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March 2012

  Ambedkar Lecture Series to Explore Influences on Indian Society   
  
  Fighting the Good Fight   
Environmental Protection Agency Judge Catherine McCabe ’77 returned to Columbia Law School on Feb. 22 to describe the trials and triumphs she has faced as a governmental environmental lawyer. She detailed the heated battles she has waged to protect the nation’s air, land, and water, and told an audience of students and faculty members that it has been fun— “if you like a good fight. . . . and I like a good fight.”
  
  Clinic Lauds Inter-American Court’s First-Ever Decision Rejecting Sexual Orientation Discrimination   
Columbia Law School’s Sexuality and Gender Law Clinic lauds the Inter-American Court of Human Rights’ decision, handed down March 20, 2012, which strongly rebuked the Chilean Supreme Court for ordering Karen Atala, a lesbian mother, to relinquish custody of her three children because of her sexual orientation.
  
  Center for Climate Change Law Holds Forum on Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant   
  
  Professor Arthur Murphy '48 Feted On the Occasion of His 90th Birthday   
Colleagues and friends gathered at a luncheon Jan. 24 to celebrate the 90th birthday of Arthur W. Murphy LL.B. ’48, Joseph Solomon Professor Emeritus in Wills, Trusts, and Estates at Columbia Law School.
  
  Frederick Douglass Moot Court Win   
  
  Indian Point: Safe, Secure and Vital or an Unacceptable Risk?   
  
  Key West Law Requires City Vendors to Offer Equal Benefits to Domestic Partners   
The Key West City Commission voted unanimously on February 22 to pass an equal benefits ordinance that requires companies doing business with Key West to provide domestic partners with benefits equal to those offered to married employees. The law was drafted with the assistance of students in the Columbia Law School Sexuality and Gender Law Clinic. Broward County adopted a similar law in November, also drafted with the Clinic’s support.
  
  Letter to the Editor of NY Post
re: Article on Employment Statistics
  
  
  “Removing the Bars: Take Action”   
On March 23 and 24, a day-long event titled “Removing the Bars: Take Action” will take place at Columbia University. The interdisciplinary conference will focus on the pervasive and harmful effects of incarceration and will provide an opportunity for service providers, community members, faculty, and students to collaborate on criminal justice-related issues.
  
  Shareholder Engagement: Finding the Right Balance   
Two leading corporate governance and securities law experts believe plans for more stringent shareholder disclosure requirements would curtail the maneuverability of activist shareholders and ultimately undermine the effectiveness of institutional investor voices. Jeffrey N. Gordon, Columbia Law School’s Richard Paul Richman Professor of Law, and Ronald J. Gilson, the Marc and Eva Stern Professor of Law and Business, are spearheading an effort by a group of academics trying to build consensus among American and European policymakers over how corporate shareholder behavior should—and should not—be policed.
  
  National State Attorneys General Program Holds Discussion on $25 Billion Foreclosure Settlement   
On Feb. 23, National State Attorneys General Program Director James E. Tierney moderated a discussion at Columbia Law School concerning the recent $25 billion settlement involving foreclosure practices. The settlement, announced Feb. 9, was the result of prolonged negotiations by state attorneys general, federal agencies, and the nation’s five largest loan servicers.
  
  Professor Tim Wu Named a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader   
  
  Final Four: Students Set to Compete in Harlan Fiske Stone Moot Court Finals   
Four Columbia Law School students will compete on Monday, March 26, in the 2012 Harlan Fiske Stone Moot Court competition, the culmination of a three-round elimination competition in appellate advocacy.