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February 2013

  Medal for Excellence Awarded to Morton L. Janklow ’53, Donald B. Verrilli, Jr. '83   
Two distinguished graduates of Columbia Law School today were awarded the Medal for Excellence, the Law School's highest honor. Renowned literary agent Morton L. Janklow '53 and U.S. Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli, Jr. '83 were honored during the annual Winter Luncheon at the Waldorf Astoria hotel.
  
  Two Columbia Law School Students Receive Prestigious Skadden Fellowship   
Two Columbia Law School students with a deep commitment to public interest law have been granted a rare opportunity to pursue their passion following graduation. Liliana (Lily) Zaragoza ’13 and Oscar Lopez ’13 have been awarded two-year Skadden Fellowships.
  
  Two New York Counties Had Lowest Bankruptcy Rate for January 2013   
Chicago's Cook County led the nation's dozen largest counties in bankruptcy filings in the first month of the year, with 691 filings per million adults, substantially more than double the national average of 322 filings per million adults, according to a report by Columbia Law School Professor Ronald Mann.
  
  Constitutional Law Expert Trevor W. Morrison ’98 Addresses Legal Limits of Technological Warfare   
International and domestic law should be continually reevaluated as rapid developments in technology change the way war is waged, Columbia Law School Professor Trevor W. Morrison ’98 said recently in a keynote address.
  
  Experts Outline International Law Priorities for President Obama's Second Term   
President Obama can strengthen America’s standing in the international community in his second term by modernizing human rights obligations, overcoming national resistance to foreign engagement, and building multilateral partnerships to maintain global influence, according to legal scholars who spoke at a Columbia Law School forum.
  
  Carla Sutherland Joins Gender and Sexuality Law Center's "Engaging Tradition Project"   
Columbia Law School’s Center for Gender and Sexuality Law announced today that Dr. Carla Sutherland has joined the Engaging Tradition Project as an associate research scholar.
  
  Copyright Infringement Case Focus of Kernochan Center IP Speaker Series   
Two attorneys on opposite sides of a controversial copyright infringement lawsuit spoke to Columbia Law School students, faculty, and guests on Feb. 12 as part of the Kernochan Center for Law, Media and the Arts IP Speaker Series.
  
  Supreme People’s Court of China Judge Speaks on Arbitral Awards   
“The Chinese court’s efficient enforcement of foreign arbitral awards will continue into the future,” said Song Jianli, a judge on the Supreme People’s Court of China (SPC), at a presentation to Columbia Law School students on February 12. Arbitration is an efficient, relatively inexpensive and confidential way to resolve disputes, especially in countries, like China, that have rapidly developing legal systems.
  
  U.N. Climate Negotiations: Perspectives from Small Island Nation   
The Republic of the Marshall Islands should be a warning of the potential catastrophic consequences of climate change, said the Hon. Tony A. deBrum, a senior Minister in Assistance to the President of the Marshall Islands, at a recent Center for Climate Change Law event at Columbia Law School.
  
  National State Attorneys General Program Explores Future of State Charities Regulation   
Columbia Law School’s National State Attorneys General Program recently convened a two-day conference on the future of state charities regulation amidst rapid political, economic, and technological change.
  
  Deadly Disaster or Daily Disaster?   
Natural disasters can reveal the shortcomings of human rights in the United States and around the world, said Catherine Albisa ’89, executive director and co-founder of the National Economic and Social Rights Initiative, in a recent presentation sponsored by Columbia Law School’s Social Justice Initiatives.
  
  Legal Challenges Faced by Same-Sex Binational Couples   
Advocates for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and (LGBT) and HIV-positive immigrants are aggressively pursuing reform in each branch of the federal government to win equality, said Tom Plummer, staff attorney for the national advocacy organization Immigration Equality, in a Columbia Law School discussion of “Legal Challenges Faced by Same-Sex Binational Couples.”
  
  Columbia Law School Professors File Amicus Brief in U.S. Supreme Court Same-Sex Marriage Case   
  
  “The Jewish State on the Global Stage: A View from Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations”