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May 2013

  Columbia Law School Students Choose Conrad Johnson as 2013 Professor of the Year   
Professor Conrad Johnson, a leading expert on innovative legal education, technology in law practice, and law school diversity, will be awarded the Willis L.M. Reese Prize for Excellence in Teaching by the members of the Class of 2013 at their May 23 graduation ceremony.
  
  Black Law Students Association Honors Michèle Stephenson '95 at 19th Annual Paul Robeson Gala   
Civil rights advocacy must extend beyond law to journalism and culture, said Michèle Stephenson ’95, acclaimed Haitian-born filmmaker, former human rights attorney, and recipient of the Columbia Black Law Students Association’s (BLSA) Distinguished Alumni Award at the 19th annual Paul Robeson Gala.
  
  Weighing in on Women and Work   
On April 9, the Columbia Law Women's Association honored Esta Eiger Stecher '82 with their Distinguished Alumna Award at the 33rd annual Myra Bradwell Dinner. In her remarks, Stecher articulated lessons about taking risks, new career opportunities, and the importance of mentors for the law students and recent graduates in attendance at the event held at University House.
  
  Professor Jane C. Ginsburg Elected to American Philosophical Society   
Columbia Law School Professor Jane C. Ginsburg, a leading scholar on intellectual property law, comparative law, private international law, and legal methods, was elected a member of the American Philosophical Society(APS) at the organization’s annual spring meeting.
  
  A Regulatory Strategy for Hydraulic Fracturing   
Fracking needs to be carefully regulated, Columbia Law School Professor Thomas W. Merrill and Dean David M. Schizer said recently at a Richard Paul Richman Center for Business, Law, and Public Policy conference that brought together leading experts on the topic.
  
  Columbia Law School, Peking University Law School Expand Partnership   
Expanding on an already existing partnership, Columbia Law School Dean David M. Schizer and Peking University Law School Dean Zhang Shouwen signed a memorandum of understanding today that will broaden opportunities for both schools to collaborate on research and other scholarly activities.
  
  Associate Director of Law School’s Human Rights Institute Questions Effectiveness of Drone Warfare   
U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan and Yemen have not proven effective at ensuring the security of people in those countries or of the United States, said Naureen Shah ’07, an associate director of Columbia Law School’s Human Rights Institute in remarks during a recent debate at the Oxford Union. Shah participated in the debate, hosted by the preeminent debating society at Oxford University in the United Kingdom, with five other counterterrorism experts and scholars. She argued against the proposition that “Drone Warfare is Ethical and Effective.”
  
  Distinguished Legal Scholar Richard R.W. Brooks Joins Columbia Law School   
Richard R.W. Brooks, a renowned legal scholar from Yale Law School with expertise in contracts, law and economics and issues of racial justice, will join the Columbia Law School faculty on July 1.
  
  Christopher Gandia '13 Presents Paper He Co-Wrote With Professor Jeffrey N. Gordon   
Columbia Law School student Christopher M. Gandia '13 will present a paper he co-wrote with Professor Jeffrey N. Gordon about money-market fund (MMF) risk at the 23rd annual meeting of the American Law and Economics Association on May 18
  
  Preet Bharara '93, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, to Address Class of 2013   
Preet Bharara ’93 is the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York. In this role, he directs the investigation and litigation of all federal criminal and civil cases within the Southern District, which includes New York, Bronx, Westchester, Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, and Sullivan counties.
  
  U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara '93 Calls on Columbia Law School Graduates to Lead and Serve Others   
As graduates of Columbia Law School, members of the Class of 2013 will have unique opportunities to serve in high-ranking leadership positions around the world, said Preet Bharara ’93, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, who delivered a powerful keynote address at today’s graduation ceremony on the South Lawn at Columbia University.
  
  Mikheil Saakashvili '94 LL.M., President of Georgia, Returns to Columbia Law School   
  
  Professor Sarah Cleveland to Coordinate ALI Restatement   
Columbia Law School Professor Sarah H. Cleveland presented a proposal for the "The Restatement (Fourth) of the Foreign Relations Law of the United States" to the annual meeting of the American Law Institute in Washington, D.C. on May 22.