September 2011

  Environmental Law Clinic Brings Action to Prevent Damage to Natural Resources From Hydrofracking   
Columbia Law School’s Environmental Law Clinic has filed a lawsuit in response to the Delaware River Basin Commission’s (“DRBC”) proposed guidelines for natural gas well development in the Delaware River Basin. The suit alleges that both the DRBC and the Army Corps of Engineers—the federal member of the DRBC—violated the National Environmental Policy Act (“NEPA”) by failing to assess environmental impacts prior to issuing draft regulations governing the extraction of natural gas through hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”).
  Externship Program Bridges Gap Between Legal Theory and Practice   
For a few hours each week this fall, Bridget McDevitt, of the J.D. Class of 2012, will switch from being a Columbia Law School student to a student lawyer, helping immigrants who face possible deportation. During her off-campus work as an apprentice in the Legal Aid Society’s Immigration Law unit, McDevitt will apply the theory she studies and the analytical skills she develops during her time in law school to help address clients’ legal problems.
  Center on Global Legal Transformation Marks First Anniversary   
The Center on Global Legal Transformation, one of the newest addition to Columbia Law School’s broad range of academic centers and programs, has reached its first anniversary. The center is directed by Katharina Pistor, the Michael I. Sovern Professor of Law, an internationally recognized expert on comparative law and governance. It was created to examine the impact of new forms of governance and to serve as a think tank for academics from multiple disciplines studying the transformation of law in the context of globalization.
  New Course to Examine Links between Health, Law, and Society   
As both healthcare reform legislation and litigation remain key issues of the national legal agenda, Columbia Law School will offer a new course this fall that examines the complex intersection of health, law, and policy and the effect of these connections on Americans. Abbe R. Gluck, Associate Professor of Law and the Milton Handler Fellow and Elizabeth S. Scott, the Harold R. Medina Professor of Law, will co-teach the course.
  Justin N. Feldman '42, Longtime Reform Democrat in New York City, Dies at 92   
Justin N. Feldman ’42, LL.B., was a Manhattan attorney and an unswerving critic of Tammany Hall who coordinated Robert F. Kennedy’s 1964 U.S. Senate campaign and whose work in New York City politics spanned seven decades. He passed away on September 21, 2011, at the age of 92.
  Comparative Constitutional Rights in the Digital Age   
A new Columbia Law School course will examine emerging issues and challenges in human rights and constitutional law. As existing frameworks for privacy and constitutionally protected freedoms receive heightened scrutiny in a new digital era, this cutting-edge course contemplates the interplay between innovation and constitutional rights.
  Students Participate in International Commercial Arbitration Competition in Buenos Aires   
A team of Columbia Law School students will compete today at the Moot Competition on International Commercial Arbitration hosted by the University of Buenos Aires School of Law (UBA).