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October 2011

  National State Attorneys General Program Hosts Forum on Human Trafficking   
Ambassador Luis CdeBaca, director of the U.S. State Department’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, was the keynote speaker at the National Association of Attorneys General Eastern Region on Human Trafficking hosted by the National State Attorneys General Program at Columbia Law School on Friday, Oct. 21.
  
  Nationwide Bankruptcy Filings Drop in September, Analysis by Professor Ronald Mann Shows   
Personal bankruptcy filings nationwide declined again in September, continuing a steady downward trend of the last several months, according to an analysis by Ronald Mann, Albert E. Cinelli Enterprise Professor of Law and co-director of the Charles E. Gerber Program in Transactional Studies.
  
  Bioethics Mediation: A Guide to Wrenching Health Care Decisions   
Every day, wrenching decisions about patient care are made in hospitals by medical staff and families. How those decisions are made is often critical. As a book co-authored by Columbia Law School Professor Carol Liebman reveals, using a mediation process allows families and the medical team to work together, sharing the burden of end of life decision making.
  
  Federal Trade Commissioner Julie Brill Tells Students to Find "Big Issues" in “Small Worlds”   
Brill reflects on how her work representing small-town consumers led to her FTC appointment and shares inspiration from former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis
  
  Columbia Law School Announces Greater China Public Interest Fellowship   
Columbia Law School has created the Greater China Public Interest Fellowship to help graduates gain practical experience working with a not-for-profit organization in mainland China, Hong Kong, or Taiwan. This one-year fellowship includes a stipend of $60,000. The fellowship is the first of its kind at a U.S. law school.
  
  Center for Intersectionality and Social Policy Studies Established   
Columbia Law School has established the Center on Intersectionality and Social Policy Studies to examine how social structures and related identity categories such as gender, race, and class interact on multiple levels to create social inequality. The Center will be the first of its kind in the nation. Professor Kimberlé Crenshaw, who first advanced the term “intersectionality” in 1989, will direct the Center.
  
  Professor Joseph Raz Delivers Kellogg Lecture on Jurisprudence   
Joseph Raz, the Thomas M. Macioce Professor of Law at Columbia Law School, delivered a speech titled “Sovereignty & Legitimacy: On the Changing Face of Law, Questions, and Speculations” at the Law Library of Congress on Oct. 5. The talk attracted more than 100 people, including members of Congress, legal scholars, lawyers, and the general public.
  
  UN Special Rapporteur on Right to Food Brings Global Experiences to the Law School   
  
  Sexuality and Gender Law Clinic Secures Asylum for Gay Mauritanian Refugee   
Columbia Law School’s Sexuality and Gender Law Clinic has won asylum in the United States for Ahmed A., a gay man who feared persecution because of his sexual orientation if he had been forced to return to his native Mauritania.