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December 2013

  SEC Delays Consideration of Rules Requiring Disclosure of Corporate Political Spending   
By Columbia Law School Professor Robert J. Jackson Jr. and Harvard Law School Professor Lucian Bebchuk
  
  Covenants and Conventions: How Legally Unenforceable Agreements Segregated America   
Although the U.S. Supreme Court in 1948 struck down judicial enforcement of racially restrictive covenants crafted to prevent people of certain races from buying property, the agreements continued to influence the way residential communities were formed for decades, according to Columbia Law School Professor Richard R.W. Brooks, who described the covenants in a riveting lecture presented as part of the Clifford Chance Thought Leadership Initiative on Diversity.
  
  Columbia Law School Recognizes 150th Anniversary of Influential Law of War Code   

Military commanders, humanitarian leaders, government officials, and academics gathered last week to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the first-ever compilation of the laws of war, drafted by Columbia Law School’s pioneer international law scholar, Francis Lieber.

  
  Senate Confirms Alumnus Jeh C. Johnson '82 as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security   

Columbia Law School alumnus Jeh C. Johnson '82 has been confirmed to serve as secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. President Obama announced Johnson’s nomination in October.

  
  Stanley Fischer, Former Governor of the Bank of Israel, Addresses Columbia Law School   

Makers of monetary policy must balance the dangerous power to print money with the creativity and flexibility to confront unexpected challenges, said Stanley Fischer, former governor of the Bank of Israel, in Nov. 21 remarks at Columbia Law School.

  
  Professor Philip Genty Testifies on Parole Procedures Before State Assembly's Correction Committee   

The New York State Board of Parole must acknowledge a person’s capacity for significant change while incarcerated and implement legislation passed in 2011 to measure rehabilitation, said Columbia Law School Professor Philip M. Genty in Dec. 4 testimony before the New York State Assembly’s Standing Committee on Correction.

  
  Former Federal Judge and Professor Philip Hamburger Discuss ‘The New Establishmentarianism’   

American society is veering dangerously close to a modern form of establishmentarianism, or state-enforced homogeneity, that conflicts with founding constitutional ideals, said former Tenth Circuit Judge Michael W. McConnell in a Dec. 3 presentation at Columbia Law School.

  
  Professor Brett Dignam, Clinic Students Win Hard-Fought Case for Man Wrongfully Imprisoned 18 Years   
A man who was wrongfully convicted for the 1990 double murder of a former New Haven alderman and the alderman’s lover should be freed within 60 days unless the state of Connecticut decides to retry him, a federal judge ruled Monday in a hard-fought victory for Columbia Law School Professor Brett Dignam and her clinical students.
  
  Columbia Law School Students Score Major Environmental Victory in Pennsylvania's Supreme Court   
Students from Columbia Law School’s Environmental Law Clinic helped score a hard-fought victory Thursday when the Pennsylvania Supreme Court rejected much of a 2012 fracking law allowing gas companies to drill nearly anywhere in the state regardless of local zoning laws.