Toby Golick Wins Distinguished Service Award
Ever since she graduated from Columbia Law School, Toby Golick has been helping the elderly, the poor, and the disabled. And for the last 13 years at Cardozo, Professor Golick has worked indefatigably as director of the Bet Tzedek Legal Services Clinic, inspiring and teaching students to protect the legal rights of hundreds of individuals of this underserved and vulnerable population. Although much of Professor Golick's work has focused extensively on issues related to public benefits, including Medicaid, Medicare, and social security, she has also done substantial legal work on issues such as the expungement of juvenile records, tenants' rights, pension benefits, and discrimination based on age or disability.
In honor of her devotion to public service, Professor Golick was awarded the Distinguished Service Award by the Samuel Sadin Institute on Law of the Brookdale Center on Aging in February. At the ceremony, her colleague in the Clinic, Leslie Salzman, noted, "Toby is compelled to do this work the way an artist is compelled to paint. It is her respect for human dignity that motivates her." She cited several significant cases in which Professor Golick's advocacy created new legal precedent or effected legislative change through novel and creative legal arguments. Professor Salzman went on to say that, as exhausting as litigation is, Professor Golick's efforts on behalf of her clients go beyond legal advocacy.
"Toby has been known in her spare time to feed a client's cat while the client was in the hospital or to find an apartment for a client who wanted to return to the community."
Professor Golick has directed Bet Tzedek since its inception in 1985. The Clinic started with one room, a box of pencils, two phones, nine students, a part-time faculty member, and funding from the Brookdale Foundation and UJA Federation of New York. It is now housed in the newly renovated 11th floor of the Law School, and is a nationally respected organization with 35 students and 4 full-time faculty who help hundreds of clients each year in individual and class-action cases.
At the award ceremony, Professor Salzman remarked that Professor Golick is a brilliant and generous mentor with extraordinary energy and wit, and congratulated her for a "well-deserved award for 25 years of tireless work on behalf of elderly, poor, and disabled New Yorkers."
Salzman and Golick Settle Class Action
Professors Leslie Salzman and Toby Golick have just settled a significant class action brought on behalf of New York City Medicaid home-care recipients whose home-care services had been reduced by the city without justification. The settlement of Mayer v. Wing has resulted in the restoration of essential health-related services to approximately 1,500 elderly and disabled New York residents, the creation of lawful procedures to protect future Medicaid home-care recipients, and the establishment of important legal precedent in the area of public benefits law.
Students from the Bet Tzedek Legal Services Clinic and the Bet Tzedek Community Clinic at New York Legal Assistance Group participated in all aspects of this important case, from interviewing home-care recipients to helping draft memoranda of law. One student, Brian Grimaldi, conducted the examination of an expert witness at the preliminary injunction hearing. Other students who worked on the case include Julie Noble, Mindy Paget, Jennifer Redmond, and Molly Sellner.
Price and Cunningham Plan Programs at Oxford
Increased globalization and the rapid growth of international and transnational firms, not to mention the World Wide Web and other international technological advances, 1000 are creating new areas of the law for students to explore. Seizing the moment, both Monroe Price and Larry Cunningham have developed summer programs to be held at Oxford University that will offer students just that opportunity.
Both programs build on an existing relationship between Cardozo and Oxford University's Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, where Professor Price was a fellow from 1991 to 1992. They each promise guest lecturers, field trips to London, and housing at St. Edmund Hallthe only ancient original hall of the early Oxford colleges, dating in part to the thirteenth century.
According to Professor Price, "The collaboration between Cardozo and the Oxford Programme has yielded several positives: a special issue of Cardozo International and Comparative Law Journal and an issue of the AELJ, both of which are about to be published; our student Robert Powell is spending a semester at Oxford; and Michael Likosky '97 is a graduate student there and assists Stefaan Verhulst, director of the Oxford Programme on Media Law and Policy. This growing relationship should reap many rewards for us."
Early in July, Professor Cunningham and Charles Yablon will co-teach Comparative Corporate Governance under the auspices of The Samuel and Ronnie Heyman Center on Corporate Governance and the Centre. This course, said Professor Cunningham, "will examine the domestic laws that govern the ways various countries allocate power between shareholders and managers and the roles of outside directors, financial institutions, and institutional investors."
Later in the summer, Professor Price and John Duffy, with Stefaan Verhulst, will teach Introduction to Media Law, cosponsored by the Squadron Program in Law, Media and Society. This is a two-week seminar designed to give prospective law
students insights into the critical issues in developing media, telecommunications, and Internet law and policy around the world.
According to Professor Price, "Debates on the economic, social, and legal issues created by rapid changes in technology make this area particularly well suited as an introduction to ways of thinking about and analyzing case law, statutes, and law review articles."
Weisberg Named Guggenheim Fellow
Just as Cardozo Life was going to press, the Guggenheim Foundation announced that Richard Weisberg won a Fellowship Award. He was the only law professor so honored.
Paris Baldacci reports that he and Lela Love are working with the Bar Association of the City of New York's pilot housing court mediation project to develop a project for New York City's housing courts. His role is to develop legal material for the mediators, provide them with legal training, and monitor their performance. Love, who organized and presented the second training session, has developed protocol forms for the mediators. Additionally, Baldacci, with assistance from interns from the Bet Tzedek Clinic, successfully represented an elderly and legally blind man against New York City's Medicaid agency, which was denying a reimbursement for the man's eye surgery. The Appellate Division, First Department, Supreme Court of the State of New York, reaffirmed an earlier decision invalidating a state regulation, and the client received over $9,000 for eye surgery.
In December, Lester Brickman testified before the Subcommittee on Courts and Intellectual Property of the House Judiciary Committee at the hearing "Attorney Fees and the Proposed Global Tobacco Settlement." Subsequently, his views and opinions were quoted in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, ABA Journal, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, and other periodicals. In March, he appeared on ABC's 20/20 in a feature on tobacco litigation.
Speeches - Panels - Papers
Rabbi David Bleich delivered several speeches this winter in Berlin, Germany, including "Moral Problems 1000 in Assisted Procreation" at the Organisation der Jüdischen Ärzte und Psychologen; "An Introduction to Talmudic Jurisprudence" at Humboldt University; "Organ Transplants and Tissue Donation" at Berliner Studien zum Jüdischen Recht, Centrum Judaïcum; and "Human Cloning: Moral Blessing or Immoral Curse?" also at Humboldt University. He had articles published in the newly published anthologies Hazon Nahum, edited by Yaakov Elman and Jeffery S. Gurock; and Jewish Law and the New Reproduction Technologies, edited by Emanuel Feldman and Joel B. Wolowelsky.
Larry Cunningham published a piece on New York's newly adopted amendments to its corporate code in Aspen Law & Business. The recently published collection of Warren Buffett's letters to shareholders of Berkshire Hathaway in the special issue of Cardozo Law Review led to interviews in various media, including the Washington Post, Business Week, Money Magazine, CNN, and The News Hour with Jim Lehrer.
Minasse Haile published "The New Ethiopian Constitution: Its Impact Upon Unity, Human Rights, and Development" in the winter 1996 issue of Suffolk Transnational Law Review.
Malvina Halberstam participated in the World Zionist Congress in Jerusalem.
Lela Love spoke this winter on mediation at the New York County Lawyers' Association, the 25th Annual International Conference of the Society of Professionals in Dispute Resolution, the Annual Conference of Metro New York Society of Professionals in Dispute Resolution, Family and Divorce Mediation Council of Greater New York, Brooklyn Law School, and Victim Services Brooklyn and Manhattan Mediation programs.
Monroe Price has three books scheduled to be published this spring: Broadcast Reform in India: A Case Study in Comparative Media Regulation, edited with Stefaan Verhulst (Oxford University Press, India); The V-Chip and the Jurisprudence of Ratings (Lawrence Earlbaum Association, Inc., Publishers); and A Communications Cornucopia: Markle Foundation Essays on Information Policy, edited with Roger Noll (Brookings Institution). He participated in the Aspen Institute conference "Public Interest in a Digital Era," for which he wrote two papers: "Red Lion and the Constitutionality of Regulation: A Conversation among the Justices"; and "Hooks and Ladders: Justifications and Rationales." In November he organized a round table, "Media Law and Democratic Values in Transition States," which was cosponsored by Cardozo and USAID and held at the Media Studies Center, where Professor Price is a fellow.
Michel Rosenfeld served as a panelist at several international conferences, speaking on the subjects of affirmative action and the delivery of justice in the US. In January he lectured on comparative constitutional law and legal philosophy at the University of Montpellier and the University of Barcelona. In February he presented a paper, "Viewpoint Diversity in American Broadcasting," at the graduate faculty of the New School for Social Research. In March he taught at the ABA Central and East European Law Initiative in Washington, D.C., and gave lectures to members of the Albanian Constitutional Drafting Commission, entitled "Models of Judicial Review" and "Constitutional Amendment Provisions."
Jeanne Schroeder was a panelist at the conference "Law, Love & the European Union," held at the European University Institute, Florence, Italy. Her paper, "Hegel's Slaves, Blackstone's Objects, and Hohfeld's Ghosts: A Comment on Thomas Russell's Imagery of Slave Auctions," was published in Cardozo Law Review.
Richard Weisberg reports that a French translation of his book Vichy Law and the Holocaust in France will be published this year. His article "It's a Positivist, It's a Pragmatist, It's a Codifier: Reflections on Nietzsche and Stendhal," originally published in Cardozo Law Review, will be reprinted in a book edited by Morris Dickstein and published by Duke University Press.
Ellen Yaroshefsky gave two speeches in January: "Ethical Issues: Screening for Conflicts" at the New York State Bar Association and "Ethical Issues in the Presentation of Psychiatric Testimony" at the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law.
Michael Herz was promoted to Senior Associate Dean, a title that, according to Dean Verkuil, "reflects his broad range of duties at the Law School and my personal endorsement of his many talents."
Betsy Clark, who was a member of the full-time faculty from 1987 to 1990, died on December 26, 1997, after a long and courageous struggle with ovarian cancer. She resigned from Cardozo to teach at the University of Pennsylvania, then at Harvard, and finally at Boston University, where she remained until her death.
Professor Clark brought a passionate and provocative spirit to the classroom that propelled students to think carefully about the details of legal doctrine and perceptively about the contours of the values that shape legal doctrine. She was an ambitious scholar whose interests ranged across the spectrum of the law and legal history, and whose writings were laced with rare grace and intelligence. But as remarkable as Professor Clark was in the classroom or in her writings, she was most arresting as a colleague and a friend. She had a warmth and a commitment to the moment that made interactionsfrom the mundane to the importantinfluential and memorable. These special gifts enabled her to touch the lives of many students and faculty during her brief years at Cardozo.
Adjunct Faculty in the News
"Appellate Division Slot Goes to Saxe" was the title of a front-page story in the January 28 issue of the New York Law Journal. It stated that State Supreme Court Justice David Saxe, who teaches Judicial Process and Ethics in the Summer Institute, was recently designated to the Appellate Division, First Department by Governor George Pataki. Justice Saxe, who has served as a Supreme Court justice in both Criminal and Civil Terms since 1991, will be an additional justice on the appellate bench.
In making the appointment, the Governor said, "Justice Saxe's extensive experience, powerful intellect, and commitment to the rules of law ensure that he will be a valuable addition to this vitally important court."
Justice Saxe is a graduate of Columbia College and of Case-Western Reserve Law School and New York University Law School. From 1974 to 1978, he was the consumer advocate for the City of New York and director of law enforcement for the Department of Consumer Affairs.
David Boies began teaching Mergers and Acquisitions at Cardozo in January. He is a highly respected antitrust expert who recently set up a private practice, Boies & Schiller. Professor Boies spent 30 years at Cravath, Swaine & Moore and left after the firm found his representation of Yankees owner George Steinbrenner in an antitrust suit against Major League Baseball Properties to be a possi 713 ble conflict with one of Cravath's biggest clients, Time Warner.
According to a February 25 article in the New York Law Journal, "Heavy-Hitters From Big Firms Finding Smaller Can Be Better," Mr. Boies retained his major clients from Cravath, including Florida Power & Light and Georgia-Pacific Corp., as well as acquiring new ones. The article quotes Mr. Boies: "Clients get more effective representation from a small number of people dedicated to a case rather than from a larger group."
Stanley L. Katz, professor of public and international affairs at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School and codirector of Princeton's Center for Arts and Cultural Policy Research, received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree in March from Ohio State University. In an article from that school's newspaper, he was acknowledged as "a longtime advocate for the enduring value of humanistic study, [who] has tirelessly promoted the ideals of intellectual exchange and tolerance of differing viewpoints."
The citation from the commencement ceremony indicated that his encyclopedic knowledge of the intricacies of American history and law marks his scholarly accomplishments.
Professor Katz was recently named an adjunct professor at Cardozo: he will teach Race and the Law in the spring of 1999. One of America's foremost legal historians, he served as president of the American Council of Learned Societies from 1986 to 1997. He cofounded Reviews in American History, the leading journal devoted to new literature in American history, and has served as associate editor since 1973.