May 2010

  Amanda Richardson ’10 First Recipient of Fellowship to Study Property Rights for Women   
Amanda Richardson ’10 has been named the first global fellow for the Global Center for Women’s Land Rights, where she will conduct research and fieldwork concerning property rights for women overseas.
  Classmates Compete In Constance Baker Motley Moot Court Finals   
At the finals of the Fifth Annual Constance Baker Motley National Moot Court Competition, Josh Picker’12 and Adam Shpeen ’12 will compete against Thomas Sprankling ’12 and Sylvia Duran ’12 at the American Constitution Society’s annual convention.
  Calling North Korea “Main Enemy” a “Ratcheting-Up” in Tensions, Says Law School's Korea Expert   
Now that South Korea’s president re-designated Pyongyang as his country’s “main enemy,” the director of Columbia Law School’s Center for Korean Legal Studies said that represented a “genuine ratcheting-up” of tensions between the two nations.
  Integration Still Prime Focus of Professor Jack Greenberg 56 Years after Brown v. Board of Education   
During 35 years at the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, Greenberg participated in many desegregation cases, including Brown v. Board of Education, which he argued in 1954 before the U.S. Supreme Court as co-counsel with Thurgood Marshall. That decision declared segregating schools by race unconstitutional. More recently, he has focused on the segregation suffered by Eastern Europe’s Roma population. He takes an in-depth look at their current plight, which he calls one of the gravest humanitarian and economic crises of our time,” in the May issue of the Columbia Law Review.
  Sinking of South Korean Warship Could be Viewed as “Act of War,”says Law School’s Korean Expert   
If North Korea is indeed to blame for sinking of a South Korean warship, that attack could be viewed as an act of war,”according to Jeong-Ho Roh, the Director of the Center for Korean Legal Studies at Columbia Law School.
  Parents Trafficking Daughters Into Domestic Labor Clash with Human Rights Laws: Law School Study   
The United Nations estimates more than six million girls and women are trafficked at any given time for forced labor or prostitution. Compounding that tragedy is the fact that it is often family members who actively exploit the children. A report entitled Sent Away: The Trafficking of Young Girls and Women within the Family Unit, from the Columbia Law School Sexuality and Gender Law Clinic, highlights the gravity of the problem at the same time the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) is taking up the issue.
  Class of 2010 Told Challenges They Faced in Law School Makes Them Better Able to Face the Future   
The Class of 2010 that graduated Friday from Columbia Law School is accustomed to challenges, which came at them fast and furious during three years of classes, exams, internships, and moot court trials. David M. Schizer, Dean and the Lucy G. Moses Professor of Law, told students that this makes them well-equipped for what lies ahead.
  Attorney General Eric Holder '76 Tells Graduates to Fight for Justice   
Attorney General Eric Holder ’76 urged the Class of 2010 Friday to continue Columbia Law School’s legacy of students who readily took up the fight for justice and civil rights.
  Sexuality & Gender Law Clinic Report Finds Smooth Transition for Gay Soldiers in Other Countries   
The Columbia Law School Sexuality and Gender Law Clinic has submitted a report to Congress showing U.S. allies have managed smooth transitions to having gay and lesbian soldiers serve openly in the military. Based on extensive research into the experiences of Australia, Canada, Israel, and the United Kingdom, the report, entitled “Open Service and Our Allies: A Report on the Inclusion of Openly Gay and Lesbian Servicemembers in U.S. Allies’ Armed Forces,” concludes that successful transitions to gays and lesbians serving openly involved no change in barracks housing or bathrooms.
  New Web-Based Tool Provides Window to View Consequences of Guilty Plea in New York   
There are often additional consequences to a conviction even for seemingly minor crimes that can affect, among other things, a defendant's immigrant status or eligibility for public housing. However, defendants and their lawyers, along with prosecutors and judges, may not be aware of what those consequences are. Now, an innovative web-based tool developed by the Lawyering in the Digital Age Clinic at Columbia Law School and the Columbia Center for New Media Teaching and Learning (CCNMTL) is aiming to change that.
  Graduates Choose Professor Alex Raskolnikov as Teacher of the Year   
Alex Raskolnikov, the Charles Evans Gerber Professor of Law, has been named winner of the 2010 Willis L.M. Reese Prize for Excellence in Teaching, an annual acknowledgment by the graduating classes for gifted teaching. Students chose Raskolnikov by a large margin, after a vote involving both J.D. and LL.M. candidates. He will speak at the Law School’s graduation ceremony May 14.
  Attorney General Eric Holder '76 to be Keynote Speaker at Columbia Law School Graduation   
Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr. '76 will be the keynote speaker at the Columbia Law School graduation on May 14. About 700 J.D., LL.M., and J.S.D. candidates from 39 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and more than 50 countries will be awarded degrees. The graduation ceremony begins at 2 p.m. on the South Lawn of Columbia University.
  Professors Back Top Judge’s Efforts to Divert Juvenile Offenders from Life Behind Bars   
A call by New York’s top judge to spend more money on probation services for youthful offenders has been endorsed by juvenile justice experts at Columbia Law School, who say such an approach can keep more children away from a life of crime.
  Annual Mock Trial Competition Season Concludes   
Yael Julie Fischer’10 was awarded “best advocate” in this year’s Jerome Michael Mock Trial Competition, open to all second- and third-year Law School students. She competed with three other finalists, Mitch Fagen '10, Molissa Farber '11, and Priscilla Orta-Wenner '11, based on a problem written by James M. Jimmerson '10, last year’s winner of the Jerome Michael Jury Cup for best trial advocacy.
  Measure to Impose Fiduciary Duty on Brokers and Dealers Backed by Professor John Coffee   
Proposed legislation that would impose a fiduciary duty on brokers, dealers, and investment banks to act in their clients’ best interests is backed by Professor John Coffee, who told a Senate panel Tuesday it fills a “fundamental hole” in financial reform bills now before Congress. Coffee, the Adolf A. Berle Professor of Law at Columbia Law School, said such a measure could deter the conflicts of interest he said helped spark the financial meltdown in 2008.
  Decision That Backs Parenting Rights for Non-Biological Mother Lauded by Law School Clinic   
New York’s highest court Tuesday unanimously granted parental rights to a woman whose former partner blocked her from spending time with the child the two women had raised together since birth. The Columbia Law School Sexuality & Gender Law Clinic had filed a friend-of-the-court brief with the Court of Appeals in the case, Debra H. v. Janice R on behalf of 45 law professors at all 15 law schools in New York State.
  Attorneys General Extol Satisfaction of a Public Sector Career   
For John Kroger, it was joining the Marines. For John Suthers, it was interning on a team prosecuting a suspect who turned out to be a notorious serial killer. They may not have known it at the time, but those events helped inspire careers in public service that have led to Kroger becoming attorney general in Oregon, a job that Suthers holds in Colorado. During a recent appearance sponsored by the National State Attorneys General Program at Columbia Law School, both said they are lucky to be in jobs they love.