August 2012

  Columbia Law School Student Team Brings Home Gold from International Mooting Competition   
A student team from Columbia Law School won the third annual International Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Mooting Competition, prevailing against 20 top law schools from around the world.
  State Public Utility Commissions Have Tools to Promote Energy Efficiency, New Study Shows   
August 14, 2012: State public utility commissions (PUCs) could make major progress toward achieving energy efficiency if they utilized the tools available to them, according to a study released today by Columbia Law School’s Center for Climate Change Law.
  Legal Victory by Environmental Law Clinic in Battle Against Hydrofracking   
Students from Columbia Law School’s Environmental Law Clinic recently achieved a significant victory when the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court overturned key parts of the state’s new natural gas development law that would have stripped municipalities of zoning rights and given state agencies sole authority to determine where hydraulic fracturing should be permitted to take place.
  Professor Gillian Metzger '95 Explains Tax Power Used to Uphold Health Care Reform   
Columbia Law School vice dean Gillian E. Metzger examines how the Constitution outlines Congress’s tax power and how it has been applied, during a 2012 ABA Annual Meeting panel, “Health Care Reform Cases: The Court Speaks on the Limits of Congressional Power.”
  J.D. Class of 2015 and LL.M. Class of 2013 Arrive for Orientation   
The new classes of Columbia Law School students arrived on campus for orientation recently, and they promise to be an exceptionally interesting, intelligent, and accomplished group. In his welcome address to the J.D. Class of 2015 and the LL.M. Class of 2013, Dean David M. Schizer emphasized that lawyers play a pivotal role in crisis management, in stoking entrepreneurial activity, and in making society a fairer place for both citizens and businesses.
  The 2012 Presidential Election: Setting the Stage for a New "Hanging Chad"?   
With the November elections fast approaching, Professor Nathaniel Persily of Columbia Law School has identified a set of key issues that are changing the election process and could potentially affect outcomes.
  Professor Elizabeth Scott Analyzes Latest Jurisprudence on Juvenile Justice Cases   
The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision this past term to reject mandatory life-without-parole-sentences is consistent with the high court’s emerging view that differentiates juveniles from adults in the criminal justice system, explained Elizabeth S. Scott, the Harold R. Medina Professor of Law at Columbia Law School.
  Sculptural Surprises Grace the Law School Grounds   
Columbia Law School’s campus houses some of New York City’s finest outdoor art works. For students new to Morningside Heights, or for returning students who always have wondered just what that sculpture flying in front of the Law School building is, here’s a look at a few of the famous icons on Revson Plaza.