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October 2013

  Market Watch   
Columbia Law School Professor Katharina Pistor, a leading authority on the interplay among law, sovereign states, and the global financial system, is launching the Global Law in Finance Network (GLawFiN), bringing together a team of researchers and students to explore and critique her Legal Theory of Finance based on detailed analysis of the legal structure of financial markets.
  
  Columbia Law School Student Honored for Work with Domestic Violence Victims   
Columbia Law School student Rosie Wang '14 took a break from the books on Sept. 30 to accept an award for her work with domestic violence victims. Wang, New York's Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman, and a law firm partner were honored Sept. 30 by the Law School, Davis Polk & Wardwell, and Sanctuary for Families, a nonprofit organization devoted to assisting victims and their children.
  
  How Church and State Became Separated   
The phrase “separation of church and state” has become almost sacrosanct in American life, but many people do not know that the idea was popularized by nativist and white supremacy groups like the Ku Klux Klan (KKK), said Columbia Law School Professor Philip Hamburger in a provocative Sept. 27 talk presented by the Institute for Religion, Culture & Public Life (IRCPL) at Columbia University.
  
  New Book Edited By Columbia Law School Professor Sheds Light on 2012 Affordable Care Act Case   
As a major component of President Obama’s health care reform package—the ability for individuals to purchase insurance through state-run exchanges—is rolled out across the nation, a new book co-edited by Columbia Law School Professor and Vice Dean Gillian E. Metzger ’95 revisits the June 2012 U.S. Supreme Court case that allowed the landmark legislation to move forward.
  
  Practicing Law in Hong Kong   
Young lawyers interested in building careers in Asia should strive for a diversity of international law experience, said Marcia Ellis ’95, a partner in the Hong Kong office of Morrison & Foerster, in an Oct. 1 presentation at Columbia Law School.
  
  Social Justice Initiatives Hosts U.S. Supreme Court Roundup   
Columbia Law School Professors Sarah H. Cleveland and Kendall Thomas along with ACLU Legal Director Steven Shapiro peeled back the curtain on some of the U.S. Supreme Court’s most important public interest cases from last term and the upcoming session in the annual Supreme Court Roundup sponsored by Social Justice Initiatives.
  
  Professor Robert J. Jackson Jr. to Address Members of Congress, Media on SEC Political Spending Rule   
Columbia Law School Professor Robert J. Jackson Jr. will join lawmakers, investors, and other legal experts in an Oct. 30 Senate briefing on a rule under consideration by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission that would require publicly traded companies to disclose political spending.
  
  Columbia Law School Professor Carol Sanger Honored for Scholarship   
Columbia Law School Professor Carol Sanger’s scholarship on the legal and cultural significance of stillborn birth certificates has been honored by The Green Bag, a legal journal dedicated to readable and accessible writing about the law.
  
  Professor Thomas W. Merrill Receives 2013 Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Prize   
Columbia Law School Professor Thomas W. Merrill has received the 2013 Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Prize for his distinguished scholarship in the field of property rights.
  
  Snowden and the Future   
Columbia Law School Professor and legal historian Eben Moglen offered his views on the history and consequences of government surveillance—spanning the Roman Empire, leaker Edward Snowden, and the centuries in between—in the first lecture of a four-part series called "Snowden and the Future."
  
  Racial Justice on Trial   
A Columbia Law School roundtable discussion on racial justice and the courts brought together experts in civil rights practice, social psychology, and institutional reform to probe strengths and weaknesses in race-based litigation strategy.
  
  Richman Center Hosts Experts From Around the World at Global Justice Forum   
A discussion of how to achieve global justice took center stage in an all-day conference at Columbia Law School that drew roughly 100 lawyers, regulators, investors, and academics.
  
  Law School Partners with Brazilian University to Expand the Teaching and Practice of Mediation   
Columbia Law School and the University of Fortaleza (UNIFOR) in Brazil have announced a partnership to expand the teaching and practice of mediation and conflict resolution in the United States and Brazil.
  
  Alumnus Jeh C. Johnson '82 Nominated to Lead the U.S. Department of Homeland Security   
President Barack Obama has nominated Columbia Law School alumnus Jeh C. Johnson ’82 to serve as secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
  
  Health Law Expert David Trueman '97 Explores Impact of Affordable Care Act   
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) will help millions of people purchase health insurance and will lower costs of premiums for many, but not all individuals, said lecturer-in-law David Trueman ’97 in an Oct. 17 presentation at Columbia Law School.
  
  Governor of Austrian Central Bank Lectures at Columbia Law School   
A proposed Europe-wide banking union faces a number of difficult political obstacles, according to Ewald Nowotny, the governor of Austria’s central bank and a member of the Governing Council of the European Central Bank, in an Oct. 14 talk at Columbia Law School.
  
  Columbia Law School Clinic Urges the End of Marriage Discrimination in Nevada, Hawaii   
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals should find that bans on marriage for lesbian and gay couples in Nevada and Hawaii violate the Constitution’s guarantees of liberty and equal protection under the law, the Columbia Law School Sexuality and Gender Law Clinic argues in an amicus brief filed with the court today.
  
  U.N. Official Says Gender Equality Improves Food Security   
Improving women’s rights in developing countries increases access to food and nutrition, Olivier De Schutter, the U.N. Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, told an audience of students, faculty, and visitors at an Oct. 21 event at Columbia Law School.
  
  Latino/a Law Students Association Honors Rolando T. Acosta '82 and Pedro J. Martinez-Fraga '87   
Latino attorneys should look beyond boundaries of nationality to help all people benefit from the rule of law, said Rolando T. Acosta ’82, associate justice of the New York State Supreme Court, and Pedro J. Martinez-Fraga ’87, partner at DLA Piper in Miami, honorees at the Columbia Latino/a Law Students Association’s (LaLSA) 9th annual Alumni Awards Ceremony.
  
  Professor Michael B. Gerrard and Attorney J. Cullen Howe Discuss New York’s Green Building Progress   
New York City is forging a more sustainable future for America's metropolises, said Professor Michael B. Gerrard and J. Cullen Howe, legislative counsel on environmental issues for the New York City Council, in an Oct. 21 talk at Columbia Law School.
  
  Pushing the SEC to Shine Light on Corporate Political Spending   
Columbia Law School Professor Robert J. Jackson Jr., who has led the charge for new SEC rules requiring publicly traded companies to disclose their political spending, spoke about the proposed rule change with Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass) and Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) at an Oct. 30 Senate briefing in Washington, D.C.
  
  New Report Offers Legal Tools to Limit Risks of Climate Change for Coastal Communities   
State and municipal governments across the United States can employ a variety of legal tools to discourage or prevent development or redevelopment along risky coasts, according to a new study released by the Columbia Law School Center for Climate Change Law on the first anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, which struck the New York metropolitan area and caused $65 billion in damages in 2012.