April 2010

  Social Justice Initiatives Presents Annual Awards   
The Social Justice Initiatives (SJI) held its annual honors dinner last week to recognize students and graduates who have shown exceptional dedication to the field of public-interest law.
  Volcano, Lack of Flights, Can't Keep Professor Tim Wu Out of the Classroom   
Tech-savvy Wu Uses Skype to teach two classes while he's stuck in Berlin because of Iceland volcano eruption
  Professor Carol Sanger Honored for Dedication to Mentoring Female Students   
The Columbia Law Women’s Association annual Myra Bradwell Dinner is named after a woman who was nothing if not ambitious.Best known for being denied admission to the Illinois Bar in 1873 because she was a married woman, Bradwell was the crusading publisher of a legal newspaper who used her bully pulpit to support aspiring women lawyers.
  Mina Nasseri ’10 Named Best Oralist in Final of Harlan Fiske Stone Moot Court Competition   
Mina Nasseri ’10 will begin her legal career in the litigation department of a leading law firm.That typically means years of brief writing, research and other support work before an associate is even given the chance to argue cases. But if Nasseri’s performance Monday in the final round of the Harlan Fiske Stone Moot Court Competition at Columbia Law School is any indication, she may not have long to wait. Nasseri received the Lawrence S. Greenbaum Prize for best oralist in the competition. The award was established in 1951 and is named after a member of the class of 1912.
  India Endows Chair Devoted to Indian Constitutional Law, Jagdish Bhagwati Fellowship   
Columbia University has received two gifts from India to endow a chair devoted to Indian Constitutional Law and establish a fellowship named after Professor Jagdish Bhagwati, both at Columbia Law School. The gifts were formally announced Apr. 1 by Meera Shankar, India’s ambassador to the U.S., during an appearance at the Law School to speak about democracy and pluralism in India.
  Columbia Law Women’s Association Holds Annual Myra Bradwell Dinner   
Carol Sanger, the Barbara Aronstein Black Professor of Law, will be honored by the Columbia Law Women’s Association for her work mentoring female students at the annual Myra Bradwell Dinner on April 14.
  Attorney General Eric Holder '76 to be Keynote Speaker at Law School Graduation   
Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr. ’76 will be the keynote speaker at the Columbia Law School graduation on May 14. The ceremony will take place on the South Lawn of the campus of Columbia University. Holder, the nation’s 82nd Attorney General and the first African-American to hold that office, attended the Law School after graduating from Columbia College in 1973 with a B.A. in American History.
  Symposium Examines Why Putting Archival Material Online Is Often a Lot Easier Said Than Done   
The Internet has made it easier for institutions, universities, and libraries to open up the vast trove of works contained in their archives. But that ease of use can be quickly overshadowed by a host of legal issues involving copyright, defamation, privacy and tort liability that can derail attempts to make archives more accessible. How to resolve such conflicts dominated the discussions at Digital Archives: Navigating the Legal Shoals, a symposium sponsored by the Kernochan Center for Law, Media, and the Arts at Columbia Law School in conjunction with the Rockefeller Archive Center.
  Jay Lefkowitz '87 Receives Award from Columbia/Barnard Hillel   
Jay Lefkowitz ’87, a senior litigation partner at Kirkland & Ellis, was honored with the Seixas Award from Columbia/Barnard Hillel at the Jewish student organization’s annual dinner on Tuesday. Lefkowitz, who graduated from Columbia College in 1984, is also a Lecturer-in-Law at the Law School, where he teaches a class on presidential decision-making and administrative law.
  Marbury v. Madison the Sequel (sort of) in Stone Moot Court Final   
They are two of the most storied litigants in American constitutional law. Now Marbury and Madison are back for another round in the Harlan Fiske Stone Moot Court Competition at Columbia Law School. Sort of. This is actually not a do-over of the landmark 1803 case of Marbury v. Madison that established the concept of judicial review, which allows courts nullify the actions of another branch of government. But the stakes are still high in the Stone Moot Court, one of the nation’s top appellate advocacy competitions at a law school.
  Clinic Students Take on NYC Housing Court   
Columbia Law School students, Jessica Soto and Uchenna Ibekwe, will help present a tenants-rights case tomorrow at New York City Civil Court, Housing Part (Housing Court) against Hope Community Inc. and Park View Fifth Avenue Associates, LLC (the Museum for African Art), on behalf of residents of an East Harlem apartment building plagued with structural defects. The tenants are asking the court to compel repairs of numerous documented violations, including a widening crack that runs from the basement to the top of the building.
  Law School Team Finishes Strong in Jessup International Moot Court Competition   
Columbia Law School competed in the World Championship Round of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition held March 21-27 in Washington. The Law School team finished second in the White & Case International Rounds out of 105 teams from 76 countries that competed.
  Law School Teams Take Top Honors at Moot Court Competitions   
Columbia Law School students have garnered top honors this semester at some of the world’s most prestigious moot court competitions. At the one final yet to be contested, a Law School championship is already assured, as the winners of the regional finals were both teams from Columbia.
  Professor Peter Strauss Elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences   
Peter L. Strauss, Betts Professor of Law, has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the world’s most prestigious honorary societies.Strauss was among leaders in the humanities, arts, business, nonprofit sector, public affairs, and sciences whose election was announced by the academy Monday. The new fellows were joined by several foreign honorary members.
  Columbia Team Wins National Competition   
The 2009-2010 Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition (FDMCC) team at Columbia Law School has completed its competition season with strong performances in the regional and national competitions. A complete list of results is below.
  James Tierney Says Comptroller of the Currency Can’t Rewrite History   
Yesterday, Comptroller of the Currency John C. Dugan and former Comptroller John D. Hawke testified to the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission (FCIC) that federal preemption of state anti-predatory lending laws in 2004 had little effect on the developing housing crisis. In fact, two reports recently released by the University of North Carolina’s Center for Community Capital indicate that strong state anti-predatory lending laws at the state level had a significant effect in reducing foreclosures. (Dugan’s and Hawke’s testimonies are available for viewing at the FCIC’s website.)
  Students Seek to Compel NYPD to Release Records Related to Prostitution Arrests and Dungeon Raids   
Students in the Columbia Law School Sexuality and Gender Law Clinic, working with the Urban Justice Center and the New York Civil Liberties Union, are seeking to compel the New York Police Department to release records of prostitution arrests and a series of dungeon raids. This follows the department’s refusal to release records in response to a Freedom of Information Law request. The students have filed a demand for the records, known as an Article 78 proceeding, in state Supreme Court in Manhattan.