April 2011

  U.S. Should Set Legal Limits on Drone Warfare, Report from Human Rights Clinic Urges   
Experts are calling for greater transparency from the Obama administration on its use of armed drones, noting that foreign governments are likely to follow the lead of the U.S.—or be emboldened by its failure to clarify legal limits.
  Stem-Cell Ruling Both Legally and Politically Significant, says Associate Professor Abbe Gluck   
Columbia Law School Associate Professor Abbe Gluck, an expert on health law and policy, said the federal appeals court decision that upholds federal funding for embryonic stem-cell research is significant on a number of fronts.
  Professors Analyze Latest Developments in Legislative and Statutory Interpretation   
Sweeping new laws, such as the health-care reform legislation, have provoked much discussion over how and by whom these measures should be interpreted. As a Columbia Law School roundtable on legislation and statutory interpretation recently proved, there are many stimulating questions, but few easy answers.
  Wolfgang Friedmann Conference in International Law Tackles Tough and Timely Issues   
Columbia Law School’s 37th Annual Wolfgang Friedmann Conference in International Law could not have picked a timelier subject: Law and Order in the Middle East.
  Center for Climate Change Law Receives Grant to Aid U.S. Investment in Indian Clean-Energy Projects   
With India home to one of the world’s fastest-growing economies, there is an increasing recognition that its energy needs must come from cleaner sources to help counter the effects of climate change from greenhouse gases. It is a potentially lucrative market for outside investment, but high costs and bureaucratic and legal roadblocks have stymied most efforts. Now, a project run by the Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia Law School seeks to change that.
  Willing to Help with Wills: Students Go to Wisconsin to Assist Native Americans with their Estates   
A group of Columbia Law School students recently proved that where there is a will there is indeed a way to help people write their wills. As part of the Spring Break Caravan run by the Social Justice Initiatives program, 10 students traveled to Indian reservations in Wisconsin last month to help members of four different tribes draw up wills and other estate documents.
  Several Liability Scenarios against Nuclear Plant Operator Loom, Professor Curtis Milhaupt Says   
As it continues to wrestle with the crisis at the Fukushima nuclear power plant, the utility that owns the crippled facility must still deal with the legal fallout from the disaster. Curtis Milhaupt ’89, Director of the Center for Japanese Legal Studies, said there are several ways that the Tokyo Electric Power Co. (Tepco) or its directors could be on the hook for liability claims that some estimates have put at more than $130 billion.
  Professor Katherine Franke Named a Guggenheim Fellow   
Professor Katherine Franke, director of the Center for Gender and Sexuality Law at Columbia Law School, has been awarded a fellowship to write a book that will look at marriage as the centerpiece of a civil rights movement.
  Paul Smith ’12 Awarded Best Oral Advocate and Best Brief at Harlan Fiske Stone Moot Court   
The annual Harlan Fiske Stone Moot Court Competition at Columbia Law School is as much about showcasing legal advocacy skills as it is a severe test of staying cool under pressure. That is no small feat when a justice from the nation’s highest court is among those firing away with questions.
  Public Interest Law Foundation “Bid for Justice Auction” Raises Over $80,000   
Cartwheels and generous donations were highlights of the Public Interest Law Foundation’s (PILF) 19th Annual “Bid for Justice Auction” held on March 3 at Columbia University’s Roone Arledge Auditorium.
  Bankruptcy Filings Off 6 Percent in First Quarter, Analysis by Professor Ronald Mann Shows   
Bankruptcy filings nationwide were down 6 percent in the first quarter, although the number of cases continued to remain stubbornly high in California, according to an analysis by Columbia Law School Professor Ronald Mann.
  The “Human Candle” of Columbia Law School: the Life and Legacy of Louis Henkin are Celebrated   
They came to remember a revered colleague, a devoted friend, and an inspirational mentor. To many people, University Professor Emeritus Louis Henkin was all three.
  Columbia Law Women’s Association Honors Alumna Roberta Kaplan ’91, Partner at Paul Weiss   
Columbia Law School alumna Roberta “Robbie” Kaplan ’91, a litigation partner at Paul Weiss, was honored by the Columbia Law Women’s Association’s (CLWA) for work that has paved the way for future generations of female lawyers.