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September 2013

  Columbia Law School Professor on Legal Challenges of Islands Threatened by Climate Change   
Columbia Law School Professor Michael B. Gerrard, the Andrew Sabin Professor of Professional Practice and director of the Center for Climate Change Law, is serving on a panel of experts on climate leadership at this year’s Pacific Islands Forum, held in the Marshall Islands September 3 -6 in the capital atoll of Majuro, 2,280 miles west of Honolulu.
  
  Professor Curtis J. Milhaupt '89 Takes the Helm of Parker School of Foreign and Comparative Law   
Columbia Law School Professor Curtis J. Milhaupt '89 has been named director of the Parker School of Foreign and Comparative Law, which supports the study of foreign, comparative, and international law at the Law School and awards certificates to graduating students who have demonstrated a commitment to these fields.
  
  A Season of Commemoration: Fifty Years After the March on Washington   
Columbia Law School Professor Theodore M. Shaw '79 reflects on five decades since the civil rights movement's iconic March on Washington.
  
  Professor John C. Coffee Jr. to Address U.N. General Assembly on the Role of Credit Rating Agencies   
John C. Coffee Jr., the Adolf A. Berle Professor of Law at Columbia Law School, has been asked by Vuk Jeremić, president of the 67th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, to serve on a panel on the role of credit rating agencies in the global economy.
  
  A Firm's-Eye View of Transactional Law   
In nearly two decades as chairman of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy, Mel M. Immergut ’71 noticed something puzzling about many of the summer associates and young lawyers who worked at the firm: their understanding of the law was top-notch, but their familiarity with the day-to-day business of the entity they were joining was almost non-existent.
  
  Professor John C. Coffee Jr. Addresses U.N. General Assembly on the Role of Credit Rating Agencies   
Columbia Law Professor John C. Coffee Jr. addressed the United Nations General Assembly Sept. 10 in a high-level thematic debate on the role of credit rating agencies in the global economy. Coffee, the Adolf A. Berle Professor of Law, served as a panelist at the invitation of Assembly President Vuk Jeremić, who convened a discussion of the growing role of agencies that issue credit ratings.
  
  Remembering Two Legends in Law   
This past summer marked the 75th and 65th anniversaries of the deaths of U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Benjamin N. Cardozo and Chief Justice Charles Evans Hughes. Cardozo and Hughes are two of the most highly respected and influential individuals ever to study at Columbia Law School.
  
  Columbia Law School Professor Jane M. Spinak Appointed to New Juvenile Justice Oversight Board   
Jane M. Spinak, the Edward Ross Aranow Clinical Professor of Law at Columbia Law School, has been appointed to the new Juvenile Justice Oversight Board (JJOB), an independent group that will oversee the welfare of youth detained by New York City’s Administration for Children’s Services (ACS).
  
  Professors Explore Supreme Court's Fisher and Shelby County Decisions   
The U.S. Supreme Court's June rulings in Fisher v. University of Texas and Shelby County v. Holder have left the future of affirmative action and the 1965 Voting Rights Act uncertain, Columbia Law School professors said in a Sept. 10 panel discussion.
  
  Money as a Hierarchical System   
What is money? Four speakers tackled that and other weighty questions at the first seminar in a series conceived and organized by Columbia Law School students to shed light on the economy and how it operates.
  
  The Role of the World Court   
The International Court of Justice (ICJ) has an impact far beyond states that consent to its jurisdiction, said Joan Donoghue, the sole U.S. judge on the court and the first American woman in that role, in a Sept. 11 presentation at Columbia Law School.
  
  Street Stops and Police Legitimacy   
Current debates on proactive police policies such as stop-and-frisk focuses on the legality and effectiveness of the stops. But a new study co-authored by Columbia Law School Professor Jeffrey Fagan suggests that a third criterion may be even more important in making stops effective: public perceptions of whether the police are acting lawfully and respectfully during stops.
  
  Associate in Law Bart M.J. Szewczyk Named to List of Top Foreign Policy Leaders   
Bart M.J. Szewczyk, an associate in law at Columbia Law School, has been named to the “99 Under 33,” an international list of young influential foreign policy leaders created by Diplomatic Courier magazine and Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (YPFP).
  
  Politics Not Supreme at the High Court   
Judicial discretion is not nearly as broad or political as it is portrayed in popular media—even at the nation’s highest court, said Brett Busby ’98, who discussed lessons he learned from two U.S. Supreme Court clerkships at a Sept. 19 lecture at Columbia Law School.
  
  The Future of the United Nations   
The United Nations has made great strides in promoting security, development, and human rights in recent decades and is poised to take on even more ambitious initiatives, said Danilo Türk, former president of Slovenia and long-time U.N. diplomat, in a Sept. 19 presentation at Columbia Law School.
  
  Beyond Basic Training   
When Columbia Law School student Jessica Piquet ’14 needed help last year on a complicated law review note she was writing about piracy on the high seas, she didn’t have to look very far. Two of her national security law classmates—Lieutenant Commander Steven Obert ’13 LL.M. and Commander Shane Cooper ’13 LL.M.—were Navy lawyers who had captured Somali pirates in separate, high profile encounters aboard the USS Nicholas and USS John C. Stennis, respectively.
  
  Haitian Repatriation Case Revisited   
Two decades after the U.S. Supreme Court shocked the human rights community by allowing the United States to forcibly return Haitians intercepted on the high seas without any determination of their refugee status, a speakers’ series organized by Columbia Law School’s Human Rights Institute will revisit the decision and the generation of advocacy it inspired.
  
  What's Next in Syria?   
The situation in Syria is deteriorating and threatens to ignite a catastrophic regional conflict, said Jean-Marie Guéhenno, director of the Center for International Conflict Resolution at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and former United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, in a Sept. 23 presentation at Columbia Law School.
  
  Expert Panel Analyzes Stop-and-Frisk Policy Through Lens of Race and Gender   
The controversial policing tactic known as stop-and-frisk engenders fear, causes psychological damage, and provides no significant benefit to public safety, according to experts who joined a discussion hosted last week by Columbia Law School's Center for Gender and Sexuality Law.