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December 2014

  Leading Attorneys, Regulators Tackle the Hottest Topics in Securities Law   
High-frequency trading. Dark pools. The SEC’s “Broken Windows” policy. Money market funds. The increased use of administrative proceedings by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. These are just a few of the controversial and timely topics that drew some of the securities industry’s leading regulators, entrepreneurs, and practitioners to Columbia Law School for the annual securities regulation conference hosted by Professor John C. Coffee Jr. and Adjunct Senior Research Scholar Meyer Eisenberg ’58.
  
  Alumna Awarded Prestigious Fellowship in U.S. Solicitor General's Office   
Columbia Law School graduate Lena Husani Hughes ’12 has been selected as one of four 2015 Bristow Fellows by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of the Solicitor General. She will serve under distinguished alumnus and U.S. Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli, Jr. ’83.
  
  Refugee Crisis in Lebanon: A Forgotten Toll of the Syrian Civil War   
Bassam Khawaja '15 reflects on his summer internship with the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees in Beirut, Lebanon.
  
  Debating Divestment   
To divest, or not to divest—that is the question spurring a fierce debate among investors concerned about climate change.
  
  Interests and Advocacy in K-12 Education   
Competing special-interest and advocacy groups play an essential role in the struggle to improve public education in the United States, said experts and advocates at an in-depth Nov. 10 Columbia Law School panel held by the Center for Public Research and Leadership (CPRL).
  
  Professors Fagan and Harcourt Provide Facts on Grand Jury Practice After Staten Island Decision   
  
  Columbia Law School Community Comes Together to Examine Ferguson Case   
The decision by a St. Louis County grand jury not to indict a white Ferguson, Missouri, police officer in the August shooting death of Michael Brown, a black teenager, reveals a vast divide between the ideal of the U.S. justice system and the reality, according to students, faculty, administrators, and staff who gathered Dec. 1 to reflect on the case at a special “Forum on Ferguson” event at Columbia Law School.
  
  Professor John C. Coffee Jr. Addresses United Nations on Reforming Sustainable Development   
Columbia Law School Professor John C. Coffee Jr., a renowned expert on corporate governance and securities law, spoke Dec. 8 before the United Nations’ Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) as part of that body’s continuing review of the obstacles to sustainable development.
  
  Columbia Law School Clinic Argues for Marriage Equality in Florida   
Florida marriage laws violate the constitutional rights of lesbians and gay men to marry the person of their choice and to have that marriage recognized, Columbia Law School’s Sexuality and Gender Law Clinic argues in an amicus brief filed today with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit.
  
  Senate Confirms Antony "Tony" Blinken '88 as Deputy Secretary of State   
Columbia Law School alumnus Antony “Tony” Blinken ’88 was confirmed as deputy secretary of state by the U.S. Senate today.
  
  Regulating Foreign Investment for Sustainable Development   
Do the home nations of multinational corporations have a responsibility to regulate those companies’ foreign investments? If so, what form should those regulations take, and how can they best help foster sustainable development?
  
  Columbia Law School Faculty Celebrates 90th Birthday of Professor Jack Greenberg '48   
Columbia Law School faculty members gathered on December 12 to celebrate the 90th birthday of their colleague Professor Jack Greenberg ’48, a civil rights icon best known for his historic argument before the U.S. Supreme Court in Brown v. Board of Education.
  
  Professor Benjamin Liebman Delivers Opening Remarks on Rule of Law at Major Forum in China   
Legal transparency is a cornerstone of efforts to construct rule of law, said Professor Benjamin L. Liebman, director of Columbia Law School’s Center for Chinese Legal Studies, at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences’ Rule of Law Forum in Beijing Nov. 8 and 9.
  
  Columbia Law School Students, Faculty, and Staff Participate in the Millions March NYC   
More than 100 members of the Columbia Law School community joined together to participate in the “Millions March NYC” on Saturday, Dec. 13. According to event organizers, the march was held to demand justice for victims of police violence and institutionalized racism, and drew tens of thousands of protestors.