June 2011

  Dodd-Frank Act Remains a Work in Progress, Panel Says   
The Dodd-Frank Act overhauling the nation’s financial regulations was signed into law nearly a year ago, but with many of its rules on how it will be implemented yet to be written, a Columbia Law School panel deemed it still a work in progress.
  Prosecutors Meet at Columbia Law School to Discuss How to Combat Human Trafficking   
The National State Attorneys General Program at Columbia Law School recently hosted 20 international prosecutors for a forum on human trafficking, which victimizes millions of people across the globe every year.
  Law School Panel Examines Need to Make Mass Litigation More Client-Friendly, Inclusive   
When it comes to class-action suits and other mass litigation, plaintiffs often find they lose a voice in the process once they sign on to a case and the lawyers take over, said experts at a Columbia Law School panel. Completes Congressional District Maps for All States   
Columbia Law School students involved in a groundbreaking project have now completed drawing Congressional district maps for every state. The non-partisan maps, which can be seen online at, are designed so state officials can use them to consider boundaries for districts in time for next year’s elections.
  Professor Robert Jackson Calls for Greater Transparency on Executive Pay   
The Securities and Exchange Commission must ensure that potential conflicts of interest are disclosed for the lawyers and consultants who help set executive pay at publicly traded companies, Columbia Law School Associate Professor Robert Jackson urges.
  Professor John Coffee Receives Lifetime Achievement Award from Anti-Fraud Group   
Columbia Law School Professor John C. Coffee has received a lifetime achievement award from the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners for his authoritative scholarship on corporate fraud.
  Law School Community Celebrates Launch of Richman Center for Business, Law, and Public Policy   
Friends of Columbia Law School and Columbia Business School came together recently to celebrate the official launch of the Richard Paul Richman Center for Business, Law, and Public Policy, an interdisciplinary academic center that will be jointly administered by the two schools.
  Journal Co-Edited by Professor Trevor Morrison Focuses on Constitutional Law From Outside the Courts   
Not all law is settled in the courts. And a new legal journal co-edited by Columbia Law School constitutional scholar Professor Trevor Morrison ’98 aims to highlight how the executive and legislative branches exercise their constitutional powers and set legal precedents without judges getting involved.
  Nationwide Bankruptcy Filings Drop in May, Analysis by Professor Ronald Mann Shows   
Personal bankruptcy filings nationwide declined in May, the fifth straight month that filings were down compared to last year, according to an analysis by Columbia Law School Professor Ronald Mann.
  Center for Gender & Sexuality Law Launches Major New Project on “Engaging Tradition”   
Columbia Law School’s Center for Gender & Sexuality Law today announced the launch of the Engaging Tradition Project to study how the ideas of tradition are deployed both to undermine and support gender and sexuality-based social justice projects.
  Community Enterprise Clinic Students Hold Workshop for Nonprofits Seeking Legal Help   
When it comes to starting a nonprofit organization, good intentions are not nearly enough. That is where the Community Enterprise Clinic at Columbia Law School comes in. The clinic held a three-day workshop earlier in the spring for eight new Manhattan-based nonprofits to advise them on such topics as understanding the legal structures of their organizations, how to form a corporation, and federal tax exemption.
  Sexuality and Gender Law Clinic Files Brief in Household Labor Trafficking Case   
Columbia Law School’s Sexuality and Gender Law Clinic filed an amicus brief in the Second Circuit case, Velez v. Sanchez, highlighting the serious problem of family members trafficking young relatives into domestic labor. This practice, which has young family members working as barely-paid servants in relatives’ homes, violates both international and U.S. law.
  Gender and Sexuality Law Clinic Receives Award for Pro Bono Work   
The Gender and Sexuality Law Clinic of Columbia Law School is a 2011 Lehigh Valley LGBT Community Award winner in recognition of the Clinic’s success in writing domestic Partner Benefits legislation for the Cities of Allentown and Easton, PA. The Allentown ordinance, drafted by clinic students, was signed into law Jan. 26 of this year. .