On April 7, four Columbia Law School students will face off in the much anticipated final round of the Harlan Fiske Stone Moot Court competition, testing their skills in appellate brief writing and oral advocacy in front of a panel of jurists from the highest courts in the nation.
Two Columbia Law graduates – Rosie Wang ‘14 and Sara Nies ‘14 – have received the 2014 Allan Morrow Sexuality and Gender Law Prize for their work in connection with the Law School’s Sexuality and Gender Law Clinic.
Columbia Law School Professor John C. Coffee Jr. testified before the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Investor Advisory Committee today about board-adopted bylaws that require shareholder plaintiffs to pay a defendant company’s expenses if the plaintiffs unsuccessfully sue over securities laws violations (or even if they are successful, but do not achieve a complete victory.)
Columbia Law School Professor Katharina Pistor, a leading authority on the interplay among law, sovereign states, and the global financial system, recently traveled to Istanbul to deliver a keynote lecture on governance challenges in the 21st century.
Experts from federal, state, and local law enforcement and government will gather at Columbia Law School on May 30 for the Center for the Advancement of Public Integrity’s inaugural conference, which is designed to offer practical skills to practitioners combating corruption.
Competing special-interest and advocacy groups play an essential role in the struggle to improve public education in the United States, said experts and advocates at an in-depth Nov. 10 Columbia Law School panel held by the Center for Public Research and Leadership (CPRL).
Can congressional obstructionism become so egregious as to justify otherwise unacceptable actions from a president? Or does that very question threaten the checks and balances that underlie the U.S. constitutional order? Columbia Law School Professor David Pozen, an expert in constitutional theory, broaches these issues and more in a provocative new piece, “Self-Help and the Separation of Powers,” published as the lead article in the latest volume of the Yale Law Journal.
As part of Social Justice Initiatives’ Spring Break Caravans, the Columbia Society of International Law (CSIL) helped organize trips to Jordan, South Africa, and Myanmar to provide opportunities for students to put their passion for human rights to work around the world.
Governments should disclose their targeted killing policies and ensure that any use of armed drones complies with international law and is subject to meaningful oversight, the Columbia Law School Human Rights Clinic argues in a letter to the U.N. Human Rights Council co-signed by prominent international human rights groups.
When Hans Blix took over the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in 1981, there were no spy satellites, and the Soviet Union was the big nuclear weapons threat, not Iraq. That all changed rapidly during his 16-year tenure, which included the first Gulf War.
Shortsighted First Amendment jurisprudence allowing more and more money in politics has fostered corruption in government, Columbia Law School Professor Tim Wu said during an Oct. 21 event at Columbia Journalism School.
Columbia Law School announced today that litigation attorney Roberta A. Kaplan '91, who won a 2013 U.S. Supreme Court case challenging the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), will deliver the keynote address at the Law School’s May 22, 2014 graduation ceremony.
Columbia Law School’s Human Rights Institute (HRI) will travel to Geneva, Switzerland this week to participate in a significant review of the United States’ human rights record by the United Nations.
David M. Schizer elevated Columbia Law School to new heights during his 10-year service as dean: expanding the curriculum, broadening career opportunities for graduates in both the private and public sectors, exceeding previous fundraising records, and increasing the size of the faculty by an unprecedented 19 percent.
At a recent workshop of the Program in the Law and Economics of Capital Markets, Columbia Law School Professor Merritt Fox made a presentation concerning the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision in the Halliburton II case relating to the fraud-on-the-market presumption of reliance in Rule 10b-5 private damages securities suits.
The New York City Council today confirmed Columbia Law School Professor Richard Briffault as chair of the city’s Conflicts of Interest Board, an enforcement agency that governs the ethical conduct of public employees.
Columbia Law School Professor C. Scott Hemphill testified about the proposed merger of Comcast and Time Warner at a May 8 hearing of the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law.
U.S. courts’ recent precedents on fair use threaten authors’ right to benefit from their creations, said June Besek, Executive Director of the Kernochan Center for Law, Media, and the Arts, in Jan. 28 testimony before the U.S. House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet.
New York City’s Commissioner of Immigrant Affairs spoke last week to students at Columbia Law School about her aims to connect immigrants with pathways to justice, advocate for reform, and embed a culture of inclusion across city agencies.
More than 200 leading institutional investors, corporate directors and executives, regulators, academics, and other corporate governance experts and practitioners will gather at Columbia Law School June 12-13 for the 9th annual Millstein Governance Forum, “The State of Corporate Governance.”
Delaware Supreme Court Justice Jack B. Jacobs, a member of the Columbia Law School adjunct faculty who co-teaches a popular course on strategic decision-making in litigation, has announced his retirement from the Delaware Supreme Court effective July 4.
In his address to Columbia Law School’s incoming J.D. Class and LL.M. classes, Interim Dean Robert E. Scott welcomed students into a community dedicated to upholding the values of intellectual integrity, civility, mutual respect, and public service.
Entrepreneurship, international arbitration, corporate and transactional practice, privacy law, digital media. These are just a few of the fields represented by dozens of prominent practitioners and distinguished Columbia Law School faculty and alumni in an array of panel discussions at the Law School’s third biennial Private Sector Career Symposium.
Several high-profile matters in which graffiti or street artists have asserted copyright as a means of protecting their work are shining a light on the ambiguous state of the law as applied to things like murals and sidewalk art.
More than 50 law and social science experts from around the country have written to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Speaker John Boehner to speak out against a proposal to eliminate protections for unaccompanied children and youth crossing into the United States from Central America.
Columbia Law School announced today that the Andrew Sabin Family Foundation has established an endowed fund to support and expand the Center for Climate Change Law, which has been renamed the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law.
As Congress is poised to consider authorization for the use of military force against the Islamic State, Columbia Law School professors who have served in the U.S. government as international law and law of war advisers have published recommendations for what the authorization should include.
David Sive, the 1948 Columbia Law School graduate and pioneering environmental attorney who passed away in March, left a lasting legacy in the field of environmental law, helping set legal precedents that paved the way for preservation in the United States and around the world.
U.N. diplomats, practicing lawyers and even a judge joined Columbia Law School students for several days in early September to take part in an intensive mediation skills training offered by the Edson Queiroz Foundation Mediation Program.
Human rights champion Aryeh Neier, president emeritus of the Open Society Foundations, will receive the 40th annual Wolfgang Friedmann Memorial Award from the Columbia Journal of Transnational Law at a March 26 award dinner at the ‘21’ Club in New York City.
Columbia Law School and the Earth Institute, Columbia University have relaunched the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment (CCSI), formerly known as the Vale Columbia Center on Sustainable International Investment (VCC). CCSI develops practical approaches and solutions to maximize the impact of international investment for sustainable development, focusing in particular on investment law and policy and sustainable investments in land and extractive industries.
Pulitzer Prize winners T.J. Stiles and Doug Wright stressed the importance—and limitations—of the copyright regime in protecting their work and livelihood in keynote speeches that kicked off an Oct. 10 symposium sponsored by Columbia Law School’s Kernochan Center for Law, Media, and the Arts.
Michelle Choe ’11, a senior researcher at Columbia University’s Copyright Advisory Office, has been awarded a Ringer Copyright Honors fellowship to work at the U.S. Copyright Office in Washington D.C.
Columbia Law School Professor Katherine Franke spent the month of October in Italy lecturing at the law school of Sapienza Universitá di Roma, the top-ranked university in Italy and the largest in Europe.
Columbia Law School Professor C. Scott Hemphill, who teaches about the law and economics of innovation and competition, traveled to Washington, D.C. to testify at a June 11 hearing of the U.S. House of Representatives’ Energy and Commerce Committee.
In her new role as president of the American Society of International Law—which carries a two-year term—Lori Damrosch will direct an organization whose very mission, as she will readily quote from memory, “is to foster the study of international law and to promote the establishment and maintenance of international relations on the basis of law and justice.”
A 29-year-old Nigerian man who faced persecution because of his Christian faith by members of Muslim extremist groups Hausa Fulani and Boko Haram has been released from a federal detention center after an immigration judge granted his request for asylum on Sept. 17, the Columbia Law School Immigrants’ Rights Clinic announced today.
A course taught by Columbia Law School Professor Matthew C. Waxman and former Senator Joseph I. Lieberman offers students a rare behind-the-scenes look at the relationship between the executive and legislative branches of the U.S. government.
Columbia Law School graduate Lena Husani Hughes ’12 has been selected as one of four 2015 Bristow Fellows by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of the Solicitor General. She will serve under distinguished alumnus and U.S. Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli, Jr. ’83.
Columbia Law School Professor Bernard E. Harcourt appeared before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit on Nov. 10 to argue on behalf of a man who has been on death row for more than 27 years.
Are activist investors a constructive or destructive force in the world of corporate governance? How have institutional shareholders responded to their presence? And how have the disparate goals of a diverse set of shareholders impacted companies’ decision making? Experts from around the world gathered at Columbia Law School recently to discuss these questions and more at the 9th annual Millstein Governance Forum presented by the Ira M. Millstein Center for Global Markets and Corporate Ownership.
Colorado Attorney General John Suthers brought a glimpse of the future for any state that legalizes the use of marijuana in a Sept. 10 presentation sponsored by Columbia Law School’s National State Attorneys General Program and the campus chapters of the American Civil Liberties Union, American Constitution Society for Law and Policy, and Federalist Society.
Professor Robert E. Scott has been named president of the American Law and Economics Association (ALEA), an organization of law professors and economists dedicated to advancing economic understanding of law and related areas of public policy and regulation.
When Columbia Law School student Samantha A. LiTrenta ’14 received a job offer from New York County District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. earlier this year, the offer was the culmination of years of hard work and goal-oriented preparation.
Frank P. Grad ’49 LL.B., a pioneering public and environmental law scholar who was called upon by New York City mayors and members of Congress for his expertise in legislation on issues ranging from air pollution to the Human Genome Project, died Oct. 14. He was 90.
Critical new interactions between administrative law and financial regulation in the wake of the recent economic crisis mean the legal community must confront tensions between the traditionally distinct fields, according to leading scholars, practitioners, and general counsels of four powerful financial regulators who gathered last month at Columbia Law School.
Recent Columbia Law School graduate and judicial clerk Faiza W. Sayed '12 and third-year student Katherine J. Park '14 have been named to the inaugural class of Justice Fellows by the Immigrant Justice Corps (IJC), the country's first fellowship program dedicated to meeting the need for high-quality legal assistance for immigrants seeking citizenship and fighting deportation.
Columbia Law School graduate Z. Payvand Ahdout ’13 has been selected as one of four Bristow Fellows by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of the Solicitor General. She will serve under distinguished alumnus and U.S. Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli, Jr. ’83.
The Millstein Center for Global Markets and Corporate Ownership at Columbia Law School has announced the recipients of its sixth annual Rising Star of Corporate Governance Award. The award recognizes global corporate governance professionals under the age of 40 who are making their mark as outstanding analysts, experts, directors, managers, or advocates. The awardees were honored at a reception on June 12 at Columbia University as part of the ninth annual Millstein Governance Forum.
Public interest lawyers can build meaningful careers by upholding core principles and choosing to serve clients who have the greatest need, said Columbia Law School Visiting Scholar Harold Hongju Koh at an intimate “fireside chat” with students on April 3rd.
Texas marriage laws violate the constitutional rights of lesbians and gay men to marry the person of their choice and to have that marriage recognized, Columbia Law School’s Sexuality and Gender Law Clinic argues in an amicus brief filed today with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit.
Columbia Law School Professor Andrzej Rapaczynski, a renowned authority on institutional economics, will deliver a keynote address at the 2nd Nobel Economists Summit of China, to be held in Beijing on March 14 and 15, 2014.
The decision by a St. Louis County grand jury not to indict a white Ferguson, Missouri, police officer in the August shooting death of Michael Brown, a black teenager, reveals a vast divide between the ideal of the U.S. justice system and the reality, according to students, faculty, administrators, and staff who gathered Dec. 1 to reflect on the case at a special “Forum on Ferguson” event at Columbia Law School.
Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, the hosts of MSNBC’s popular “Morning Joe” talk show, drew a standing-room only crowd when they appeared at Columbia Law School to discuss politics with students on Election Day.
When oversight authorities hold white-collar criminals accountable for stealing from the public, they can use recovered assets to bolster agency budgets for future investigations, said an array of officials and watchdogs at the Center for the Advancement of Public Integrity's (CAPI) inaugural conference May 30 at Columbia Law School.
Despite hopeful progress in Tunisia, the near-term prospects for peace and democratic reforms in Syria, Iran, and other hotspots across the Muslim world are not encouraging, said career ambassador Richard W. Murphy in an April 7th conversation with Professor Matthew C. Waxman at Columbia Law School.
The laws of Indiana and Wisconsin violate the constitutional rights of lesbians and gay men to marry the person of their choice and to have that marriage recognized, Columbia Law School’s Sexuality and Gender Law Clinic argues in an amicus brief filed today with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit.
The Elder Artists' Legal Resource was created on behalf of the Research Center for Arts and Culture at the National Center for Creative Aging, and was designed by students in Columbia Law School’s Lawyering in the Digital Age Clinic, in collaboration with Columbia University’s Office of Government and Community Affairs and Columbia University School of the Arts. The online tool offers intuitive, easy-to-understand guidance for artists who want to inventory their work, document its value, and protect it posthumously.
Columbia Law School Professor James S. Liebman, a leading expert on the death penalty who has argued several habeas corpus and capital appeals before the U.S. Supreme Court, received the New York City Bar Association’s Norman Redlich Capital Defense Distinguished Service Award on July 14.
More than 40 corporate law scholars today strongly urged the Obama administration to restrict the for-profit entities eligible for a religious exemption to the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) contraception coverage requirement to entities of a limited size that can provide evidence of religious mission and whose owners unanimously agree to seek the accommodation.The scholars made their views known in comments to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on regulations issued to govern the ACA accommodation process.
The United States struggles to find the right balance between protecting civil liberties and ensuring the safety of American citizens and allies—and it always will, said Benjamin A. Powell ’96, a distinguished Columbia Law School alumnus who served as the general counsel for three directors of national intelligence, in a March 7 presentation on campus.
Columbia Law School’s Black Law Students Association (BLSA) continues to uphold the spirit and conscience of Paul Robeson ’23, said Maya Wiley ’89, the new Counsel to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, at the organization’s 20th annual Paul Robeson gala March 27 in Columbia University’s iconic Low Library.
Tensions between how the United States and the European Union envision data security complicate compliance for firms wishing to operate in both markets, said Kurt Wimmer, U.S. chair of Covington & Burling’s privacy and data security practice, in a Sept. 24 talk at Columbia Law School hosted by the European Legal Studies Center.
The Federal Trade Commission is designed to protect the competitive process in the United States and is not equipped to serve as the guardian of an open Internet, Columbia Law School Professor Tim Wu told members of the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law in a June 20 hearing.
Four Columbia Law School students who recently traveled to Geneva to advocate for greater support for U.S. human rights initiatives before the United Nations Human Rights Committee discussed their experience in an April 28 presentation at Jerome Greene Hall.
Legal transparency is a cornerstone of efforts to construct rule of law, said Professor Benjamin L. Liebman, director of Columbia Law School’s Center for Chinese Legal Studies, at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences’ Rule of Law Forum in Beijing Nov. 8 and 9.
The new Student Public Interest Network (SPIN) works to unite student organizations devoted to public interest work under one umbrella with a monthly forum designed to foster collaboration and priority setting.
Columbia Law School professors C. Scott Hemphill and Tim Wu have been honored for an article they published in <em>The Yale Law Journal</em> on a form of antitrust behavior in which firms act together to block competitors from entering the market.
A new film screening series launched by Columbia Law School Professor Gillian E. Metzger and Dean of Students Michelle Greenberg-Kobrin is part of an ongoing effort to increase opportunities for students and faculty to interact and discuss important issues outside the confines of conference rooms and lecture halls.
Rick Jones, a distinguished trial lawyer who leads Columbia Law School’s Community Defense Externship and teaches a Trial Practice seminar, has been honored by the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL).
Do the home nations of multinational corporations have a responsibility to regulate those companies’ foreign investments? If so, what form should those regulations take, and how can they best help foster sustainable development?
More than 50 legal scholars today strongly urged President Obama to resist calls for an overly broad religious exemption in a proposed executive order prohibiting sexual orientation and/or gender identity discrimination by federal contractors.
The effort is being spearheaded by Columbia Law School’s Center for Gender and Sexuality Law, as part of its recently launched Public Rights/Private Conscience Project. The new initiative is one of the first independent law school projects aimed at re-conceptualizing religious exemptions and the law, particularly as the exemptions impact reproductive and sexual liberty and equality rights.
With global attention turning to New York City for the U.N. Climate Summit 2014 on Sept. 23, top environmental and sustainability experts at Columbia Law School will lead, moderate, and host crucial conversations on confronting climate change.
Tejas Narechania, a 2011 Columbia Law School graduate currently serving as a research fellow in the Julius Silver Program in Law, Science, and Technology, has been awarded a clerkship with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen G. Breyer for the October 2015 term.
Fifty years after the historic passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Columbia Law School students, alumni, and faculty continue to fight for a better world, said Dean for Social Justice Initiatives (SJI) Ellen Chapnick and Professor Ted Shaw at Social Justice Initiatives’ 2014 Honors Celebration on April 16.
The Vale Columbia Center on Sustainable International Investment (VCC) is working globally to help governments and other stakeholders ensure that investments foster positive change and contribute to sustainable development, said VCC Director Lisa E. Sachs '08 and colleagues at a Feb. 3 presentation, the latest in an ongoing faculty-student workshop on Lawyering For Change in a Changing World.
The roots of critical thought go back at least to French Renaissance writer Michel de Montaigne, but a new Columbia Law School and Faculty of Arts and Sciences initiative will apply the age-old interdisciplinary approach to a host of modern issues, including the use of surveillance as a mode of government power in the age of Big Data.
Edith Windsor was the guest of honor at a symposium presented by the Center for Gender and Sexuality Law as part of the Law School’s [email protected] series in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act.
In addition to representing individuals, the Immigrants’ Rights Clinic at Columbia Law School collaborates with local and national immigrants’ rights organizations on regulatory and legislative reforms, impact litigation, grassroots advocacy, and strategic planning.
The U.S. military is constantly revising its policy standards and training to ensure that civilian casualties are limited in combat zones, according to Brigadier General Richard C. Gross, legal counsel to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, during a Sept. 24 visit to Columbia Law School.
Columbia University, a global leader in higher education, has secured a three-year grant from The NASDAQ OMX Educational Foundation. The grant will advance the work of the Program in the Law and Economics of Capital Markets, which informs students about regulation and the efficient operation of the United States capital markets.
The European Union is trying to enact a single copyright regime to replace individual member nations’ copyright laws and balance the interests of content creators and consumers, said Maria Martin-Prat, head of the copyright unit in the European Commission Internal Market Directorate General (DG MARKT), in the 27th annual Horace S. Manges Lecture at Columbia Law School April 7.
National security law is a fascinating and intensely marketable field, said Vice Admiral Nanette DeRenzi, Judge Advocate General (JAG) of the U.S. Navy, and Roger Zakheim, former general counsel of the House Armed Services Committee, in a November 6 talk at Columbia Law School.
Scholars have devoted extensive attention to Chinese economic policy, which combines market-oriented approaches with intensive and wide-ranging state intervention. Yet, according to Columbia Law School professors Benjamin Liebman and Curtis J. Milhaupt ’89, there has not been a comprehensive in-depth study of the institutional implications of China’s transformative development under state capitalism—until now.
In two decades of groundbreaking scholarship, the Columbia Journal of European Law (CJEL) has become an indispensable resource for insights into the workings and tensions of European integration, said distinguished speakers at the venerable journal’s 20th anniversary gala April 17 at Columbia University’s Low Library.
Financial regulatory policies have come a long way since the near-collapse of the markets in 2008, but they still have further to go, according to leading experts who spoke at a Nov. 6 conference sponsored by Columbia Law School’s European Legal Studies Center and the Richard Paul Richman Center for Business, Law, and Public Policy.
Few people have done more to advance the field of mediation than Columbia Law School Professor Carol B. Liebman, who was honored for her achievements at a recent event of the Association for Conflict Resolution’s Greater New York Chapter.
The international legal framework for human rights has become a key tool in the fight for women’s access to reproductive health services around the world, said Katherine E. Mayall, Global Advocacy Adviser at the Center for Reproductive Rights, in an October 6 talk at Columbia Law School.
Columbia Law School’s Human Rights Institute and students from the Human Rights Clinic will participate this week in a significant review of the United States’ human rights record at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland.
Michael Cardozo '66 returned to campus to discuss his government service and answer questions from students as Social Justice Initiatives’ Visitor from Government Practice. Later in the day, he also delivered the Maurice Rosenberg Memorial Lecture, discussing the conflicting ethical, legal, and public policy obligations facing government attorneys.
The Parker School of Foreign and Comparative Law at Columbia Law School recognized more than 100 students for their commitment to the study of foreign and comparative law at the school’s annual certificate award ceremony on May 22.
Dean David M. Schizer announced that international human rights lawyer Sarah Knuckey, currently with the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice at NYU, will join the Columbia Law School faculty this summer as director of the Human Rights Clinic, co-director of the Human Rights Institute, and Lieff Cabraser Associate Clinical Professor of Law.
The U.S. Congress mostly plays a reactive role in contemporary American foreign policy, argued Elliott Abrams, a former senior national security official in the Reagan and George W. Bush administrations, in an Oct. 9 talk at Columbia Law School.
Columbia Law School Professor Philip M. Genty, director of the Prisoners and Families Clinic and the Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison Moot Court Program, will receive a Presidential Award for Outstanding Teaching from Columbia University President Lee C. Bollinger at the university’s commencement ceremony on May 21.
More than 100 members of the Columbia Law School community joined together to participate in the “Millions March NYC” on Saturday, Dec. 13. According to event organizers, the march was held to demand justice for victims of police violence and institutionalized racism, and drew tens of thousands of protestors.
Four Columbia Law School alumni currently working in the civil and criminal divisions of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York returned to campus Nov. 12 to discuss their work, and respective career paths, with students.
Four states--Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee--violate the U.S. Constitution's due process guarantee by interfering with individuals' ability to choose their spouse and by refusing to recognize same-sex couples' marriages, Columbia Law School's Sexuality and Gender Law Clinic argues in amicus briefs filed yesterday with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.
Negotiations between the U.S. and its Western allies and Iran aren’t likely to persuade the Middle Eastern country to dismantle its nuclear program, according to Michael Doran, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and former senior director in the National Security Council under President George W. Bush, who spoke to Columbia Law School students and guests at an April 10 event.
Students got a taste of Columbia Law School's opportunities for public service at the first installment of Social Justice Initiatives' "Lawyering for Change in a Changing World" series on Sept. 8 in Drapkin Lounge.
High-frequency trading. Dark pools. The SEC’s “Broken Windows” policy. Money market funds. The increased use of administrative proceedings by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. These are just a few of the controversial and timely topics that drew some of the securities industry’s leading regulators, entrepreneurs, and practitioners to Columbia Law School for the annual securities regulation conference hosted by Professor John C. Coffee Jr. and Adjunct Senior Research Scholar Meyer Eisenberg ’58.
Earlier this month, Columbia Law School student Maria C. Salame ’16—a former Morgan Stanley analyst—ran the New York City Marathon for the first time in just over 4 hours and 15 minutes.
But she wouldn’t have been able to compete without help from her classmates and a very unusual incentive from Professor Robert J. Jackson Jr.
Robert E. Scott takes the helm of Columbia Law School as interim dean today. Scott is a former dean of the University of Virginia School of Law and a nationally recognized authority in the fields of contracts, commercial law, and bankruptcy. He will lead the Law School until Jan. 1, 2015, when incoming dean Gillian Lester officially begins her tenure.
As heads of state, diplomats, scholars, activists, and global civil society convened in New York City for the Sept. 23 U.N. Climate Summit, Professor Michael B. Gerrard and the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law led several high-profile events illuminating the stark challenge of the climate crisis.
Foundational courses are a fact of life for first-year law students, but after tackling required subjects like civil procedure, contracts, and torts, future lawyers at Columbia Law School can choose from curricular offerings designed to help connect the practice of law to the world’s most pressing problems.
High-ranking officials from law enforcement and state and federal agencies gathered at Columbia Law School to discuss the challenges of combating corruption in the 21st century during a Nov. 14 conference hosted by the Center for the Advancement of Public Integrity (CAPI).
Lawyers can change the world by devoting part of their time to serving disadvantaged communities, said U.S. Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli, Jr. ’83 at the Public Interest Law Foundation’s annual dinner at the Columbia Club on Feb. 6, where Verrilli was presented with the Public Interest Achievement Award.
Columbia Law School alumnus Joshua Schiller '08 can trace his interest in intellectual property law to his time as an undergraduate, in the early days of free music downloading. In 2000, under legal pressure, his university became one of the first to block students' access to the popular online music-sharing service Napster.
It's not unusual for heavy hitters in the courtroom to appear at Columbia Law School for conferences, reunions, and other special events. But on Sunday, March 2, the Law School community was treated to a visit by an international star who competes <i>on</i> the court.
Four Columbia Law School students faced spirited questioning from a sitting U.S. Supreme Court justice and two judges from the U.S. Courts of Appeal as they addressed a complex web of constitutional claims at the Paul, Weiss Harlan Fiske Stone Moot Court Competition finals on April 7.
Columbia Law School students and faculty are helping represent undocumented and unaccompanied immigrant youth, adding their expertise and energy to an overwhelmed and overburdened court system through an externship, a new Immigrants’ Rights Clinic, and various pro bono projects.
Columbia Law School Professor Gillian E. Metzger ’96, a leading expert on constitutional law, administrative law, and federalism, has been selected to receive the 2014 Willis L.M. Reese Prize for Excellence in Teaching by students in this year’s graduating class.
The Paul, Weiss Frederick Douglass Moot Court team at Columbia Law School triumphed at the Northeast Region of the National Black Law Students Association Convention, winning four out of six possible awards in a field of 23 teams and 46 competitors.
The U.S. Supreme Court issued some high-profile opinions last term in cases involving sovereign debt, access to contraception, the president's power to make recess appointments, and the Fourth Amendment, but many of those decisions left open questions that are likely to generate follow-up litigation, a panel of Columbia Law School professors explained at the Center for Constitutional Governance's second annual Supreme Court review at the law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison on Sept. 29.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio can reduce widespread gender and sexual discrimination against millions of New Yorkers with a series of targeted policy changes—many of them revenue-neutral—according to a report released today by the Columbia Law School Center for Gender and Sexuality Law.
Bernard E. Harcourt, one of the nation’s leading scholars of social and political thought, critical theory, the political economy of punishment, and penal law and procedure, will join the Columbia Law School faculty from The University of Chicago on July 1.
Columbia Law School faculty members gathered on December 12 to celebrate the 90th birthday of their colleague Professor Jack Greenberg ’48, a civil rights icon best known for his historic argument before the U.S. Supreme Court in Brown v. Board of Education.
It isn’t always glamorous, but fighting to protect the environment is profoundly satisfying work, said Peter Lehner ’84, executive director of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) at the Public Interest Law Foundation’s (PILF) 25th annual dinner at the Columbia Club in New York on Nov. 11.
Columbia Law School Professor Sarah H. Cleveland has been elected as the United States’ independent expert on the Human Rights Committee, a United Nations treaty body that monitors state implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.
Finding the right balance between work and family is a constant struggle, according to Minna Schrag '75, one of the first senior trial attorneys at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and a leading human rights advocate, who received the Myra Bradwell Distinguished Alumna Award from the Columbia Law Women's Association at the group's 34th annual dinner on April 8.
Florida marriage laws violate the constitutional rights of lesbians and gay men to marry the person of their choice and to have that marriage recognized, Columbia Law School’s Sexuality and Gender Law Clinic argues in an amicus brief filed today with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit.
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a 1959 alumna, met recently with students in Columbia Law School’s Externship on the Federal Government in Washington, D.C for a private Q&A session.
Three Columbia Law School students who have combined academic excellence with a passion for public service have been awarded the prestigious Lowenstein and Berger fellowships, allowing them to pursue careers that serve the public good.
Distinguished Columbia Law School alumna and New York State Court of Appeals Judge Sheila Abdus-Salaam ’77 joined two of her colleagues from the judiciary for a Sept. 23 discussion about their careers in the law.
Third-party funding of international arbitrations is booming, yet the rules and norms of using this method of funding have not kept up with that economic reality, according to leading academics, attorneys, and funders participating in a conference on the topic February 7 at the Columbia Club in New York City.
Virginia’s ban on marriage for lesbian and gay couples violates the U.S Constitution’s due process guarantee, which protects against government interference in fundamental personal decision making, including the choice of one’s spouse, argues the Columbia Law School Sexuality and Gender Law Clinic in an amicus brief filed today with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
Columbia Law School Professor Katharina Pistor, a leading authority on the interplay among law, sovereign states, and the global financial system, received the 2014 Allen & Overy Law Prize for best paper in the European Corporate Governance Institute's (ECGI) Law working paper series at an April 29 ceremony held at the Royal Academy of Belgium, Brussels.
Sarah Knuckey, an international human rights lawyer, professor, and special advisor to the U.N. special rapporteur on extrajudicial executions, will join the Columbia Law School faculty July 1, 2014. She will serve as faculty co-director of the Human Rights Institute (HRI), director of the Human Rights Clinic, and Lieff Cabraser Associate Clinical Professor of Law.
Graduates of Columbia Law School’s Class of 2014 should be true to themselves and their values as they embark on careers in “the noblest of professions,” said Roberta A. Kaplan ’91, a well-known litigator who last year successfully challenged the federal Defense of Marriage Act before the U.S. Supreme Court, in an inspiring keynote address at the Law School’s May 22 graduation ceremony.
Advocates of government ethics reform cheered in 2013 when New York Governor Andrew Cuomo created the Commission to Investigate Public Corruption, popularly known as the Moreland Commission. Less than a year later, however, Cuomo abruptly shut down the commission, setting off an ongoing controversy.
Latino lawyers have a duty to serve their communities of origin and all disadvantaged populations, said honorees at the Latino/a Law Students Association’s (LaLSA) 10th annual Alumni Awards Banquet.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit should protect the right of an intersex child to recover damages from doctors who authorized and performed irreversible and unnecessary cosmetic genital surgery on him during infancy, the Columbia Law School Sexuality and Gender Law Clinic argues in an amicus brief filed with the court today.
The IRRC Institute and the Millstein Center for Global Markets and Corporate Ownership at Columbia Law School will present brand-new research focusing on “The Purpose, Use, and Potential Misuse of Stock Price in the Public Equity Market” on September 19, 2014 at Columbia Law School in New York City.
The global economy, disease, and world hunger are among the greatest threats to U.S. national security, U.S. Navy Captain William J. Parker III told a group of students from Columbia Law School and the Columbia School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) in a March 4 talk.
Columbia Law School Professor John C. Coffee Jr., a renowned expert on corporate governance and securities law, spoke Dec. 8 before the United Nations’ Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) as part of that body’s continuing review of the obstacles to sustainable development.
Representing incarcerated litigants and other vulnerable clients is among the most meaningful work lawyers can do, said Judge Beverly Martin of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit in a November 3 talk at Columbia Law School.
The laws of Idaho and several other western states impose a constitutionally impermissible burden on lesbians and gay men who seek to exercise their fundamental right to marry their chosen partner and have that marriage recognized, Columbia Law School’s Sexuality and Gender Law Clinic argues in an amicus brief filed today with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit.
Market forces and the risk of punishment shape what unscrupulous officials charge for bribes, said corruption expert Benjamin Olken at a talk on Sept. 11 organized by Columbia Law School’s Center for the Advancement of Public Integrity.
When Columbia Law School students return to campus for the fall semester, they will be joined by four new full-time faculty members who bring expertise in areas ranging from immigration law and human rights to bankruptcy and social and political thought.
During the early voting season in Texas this year, civil rights litigator Myrna Peréz ’03 spent 12-hour days trying to convince people to tell their stories of voting hardships to the media.
Students can make a difference in the world by putting their passion and problem-solving skills to work in any career they pursue, Columbia Law School Dean Robert E. Scott told a standing-room only crowd at a student-faculty workshop series event on Oct. 13.
Columbia Law School Paul, Weiss Frederick Douglass Moot Court team member Emily Harris ’16 took home the title of Best Oral Advocate at the national round of the 2013-2014 Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition, which took place between March 12 and 16 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.