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March 2014

  Clearing the Way   
At the helm of the new immigrants’ rights clinic, Elora Mukherjee will guide students in representing individual clients at two detention centers in New Jersey and oversee advocacy work on immigration policy issues.
  
  International Law Faculty Join U.S. and European Justices at "Luxembourg Forum"   
  
  Private Sector Career Symposium Connects Prominent Practitioners With Columbia Law School Students   
Entrepreneurship, international arbitration, corporate and transactional practice, privacy law, digital media. These are just a few of the fields represented by dozens of prominent practitioners and distinguished Columbia Law School faculty and alumni in an array of panel discussions at the Law School’s third biennial Private Sector Career Symposium.
  
  Tennis Star Novak Djokovic Holds Court at Columbia Law School   
It's not unusual for heavy hitters in the courtroom to appear at Columbia Law School for conferences, reunions, and other special events. But on Sunday, March 2, the Law School community was treated to a visit by an international star who competes on the court.
  
  Wins, Losses, and Love   
Edith Windsor was the guest of honor at a symposium presented by the Center for Gender and Sexuality Law as part of the Law School’s 64@50 series in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act.
  
  New Center for International Commercial and Investment Arbitration Holds Inaugural Conference   
Third-party funding of international arbitrations is booming, yet the rules and norms of using this method of funding have not kept up with that economic reality, according to leading academics, attorneys, and funders participating in a conference on the topic February 7 at the Columbia Club in New York City.
  
  New York Bar Foundation Awards Fellowship to Columbia Law School Student   
Columbia Law School student John V. Knight ’16 has been awarded a fellowship to spend the summer working in the antitrust division of the U.S. Department of Justice in New York City.
  
  U.S. Navy Captain Leads Discussion on National Security at Columbia Law School   
The global economy, disease, and world hunger are among the greatest threats to U.S. national security, U.S. Navy Captain William J. Parker III told a group of students from Columbia Law School and the Columbia School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) in a March 4 talk.
  
  Human Rights Institute Joins Delegation at U.N. for Review of U.S. Human Rights Record   
Columbia Law School’s Human Rights Institute and students from the Human Rights Clinic will participate this week in a significant review of the United States’ human rights record at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland.
  
  Unveiling the World of Antitrust   
Columbia Law School Professor Anu Bradford has launched an ambitious project to collect, quantify, and analyze the world’s antitrust laws and enforcement trends.
  
  Privacy and Surveillance Laws: A Tug-of-War   
The United States struggles to find the right balance between protecting civil liberties and ensuring the safety of American citizens and allies—and it always will, said Benjamin A. Powell ’96, a distinguished Columbia Law School alumnus who served as the general counsel for three directors of national intelligence, in a March 7 presentation on campus.
  
  Professor Andrzej Rapaczynski to Address the Nobel Economists Summit of China   
Columbia Law School Professor Andrzej Rapaczynski, a renowned authority on institutional economics, will deliver a keynote address at the 2nd Nobel Economists Summit of China, to be held in Beijing on March 14 and 15, 2014.
  
  Roberta A. Kaplan '91 to Deliver Graduation Keynote Address at Columbia Law School   
Columbia Law School announced today that litigation attorney Roberta A. Kaplan '91, who won a 2013 U.S. Supreme Court case challenging the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), will deliver the keynote address at the Law School’s May 22, 2014 graduation ceremony.
  
  Journeys for Justice   
  
  Yes, That J. Lieberman   
A course taught by Columbia Law School Professor Matthew C. Waxman and former Senator Joseph I. Lieberman offers students a rare behind-the-scenes look at the relationship between the executive and legislative branches of the U.S. government.
  
  New York City Council Confirms Columbia Law School Professor Richard Briffault to Head Ethics Board   
The New York City Council today confirmed Columbia Law School Professor Richard Briffault as chair of the city’s Conflicts of Interest Board, an enforcement agency that governs the ethical conduct of public employees.
  
  Human Rights Advocate Aryeh Neier to Receive 2014 Wolfgang Friedmann Memorial Award   
Human rights champion Aryeh Neier, president emeritus of the Open Society Foundations, will receive the 40th annual Wolfgang Friedmann Memorial Award from the Columbia Journal of Transnational Law at a March 26 award dinner at the ‘21’ Club in New York City.
  
  Edward R. Morrison, Renowned Scholar of Bankruptcy Law and Economist, Returns to Columbia Law School   
Edward R. Morrison, one of the country’s foremost scholars of bankruptcy law and law and economics, will return to Columbia Law School in July 2014.
  
  U.S. Government Nominates Professor Sarah H. Cleveland to U.N. Human Rights Committee   
The U.S. government has nominated Columbia Law School Professor Sarah H. Cleveland to serve as an independent expert on the Human Rights Committee. The United Nations treaty body monitors state compliance with one of the two multilateral human rights treaties that comprise the “International Bill of Rights.” The United States completed its own periodic appearance before the committee last week.
  
  Paul, Weiss Frederick Douglass Moot Court Team Excels at National Competition   
Columbia Law School Paul, Weiss Frederick Douglass Moot Court team member Emily Harris ’16 took home the title of Best Oral Advocate at the national round of the 2013-2014 Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition, which took place between March 12 and 16 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
  
  New Project on Religious Exemptions and Civil Rights Launches   
Katherine Franke, director of Columbia Law School’s Center for Gender and Sexuality Law, announced today the launch of the Public Rights/Private Conscience project, a new think-tank created to address the increased use of religion-based exemptions from compliance with federal and state laws securing equality and sexual liberty.
  
  At the Crossroads of Administrative Law and Financial Regulation   
Critical new interactions between administrative law and financial regulation in the wake of the recent economic crisis mean the legal community must confront tensions between the traditionally distinct fields, according to leading scholars, practitioners, and general counsels of four powerful financial regulators who gathered last month at Columbia Law School.
  
  Columbia Law School Team Wins LL.M. Moot Court Competition   
Columbia Law School’s LL.M. Arbitration Moot Court team took home first place at the Third LL.M. International Commercial Arbitration Moot Competition held March 13 and 14 in D.C.
  
  Pros and Cons of Potential Term Limits for Supreme Court Justices   
A proposed constitutional amendment introducing term limits for U.S. Supreme Court justices could move the Court further in the direction of a 'living constitution' approach to constitutional interpretation, said Columbia Law School Professor Thomas W. Merrill in a March 11 debate with Northwestern University School of Law Professor James Lindgren.
  
  Columbia Law School Human Rights Clinic Calls for Abolition of Juvenile Life Sentences in U.S.   
The Columbia Law School Human Rights Clinic will appear in front of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights in D.C. today to call for the abolition of juvenile life without parole (JLWOP) sentences in the U.S. The clinic is co-counsel with the American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Michigan’s JLWOP Initiative in a case filed with the Commission on behalf of 32 men and women charged, tried, and sentenced to life sentences in Michigan for offenses they committed as children.
  
  March Madness on Morningside Heights—For a Good Cause   
  
  The Plight of the Punished   
Troubled by the seeming confusion over what punishment is and should be, Ferguson embarked on a sweeping investigation of America's criminal justice system, digging into court records and related works of philosophy, history, psychology, sociology, and literature. That research led to his latest book, Inferno: An Anatomy of American Punishment, a diagnosis of out-of-control punishment regimes that was published this month.
  
  Wolfgang Friedmann Memorial Award Presented to Human Rights Advocate Aryeh Neier   
Human rights advocates are part of a proud tradition reaching back more than a century to movements against slavery, said human rights champion Aryeh Neier at the Columbia Society of International Law’s March 26 Wolfgang Friedmann Conference at Columbia Law School. Neier accepted the annual Wolfgang Friedmann Memorial Award from the Columbia Journal of Transnational Law later that evening at New York City’s famous ‘21’ Club.