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March 2010

  India's Ambassador to U.S. to Lecture at Law School   
  
  Audrey Strauss '71 Receives Award from Federal Bar Council   
Audrey Strauss ’71, who heads the white-collar crime practice at Fried Frank, has received the Whitney North Seymour Award from the Federal Bar Council for outstanding public service by a private practitioner.
  
  Professor Coffee Argues For More Transparency Over Corporate Involvement in Politics   
John C. Coffee, the Adolf A. Berle Professor of Law, said Thursday that Congress should use its power over federal securities laws to require greater transparency over how companies inject themselves into the political process.
  
  Frank Walwer, Former Associate Dean, Dead at 79   
Frank Walwer ‘55, a former associate dean at Columbia Law School who oversaw financial aid and admissions and increased minority enrollment, has died. He was 79. Walwer was killed Jan. 1 in a car accident in Bradenton, Fla., where he lived.
  
  National Banks Made Riskier Loans That Worsened Foreclosure Crisis, Study Shows   
Federal action to exempt national banks from state anti-predatory lending laws resulted in more defaults and riskier lending compared to other banks, a study funded by the National State Attorneys General Program at Columbia Law School found.
  
  Law School Creates Federal Government Externship Program in Washington   
Columbia Law School will offer a full-semester externship on the federal government in Washington that will give students hands-on experience in government law offices, said Ellen Chapnick, Dean for Social Justice Initiatives. The program, set to début this fall, will accept up to 12 third-year students, who, in addition to their placements at federal agencies, will also be required to attend a weekly seminar and write a substantive research paper.
  
  Professor Ben Liebman Working to Get More Information about China into High School Lessons   
When Professor Benjamin Liebman was growing up in Newton, Mass., he took part in the first full exchange of students between high schools in the U.S. and China. That experience began what has been a continuous journey to learn more about issues that affect China and impart that knowledge, which Liebman does now as director of the Center for Chinese Legal Studies at Columbia Law School. More recently, Liebman has reached out beyond the Law School to educate high school teachers as they develop curricula that reflect developments in China.
  
  Law School's Jessup Moot Court Team Competes in International Championship After Sweeping Regionals   
A team from Columbia Law School has secured a spot to compete in the International Championship round of the Philip C. Jessup International Moot Court Competition starting March 21 in Washington.
  
  Albert Rosenthal Remembered as Long on Grace, Devoid of Pretense   
Albert J. Rosenthal had little time to dwell on the prestige that comes with being dean of Columbia Law School. As colleagues recall, the Al Rosenthal they knew, who died Wednesday at age 91, was full of passion for his work but utterly lacking in pretense while serving as the Law School’s leader from 1979-84.
  
  Albert J. Rosenthal, Former Columbia Law School Dean, Dies at 91   
Albert J. Rosenthal, who while serving as dean of Columbia Law School from 1979 to 1984, died Wednesday. He was 91. Rosenthal, who had been the Maurice T. Moore Professor Emeritus of Law, was for many years a popular presence at the Law School with fellow professors and students alike. During his tenure, Rosenthal boosted the number of female faculty members, enhanced the Law School’s clinical programs and established centers for Asian legal scholarship.
  
  Sun, Some Fun, and a Lot of Helping Hands   
For some 80 Columbia Law School students, this week’s spring break is their cue to hit the road. But while many are heading to sunnier and warmer climes, for some their trips are hardly vacations. Instead, they are on one of the Law School’s Spring Break Pro Bono Project Caravans, where students will volunteer with social justice organizations grateful for a helping hand.
  
  Clinic Students Create Groundbreaking Training Manual in Domestic Violence Law   
  
  Public Interest Law Foundation's "Bid for Justice" Auction a Big Success   
The Law School's Public Interest Law Foundation (PILF) raised $55,000 to support its community and student-based programs on March 4, as an enthusiastic audience of 500 bid on a range of items, from theater and baseball tickets to weekend stays at vacation homes and dinners with Law School professors.
  
  State Department’s Top Economic Adviser Says U.S. Cannot Retreat from Global Economy   
Robert Hormats may have a high-ranking position in the State Department, but what he really spends much of his day on is trying to solve puzzles. In this case, the puzzles – for which there are never easy answers – involve how to shape President Obama’s international economic policy. As Under Secretary of State for Economic, Energy and Agricultural Affairs, Hormats, who recently visited Columbia Law School, has a job that inevitably places as much weight on sales as it does diplomacy.
  
  It Really Was Too Big To Fail: Government’s Lead Outside Counsel in AIG Rescue Takes a Look Back   
When Marshall S. Huebner started his day during the height of the financial meltdown on Sept. 16, 2008, he did not expect to finish it with more than 300 million clients. And many of them were worried.“In the fall of 2008, the world was a very scary place, said Huebner, the co-head of the insolvency and restructuring group at Davis Polk, during an appearance Tuesday at Columbia Law School.
  
  Private Sector Career Symposium Draws More than 300 Law School Students   
Many Columbia Law School graduates typically begin their legal careers at large law firms. But then what? Law firms have many different practice areas, from bankruptcy and intellectual property to corporate transactions and environmental law, for starters. Helping students-- particularly those in their first year of law school—by providing them with a roadmap to identify the opportunities law firms and corporations can offer was one of the goals of the Law School’s first Private Sector Law Symposium held Feb. 25-26.
  
  Oxford Joins Law School to Educate Students in Law and Finance   
Long considered a pioneer in transnational and business law, Columbia Law School recently partnered with the University of Oxford to create a competitive and highly specialized educational opportunity to study law and finance at the renowned British institution.
  
  Human Rights Clinic Urges Government to Let More Haitians into U.S. on Humanitarian Grounds   
The U.S. government should move quickly to allow more Haitians affected by the Port-au-Prince earthquake to enter the country so they can receive urgent medical care and be reunited with family members, a memo to the U.S. Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS) co-written by the Columbia Law School Human Rights Clinic argues.