November 2014

  Clergy, Women’s Advocates, and Scholars Discuss Gender Empowerment   
  Former Iraq Weapons Inspector Talks International Security and Disarmament at Columbia Law School   
When Hans Blix took over the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in 1981, there were no spy satellites, and the Soviet Union was the big nuclear weapons threat, not Iraq. That all changed rapidly during his 16-year tenure, which included the first Gulf War.
  When It Comes to Graffiti and Copyright, the Writing Is Not Always On the Wall   
Several high-profile matters in which graffiti or street artists have asserted copyright as a means of protecting their work are shining a light on the ambiguous state of the law as applied to things like murals and sidewalk art.
  Parsing the Power of the Presidency   
Can congressional obstructionism become so egregious as to justify otherwise unacceptable actions from a president? Or does that very question threaten the checks and balances that underlie the U.S. constitutional order? Columbia Law School Professor David Pozen, an expert in constitutional theory, broaches these issues and more in a provocative new piece, “Self-Help and the Separation of Powers,” published as the lead article in the latest volume of the Yale Law Journal.
  Roman Holiday   
Columbia Law School Professor Katherine Franke spent the month of October in Italy lecturing at the law school of Sapienza Universitá di Roma, the top-ranked university in Italy and the largest in Europe.
  A Positive SPIN   
The new Student Public Interest Network (SPIN) works to unite student organizations devoted to public interest work under one umbrella with a monthly forum designed to foster collaboration and priority setting.
  Making Change One Case at a Time   
Representing incarcerated litigants and other vulnerable clients is among the most meaningful work lawyers can do, said Judge Beverly Martin of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit in a November 3 talk at Columbia Law School.
  Human Rights Clinic Launches New Mentorship Program   
Students working in Columbia Law School’s Human Rights Clinic have been paired with experienced advocates from leading human rights organizations as part of an exciting new mentoring initiative.
  MSNBC’s ‘Morning Joe’ Hosts Talk Politics With Columbia Law School Students   
Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, the hosts of MSNBC’s popular “Morning Joe” talk show, drew a standing-room only crowd when they appeared at Columbia Law School to discuss politics with students on Election Day.
  Analyzing Global Financial Stability   
Financial regulatory policies have come a long way since the near-collapse of the markets in 2008, but they still have further to go, according to leading experts who spoke at a Nov. 6 conference sponsored by Columbia Law School’s European Legal Studies Center and the Richard Paul Richman Center for Business, Law, and Public Policy.
  U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg ’59 Meets with D.C. Externship Students   
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a 1959 alumna, met recently with students in Columbia Law School’s Externship on the Federal Government in Washington, D.C for a private Q&A session.
  Professor Bernard E. Harcourt Argues Death Penalty Case Before 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals   
Columbia Law School Professor Bernard E. Harcourt appeared before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit on Nov. 10 to argue on behalf of a man who has been on death row for more than 27 years.
  Forging Careers in National Security Law   
National security law is a fascinating and intensely marketable field, said Vice Admiral Nanette DeRenzi, Judge Advocate General (JAG) of the U.S. Navy, and Roger Zakheim, former general counsel of the House Armed Services Committee, in a November 6 talk at Columbia Law School.
  Graduates Share Advice on Careers in U.S. Attorney’s Office   
Four Columbia Law School alumni currently working in the civil and criminal divisions of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York returned to campus Nov. 12 to discuss their work, and respective career paths, with students.
  A Long Road Ahead on Civil Rights Advocacy   
During the early voting season in Texas this year, civil rights litigator Myrna Peréz ’03 spent 12-hour days trying to convince people to tell their stories of voting hardships to the media.
  Professors Weigh in on Potential Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Islamic State   
As Congress is poised to consider authorization for the use of military force against the Islamic State, Columbia Law School professors who have served in the U.S. government as international law and law of war advisers have published recommendations for what the authorization should include.