January 2011

  Rule Drafted by Sexuality and Gender Law Clinic Students Becomes Law in Pennsylvania City   
An ordinance written by students in the Columbia Law School Sexuality and Gender Law Clinic that grants domestic partner benefits to employees of Allentown, Pa., was signed into law tby Mayor Ed Pawlowski. The ordinance will provide city employees who have same-sex domestic partners the same benefits as employees with spouses, including health insurance and time off when a partner is hospitalized or dies.
  Richard Richman Gives $10 Million for Business, Law, Public Policy Center   
Columbia University has received a $10 million gift to establish the Richard Paul Richman Center for Business, Law, and Public Policy, an interdisciplinary academic center that will be jointly administered by Columbia Business School and Columbia Law School.
  Sustainable International Investment Issues Examined in New Book from Vale Columbia Center   
As foreign direct investment has become an integral feature of the globalized economy, a host of policy questions have begun to emerge about proper legal mechanisms and the best FDI practices for developing countries. Now, a new book from the Vale Columbia Center on Sustainable International Investment brings together experts on a wide range of issues to further the debate about FDI and look at major trends and events in the field.
  Obama “Hope” Poster Lawsuit Settlement a Good Deal for Both Sides, Says Kernochan Center Director   
The copyright infringement lawsuit between the Associated Press and artist Shepard Fairey over his famous “Hope” poster depicting Barack Obama has been settled, which a Columbia Law School intellectual property expert said Wednesday was the right move for both sides.
  Memphis, Las Vegas, Top Cities for December Bankruptcy Filings, Says Professor Ronald Mann   
Bankruptcy filings rose slightly nationally in December, paced by the Memphis and Las Vegas areas, along with several hard-hit counties in the Southeast, an analysis by Columbia Law School Professor Ronald Mann found.
  When the Counting Stops, Controversy Begins: Professor Nathaniel Persily Examines Law of the Census   
When the U.S. Census Bureau released the nation’s population count last month, it set off another once-in-a-decade battle over which states will benefit from the ever-changing numbers and which will lose clout on Capitol Hill.Breaking down those numbers is nothing if not a complex task, as census data determine the representation of communities in Congress, and, later, how voting rights disputes concerning redistricting are settled. To sort through those hot-button issues, Columbia Law School Professor Nathaniel Persily, a leading political scientist, analyzed the law of the census and the politics of counting in an upcoming law review article.
  Chinese Media, Courts Remain Wary of Each Other, Says Professor Benjamin Liebman   
Relations between the court system and media in China are increasingly a two-way street, as both institutions serve as a check on the other to improve standards while seeking to expand their autonomy and influence, according to a new essay by Professor Benjamin Liebman.
  Madeleine Kurtz ’84 to Join Social Justice Initiatives   
Madeleine Kurtz ’84, a public interest lawyer and associate director for public interest at Seton Hall, joins Social Justice Initiatives (SJI) as Director of Public Interest Professional Development and Pro Bono Programs. She begins January 31, 2011.
  Lecturer-in-Law Pieter Bekker Edits New Transnational Law Book   
A new book that assesses the prospects of transnational law in the age of globalization was edited by Lecturer-in-Law Pieter Bekker, who teaches international investment law and arbitration at Columbia Law School.
  Bankruptcy Filings Up 9 Percent Nationwide Last Year, Analysis by Professor Ronald Mann Shows   
The number of personal bankruptcy filings jumped 9 percent last year to more than 1.5 million, the highest total since 2005, according to an analysis by Columbia Law School Professor Ronald Mann.