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April 2014

  The Final Four: Harlan Fiske Stone Moot Court Competition Set for April 7   
On April 7, four Columbia Law School students will face off in the much anticipated final round of the Harlan Fiske Stone Moot Court competition, testing their skills in appellate brief writing and oral advocacy in front of a panel of jurists from the highest courts in the nation.
  
  Columbia Law School Adjunct Professor Jack B. Jacobs to Retire from Delaware Supreme Court   
Delaware Supreme Court Justice Jack B. Jacobs, a member of the Columbia Law School adjunct faculty who co-teaches a popular course on strategic decision-making in litigation, has announced his retirement from the Delaware Supreme Court effective July 4.
  
  Black Law Students Association Honors Maya Wiley '89 at Annual Paul Robeson Gala   
Columbia Law School’s Black Law Students Association (BLSA) continues to uphold the spirit and conscience of Paul Robeson ’23, said Maya Wiley ’89, the new Counsel to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, at the organization’s 20th annual Paul Robeson gala March 27 in Columbia University’s iconic Low Library.
  
  Lights, Camera... Interaction!   
A new film screening series launched by Columbia Law School Professor Gillian E. Metzger and Dean of Students Michelle Greenberg-Kobrin is part of an ongoing effort to increase opportunities for students and faculty to interact and discuss important issues outside the confines of conference rooms and lecture halls.
  
  Sexuality And Gender Law Clinic Urges Federal Appeals Court To Recognize Rights of Intersex Child   
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit should protect the right of an intersex child to recover damages from doctors who authorized and performed irreversible and unnecessary cosmetic genital surgery on him during infancy, the Columbia Law School Sexuality and Gender Law Clinic argues in an amicus brief filed with the court today.
  
  Beatrice C. Franklin '14 Awarded Best Oralist at Paul, Weiss Harlan Fiske Stone Moot Court Finals   
Four Columbia Law School students faced spirited questioning from a sitting U.S. Supreme Court justice and two judges from the U.S. Courts of Appeal as they addressed a complex web of constitutional claims at the Paul, Weiss Harlan Fiske Stone Moot Court Competition finals on April 7.
  
  Career Ambassador Discusses Unrest in the Middle East   
Despite hopeful progress in Tunisia, the near-term prospects for peace and democratic reforms in Syria, Iran, and other hotspots across the Muslim world are not encouraging, said career ambassador Richard W. Murphy in an April 7th conversation with Professor Matthew C. Waxman at Columbia Law School.
  
  Lori Fisler Damrosch Named President of American Society of International Law   
In her new role as president of the American Society of International Law—which carries a two-year term—Lori Damrosch will direct an organization whose very mission, as she will readily quote from memory, “is to foster the study of international law and to promote the establishment and maintenance of international relations on the basis of law and justice.”
  
  Balancing Act   
Finding the right balance between work and family is a constant struggle, according to Minna Schrag '75, one of the first senior trial attorneys at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and a leading human rights advocate, who received the Myra Bradwell Distinguished Alumna Award from the Columbia Law Women's Association at the group's 34th annual dinner on April 8.
  
  Around the World in Seven Days   
As part of Social Justice Initiatives’ Spring Break Caravans, the Columbia Society of International Law (CSIL) helped organize trips to Jordan, South Africa, and Myanmar to provide opportunities for students to put their passion for human rights to work around the world.
  
  Iran, Israel, and the United States: What's Next?   
Negotiations between the U.S. and its Western allies and Iran aren’t likely to persuade the Middle Eastern country to dismantle its nuclear program, according to Michael Doran, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and former senior director in the National Security Council under President George W. Bush, who spoke to Columbia Law School students and guests at an April 10 event.
  
  Michael Cardozo '66 Recounts Career in Government Service, Obligations of Chief Legal Officers   
Michael Cardozo '66 returned to campus to discuss his government service and answer questions from students as Social Justice Initiatives’ Visitor from Government Practice. Later in the day, he also delivered the Maurice Rosenberg Memorial Lecture, discussing the conflicting ethical, legal, and public policy obligations facing government attorneys.
  
  Columbia Law School Clinic Presses for Marriage Equality in Virginia   
Virginia’s ban on marriage for lesbian and gay couples violates the U.S Constitution’s due process guarantee, which protects against government interference in fundamental personal decision making, including the choice of one’s spouse, argues the Columbia Law School Sexuality and Gender Law Clinic in an amicus brief filed today with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
  
  EU Official Maria Martin-Prat Addresses Future of Copyright in Europe at 27th Annual Manges Lecture   
The European Union is trying to enact a single copyright regime to replace individual member nations’ copyright laws and balance the interests of content creators and consumers, said Maria Martin-Prat, head of the copyright unit in the European Commission Internal Market Directorate General (DG MARKT), in the 27th annual Horace S. Manges Lecture at Columbia Law School April 7.
  
  Harold Hongju Koh Shares Lessons of Lifelong Lawyering in Intimate Gathering with Students   
Public interest lawyers can build meaningful careers by upholding core principles and choosing to serve clients who have the greatest need, said Columbia Law School Visiting Scholar Harold Hongju Koh at an intimate “fireside chat” with students on April 3rd.
  
  Public Interest with a Personal Touch   
  
  Columbia Journal of European Law Celebrates 20 Years of Outstanding International Scholarship   
In two decades of groundbreaking scholarship, the Columbia Journal of European Law (CJEL) has become an indispensable resource for insights into the workings and tensions of European integration, said distinguished speakers at the venerable journal’s 20th anniversary gala April 17 at Columbia University’s Low Library.