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August 2013

  New Center Launched to Study Corruption and Accountability At the Municipal Level Around the World   
New York City Department of Investigation Commissioner Rose Gill Hearn and Columbia Law School’s Dean David M. Schizer announced today the establishment of the Center for the Advancement of Public Integrity to study corruption and accountability in government. The Center will expand research into corruption at the municipal level in jurisdictions around the world.
  
  National State Attorneys General Program Creates Network of State Law Librarians   
Like many government employees, librarians who work for the nation's state attorneys general must do more with less as a result of budget cutbacks and layoffs. But, thanks to a first-of-its-kind initiative launched by Columbia Law School’s National State Attorneys General Program, they soon may have another resource at their fingertips: each other.
  
  James Kent Was Appointed the First Professor of Law at Columbia 220 Years Ago   
As Columbia Law School celebrates the start of the 2013-2014 academic year, the Law School also marks another important milestone: The 220th anniversary of James Kent’s appointment as the first Columbia professor of law. Kent, who served 25 years as a state judge in New York, taught Roman law and logic at Columbia College and was an inspiration for the establishment of legal education at the institution.
  
  Professor Philip M. Genty to Address Issues of Parental Incarceration at White House Conference   
Columbia Law School Professor Philip M. Genty has been invited by the White House Office of Public Engagement to speak about the legal and social policy implications of addressing the needs of prisoners' children and families at an August 20 conference.
  
  Class Act   
Studying anti-discrimination law with one of the legendary civil rights attorneys who argued Brown v. Board of Education. Learning about the regulation of firearms with a professor who testified as an expert in the stop-and-frisk litigation in New York. And analyzing international economic migration with a professor who presented her own theory on the topic at the World Economic Forum in Davos. These are just a few of the ways Columbia Law School students will be engaged in the classroom when they return to school for the fall semester.
  
  A Lost Story of Fashion Week   
Columbia Law School Professor C. Scott Hemphill was teaching a classic antitrust case to a room full of upper-year students when he hit upon what would become the inspiration for new academic research: efforts by a group of early 20th century New York fashion designers to protect their work, which was not covered by U.S. copyright law.
  
  Student Tamara Smallman '14 Explores Corporate Boards' Slow Progress on Gender Diversity   
Many leading companies are making scant progress bringing gender equity to their top echelons, according to a forthcoming research note written by Columbia Law School student Tamara Smallman '14 for the Columbia Business Law Review.
  
  Should Law School at Columbia Be Three Years?   
Dean David M. Schizer Explains Why Columbia's J.D. Program Should Remain Three Years, in an essay from the Fall Issue of the Law School's Magazine.
  
  Professor Michael Gerrard to Join Panel of Experts on Climate Leadership at Pacific Islands Forum   
Professor Michael Gerrard, the Andrew Sabin Professor of Professional Practice, will serve on a panel of experts on climate leadership at this year's Pacific Islands Forum, held in the Marshall Islands September 3 -6 in the capital atoll of Majuro, 2,280 miles west of Honolulu.