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February 2010

  Beyond Borders: U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara ’93 Says Prosecutors Must Go Global to Fight Crime   
If many of the lawyers who work for Preet Bharara ’93 cannot be found at their desks, that’s actually a good thing.Bharara, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, oversees more than 200 lawyers who prosecute everyone from bank robbers to members of al-Qaeda. But long gone are the days when criminals have to be on American soil to commit offenses that affect the U.S., as would-be terrorists, computer hackers, money launderers, and arms smugglers have shown. Crime has gone global. So has the Southern District.
  
  Law School to Host Human Rights Consultation with Obama Administration and Human Rights Advocates   
The Human Rights Institute at Columbia Law School, the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty, and the Urban Justice Center are co-sponsoring a human rights consultation with the Obama Administration on February 26. It is one of several events the government is holding across the country to solicit feedback and recommendations on how effectively the U.S. is complying with its human rights obligations.
  
  Iraqis Come to Columbia Law School to Study Best Practices in Arbitration, Dispute Resolution   
About 20 Iraqi lawyers, engineers, and economists are in the U.S. for advanced training on implementing contracts with international oil companies, and came to Columbia Law School last week to study best practices for alternative dispute resolution, especially arbitration of contract disputes.
  
  Law School to Award Fellowship for Women’s Land and Property Rights   
The Global Center for Women’s Land Rights, part of the Rural Development Institute, will award a postgraduate fellowship to a Columbia Law School graduate to work on issues surrounding women’s land and property rights in developing countries.
  
  Law School's European Law Moot Court Team to Compete in Semi-Finals in Florence   
Columbia Law School has advanced to the regional finals of the 2010 European Law Moot Court Competition in Florence. The team is vying for one of four spots in the final round in April at the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg, the highest court in the European Union, where teams will plead before the actual Justices.
  
  List of Canceled Classes and Events for Friday, February 26, 2010   
  
  Professor Elizabeth Scott Wins Award for Book on Juvenile Justice   
Rethinking Juvenile Justice Praised for Exemplifying Research on Adolescence
  
  Sexuality and Gender Law Clinic Secures Asylum for Gay Man from Brazil   
Columbia Law School’s Sexuality and Gender Law Clinic has won asylum for a gay man who feared persecution because of his sexual orientation if forced to return to his native Brazil.The grant, issued by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, comes at a time when conditions for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) individuals in Brazil are becoming more dangerous.
  
  Attorney General Eric Holder '76, Professor Henry Monaghan Receive Law School’s Medal for Excellence   
Attorney General Eric Holder ’76 and Henry Monaghan, the Harlan Fiske Stone Professor of Constitutional Law, were awarded Friday the Medal for Excellence from Columbia Law School.
  
  Professor Trevor Morrison: From the Classroom to the White House and Back Again   
Trevor Morrison ’98 is no stranger to Washington. Morrison, Professor and Vice Dean, clerked for Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg ’59 and worked two years in high-profile offices within the Justice Department. But Morrison’s most recent journey inside the Beltway was a “whole other thing,” he said. In December, he completed a one-year stay at the White House as an associate counsel. Even for a seasoned Washington veteran, this was a big deal.
  
  Medal for Excellence to be Awarded to Eric Holder '76 and Constitutional Scholar Henry Monaghan   
Eric H. Holder, Jr. '76, Attorney General of the United States, and renowned constitutional scholar Henry Paul Monaghan, the Harlan Fiske Stone Professor of Law, will receive the Columbia Law School Medal for Excellence, the Law School’s most prestigious award, at the Law School’s Winter Luncheon on Feb. 5.
  
  Election Law Experts Worry about Effects of Citizens United Decision on Future Campaigns   
After the Supreme Court last month struck down restrictions on corporate spending in federal elections, the decision ignited a debate on how it might shape future campaigns. There is little doubt in the mind of James Tierney, director of the National State Attorneys General Program at Columbia Law School of what Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission has wrought.“Everybody knows,” Tierney said at a Feb. 2 panel discussion on the case in Jerome Greene Hall.
  
  Columbia Law Review Names New Board for 2010-11   
The Columbia Law Review, one of the world’s leading sources of legal scholarship, Monday announced its new administrative board that will lead the publication in the 2010-11 academic year.
  
  Film Critic David Denby, Prof. Richman to Discuss Abortion at Screening of "Vera Drake"   
The critically acclaimed film Vera Drake will be shown as part of an abortion law seminar at Columbia Law School, followed by a discussion of the issues the award-winning film raises with The New Yorker’s film critic David Denby .
  
  Scholars Visiting Law School this Semester for Chinese Law and Society Colloquium   
A new interdisciplinary colloquium about Chinese law, society, and governance has been attracting standing-room only audiences at Columbia Law School. More than 35 students from the Law School and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences are enrolled in the course “Chinese Law and Society,” but other students and professors have also been coming to hear leading scholars discuss their China-focused research in this weekly colloquium.
  
  List of Canceled Classes for Wednesday, February 10, 2010   
  
  Experts to Debate Changes in Health-Care Policy   
Leading policy experts will debate what direction health care reform should take during a panel discussion set for Feb. 11 at Columbia Law School. Associate Professor Abbe R. Gluck , an expert on health law, will moderate the panel.
  
  Proposition 8 Called Unconstitutional in Brief by Director of Sexuality and Gender Law Clinic   
California’s Proposition 8 is unconstitutional because it violates the rights of lesbian and gay couples seeking to access the “unique social value of marriage,” according to a friend-of-the-court brief by a Columbia Law School professor.