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Second Circuit Engages Faculty in Discussion of Law Review Articles
Protecting Journalists Is Topic of Tony Lewis Talk
Ribbon Is Cut During Dedication of New Student Center
Innocence Project Wins 200th Exoneration
Justice Breyer Visits Twice
Dennis Ross Named International Advocate For Peace
The Samuel And Ronnie Heyman Center On Corporate Governance
Cardozo Goes to China
Class of 2009 Hails from Across the US
Criminal Law Scholars Meet
Bar Pass Rate Hits 90%
Distinguished Latina in the Law
Lunar New Year
Judges Help Legal Writing Come Alive
Program In Holocaust And Human Rights Studies
Intellectual Property Law Program
Newmark Kicks Off OneWebDay
Public Service Scholar Named a Skadden Fellow
Martinidez Is New Dean of Admissions
Program In Jewish Law and Interdisciplinary Studies
Floersheimer Center For Constitutional Democracy
Famed Islamist Speaks on Fundamentalism and Building Democracies
The New Exceptionalism
Mediation Intensive Welcomes Students
Restorative Justice
Judge Janis Jack of Mass Tort Fame Visits
Conference Focuses on Poverty and Health
Public Service Auction Raises $260,000–New Record
Members of Cardozo Community Honored INSPIRE!
New Methodologies For Presenting Evidence Discussed
An Evening with Dr. Darrow Features Reenactments by Noted Criminal Defenders
Parenting and Marriage
Identity Theft
Moot Court Honor Society has Successful and Busy Year
The Berg Foundation Honored
Spring '06 Highlights in Pictures


Second Circuit Engages Faculty in Discussion of Law Review Articles

In what was called an “unprecedented” event, seven judges of the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and virtually the entire Cardozo faculty engaged in a far-reaching and good-spirited discussion in March of the usefulness, or lack thereof, of law review articles for judicial decisions.

Fueling the conversation was a study prepared by Cardozo Law Review staffers examining citations since the 1960s of five prestigious law reviews. The findings show that courts cite law review articles less today than in the ’70s ’80s, content is more theoretical than practical, and there is an increase in citations to specialty journals.

Chief Judge Dennis Jacobs only confirmed the trend when he began by saying, “I haven’t opened a law review in years.” His remarks, which followed a humorous introduction by Dean David Rudenstine, kicked off the lively exchange before an audience of students and invited guests.

Looking professorial in a tweed jacket, Judge Barrington D. Parker offered one explanation for the decline in practical content, noting that today there are fewer jobs at universities for those graduating with degrees in philosophy and comparative literature. Therefore, he said, many talented students are going to law school to explore the engagement of ideas. “They bring wonderful gifts and a range of interests to law schools.”

Judge Robert A. Katzmann said that academia has become so specialized that articles are useful in explicating an area and giving him background but not for citation in a decision.

Perhaps the bluntest comments came from Judge Sonia Sotomayer, who asked, “So what? If we are not your audience, why would you care if we use the articles?” She went on to say that she occasionally uses law journals but only when “other circuit courts don’t have anything on the issue.”

Judge Reena Raggi asked the faculty to “make … us your audience,” adding, “there is a real place for academe to help us understand how the law develops and makes for a better society.”

Seeming to disagree with her colleague, Judge Rosemary S. Pooler said, “A great amount of our case work is traditional and doesn’t need new thinking.”

cardozo lifeThe Cardozo faculty was polite as they began responding. Chuck Yablon asked, “What can we add? What value can we add?” To which Judge Robert D. Sack quickly answered, “Case notes, repercussions of a decision.”

Giving some historical perspective, Malvina Halberstam said that the face of the academy has changed dramatically since she was a law student, when virtually all of her professors were working lawyers. Today, she said, there are more Ph.D.s in part because law school faculty salaries are far higher than those in other areas.

When Judge Sotomayer said, “If the academy wants to change the world, they have to be part of the real world,” Judge Parker responded, “the academy is the real world. A law faculty is where the action is.”

According to Marci Hamilton, search engines, Web sites, and modern technology have undermined the value of law reviews, which take as much as a year or more to be published once an article is written.

Judge Sack gave an even more pragmatic spin to the conversation. “You have to understand what we do every day. An American judge is overwhelmed with the amount of work we have to do. How do I identify an article and when do I have time to read it? Each of us carries a case load 10 times that of Learned Hand.”*

*Judge Learned Hand (1872-1961) served more than 50 years on the federal bench, many of them as Chief Judge of the Second Circuit.

Protecting Journalists Is Topic of Tony Lewis Talk

cardozo life“We have to protect journalists when they are doing their work of keeping the country honest,” said Tony Lewis, a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner and former columnist for The New York Times, at Are Journalists Privileged?, held in March. Lewis was joined by Max Frankel, former executive editor of The New York Times and also a Pulitzer Prize winner, and Victor Kovner, a nationally prominent media and press lawyer with Davis Wright Tremaine LLP. During the fall semester, Frankel was an adjunct professor, co-teaching with Dean David Rudenstine a seminar entitled The Law, The Ethics, and The Politics of Press Freedoms.

All three panelists were sympathetic to the need for reporters to be able to keep the identity of their sources secret. Acknowledging that this journalistic privilege comes at a price, they agreed that the public interest in effective reporting outweighs those harms. If journalists cannot guarantee to confidential sources that their identity will remain a secret, then crucial sources of information will disappear. Of the three, Lewis was most open to allowing courts to determine the scope of the privilege and determine on a case-by-case basis whether it applies; he did not believe there could be a bright line rule. Frankel, in contrast, expressed very little faith in the judiciary to make these individualized judgments; he advocated essentially an absolute privilege under which prosecutors and judges would just keep their hands off journalists. Kovner offered a careful overview of the current state of the journalist’s privilege under state statutes, the federal common law, the Constitution, and Department of Justice guidelines that date back to the Nixon Administration. He said that recognition of a general privilege at the federal level is critical. It is both “realistic and vital that we press for it.”

Ribbon Is Cut During Dedication of New Student Center

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Hundreds gathered for the grand opening of the Kathryn O. and Alan C. Greenberg Center for Student Life, given in honor of Dean David Rudenstine, at a ribboncutting ceremony and gala reception. In an upbeat and happy atmosphere, Yeshiva University President Richard M. Joel, Cardozo Board Chair Kathy Greenberg ’82, Sara Kl’05, and Dean Rudenstine addressed alumni, faculty, staff, and friends who came to honor the new Center and celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Law School.

Ms. Greenberg and her husband, Alan, contributed the lead gift, and parents, board members, and other individuals also gave generous contributions that made possible the transformation of the third floor, which serves as the hub of student life. In addition to the spacious Center, there is a café overlooking Fifth Avenue, handsome lockers, and new lightfilled stairways. Paul Segal Associates, architects working with Cardozo over the last few years, designed the Center. The new space, a comfortable, attractive, and gracious area for students to socialize and study, is in constant use. It has become so popular that students recently requested even more seating to accommodate the demand.

Ms. Greenberg has been dedicated to and involved with the Law School’s progress and activities since becoming Board Chair in 2004. Because of her productive and collaborative relationship with Dean Rudenstine and her confidence in and support of his leadership, she asked that the Kathryn O. and Alan C. Greenberg Center for Student Life be given in his honor.

Innocence Project Wins 200th Exoneration

With new DNA tests proving that Jerry Miller did not commit a brutal rape in Chicago for which he was convicted in 1982, the Innocence Project won exoneration in April for its 200th client. Miller, who always maintained his innocence, was convicted based on eyewitness misidentification. Miller’s attorneys included Bill Wolf of the Chicago Public Defe’s Office and Colin Starger of the Innocence Project. Clinic students Marsha’06 and Mineh Givens ’07 also worked on the case and attended the Chicago hearing.

Profs. Barry Scheck and Peter Neufeld, cofounders of the Innocence Project and codirectors of the national organization, said the exonerations “are the greatest data set ever on the causes of wrongful convictions in the United States and yet just the tip of the iceberg,” since so few cases involve evidence that can be subjected to DNA testing. Immediately following this latest exoneration, the Innocence Project launched a month-long national campaign to address and prevent wrongful convictions.

“The first 200 DNA exonerations have transformed the criminal justice system in this country. These exonerations provide irrefutable scientific proof of the causes of wrongful convictions, and they provide a roadmap for fixing the criminal justice system,” Scheck said.

A primary goal of the national campaign is to support the formation of innocence commissions, state entities that identify causes of wrongful convictions and develop state reforms that can improve the criminal justice system. Six states already have such commissions, and seven more states are currently considering legislation to create them. For more information visit www.innocenceproject.org.

Justice Breyer Visits Twice

cardozo life justice breyer guy canivetAt the behest of Prof. Michel Rosenfeld, Associate Justice Stephen Breyer of the US Supreme Court visited Cardozo twice this year, for very different kinds of events.

In the fall, Justice Breyer was a special guest “professor” at a session of Rosenfeld’s constitutional law seminar, Judicial Balancing, Proportionality and Justice. He said that the court’s job was to balance interests and values, “making sure that legislature doesn’t trample our rights.”

He gave an inside look at the role of a Supreme Court Justice, explaining, “Our role is to operate the system so 300 million of us stay together.” He said that if you understand the system, you can improve it.

Breyer also identified six “tools” that all judges have to call upon in doing their jobs: language and text, history, tradition, precedent, purposes or the underlying objectives, and consequences or results. He joked that Justice Scalia uses the first four and that he uses the last two.

In the spring, Justice Breyer returned to engage in a conversation with Guy Canivet of the French Constitutional Council, the highest court in France, about the differing French and American approaches to the incorporation of principles of international law—whether in the form of treaties, rulings by international judicial bodies such as the International Court of Justice, or so-called “customary international law”—into the constitutional law of individual nations.

This topic has been a matter of increasing salience and controversy in recent years as the US Supreme Court has shown modest signs of an increasing internationalism in certain key constitutional cases, including ones on gay rights and the death penalty for juveniles. The discussion, part of the larger Franco-American Legal Conference, was moderated by Professor Rosenfeld and Prof. Mireille Delmas-Marty of the Collège de France.

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Dennis Ross Named International Advocate For Peace

cardozo life dennis rossAmbassador Dennis Ross, counselor at The Washington Institute and Ziegler distinguished fellow, received the International Advocate for Peace Award from the Cardozo Journal of Conflict Resolution. He visited the Law School in April to receive the award and delivered a speech, “Challenges to Peace in the Middle East.”

The Journal honored Ambassador Ross for playing a leading role for more than 12 years in shaping US involvement in the Middle East peace process and dealing directly with the parties in negotiations. A highly skilled diplomat, he was the US mediator in the peace process in both the George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton administrations. He was instrumental in assisting Israelis and Palestinians to reach the 1995 Interim Agreement, successfully brokered the 1997 Hebron Accord, facilitated the 1994 Israel-Jordan peace treaty, and intensively worked to bring Israel and Syria together.

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NYC SCHOOLS CHANCELLOR JOEL KLEIN
The Public Interest
Law Students Association (PILSA) presented the first annual Clarence Darrow Award, given for outstanding achievements in public service, to New York City Schools Chancellor Joel Klein. The honor was presented by Dylan Mattes ’08 (left), editor-in-chief, Cardozo Public Policy, Law, and Ethics Journal, and Daniel Forman, chair of PILSA.

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FEDERALIST SOCIETY Cardozo’s Federalist Society hosted a talk by Prof. John Yoo (right), University of California at Berkeley. Professor Yoo, formerly a deputy assistant attorney general in the Office of Legal Counsel at the US Department of Justice and a drafter of the Patriot Act, was on campus to discuss his new book, War by Other Means, an insider’s account of the war on terror.

THE SAMUEL AND RONNIE HEYMAN CENTER ON CORPORATE GOVERNANCE

Shareholder Activism, Hedge Funds, and Chinese Law and Business Highlight Heyman Center Year

An ambitious agenda of public events, an expanded international program, and more scholarships and opportunities for students to network with law and business professionals marked a successful 2006–07 season for The Samuel and Ronnie Heyman Center on Corporate Governance. According to Heyman Center director Eric J. Pan, through its continued and productive collaboration with the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA), the Center brought more than 1,000 lawyers, financiers, regulators, and journalists to Cardozo for events on such topics as securities regulation and the global financial markets.

In addition, several lunches for Heyman Scholars featured practitioners and scholars including David DeMuro, managing director and head of global compliance, Lehman Brothers; Adam Glucksman, managing director, BNP Paribas; and Prof. Andrea Guaccero, University of Palermo and Rome.

Special Guests Provide Insider's View

cardozo life charlie rose t. boone pickensIn front of a packed Jacob Burns Moot Court Room, Emmy Award-winning journalist Charlie Rose interviewed entrepreneur, investor, and philanthropist T. Boone Pickens, chairman, BP Capital Management, at Shareholder Activism and the hriving Public Company. Drawing on his legendary experience challenging public company boards, and using his folksy personal delivery, Mr. Pickens spoke about why shareholder activism enhances the value and health of public companies, and suggested that shareholders should have more ability to choose, and even become, board members in an effort to diminish management’s control. He told anecdotes about his life, and sprinkled the conversation with his extensive knowledge of energy markets.

Mark Belnick, former Tyco International general counsel, gave a dramatic talk, “Counsel in the Crosshairs,” about his experience leaving Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison as a nationally renowned litigator to work for Tyco. There, he became caught up in one of the largest corporate fraud investigations in US history and had to defend himself against criminal prosecution. Ultimately, he was exonerated.

SIFMA and Heyman Center Collaborate

Jumping into the middle of the national debate regarding the competitiveness of the US financial markets, The Heyman Center and SIFMA cohosted an address by Charlie McCreevy, European Union commissioner for the internal market and services. Commissioner McCreevy spoke about the need to develop common standards for the global financial markets and the regulatory impact of the impending consolidation of US and European stock exchanges.

The two organizations also cosponsored a talk by Mark Pomerantz, a litigator at Paul, Weiss, who commented on the US Department of Justice’s Thompson Memorandum and the prosecution of corporate entities. Then a roundtable, Regulating Financial Markets by Rules or Principles, featured Roel Campos, commissioner, US Securities and Exchange Commission, and Walter Lukken, commissioner, US Commodity Futures Trading Commission; Richard G. Ketchum, chief executive officer, NYSE Regulation; David Brown, Public Interest Oversight Board, and former chairman and chief executive officer, Ontario Securities Commission; Dan Waters, director of Retail Policy, United Kingdom Financial Services Authority; Giovanni Prezioso, former general counsel, US Securities and Exchange Commission; and Professor Pan.

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In response to the rapid growth of hedge funds, The Heyman Center organized Perspectives on Corporate Restructurings: The Impact of Hedge Funds in Corporate Restructuring Transactions, its second annual conference on the subject. With the help of Heyman Center Advisory Fellows Jonathan Henes ’96 and Gary Holtzer ’90, the event attracted a capacity crowd including many of the leading figures in the corporate restructurings field. One panel examined the dual, and sometimes conflicting, roles of hedge funds as creditors to distressed companies and as active traders in the market for distressed debt. A second panel looked at the changing opportunities for private equity firms in corporate restructuring transactions.

A half-day conference, Current Issues Facing the Limited Liability Company, marked the 30th anniversary of the first limited liability company statute and brought to Cardozo the leading experts in the law of LLCs.

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Paul Volcker, former chairman of the Federal
Reserve, and Charlie McCreevy, EU
Commissioner (right)

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Mark Pomerantz of Paul, Weiss
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Prof. Elizabeth S. Miller, Baylor Law
School, was a panelist at Current Issues
Facing the Limited Liability Company.
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Harvey Miller of Weil, Gotshal & Manges
delivered the keynote address at
Perspectives on Corporate Restructuring.

Cardozo Goes to China

In January, between semesters, 25 Cardozo students and faculty members went to Beijing and Shanghai for a new program in Chinese law and business. Over the course of several days, they learned about and analyzed China’s growing economic influence and concurrent legal developments. They met with representatives of Goldman Sachs, Preston Gates,
AIG, Jones Day, Kaye Scholer, Jun He Law offices, TZG partners, Staples Investments, East China University, and the US Embassy in Beijing.

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Students and Professors Charles Yablon and Eric Pan at the Great Wall

Class of 2009 Hails from Across the US

cardozo lifeIn August 2006, Cardozo welcomed the class of 2009: 219 J.D. and 46 LL.M. students. In honor of their arrival, the Law School held a luncheon with a welcome speech by New York State Supreme Court Justice Dianne Renwick ’86, and continued a Cardozo tradition—a boat cruise around lower Manhattan.

The J.D. class, chosen from a pool of more than 4,700 applicants, arrived with a 163 median LSAT score and with the top 25 percent of the class scoring 166 or higher, the top 6 percent nationally. The median GPA of all full-time students was a record 3.55 and the top 25 percent was 3.72.

When the first-year class arrived in September, they joined 133 1Ls who enrolled in either January or May 2006, making a class total of 352 who come from 37 states—the most geographically diverse in Cardozo’s history. A record 61 percent come from outside New York State. The class is 51 percent female and students range in age from 20 to 60, with 14 percent having received their undergraduate degrees five or more years ago. Overall minority enrollment was just above 19 percent.

As in previous years, students came from a variety of careers. The class includes a Broadway associate producer, a classical concert pianist, an investment analyst, an airline pilot, a published author, an information systems manager, a cabinet maker, a former member of the Army reserves, a public school teacher, and a bond trader. Several have significant public service experience, including one who worked with a prison population, another involved with HIV/AIDS public health education and awareness, and a third who was a volunteer counselor for victims of domestic violence in Pakistan.

Several came with advanced degrees in such subjects as theology, music, journalism, fine arts, and linguistics. In the LL.M. class, 22 are in the Intellectual Property Program, 23 in General Studies, and one in Comparative Legal Thought; 34 are international and 12 come from the United States.

Criminal Law Scholars Meet

cardozo lifeA discussion of Prof. George P. Fletcher’s book The Grammar of Criminal Law: American, Comparative, International brought together prominent criminal law
scholars from the United States and abroad to examine crime and punishment from a philosophical and comparative law point of view. The conference papers will be published in a symposium issue of the Cardozo Law Review. The Jacob Burns Ethics Center was the conference sponsor.

Bar Pass Rate Hits 90%

Cardozo’s pass rate for first-time takers for the July 2006 New York State bar exam was an impressive 90%. This is the highest pass rate in the Law School’s history and more than 10 percentage points above the statewide average. Columbia and NYU, with 95 percent pass rates, topped the list of 15 New York State law schools, according to an article in the December 15, 2006 New York Law Journal.

Distinguished Latina in the Law

cardozo life Lillian “Lee” Liambelis (right), assistant district attorney for New York County, was joined by friends Laura Gonzalez and Laura Miranda, at the fifth Annual Latin American Law Students Association Festival. Liambelis, a champion of civil rights, received the Disinguished Latina in the Law Award. The festival featured dinner, dancing and live music, piñatas, and a cigar roller.


Lunar New Year

cardozo life The Asian Pacific American Law Student Association (APALSA) hosted a party to celebrate the Lunar New Year. Commemorating the year of the pig, students enjoyed Tina Yang (pictured), dancing in traditional Korean style, and a performance of the Lion Dance by members of the Chinese Cultural Center on Long Island.

Judges Help Legal Writing Come Alive

Federal and state judges visit Cardozo to speak about legal practice, judicial decision making, and appellate advocacy as part of the Lawyering Skills and Legal Writing (LSLW) course required of first-year students. This year, in three separate sessions, Judge Robert Smith of the New York State Court of Appeals, Judge Colleen McMahon of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, and Judge Loretta Preska of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York addressed more than 350 first-year students.

Prof. Leslie Newman, director of the Legal Writing Center, working with Prof. Stewart Sterk, scheduled the talks to coincide with the students’ participation in what is generally known as LSLW Moot Court. This appellate advocacy experience includes negotiation, brief writing, a visit to an appellate court, and oral argument. “These talks give students an opportunity to meet and hear from working judges at a particularly early moment in their law school experience,” says Professor Newman. “Our goal is to help students feel more comfortable with what for many will be important sites in their future careers: judicial chambers and the courtroom.”

Judge Smith, who is also an adjunct at Cardozo, discussed a recent case before his court, Poliano v. Herbert, providing a videotape of the parties’ oral argument. Judge McMahon, who will teach at Cardozo in spring 2008, was pleased to see in the audience Christopher Serbagi ’95, who is a member of the LSLW faculty and has been an advocate in her court. Judge Preska, who offered many pointers on litigation and advocacy and their use in the courtroom, brought Eric Hochstadt ’03, one of her former clerks, and Mark Ginsberg ’08, who worked in her chambers through the Alexander Fellows Program.

PROGRAM IN HOLOCAUST AND HUMAN RIGHTS STUDIES

Cardozo film on Nuremberg Legacy Premieres

cardozo lifeProgram in Holocaust and Human Rights Studies organized a landmark conference devoted to the legacy of the Nuremberg Trials. A Cardozo-produced documentary, Nuremberg: Reflection and Resonance, which premiered at the Law School in spring 2007, grew from that conference and features first-hand recollections by those who played significant roles as prosecutors, translators, and investigators at the Nuremberg Trials. The film, winner of two Telly Awards, is narrated by broadcast journalist Rolland Smith and explores the history, politics, and philosophy behind the trials and their influence on international criminal law today. At the premiere, a panel with Smith, Benjamin B. Ferencz, a US prosecutor at the Nuremberg Trials, and filmmaker Frank Basile took questions from the audience. The film was made possible with the generous support of Kathryn O. and Alan C. Greenberg and The David Berg Foundation.

Kristof Talks about Darfur

Nicholas Kristof, columnist for The New York Times, gave his very inside perspective on the “First Genocide of the 21 Century: Report from Darfur.” An engaging and vivid story teller, he spoke of people that he met, portraying their dignity and suffering, while reminding us of our moral obligation to help those with no voice. When introducing him, Dean David Rudenstine said, “Kristof is responsible for raising our awareness of the events in Sudan with dogged determination and persistence, as he shows us over and over again why these issues are important.”

Kristof’s revelatory moment occurred on an early trip to Sudan, when he encountered a group of about 30,000 Darfuris who cardozo life nicholas kristofhad fled an attack on their village and were gathered at an oasis. As Kristof went from tree to tree interviewing people, one man told of being shot in the face and climbing out from under a massive pile of bodies, and a woman explained how attackers had poisoned her village’s well with dead bodies. Under another tree, he found a four-year-old looking after his two-yearold sibling; at another, a young woman told him how her two children and husband had been killed, and she and her sister were left naked in the desert after being gang raped. Kristof said he looked around at all the other trees and saw the thousands of people sitting in their shade with similar stories to tell, and was hit with the magnitude of the tragedy.

Kristof shared his thoughts on the Sudanese government’s complicity in this conflict, and discussed next steps. Sending in US ground troops is not a solution, Kristof advised. He said that aid programs for refugees have been good but utterly inadequate. He advocated increasing international pressure on the Sudanese government, as the US government did several years ago, successfully pushing them to expel Osama bin Laden from Sudan, where he had taken refuge. Additionally, he suggested that organizations such as the United Nations and the International Criminal Court publish reports and graphic photographs of the atrocities—making them visceral so people react. And, he said, we as citizens should keep the issue in front of our elected officials, as their priorities are shaped by constituent concerns.

Cotler Urges International Action to Prevent Genocide

cardozo life irwin cotlerCharacterizing Iranian President Ahmadinejad’s comments as persistent, pervasive, and pernicious, Hon. Irwin Cotler, member of the Canadian Parliament and former Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, urged steps to prevent genocide in the Middle East. In a keynote address, Cotler said Ahmadinejad’s remarks about his desire to wipe Israel off the map coupled with his denial of the Holocaust, plus Iran’s nuclear intentions, could constitute a public and direct incitement to genocide under the 1948 Genocide Convention, one without precedent since World War II. He said he hoped that the two-day conference, Denying Genocide: Law, Identity and Historical Memory in the Face of Mass Atrocity, would be “not an act of remembrance but a remembrance to act.”

In order to halt such behavior, he recommended that sovereign states implement judicial remedies that would allow governments, for example, to frame a prosecutorial indictment or to lodge an international complaint at the United Nations. These legal steps would put the perpetrator or state on notice that they cannot act with impunity.

Cotler also urged the international community to support the arrest warrants recently issued by Argentina for former President Rafsanjani and other Iranian officials found to be responsible for the 1994 Buenos Aires Jewish Center suicide bombing. Cotler worked closely with the Argentine commission and is dismayed by the silence and lack of political will in the United States and Canada to support the indictment. Cotler said, “I go around pestering and prodding international leaders about what I think are the most urgent human rights priorities: to prevent state sanctioned genocide by Iran from ever happening and stop the ongoing genocide in Darfur.”

Other leading experts participating at the conference included Emory University’s Deborah Lipstadt, who was the key government witness in the celebrated prosecution of Holocaust denier David Irving; University of Minnesota’s Taner Akcam, author of A Shameful Act: The Armenian Genocide and the Question of Turkish Responsibility; and Paul van Zyl, former executive secretary to the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission and cofounder of the International Center for Transitional Justice. On the first evening, the documentary The Legacy of Jedwabne was shown and then discussed with filmmaker Slawomir Grünberg; associate producer Stephanie Steiker; Jan Gross, professor of history, Princeton University, and author of Neighbors; and Consul General of Poland Krzysztof W. Kasprzyk.

The conference, organized by Sheri P. Rosenberg, director of Cardozo’s Program in Holocaust and Human Rights Studies, was cosponsored with The World Policy Institute and the Institute for the Study of Genocide.

Echoes of Rwanda

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Echoes of Rwanda, a panel discussion, contextualized the conflict in northern Uganda within the framework of international foreign policy, diplomacy, and international law. Daniella L. Boston (left), who offered introductory remarks, is cofounder and executive director of uNight for the Children of Uganda, the panel’s cosponsor. Kiwanuka Lawrence Nsereko (right), a Ugandan human rights activist, participated with Rt. Rev. Bishop Benoni Y. Ogwal-Abwang, former bishop of Northern Uganda; Elise Keppler, legal counsel with the International Justice Program at Human Rights Watch; and Sheri Rosenberg.

Events, Anniversaries, and Special Guests Light Up Intellectual Property Law Program

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Assistant US Trade Representative Victoria Espinel (second
from left), a frequent visitor to the Law School, spoke to LL.M.
students and faculty about intellectual property development and problems in China at a lecture and luncheon.
cardozo lifeNicholas C. Ferrara Esq., managing partner, Sterling Rooks & Ferrara, LLP; and James Diener, president, Octone Records

Grammy Foundation Panel Discusses Music Industry Changes

At the Grammy Foundation’s ninth annual Entertainment Law Initiative Legal Seminar Series, the fourth held at Cardozo and cosponsored with Cardozo Arts & Entertainment Law Journal, music industry attorneys and artist and repertoire executives discussed the real-world legal challenges in signing artists today. Specifically, the panelists examined the ever more-direct link between artists and music consumers and the growing consolidation of the music industry.

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US Commissioner of Trademarks Lynne Beresford (right)
joined the Cardozo adjunct faculty for the 2006–07
academic year and taught Trademark Practicum.
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Prof. James Boyle (left), William Neal Reynolds Professor of Law, Duke University, delivered the 14th Annual Distinguished Lecture in Intellectual Property on “Synthetic Biology—The Perfect Storm for Patent Law?”

Modest Proposals Redux

Some Modest Proposals 3.0 marked the third year that professors, current and former Capitol Hill staff, Administration officials, and Washington activists converged at Cardozo. They presented and discussed ways to improve intellectual property and information law, and how to turn their ideas into actual statutory, regulatory, or treaty language.

Patenting People Looks at Ethics and Rights To Life Forms, Cloning Humans, and Future Creations

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AELJ Celebrates 25 years

Cardozo Arts & Entertainment Law Journal (AELJ) commemorated its 25th anniversary with alumni, friends, and faculty at a reception and dinner. During the evening, the Honorable Jukka Liedes, chair, standing committee on copyright, World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), discussed the Berne Convention revision efforts that gave birth to the WIPO Copyright Treaty/Performances and Phonograms Treaty. In a keynote address, Prof. David Nimmer, author of Nimmer on Copyright, recalled his long association with the AELJ and reflected on the domestic orientation of US legal writing on copyright.

IP Scholars Bring New Ideas to the Table

cardozo lifeFounded six years ago, the Intellectual Property Speaker Series provides a forum for scholars to discuss the latest ideas and issues with students and colleagues. One of six presenters for 2006–07, Anuj Desai (above), University of Wisconsin, spoke on “Media, Institutions, and the First Amendment.”

Workshop Held On Access and Ownership

AELJ held a workshop for American law journal editors to discuss the growing open access movement in scholarly literature—a new trend that seeks to revolutionize the relationship between information providers and end users. Participants compared authors’ agreements and held a roundtable discussion on the future of law reviews, the appropriate division of rights between journals and authors, and the possibility of collective action among law journals.

Newmark Kicks Off OneWebDay

cardozo life craig newmarkSince founding craigslist.org, a Web site for online community classifieds and forums that has irrevocably changed the classified industry and the way people use the Internet, Craig Newmark has become an Internet legend. He was a computer programmer and, as he describes himself, “a geek with a pocket-protector and thick black glasses taped together.” Newmark, well dressed and sporting designer glasses, greeted an audience of students, faculty, and visitors in the Jacob Burns Moot Court Room in celebration of the first annual OneWebDay, a global celebration of the Web founded by Prof. Susan Crawford. In his prepared remarks, he spoke about the effects the Internet has had on journalism, social networking, and preventing and stopping illegal online activity, and then addressed the impact regulation could have on the Web.

The explosion of the Internet has revolutionized the way we interact and create media, said Newmark. He described blogs, chat rooms, and online community sites such as craigslist.org or myspace.com, where anyone can voice their opinion, as “citizen journalism.” Although he finds the enthusiasm generated there refreshing, he expressed concern over the dearth of fact checking and professional editing and writing. Another of his concerns is the use of the Internet by politicians and their supporters in running smear campaigns against their opponents.

Newmark was asked to comment on the popularity of social networking versus real-world socializing. He said the reason for the popularity is that everyone wants to live in a community and it makes people feel more connected.

Newmark said we are in an age of “constitutional crisis” and called for the righteous to stand up and take control. He explained that he often uncovers scams posted on craigslist.org, usually as a result of a tip from a user. He claims that these efforts put craigslist.org on the cutting edge of Internet law, as he works in conjunction with various law enforcement agencies to institute safeguards for the Net.

As for the future of craigslist.org, Newmark said he wants the site to be multilingual and have interactive maps, and that it should always strive for better customer service.

Public Service Scholar Named a Skadden Fellow

Sarah Hudson-Plush ’07 won a Skadden Fellowship for work after graduation in public interest law. Sarah is known for numerous leadership roles at Cardozo, especially the founding of Cardozo Youth Advocates, a law student organization that holds law-related sessions for teenagers at risk.

She has also served on the executive board of the Public Interest Law Students Association; trained and served as an advocate for the Courtroom Advocates Project of Cardozo Advocates for Battered Women; and volunteered for the Unemployment Action Center, Sanctuary for Families’ Uncontested Divorce Project, and the New York Civil Rights Coalitions’ Unlearning Stereotypes Program. Sarah was a legal intern at the Bet Tzedek Legal Services Clinic.

Upon being informed of Sarah’s award, Dean David Rudenstine said, “Sarah is an outstanding student, was a compelling candidate for the Skadden Fellowship, and will do exemplary work. She has brought honor to herself and the Law School, and I am thoroughly delighted and impressed by her accomplishments and successes.”

The Skadden Fellowship Foundation, described by the Los Angeles Times as “a legal Peace Corps,” was founded, according to the Foundation’s Web site, in 1988 by Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom and annually provides two-year fellowships to talented young lawyers so that they may pursue the practice of public interest law on a full-time basis.

Following graduation, Sarah, who wanted to combine child welfare law and education law, will work at The Center for Family Representation (CFR) in New York. For the fellowship application, she worked with CFR to develop an educational advocacy program for families, which she will run. She will help parents obtain education services for their children, many of whom have been in the foster care system or are at risk of entering it.

Sarah successfully navigated the Skadden Fellowship’s highly competitive selection process to become only the second Skadden Fellow in Cardozo history. John Marth ’00 preceded her. Prior to beginning her legal studies, Sarah taught for three years through the Teach for America Program. She also worked at Children’s Rights and Lawyers for Children and interned at the Legal Aid Society’s Education Advocacy Project.

Martinidez Is New Dean of Admissions

cardozo lifeDavid G. Martinidez, a university administrator with more than 10 years of experience—most recently as director of admissions at Columbia Law School—was named dean of admissions at Cardozo. He began in January 2007.

Mr. Martinidez said, “I am enthralled with the energy and enthusiasm that I find at Cardozo—emanating from the dean, the administrators, and especially the students. I think it’s a really exciting time to be joining Cardozo, and I look forward to bringing new ideas and creativity to an admissions office that has great strength.”

Mr. Martinidez spent many years at both Columbia and NYU. He was a member of the Columbia Law School admissions office for five years, during which time he also served as assistant director and associate director of admissions. At NYU, from which he holds a master of arts in counseling psychology from the Steinhardt School of Education, Mr. Martinidez was assistant director for student affairs at Tisch School of the Arts and worked for several years in NYU’s office of financial aid. He earned his B.A. from Manhattanville College.

Upon the appointment, Dean David Rudenstine said, “David brings broad admissions expertise and experience to his new responsibilities as well as real appreciation of and enthusiasm for Cardozo’s remarkable accomplishments and potential.”

PROGRAM IN JEWISH LAW AND INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES

Four Famed Lawyers Argue Advocacy of Jewish Causes

cardozo life alan dershowitzIn a display of mutual admiration and profound disagreement, four of North America’s most influential Jewish lawyers convened in October 2006 to reflect on the subject of “Advocates for the Jews: A New Model of Lawyering?” Irwin Cotler, a member of the Canadian Parliament and former Minister of Justice; Alan Dershowitz, law professor at Harvard; Stuart Eizenstat, a high-ranking official in three presidential administrations; and Nathan Lewin, a prominent Washington litigator, made this panel the centerpiece of a three-day conference on Jews and the Legal Profession, sponsored by Cardozo’s Program in Jewish Law and Interdisciplinary Studies (PJLIS) and The David Berg Foundation.

As Prof. Suzanne Last Stone, director of PJLIS, remarked, the four panelists, who emerged from the same generation and milieu, share a style that has not been duplicated. The panel highlighted some of the conference’s fundamental themes, including how religious identity manifests itself in a lawyer’s work—in particular, is the connection expressed in terms that resonate with secular ideals of justice and democracy, or rather in unabashedly religious terms?

Speaking from their diverse experiences in the public square, Cotler, Dershowitz, and Eizenstat all took the position that cause lawyering or advocacy on behalf of Jewish causes harms the credibility of the advocate and disserves the Jewish community. Though all proudly admitted their public support of Jewish causes, Irwin Cotler said, “I come to the support of Jewish causes because they are just causes, and if they are just causes, they deserve the support of everyone.”

Lewin, on the other hand, championed particularistic cause lawyering, and actually bemoaned the lack of “armies of Jewish lawyers to represent Jewish causes in litigation in the United States.” Lewin is known for advocating for state support of Kiryas Joel (a predominantly Hasidic Jewish village in Orange County, NY) and having menorahs erected in public. Dershowitz, despite expressions of admiration for Lewin, contended that this kind of lawyering is “disserving the longer-term interests of the Jewish community.”

Dershowitz invoked the ideal of universal justice that pervades the biblical and Jewish traditions as a central nexus between his Jewish identity and professional ambitions. Despite his resolute support of Israel and other Jewish causes, Dershowitz declared himself primarily a human rights lawyer, adding, “I am a tzurus lawyer—I follow trouble—and when there’s trouble in the Jewish community, I’m a Jewish lawyer.”

Indeed, their differences aside, the panelists agreed to disagree—very much in the style of the Talmud itself, as Professor Dershowitz noted in closing.

Israeli Scholar Gives Inaugural Meyer Lecture

cardozo lifeHanina Ben-Menahem, Montesquieu Professor of Comparative Law and Legal History at Hebrew University Law School and in residence at Cardozo in fall 2006 as the Dr. Ivan Isaak Meyer Visiting Scholar in Comparative Jewish Law, delivered the inaugural Meyer Lecture in Jewish Law. In addressing “The Myth of Formalism: (Mis)readings of Jewish Law from Paul to the Present,” Professor Ben-Menahem explained that religious legal systems have often been maligned as overly formalistic—concerned only with the mechanical development and application of abstract concepts—and therefore unjust. He argued that Jewish law is governed by men, not rules and that concern for justice and values plays a central role in the law’s implementation.

FLOERSHEIMER CENTER FOR CONSTITUTIONAL DEMOCRACY

cardozo lifeSenior Judge Harry Edwards (center) of the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit discussed his tenure as Chief Judge from 1994 to 2001. He is with Prof. Julie Suk and Vice Dean Michael Herz, director, Floersheimer Center.

cardozo lifeProf. Kenji Yoshino of Yale Law School, one of the nation’s leading scholars on constitutional and antidiscrimination law, discussed his much-heralded book Covering: The Hidden Assault on Our Civil Rights. In the book, Prof. Yoshino argues that covering—the demand that individuals downplay a disfavored trait or behavior—is a violation of civil rights. Professors Michelle Adams and Peter Goodrich and Prof. Anne Cheng of the Princeton University English department (at left) offered commentary.

cardozo lifeHon. Margarita López-Torres, Kings County Surrogate Court Judge and lead plaintiff in López-Torres v. New York City Board of Elections, discussed her lawsuit challenging New York State’s method of electing Supreme Court Justices, which will be heard by the US Supreme Court in fall 2007. The event was one of the Floersheimer Center’s Constitutional Conversations, a series of lunchtime talks devoted to current constitutional controversies. Other topics discussed this year included the scope of congressional power to end the war in Iraq, recent state rulings addressing the constitutional validity of state bans on same-sex marriage, and the partial birth abortion case.

cardozo lifeJudge Arthur Chaskalson, president, International Commission on Jurists, and former president, Constitutional Court of South Africa, discussed constitutional limits on detention and coercive interrogation at a two-day conference, Preserving Civil Liberties in an Age of Global Terror, held in September 2006. Other distinguished individuals who came to debate and discuss differing approaches to the war on terror and how to preserve the balance between civil liberties and security were Prof. Gil Carlos Rodriguez Iglesis, former president of the European Court of Justice; German judge and law professor Bernhard Schlink, best known as the author of The Reader; and Olivier Dutheillet de Lamothe, a member of the French Constitutional Council.

Much of the conference’s discussions centered on the book Protecting Liberty in an Age of Terror by Professors Philip Heymann and Juliette Kayyem of Harvard University. The forum was co-organized by the Cardozo Program on Security, Democracy, and the Rule of Law and the Institut des Hautes Études sur la Justice of Paris, France.

cardozo lifeProminent constitutional scholars and historians discussed the scope of presidential war powers at The Domestic Commander in Chief conference held in spring 2007. On the panel examining the role from a historical perspective were (from left) Beth Hillman of Rutgers Law School and Martin Flaherty of Fordham Law School. Michael Les Benedict of The Ohio State University history department and Martin Lederman of Georgetown University Law Center were on the panel as well. Other panels discussed secrecy and the Commander-in-Chief, power, and congressional review and judicial power.

Famed Islamist Speaks on Fundamentalism and Building Democracies

cardozo life“More and more, the war on terror is seen as a war on Islam by the Islamic world,” said John Esposito, University Professor and founding director of the Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University. Known as the top American-born scholar of Islam, Professor Esposito, whose more than 30 books include his most recent, Unholy War: Terror in the Name of Islam, gave the closing keynote address at Fundamentalism and the Law, sponsored by the Floersheimer Center and organized by Prof. Marci Hamilton. Papers from the conference have been collected and will be published as an academic book.

Named one of the 101 most dangerous professors in the country by conservative American author and columnist David Horowitz, Esposito focused his talk on how best to make Islamic and Christian countries understand and respect each other, especially given that there are a billion people who practice Islam worldwide.

According to Esposito, “Fundamentalism is a loaded term” that we tend to equate with extremism and Islamism. However, he cautioned, since the 1980s, Islamists have been winning elections and leading opposition parties throughout the world. Several countries where the populations are predominately Islamic—like Iraq—are just now trying to integrate their country’s laws with the values important to their religion, something Christian societies grappled with more than two centuries ago. He suggested that Americans can support conditions to help reform while avoiding the promotion of “our” brand of democracy.

“A whole bazaar of ideas is out there,” explained Esposito, noting that many questions would need to be resolved as constitutions are written: Who will finally decide on the constitutions for these countries? An informed lay people? Religious leaders? Whose Islam will prevail? Will there be a restoration of the past? Will there be reform and reinterpretation?

Among his concrete suggestions for moving the conversation forward and for diminishing the animosity between cultures was to have Islam as part of the curriculum in universities and theological seminaries. He ended by asking, “How pluralistic are we going to be in dealing with Islam? Are we really willing to be?”

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The New Exceptionalism: Law and Literature Since 9/11 brought together scholars of the movement for a day of intense discussion and presentation of papers focused on subjects such as “texts and terrorists” and “the politics of torture.” Cardozo’s Program in Law and Humanities, The Law and Humanities Institute, and Law and Literature (University of California Press), in which the proceedings will be published, were cosponsors. (From left) Ruth Miller, University of Massachusetts; Renata Salecl, London School of Economics and Cardozo visiting professor; and Penelope Pether, Villanova University, were copanelists speaking on “Bodies, Subjects, Jurisdictions.”

cardozo lifeMediation Intensive Welcomes Students Representation in Mediation is an opportunity for students to hone their mediation skills in an intensive one-week workshop. On the final day, professional mediators coach the students in their representation skills. Three student teams from the course are selected to represent Cardozo in the ABA Regional Representation in Mediation Competition and the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Representation in Mediation Competition held in Paris.

 

carozo lifeThe 2006 Bauer Distinguished Visitor, Olivier Dutheillet de Lamothe, member of the French Constitutional Council and the Conseil d’Etat, spoke on “Detention, Transfer, Interrogation, and the CIA: A European Perspective on Extraordinary Renditions.” cardozo lifeHerbert Hovenkamp, Ben and Dorothy Willie Chair, University of Iowa College of Law, spoke on “Restraints on Innovation,” this year’s Uriel and Caroline Bauer Memorial Lecture.

Restorative Justice: Choosing Restoration over Retribution was hosted by the Cardozo Journal of Conflict Resolution and the American Bar Association criminal justice and dispute resolution sections and featured prominent scholars and practitioners in the field.

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(From left) Adam Liptak, Judge Jack, and Prof. Lester Brickman

Judge Janis Jack of Mass Tort Fame Visits

At the inaugural event of the Program on Legal Ethics in the Tort System, US District Judge Janis Jack spoke about her experiences in presiding over MDL 1553, involving 10,000 claims of silicosis—a scarring of the lungs caused by inhalation of sand dusts—and what led her to hold a Daubert hearing and issue a 263-page opinion rejecting thousands of medical diagnoses as unreliable.

In that opinion—which continues to reverberate around the mass tort world—she stated, “It is apparent that truth and justice had very little to do with these diagnoses. … [Indeed] it is clear that the lawyers, doctors, and screening companies were all willing participants” in a scheme to “manufacture [diagnoses] for money.” Introductions and commentary were provided by Adam Liptak, national legal correspondent, The New York Times and Prof. Lester Brickman, the Program’s director.

Conference Focuses on Poverty and Health

Internationally recognized scholars, practitioners, and organization leaders gathered at the Law School for a two-day conference, Poverty and Family Health: Environmental Dangers and Progressive Solutions, sponsored by the Journal of Law and Gender. Participants focused on issues such as hazardous exposure to pesticides, lead, and mercury; the growing urban asthma problem; and how to protect and compensate vulnerable populations.

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cardozo lifeBadiou Speaks on Justice Alain Badiou (center), University of Paris, is one of the most well-known living philosophers. He gave the Jacob Burns Distinguished Lecture, speaking on “Is Justice a Juridical Concept?” His remarks were followed by a response from the influential British philosopher Simon Critchley (right) of The New School. Prof. Peter Goodrich, who directs the Law and Humanities Program, is with them.

Public Service Auction Raises $260,000—New Record

cardozo lifeThe 15th anniversary of the Public Interest Law Student Association (PILSA) Goods and Services Auction was a stunning success. It raised approximately $260,000 from auctioned items, sponsors, and other gifts; in addition, a grant from The David Berg Foundation with other funds brought the total to $560,000. This amount will enable 128 students to receive awards of $4,000 each to work in unpaid jobs in the public and not-for-profit sector this summer.

The rise of the auction’s success over the past three years and its contribution to funding greater numbers of public interest summer stipends has been nothing short of remarkable. The extraordinary growth from $80,000 in 2005 to $200,000 in 2006, and to an auction record in 2007, indicates how important the public interest program is to the Cardozo community. For example, this year 27 students working for private firms pledged a day’s salary, marking a more than 400 percent increase over the number pledging last year.

The success is also a reflection of the leadership of Cardozo Board Chair Kathryn O. Greenberg ’82. “In taking on the role of Cardozo Board liaison to the auction, Ms. Greenberg has been immensely helpful, advocating for students, soliciting donations, encouraging her colleagues to participate, giving fabulous gifts such as dinner at the ultraexclusive restaurant Rao’s, and sharing her expertise and enthusiasm, which is contagious,” said student auction organizer Greg Propper ’07. “She has had the effect of increasing participation and interest in the event.”

A silent auction in the lobby and a live auction in the Jacob Burns Moot Court Room featured a range of items, including tickets to Jon Stewart’s Daily Show and Stephen Colbert’s The Colbert Report, vacation packages, owner’s box tickets to the Giants, tickets to Trump National Gold Club, and the highly popular dinner with Dean Rudenstine.

Members of Cardozo Community Honored INSPIRE!, a Celebration of Cardozo’s Commitment to Public Service, was the final event of Public Law Advocacy Week, a series of panels, workshops, and other events, highlighting public interest practitioners and activists within the Cardozo community. Members of the Cardozo community who were recognized for their public service activities included (from left) Jack Marth ’00, legal clinic coordinator, Part of the Solution; Prof. Leslie Salzman; Prof. Paris Baldacci; Prof. Toby Golick; Judge Ellen Greenberg ’81, Nassau County Family Court; Juliette Blige, executive assistant, Office of Student Services; and Sarah Hudson-Plush ’07 (not pictured).

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cardozo lifeNew Methodologies For Presenting Evidence Discussed

Scholars and practitioners from the fields of law, philosophy, computer science, artificial intelligence, cognitive psychology, and linguistics attended a two-day conference to examine graphic visualization of legal evidentiary inference and its support by software tools. The Jacob Burns Institute for Advanced Legal Studies sponsored Graphic and Visual Representations of Evidence and Inference in Legal Settings.

An Evening with Dr. Darrow Features Reenactments by Noted Criminal Defenders

cardozo lifeThe Jacob Burns Ethics Center marked the 150th anniversary of Clarence Darrow’s birth and the 40th of the Supreme Court case Gideon v. Wainwright, the watershed case on the right to counsel in criminal cases. The event honored Darrow as the consummate defense lawyer by featuring nine leading criminal defense lawyers performing portions of the summations and cross-examinations from his most noted trials. Prof. Ellen Yaroshefsky, director, Jacob Burns Ethics Center, performed the cross-examination from the Scopes Monkey Trial. Other participants were Herald Price Fahringer, Daniel Arshack, Benjamin Brafman, Jack T. Litman, Anthony Ricco, Murray Richman, Joseph Ryan, Lynne Stewart, and Hon. Albert Tomei. The New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers was a cosponsor.

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Parenting and Marriage were discussed at events held by the Program in Family Law, Policy, and Bioethics. Brondi Borer (above), vice president, Entertainment Software Rating Board, was among the panelists at “European Unions: What can the US Learn from Europe about Extending Marriage to Gay and Lesbian Couples?” At the annual Gloria and Stanley Plesent Lecture, which features talks on family law, “Love, Marriage, and the Baby Carriage” was the title of an address by Linda McClain, Rivkin Radler Distinguished Professor of Law, Hofstra University School of Law, and author of The Place of Families: Fostering Capacity, Equality, and Responsibility.

Identity Theft cardozo life The Journal of International and Comparative Law symposium, Identity Theft and Data Security: International Issues for Practitioners and Scholars, focused on corporate governance, recent developments in protecting personal information, and issues about privacy and freedom. Kenneth Dreifach (above), partner, Sonnenschein, Nath & Rosenthal LLP, and former New York State Assistant Attorney General, Internet Bureau, was a panelist. In 2007, The Journal will publish a special issue featuring the symposium.

Moot Court Honor Society has Successful and Busy Year

cardozo lifeCompeting nationally and regionally, Cardozo’s Moot Court Honor Society has had an impressive two years. It hosted several competitions at Cardozo, and members fared very well in their endeavors at other law schools.

After winning both best respondent brief and best oralist in 2005, Cardozo continues to place well at Fordham’s annual Irving R. Kaufman Memorial Securities Law Moot Court Competition. In 2006 Parvin Aminolroaya ’08 and Erica Ramirez ’08 won best petitioner brief and took second place overall; in 2007 Jennifer Vakiener ’08 and John Zeitler ’08 won second place for best respondent brief. Competing at Pepperdine University’s ninth annual National Entertainment Law Moot Court Competition in the fall of 2006, Rebecca Hirschklau ’07 and Claire Scheinbaum ’08 won first place for best respondent brief, and Hirschklau was named best oralist. In the winter of 2007, Jayne Cooper ’08 and Christopher Healy ’08 advanced to the quarterfinals at the NYU Immigration Law Moot Court Competition, and Stephanie Alperin ’08 and Jaclyn Short ’08 competed in the Robert F. Wagner National Labor & Employment Law Moot Court Competition at New York Law School, making it to the octofinal round.

This year’s Cardozo/BMI Entertainment and Communications Law Moot Court Competition, founded in 1984, hosted 34 teams representing 27 different law schools, the largest turnout in the history of the competition. Among the presiding judges were Senior Judge Atsushi Wallace Tashima, US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit; Judge Raymond C. Fisher, US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit; and Marybeth Peters, Register of Copyrights.

Vera Kachnowski ’08 (pictured) won the Monrad G. Paulsen Competition and was selected best oralist. Brian Baum ’08 was the runner-up in both categories. The prize for best brief went to Erin Birmingham ’08; David Rausnitz ’08 took second place. Deciding this year’s Paulsen competition were Judge Laura Taylor Swain, US District Court, Southern District of NY; Judge Thomas L. Ambro, US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit; and Justice Barry T. Albin, NJ Supreme Court.

cardozo lifeThe Berg Foundation Honored President Michele Cohn Tocci and Director William Zabel (front row, second and third from left) of The David Berg Foundation, dedicated supporter of Cardozo’s public service program, were honored at a luncheon hosted by Dean David Rudenstine (far right). In summer 2006, 20 students (many of them shown here), were recipients of The David Berg Public Interest Summer Stipends, which allowed them to work in unpaid summer internships. Dean David Rudenstine said, “The consistent and generous support from the Berg Foundation has helped enormously in propelling Cardozo’s Public Service Law Program.” Students spoke enthusiastically of their summer experiences at such organizations as the ACLU of Northern California, the Sierra Club, and the Legal Aid Society.

Spring '06 Highlights in Pictures

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Iraq Media The Iraqi insurgency and how it manipulates the media was the focus of a talk given by Ibrahim Marashi, a research associate at the Center for Nonproliferation Studies of the Monterey Institute of International Studies. He discussed how insurgent media promote their agendas by planning
spectacular events such as shooting down US helicopters, then capturing the event on film to disseminate it on the Web and to other media outlets. The lecture was sponsored by the Howard M. Squadron Program in Law, Media and Society.
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Patriot Act Senator Russ Feingold (D-Wis) (below, right), known for his independence and integrity, was the only Senator to vote against the USA Patriot Act in October 2001. He shared his views on the Patriot Act, warrantless wiretaps, and the war on terror to a packed moot court room in an event sponsored by the Floersheimer Center for Constitutional Democracy.
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Family Law A Cardozo audience witnessed a live Webcast of the New York Court of Appeals hearing oral arguments in four consolidated cases concerning same-sex marriage. The Program in Family Law, Policy, and Bioethics also presented a roundtable discussion featuring William Eskridge Jr. (above, right), John A. Garver Professor of Jurisprudence, Yale Law School and Suzanne Goldberg, professor, Rutgers School of Law–Newark, director, Gender and Sexuality Law Clinic and clinical professor, Columbia School of Law.
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Fraud and Federalism: Overlapping Jurisdiction, Overlapping Crimes explored an explosive issue that makes regular headlines: how federal, state, and local prosecutors compete to prosecute white collar crimes and how corporate actors attempt to shield themselves from prosecution. Prosecutors, white collar defense lawyers, corporate advisers, and academics shared their perspectives at this one-day conference. Mary Jo White (left), Debevoise & Plimpton and former US Attorney for the Southern District of NY, and Richard Owens, chief, securities fraud unit, Office of the US Attorney for the Southern District of NY, are shown here. The Securities Industry Association (SIA) and The Samuel and Ronnie Heyman Center on Corporate Governance cosponsored this event.
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Microsoft’s Rubin The Uriel and Caroline Bauer Distinguished Visitor Program hosted Thomas Rubin (left, below), associate counsel of Microsoft Corporation, who spoke on “Combating Digital Piracy: The Limits of Technology.” He also spent time with students in Prof. Susan Crawford’s Privacy Law seminar and with Heyman Scholars.
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Flat Tax Proposal Cardozo’s Federalist Society hosted Steve Forbes, former presidential candidate and president of Forbes, Inc., who gave an entertaining talk on tax reform. He is a proponent of a simple, flat tax of 17 percent for everyone.
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Langfan Winners In 2006, the annual Langfan Family Constitutional Oratorical Prize Competition topic was the constitutionality of NSA’s warrantless wiretaps. Winners were Adam Harris ’07, Mathew Miller ’06 (in photo), and Lauren Singman ’08.

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Prof. Srividhya Ragavan of the University of Oklahoma spoke on “Replacing Sticks with Carrots: Is the Enforcement Mechanism Under the WTO Working?” as part of the Intellectual Property Speaker Series.

cardozo lifeDeal or No Deal Sheetal Shetty ’06 (left) made headlines in spring ’06 when she won $375,000 on the NBC hit game show Deal or No Deal. After an arduous, month-long series of interviews, Sheetal was selected from among 20,000 contestants. Her family, including her mother, uncle, and grandmother, participated on the program as advisors. She has gone on to appear on The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch. Sheetal, shown here with her family at Cardozo’s 28th commencement at Avery Fisher Hall, is an assistant district attorney in Suffolk County, Long Island.

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Attorney General Election Debate Students from Cardozo, Harvard Law, and 40 other law schools organized the first National Democratic Law Students Council. At the inaugural convention held at Harvard, Ken Yu, president of the Cardozo chapter, met with Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean. At Cardozo, the new group cosponsored a preelection forum with six candidates for NY State Attorney General, including the eventual winner, Andrew Cuomo.
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LALSA Students honored Nelson Castillo, President of the Hispanic National Bar Association, at the annual LALSA Festival. LALSA also cosponsored “Translating Art for Lawyers” with singer-songwriter Coral, Allison Mattera of Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, and artist Roberto Parada. (From left) Enrique Acuña ’06, Omar Almanzar ’07, Nelson Castillo, Jennifer Viscarra ’07, Karyne Muñoz ’07, and Jonathan Goldstein ’06
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Women Chiefs A symposium organized by CardozoWomen featured a panel discussion with women who lead in their state’s highest courts. (From left) Dean David Rudenstine, Cardozo Board member and symposium organizer Bonnie Steingart ’79, Chief Justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court Deborah T. Poritz, Chief Justice of the Florida Supreme Court Barbara J. Parient, Chief Judge of the State of New York Judith Kaye, and Chief Justice of the South Carolina Supreme Court Jean Hoefer Toal
cardozo lifeLaw Revue Each year, students parody campuslife at this song- and dance-filled performance.