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March 2011

  Justice Sonia Sotomayor to Serve as Chief Judge at Stone Moot Court Competition Final   
U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor will serve as a judge of the final round of the Harlan Fiske Stone Moot Court Competition, to be held April 7 at Columbia Law School.
  
  Latest Issues in Complex Arbitrations Discussed at Law School Conference   
As arbitration takes on an increasingly larger profile in international law, so do the many issues that inform such proceedings, where the fate of many sizable contract disputes are decided. The intricacies of those issues were the focus of the second-annual Columbia Arbitration Day, held March 25 at the Law School.
  
  Law School Team Again Reaches Finals of Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition   
Columbia Law School was the runner-up at the White & Case International Rounds of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition. It is the second consecutive year the Law School’s team has advanced to the World Championship Final Round, and the third straight year Columbia has won the U.S. National Championship.
  
  Study Questions Constitutionality of NYPD Use of Marijuana Arrests to Fight More Serious Crime   
New York Police Department (NYPD) efforts to use arrests for marijuana possession as a way to crack down on more serious crime often fall short of their goals, may be unconstitutional, and mostly target minorities, research by Professor Jeffrey Fagan contends.
  
  Columbia Black Law Students Association to Host Annual Paul Robeson Conference and Gala   
The Columbia Black Law Students Association will host its annual Paul Robeson Conference, this year titled, Realizing Justice: Incarceration, Advocacy, and the Consequences of the Juvenile Justice System. The conference will feature panel discussions about the process behind juvenile incarceration, the benefits of alternative rehabilitation programs, the mental and sexual health of incarcerated youth, and the place of young women in the juvenile justice system.
  
  Columbia Law School to Host Conference on Complex Arbitrations   
Some of the world's leading experts on complex arbitrations will discuss the theoretical and practical challenges of such proceedings during a March 25 conference at Columbia Law School.
  
  Professor Michael Graetz Looks at How U.S. Squandered Chances to Plan for Energy Independence   
As Michael Graetz sees it, cheap energy ultimately comes at a steep price. “Despite gasoline hovering near four dollars a gallon, we’re underpaying for energy,” said Graetz, the Isidore and Seville Sulzbacher Professor of Law at Columbia Law School. “You raise the price and you get much more energy conservation and open the space for other forms of energy to compete.”
  
  Columbia Law School Project to Draw Congressional Maps for Redistricting Goes Live   
The initial work of a Columbia Law School class that will attempt to draw nonpartisan maps of all 435 Congressional districts is now online. The maps can help states draw boundaries that will stay in place for the next decade.
  
  With Google Books Settlement Rejected, What Next?   
The rejection of a settlement between Google and groups representing authors and publishers over the company’s plans to digitize millions of books leaves both sides without a clear direction for where to turn next, Columbia Law School Professor Jane Ginsburg said.
  
  General Counsel Outlines IMF's Role in Calming Financial Crisis   
As a result of the worldwide financial crisis, nations will be forced to make tough choices on fiscal policy they are not used to making, the International Monetary Fund’s general counsel, Sean Hagan, told a Columbia Law School audience.
  
  Clinic Students Help Clear Path for Transgender Individuals to Marry In New York City   
A new policy in New York City that removes potential roadblocks for transgender individuals who apply for marriage licenses was spurred by the work of three former students at Columbia Law School’s Sexuality and Gender Law Clinic.
  
  Current Corporate Tax Rates Inhibit Economic Growth, Professor Michael Graetz Tells Senate   
At a Senate hearing on whether the tax system promotes job creation and economic growth, Columbia Law School Professor Michael Graetz said the answer is no, at least not now.
  
  Professor Peter Strauss Testifies on Possible Overhaul of Federal Rulemaking   
As Congress ponders how it can overhaul Executive Branch regulations, there is much that can be done to make the rulemaking process more open and efficient, Professor Peter Strauss told a House committee.
  
  Privacy Rights Trumped by First Amendment in Westboro Baptist Case, says Professor Kendall Thomas   
Kendall Thomas, a constitutional law expert at Columbia Law School, said there was a lot more than free speech at stake in Wednesday’s Snyder v. Phelps decision handed down by the U.S. Supreme Court.
  
  Andrew J. Shapiro ’94, Reflects on Career in Government Service   
Andrew Shapiro ’94, the assistant secretary of state for Political-Military Affairs, returned to the Law School recently to reflect on the experiences that led to his current position, and the calculated risks he took along the way.
  
  Child Advocacy Clinic Supports Rights of Children in Supreme Court Case   
A key case facing the U.S. Supreme Court this term examines the rights of children to be protected from unreasonable search and seizure under the Constitution. The Child Advocacy Clinic at Columbia Law School has joined several New York-based children and family rights groups to support those rights, by submitting an amicus brief in Camreta v. Greene.
  
  Race in America: Legal Scholars Discuss Challenges of Addressing Inequality in America Today   
Moderated by Professor Olatunde Johnson, the panel included civil rights icon Jack Greenberg ’48, the Alphonse Fletcher, Jr. Professor of Law, Professor Jamal Greene, and Susan P. Sturm, the George M. Jaffin Professor of Law and Social Responsibility.
  
  The Egyptian Transition in Context   
Michael Doyle, Harold Brown Professor of International Affairs, Law, and Political Science, moderated a panel discussion on democracy and Middle Eastern politics, including Egypt's uprising. The event, "The Egyptian Transition in Context," was organized as part of Columbia University's Committee on Global Thought, which explores global modernity from an innovative, interdisciplinary perspective.
  
  Law School Federalist Society Named “2011 Chapter of the Year”   
The Law School’s Federalist Society was named ‘Chapter of the Year’ by the Federalist Society during its 30th Annual National Student Symposium held at the University of Virginia late last month. The Law School chapter was one of five out of 200 student groups nominated for this first-time award.
  
  Students to Perform Pro Bono Work for Social Justice Groups Nationwide During Spring Break   
Wausau, Wis., isn’t your typical destination for spring break. But for 10 Columbia Law School students, that’s exactly the point.
  
  Linking Financial Reform to Human Rights   
Tucked into the sweeping 2,200 page Dodd-Frank Act, two lesser-known provisions are having a profound effect on international efforts to break the cycle of violence, human rights abuses and corruption associated with natural resource wealth. Peter Rosenblum, director of the Human Rights Institute at Columbia Law School, said the two provisions require transparency where its historical absence has exacerbated the so-called ‘resource curse.’
  
  Columbia Students Place High in Native American Law Moot Court Competition   
Columbia Law School students were among the top finishers at the National Native American Law Students Association moot court competition held Feb. 25-26 at the Law School.