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September 2014

  Beginning a Lifelong Journey in the Law   
In his address to Columbia Law School’s incoming J.D. Class and LL.M. classes, Interim Dean Robert E. Scott welcomed students into a community dedicated to upholding the values of intellectual integrity, civility, mutual respect, and public service.
  
  Rick Jones Receives Champion of Justice Award From National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers   
Rick Jones, a distinguished trial lawyer who leads Columbia Law School’s Community Defense Externship and teaches a Trial Practice seminar, has been honored by the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL).
  
  New Center Launched to Study Liberty and the Law   
Columbia Law School announced today the establishment of the Center on Law and Liberty to study freedom, threats to its existence, and legal protections designed to ensure its survival.
  
  Beyond the Border   
Columbia Law School students and faculty are helping represent undocumented and unaccompanied immigrant youth, adding their expertise and energy to an overwhelmed and overburdened court system through an externship, a new Immigrants’ Rights Clinic, and various pro bono projects.
  
  Becoming Change Agents   
Students got a taste of Columbia Law School's opportunities for public service at the first installment of Social Justice Initiatives' "Lawyering for Change in a Changing World" series on Sept. 8 in Drapkin Lounge.
  
  Columbia Law School Clinic Argues for Marriage Equality in Texas   
Texas 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 5th Circuit.
  
  Environmental Commissioner of the EU Addresses Global Responsibility For a Sustainable Economy   
Dr. Janez Potočnik, the EU Commissioner for the Environment, Reframes the Debate Between Environmental Sustainability and Economic Solvency in a Guest Lecture at Columbia Law School.
  
  Confronting Climate Change   
With global attention turning to New York City for the U.N. Climate Summit 2014 on Sept. 23, top environmental and sustainability experts at Columbia Law School will lead, moderate, and host crucial conversations on confronting climate change.
  
  New Research on Use, Misuse of Stock Price in the Market at Upcoming IRRCi, Millstein Center Event   
The IRRC Institute and the Millstein Center for Global Markets and Corporate Ownership at Columbia Law School will present brand-new research focusing on “The Purpose, Use, and Potential Misuse of Stock Price in the Public Equity Market” on September 19, 2014 at Columbia Law School in New York City.
  
  Colorado Attorney General Discusses His State's Legalization of Marijuana   
Colorado Attorney General John Suthers brought a glimpse of the future for any state that legalizes the use of marijuana in a Sept. 10 presentation sponsored by Columbia Law School’s National State Attorneys General Program and the campus chapters of the American Civil Liberties Union, American Constitution Society for Law and Policy, and Federalist Society.
  
  The Economics of Corruption   
Market forces and the risk of punishment shape what unscrupulous officials charge for bribes, said corruption expert Benjamin Olken at a talk on Sept. 11 organized by Columbia Law School’s Center for the Advancement of Public Integrity.
  
  Human Rights Clinic Advocates for Accountability for Targeted Killings   
Governments should disclose their targeted killing policies and ensure that any use of armed drones complies with international law and is subject to meaningful oversight, the Columbia Law School Human Rights Clinic argues in a letter to the U.N. Human Rights Council co-signed by prominent international human rights groups.
  
  Nigerian Man Who Faced Persecution by Boko Haram Wins Asylum in U.S.   
A 29-year-old Nigerian man who faced persecution because of his Christian faith by members of Muslim extremist groups Hausa Fulani and Boko Haram has been released from a federal detention center after an immigration judge granted his request for asylum on Sept. 17, the Columbia Law School Immigrants’ Rights Clinic announced today.
  
  Alibaba Group GC Tim Steinert '89 Talks to Students About Company's IPO and Personal Career Path   
In the lead-up to today’s debut on the New York Stock Exchange, the China-based Internet e-commerce company Alibaba Group made big waves in the business world—as expected—with analysts predicting the largest stock exchange opening in U.S. history and a valuation set at more than eBay, LinkedIn, and Twitter combined.
  
  Columbia Law School Organizes Powerful Slate of Events Around U.N. Climate Summit   
As heads of state, diplomats, scholars, activists, and global civil society convened in New York City for the Sept. 23 U.N. Climate Summit, Professor Michael B. Gerrard and the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law led several high-profile events illuminating the stark challenge of the climate crisis.
  
  The Lasting Influence of the Burger Court   
  
  Judge Reena Raggi on Getting Federal Sentencing Right