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September 2010

  The Challenges of Keeping Buildings Green and Legal   
It’s expected that within 25 years, three-quarters of all buildings in the U.S. will be new or renovated, providing both an opportunity and an urgency to ensure they are environmentally friendly. But getting to that point invites a myriad of legal issues to first consider. That is the impetus behind The Law of Green Buildings, co-edited by Michael Gerrard, Director of the Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia Law School.
  
  Bernard Oxman ’65 Named Judge for International Maritime Dispute   
Bernard Oxman ’65 has been named judge ad hoc to the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea to preside over an arbitration to resolve a maritime boundary dispute between Myanmar and Bangladesh in the energy-rich Bay of Bengal.
  
  Professor John Coffee Criticizes Attempts to Alter Compensation for Victims of Ponzi Schemes   
In response to the Bernard Madoff scandal, proposed legislation to compensate victims of Ponzi schemes does more harm than good, according to testimony by Professor John Coffee. Coffee, the Adolf A. Berle Professor of Law, appeared before a House Financial Services subcommittee hearing devoted to the limitations of the Securities Investor Protection Act.
  
  How Policy Can Often Trump Politics in the White House   
Many people view the White House as a political cauldron where any and all policy positions are thrown into a pot of partisan stew.But the recipe for policy-making is often far more complex, with a mélange of rules, regulations, and other policy considerations that become part of the mix. It’s a world that Lecturer-in-Law Jay Lefkowitz ’87 knows well, having served in the West Wing as a policy expert for both presidents Bush.
  
  Human Rights Institute Advocates for U.S. to Comply with Human Rights Commitment   
Columbia Law School’s JoAnn Kamuf Ward, Counsel at the Human Rights Institute (HRI), will attend the 15th session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva this week, in preparation for the upcoming Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of the United States.
  
  The Story of Same-Sex Marriage Told in New Seminar   
The courtroom battle over same-sex marriage makes for a great story. That’s the idea behind a new seminar at Columbia Law School that looks at same-sex marriage from both legal and literary points of view. Indeed, the intersection of both worlds is more seamless than it might first appear.
  
  Defining the Meanings of Motherhood a Lot Harder Than It Sounds   
Motherhood can be one of the most rewarding roles for a woman, but it can also be one of the hardest, due in part to many obstacles and hurdles imposed by the legal system. How courts and politicians have historically treated motherhood will be the subject of an unconventional seminar at Columbia Law School co-taught by Carol Sanger, the Barbara Aronstein Black Professor of Law.
  
  Professor Theodore Shaw Writes Brief for Supreme Court Case on Violent Video Game Sales   
A California law that would ban the sale of violent video games to minors does not violate the First Amendment and ensures parents can exercise their authority to determine what content is appropriate for their children, according to an amicus brief written by Columbia Law School Professor Theodore Shaw.
  
  Dawn Greene, Visionary Benefactor of Law School, Dies at 88   
Dawn M. Greene, who with her late husband Jerome L. Greene, served as dedicated benefactors to generations of Columbia Law School students and faculty, died Monday. She was 88.
  
  Panel to Discuss Whether There’s a Constitutional Right to Same-Sex Marriage   
When California’s Proposition 8, which outlawed same-sex marriage, was declared unconstitutional by a federal judge last month, it was the latest salvo in a roiling debate over how marriage is defined. The implications of that ruling, which has been stayed until at least the end of the year by an appeals court, will be the topic of a panel discussion Sept. 13 at Columbia Law School, sponsored by the Federalist Society and the American Constitution Society.