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February 2012

  Professor Benjamin Liebman Meets with Vice President Biden at White House   
Professor Benjamin L. Liebman, the Robert L. Lieff Professor of Law at Columbia Law School, met with Vice President Joe Biden and senior White House advisers on Feb. 8 to discuss human rights and legal reforms in China. Liebman, a leading expert on China’s legal system, was the only scholar invited to the White House for the gathering.
  
  Columbia Law School Professors, Alumni Named to List of Most Influential Black Attorneys in the U.S   
Columbia Law School faculty and graduates have been named to a list of the 100 most influential African-American attorneys in the United States, selected by the media company, On Being a Black Lawyer (OBABL).
  
  "Give Voters a Voice in Redistricting"   
  
  Immigration Advocates Discuss New York Dream Act at Law School Forum   
The student-run Society for Immigrant and Refugee Rights hosted a forum at Columbia Law School last week to discuss bills pending before the New York Legislature that would offer state and private tuition assistance to college-bound undocumented immigrants who want to enroll in state schools.
  
  Professor Ariela Dubler Introduces Justice Breyer at NYC Gathering   
On January 26, Columbia Law School’s Ariela Dubler, the George Welwood Murray Professor of Legal History, introduced U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Stephen G. Breyer to a standing-room-only audience at the New York City–based Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS).
  
  Professors Robert Jackson, Jr. and Curtis Milhaupt to Testify at Congressional Hearings Tomorrow   
Two Columbia Law School professors will give expert testimony tomorrow afternoon at two separate hearings in Washington, D.C., one focused on Chinese state-owned corporations and the other on executive compensation for financial services executives.
  
  Sexuality and Gender Law Clinic Hails 9th Circuit’s Same-Sex Marriage Decision   
The Sexuality & Gender Law Clinic at Columbia Law School applauds the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision today invalidating Proposition 8, which amended California’s Constitution to deny marriage to same-sex couples. In part, the ruling echoed arguments set out in the Clinic’s amicus brief filed in October 2010. In its brief, the clinic argued that California has no legitimate reason to have different marriage rules for same- and different-sex couples when it treats those couples identically in all other ways.
  
  SEC Official Backs Disclosure Rule Proposed by Columbia Law Professors   
In a speech on Feb. 24, Luis Aguilar, one of five commissioners at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), expressed his support for a disclosure rule proposed by Columbia Law School professors in a petition filed last summer.
  
  Andrea L. Johnson ’12 Receives Newly Created Super Lawyers Pro Bono Award   
Andrea L. Johnson’12 is a recipient of the newly created Super Lawyers Pro Bono Award for her work with Native Americans in Wisconsin. Johnson was one of eight recipients of the award, which recognizes individuals and groups which offer volunteer legal services to the poor, disadvantaged, or exploited.
  
  M. Cherif Bassiouni to Receive 2012 Wolfgang Friedmann Award   
M. Cherif Bassiouni, who helped create the International Criminal Court in The Hague, will receive the Wolfgang Friedmann Memorial Award from the Columbia Journal of Transnational Law at an award dinner on April 3.
  
  Professor Benjamin Liebman Speaks at Conference Promoting U.S.-China Exchanges   
Benjamin Liebman, Robert L. Lieff Professor of Law and the director of the Center for Chinese Legal Studies at Columbia Law School, gave the opening address at a conference held at Boston University on Jan. 27 to educate school teachers about the value of sending U.S. students to study in China.
  
  Law School Professors, Alumni Join Task Force on Commercial Litigation   
John C. Coffee Jr., Adolf A. Berle Professor of Law at Columbia Law School, another professor, and three alumni will serve as members of New York State's newly formed Task Force on Commercial Litigation in the 21st Century. Chief Judge of the State of New York Jonathan Lippman announced the creation of the task force during his Feb. 14 State of the Judiciary address at the Court of Appeals.
  
  Professor Hans Smit Remembered as an “Odysseus” at Memorial Service   
A huge crowd turned out at Columbia Law School on Feb. 9 to celebrate the life of Hans Smit ’58 LL.B., a leading scholar and practitioner in the fields of international arbitration and international procedure who taught at the Law School more than 50 years until his death on Jan. 7. Smit was the Stanley H. Fuld Professor Emeritus of Law.
  
  Professors Robert Jackson, Jr. and Curtis Milhaupt Testify at Congressional Hearings   
Two Columbia Law School professors gave expert testimony today at two separate hearings in Washington, D.C., one focused on Chinese state-owned corporations and the other on executive compensation for financial services executives.
  
  U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg ’59 Feted at Columbia Law School   
Columbia Law School’s Center for Gender and Sexuality Law welcomed U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg ’59 to a conference in her honor on Feb. 10. The daylong symposium commemorated the 40th anniversary of Ginsburg joining the Columbia Law School faculty as its first tenured female professor and celebrated her contributions to the law of gender-based justice and equality.
  
  Medal for Excellence Awarded to Jeh Charles Johnson ’82 and Richard Paul Richman ’72 J.D., ’73 M.B.A