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December 2012

  Faculty Members Gather to Celebrate, Discuss New Book by Professor Robert E. Scott   
Dozens of Columbia Law School faculty members packed into Case Lounge recently to celebrate their colleague Robert E. Scott’s newest book, which casts a critical eye on the culture of law firms through the lens of boilerplate contract language.
  
  Framing Property Rights in a Global Context   
As a preview to an upcoming conference on governing access to scarce, essential resources, the Columbia Law School Center on Global Legal Transformation organized a roundtable on property rights at the Heyman Center for the Humanities at Columbia University. The panel was co-chaired by Katharina Pistor, the Michael I. Sovern Professor of Law and the Director of the Center on Global Legal Transformation, and Olivier De Schutter, the James S. Carpentier Visiting Professor of Law from the University of Louvain in Belgium, who also serves as the U.N. Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food.
  
  Four Columbia Law School Alumni Among Finalists for New York State Appellate Seat   
Four Columbia Law School alumni are among the seven candidates being considered to replace a retiring New York State Court of Appeals judge.
  
  Columbia Law School Visiting Professor Arthur Chaskalson Dies at 81   
Columbia Law School Visiting Professor Arthur Chaskalson, who was the first president of the South African Constitutional Court and an international champion of human rights, passed away on December 1, at the age of 81.
  
  CICIA Hosts Discussion on Jerusalem Arbitration Center   
An expert panel gathered at Columbia Law School on November 20 to highlight the challenges and opportunities facing the Jerusalem Arbitration Center (JAC), a groundbreaking dispute resolution forum designed to foster trade and perhaps a greater level of cooperation between Israelis and Palestinians.
  
  Deputy Secretary-General of U.N. Talks About Importance of Rule of Law in Promoting Peace   
  
  Columbia Law School Sexuality & Gender Law Clinic on Gay Marriage Cases at High Court   
The Columbia Law School Sexuality & Gender Law Clinic responded to the U.S. Supreme Court's decision today to hear United States v. Windsor, a constitutional challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act, and Perry v. Brown, a challenge to Proposition 8, California's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage.
  
  Professor Suzanne Goldberg on Same-Sex Marriage Cases at U.S. Supreme Court   
The U.S Supreme Court has agreed to review two same-sex marriage lawsuits in which Columbia Law School’s Sexuality & Gender Law Clinic submitted amicus briefs.
  
  Financial Innovation: A Risky Business?   
Columbia Law School Professor Robert J. Jackson Jr. moderated a lively debate on financial innovation before a panel of experts including Congressman Barney Frank, The New York Times' Andrew Ross Sorkin, Nobel Laureate Robert Solow, and Gary Gensler, chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.
  
  Lifting the Veil: The Challenge of Covering Secret Government Activities   
Recent prosecutions of government and military officials who have leaked classified information to the media threaten to upset the balance between secrecy and a free press in coverage of national security issues, New York Times reporter Scott Shane told Columbia Law School students, faculty, and guests at a panel discussion hosted by the Roger Hertog Program on Law and National Security.
  
  Chief Prosecutor of U.S. Military Commissions Speaks About Reforms to War Crimes System   
Criticism of U.S. military commissions, while not unfounded, is outdated, Army Brigadier General Mark Martins told Columbia Law School students, faculty, and guests on Nov. 28, in a presentation on the legal protections afforded to accused war criminals under the Military Commissions Act of 2009.
  
  Former U.S. Ambassador Speaks About the Future of the Relationship Between America, Pakistan   
A series of diplomatically sensitive incidents and a focus on counter-terrorism objectives rather than broader development has hampered the relationship between America and Pakistan, former U.S. Ambassador and Visiting Professor Cameron Munter told a group of students and other guests at Columbia Law School.
  
  Associate-in-Law Bart Szewczyk Wins Myres S. McDougal Prize   
Dr. Bart Szewczyk, an Associate-in-Law at Columbia Law School, received the 2012 Myres McDougal Prize from the Society of Policy Scientists for his article, “European Citizenship and National Democracy: Contemporary Sources of Legitimacy of the European Union,” which was published in the spring 2011 issue of the Columbia Journal of European Law. The Society of Policy Scientists sponsors two prize competitions for the best policy sciences books, published articles, or chapters in books.