Deans' Cup 2003

2003 DEANS' CUP 

Deans' Cup Yields Narrow Loss for Students but Win for Faculty

New York, NY (April 3, 2003) - Amidst the mayhem of the NCAA, a different kind of college basketball tournament caused a stir in New York City on April 2, 2003 - the annual Deans' Cup. Columbia and NYU law school students started the competition last year to raise funds for public interest law projects and community service organizations on both campuses.

Although Columbia Law School emerged as the victor on its home turf in the inaugural student and faculty games in 2002, CLS lost to NYU by a close margin (37-35) in this year's student game held at NYU's gymnasium. However, Columbia Law School faculty caused a sensation when star player and co-captain, constitutional law professor Michael Dorf, stunned the crowd in the last second of play with a breathtaking turnaround shot. Columbia Law students were so delighted that they stormed the court.


Photo: Prof. Michael Dorf Stuns Crowd with Winning Shot
Photo credit: Dustin Ross

Other faculty team players included professors Samuel Issacharoff (co-captain / center), Jeffrey Fagan (guard), Conrad Johnson (forward), Tracey Meares (guard), Paul Shechtman (forward), John Witt (forward), and Lawrence Zelenak (guard).  Columbia faculty beat NYU faculty 6-5 in the faculty half-time game.

Many prominent New York law firms sponsored this year's Dean's Cup, including Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft; Cahill Gordon & Reindel; Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP; Proskauer Rose LLP; Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP; BAR/BRI; Columbia Law School Student Senate; Coudert Brothers LLP; Hogan & Hartson LLP; Jenkens & Gilchrist Parker Chapin LLP; Nixon Peabody LLP; Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP; Baker & Mckenzie; Brown Raysman Millstein Felder & Steiner LLP; Davis Polk & Wardwell; Dewey Ballantine LLP; Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson; Jones Day; Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman LLP; Kirkpatrick & Lockhart LLP; Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP; Leboeuf, Lamb, Greene & Macrae LLP; Richards Spears Kibbe & Orbe LLP; Sschulte Roth & Zabel LLP; Shearman and Sterling; Simpson Thatcher & Bartlett; Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP; Torys LLP; Willkie Farr & Gallagher; Chadbourne & Parke LLP; Fulbright & Jaworski LLP; NYU Law Student Bar Association; Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP; Patterson, Belknap, Web & Tyler LLP.

At the conclusion of this 2003 competition, student organizers announced that $35,000 was raised through sponsorships and ticket sales, which will be split between public interest organizations at the two schools.