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December 2010

  Wilbur H. Friedman, Law School Supporter and Leading Tax Lawyer, Dies at 103   
Wilbur H. Friedman ‘30, a longtime supporter of the Law School and distinguished tax lawyer, died Dec. 16 in New York City. He was 103. Friedman, who was also a 1927 graduate of Columbia College, was an ardent fundraiser and donor to the Law School, where he graduated first in his glass.
  
  Devi Rao ’10 Named Skadden Fellow, Will Work at National Women’s Law Center   
When Devi Rao ’10 was told recently she had been named as one of the Skadden Fellows for 2011, she was very excited, even if that was not immediately apparent. Rao received a call in San Diego from Susan Butler Plum, director of the Skadden Fellowship Foundation, at the same time she was battling laryngitis. “She thought she had woken me up. I was trying to scream, but nothing came out”
  
  Health Care Reform Constitutional Conundrum for Federal Courts   
  
  Decision Striking Down Part of Health-Care Law Wrong on the Merits, Says Prof. Gillian Metzger   
The decision by a federal judge in Virginia to strike down the part of the federal health-care law that requires most Americans to obtain insurance, was “mistaken” on the merits, says Columbia Law School Professor Gillian Metzger.
  
  Mediation Can Help in Malpractice Suits, but Doctors, Lawyers Remain Wary, Study Finds   
Using mediation to resolve medical malpractice lawsuits offers many benefits, but barriers put up by doctors, hospitals, and their lawyers often stand in the way of it being employed effectively, according to a study co-authored by Columbia Law School Professor Carol Liebman.
  
  Three Alumni Named as Top Aides to N.Y. Governor-Elect Andrew Cuomo   
New York Governor-elect Andrew Cuomo named Thursday his senior staff, including three Columbia Law School alumni who have served with him in his role as the state’s attorney general.
  
  Students Monitor Voting on South Dakota Sioux Reservations   
Three students join alumnus Greg Lembrich '03 to monitor polling stations after past episodes of voter intimidation, fraud.
  
  Human Rights Advocates Struggle for Independence, Respect at United Nations   
The United Nations still has a long way to go toward ensuring that human rights is part of the conversation when it works to resolve global conflicts and crises, a prominent U.N. human rights official told a Columbia Law School audience.
  
  Louis and Alice Henkin Receive Eleanor Roosevelt Award on Human Rights Day   
The late Louis Henkin, University Professor Emeritus, and his wife Alice Hartman Henkin, were among those who received Friday the Eleanor Roosevelt Award from Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton for their work in the human rights field.