November 2013

  Center for Gender and Sexuality Law Opposes Changes to NYC Affordable Housing Policy   
The New York City Department of Housing and Preservation Development should not be allowed to limit succession rights of affordable housing for low- to middle-income tenants to legal spouses, Columbia Law School Professor Katherine Franke, director of the Center for Gender and Sexuality Law at Columbia Law School, argued today in written testimony to the department.
  Abdus-Salaam, Acosta Awarded Lawrence A. Wien Prize for Social Responsibility   
Outside, the first real cold snap of fall had brought a chill to the air, but inside the grand ballroom of the Pierre Hotel in Manhattan there was a tremendous feeling of warmth as more than 250 alumni and friends came together on November 4 to honor this year’s recipients of the Wien Prize for Social Responsibility—The Hon. Sheila A. Abdus-Salaam ’77, associate judge of the New York Court of Appeals, and The Hon. Rolando T. Acosta ’82, associate justice of the New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Division, First Department. The honorees were evident favorites not only of the audience, but also, as former colleagues and longtime friends, of each other.
  Columbia Law School to Host Conference on Securities Regulation and Enforcement   
On November 15, Columbia Law School will host a day-long conference on securities regulation and enforcement sponsored by the Law School's Center on Corporate Governance and planned by Professor John C. Coffee Jr. and former SEC deputy general counsel Meyer Eisenberg.
  New Report Ranks States' Climate Change-Related Disaster Preparedness   
Despite risks such as drought, floods, and extreme heat, land-locked states lag behind their coastal counterparts in incorporating the effects of climate change into their hazard mitigation plans, according to a new report released today by Columbia Law School's Center for Climate Change Law.
  Bond v. U.S. and the Treaty Ties that Bind   
Friendship, sex, betrayal. The facts of Bond v. U.S., a case argued before the U.S. Supreme Court on Nov. 5, bring to mind the plot of a movie. But, according to Columbia Law School Professor Sarah H. Cleveland, they also implicate a novel constitutional clause enacted to ensure the U.S. does not have to rely on individual states to enforce international law and treaty commitments.
  Columbia Law School to Host Conference on Foreign Investment Incentives   
Around the world, efforts by national and local governments to attract investment with fiscal, financial, and regulatory incentives have increased dramatically, but how much do we know about the effectiveness of such incentives? Do they help or harm long-term goals for sustainable development? On Nov. 13 and 14, the Vale Columbia Center on Sustainable International Investment at Columbia University will host leading experts on foreign direct investment to discuss these issues and more.
  Lawyering For Change   
Lawyers aiming to make positive changes in the world must target institutions with a broad range of strategies, said Columbia Law School Professors James S. Liebman, Suzanne B. Goldberg and Susan Sturm in a Nov. 4 presentation, the latest in an ongoing faculty-student workshop on Lawyering For Change in a Changing World.
  Columbia Law School Conference to Explore the Laws of War: Past, Present, and Future   
At the height of the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln signed an order governing the conduct of Union forces. Written by Columbia Law School Professor Francis Lieber, the so-called Lieber Code was the first attempt to codify the law of armed conflict—and ultimately influenced international laws of war such as the Hague Conventions. Today, as the U.S. and other nations confront challenges in modern warfare, what can the treatise teach us about the development of international humanitarian law? This question and more will be the focus of a daylong Nov. 21 conference at Columbia Law School.
  Montana Governor Steve Bullock '94 Returns to Campus to Meet Students Interested in Public Service   
Montana Governor Steve Bullock ’94, who has dedicated his career to public service and was elected after serving as his state’s attorney general, returned to Columbia Law School on Nov. 7 to meet with a new generation of students who are interested in government service.
  Professor Curtis J. Milhaupt ’89 Explores State Economic Intervention in Asia and the U.S.   
The governments of China, Japan, and the United States intervene in the marketplace in different ways that continue to evolve, explained Columbia Law School Professor Curtis J. Milhaupt '89, a distinguished scholar in the field of comparative law, at two recent and related events.
  Professor Robert J. Jackson Jr. Moderates Debate on "Too Big To Fail"   
As they did in 2008, government and business leaders will likely fail to see the next financial crisis coming, said Margaret Tahyar ’87 and Ammon Simon ’11 in a Nov. 6 debate at Columbia Law School. The question is whether the controversial Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act will help soften the blow. Professor Robert J. Jackson Jr., Milton Handler Fellow and co-director of the Ira M. Millstein Center for Global Markets and Corporate Ownership, moderated the discussion.
  Kernochan Center Symposium Explores Secondary Liability for Trademark Infringement Online   
Leading global brands are utilizing tailored enforcement strategies and international, regional, and national laws to confront the rampant trademark infringement enabled by the Internet, said a multidisciplinary assortment of trademark and intellectual property experts at a Nov. 8 symposium at Columbia Law School.
  Ethan Torrey ’99 Named Legal Counsel of U.S. Supreme Court   
The U.S. Supreme Court has named Columbia Law School alumnus Ethan V. Torrey '99 as its legal counsel. Torrey will assume the position in January.
  Professor Michael W. Doyle Explores "Responsibility to Protect" in International Governance   
A United Nations agreement establishing a "responsibility to protect" (R2P) populations from genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing, and crimes against humanity both enables and limits member states’ intervention in conflicts, said Professor Michael W. Doyle in a Nov. 18 discussion at Columbia Law School.
  Advocates Call for an End to Violence Against Women   
As part of a campaign to raise awareness about and demand justice for violence against women and girls, a star-studded panel of experts and advocates gathered at Columbia Law School for a Nov. 7 discussion of law, policy, and the obstacles women face in the United States.