t. 7 at Columbia Law School to discuss how they can improve cooperation in addressing antitrust issues.
  Lanny Breuer '85 Leads Justice Department Efforts to Promote Rule of Law Here and Abroad   
Lanny Breuer ’85 is in a good position to know that justice has no boundaries. As Assistant U.S. Attorney General for the Criminal Division, Breuer leads a team of more than 400 lawyers pursuing cases involving everything from cyber-theft to war crimes. And their portfolio stretches way beyond Department of Justice headquarters in Washington.
  Experts Debate at Global Justice Forum Best Way to Reform Financial Markets   
More than a year after the financial-market meltdown, the tussle continues over whether regulation or litigation is the best way to achieve reform.The recent Global Justice Forum held at Columbia Law School revealed why there are no easy answers.
  Cross-Border Financial Disputes Focus of Conference at Columbia Law School   
The global economic crisis has triggered a cascade of financial fraud litigation, with a surprising number of cases affecting plaintiffs across different countries and legal jurisdictions. Managing these cases, which involve important questions such as where they should heard, will be the subject of the sixth Global Justice Forum from October 15-17 at Columbia Law School.
  Panel to Take New Look at How Prisoners’ Rights Can Be Aided by a Human Rights Framework   
The Human Rights Institute at Columbia Law School and the American Civil Liberties Union will present a panel that will look at the importance of using a human rights framework to protect the rights of people behind bars.
  Jessica Lenahan’s Quest for Justice Continues 10 Years after Her Daughters Were Killed   
Lenahan, with Help from Columbia Law School’s Human Rights Programs, Awaiting Decision from Inter-American Commission on Human Rights
  Professors File Brief in Key Supreme Court Case Challenging Financial Watchdog   
The massive financial frauds that brought down Enron and WorldCom led in 2002 to the creation of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board to be a watchdog over auditors and prevent future scandals. A suit challenging the board’s onstitutionality is slated to be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court on Dec. 7. Now, two Columbia Law School professors have filed an amicus brief in opposition, saying it passes muster.
  U.S. Corporate Law Book Written by Former LL.M. Students with Professor Milhaupt Released in Japan   
A book written by 11 former Japanese LL.M. students in collaboration with Curtis Milhaupt, Director of Columbia Law School’s Center for Japanese Legal Studies, was recently released.
  Professor Tim Wu Backs FCC in Case against Comcast for Violating Net Neutrality   
Columbia Law School Professor Tim Wu is among those urging a federal appellate court to uphold sanctions by the Federal Communications Commission against Comcast for blocking content on its broadband network.
  Professor Persily Tells Mexico Electronic Voting Not the Cure-All for their Election Battles   
The hotly contested presidential election in Mexico in 2006 was rife with charges of voting fraud and problems at polling stations. The bitterness over that race left its mark. It launched a dialogue on electoral reform, which continued last week in Xalapa, capital of the state of Veracruz, with Nathaniel Persily, the Charles Keller Beekman Professor of Law and Political Science, and one of the leading election-law experts in the U.S.
  Anti-Predatory Lending Laws Lead to Fewer Foreclosures, Says Study Funded by National AG's Prorgam   
States with tough anti-predatory lending laws had lower foreclosure rates than states without those laws, a study funded by the National State Attorneys General Program at Columbia Law School has found.
  First Monday in October: Start of Supreme Court Term Recalled by Professors Who Clerked There   
When the U.S. Supreme Court justices go on summer break, their clerks still have plenty to do. There is research on upcoming cases, briefs to read over, memos to write, and phone conferences with their bosses.But come the first Monday in October – the traditional start of a new term -- clerkships at the Court take a dramatic, often hectic and exhilarating turn, according to several Columbia Law School professors who served there.
  Supreme Court Roundup Reveals Active Docket Ahead for Criminal, Corporate Cases   
The 15th annual “Supreme Court Roundup” at Columbia Law School was a chance for expert court watchers to look back on notable public-interest and civil-rights cases from the last term and see what clues they might offer about future decisions.
  Unity Dow: Lawyer, Judge, Human-Rights Activist, and Now Columbia Law School Professor   
When asked how she would best describe herself, Unity Dow has to think for a moment. After a pause, Dow, a visiting professor at Columbia Law School this fall, concludes, “I guess I’m a lawyer first.” But her prolific résume shows why it’s not an easy question to answer.