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From the Dean

An Eventful Spring

The spring 2000 semester brought more than one unprecedented event to Cardozo. April saw the first official visit of the Court of Justice of the European Communities to the United States at the invitation of the United States Supreme Court. Their first stop? Cardozo. Three Associate Justices of the Supreme Court were on campus to greet the Judges and Advocates General of the European Court and to discuss with them topics of mutual interest.

The two days focused on legal issues such as federalism and subsidiarity, on problems of constitutional democracies, and on the growing similarities between the two courts in a shrinking world. The visit also highlighted the reasons why law schools are incorporating more international subjects into their curriculums. We co-hosted this historic event with our colleagues at New York University Law School. It was attended by an enthusiastic group of students, faculty, and board members from both schools. In fact, one of our guests provided the second spectacular event.

After attending the conference, Dr. Stephen Floersheimer, a distinguished financier and long-time donor to Cardozo, made a gift of $5 million to establish a Center for Constitutional Democracy - the largest individual gift ever made to Cardozo. The Center will focus research, thought, teaching, and publications on challenges to constitutional governance here and abroad. His magnificent gift will make possible scholarships, visits from distinguished scholars, and support of our faculty in this field.

Nearly 1,000 Cardozo graduates, from an alumni body of 6,500, are working in the fields of intellectual property, art and entertainment law, and new media. In this issue of Cardozo Life, six are profiled, representing an impressive range and depth of experience. Cardozo's growing reputation in this area is due, in no small part, to the successes of our graduates. Of course, our faculty and their scholarship in this field is significant as well. Prof. David Rudenstine, who organized with Professors Marci Hamilton and Daniel Shapiro a conference on art and cultural property law, also held in April, has been researching the legality of Lord Elgin's taking of sculptures from the Parthenon in Athens. His findings are published in an article that is exerpted here.

The Justices conference, the establishment of the Floersheimer Center, and the placement of our alumni in the highest echelons of their fields are indicative of the maturation of Cardozo, a law school that is making its mark in legal education, both here and abroad.