Cardozo Life 2008

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John Grisham Speaks About Writing Movies, and the Innocence Project 

John Grisham

John Grisham

Author John Grisham was prompted to write The Innocent Man, his first nonfiction book, by the obituary of a man who after years of incarceration was exonerated through the efforts of the Innocence Project. He visited Cardozo on the day his more recent book, Playing for Pizza, was released and when he was appearing on the Colbert Report.

Grisham, a 1981 graduate of University of Mississippi Law School, practiced criminal law in Mississippi for 10 years and started writing as a hobby about halfway through his legal career. Saying that he is “always on the prowl for a good story,” he uses many legal issues around which to weave his novels. After his first novel, a flop, was published in 1989, he said he decided to write one more book and make it as blatantly commercial and popular as he could. That book, The Firm, went on to be a huge success. Grisham left his practice and began to publish about one novel a year. Nine of his novels have been made into films, and he announced that George Clooney’s production company has bought the rights to The Innocent Man, with a movie planned to be ready in about a year.

In explaining his foray into nonfiction, Grisham, who scours obituaries for characters’ names, noted that Ron Williamson’s death notice piqued his interest because he and the deceased were the same age, religion, and social background; they were both from small towns; and they shared a love of baseball. The author said that writing the book was extremely difficult because of the need to be scrupulous about checking facts and because “most of the bad guys are still alive.”

As he wrote Ron Williamson’s story, he became familiar with The Innocence Project and its work, and soon thereafter became a member of its Board of Directors. For Grisham the heroes of the story are the lawyers. “What is maddening and frustrating is the sheer waste of human lives,” he says. His work with the Innocence Project “is a whole lot of fun … and very gratifying.”

Cardozo Bar Pass Rate Is Third Highest in State 

“A long tradition was smashed by the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, whose 289 graduates sitting for the July bar exam pushed their way into the top rank of New York State’s 15 law campuses with a first time pass rate of 92%—marking a steady rise in success over the past five years for the comparatively young institution,” wrote Tom Adcock in the November 30 issue of the New York Law Journal. According to the article, which reported on passage rates for all New York State schools, Cardozo surpassed Cornell, traditionally among the top three, which had a pass rate of 91%, and followed New York University School of Law (96%), and Columbia Law School (95%).

Dean David Rudenstine said, “This is a milestone for our School. The achievement is emblematic of the School’s upward growth in many areas, its wonderful accomplishments, and the quality of its students.”

 Panel on Blackwater

Prof. Paul Verkuil (center) and veteran journalist Bill Moyers, with Frank Camm, Rand Corporation (left), as PBS camera crew records the event

Panel on Blackwater asks: “Has privatization of government functions gone too far?”

Shootings of Iraqis by employees of the private security contractor Blackwater have forced the public and Congress to question the wisdom, logic, and legitimacy of outsourcing critical government functions to private industry. With this example as a launching pad, “Beyond Blackwater, the Costs of Privatizing Government” brought together three experts who generally agreed that the United States government is relying too heavily on outsourcing and not providing enough oversight of private contractors.

Prof. Paul Verkuil, who recently published Outsourcing Sovereignty: Why Privatization of Government Functions Threatens Democracy and What We Can Do about It (Cambridge University Press 2007); Norman Ornstein, resident scholar, American Enterprise Institute; and Frank Camm, senior economist, Rand Corporation, provided a focused analysis of the escalating trend of hiring outside contractors. Bill Moyers, who broadcast a segment on Blackwater this fall on his eponymous PBS program, attended, recorded the panel, and participated in the Q & A that followed the panelists’ remarks.

Camm, whose background includes instructing the military on the use of contractors on the battlefield, discussed Office of Management and Budget (OMB) guidelines that say it is inappropriate to delegate significant authority to private companies when life, liberty, and the welfare of the public are at risk. Blackwater and similar companies, therefore, are operating in direct contravention of the OMB recommendations when they go into a densely populated city like Baghdad with their fingers on machine gun triggers. “We should not leave to them the decision who to kill or wound,” said Camm.

British outsourced the US Revolutionary War to Hessians. More recently, Ornstein said, the trend towards privatizing took off in earnest under Ronald Reagan and continued through successive administrations. Under George H. Bush, however, privatization moved from “interesting to alarming.” In addition, total absence of meaningful Congressional oversight and the unwillingness of the Republicans in Congress to bring investigations under a Republican president have only made the situation worse.

British outsourced the US Revolutionary War to Hessians. More recently, Ornstein said, the trend towards privatizing took off in earnest under Ronald Reagan and continued through successive administrations. Under George H. Bush, however, privatization moved from “interesting to alarming.” In addition, total absence of meaningful Congressional oversight and the unwillingness of the Republicans in Congress to bring investigations under a Republican president have only made the situation worse.

Oursourcing Sovereignty

According to Ornstein, privatization makes the most sense when government is faced with a situation like snow removal in a southern state, something needed only once or twice a winter. Then, it is more practical and less expensive to hire a private contractor rather than having snow clearers on the government payroll and purchasing snow removal equipment. All three panelists concurred that outsourcing functions for the military such as building barracks and supplying food—duties that do not require a military uniform—is acceptable.

When Verkuil took the floor, he said simply, “My book is all about the photograph on the cover. It shows contractors in Iraq picking up piles of money off palettes of $100 dollar bills. Right away you can see a problem.”

Too much money and minimal oversight inevitably leads to corruption, undermines the mission, and renders the government more impotent, Verkuil said. He pointed to a 150 percent increase in no-bid contracts over the past five years and said that the Blackwater contract that started at $25 million is now worth about $1 billion. At the same time that the money flow is increasing to no-bid contractors and government cronies in private industry, government is shrinking. He indicated that under President Reagan there were 2.5 million civilians working in the federal government, under President Clinton there were 1.9 million, and now, President Bush wants to halve that number. Slimming down government is not a bad idea, but government has “become anorexic,” and some functions are too important to outsource, Verkuil said.

Verkuil with Norman Ornstein
(center) and Frank Camm

Verkuil with Norman Ornstein (center) and
Frank Camm

Verkuil identified President Bush’s advocating the privatization of Social Security as a watershed moment, since the public outcry against the proposal reflected US citizens’ expectations of government.

Camm, Ornstein, and Verkuil deplored the demoralization of public officials as their agencies downsized or recombined with others, such as when the Department of Homeland Security was formed and absorbed 22 departments. Public officials, who have always had lower salaries than their counterparts in the private sector, are now dealing with career turmoil, a revolving door for top management, and political appointees for bosses. As the management of government becomes dysfunctional, the panelists noted, it is harder to hold managers accountable, both in their government jobs and in their oversight of private contractors.

Explaining that his book offers practical solutions to the current public/private debate, Verkuil said, “Let’s reinvigorate government and make it something to be proud of. We have to find the quality of people who can provide oversight and build back an esprit de corps.”

A reception celebrating the publication of Verkuil’s book followed the panel.

Media Spotlight on Cardozo

Every semester there are events at Cardozo that garner attention and significant mentions of the Law School and its faculty in major national media outlets. This fall was no exception. One of the most gratifying was the broadcast in September by the PBS station WXEL-TV in South Florida of Reflection & Resonance, a documentary film produced by the Program in Holocaust and Human Rights Studies on the legacy of the Nuremberg trials. The film was shown immediately before the inaugural presentation of Ken Burns’ The War and was featured prominently on the station Web site and in publicity materials.

Lester Brickman, who is called upon frequently to comment on legal ethics and tort reform, wrote an op-ed piece, “DOJ’s Free Pass for Tort Fraud,” that was published in the December 26, 2007 edition of the Wall Street Journal.

The Bet Tzedek Clinic was featured in a major story on elder law in the January 11, 2008 issue of the New York Law Journal. Two graduates and Prof. Toby Golick provided the basis of the story.

In her effort to gain legislative reforms to enable survivors of childhood sexual abuse to sue their abusers, Marci Hamilton had op-eds published in Newsday in November, the Albany Times Union in October, and the San Diego Union Tribune in September.

When Eliot Spitzer resigned as governor of New York, Ellen Yaroshefsky was called upon by USA Today for comment, and NY 1 came to the Law School to interview Max Minzner, who was a federal prosecutor prior to coming to Cardozo.

Finally, Ed Zelinsky, who has been pushing for a new federal law that would provide relief for telecommuters who are taxed by more than one state—as he is—was featured in January in a large New York Times article, “Work an Hour, Pay Tax on 2. Is That Fair?”

Innocence Project Releases Groundbreaking Report 

Peter Neufeld, Korey Wise, and John Kogut

Peter Neufeld, codirector of the Innocence Project, is flanked by two exonorees who spoke at the press conference, Korey Wise (at left), who was wrongfully convicted in the infamous Central Park Jogger Case, and John Kogut of Nassau County, who was wrongfully convicted of murder.

The Innocence Project held a press conference in Cardozo’s Jacob Burns Moot Court Room, led by IP codirector Peter Neufeld, to announce the release of a report showing that New York outpaces almost every other state in the nation in the number of wrongful convictions overturned by DNA testing—but lags behind most other states in implementing policy reforms that can prevent wrongful convictions.

The 119-page report, Lessons Not Learned, details 23 wrongful convictions in New York that have been overturned through DNA evidence, and outlines common sense, straightforward reforms such as videotaping police interrogations that can improve New York State’s criminal justice system. The report also details the consequences of wrongful convictions on public safety statewide— revealing that at least five murders, seven rapes, two assaults, and one robbery were committed by the actual perpetrators in wrongful convictions cases after innocent people were convicted of earlier crimes.

Jeffrey Sachs of Columbia University’s Earth Institute Receives Cardozo Peace Prize 

Jeffrey Sachs, the poverty-fighting economist who twice landed in the “100 Most Influential Leaders in the World” issues of Time magazine, was honored last fall by students of the Cardozo Journal of Conflict Resolution with the International Advocate for Peace Award. Editor-in-Chief Erin Russ ’08 said, “We were blown away by the practical effect of his work. Professor Sachs has been able to bring together parties with different objectives to meet key goals such as eliminating hunger, disease, inadequate education, and absence of essential infrastructure, with the ultimate goal of building self-sustained communities worldwide.” Past recipients of the International Advocate for Peace Award include President Bill Clinton and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

Dr. Sachs, author of The New York Times bestseller The End of Poverty, directs Columbia University’s Earth Institute, prior to which he taught for 20 years at Harvard. He holds B.A., M.A., and Ph.D degrees from Harvard. He is president and cofounder of Millennium Promise Alliance, a nonprofit organization aimed at ending extreme global poverty, and serves as special advisor to Secretary General Ban Ki-moon of the United Nations.

Dr. Sachs, speaking without notes and exuding energy and purpose, said that we are living in extraordinary times. We have the most powerful tools to improve living conditions— we can think realistically about ending hunger, we have vast knowledge and wealth, but simultaneously, much of the globe is on the verge of chaos. He said, “The world is really peculiar right now—we have a phenomenal capacity to solve the world’s problems and an equally phenomenal capacity to mess things up.” He called on the United States and public and private institutions to give more aid for the one billion people who live in extreme poverty and suffer from preventable diseases, polluted water sources, lack of education, and other severe hardships.

Making disparaging remarks about the Bush administration, the tragedy and waste of the Iraq war, and the financial excesses of the military-industrial complex, the renowned economist proposed low-cost solutions. Dr. Sachs said the United States spends $650 billion per year on the military, as much or more than the rest of the world’s military budgets combined, and just $5 billion for aid to Africa. He talked about successful strategies for eradicating malaria-related deaths and then compared the price of an anti-malaria bed net—$5—with how much the US military spends per minute—$1.1 million. He noted that Africa has about 300 million sleeping sites in malaria transmission regions, and after some quick mathematical calculations, said that “with one day of the Pentagon’s spending, we could protect every sleep site in Africa for five years. Can you believe we can’t find a way to do this right now?”

Dr. Sachs advocated for scientific, economic, health, educational, and environmental solutions to regional instabilities created by poverty, noting that as competition increases for the Earth’s resources, particularly heavy burdens will be placed on the world’s most vulnerable countries, thereby increasing the danger of conflicts and wars within and between states.

Dr. Sachs closed by quoting from John F. Kennedy’s 1963 “Peace Speech,” which was a forceful call to resolve differences with the Soviet Union: For, in the final analysis, our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this small planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children’s future. And we are all mortal.

The award ceremony was held during a daylong symposium, ADR in the Aftermath: Post-Disaster Strategies. Panelists included Prof. Robert Ackerman, Penn State’s Dickinson School of Law; Linda A. Baron, consultant, Association for Conflict Resolution and alternative dispute resolution advisor, FEMA; Alan E. Gross, acting senior director, training coordinator, and chair of the advisory board, Safe Horizon Mediation Program; Michael J. Holland, Esq., Condon & Forsyth, New York; Lester J. Levy, Esq., JAMS, San Francisco; Debora Miller Moore, vice president of claims programs and online services, American Arbitration Association; Melvin A. Rubin, Esq., Coral Gables, FL; Prof. Michael Tsur, Mediation & Conflict Resolution Institute, Jerusalem; and Prof. Maria Volpe, John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Professors Lela P. Love and Leslie Salzman moderated.


Conference Addresses Military Ethics in an Age of Terror

Prof. Sohail Hashmi of Mt. Holyoke College with a student

Prof. Sohail Hashmi of Mt. Holyoke College with a student

The inaugural public event of Yeshiva University’s new Center for Jewish Law and Contemporary Civilization at Cardozo (CJL) was a cross-disciplinary discussion in October of “Military Ethics in an Age of Terrorism.” Experts on Jewish, Islamic, and constitutional law and moral philosophy joined Prof. Suzanne Last Stone, CJL director, and offered their views on the impact of global terrorism on the ethics of warfare—particularly whether terrorism should alter the moral constraints ordinarily imposed on combatants.

Panelists were Sohail Hashmi, associate professor of international relations at Mount Holyoke College; George P. Fletcher, Cardozo Professor of Jurisprudence, Columbia Law School; and Daniel Statman, professor of philosophy at Haifa University and a visiting scholar at CJL. Arthur Jacobson, Max Freund Professor of Litigation and Advocacy, moderated.

Prof. Suzanne Stone and scholarin-
residence Stanley Fish

Prof. Suzanne Stone and scholar-in-residence Stanley Fish at a talk on Jewish law and legal theory

One of the problems in discussing terrorism is that it doesn’t easily fit the way we think about either war or crime, said Professor Stone, an expert on the intersection of Jewish law and legal theory. “Is it war? If so, what do we do about these noncombatant civilians? But if it is a crime, how do we manage a sliding scale between perpetrators and innocents?” she asked.

CJL, established in 2004 as the Program in Jewish Law and Interdisciplinary Studies at Cardozo, was relaunched in summer 2007 as a center with a broader mandate than its original focus on interdisciplinary studies. It now will seek to bring together scholars from a variety of traditions and fields to enhance the study of Jewish law through dialogue with Western legal theory and other religious and secular legal traditions. It will develop publications and course offerings, sponsor fellowships to train scholars of Jewish studies and expand academic ties with scholars and institutions in Israel, and develop joint programs with YU’s other schools and interdisciplinary centers.

Human Rights Advocate and Expert on Trusts and Estates Speaks to Students 

William Zabel, Board Chair Kathy Greenberg ’82, and
Dean Rudenstine

William Zabel, Board Chair Kathy Greenberg ’82, and Dean Rudenstine

William D. Zabel, a founding partner of Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP, a champion of human rights and civil liberties, and one of the country’s leading experts in trusts and estates, was a guest in October at the Dean’s Speaker Series for students. He spoke about his long career, experience working on civil rights and human rights issues, and how he has managed to successfully combine a devotion to public service with private practice.

Zabel has called human rights work “the religion of the 21st century,” and his passion for such work has been evident since he was a young man, when he spent the summer of 1965 in Mississippi as a volunteer civil rights lawyer with the Lawyers Constitutional Defense Committee. In the 1980s, he turned his focus to international human rights, investigating the cases of the “disappeared” during General Augusto Pinochet’s dirty war in Chile. He has traveled as well to the Philippines, the former Soviet Union, Romania, Hong Kong, and China to draw attention to international human rights conflicts and abuses and to help resolve them. Zabel is chairman of the board of Human Rights First, an organization working to protect and promote human rights and the rule of law throughout the world, and is active also in a variety of civic, educational, and cultural organizations, including The David Berg Foundation, amFAR, Lincoln Center Theatre, and The New School. He earned his law degree from Harvard Law School.

International Law Forum Addresses Foreign-Direct Investment in High-Risk Developing Countries 

Prof. Tai-Heng Cheng, Prof. Monica Hakimi and Prof. Chris Brummer

(From left) Prof. Tai-Heng Cheng, New York Law School; Prof. Monica Hakimi; and Prof. Chris Brummer, Vanderbilt School of Law

Political instability and violence, international investment law, the re-emergence of state power, and developing markets were among the topics discussed at the Cardozo Journal of International and Comparative Law symposium, Foreign-Direct Investment in High-Risk Developing Countries. Ethical issues and managing investments and business in these contexts were also addressed by lawyers and scholars. Among the panelists were Oscar Garibaldi, Covington & Burling, Washington, DC; Margrete Stevens, King & Spalding, Washington, DC; James Hosking, Clifford Chance, New York; Prof. Tai-Heng Cheng, New York Law School; and Prof. Chris Brummer, Vanderbilt School of Law. Professors Monica Hakimi and Eric Pan, director, The Heyman Center on Corporate Governance, were moderators.

Intellectual Property Program 

Music Business is Focus of Grammy Symposium

In November, the title of the 7th Annual Grammy Symposium said it all: Why Record Companies Can’t Make Money Selling Records. Music industry executives and artist representatives discussed how the shifting music business economy has made old business models obsolete. They went on to explain how and why record companies need to expand their interest beyond the traditional record-buying market and how this agenda is affecting recording agreement negotiations. The panel was presented in partnership with the ABA Forum on Entertainment and Sports Industries, Cardozo Arts & Entertainment Law Journal, and the New York Chapter of The Recording Academy®.

Michael L. Reinert ’82

Michael L. Reinert ’82 (above), executive vice president, Business & Legal Affairs, Universal Motown Records Group, moderated the panel, which included Ken Abdo, ELI executive committee chair, Lommen Abdo Law Firm; Vernon J. Brown, president, V. Brown & Co.; Bob Frank, president, KOCH Records & KOCH Music Publishing; Michael Kushner, executive vice president, business & legal affairs, Atlantic Records; Clark Miller, executive vice president and general counsel, EMI Music Publishing; Rich Isaacson, managing director, Fuerte Group; and David Sonenberg, president, DAS Communications, Ltd.

Victoria Espinel

Victoria Espinel, Assistant US Trade Representative, gave what was termed a “Washington Briefing” when she made her annual visit to Cardozo. Speaking on “India, China, and the International Intellectual Property System,” Espinel also met with students from Cardozo’s LL.M. Program in Intellectual Property.

Dan Ravicher, adjunct professor; Kevin Collins, visiting professor; Ray Chen, USPTO; Patricia Carson, Kaye Scholer; and Steve Walsh,

Dan Ravicher, adjunct professor; Kevin Collins, visiting professor; Ray Chen, USPTO; Patricia Carson, Kaye Scholer; and Steve Walsh, USPTO at a roundtable discussion on Federal Circuit developments

Michael Keplinger

In his first lecture in the United States since becoming deputy director general of World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Michael Keplinger spoke in October on “The Future of International Copyright and its Enforcement.” He covered the long development of international legal norms and what the future holds for international copyright.

Mr. Keplinger is shown here with a group of patent examiners from China’s State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) who studied at Cardozo for a semester and received a certificate in Intellectual Property. In summer 2007, Professors Michael Herz, Barton Beebe, and Justin Hughes went to Beijing and taught the basics of US law to 30 officials at SIPO.


Floersheimer Center for Constitutional Democracy 

Sol Picciotto, Christian Joerges, Richard Stewart

(From left) Sol Picciotto, Lancaster University Law School; Christian Joerges, European University Institute; and Prof. Richard Stewart, New York University School of Law

Conference "Rethinks" Constitutionalism

Prof. Michel Rosenfeld helped organize a two-day conference, in November, on globalization and privatization and the ways these forces are altering constitutional systems, and the relationships among the nation-state, its citizens, and other relevant parties. Rethinking Constitutionalism was held one day at Cardozo and one day at NYU Law, with scholars and judges from around the world discussing how transnational and global institutions have grown in significance, drawing power away from nation-states and creating conflicts between global and national constitutional systems. Panels focused also on how private actors, who have traditionally been free from constitutional constraints, are increasingly performing governmental functions and effectively wielding public power, and how as a global constitutional system has emerged, religious fundamentalism has challenged the legitimacy of these new arrangements.

Conversations on the Constitution

Throughout the school year, the Floersheimer Center hosts lunchtime talks addressing cutting-edge issues in constitutional law, focusing both on the US Supreme Court and important constitutional issues affecting New Yorkers. The Constitutional Conversations feature Cardozo professors as well as leading constitutional scholars who teach in the New York area.

This fall’s Constitutional Conversations were in large measure devoted to recent cases decided by the Supreme Court under the leadership of Chief Justice John Roberts. In the semester’s first panel, “The Roberts Court and Stare Decisis,” students were treated to a lively discussion of the constitutional status of stare decisis and whether the Roberts Court was respecting the doctrine in its constitutional rulings on school desegregation and abortion. Professors Maggie Lemos, Alex Reinert, and Joanna Grossman of Hofstra, who was teaching at Cardozo as an adjunct professor, led the discussion.

The Floersheimer Center also sponsored a discussion of the Supreme Court’s 2007 decision in Parents Involved in Community Schools v. Seattle School Dist. No. 1, which held that race-based school assignment policies designed to foster racial integration violate the Equal Protection Clause. Professors Michelle Adams and Julie Suk, joined by Prof. Peter Schuck of Yale Law School, debated and discussed how the majority opinion reconceptualized the Court’s landmark ruling in Brown v. Board of Education.

As for discussion of important constitutional problems arising in New York, the series focused attention this semester on the pending Atlantic Yards project in Brooklyn, using it as a lens to discuss the broader issue of takings and economic development. In October, Prof. Stewart Sterk, Prof. Richard Epstein of Chicago and NYU, and Matthew Brinckerhoff, a partner at Emery Celli Brinckerhoff & Abady, discussed the constraints the Takings Clause of the Fifth Amendment imposes on the government’s use of eminent domain and for purposes of economic development.

Sanford Levinson Discusses Our Undemocratic Constitution

Sanford Levinson (center), the W. St. John Garwood and W. St. John Garwood, Jr. Centennial Chair in Law at the University of Texas School of Law and a leading scholar of constitutional law, visited Cardozo in November to discuss his recent book, Our Undemocratic Constitution: Where the Constitution Goes Wrong (and How We the People Can Correct It). Vice Dean Michael Herz, Prof. Richard Weisberg (right), and Prof. Richard Valelly (left) of the Swarthmore College Political Science Department offered comments.

Sanford Levinson

Program in Law and Humanities 


Famed French philosopher Alain Badiou was the keynote speaker as well as the subject of the Program in Law & Humanities and Cardozo Law Review’s November conference, Law and Event. Badiou’s speech, “Ambiguities of Transgression: Three Ways of Denying Law,” kicked off the event, which addressed the diverse major themes of his work in relation to justice, law, ethics, and politics. Discussions included the conditions of philosophy and the interpretation of law; the relationships among justice, truth, and the event; the legal and philosophical implications of Badiou’s mathematical ontology; and the possible links between Badiou’s reflections on poetry, art, and psychoanalysis for law and legal judgment. The conference was funded by grants from the Jacob Burns Institute for Advanced Legal Studies and the Rhett Morgan Rountree Fund.

Alain Badiou, Prof. Peter Goodrich, and Prof. Simon
Chritchley, The New School

(From left) Alain Badiou, Prof. Peter Goodrich, and Prof. Simon Chritchley, The New School


One of the earliest events of the fall semester was the September screening of Visiting Prof. Christian Delage’s film Nuremberg: The Nazis Facing Their Crimes. The evening included a panel discussion with Professor Delage (left) and Prof. Michael Marrus, University of Toronto.

Bioethics, Justice, and Family Decisions

A cross-disciplinary conference—Bioethics, Justice, and Family Decisions—brought to campus (from left) Jeffrey Blustein, professor, Albert Einstein College of Medicine; Nancy Dubler, Cardozo adjunct professor and director, Division of Bioethics, Montefiore Medical Center; Dr. Joseph Fins, chief, Division of Medical Ethics, Weill Cornell Medical College; Tia Powell, executive director, New York State Task Force on Life and the Law; and Adrienne Asch, Edward and Robin Milstein Professor of Bioethics, Wurzweiler School of Social Work, and director, YU Center for Ethics.


The Samuel and Ronnie Heyman Center on Corporate Governance 

Legal Careers in the Securities Industry

Beth Dorfman, Bank of America and SIFMA Compliance and Legal Division (on lef), and Sandra Grannum, Davidson & Grannum, spoke to students about legal careers in the securities industry. Other panelists were Robert Marchman, NYSEEuronext; La Brena Martin, Royal Bank of Canada; and Jeffrey Reitman, JPMorgan Chase.

Tracey McNeil ’09
networked with Robert
Marchman following
the session.

Tracey McNeil ’09 networked with Robert Marchman following the session.


Eddy Wymeersch, chairman of both the Committee of European Securities Regulators and the Supervisory Board, the Belgian Banking, Finance, and Insurance Commission, shown above with Prof. Eric Pan, spoke in October 2007 on New Developments in European Financial Regulation.


Ruben Lee, Oxford Finance Group, London, a leading authority on securities exchanges and market operations, visited The Heyman Center and spoke on selfregulation of stock exchanges, clearance and settlement systems, and recent developments in stock exchange competition in the United States and Europe


In fall 2007, JPMorgan Chase participated in Cardozo’s on-campus recruitment program. The company was seeking to hire summer interns for a new program to teach aspiring attorneys about banking and financial services compliance law. As a result, five second-year Cardozo students will intern this summer at JPMorgan Chase. The ten-week program will give these students experience in regulatory risk management, compliance, surveillance and anti-money laundering research and reporting, or communications and policy, depending on their assignment. All summer associates will participate in events throughout the summer, including a senior speaker series at which they will have an opportunity to hear from and network with members of JPMorgan Chase’s Legal & Compliance senior management team. JPMorgan Chase will participate in Cardozo’s fall 2008 recruitment program as well.

Public Service Auction Breaks Record and Exceeds $300,000 Goal 

“Open your hearts and your wallets!” was the rallying cry at Cardozo’s 16th annual Public Service Auction, held on April 3. A capacity crowd filled the lobby and enjoyed live rock music, great food, and silent auction items that ranged from tickets to sporting events and Broadway shows, to beauty treatments, sports club packages, and more. The enthusiastic participation of students, parents, alumni, faculty, staff, and friends help make this evening the Law School’s most popular event.

The live auction proceeded at a fast pace, thanks to the humorous and professional Sotheby’s auctioneer, Eliza Osborne. Matthew Schneider ’08 took over the auction when the faculty items came up for bid and managed to bring in high dollars for dinner with Dean Rudenstine and lunch with Prof. Barry Scheck. The highest bid, $6,000, went for two tickets to the MTV Video Music Awards and for domestic travel on JetBlue Airlines. Other fun items included dinner for four with the firemen of Engine 5— purchased by the Alumni Affairs Office, and the Giants owners’ box seats.

Sotheby’s auctioneer Eliza Osborne and Matthew Schneider ’08

Board member Rachel Warren ’92, with Neil Ashworth and Joseph Fontak ’91 (right), ups the ante for lunch with Prof. Barry Scheck.


According to Auction Director Inez Gonzalez, “This was the most successful auction ever as we exceeded our fundraising goal of $300,000. The energy and goodwill of the evening will provide stipend funding for all eligible students to work in unpaid summer jobs in the public and not-for-profit sector in summer 2008.” The Auction raised $335,000.

The success of the evening is also a reflection of the leadership of Cardozo Board Chair Kathryn Greenberg ’82, who was enormously helpful, advocating for students, soliciting donations, encouraging her colleagues to participate, giving fabulous gifts such as dinner at the ultra exclusive Rao’s, and sharing her expertise and enthusiasm. Other major supporters included The David Berg Foundation, Floersheimer Center for Constitutional Democracy, Lincy Foundation, Shari E. Redstone, Jacob Burns Foundation, Rosemary C. Byrne ’80, and Mr. and Mrs. E. John Rosenwald Jr.

(From left) Adey Fisseha ’08, Sarah Resnick ’08, Dean Rudenstine, Amy Kapoor ’09, and Board Chair Kathy Greenberg ’82

Students Bring Service, Intellect, and Fun to Campus Life 

Sam Bartos

Sam Bartos ’08, a former concert pianist and Steinway artist, performed “The Goldberg Variations” of J.S. Bach at a lunchtime recital in the soaring, multistory atrium of the new Eastern District Courthouse in Brooklyn. Bartos was a summer 2007 intern with Senior Judge Charles P. Sifton of the United States District Court. Judge Sifton, who helped organize the special event, noted in his introductory remarks that Bartos’s performance was the first time the public space was being used for a concert.


Michael B. Oren signed copies of his recent book, America in the Middle East: 1776 to the Present. He participated on a panel “The Role of the US in the Middle East,” organized by the Anti-Defamation League and students of the Cardozo Israel Alliance.

The US in the Middle East
Caroline Bierbaum ’09

Cardozo Runner is Olympic Hopeful  

Caroline Bierbaum ’09 hopes to qualify for the US Olympic Trials 10K in June. She won’t find out until July if she made the Olympic team, but, Bierbaum said, “Just making the Olympic trials is a big goal in itself.” She has been running since high school and continued while an undergraduate at Columbia University, specializing in 5K and 10K races. She is a five-time NCAA Division One All-American, as well as an NCAA Academic All-American. In 2005, she was the recipient of the prestigious Honda Award, given to an outstanding athlete based on the votes of coaches, and she has a two-year contract with Nike. She has won the Ivy League cross-country title two times as well as 10K and 5K titles in track. Her personal records are 32:44 for the 10K and 15:52 for the 5K. Bierbaum runs every morning in Central Park, averaging about 70 miles per week. She said running helps her focus on her schoolwork and keeps her calm. She likes the routine of reserving early morning for physical energy and the rest of the day for mental energy. Good luck, Caroline!


Student Wins Bauer Fellowship for Human Rights Work in Zambia 

Christina Holder ’08 has been awarded the 2008–09 Uriel and Caroline Bauer Human Rights Fellowship for a project with the University of Zambia Law School to design human rights evaluation tools and train nongovernmental regional organizations to evaluate how well human rights principles are integrated throughout Zambia’s provinces. Upon completion of her research, she will submit a report to Zambia’s Millennium Development Goal country report. Holder is a public service scholar and was a teaching assistant for both the legal writing program and the Human Rights and Genocide Clinic. She is active in nine student organizations including PILSA, Cardozo Students for Human Rights, and Cardozo Advocates for Battered Women.

Dean Rudenstine said, “We are proud of Christina’s commitment, compassion, and intellect. She is an outstanding choice for a Bauer Fellowship, which carries with it a stipend of $20,000. We are grateful to the Bauer family for their support for many of the Law School’s activities, and in this case, for enabling such a superb student to make her contribution in the international human rights arena.”

Harry Bauer, a former member of the Cardozo Board of Directors, has supported Law School initiatives for many years. In addition to the Fellowship, he has sponsored scholarships for LL.M. candidates. His contributions further enrich campus life through the Uriel and Caroline Bauer Memorial Lecture and Uriel and Caroline Bauer Distinguished Visitor Program, named in memory of Bauer’s son, Uriel Bauer ’86, and daughter- in-law, Caroline, who were tragically killed in an Amtrak accident.


Kimberly Grant ’07 won the 2007 Boskey Dispute Resolution Essay Competition, a national competition sponsored by the American Bar Association and the Association for Conflict Resolution. The winning article, “Ten Dollars for Twenty Years: Providing Justice for Exonerees Using Victim- Offender Mediation,” draws on her experiences in the Mediation Clinic and the Innocence Project. Her prize is $1,000 and the publication of her essay.

Paulsen Competition Winners

Marvin Mills ’09 (far right) is this year’s Paulsen Moot Court Competition champion. The intramural competition, named for Cardozo’s first dean, Monrad Paulsen, provides a forum for second- and third-year students to compete for recognition as Cardozo’s best advocates. Also pictured (from left) are Hon. Flemming L. Norcott, Jr., Connecticut Supreme Court; Hon. Shira A. Scheindlin, United States District Court for the Southern District of New York; and Hon. Carmen Ciparick, New York Court of Appeals; Jenny Paulsen, Monrad Paulsen’s widow; Joshua Goldman ’09, runner-up best brief; Mary Ann Carlese ’09, winner of best brief and runner-up champion; and Patrick Fang ’08 and Zev Raben ’08, who received honorable mentions.

Cardozo Sweeps Regional NYC Bar Association Moot Court and ABA Negotiation Competitions 

Cardozo captured the regional rounds of the 58th Annual National Moot Court Competition in November 2007 at the New York City Bar Association. Cardozo third-year students took all three of the top awards.

Parvin Aminolroaya ’08 and Jen Vakiener ’08 were named “best team” and they, with Arlene Stevens ’08, won best brief. Vakiener also won best oralist.

The final round was judged by the Honorable Ralph Fabrizio, the Honorable Darrell Gavrin, the Honorable Andrew J. Peck, Michael Cooper, Esq., Stuart Summit, Esq., and Mary Jo White, Esq.

The American College of Trial Lawyers cosponsored the competition with the New York City Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Committee.

It was Cardozo vs. Cardozo when the teams of Mary Ann Carlese ’09 and Maurice Robinson ’09, and Meryl Rothchild ’09 and Kim Turner ’08 placed first and second, respectively, in the ABA Regional Representation Competition in Buffalo, NY in February 2008. Adjunct Prof. David White coached the teams.

Earlier, in November 2007, three Cardozo teams finished in the top five at the regional ABA Negotiation Competition held at the Law School. Jayne Cooper ’08 and Marvin Mills ’09 placed second; Scott Cohen ’09 and Eric Gitig ’09 placed third; Meryl Rothchild and Ben Thompson ’09 came in fifth. Overall, 20 teams from 10 schools participated. In the intraschool competition held in October, these three teams won in a field of 48 teams.

Moot Court Honor Society members did well in other competitions around the country. Dave Collins ’09 took best oralist and Mathew Parker ’09 took third place for best oralist at the Tulane Moot Court Competition in January 2008. The Cardozo team advanced to the quarterfinal round at the Southern Illinois University Health Law Moot Court Competition, and advanced to the octofinal round at both the Emory Civil Rights and Liberties Moot Court Competition and at the John Marshall Information and Technology/Privacy Law Moot Court Competition.

Brook Cavanaugh '09 coaching students

Brooke Cavanaugh ’09 is coaching Washington Irving High School students on how to question a witness. Students who are active in the Cardozo Youth Advocates teach a course about law at the local high school. The course culminates in a day at Cardozo during which the high school students do mock trials.


(From left) LL.M. students Val Myteberi, Pranvera Cakani, and Mimoza Tartari enjoy a party celebrating the culture of Mexico.

Human Rights Corporations

Nicholas Lusiani and Christine Bader, both of whom are affiliated with Business & Human Rights Resource Center, joined a panel, Corporations and Human Rights: Legal and Non-legal Tools for Better Social and Business Outcomes, cosponsored by Cardozo Students for Human Rights and the Cardozo Business Society.


Crossword Wiz is published in The New York Times 

Daniel Raymond '08 Daniel Raymond ’08 has been solving and creating crossword puzzles since he was a kid. One of his favorite types is a cryptic crossword in which the clues involve wordplay, puns, and anagrams. Just before he started at Cardozo, he submitted one of his puzzles to The New York Times, which publishes cryptics seven times a year in the Sunday Times magazine. After two years of anticipation, his crossword was selected and published in the September 23, 2007 magazine. Raymond said “It was a lot of fun to correspond with Will Shortz, the Times puzzle editor, and very exciting to see my name in print. I’m still in touch with Mr. Shortz regarding some of my other crosswords, which I hope might get published in the future.” Raymond created a special crossword, The Supremes, for this issue of Cardozo Life.

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