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  • Title: Columbia Law School : Home
    Descriptive info: .. STORIES.. 1.. 2.. 3.. 4.. 5.. First Things First: Teaching Responsible Government Lawyering in D.. C.. Students in the Law School's federal government externship program complete an intensive ethics course before tackling assignments in various departments and agencies.. The Thoughts Read 'Round the World.. Professor Andrzej Rapaczynski helped found Project Syndicate, a go-to global source for expert opinion commentary from heads of state, Nobel Prize-winning intellectuals, political powerbrokers, and academics.. Government Secrecy: Lifting the Veil.. In a new course, Professor David Pozen, who joined the Law School recently after serving as special adviser to the legal adviser of the U.. S.. Department of State, sheds light on the laws that facilitate and constrain official secret-keeping.. Election Laws and Potential Irregularities.. The rise in absentee ballots, new voter ID laws, and inconsistent local systems may affect upcoming elections, says Law School Professor Nate Persily.. Master Mediator: Professor Shines Spotlight on Art of Mediation.. Professor Alexandra Carter '03 has trained U.. N.. delegates, led a Native American peacekeeping course, and taught Brazilian judges how to use mediation to settle disputes.. Top News.. Calendar of Events.. Filibuster Face-Off.. Professor Olatunde Johnson, who served as counsel to the U.. Senate Judiciary Committee, breaks down the debate over whether the Senate filibuster should be reformed.. Legal Disputes in the South China Sea.. A high-level panel of government and academic legal experts addressed international legal issues related to current territorial and maritime disputes in the South China Sea.. Super PAC Mania.. Super PACs bankrolled by a relatively small number of multimillionaires have changed the landscape of this year s presidential race.. How did we get here, and what can we expect from future elections held in the era of super PACs?.. View more features.. Professor John C.. Coffee Jr.. to Chair Law School Conference on Insider-Trading Law and Enforcement.. Bundesbank Board Member Andreas Dombret Provides Briefing on Europe's Sovereign Debt Crisis.. America's Voting Process is Flawed and Must Be Improved, Writes Professor Nathaniel  ...   a mutually beneficial legal framework governing the investor-state relationship.. November 15.. Allegations of Corruption In International Arbitration: What Standard of Proof and What Role for Public Policy?.. The Vale Columbia Center and the Center for International Commercial and Investment Arbitration will host a lively debate.. November 16.. The Past, Present and Future of Insider Trading: A 50th Anniversary Re-Examination of Cady, Roberts And The Revolution It Began.. An invitation-only event sponsored by the Center on Corporate Governance.. November 20.. "America & Pakistan: Prospects for the Relationship" Cameron Munter, former U.. ambassador to Pakistan.. November 29.. PILF Annual Fall Dinner.. Since 1991, PILF's Annual Dinner has brought together Columbia Law School alumni, faculty, students, and New York lawyers to present the Public Interest Achievement Award to an individual who has made significant contributions to public interest law.. SEE ALL EVENTS.. -- All Events --.. Academic Calendar.. Admissions Events.. Alumni Events.. Careers Events.. Faculty Calendar.. Lectures / Symposia.. Student Events.. Orientation Events.. Columbia Law School: An Introduction.. Become a member of an exceptional community long renowned for its intellectual rigor and high standards.. BEGIN.. JD Applicants.. LLM/JSD Applicants.. NEW Columbia Three-Year J.. D.. /M.. B.. A.. Program.. Explore Courses: Browse, compare and search Columbia Law School's course offerings.. Explore now.. Academic Programs Policy.. Programs.. Curriculum.. Registrar.. Centers and Programs.. Clinics.. Graduate Legal Studies.. International Programs.. The Juris Doctor Program.. Law Journals and Publications.. Moot Court.. Public Interest Law.. Workshops and Colloquia.. CourseWeb.. Curriculum Guide.. Registration Services.. Rules.. Careers: From fellowships to clerkships, corporate law to public interest, summer internships to teaching, opportunity awaits students and graduates.. Make a Gift Support Columbia Law School.. Begin Today.. Columbia Law School.. News.. Calendars.. Academics.. Administration.. Giving.. Admissions.. Students.. Faculty.. Alumni.. Careers.. Library.. search.. Academic Calendar.. Resources For Employers.. Directory.. Web Policies.. Campus Map.. Columbia University.. Jobs at Columbia.. Contact Us.. Copyright 2012, Columbia Law School.. For questions or comments, please contact the.. webmaster.. 435 West 116th Street, New York, NY 10027 (212) 854-2640..

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  • Title: Columbia Law School : First Things First: Teaching Responsible Government Lawyering in Washington, D.C.
    Descriptive info: PRESS RELEASES.. 2012 Archives.. 2011 Archives.. 2010 Archives.. 2009 Archives.. 2008 Archives.. 2007 Archives.. 2006 Archives.. 2005 and Older.. MEDIA GUIDE TO EXPERTS.. IN THE NEWS.. COLUMBIA LAW SCHOOL MAGAZINE.. CURRENT EVENTS.. Print.. First Things First: Teaching Responsible Government Lawyering in Washington, D.. Students in Columbia Law School's federal government externship program complete an intensive ethics course before tackling their assignments in various departments and agencies.. By Michael L.. Shenkman 06, fellow of the Columbia Law School Center for Law and Politics Lecturer-in-Law.. In the fall of 2010, Columbia Law School launched a.. federal government externship program.. in Washington, D.. At the time, Dean David Schizer described the initiative as part of a broader effort to offer students deep and rigorous engagement with the latest trends in our profession.. Students spend an entire term living in Washington and working full-time in various departments and agencies while enrolled in courses about government lawyering, which I have had the privilege to design and teach.. Our program s curriculum explores the American system of separated institutions sharing powers and the pathways of legal policymaking.. A semester-length seminar leverages an extraordinary roster of guests many of them Columbia Law School alumni who range from early career government lawyers to judges and subcabinet officials.. With their help, the students learn about congressional influence on the executive branch, the role of the Department of Justice, the operation of the White House Counsel s Office, and the functions of agency general counsels.. Federal government externs and Michael Shenkman, far right, with Department of Defense General Counsel Jeh C.. Johnson '82, center.. But no instructional content is more important than responsible public practice.. In setting up the externship program, Dean Schizer and Dean for Social Justice Initiatives Ellen Chapnick defined our objective as helping train fine lawyers who also will be fine leaders in public life.. To that end, last year we added a mandatory and intensive one-credit government ethics course, which students complete in the week before beginning their externship field placements.. Professors Trevor Morrison 98 and Nathaniel Persily, faculty co-sponsors of the D.. externship program, guided development of the new curriculum along with Professor William Simon, who oversees the Law School s professional responsibility program, and James Tierney, director of the National State Attorneys General program.. The course we built is the aspect of our federal government externship that makes me proudest.. As far as I know, we are alone among law schools in placing ethics first in our Washington curriculum.. Among other reasons, this is probably because government ethics is a squishy subject to teach.. There are plenty of relevant statutes and regulations, but they guarantee ethical government only in form, not in fact.. A major theme of our ethics course is the impossibility of writing rules that alone ensure legal counseling that is responsible and decision-making that is free of conflicts of interest, which we as citizens and as lawyers expect.. Many government attorneys provide advice that is unlikely to be reviewed by a court, and so special obligations attach beyond an advocate s best defense of considered action.. In our course, we talk about finding the law outside courtrooms and other tribunals in places where there may be no adversarial case.. We work to define what it means to help the President carry out the constitutional responsibility to take care that the laws be faithfully executed.. We talk about the challenge of serving a hydra-like client, often comprised of a line manager, the Attorney General, the President, the Executive Branch in its entirety, and, finally, the  ...   training: it calls for ongoing conversations about what ethics entail in practice.. Most students along with most government employees do not know about the Office of Government Ethics-issued Standards of Ethical Conduct, including their first axiom: Public service is a public trust.. The standards are law, but they are enforced only to the extent that agency leaders give content to them something Columbia Law School is training the future leaders in our program to do.. Ethical public administration needs to be modeled and mandated from the top down.. Leaders must demonstrate that it is okay to seek advice about ethics, promote conversation about doing the right thing, and convey an expectation that an entire agency makes these questions integral to all of its work.. We are equipping students to identify ethical issues and discuss them, rather than simply to accept how things are done.. Knowing when to leave is essential.. Our course includes required reading on the resignations of, among others, Elliot Richardson and William Ruckelshaus during Watergate s Saturday Night Massacre stories of distinguished public servants and legal heroes who left their jobs rather than surrender their principles about the independent administration of justice.. During the seminar, however, students grapple with the relevance of these historical examples, naturally asking: What does this have to do with us? Even when I play audio of Richard Nixon telling his senior DOJ officials to compromise legal integrity on pain of dismissal, the prospect of a call from a future president with instructions to disregard the law seems remote.. But this is the public law analog to the private practice question of when to fire the client.. The purpose of discussing limits is not only to point out that resignation can be an essential matter of conscience, but also to illuminate the professional independence necessary to give effect to the constraining power of the law.. We train our students to think critically and preemptively about the boundaries of ethical public service, so they will not cross the lines and so they avoid brushing up against them.. Nearly a half-century ago, Judge Jack Weinstein 48 then a full-time member of the Columbia Law School faculty wrote that government service, while it furnishes some of the hardest ethical problems, affords a lawyer many of the greatest opportunities for professional fulfillment.. [1].. Through our externship program and its ethics course component, we are helping prepare Columbia Law School students for both these professional challenges and rewards.. It is meaningful and important training no matter where their career paths take them.. Michael L.. Shenkman '06, a fellow of the Center for Law and Politics at Columbia Law School, teaches the Law School's Federal Government Externship in Washington, D.. He was an appointee to the U.. Department of Justice from 2009 to 2011, where he served as Senior Counsel in the Office of Legal Policy and as Associate Director of the Office of Intergovernmental and Public Liaison.. Jack B.. Weinstein,.. Some Ethical and Political Problems of a Government Attorney.. , 18 Me.. L.. Rev.. 155, 172 (1966).. January 2012.. Feburary 2012.. March 2012.. April 2012.. May 2012.. June 2012.. July 2012.. August 2012.. September 2012.. October 2012.. November 2012.. Ambassador Cameron Munter Joins Law School as Visiting Professor.. Columbia Law School to Host Conference on Insider-Trading Law.. Corporate Political Spending Petition May Reach SEC Commissioners.. Experts and Diplomats Hold Productive Discussion on Legal Disputes in the South China Sea.. Montana Attorney General Steve Bullock 94 Wins Governor s Race.. Bundesbank Board Member Andreas Dombret Provides Briefing on Europe's Sovereign Debt Crisis..

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  • Title: Columbia Law School : The Thoughts Read 'Round the World
    Descriptive info: The Thoughts Read 'Round the World.. Media Contact:.. Public Affairs, 212-854-2650 or.. publicaffairs@law.. columbia.. edu.. New York, Oct.. 25, 2012.. Professor Andrzej Rapaczynski.. s office in Columbia Law School s Jerome Greene Hall looks much like the office of any other prolific scholar.. It has a large desk covered with papers, a comfortable couch, and an entire wall of shelves filled with books (including some Rapaczynski wrote himself).. But Rapaczynski isn t just a law professor.. He s also a co-founder of.. Project Syndicate.. , one of the world s foremost publishers of commentary and analysis by distinguished economic, political, and cultural experts.. The service, which Rapaczynski helped found more than 15 years ago, counts among its regular contributors a roster of leading intellectual and political thinkers who write about myriad issues from around the globe.. Readers of nearly 500 newspapers in 153 countries turn to Project Syndicate for cutting-edge commentary from the likes of President Jimmy Carter, former Secretary-General of the United Nations Kofi A.. Annan, head of U.. Women and former president of Chile Michelle Bachelet, and former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl.. George Soros, the renowned financier and friend of Rapaczynski s whose early financial support helped get Project Syndicate off the ground, also writes regularly.. Most of the newspapers that carry Project Syndicate pieces are located outside the United States.. But over the last couple of years, Rapaczynski and his team have made a concerted effort to attract more American readers.. They overhauled the website to include more discussion, debate and online-only articles, and now about 40 percent of the site s 1.. 5 million pageviews a month are from computers in this country.. What readers find when they get to the site is a wide variety of viewpoints from across the political spectrum.. Headlines from recently featured columns include: Hands Off Syria? God and Woman in Iran, and Back to the Brink for the Eurozone?.. Project Syndicate offers its content in 11 languages to any newspaper, regardless of ability to pay.. The subscriptions of larger, more financially stable papers in developed countries help subsidize those of less established content providers in developing countries.. A huge proportion of our member papers pay nothing or something symbolic, said Rapaczynski, Daniel G.. Ross Professor of Law.. The goal is simple, he said: To raise the level of political and economic discussions in newspapers and online publications by bringing in more expert opinion.. We are taking away from journalists the dominant role of commenting on events.. To do so, Project Syndicate relies on opinion-makers from around the world all of whom, despite their brilliance, are rather heavily edited, Rapaczynski said with  ...   Law School, which he joined in 1982.. He teaches torts, antitrust, and constitutional law and also writes on institutional economics and political philosophy.. When he s not working with students or writing for law reviews, Rapaczynski works with Project Syndicate columnists on their pieces.. Besides Rapaczynski s office in the United States, Project Syndicate also has a Prague office, which handles most of the logistics for the content provider.. But the organization is informal and run on a shoestring, Rapaczynski said.. Several years ago, he traveled to Prague to celebrate the project s 10th anniversary.. When he got there, he and other staffers realized it was actually their ninth.. The distinction hardly mattered.. Rapaczynski feels there s plenty to celebrate.. We think Project Syndicate is the most important source of opinion commentaries in the world, he said.. # # #.. , founded in 1858, stands at the forefront of legal education and of the law in a global society.. Columbia Law School combines traditional strengths in corporate law and financial regulation, international and comparative law, property, contracts, constitutional law, and administrative law with pioneering work in intellectual property, digital technology, tax law and policy, national security, sexuality and gender, and environmental law.. Join us on.. Facebook.. Follow us on Twitter:.. www.. twitter.. com/columbialaw.. Professor George Bermann Delivers Lecture on Arbitrability Trap.. Columbia Law School Professor George Bermann to Chair Panel on International Commercial Arbitration.. Master Mediator: Professor s Innovative Work Shines Spotlight on the Art of Mediation.. Professor Sarah H.. Cleveland Advises Tunisians on Drafting of Constitution.. to Open ABA s National Institute on Class Actions.. to Address Annual Conference on Future of Securities Regulation.. Sexuality & Gender Clinic Applauds Federal Appeals Court Strike-Down of the Defense of Marriage Act.. Former Deputy High Representative for Bosnia-Herzegovina Speaks on Peace Building.. Professor Michael Graetz to Share Expertise on the Economy and the Election.. The Future of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.. Syria s Conflict: Will the U.. Intervene?.. Marching Toward Justice: Exhibit on Display in New York City at Columbia Law School.. Columbia Law School Professor Katharina Pistor Receives Honor in Germany.. Judge Richard A.. Posner Speaks at Columbia Law School.. New Course on Government Secrecy Debuts at Columbia Law School.. Editorial on Judicial Nominations Cites Paper by Columbia Law School s Michael L.. Shenkman 06.. Roundtable Discussion on South China Sea Territorial Disputes.. Professors Discuss Landmark Cases to be Reviewed by U.. Supreme Court.. A Taxing Topic: Reform of the Tax Code.. Famed Civil Rights Attorney Ted Shaw 79 Argues Before Mock Supreme Court.. Special Assistant Attorney General of California Travis LeBlanc on Internet Regulation.. Professor Tim Wu Wins World Technology Award..

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  • Title: Columbia Law School : New Course on Government Secrecy Debuts at Columbia Law School
    Descriptive info: New Course on Government Secrecy Debuts at Columbia Law School.. Associate Professor David Pozen Brings Recent State Department Experience to the Classroom.. Media Contact:.. 12, 2012.. As groups like WikiLeaks and Anonymous continue to make headlines for their disclosure of classified documents, one of Columbia Law School s newest professors is offering students a peek behind the laws that facilitate and constrain government secrecy.. The secrecy course is taught by Associate Professor of Law.. David Pozen.. , who has been quickly making a name for himself as an expert in areas such as freedom of information and constitutional theory.. Associate Professor of Law David Pozen.. Pozen joined the Law School faculty in July after serving as special adviser to the legal adviser of the U.. Department of State, where his portfolio ranged from foreign official immunity and war powers issues to immigration.. In that position, Pozen witnessed some of the fallout from WikiLeaks, and his new research will explore whether and to what extent such leaks are challenging the old regulatory paradigm.. In 2007 and 2008, Pozen served as a special assistant to Sen.. Edward M.. Kennedy.. He was the lead Senate staffer working on the State Secrets Protection Act, which would have clarified the role of federal judges in deciding when and how the government can rely on the state secrets privilege in litigation.. The state secrets privilege allows the government to keep out of court information that would harm national security.. Critics claim the executive branch has used it excessively to shield certain practices from unwanted scrutiny.. In Pozen s new Law of Government Secrecy seminar, students are studying the constitutional arguments for and against different types of official secrecy, the laws that organize secret-keeping and disclosure in the executive branch, and the judicial doctrines that govern secrecy in litigation.. In addition to government reports and law review articles, course readings include some of the landmark cases in the field.. One such case is.. Mohamed v.. Jeppesen Dataplan, Inc.. ,.. in which a panel  ...   the role of an informed electorate and a free press.. In his current research, Pozen has turned his attention to government leaks.. Despite recent high-profile examples including the prosecution of Pfc.. Bradley Manning, who is accused of leaking classified documents to WikiLeaks fewer than a dozen prosecutions have been brought against leakers to the press since 1917, when the Espionage Act was passed.. Meanwhile, newspapers regularly publish information from unnamed government sources.. Pozen is drafting an article thatseeks to shed light on the government s relative tolerance of leaks by providing a new account of why there is so little criminal enforcement in this area and of the informal disciplinary mechanisms that have developed in place of such enforcement.. Leaking has long been the subject of popular and scholarly fascination, and yet our understanding of the phenomenon is poor, Pozen said, adding that much of the legal literature focuses on First Amendment questions without delving into broader, structural or functional issues.. I hope to advance our understanding of how classified information leaks are regulated within government, and to connect some of these insights to larger debates over executive power.. Later this semester, Pozen will present his paper to the faculty at Duke University School of Law.. He is also sharing his expertise with students beyond Columbia Law School, speaking about national security and leaks at several other universities, including Fordham, Harvard, and Princeton.. In addition to national security and constitutional law, Pozen s areas of expertise include international and foreign affairs law and nonprofit organizations.. Pozen earned his law degree from Yale Law School in 2007.. Before he joined the State Department in 2010, he clerked for U.. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens and for Judge Merrick B.. Garland of the U.. Court of Appeals for the D.. Circuit.. It is a great honor to join the Columbia Law School faculty, and I am thrilled to be here, Pozen said.. I am particularly excited to join such a dynamic and diverse public law group.. ###..

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  • Title: Columbia Law School : The 2012 Presidential Election: Setting the Stage for a New "Hanging Chad"?
    Descriptive info: MEDIA GUIDE.. The 2012 Presidential Election: Setting the Stage for a New "Hanging Chad"?.. Rise in Absentee Ballots, New Voter Identification Laws, and Inconsistent Local Systems May Affect Upcoming Elections, Says Law School Professor Nathaniel Persily.. New York, Aug.. 3, 2012.. With the November elections fast approaching,.. Professor Nathaniel Persily.. of Columbia Law School has identified a set of key issues that are changing the election process and could potentially affect outcomes.. The growing use of absentee ballots threatens to strain local election authorities that are already struggling to comply with complex election laws, and more stringent voter identification laws could suppress voter turnout, says Persily, one of the nation s leading authorities on election law.. Finally, he says, the laws governing campaigns need to be updated to reflect the impact of new media.. Persily, the Charles Keller Beekman Professor of Law and Professor of Political Science, and director of the Center for Law and Politics, began his career as a law professor shortly after the 2000 election meltdown that led to the Supreme Court s landmark decision in.. Bush v.. Gore.. In the upcoming presidential election, he predicts that a steep increase in the use of absentee ballots could make them the next potential chad to dangle, as he wrote last month in an op-ed for the.. New York Daily News.. States like absentee ballots because they ease the burden on polling places and are seen as cheaper to administer, Persily said.. Voters like the convenience of not having to wait in line.. Indeed, in recent years absentee and mail-in ballots have been rising as a share of total ballots cast.. The majority of states now allow no-excuse absentee voting, meaning you no longer need the political equivalent of a doctor s note.. The rise in absentee ballots is seen as a win-win, says Persily, who holds a Ph.. in political science, but it s not necessarily so: Absentee ballots can be more problematic than they appear.. This was the case in Minnesota in 2008, when nearly 1,000 absentee ballots were wrongly rejected in the razor-thin Senate victory by Al Franken over Norm Coleman.. Absentee ballots also created problems in the 2000 Florida recount and during an earlier mayoral race in Miami.. While many debate whether new voter identification laws in some states will curtail election fraud at polling places, Persily posits that the error rates are much higher and potential for fraud is greater with absentee ballots, particularly since they are becoming a permanent fixture of our system.. By the 2016 presidential election, he predicts, half of Americans will be voting early  ...   be to vote, he told NPR.. These are not literacy tests and they are not explicit poll taxes in the way that they were, say, 50 years ago in the South, but it is one more hindrance that would prevent some people from turning out to vote.. Compliance With Voting Laws: A Local Issue.. In the end, however, Persily argues that the focus on more stringent voter ID laws and increased absentee ballots are distractions: The more pressing problem concerns election administration.. We pay a lot of attention to voter ID and absentee ballot laws, as well as some of the early voting issues, he says.. But we still entrust management of our polling places to relatively untrained volunteers.. The cash-strapped counties in charge of running elections cannot do what s necessary to comply with all the byzantine laws that constrain them.. Persily is in favor of national rules, greater standardization, and a public database for voting results by precinct.. I d like to see some kind of national election authority that works, he said.. The Federal Elections Commission, given its frequently deadlocked votes, is designed to fail and should be replaced.. New Media Changing the Paradigm of Campaigning.. But if elections are inherently chaotic, making regulation around them particularly tricky, then the Internet and new media will only deepen that chaos.. Our fanaticism about regulating super PACs and corporations and shadow voting doesn t get at the fact that the paradigm of campaigning is going to change as things go to the Internet, Persily says.. In the wake of.. Citizens United v.. Federal Election Commission.. , which allowed unlimited corporate and union spending in candidate elections, Persily said the real challenge is figuring out how to adapt campaign finance laws to the new technologies of communication.. Because that technology is conducive to anonymous spending, you could have people across the world putting ads on the Internet for or against a certain candidate, he says.. The Internet has become the Wild West of campaigning, and our laws are way too outdated to address it.. Columbia Law School Student Team Brings Home Gold from International Mooting Competition.. State Public Utility Commissions Have Tools to Promote Energy Efficiency, New Study Shows.. Legal Victory by Environmental Law Clinic in Battle Against Hydrofracking.. Professor Gillian Metzger '95 Explains Tax Power Used to Uphold Health Care Reform.. J.. Class of 2015 and LL.. M.. Class of 2013 Arrive for Orientation.. The 2012 Presidential Election: Setting the Stage for a New "Hanging Chad"?.. Professor Elizabeth Scott Analyzes Latest Jurisprudence on Juvenile Justice Cases.. Sculptural Surprises Grace the Law School Grounds..

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  • Title: Columbia Law School : Master Mediator: Professor’s Innovative Work Shines Spotlight on the Art of Mediation
    Descriptive info: Master Mediator: Professor s Innovative Work Shines Spotlight on the Art of Mediation.. This Past Year, Alexandra Carter '03 Has Trained U.. Delegates, Led a Native American Peacekeeping Course, and Taught Brazilian Judges.. 2, 2012.. In a conference room overlooking the East River at the United Nations headquarters in New York City last month, Associate Clinical Professor of Law.. Alexandra Carter.. 03 huddled with two women playing the parts of prime ministers.. Only moments before, the women had pushed back their chairs in satisfaction, celebrating a successful role-play in which they had negotiated an end to a fictional armed conflict over biological warfare research.. But after a few minutes, the pair actual delegates from Egypt and Haiti who were in town for the 67th U.. General Assembly worried they had done something wrong by finishing so quickly.. Prof.. leading workshop.. ,.. Women Negotiating Peace.. Let me get this straight, Carter deadpanned, as she looked from one pretend prime minister to another.. You re saying you ve come to a mutually beneficial agreement, and you re asking me if you did anything wrong?.. She paused.. I just want to reflect that back to you, she finished, breaking into a grin as the women began to laugh.. Carter devised the simulation, with the help of research fellow Ashley Simpson 12, at the request of the United Nations Institute for Training and Research for a first-of-its-kind training for female U.. delegates.. The fictional role-play, in which delegates from 23 countries participated, was designed to address a very real problem: Female diplomats sign less than 3 percent of international peace agreements compared to their.. male counterparts.. A Malaysian delegate at Carter's training.. Working with world leaders is just one of the ways Carter and other faculty members in the.. Alternative Dispute Resolution program.. at Columbia Law School are sharing their expertise, helping not just students but also real-world practitioners learn to be better at conflict resolution.. In this past year alone, Carter created and taught a Native American peacekeeping class with the help of some of the Law  ...   we walked out, either because we could help them or because we couldn t.. Liebman, who retired from teaching the clinic two years ago and now serves as founding director, said Carter is doing a fabulous job raising the profile of the Law School s mediation curriculum.. In addition to its mediation offerings, the Law School s ADR program boasts courses on the basics of negotiation, dealmaking, transnational arbitration, and World Trade Organization dispute settlements.. It also hosts myriad conferences, seminars, workshops, and symposiums.. The idea behind the program is to teach people to look beyond litigation and attempt to resolve disputes outside the courtroom.. While a student at Columbia Law School less than 10 years ago, Carter enrolled in the Mediation Clinic on the recommendation of a friend, and she ultimately served as a teaching assistant under Liebman.. The experience changed the trajectory of her career, but it took her a while to shift away from pursuing trial work.. Following graduation from the Law School, Carter worked as a litigation associate at Cravath, Swaine Moore.. In one prospective representation, a famous artist came to the firm distraught over a dispute with a longtime collaborator.. At the first meeting, the partner in charge rattled off a list of potential claims the artist could bring, but Carter felt the woman wanted something more.. I could see on her face that we were not giving her what she needed, Carter recalled.. What she really needed was a process that would allow her to sit down with this person and figure out something that was going to let their project go forward.. Carter eventually decided that she preferred mediation and negotiation to litigation and changed career paths.. Now, she tries to teach her students at the Law School, the United Nations, Brazil, and elsewhere that for parties in opposition, the act of sitting down together can be hugely beneficial.. I really believe that people know best how to solve their own problems, she said.. My job is to help create a process that allows them to do that..

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  • Title: Columbia Law School : Experts and Diplomats Hold Productive Discussion on Legal Disputes in the South China Sea
    Descriptive info: Experts and Diplomats Hold Productive Discussion on Legal Disputes in the South China Sea.. Role of International Law in Resolving the Conflict Evaluated.. New York, Nov.. 5, 2012.. Before a capacity crowd that included representatives from about 30 foreign governments, a high-level panel of government and academic legal experts met Nov.. 1 at Columbia Law School to address international legal issues related to current territorial and maritime disputes in the South China Sea.. The participants convened for a roundtable discussion on International Law and the South China Sea, hosted by Columbia Law School.. The roundtable was the first event held under the aegis of the new Center for Constitutional Governance and was organized by.. Sarah Cleveland.. , the Louis Henkin Professor of Human and Constitutional Rights and faculty co-director of the Human Rights Institute.. Former UK Legal Adviser and Visiting Professor Sir Daniel Bethlehem, QC.. Panelists included senior officials of states with claims in the South China Sea, including Henry Bensurto, Jr.. , the chief of mission at the Philippines Department of Foreign Affairs; Zhou Jian, counselor for the permanent mission of the People s Republic of China to the United Nations; and Ambassador H.. E.. Le Hoai Trung, permanent representative of Vietnam to the United Nations.. Former UK Legal Adviser Sir Daniel Bethlehem, QC, currently a visiting professor at the Law School, and current State Department Legal Adviser Harold Hongju Koh also participated.. The program was moderated by Bernard Oxman 65, professor at the University of Miami School of Law and an internationally renowned expert on the law of the sea.. Bernard Oxman 65, professor at the University of Miami School of Law.. The panelists emphasized that they appeared and spoke in their personal capacities and not as representatives of their respective countries or organizations.. The disputes in the South China Sea center on islands, including the Paracel and Spratly islands (as they are known in English), which along with their surrounding waters are potentially rich in resources like oil and natural gas.. The islands are currently occupied or otherwise claimed in part by China, Taiwan, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Vietnam.. The same countries and Brunei have overlapping claims to maritime areas in the South China Sea.. The South China Sea dispute is one of the most important, least understood international law issues of our time, Koh observed.. The three main questions to be answered in the dispute are: Who owns it? What is it? And how do these overlapping interests interact with one another? said panelist Coalter Lathrop, the founder of Sovereign Geographic, a consultant firm specializing in international boundary issues.. Coalter Lathrop, the founder of Sovereign Geographic, a consultant firm specializing in international boundary issues.. The panelists from Vietnam, the Philippines, and China not only had markedly different views on the answers to these questions, but they also disagreed over the order in which the questions should be answered.. Several speakers, including Oxman and Bethlehem, raised the question of whether the claims over the islands and over the maritime spaces might  ...   these claims are accepted as the starting point of negotiations, then the dispute is much larger than it needs to be.. The Chinese panelist disagreed, arguing against the separation of questions of maritime territory from questions of sovereignty.. Zhou articulated the Chinese position that it has long had historical claims to sovereignty over the area that pre-date China s accession to the United Nation Convention on the Law of the Sea.. He suggested that this was the basis for China s claim to the so-called nine-dash line, by which China asserts sovereignty over much of the South China Sea.. In response, Ambassador Le of Vietnam countered that historical claims have little validity in modern international law.. Otherwise, Le noted, Rome and Mongolia would have sovereignty over much of Europe.. The participants from Vietnam and the Philippines both rejected the suggestion that the nine-dash line had any basis in international law.. Le emphasized that while Vietnam is supportive of joint exploration of some areas, a joint exploration is unacceptable in areas that are near the Vietnamese coast.. Going forward, Le hoped that the countries might be able to conclude a Code of Conduct among Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member states and China.. Ambassador H.. Zhou Jian, counselor for the permanent mission of the People s Republic of China to the United Nations.. While all the panelists reiterated the importance of peacefully resolving the dispute through the framework of international law rather than in the sphere of politics, Zhou questioned whether law would necessarily supply solutions to the current problems.. State Department Legal Adviser Koh suggested that international law could guide and encourage peaceful actions and negotiations between the countries, just as drivers in lower Manhattan are still guided by traffic laws in the absence of street lights and power in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.. Koh underscored that legal questions should be distinguished from political claims in the region.. Like many of the panelists, Koh emphasized the importance of airing the various legal positions as a step toward narrowing the issues in dispute and fostering greater understanding.. t.. State Department Legal Adviser Harold Hongju Koh.. The event highlighted the Center s role in providing a safe forum to vigorously air and parse complex international legal positions, Cleveland said, and provided an opportunity to enhance transparency and understanding and to foster greater ties between academia and governments.. All agreed that the panel was a pathbreaking forum for debating the merits of the legal issues and urged that serious public discussion would help clarify and narrow the dispute and help promote a peaceful resolution of these matters going forward.. NOTE: For an interview with Professor Sarah Cleveland about this event and the issues discussed, please contact the Public Affairs office.. Columbia Law School combines traditional strengths in corporate law and financial regulation, human rights, international and comparative law, property, contracts, constitutional law, and administrative law with pioneering work in intellectual property, digital technology, tax law and policy, national security, sexuality and gender, and environmental law..

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  • Title: Columbia Law School Magazine
    Descriptive info: Blog.. "The days of marriage inequality may be coming to an end, at least in some parts of the United States.. ".. Posted.. 11/7/2012.. by.. Suzanne Goldberg.. New Online.. Family Focused.. Energy Efficiency.. Evelyn Langlieb Greer.. Alumni Spotlight.. George W.. Madison '80.. As the former general counsel at the Department of the Treasury, George W.. Madison 80 oversaw a staff of 2,000 lawyers and served as a key policy adviser to the Treasury secretary.. In Session.. Emily Howie.. Striding Forward.. Jacob Fiddelman.. Knowledge Applied.. Finding Value.. Robert J.. Jackson Jr.. International Policy.. Michael W.. Doyle.. In Profile.. Vilma Martinez '67.. Breaking Ground.. Charles Fabrikant '68.. Leading By Example.. Sheila Abdus-Salaam '77.. Strong Foundations.. Andrew Yang '99.. Hidden Talent.. Kristen Clarke '00.. Standing Tall.. Happenings.. Ginsburg Feted for Her Law School Anniversary.. The Center for Gender and Sexuality Law recently welcomed U.. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg 59 for a symposium commemorating the 40th anniversary of her appointment to the Law School faculty and celebrating her contributions to gender-based justice and equality.. Jeh Johnson and Richard Richman Receive Law School's Medal For Excellence.. At the 2012 Winter Luncheon, Columbia Law School honored top Pentagon lawyer Jeh C.. Johnson 82 and businessman Richard P.. Richman 72 J.. , 73 M.. with its most prestigious award, the Medal for Excellence.. Experts Discuss Past, Future of Delaware Chancery Court.. Columbia Law School recently hosted a group of more than 300 corporate law professors and securities litigators for a conference examining key developments at the Delaware Court of Chancery under former chancellor William B.. Chandler III and assessing the future of the country s leading business court.. Hans Smit Celebrated as "Leading Light" at the Law School.. Family, friends, colleagues, and students of Professor Hans Smit 58 LL.. gathered recently at Columbia Law School to commemorate the towering figure in the field of international arbitration and comparative law who passed away earlier this year.. Alumni Breakfast Series Draws Graduates for Timely Talks.. The Columbia Law School Association kicked off its 2011 12 Alumni Breakfast Series this past winter with presentations by prominent graduates and faculty on subjects including taxation, enforcement of securities laws, and international arbitration.. More.. Search.. Browse this issue.. Join the Conversation.. It is never okay to tread on human rights and civil liberties here in the.. It is never okay to tread on human rights and civil liberties here in the states against citizens, unless perhaps they are enemy combatants.. I believe that when we witness our government having to create a great deal  ...   is overcrimilization of youth, lack of real probation, blatant perjury and it goes on and on.. There are three sides to a trial: the defence, the prosecutor and the truth.. Mel on.. Investigating an Execution.. Most of my legal career was with the State of NY; first as an assistant.. Most of my legal career was with the State of NY; first as an assistant attorney general and, later, as a principal law clerk in the Court of Claims.. I defended claims brought under the Unjust Conviction and Imprisonment Act and assisted judges in their adjudication.. Even where judges are fair, prosecutors behave ethically, witnesses do not deliberately lie and defense counsel is competent, mistakes are made and innocent persons are convicted.. This is as good a reason as any to abolish capital punishment.. Robert S.. Hammer '64 on.. National security law seems to be the practice of legally, or.. National security law seems to be the practice of legally, or bureaucratically, justifying the government s treading on human rights and civil liberties.. Rather than checking the balance of the presidency, the DOD, and the CIA, it appears that the DOJ works at creating the legal loopholes to make their future (or in some cases past) actions legal.. They create a questionable legal space for the government to maneuver.. The government released no evidence of al-Awlaki s misdeeds before targeting him.. It is hard to defend oneself, if you don t know the charges against you.. I think the secrecy within which our government operates is justified in certain exceptions, but should not be the rule and should not be codified in governmental law.. Am I wrong? -Former employee of the DOD (Army), current student.. Jeff Wood on.. The effectiveness of DeLuna s defense counsel is clearly a traceable.. The effectiveness of DeLuna s defense counsel is clearly a traceable failure.. Defense counsel's refusal to believe his/her own client and resultant refusal to investigate a possible defense should be deemed unethical if not blatant malpractice.. Doris on.. Only on the Web.. Go Beyond: Center for Chinese Legal Studies and U.. -Sino Relations Timeline.. Browse a timeline of Columbia Law School's Center for Chinese Legal Studies and U.. -Sino relations.. View More: Photos and Videos From the 2012 Stone Moot Court Competition.. Browse photos and video from the 2012 Stone Moot Court Competition.. Faculty Publications.. Alumni News and Notes.. Read Notes.. Share a Note.. Read.. In Memoriam.. Columbia Law School Magazine.. Browse.. About the Magazine.. Email Feedback.. Update Your Information.. Go to the.. homepage..

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  • Title: Super PAC Mania | Columbia Law School Magazine
    Descriptive info: Home.. By.. Robert Barnes.. Spring 2012.. Add a comment.. Share.. Email this article.. Print this article.. The Supreme Court.. does not often become a foil for late-night television comedians, and the nation s complicated campaign finance laws are an unlikely source for comedy.. But there was Stephen Colbert on a recent episode of.. The Colbert Report.. opening with a mini-seminar.. Folks, it seems like these days, everyone is talking about super PACs, which, thanks to the Supreme Court s.. Citizens United.. ruling, can collect and spend unlimited money on political advertising, Colbert told his viewers, some of whom had already contributed to his own super PAC creation: Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow.. Colbert s super PAC (which has raised more than $1 million) is not intended to have much impact on the 2012 presidential election, and his understanding of recent Supreme Court precedent may lack nuance.. Still, Colbert s matter-of-fact invocation of.. when discussing the independent campaign spending organizations known as super PACs is an indication of how the case has become embedded in the national conversation during this election season.. It might seem that a Supreme Court decision that drew an immediate and unprecedented rebuke from the president in his State of the Union address could not become more controversial with the passage of time.. But that is exactly what has happened to.. , the Court s 5-to-4 ruling in 2010 that allowed unlimited corporate and union spending in candidate elections.. The 2012 presidential campaign is unfolding in a never-before-seen wave of spending from wealthy donors and super PACs functioning as shadow fundraising arms of the candidates.. , meanwhile, has become rightly or wrongly shorthand for the ills that campaign finance reformers say are fundamentally changing presidential politics.. And despite President Barack Obama s extremely public campaign finance pronouncement I don t think American elections should be bankrolled by America s most powerful interests, he said during the 2010 address to Congress his reaction to the growing influence of super PACs in 2012 has been to wade into the fray.. Obama s re-election campaign has wholeheartedly endorsed a super PAC organized by former aides and has said Cabinet secretaries, and even senior White House staff, are available to attend fundraisers.. Obama s campaign managers are quick to assert that they could not unilaterally disarm in the face of super PAC spending that has lapped what the Republican presidential candidates themselves have raised.. Restore Our Future, the super PAC supporting Mitt Romney, relies on 16 donors who each contributed $1 million or more during this campaign cycle; many of the donors have also contributed the maximum amount to Romney s formal campaign.. And while the super PAC that supports Rick Santorum is also technically independent from Santorum s now suspended campaign, its chief donor, Foster Friess, sometimes traveled with the candidate.. None of this was specifically authorized, or perhaps even contemplated, when the Court made its decision in.. , according to Columbia Law School Professor.. Richard Briffault.. , who is among the nation s foremost campaign finance authorities.. But he says the ruling provided the rationale for subsequent court decisions and Federal Election Commission (FEC) actions that make for profound changes.. , particularly the Supreme Court s flat assertion that independent expenditures, whatever their actual effect on the political process, raise no danger of corruption or the appearance of corruption, provided crucial doctrinal support for the legal actions that launched super PACs and have enabled them to flourish, Briffault, the Joseph P.. Chamberlain Professor of Litigation, writes in a forthcoming law review article.. The rise of super PACs suggests that the real impact of.. may be the re-validation of the unlimited use of private wealth generally in elections, not just spending by corporations and unions.. Whether viewed as.. a ringing defense of the First Amendment or an abandonment of protections against the corruption of politics,.. strikes most experts as extending a strain of Supreme Court jurisprudence that goes a long way toward dooming the campaign finance regulatory regime that Americans enacted after the resignation of President Richard Nixon.. The post-Watergate system that was created in 1974 is basically on the verge of collapse, says Richard Briffault, adding that the reasoning behind.. Citizens United.. may curtail future attempts to restrict spending on behalf of candidates.. The Court is making campaign finance law almost impossible.. Briffault and.. Nathaniel Persily.. , the Charles Keller Beekman Professor of Law and Professor of Political Science, say attempts to curb the influence of money in politics created a natural tension between free speech and campaign regulation.. The Court first dealt with the conflict in its 1976.. Buckley v.. Valeo.. ruling, holding that campaign contributions could be limited to deal with corruption concerns, but that campaign spending was political speech that should not be confined.. The Roberts Court, although closely divided, has been vigilant in rejecting restrictions on independent spending committees, as well, if the result would be less political speech.. Although.. dealt with the ability of corporations and unions to use their general treasuries for such spending, the real consequence of the decision has been to basically unleash money more generally, Briffault says.. So what you re really  ...   for the presidential race in January, according to a.. Washington Post.. analysis.. A dozen people have sent nearly $65 million total to super PACs in the 2012 cycle.. During the 2010 elections.. , super PACs spent nearly $84 million.. Richard Briffault says that was merely a warm-up for 2012.. The pro-Romney super PAC alone has already spent more than half that amount.. Such astronomical figures, Briffault says, are part of the reason that the.. ruling has struck such a chord with the general public, which polls show are overwhelmingly opposed to the decision.. I think the public sees this as connecting to general problems of growing inequality and the growing power of the wealthy and powerful in American life and American politics, he says.. The reasoning of the Court s decision is easy to understand, according to Briffault: The logic was that the real interest here was in people hearing the ideas.. And that there is less interest in who s doing the speaking than in hearing whatever there is to be said.. But that leaves little room for those who worry about the role of money in politics.. One of the real, lasting consequences of.. , Nathaniel Persily says, is the anemic view of corruption that survives.. You re left with something like quid pro quo corruption, and that is the most difficult kind of corruption to prove.. In addition, the Court last year struck down provisions of public campaign finance laws that proponents say make them most attractive.. In.. Arizona Free Enterprise Club v.. Bennett.. , the Court said Arizona could not increase the amount of money given to a publicly funded candidate based on the spending of his or her privately financed opponents.. Such provisions function as attempts at leveling the playing field, and Chief Justice John G.. Roberts, Jr.. reinforced in the.. Arizona.. decision that this is not a legitimate reason for curbing First Amendment rights.. The majority of the Court, and it s really a bare majority of five, is hostile to anything that smacks of equalization, Briffault says.. They are willing to permit states and Congress to adopt rules that are designed to prevent corruption, but they take a very narrow view of when corruption is likely to happen.. Beyond the.. decision, the Court has shied away from taking any new challenges to the campaign finance regime.. It has turned down a petition from the Republican National Committee to reconsider the McCain-Feingold campaign finance reform act s prohibition on soft-money contributions to political parties.. And it upheld, without hearing the case, a lower court s decision that foreign nationals are not allowed to contribute to campaigns.. Persily suspects the Supreme Court may be taking a time-out on this issue.. I was surprised by the public backlash to.. , he says.. And I think they were, too.. But new challenges await.. A district judge in Northern Virginia recently ruled in a criminal case that direct corporate contributions to candidates banned since 1907 cannot be squared with the court s reasoning in.. The decision is on appeal to the U.. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit in Richmond.. And as united as the Court s current majority appears in taking a libertarian approach on campaign finance issues, it is worth remembering Briffault s point that it is a slim one-vote majority.. If President Obama wins another term and a member of the.. majority retires, the shift could be significant.. Justices.. Ruth Bader Ginsburg 59.. and Stephen G.. Breyer, dissenters in the case, have even suggested that the Court should re-examine the ruling in light of what has transpired since it was decided in 2010.. One vehicle for a reassessment would be a decision by the Montana Supreme Court late last year that upheld the state s ban on corporate spending in elections, which is directly at odds with.. Montana s experience, and experience elsewhere since this Court s decision in.. makes it exceedingly difficult to maintain that independent expenditures do not give rise to corruption or the appearance of corruption, Ginsburg wrote in support of hearing the case.. But it seems unlikely that the majority is ready to reconsider.. So, Briffault concludes in his upcoming law review article, 105 years after Congress enacted the first restrictions on contributions in federal elections, and 38 years after the comprehensive post-Watergate contribution limits were adopted, we appear to be rapidly heading into an era in which those contribution limits have been rendered functionally meaningless.. We shall soon find out what this means for our campaign finance system, our elections and our politics.. Robert Barnes covers the Supreme Court for.. The Washington Post.. Add a comment.. Leave this field empty.. Name:.. Email Address:.. Comments:.. Comments are moderated and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Columbia Law School or Columbia University.. Illustrations by Joe Zeff.. Cover illustration by C.. J.. Burton.. Related.. Go Beyond: Supreme Court Campaign Finance Decisions Timeline.. Web Exclusive: Organizations Monitoring Super PACs and Related Data.. In This Article.. Listed in alphabetical order.. Joseph P.. Chamberlain Professor of Legislation.. Robert Jackson.. Associate Professor of Law and Milton Handler Fellow.. Charles Keller Beekman Professor of Law and Professor of Political Science..

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  • Title: Columbia Law School : Columbia Law School to Host Conference on Insider-Trading Law
    Descriptive info: Columbia Law School to Host Conference on Insider-Trading Law.. Leading securities experts, including judges and practitioners, will gather to discuss historical SEC decision, insider-trading law and enforcement at Nov.. 16 conference in NYC.. 5, 2012.. On November 16,.. will host a day-long conference on insider-trading law and enforcement sponsored by the Law School s Center on Corporate Governance chaired by Professor.. John C.. The conference,.. The Past, Present, and Future of Insider Trading: A 50th Anniversary Re-examination of Cady, Roberts and the Revolution it Began,.. will examine both the legal issues of how far the insider-trading prohibition should extend, and the practical and tactical issues involved in recent actual  ...   the Gupta and Rajaratnam cases.. Trial strategy, the impact of wire-tapping, and sentencing issues all will be considered by the panelists.. The gathering will also commemorate the anniversary of an important U.. Securities and Exchange decision.. The 1961.. Cady, Roberts Co.. decision.. spelled out for the first time the disclose or abstain rule, which requires an individual with non-public information about a company either to disclose it prior to selling or buying stock in that company or to abstain from such transactions.. Participants include leading experts from academia, the government, and the private sector.. A copy of the conference agenda can be found here:.. Insider Trading Conference Agenda November 2012..

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  • Title: Columbia Law School : Bundesbank Board Member Andreas Dombret Provides Briefing on Europe's Sovereign Debt Crisis
    Descriptive info: Event Organized Jointly by Columbia Law and Business Schools.. 12, 2012.. Speaking before students and faculty members at a recent event co-hosted by Columbia's Law and Business Schools, Deutsche Bundesbank Board Member Dr.. Andreas Dombret provided insight into the ongoing fiscal emergency in Europe.. Dombret, one of the key player's addressing the current crisis, was introduced by Law School Professor Merritt Fox, Michael E.. Patterson Professor of Law, NASDAQ Professor for Law and Economics of Capital Markets.. Dombret's remarks at the Nov.. 2 event were followed by a  ...   full version of Dr.. Dombret's address.. The event was organized jointly by Columbia Law School s European Legal Studies Center and the Center on Global Legal Transformation, as well as the Columbia University Center for International Business Education and Research.. # # #.. Columbia Law School combines traditional strengths in corporate law and financial regulation, international and comparative law, property, contracts, constitutional law, and administrative law with pioneering work in intellectual property, digital technology, tax law and policy, national security, human rights, sexuality and gender, and environmental law..

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