July 2014

  Robert E. Scott Begins Service as Interim Dean of Columbia Law School   
Robert E. Scott takes the helm of Columbia Law School as interim dean today. Scott is a former dean of the University of Virginia School of Law and a nationally recognized authority in the fields of contracts, commercial law, and bankruptcy. He will lead the Law School until Jan. 1, 2015, when incoming dean Gillian Lester officially begins her tenure.
  Millstein Center Hosts International Forum on Capital Market Changes and Corporate Governance   
Are activist investors a constructive or destructive force in the world of corporate governance? How have institutional shareholders responded to their presence? And how have the disparate goals of a diverse set of shareholders impacted companies’ decision making? Experts from around the world gathered at Columbia Law School recently to discuss these questions and more at the 9th annual Millstein Governance Forum presented by the Ira M. Millstein Center for Global Markets and Corporate Ownership.
  Public Rights/Private Conscience Project Spearheads New Effort   
More than 50 legal scholars today strongly urged President Obama to resist calls for an overly broad religious exemption in a proposed executive order prohibiting sexual orientation and/or gender identity discrimination by federal contractors. The effort is being spearheaded by Columbia Law School’s Center for Gender and Sexuality Law, as part of its recently launched Public Rights/Private Conscience Project. The new initiative is one of the first independent law school projects aimed at re-conceptualizing religious exemptions and the law, particularly as the exemptions impact reproductive and sexual liberty and equality rights.
  Professor Carol B. Liebman Honored for Achievements in Alternate Dispute Resolution   
Few people have done more to advance the field of mediation than Columbia Law School Professor Carol B. Liebman, who was honored for her achievements at a recent event of the Association for Conflict Resolution’s Greater New York Chapter.
  Three Columbia Law School Graduates Awarded Prestigious Fellowships to Pursue Public Service Careers   
Three Columbia Law School students who have combined academic excellence with a passion for public service have been awarded the prestigious Lowenstein and Berger fellowships, allowing them to pursue careers that serve the public good.
  Columbia Law School Professor James Liebman Honored for Capital Defense Work   
Columbia Law School Professor James S. Liebman, a leading expert on the death penalty who has argued several habeas corpus and capital appeals before the U.S. Supreme Court, received the New York City Bar Association’s Norman Redlich Capital Defense Distinguished Service Award on July 14.
  Professor Michael Graetz on Tax Reform   
Opinion piece by Michael J. Graetz, published in The Wall Street Journal.
  Columbia Law School Establishes David Sive Memorial Fund with Gift from Sive, Paget & Riesel   
David Sive, the 1948 Columbia Law School graduate and pioneering environmental attorney who passed away in March, left a lasting legacy in the field of environmental law, helping set legal precedents that paved the way for preservation in the United States and around the world.
  Columbia Law School Clinic Argues for Marriage Equality in Idaho   
The laws of Idaho and several other western states impose a constitutionally impermissible burden on lesbians and gay men who seek to exercise their fundamental right to marry their chosen partner and 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 9th Circuit.
  Leading Child Welfare Experts Argue in Favor of Legal Protections for Immigrant Youth   
More than 50 law and social science experts from around the country have written to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Speaker John Boehner to speak out against a proposal to eliminate protections for unaccompanied children and youth crossing into the United States from Central America.