October 2012

  Professor George Bermann Delivers Lecture on ‘Arbitrability’ Trap   
George Bermann, Jean Monnet Professor of EU Law and Walter Gellhorn Professor of Law at Columbia Law School, delivered the Faculty’s annual John E.C. Brierley Memorial Lecture on September 27, 2012, entitled “The ‘Arbitrability’ Trap.”
  Columbia Law School Professor George Bermann to Chair Panel on International Commercial Arbitration   
Professor George Bermann, a recognized expert on international law and arbitration, will chair a panel on the process of restating the U.S. law of international commercial arbitration on Mon., Oct. 15 at a conference sponsored by the American Law Institute (ALI).
  Master Mediator: Professor’s Innovative Work Shines Spotlight on the Art of Mediation   
Professor Alexandra Carter '03 has trained U.N. delegates, led a Native American peacekeeping course, and taught Brazilian judges how to use mediation to settle disputes.
  Professor Sarah H. Cleveland Advises Tunisians on Drafting of Constitution   
As the U.S. representative to the Venice Commission, Cleveland works with emerging democracies on constitutional matters and rule of law reform.
  Professor John C. Coffee Jr. to Open ABA’s National Institute on Class Actions   
  Professor John C. Coffee Jr. to Address Annual Conference on Future of Securities Regulation   
Columbia Law School Professor John C. Coffee Jr., a leading expert on securities law, will discuss the impact of the presidential election and politics on securities regulation as the keynote speaker on the first day of the Practising Law Institute’s Annual Institute on Securities Regulation.
  Sexuality & Gender Clinic Applauds Federal Appeals Court Strike-Down of the Defense of Marriage Act   
The Columbia Law School Sexuality and Gender Law Clinic today applauded the decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit striking down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) for violating the Constitution’s equality guarantee.
  Former Deputy High Representative for Bosnia-Herzegovina Speaks on Peace Building   
Robert William Farrand helped implement the Dayton Peace Accords after the Bosnian War.
  Professor Michael Graetz to Share Expertise on the Economy and the Election   
Leading international tax law expert Michael Graetz, Columbia Alumni Professor of Tax Law, Wilbur H. Friedman Professor of Tax Law, will offer his insights and opinions on the economy and the election during a panel discussion Wed., Oct. 10 at 7:30 p.m. EDT. Graetz will appear along with Yale University President Richard C. Levin, the Frederick William Beinecke Professor of Economics, who will moderate the event; Alan Auerbach, the Robert D. Burch Professor of Law and Economics at the University of California-Berkeley and director of the Burch Center for Tax Policy and Public Finance; and Amanda Kowalski, assistant professor at Yale, faculty research fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research, and an expert on health policy.
  The Future of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative   
The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) was formed in 2005 by northeastern and Mid-Atlantic states as the nation’s first mandatory cap-and-trade program for carbon dioxide. RGGI is now undergoing a comprehensive review. On Mon., Oct. 22 at 7:00 p.m., the Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia Law School will hold a public meeting featuring speakers with a broad range of perspectives on the future of RGGI.
  Syria’s Conflict: Will the U.N. Intervene?   
Although Syria’s months-long internal conflict has spread across the border, drawing return fire from Turkey, don’t expect action from the United Nations any time soon, the director of Columbia University’s Center of International Conflict Resolution told students and faculty at an event sponsored by Columbia Law School’s Human Rights Institute.
  Marching Toward Justice: Exhibit on Display in New York City at Columbia Law School   
The exhibit "Marching Toward Justice: The History of the 14th Amendment” depicting African-Americans' long struggle for civil equality is currently on display at Columbia Law School until Nov. 1. The dramatic exhibit features more than 100 images covering more than 350 years of African-American history, from the arrival of slaves in the Americas in 1619 through the landmark 1954 Brown v. Board of Education ruling that ended legal segregation.
  Columbia Law School Professor Katharina Pistor Receives Honor in Germany   
In recognition of her contributions to the regulation of international financial markets, Columbia Law School Professor Katharina Pistor will receive the prestigious Max Planck Research Award Thursday in Berlin.
  Judge Richard A. Posner Speaks at Columbia Law School   
The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals judge spoke on theories of constitutional interpretation as part of a lecture series organized by the Columbia Federalist Society.
  New Course on Government Secrecy Debuts at Columbia Law School   
The secrecy course is taught by Associate Professor of Law David Pozen, who has been quickly making a name for himself as an expert in areas such as freedom of information and constitutional theory.
  The Thoughts Read 'Round the World   
Professor Andrzej Rapaczynski helped found Project Syndicate, a go-to global source for expert opinion commentary from heads of state, Nobel Prize-winning intellectuals, political powerbrokers, and academics.
  The Future of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative   
The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) has benefited the economy of participating states but achieved only modest reductions in greenhouse gas reductions, according to a panel of energy experts convened at Columbia Law School last night. To achieve greater reductions, RGGI should adopt a stricter carbon cap at its three-year program review.
  Editorial on Judicial Nominations Cites Paper by Columbia Law School’s Michael L. Shenkman ’06   
In an editorial today on politics and the courts, The New York Times advocates a “more efficient, less political approach to district court confirmations,” proposed by Michael L. Shenkman ’06, fellow of Columbia Law School’s Center for Law and Politics and Lecturer-in-Law. Shenkman’s June 2012 paper, “Decoupling District from Circuit Judge Nominations: A Proposal to Put Trial Bench Confirmations on Track,” explores what he considers to be the failing state of the district judge nomination process and proposes a package of procedural reforms to repair it.
  Roundtable Discussion on South China Sea Territorial Disputes   
  Professors Discuss Landmark Cases to be Reviewed by U.S. Supreme Court   
The U.S. Supreme Court will decide blockbuster cases this term, including on affirmative action, said Columbia Law School Professor Theodore M. Shaw ’79, a former president of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund who has argued affirmative action cases several times during his accomplished career. Shaw and three other professors shared their thoughts on the high court’s docket during the Law School’s 17th annual Supreme Court Roundup, hosted by the Social Justice Initiatives Program on Oct. 10.
  A Taxing Topic: Reform of the Tax Code   
President Barack Obama and Republican candidate Mitt Romney sparred over taxes during Wednesday night’s first Presidential debate, each outlining differing views of the impact of tax policy on reducing the deficit and promoting economic growth. According to polls, most Americans believe the U.S. tax system needs an overhaul, but the real debate centers on what that reform should look like. Four renowned tax experts tackled the subject of tax reform recently in a panel, “Tax Policy That Might Work,” sponsored by the Richard Paul Richman Center for Business, Law, and Public Policy at Columbia University, a joint venture of Columbia's Business and Law Schools. Tax reform is a hot topic, especially in this election season with two presidential candidates far apart on the issue.
  Famed Civil Rights Attorney Ted Shaw ’79 Argues Before Mock Supreme Court   
Famed civil rights attorney Theodore (Ted) Shaw ’79, Professor of Professional Practice at Columbia Law School, will put his trial advocacy skills to the test today when he argues an affirmative action case at a mock court event staged by the Office of the Appellate Defenders (OAD). Shaw is one of the nation’s foremost civil rights litigators, and he has presented affirmative action cases before the U.S. Supreme Court several times during his accomplished career. He will present arguments in a mock case patterned on one of the most important cases of the fall 2012 term of the Supreme Court: Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, which concerns the continued viability of affirmative action in college admissions. The actual Fisher case will be argued before the Supreme Court on October 10, 2012.
  Special Assistant Attorney General of California Travis LeBlanc on Internet Regulation   
The Internet “police” barely can keep up with the innovations that emerge daily from Silicon Valley, the hotbed of technology in the United States. A steady stream of new software, applications, and high-tech devices creates unprecedented challenges for U.S. regulators, who often are armed with outdated laws. But there may be a way to reboot the regulatory system by letting the private sector take a lead role in developing the laws that govern them.
  Professor Tim Wu Wins World Technology Award   
Columbia Law Professor Tim Wu, a specialist in telecommunications law and a pioneer of the “net neutrality” theory, received the prestigious World Technology Award for Law on Oct. 23. The World Technology awards are given annually to 20 individuals and 10 organizations who are “doing the innovative work of the greatest likely long-term significance in their fields,” according to World Technology Network (WTN). “They are those creating the 21st century.”