September 2009

  Professor Sarah Cleveland Named Counselor to State Department   
In this role, she will advise the State Department and the executive branch on international law issues, and will help develop the State Department's position in U.S. litigation involving international and foreign relations law issues, including human rights cases in U.S. courts.
  Waxman-Markey Climate Bill to be Debated at Law School   
Leading environmental expert debate merits of first attempt by Congress to address climate change.
  Waxman-Markey: Experts Debate Merits of Climate-Change Bill before Senate   
– The panel at Columbia Law School that debated the merits of the Waxman-Markey climate-change bill now in the Senate agree on this: lawmakers won’t be able to please everybody. In fact, they may wind up pleasing nobody.
  Law School Scholars Reflect on the Past, Present, and Future of the Constitution   
The U.S. Constitution is now 222 years old, and professors at the Law School’s annual celebration of its signing noted it remains a document against which few others can be measured.
  Law School to Host Screening of Documentary with Rare Interviews of Supreme Court Justices   
A documentary from C-SPAN that features rare interviews with current and retired Supreme Court justices will get an advance screening at Columbia Law School on Sept. 30.
  Professor Lori Damrosch Elected to Top International Law Group   
Damrosch becomes one of only six Americans who are members of Institut de Droit International
  After Government Objections to Google Settlement, What Comes Next?   
Now that the government has voiced its objections to a settlement that would allow Google to create a massive digital library, there may be a roadmap to a deal that will pass muster in the courts, says the executive director of the Kernochan Center for Law, Media and the Arts at Columbia Law School.
  Remembering Louis Lowenstein   
Titan of corporate and securities law remembered for his generosity, humanity, and patience
  SEC Doesn't Go Far Enough with Money-Market Reforms, Argues Professor Jeffrey Gordon   
Proposed reforms by the Securities and Exchange Commission to strengthen money-market funds do not go far enough and could even increase the risk of investing in those funds, according to a leading securities law expert at Columbia Law School.
  Professor Tim Wu Praises FCC Plan on Net Neutrality   
Columbia Law School Professor Tim Wu, who coined the term “network neutrality,” backed a proposal by the Federal Communications Commission chairman to ensure that Internet service providers keep their networks open to content providers.
  Columbia Law School Professors Among Speakers at Legal Philosophy Conference in Beijing   
Professors Milhaupt and Raz to Deliver Addresses at IVR World Congress
  From Botswana to Berkeley, Diverse Group of Visiting Faculty Members Join Law School   
A former judge in Botswana who doubles as a novelist, two of Israel’s leading legal experts, and a highly accomplished constitutional law scholar are among 15 professors visiting Columbia Law School during the 2009–10 academic year.
  Sotomayor's Supreme Court Debut Nears, Columbia Law School Experts Say She Will Fit In Right Away   
As Justice Sonia Sotomayor prepares to hear her first Supreme Court case next week, Columbia Law School experts say she will waste no time helping to shape decisions and grill lawyers who come before the court.