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Columbia Law School Clip Report, March 1–15, 2019

CNN | Erin Burnett OutFront—February 27
Michael Cohen Testifies for 7+ Hours, Alleges Trump Lied About Hush Money Payments, Moscow Project and Wikileaks (Video and transcript)
BERIT BERGER, FORMER FEDERAL PROSECUTOR [In response to question from host Erin Burnett]: . . . This is very common that you see defendants and organizations very rarely does somebody actually come out and say, "Hey, why don't you and I go commit a crime together," or, "Please don't tell anybody about the crime we just committed together."
[Note: Berger is the executive director of the Center for the Advancement of Public Integrity. Amid news concerning Michael Cohen, Paul Manafort, and Roger Stone, she also appeared on CNN’s OutFront With Erin Burnett, MSNBC’s The 11th Hour with Brian Williams (01:30), MSNBC’s Deadline: White House (05:34), Richard French Live, and Yahoo Finance and was quoted in Law360 Tax Authority.]

NBC News—March 1
Carbon monoxide is killing public housing residents, but HUD doesn't require detectors
HUD “should be leading the charge, they should be setting the gold standard,” said Emily Benfer, a visiting associate clinical professor of law at Columbia University in New York, who researches environmental health hazards. “But they are negligent, and they are putting people in danger.”
[Note: This article also appeared on MSN. Benfer’s quotes from this story were also used in the Atlanta Black Star and TheGrio.]

New York Post—March 1
Tesla stock tanks after Elon Musk unveils cheaper Model 3
Columbia Law School professor John Coffee told The Post that he does not see Musk’s legal team’s shake-up as an admission of concern over the SEC, but rather a reflection of his personality. “It sounds to me consistent with what he usually does, which is change everything every 72 hours,” Coffee said.

Forbes India—March 1
Forbes India W-Power Trailblazers 2019: Fight like a girl
Menaka Guruswamy, Supreme Court advocate, has fought long and hard for human rights, the only woman lawyer to contest Section 377.
[Note: Menaka Guruswamy is the BR Ambedkar Research Scholar and a lecturer at Columbia Law School.]

Jacobin Magazine—March 3
The Green New Deal Needs WWII-Scale Ambition
But as the progenitors of the Green New Deal recognize, a technocratic focus on greenhouse pollution numbers misses the true peril and promise of this civilizational moment. “Because reshaping our environmental impact means reworking our economy,” Jedediah Britton-Purdy writes, “there will inevitably be competing visions about who deserves to benefit and what kind of economy we should build.”

New Haven Register—March 3
Activist: Possible change in New Haven lead poisoning policy ‘outrageous’
Attorney Emily Benfer, the director of the Health Justice Advocacy Clinic at Columbia Law School and a national expert on lead poisoning prevention and healthy homes legislation . . . said the CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics agree that “no amount of lead in the blood is safe and children require a wide margin of safety. ... Lead poisoning presents an urgent health and safety threat to children, causing irreversible neurological harm that affects bodily functions, growth, cognition, behavior, and development.”

The Globe and Mail—March 3
Age of distinction: Don’t believe the ageist myths. We only get better in our golden years
Just as different forms of oppression reinforce and compound each other – that’s intersectionality, a term coined by feminist and civil rights activist Kimberlé Crenshaw – so do different forms of activism, because they chip away at the fear and ignorance that all prejudice relies upon.

SCOTUSblog—March 4
Opinion analysis: Court limits fee awards in copyright cases
By Ronald Mann
In the end, this case probably will serve as a visible precedent lower courts will cite to justify a narrow reading of the “costs” available under the various federal statutes that specify fee awards in federal litigation.

The Washington Post—March 4
Virginia Democrats’ political problems show us why intersectionality is so important
As legal scholar Kimberlé Crenshaw wrote, “Twenty-seven years after Anita Hill testified in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee that Clarence Thomas sexually harassed her . . . we can’t acknowledge the central tragedy of 1991 — the false tension between feminist and antiracist movements.”

Lawfare—March 4
How, and How Often, Do Legal Academics Use FOIA?
As David Pozen has argued, agency compliance with FOIA expends financial resources, diverts attention from other tasks, potentially deters candid deliberation by government employees and appears to foster unduly negative perceptions of the executive branch.

The New York Times—March 5
The Oppression of the Supermajority
By Tim Wu
The defining political fact of our time is not polarization. It’s the inability of even large bipartisan majorities to get what they want on issues like these. Call it the oppression of the supermajority. Ignoring what most of the country wants — as much as demagogy and political divisiveness — is what is making the public so angry.
[Note: This column was also quoted or referred to in Boing Boing, Common Dreams, The Oregonian/OregonLive, Salon, The Stranger, Valley News, and The Washington Post.]

Times of India—March 5
Beat digital colonialism – What Digital India should mean: A tech policy for the Indian future
By Mishi Choudhary and Eben Moglen
The tech policy platforms of the opposition parties must proclaim a better approach to beating digital colonialism, which does not merely put the same imperial form into different, local hands. Global trade in services is the key to India’s prosperity in the 21st century: it is this society’s comparative advantage.

Bloomberg—March 5
Apple's Video Plans Put Disney Chief's Board Seat at Risk
"They might have to recognize that they will become active competitors in the near future," said John Coffee, director of the Center on Corporate Governance at Columbia Law School. He suspects both companies have legal advisers looking into whether Iger should remain on Apple’s board.
[Note: This article appeared in numerous publications nationwide.]

Forbes—March 5
Did GE Let SEC In On Larry Culp's Negative Industrial Cash Flow Comment To JPMorgan Chase?
As John Coffee, Columbia University's Adolf A. Berle Professor of Law, said in a March 5 interview . . . I do not know if this was previously disclosed in substance, but (although GE will disagree predictably) I think it is material to investors if it had not been previously disclosed.

CentralJersey.com—March 5
South Brunswick native works tirelessly to protect immigrants’ rights
Since Elora Mukherjee founded Columbia Law School’s Immigrants’ Rights Clinic in 2014, she and her students have successfully represented hundreds of migrants and refugees who have fled violence and persecution in their home countries. . . . Mukherjee’s groundbreaking work led to her being named the Jerome L. Greene Clinical Professor of Law, a new endowed chair made possible as part of a $15 million gift in 2017 from the Jerome L. Greene Foundation, a longtime supporter of the school.

Columbia Daily Spectator—March 5
Professor Jane Ginsburg reflects on her family history as “On the Basis of Sex” screens at Athena Film Festival
The panel also featured Jane Ginsburg, the Morton L. Janklow Professor of Literary and Artistic Property Law at Columbia Law School . . . According to Jane Ginsburg, the law was a fifth member of the family as she grew up: “There was never any doubt, any moment when the family thought that somehow we were being undermined or compromised because of what she was doing. . . . I don’t remember exactly at what point, but I was certainly still in high school when I got involved reading briefs and editing briefs, so it was very much a family enterprise.”

Inside Philanthropy—March 5
To Bolster Global Human Rights, the Clooney Foundation Looks to Monitor Judicial Systems
TrialWatch, which will formally launch on April 25 at Columbia Law School, will train a global network of monitors to observe trials and contribute to an international data collection effort, while establishing a set of best practices for monitoring trials anywhere in the world. . . . TrialWatch will be run in partnership with the American Bar Association, the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, and Columbia, where Amal Clooney has been a visiting law professor since 2015.

Pacific Standard—March 5
"The idea of 'nature' went out with the 20th century," Jedediah Purdy, a professor at Columbia Law School and author of the book After Nature: A Politics for the Anthropocene, wrote in Dissent last year. Part of the reason for that, Purdy explains, is strictly physical: It's more difficult in the modern era to distinguish between natural and non-natural landscapes.

The Week—March 5
Could a group of children make Trump tackle climate change?
The case has required "the administration to make numerous admissions,” says Michael Gerrard, director of the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia University, “and be much more specific in its scientific claims than it has had to be before.”

New York Law Journal—March 6
Three Legal Visions Of a ‘Green New Deal’
By Michael Gerrard and Edward McTiernan
In their Environmental Law column, Michael B. Gerrard and Edward McTiernan compare and contrast three proposals addressing climate change and meet the goal of the Paris Climate Agreement.

Forbes—March 6
Intersectionality: An Invitation For Action On International Women's Day And Beyond
Such is the heart of “intersectionality,” a concept first coined by Kimberle Crenshaw, a scholar-lawyer and civil rights advocate. Her teachings and scholarship challenge us to examine the various ways that certain identities interact with each other to create unique barriers in our journey toward #BalanceforBetter.

Benzinga—March 6
Apple's Streaming Ambition Could Result In Disney CEO Iger Resigning From iPhone Maker's Board
Both Apple and Disney are likely actively examining the legal ramifications of their close relationship, John Coffee, director of the Center on Corporate Governance at Columbia Law School, told Bloomberg. Apple said in a recent regulatory filing it has "arms-length commercial dealings" with Disney, but as of now Iger doesn't have a "material direct or indirect interest" in the dealings.
[Note: This article also appeared in Yahoo Finance.]

Columbia Daily Spectator—March 6
Sustainability Plan for 2020 expected to include plans for pathway to carbon neutrality
Michael Gerrard, director of the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law and co-chair of the Senior Sustainability Advisory Committee, said he is confident that most of the University’s established energy goals will be met by 2020. “It’s my understanding from the Facilities people that all, or virtually all of [the energy efficiency projects in buildings outlined in the 2017 Plan] are going to be done on schedule,” Gerrard said. “People don’t see that… but it’s an important part of what needs to be done.”

Just Security—March 6
BREAKING: United States Supports Germany’s International Arrest Warrant for Accused Syrian War Criminal
Columbia University law professor Sarah Cleveland, who served as Counselor to the Legal Adviser at the Department of State and until 2018 as the U.S. Member on the United Nations Human Rights Committee said, “The extreme scale of atrocities in Syria and the absence of other avenues for accountability in this case demonstrate why universal jurisdiction for such crimes is important and should be supported by the United States. The United States’ support for Germany’s extradition request is therefore an important milestone for international justice.”

KMUW | Wichita's NPR Station—March 6
Past & Present: Intersectionality (Audio)
In 1989, scholar Kimberlé Crenshaw became the first person to use this term in the context of feminism. Crenshaw argues that the experience of being a black woman cannot be understood completely unless we consider both racial and gendered identities, simultaneously.

SCOTUSblog—March 6
Symposium: In the Louisiana abortion case, maybe the best defense is a good offense
Through a combination of luck, the Electoral College, and what Professors Joseph Fishkin and David Pozen call “asymmetrical constitutional hardball,” Republican presidents have named 14 of 18 justices in the last 50 years, despite losing the popular vote in a majority of presidential elections during that period.

VICE News—March 6
Simply messing around with the Trump Organization’s books could also break the law by itself, according to John Coffee, director of the Center on Corporate Governance at Columbia Law School. “If you falsify business records, New York State finds that to be a crime,” Coffee said. “They don’t have to prove that anyone was defrauded.”

Libération—March 6
A la Chambre, les députés démocrates en remettent une couche contre Trump (French)
Rare for a long time, parliamentary inquiries against the administration in place "have multiplied since the 90s, when the Republicans have made the House their arm," said Philip Bobbitt, constitutional expert and law professor at the Columbia University. However, the Congress can not, unlike a court, pronounce a sentence.

Law.com—March 7
Sneak Peek at the 2019 Go-To Law Schools: Nos. 1-10
#1 Columbia Law School
If Columbia Law School looks familiar atop our Go-To Law Schools list, it’s because this marks the sixth straight year it has come in at No. 1. It managed to put even more distance between itself and the No. 2 school, sending more than 71 percent of 2018 graduates into associate jobs at the largest 100 firms. That’s 11 percentage points higher than any other law school. Well done!

Law.com—March 7
And No. 1 on This Year’s Go-To Law School Is …?
Columbia Law School remains at the top of the Big Law heap. . . . Columbia’s success in the Big Law hiring market is a combination of factors, including the intense preparation students undergo in the run-up to on-campus interviews and the school’s location in the nation’s biggest legal market, said Dean of Career Services Marta Ricardo.

Law.com—March 7
Big Changes in Summer Associate Hiring Are On the Way—Slowly
Columbia Law School, which sends a higher percentage of graduates into large firm associate jobs than any other school, is also asking for feedback from employers before deciding what guidelines will be in place for the upcoming on-campus interview season, said Dean of Career Services Marta Ricardo.

The Bureau of Investigative Journalism—March 7
Trump rolls back transparency on civilian drone deaths
Counter-terrorism expert Alan Moorehead from Columbia Law School told us: “Trump’s move to hide the number of civilians killed in US airstrikes is a damaging move, harmful to public accountability and US standing in places it is fighting terrorism."
[Note: Moorehead is director of the Counterterrorism, Armed Conflict and Human Rights Project at the Human Rights Institute and a lecturer at the Law School.]

The Globe and Mail—March 7
Paul Manafort’s 47-month penalty falls far short of sentencing guidelines for money laundering, tax evasion and fraud
“It’s an incredibly low sentence. The guy didn’t take responsibility, he went to trial; he said he was going to co-operate but then lied to them; and he couldn’t even bring himself to say he was sorry,” said Jennifer Rodgers, a former federal prosecutor who teaches law at Columbia University.
[Note: Rodgers is a lecturer at the law school and serves on the Advisory Board of the Center for the Advancement of Public Integrity (CAPI).]

Mother Jones—March 7
The Government’s Failure to Block the Time Warner-AT&T Merger Could Lead to Even Bigger Monopolies
“It’s a real sign of the hurdles faced in challenging big mergers,” says Tim Wu, a professor at Columbia University and author of The Curse of Bigness. “The merger going through should create a mandate for congressional action, the burden is on Congress to change the antitrust laws.”
[Note: Amid the release of Prof. Tim Wu's book The Curse of Bigness and related news concerning Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s presidential campaign and companies like Amazon and Facebook, he was cited and quoted in publications including 7x7, Barron’s, Boston.com, Fast Company, KPFA | UpFront, Law.com, MIT Technology Review, Muy Computer, O Globo, Reuters, The Ringer, Rolling Stone, SDP Noticias, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Tages-Anzeiger, Time Magazine, and Wired.]

National Review—March 7
Enter the Disrupter
Or as the legal scholar of the administrative state Philip Hamburger put it: “Although the United States remains a republic, administrative power creates within it a very different sort of government. The result is a state within the state — an administrative state within the Constitution’s United States.”
[Note: This article also appeared on Yahoo News.]

RealClearPolicy—March 7
Nonprofits Must Bargain With Both Donors & The State
“Many of the key groups founded to resist Trump . . .” Columbia Law School professor David Pozen reports in The Atlantic, “are abandoning the 501(c)(3) public-charity route and incorporating as 501(c)(4) ‘social welfare’ organizations instead.”  . . . In his recent “Liberal Suppression: Section 501(c)(3) and the Taxation of Speech,” Columbia Law School professor Philip Hamburger comprehensively devotes an entire book to the effects of the Internal Revenue Code’s (IRS’s) §501(c)(3) on the rights of nonprofit groups exempt from federal taxation under the provision, which the IRS grants for charitable purposes.

Bloomberg—March 8
Elizabeth Warren Imagines Big Tech After the Breakup
It featured prominently in “The Amazon Paradox,” a 2017 article published in Yale Law Review  . . . The article’s author, Lina Khan, argued that it was logical to apply some form of public utility regulation to the e-commerce company because so many independent businesses rely on Amazon’s platform, even as they compete with other parts of Amazon.
[Note: Khan is an academic fellow at Columbia Law School. Amid news concerning antitrust policies as they relate to companies like Amazon and Facebook and Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s presidential campaign, she was also quoted and cited in media outlets including the Financial Express, the Financial Times, Forbes, Gizmodo, Medium | OneZero,  Newsmax, The Ringer, and the San Francisco Chronicle.]

The Washington Post—March 8
Does Elizabeth Warren’s breakup plan for the tech giants mark the end of a political romance?
Even today, banks are not permitted to control shopping chains, said Tim Wu, a Columbia University law professor and a critic of large tech firms, though Glass-Steagall was essentially repealed during the Bill Clinton presidency. . . . Warren’s proposal also draws inspiration more recently from a forthcoming law article written by Lina Khan, an advocate of more aggressive antitrust enforcement, according to several people familiar with Warren’s plan who requested anonymity to speak openly about her efforts.

The Los Angeles Review of Books—March 8
The Hundred Years’ War Over Free Speech
As recounted in the illuminating essay “Rights Skepticism and Majority Rule at the Birth of the Modern First Amendment,” by Vincent Blasi, Corliss Lamont Professor of Civil Liberties at Columbia Law School . . . Holmes’s dissent planted the fertile seeds of our modern-day First Amendment jurisprudence.

. . . In the last of the essays in this section, Sarah H. Cleveland, Louis Henkin Professor of Human and Constitutional Rights at Columbia Law School and a Member of the United Nations Human Rights Committee . . . thoroughly traces the development, adoption, and protections for free speech and free press contained in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948) and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (1976).

. . . Bell, Bickert, and Tim Wu, Isidor and Seville Sulzbacher Professor at Columbia Law School, in an essay ominously entitled “Is the First Amendment Obsolete?” each delve deeply into these provocative questions and offer some tentative remedies.

Patch—March 8
Why Unconstitutional 'Heartbeat' Bills Beat On In Texas
With President Trump's appointments of Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, abortion foes see their best chances in years to overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark ruling that legalized abortion in the United States, said Columbia Law School professor Carol Sanger, an expert on constitutional law and reproductive rights.

Lawfare—March 9
The Lawfare Podcast: War Powers History You Never Knew with Matt Waxman (Audio)
For the past year, Matthew Waxman has been writing a series of vignettes on Lawfare about interesting—and usually overlooked—historical episodes of American constitutional war powers in action, and relating them to modern debates. . . . I invited Matt on the podcast to talk about these episodes and how they fit together into the book broader project from which they sprung.

Lawfare—March 9
Remembering Eisenhower’s Middle East Force Resolution
By Matthew Waxman
On this date in 1957, President Eisenhower signed into law perhaps the most open-ended force resolution in American history. It was never directly invoked, and it remains formally on the books to this day.

Bloomberg—March 10
Musk Twitter Fight Goes to Court Again on SEC Contempt Charge
Elon Musk is about to urge a judge to go easy on him for tweets that U.S. regulators contend violated a court order . . . “They should take his phone away,” said John C. Coffee Jr., a law professor at Columbia University and director of the Center on Corporate Governance.
[Note: This article appeared in numerous media outlets nationwide.]

American Military News—March 10
Are America’s companies ready to fight Russia & China? New study aims to find out
What does the U.S. military need to confront Russia and China? A broad-ranging study of the required technologies and workforce that has been commissioned by the Ronald Reagan Institute, host of the annual Reagan National Defense Forum, hopes to identify just that. . . . Here are the study’s commissioners: Matthew Waxman, professor, Columbia Law School and former principal deputy director of policy planning, Department of State

NBC News—March 11
Congress is working on carbon monoxide protections after deaths in HUD public housing
In a letter to Carson on Monday citing NBC News’ findings, 15 housing and legal advocacy groups urged Carson to issue “emergency guidance” . . . "Every moment HUD delays amending regulations to require carbon monoxide monitors, it is putting human life in danger," added Emily Benfer, a visiting associate clinical professor of law at Columbia University, who co-wrote the letter.

Law.com—March 11
For Startup GCs, It's Fun and Chaos in Fast-Evolving Role
At the Columbia Legal Tech Fair 2019, hosted by Columbia Law School’s Legal Tech Association on March 8, in-house legal professionals discussed the nuances of the startup GC’s life. Suffice it to say, a lot revolved around the need to be flexible and work independently in the face of an unpredictable and fast-paced role.

Marie Claire—March 11
As Kimberlé Crenshaw, a professor at UCLA School of Law and Columbia Law School who has written about black feminist legal theory, racism, and the law, has argued, the problem is not just one of voter suppression but of “voter depression.

Philanthropy Daily—March 11
Nonprofits must bargain with both donors and the state
In his recent “Liberal Suppression: Section 501(c)(3) and the Taxation of Speech,” Columbia Law School professor Philip Hamburger comprehensively devotes an entire book to the effects of the Internal Revenue Code’s (IRS’s) 501(c)(3) on the rights of nonprofit groups exempt from federal taxation under the provision, which the IRS grants for charitable purposes.

Balkinization—March 12
Republicans['] Own Constitutional Discourse
By David Pozen
Julian Nyarko, Eric Talley,
and I have just posted a new paper that uses computational methods to investigate the ideological and partisan structure of constitutional discourse on the floor of Congress (and secondarily in newspaper editorials). The headline finding is that constitutional discourse has grown much more polarized over the past four decades.
[Note: Nyarko is the Postdoctoral Fellow in Empirical Law and Economics at the Ira M. Millstein Center for Global Markets and Corporate Ownership.]

The Wall Street Journal—March 12
TPG’s McGlashan Stripped of Duties in Wake of College-Admission Scandal
The charges bring specific criminal and regulatory concerns for those in the financial-services industry, said John Coffee Jr., a Columbia University law professor who has written extensively on regulation and litigation. Beyond the legal penalties and fees and the possibility of asset forfeiture, the defendants could lose their brokerage licenses if convicted, he said.

The American Lawyer—March 12
Billable Hour Haters Academy? New Curriculum Launches for Legal Pricing Pros
“This is really about having more sophistication in our industry to make sure law firms and clients are on the same page and it is absolutely timely right now,” said Silvia Hodges Silverstein . . . To create the courses, Silverstein, who teaches law firm finance and management at Columbia Law School, teamed up with Richard Burcher, a U.K.-based pricing consultant.
[Note: Silverstein is a lecturer at the Law School. This article was also referenced on Bloomberg Law Business.]

MSNBC—March 12
50 people charged in nationwide college admission cheat scheme (Video)
Prosecutors say 50 people are being charged nationwide in connection with a $25 million cheating scheme, including actresses Lori Laughlin and Felicity Huffman. Ali Velshi is joined by NBC’s Julia Ainsley, Tom Winter, and former Federal Prosecutor Berit Berger (06:43) to discuss the FBI investigation and what the Department of Justice is calling the largest college admission scam they’ve ever prosecuted.

Daily Mail—March 12
Bank used by Donald Trump to finance hotels and failed bid to buy Buffalo Bills is subpoenaed by New York attorney general after Michael Cohen testified the President lied about his wealth
Trump could theoretically face criminal bank fraud charges if prosecutors could prove Trump intended to deceive with financial statements and that the bank relied on those figures, said John Coffee, a law professor at Columbia University.

The New York Times—March 13
Antitrust Returns to American Politics
By Tim Wu
The variety of antitrust positions in the emerging Democratic field means that it will no longer be enough for a candidate to mutter a few platitudes about big corporations and let the party’s technocrats decide what the nation’s approach to monopoly power ought to be. Such questions of economic policy affect us all and therefore should sit at the core of a majoritarian democratic process.

Al Jazeera—March 13
Digital colonialism is threatening the Global South
In 2010, Columbia Law Professor Eben Moglen announced the FreedomBox project: Free Software that turns computer devices into personal servers that provide the technology needed to run cloud services without a middle-man in control.

CBS News—March 13
Youth are changing the game on climate change
Michael Gerrard, who directs the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia University, thinks the chance the case will ultimately win in the Supreme Court is slim. But he believes it is succeeding in winning over public opinion.

France 24—March 13
California moratorium on death penalty: 'a politically brave & courageous act’ (Video)
François Picard interviews Bernard Harcourt, professor of law at Columbia University, on California Governor Gavin Newsom's decision to declare a moratorium on the death penalty

MSNBC | Deadline: White House—March 13
Protecting the public's right to know: Subpoena Robert Mueller? (Video)
Former assistant Director at the FBI Frank Figliuzzi, former Chief of Staff to VP Biden and Gore Ron Klain, WaPo’s Aaron Blake, former federal prosecutor Berit Berger (05:48), and MSNBC analyst Elise Jordan on House Intel Chairman Adam Schiff saying he will subpoena the Special Counsel if he has to in order to make his findings public

Yahoo Finance—March 13
Here's how much celebrities, wealthy families allegedly paid to guarantee college admission for children (Video)
More details emerging in the nation's largest cheating scandal ever prosecuted. Not only did wealthy families allegedly pay to arrange guaranteed admission for their children, but also arranged doctored test scores. Yahoo Finance's Zack Guzman and former federal prosecutor Berit Berger discuss.

Bloomberg—March 14
Ross Defends Census Question Despite Court Challenge (Podcast)
Richard Briffault, Professor at Columbia Law School discusses congressional testimony from Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross about his decision to include a citizenship question on the 2020 Census.

Time Magazine—March 14
Impeachment Shouldn’t Be Political
By Philip Bobbitt
In the past 20 years, we have drifted toward making impeachment a political decision, determined by polls and calculations of partisan advantage. That course should be reversed before it further undermines the Constitution that the impeachment clause is meant to protect.

Education Week—March 14
Straight Up Conversation: Columbia's Liz Chu on Research and Leadership
Liz Chu was recently named executive director of Columbia Law School's Center for Public Research and Leadership (CPRL), which trains graduate students for careers in education reform. Before joining CPRL five years ago, Liz was an assistant professor of practice at the Relay Graduate School of Education. She started in education as an English teacher in the South Bronx. I recently talked with Liz about CPRL and training the next generation of education leaders.

WNYC | The Brian Lehrer Show—March 14
The Sentencing (and New Charges) of Paul Manafort (Audio)
Andrea Bernstein, senior editor for politics and policy and host of the Trump, Inc. podcast at WNYC and Jennifer Rodgers, former federal prosecutor and lecturer at Columbia Law School, break down the latest sentencing of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort.

The Daily Beast—March 15
Pelosi is Right, but Congress Should Still Dig Into Trump
Yale Law Professor Philip Bobbitt has recently identified several principles to guide this analysis: “When a substantial attempt is made by a candidate to procure the presidency by corrupt means, we may presume that he at least thought this would make a difference in the outcome, and thus we should resolve any doubts as to the effects of his efforts against him. . .”
[Note: We have reached out to The Daily Beast seeking a correction on Prof. Bobbitt’s university affiliation.]

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