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April 2013

  Philanthropist Janet Jaffin, Ardent Supporter of Public Interest Programs, Dies at 104   
Janet Jaffin, a generous philanthropist, longtime friend of the Columbia Law School community, and wife of the late George M. Jaffin ’26, passed away on March 27, 2013, at the age of 104.
  
  Two Rights Don't Make a Remedy   
The U.S. Supreme Court continues to be protective of the Fourth Amendment right against unlawful search and seizure, The George Washington University Law School Professor Orin S. Kerr told Columbia Law School students and guests recently.
  
  Public Interest Law Foundation's 'Bid for Justice' Auction a Big Success   
Columbia's Public Interest Law Foundation's Annual Justice for Bid Auction occurred on March 7, 2013 at Lerner Hall. The auction was able to raise over $70,000 that will be used to fund public interest internships over the summer.
  
  Team Excels at Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot   
The Columbia Law School team competing in the recently concluded 20th annual Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot in Vienna, Austria returned home with a record number of honors.
  
  Professor Trevor W. Morrison '98 Named Dean of NYU School of Law   
Trevor W. Morrison ’98, a leading expert on constitutional law, federal courts, and national security law, will leave the Columbia Law School faculty on June 1 to become the Dean of New York University School of Law.
  
  Hon. Sheila Abdus-Salaam '77 Nominated to State’s Highest Court   
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo today nominated the Hon. Sheila Abdus-Salaam '77 to fill a vacancy on New York’s Court of Appeals, the state’s highest appellate court.
  
  Human Rights Champion Dr. Shirin Ebadi Honored at 39th Annual Wolfgang Friedmann Conference   
Setbacks and obstacles should not deter advocates for human rights around the world, said Dr. Shirin Ebadi, the exiled Iranian human rights lawyer who won the 2003 Nobel Peace Prize for tirelessly defending her homeland’s most marginalized and vulnerable populations.
  
  Generations of Alumni Gather for 17th Annual D.C. Dinner Featuring Former Top Federal Prosecutor   
In his talk, "Reflections on a Career in Public Service and Private Practice," Lanny A. Breuer '85 spoke about the importance of government service and the influences that have shaped him and his career. It was a message that resonated strongly with the generations of Columbia Law School graduates and students in attendance.
  
  William R. Sears '14 Awarded Best Oralist at Paul, Weiss Harlan Fiske Stone Moot Court Finals   
Students, faculty members, and friends and family of the finalists packed into Jerome Greene Hall to see Sears and co-competitors Joseph J. Itkis '14, Joseph C. Alm '13, and Daniel D. Straus '14 perform in the finals of the prestigious appellate advocacy competition, which is made possible by the generous support of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison.
  
  Thirty Years of Advocacy   
The Law School is recognizing the three clinics' work with a full-day conference on April 20. The event will feature policy and practice discussions led by clinic alumni who are prominent in their fields. Alumni also will have the opportunity to gather in small groups organized by year of graduation to discuss the future of child and family advocacy and the changing landscape of legal education.
  
  Center for Constitutional Governance’s Inaugural Conference Engages Experts on Policy Issues   
A distinguished group of legal scholars and current and former government officials discussed and debated the principal legal and policy challenges facing the nation at the inaugural conference of Columbia Law School’s Center for Constitutional Governance. Created in 2012, the Center is devoted to the study of the government’s structure, relationships, and powers and seeks to bring together government officials, legal academics, and others to engage on governance issues.
  
  Internet Privacy… An Oxymoron?   
Technology and the vast amount of data collection it enables are fundamentally changing our lives, Columbia Law School Professor Eben Moglen said recently, telling students it would be up to them as future lawyers to ensure people can maintain a sense of privacy in a world in which nearly everyone carries a GPS-enabled smartphone.