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May 2014

  Allen & Overy, European Corporate Governance Institute Honor Professor Katharina Pistor for Paper   
Columbia Law School Professor Katharina Pistor, a leading authority on the interplay among law, sovereign states, and the global financial system, received the 2014 Allen & Overy Law Prize for best paper in the European Corporate Governance Institute's (ECGI) Law working paper series at an April 29 ceremony held at the Royal Academy of Belgium, Brussels.
  
  Columbia Law School Students Choose Gillian Metzger '96 as 2014 Professor of the Year   
Columbia Law School Professor Gillian E. Metzger ’96, a leading expert on constitutional law, administrative law, and federalism, has been selected to receive the 2014 Willis L.M. Reese Prize for Excellence in Teaching by students in this year’s graduating class.
  
  Distinguished Scholar Bernard E. Harcourt Joins Columbia Law School   
Bernard E. Harcourt, one of the nation’s leading scholars of social and political thought, critical theory, the political economy of punishment, and penal law and procedure, will join the Columbia Law School faculty from The University of Chicago on July 1.
  
  Ten Years of Extraordinary Leadership   
David M. Schizer elevated Columbia Law School to new heights during his 10-year service as dean: expanding the curriculum, broadening career opportunities for graduates in both the private and public sectors, exceeding previous fundraising records, and increasing the size of the faculty by an unprecedented 19 percent.
  
  Social Justice Initiatives Recognizes Columbia Law Graduates' Contributions to Public Interest Law   
Fifty years after the historic passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Columbia Law School students, alumni, and faculty continue to fight for a better world, said Dean for Social Justice Initiatives (SJI) Ellen Chapnick and Professor Ted Shaw at Social Justice Initiatives’ 2014 Honors Celebration on April 16.
  
  Columbia Law School Professor C. Scott Hemphill Testifies on Proposed Comcast, Time Warner Merger   
Columbia Law School Professor C. Scott Hemphill testified about the proposed merger of Comcast and Time Warner at a May 8 hearing of the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law.
  
  Professor Philip M. Genty To Receive University's Presidential Award for Outstanding Teaching   
Columbia Law School Professor Philip M. Genty, director of the Prisoners and Families Clinic and the Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison Moot Court Program, will receive a Presidential Award for Outstanding Teaching from Columbia University President Lee C. Bollinger at the university’s commencement ceremony on May 21.
  
  Back from Geneva, Columbia Law School Students Report on Human Rights Advocacy at the U.N.   
Four Columbia Law School students who recently traveled to Geneva to advocate for greater support for U.S. human rights initiatives before the United Nations Human Rights Committee discussed their experience in an April 28 presentation at Jerome Greene Hall.
  
  Center for the Advancement of Public Integrity to Hold Inaugural Conference   
Experts from federal, state, and local law enforcement and government will gather at Columbia Law School on May 30 for the Center for the Advancement of Public Integrity’s inaugural conference, which is designed to offer practical skills to practitioners combating corruption.
  
  New Resource on State Consumer Protection Prosecutions   
The National State Attorneys General Program at Columbia Law School has created a new resource for reporters and attorney practitioners who follow state consumer protection enforcement actions.
  
  Michelle Choe '11 Earns Prestigious Two-Year Fellowship at the U.S. Copyright Office   
Michelle Choe ’11, a senior researcher at Columbia University’s Copyright Advisory Office, has been awarded a Ringer Copyright Honors fellowship to work at the U.S. Copyright Office in Washington D.C.
  
  Two from Columbia Law School Selected as Immigrant Justice Corps Fellows   
Recent Columbia Law School graduate and judicial clerk Faiza W. Sayed '12 and third-year student Katherine J. Park '14 have been named to the inaugural class of Justice Fellows by the Immigrant Justice Corps (IJC), the country's first fellowship program dedicated to meeting the need for high-quality legal assistance for immigrants seeking citizenship and fighting deportation.
  
  Litigator Roberta A. Kaplan '91 Challenges Columbia Law School Graduates to Be True to Themselves   
Graduates of Columbia Law School’s Class of 2014 should be true to themselves and their values as they embark on careers in “the noblest of professions,” said Roberta A. Kaplan ’91, a well-known litigator who last year successfully challenged the federal Defense of Marriage Act before the U.S. Supreme Court, in an inspiring keynote address at the Law School’s May 22 graduation ceremony.
  
  Columbia Law School, Columbia University Earth Institute Relaunch Center on Sustainable Investment   
Columbia Law School and the Earth Institute, Columbia University have relaunched the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment (CCSI), formerly known as the Vale Columbia Center on Sustainable International Investment (VCC). CCSI develops practical approaches and solutions to maximize the impact of international investment for sustainable development, focusing in particular on investment law and policy and sustainable investments in land and extractive industries.
  
  Parker School Recognizes Graduating Students for Commitment to Study of Foreign and Comparative Law   
The Parker School of Foreign and Comparative Law at Columbia Law School recognized more than 100 students for their commitment to the study of foreign and comparative law at the school’s annual certificate award ceremony on May 22.
  
  Up for the Challenge   
In addition to representing individuals, the Immigrants’ Rights Clinic at Columbia Law School collaborates with local and national immigrants’ rights organizations on regulatory and legislative reforms, impact litigation, grassroots advocacy, and strategic planning.
  
  Rosie Wang and Sara Nies Receive the Allan Morrow Prize   
Two Columbia Law graduates – Rosie Wang ‘14 and Sara Nies ‘14 – have received the 2014 Allan Morrow Sexuality and Gender Law Prize for their work in connection with the Law School’s Sexuality and Gender Law Clinic.
  
  Robert E. Scott Named President of American Law and Economics Association   
Professor Robert E. Scott has been named president of the American Law and Economics Association (ALEA), an organization of law professors and economists dedicated to advancing economic understanding of law and related areas of public policy and regulation.