March 2013

  Exercising Tribal Sovereignty   
Tribal courts have made progress in working with state and federal courts on the issue of jurisdiction, but there is still a long way to go, said the Hon. Barbara A. Smith, former chief justice and a current justice for the Chickasaw Nation. She and her brother the Hon. Michael C. Smith, a judge for the Sac and Fox Nation, spoke about working between the court systems in a recent talk at Columbia Law School.
  A Loaded Issue   
Litigation over the Second Amendment and gun control laws is the "gold mine" for law review topics, Columbia Law School Professor Richard Briffault told students recently at a panel discussion about handgun laws in New York City.
  Experts Discuss Challenges for Financial Reform   
Fraudulent accounting is endemic in some of the nation’s “most reputable” banking institutions and regulators are loath to recognize the problem, fraud litigation expert William Black said at a recent Columbia Law School panel discussion on the topic.
  Professor Sarah H. Cleveland and Visiting Scholar Harold Hongju Koh File Brief in Marriage Case   
Principles such as liberty, dignity, and equality are not unique to the United States, so the U.S. Supreme Court should look to the example of other liberal democracies as it considers a decision overturning Proposition 8, California’s ban on marriage for same-sex couples, Columbia Law School Professor Sarah H. Cleveland and Visiting Scholar Harold Hongju Koh argue in an amicus brief filed with the court Thursday.
  Government Lawyers in the Making   
Nick Moscow '11 first heard about Columbia Law School's Externship on the Federal Government in Washington, D.C. when Dean David M. Schizer outlined the new program in a spring 2010 talk about changes to the upper-year curriculum.
  Columbia Law School Hosts Visiting Professors from the University of Tokyo School of Law   
Two visiting professors from the University of Tokyo School of Law have been speaking to Columbia Law School students on topics ranging from handling information in disasters to the creation of the Japanese Constitution as part of a series sponsored by the Center for Japanese Legal Studies.
  Leading Sports Law Attorneys Discuss Their Careers with Columbia Law School Students   
Students who want to break into the exciting, fast-paced world of sports law should seek out mentors and engage with practitioners as often as they can, a panel of some of the industry's leading lawyers said at a recent event hosted by Columbia Law School's Entertainment, Arts, and Sports Law Society.
  New Book Examines Legal Issues as Climate Change Threatens Island Nations   
As rising seas endanger the habitability and existence of several small island nations, they are also triggering a host of legal complications, according to a new book co-edited by Columbia Law School Professor Michael B. Gerrard, the Andrew Sabin Professor of Professional Practice who enlisted many of the world's leading thinkers to propose solutions to such problems. Gerrard is director of the Law School's Center for Climate Change Law.
  Visiting Professor Discusses Changing Nature of Investment Banks   
Over the last few decades, investment banks fundamentally have changed the way they do business, Visiting Professor Alan Morrison told Columbia Law School students and guests at a recent event sponsored by the Columbia Business and Law Association.
  Nobel Peace Prize Laureate in Burma Turns to Morningside Heights for Legal Advice   
  Charles Li '91 Speaks to Students About Chinese Capital Markets   
As one of the largest financial centers in the world, Hong Kong serves as a connecting point for China and Western nations, Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Chief Executive Officer Charles Li ’91 told students and faculty at a recent event sponsored by the Center for Chinese Legal Studies and the Society for Chinese Law.
  Columbia Law School Students Pay it Forward   
Packing away her law school books for a week, Maggie Maurone '13 will be driving 80 miles northeast as part of the Columbia Law School Spring Break Pro Bono Caravans. Her destination: the Connecticut Veterans Legal Center in New Haven, where she and two other students will assist the four-attorney staff by reviewing the records of former military personnel who might be eligible for enhanced benefits if their discharge status can be upgraded.
  First Amendment Lawyer Greg Lukianoff Defends Freedom of Speech in Higher Education   
Polarization, fear of causing offense, and outright censorship are threatening freedom of expression on campuses across the nation and diminishing society's exchange of ideas, warned Greg Lukianoff, a First Amendment lawyer and head of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE). Lukianoff came to Columbia Law School for a discussion of his new book, Unlearning Liberty: Campus Censorship and the End of American Debate, with Visiting Professor of Law Frederick Schauer.
  Columbia Law School Faculty Gather to Celebrate New Book By Professor Robert A. Ferguson   
Dozens of Columbia Law School faculty members gathered recently to celebrate and discuss a new book by Professor Robert A. Ferguson that explores what great works of fiction can teach us about being alone.
  Following the Money   
The role of finance in counter-terrorism strategies has continued to grow in the years following the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Assistant Secretary for Terrorist Financing and Columbia Law School alumnus Daniel L. Glaser '93 told a group of students, faculty, and guests recently at an event sponsored by Social Justice Initiatives.
  Professors Scott Hemphill, Bhaven Sampat on Reverse Payment Settlements   
  Columbia Law School Professor Put Theory Into Practice as New York State's Top Antitrust Attorney   
When Columbia Law School Professor C. Scott Hemphill took over as chief of the antitrust bureau of the New York attorney general’s office while on leave last year, one of his priorities was to reenergize the amicus practice.
  Professor Patricia J. Williams Honored by Center for Gender and Sexuality Law   
Columbia Law School Professor Patricia J. Williams was honored for her pioneering scholarship on sexual and racial justice by the Center for Gender and Sexuality Law during a day-long conference.
  Columbia International Arbitration Association Hosts Annual Conference   
More than a dozen experts gathered recently at Columbia Law School’s fourth annual Columbia Arbitration Day to highlight the state of enforcement of arbitration rulings and the remedies available to parties in the international arbitration setting.
  "Discover Law Day"   
Columbia Law School students, alumni, and faculty members met with local minority high school students on campus recently to teach them about the legal profession and to encourage them to pursue legal careers.
  Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Dr. Shirin Ebadi to Receive 2013 Wolfgang Friedmann Award   
Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Dr. Shirin Ebadi will receive the Wolfgang Friedmann Memorial Award from the Columbia Journal of Transnational Law at an April 2 award dinner at the ‘21’ Club in New York City.
  Environmental Law Clinic's Susan J. Kraham Participates in Conference at the White House   
During a recent Environmental Protection Agency summit at the White House, Susan J. Kraham, senior staff attorney at Columbia Law School’s Environmental Law Clinic, had the opportunity to discuss in broad terms some of the work she and her students do, including litigation on food policy issues like factory farming.
  Head of U.S. Copyright Office Delivers Columbia Law School's Horace S. Manges Lecture   
The country needs a new copyright act that embraces the expansion of technology and reforms ownership rights in terms authors can understand, the Hon. Maria Pallante, Register of the United States Copyright Office, said recently in her keynote address at Columbia Law School's 26th annual Horace S. Manges Lecture.
  Columbia Law School’s Paul, Weiss Frederick Douglass Moot Court Teams Excel at National Competition   
After securing first and second place in the qualifying regional competition, two pairs on Columbia Law School's Paul, Weiss Frederick Douglass Moot Court team won even more recognition at the national championship of the 2012-2013 Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition.
  Proskauer Lecture on International Arbitration Debuts in New York   
Global law firm Proskauer, in partnership with Columbia Law School's Center for International Commercial and Investment Arbitration Law, the ICC International Court of Arbitration and the United States Council for International Business, has announced a new series of annual lectures devoted to international arbitration. The inaugural lecture will be held March 27, 2013, from 6:00 pm-7:00 pm, at Proskauer's New York office at Eleven Times Square.