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November 2012

  U.S. Ambassador Cameron Munter Joins Law School as Visiting Professor   
  
  Columbia Law School to Host Conference on Insider-Trading Law   
  
  Corporate Political Spending Petition May Reach SEC Commissioners   
The petition in support of more disclosures was submitted last year and signed by several Columbia Law School professors.
  
  First Things First: Teaching Responsible Government Lawyering in Washington, D.C.   
Students in Columbia Law School's federal government externship program must complete an ethics course before tackling their assignments in various departments and agencies.
  
  Experts and Diplomats Hold Productive Discussion on Legal Disputes in the South China Sea   
Before a capacity crowd that included representatives from about 30 foreign governments, a high-level panel of government and academic legal experts met Nov. 1 at Columbia Law School to address international legal issues related to current territorial and maritime disputes in the South China Sea.
  
  Montana Attorney General Steve Bullock ’94 Wins Governor’s Race   
Montana Attorney General Steve Bullock ’94 (D) won the state’s governor race on Wednesday, defeating former Congressman Rick Hill (R) in a highly competitive and close contest. Bullock, 46, will succeed term-limited Democratic Gov. Brian Schweitzer.
  
  Columbia Law School Latino/a Law Student Association Recognizes Two Distinguished Alumni   
The eighth annual Columbia Latino/a Law Student Association (LaLSA) award banquet drew more than 150 alumni, faculty, staff, students, and supporters on Oct. 18 at the Columbia Club in midtown Manhattan. The 50-plus member student group's tradition recognizes graduates whose achievements have brought distinction to Columbia Law School and the Latino community.
  
  Bundesbank Board Member Andreas Dombret Provides Briefing on Europe's Sovereign Debt Crisis   
  
  Professor Michael B. Gerrard to Discuss Extreme Weather Events and Environmental Laws   
On the heels of the devastation wrought by Hurricane Sandy, the Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia Law School and its director environmental law expert Michael B. Gerrard will advance discussions about the legal implications of and preparations for extreme weather incidents.
  
  Two Law School Alumni Honored for Public Service at Annual Wien Luncheon   
The Wien Prize for Social Responsibility was awarded to George Wheeler Madison '80 and Hon. Felice K. Shea '50 for their outstanding contributions to the public good.
  
  Professor Carol Sanger Presents Distinguished Lecture on Post-Adoption Visitation Agreements   
Enforcement of post-adoption visitation agreements varies greatly depending on the circumstances surrounding a birth mother’s relinquishment of parental rights, Professor Carol Sanger explained recently in a lecture on family law. Because so much is at stake, such contracts should be entered into only with great care, she emphasized.
  
  Making the Case for Mootness   
When Professor Ronald Mann makes his tenth appearance before the high court on December 3, he will be a known appellate commodity.
  
  Past, Present, and Future of Insider Trading Law Examined at Columbia Law School Conference   
Judges, practitioners, and academics met on Nov. 16 at Columbia Law School to discuss insider trading law and enforcement and to commemorate the anniversary of an important U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) decision.
  
  Insider Trading Conference Honors Longtime Columbia Law School Professor   
As chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission in 1961, longtime Columbia Law School Professor William L. Cary famously delivered an administrative opinion that laid the foundation for modern insider trading law.
  
  Securities Law Authority, Journalist Keynote Insider Trading Conference   
The law surrounding insider trading may be complicated, but the underlying crime is simple, according to Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist James B. Stewart, who gave a keynote address November 16 as part of a daylong conference on insider trading law and enforcement at Columbia Law School.
  
  How Should Foreign Investors and Host States Promote Sustainable Development?   
The seventh annual Columbia International Investment Conference was hosted on November 14th and 15th by the Vale Columbia Center on Sustainable International Investment (VCC), a joint center of Columbia Law School and the Earth Institute of Columbia University.
  
  Connecticut Attorney General, Labor Leader Discuss Response to Current Labor Environment   
Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen and Andy Stern, senior fellow at the Richard Paul Richman Center for Business, Law, and Public Policy, addressed changes in the labor market at 'The Changing Nature of Employment Relationships," a panel discussion hosted on Nov. 20 by the National State Attorneys General Program at Columbia Law School.