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New Immigration Clinic to Represent Clients in Federal Proceedings

Statue of Liberty

As a result of recent government immigration enforcement efforts, the absence of a right to appointed counsel in deportation proceedings, and the streamlining of the agency procedures, the federal courts of appeals are experiencing an especially large number of pro se immigration appeals. In response, Cardozo’s new Immigration Justice Clinic offers quality legal representation for indigent immigrants facing deportation, while also providing students with invaluable hands-on lawyering experience. According to Dean David Rudenstine, “immigration law is the civil rights movement of the 21st century, and we felt that it was important to offer our students opportunities to build the skills they need and to make important contributions to the field.” The clinic, whose director is newly appointed Prof. Peter Markowitz, will represent immigrants in federal administrative proceedings and in the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Students will be able to enroll beginning in the fall 2008 semester.


Experts Discuss Corporate Restructurings and the Credit Market Crisis

Wilbur Ross

Wilbur Ross

Legendary investor Wilbur Ross forecast the demise of regional banks and thrifts when he gave the keynote address at The Heyman Center conference, Corporate Restructuring in a Difficult Market: Challenges & Opportunities Created by the Credit Market Crisis.

“I believe the next phase of the cycle will be the failure of depositary institutions,” he said. Ross, who has been investing aggressively during the credit downturn, is a renowned turnaround expert who has made a fortune investing in steel, coal, and textile companies and bringing them back to health.

The conference also featured a panel discussion on Solutia Inc., the St. Louis based chemical firm that negotiated $1.6 billion in exit financing and then sued its lenders three months later, claiming there was a material adverse change in market conditions. Key players representing all sides dissected the deal and discussed how they were able to reach agreement in the face of current market conditions. Jonathan Henes ’96, partner, Kirkland & Ellis LLP, moderated the panel, which included Jan Baker, partner, Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP; David Jaffe, director, Citigroup Inc.; Susheel Kirpalani, partner, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart Oliver & Hedges LLP; and Todd Snyder, managing director, Rothschild Inc.

On a second panel, leading practitioners discussed how the current credit crisis is impacting the corporate restructurings market, the implications of these events for monoline insurers and other market actors, and the role of rating agencies, regulators, credit default swap counterparties, and investors. Gary Holtzer ’90, partner, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, moderated this panel, which included Timothy Coleman, senior managing director, The Blackstone Group; Wolcott B. Dunham, Jr., partner, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP; and Victor Lopez-Balboa, managing director, Goldman Sachs.

“We are excited to bring together such an esteemed group of experts to discuss how businesses can be restructured and be made stronger even in the current credit crisis,” said Heyman Center Director Eric Pan. “Despite the daunting headlines, there have been notable examples of success that deserve in-depth analysis.”


Symposium Explores Historic “Responsibility to Protect” (R2P) Doctrine

Panelists at the R2P conference included (from left) Hurst Hannum, Tufts University; Donald Steinberg, International Crisis Group; Ramesh Thakur, University of Waterloo and International Commission on Intervention and State Sovereignty Commissioner; and Heidi Hulan, counselor, political affairs, Canadian Mission to the UN.

Panelists at the R2P conference included (from left) Hurst Hannum, Tufts University; Donald Steinberg, International Crisis Group; Ramesh Thakur, University of Waterloo and International Commission on Intervention and State Sovereignty Commissioner; and Heidi Hulan, counselor, political affairs, Canadian Mission to the UN.

At the United Nations 60th Anniversary World Summit in 2005, 150 world leaders embraced the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) Doctrine. This doctrine requires that when a state is either unwilling or unable to fulfill its responsibility to protect its own populations, UN member states are obligated to take action to minimize human suffering. While the UN Security Council has since endorsed R2P in resolutions concerning the protection of civilians in armed conflict and peacekeeping in southern Sudan and Darfur, the fact remains that the international community has struggled to act on or even decide when it is facing an R2P situation.

A groundbreaking conference presented by Cardozo’s Program in Holo - caust and Human Rights Studies and the Department of Political Science, Yeshiva University, provided a forum to assist in clarifying the contours of the R2P doctrine and to examine the framework for its implemen - tation to protect vulnerable populations before, during, and after conflict. “The R2P concept is one of the most important steps to preventing mass atrocities since Nuremberg,” said Sheri Rosenberg, director, Pro gram in Holocaust and Human Rights Studies. “The conference was a way to continue to think deeply about the concept and to disseminate information widely.”

The Responsibility to Protect: A Framework for Confronting Identity-Based Atrocities, held at Cardozo in March, was attended by scholars and organizational leaders from around the world, with a particularly strong turnout of representatives from US governmental agencies, nongovernment organizations, and several missions to the United Nations. “A number of representatives went back to their governments and gave presentations on how the concept fits into what they’re doing,” said Rosen berg. “That’s a big achievement and a tangible impact of the conference with positive policy outcomes.”

Among those who gave presentations were Dean Harold Koh, Yale Law School; Edward C. Luck, UN special advisor for responsibility to protect and vice president and director of studies, International Peace Academy; Knut Vollebaek, former foreign minister, Norway; Ramesh Thakur, distinguished fellow, Center International Governance Innovation, University of Waterloo, and commission er, International Commis - sion on Intervention and State Sovereignty (ICISS); Donald Steinberg, vice president for multilateral affairs, International Crisis Group; and Aryeh Neier, president, Open Society Institute.

The symposium was presented in partnership with the International Crisis Group, Minority Rights Group International, Institute for the Study of Genocide, and the Institute for Global Policy. Generous support was received from Humanity United and The Rick and Darian Swig Philanthropic Fund.

European Privacy Rights Now Impact US Media

Wilbur Ross

Le baiser de l’Hotel de Ville by Robert Doisneau, reprinted with permission from Francine Deroudille and the Doisneau Estate

Privacy laws that have long existed in France and in French Canada are becoming increasingly important to media outlets in the United States as international laws of privacy and image rights expand and impact photographers distributing work worldwide. The cause of this rapidly developing change is the recent adoption of a stricter approach to privacy protection by the 46 signatory nations to the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR). This approach, which is similar to French law, requires, with some exceptions, that anyone photographed must give his or her consent for the photograph to be published unless the subject is a public figure, in a public place, carrying out a public function. Lawyers, scholars, journalists, and photographers came together in March to examine the new legal terrain facing news and art photographers and to discuss this emerging issue that pits privacy rights against freedom of expression.

Enjoining the Kiss: The Emerging International Right of Privacy versus News and Art Photography featured a panel discussion, screening of the film La Rue Zone Interdite (The Street Off Limits), and a conversation with the filmmaker, Gilbert Duclos. Duclos was a defendant in a landmark Canadian Supreme Court case, Aubry v. Éditions Vice-Versa, which enjoined publication of one of his photographs on privacy grounds.

(From left) Prof. Pierre-Yves Gautier, Université Panthéon-Assas (Paris II), author, Propriété Littéraire et Artistique, and privacy scholar; Daniel McClean, solicitor, Withers LLP in London, specializing in media, art, and intellectual property law, and author of The Trials of Art; Brian MacLeod Rogers, solicitor and barrister from Toronto, who represents media and news organizations; Gilbert Duclos, filmmaker of La Rue Zone Interdite; David D’Arcy, journalist and correspondent for The Art Newspaper; and conference organizer David Korzenik ’79, partner, Miller Korzenik Sommers LLP

“The growing expansion of a French approach to privacy laws has become increasingly important to American media. By publishing internationally, we are in the reach of foreign law,” said David Korzenik ’79, moderator of the discussion. “The new and very aggressive privacy right has serious implications for free speech. There will be brakes put on it, but it will take a long time,” he said. Korzenik, a partner at Miller Korzenik Sommers LLP, is an adjunct professor at Cardozo, teaching media law.

The ECHR, established after World War II, was designed to affirm an international commitment to democratic values and is developing new and important case law in this area. “The ECHR stipulates that the laws of signatory states must be in sync with their laws,” Korzenik points out. “The UK, for example, has always had strict libel laws, but they had no real right of privacy,” he said. “Now, the change in the UK and in other countries has been explosive.”

Such restrictions could theoretically leave American photographers and media organizations vulnerable to lawsuits if they publish photographs of public life in Europe in which subjects have not given their consent.

Enjoining the Kiss was presented by the Floersheimer Center, Cardozo Arts & Entertainment Law Journal, which will publish the proceedings, and The Howard M. Squadron Program in Law, Media and Society, with generous support from La Délégation Générale du Québec and The American Constitution Society.


Dean's Distinguished Scholars Network with Federal Judge

A dinner for Dean’s Distinguished Scholars was held at Alger House and featured a talk by Judge Reena Raggi, US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, who is shown here with Scott Danner ’09 and Jonathan Rohr ’09. Students who are in the top 10 percent of the first-year class are designated scholars and are invited to special events and meetings with faculty and members of the bar, bench, and public life.


Lawyers, Scholars, and Art World Insiders Meet on the Problems of Cultural Looting

Former Director General of the Iraq Museum Donny George (left)
and Marine Colonel Matthew Bogdanos

Former Director General of the Iraq Museum Donny George (left) and Marine Colonel Matthew Bogdanos

The highlight of the daylong conference War and Peace: Art and Cultural Heritage Law in the 21st Century was the fiery and compelling presentation by Marine Colonel Matthew Bogdanos, who, with a small team of Marines, defended the Iraqi Museum from looters just after Sadaam Hussein’s regime fell in April 2003. The conference addressed how to prevent looting of cultural materials, how to deal with it when the pillaged items enter the marketplace, and the legislative and legal methods for restitution and for the prevention of pillage and international trade in stolen artifacts.

Bogdanos’s account of US Marines protecting the Iraq Museum and then working to retrieve stolen objects was the stuff of high drama, while also bringing to life Baghdad during this time. “There was sheer and utter violence everywhere,” said Colonel Bogdanos, who is an assistant district attorney in New York and holds an M.A. in classics from Columbia University. Following his time in Iraq, he wrote a book, Thieves of Bagdad, that describes in detail what he presented in March to the audience of lawyers, law students, and people involved in the arts. Proceeds from the book sales go to the Iraq Museum

Joining him on the panel was Donny George, former director general of the Iraq Museum, who welcomed Bogdanos with a cup of tea when the Marine arrived at the 11-acre museum campus in full combat gear. A team of 14 Marines moved into the museum to protect it and because, Bogdanos said, “it was their moral if not legal obligation to do so.” The museum had been closed for more than 20 years and was known by the Iraqi people as “Sadaam’s gift shop,” since the dictator was known to take what he liked for his personal use.

According to George, the Iraq Museum is the only museum in the world that has a collection spanning the entire history of civilization— from the beginning of man to the 20th century. He estimated that 15,000 objects were stolen and, so far, 4,000 items have been returned, and another 3,500 are being held by neigh - boring countries for safekeeping. He also indicated that the looting continues, especially at archaeological sites, often abetted by Iraq’s neighbors.

Bogdanos told how, after it was announced that there would be a country-wide amnesty for all those returning looted items, he and his team visited every mosque, walked through Baghdad without helmets, and drank tea and played backgammon with the Iraqi people, building bonds of trust in an effort to encourage the return of items. “The warmth and hospitality of the Iraqi people are a gift,” said Bogdanos.

Also on the panel was Patty Gerstenblith, director of the program in cultural heritage law at DePaul University and president of the Lawyers’ Committee for Cultural Heritage Preserva - tion, a cosponsor of the conference organized by Lucille Roussin ’96, adjunct professor and director of the Holocaust Claims Restitution Practicum, and Caroline Piela-Cohen ’08 of the Public Law, Policy, and Ethics Journal. Gerstenblith discussed the Hague Con ven tion and how it primarily enforces respect for and safeguarding of cultural property; while it does not stop destruction or looting, it is useful at the end of a war for restitution of property.

Two other panels covered archaeological and cultural heritage sites in the Americas and the aftermath of the looting during World War II. The panelists said that in the Americas the public is often not sufficiently aware of the significance of many of the sites. Representatives from the National Park Service— Sherry Hutt, manager of the Native American Grave Protection and Repatriation Act Program, and Robert Palmer, a civil penalties investigator in the program —pointed to the plunder happening at Native Ameri - can burial sites. Palmer claimed that there are as many as 12 incidents of looting daily in the United States, with people digging for arrowheads and combing Civil War battlefields for items. Sharon Cohen Levin, chief of the asset forfeiture unit at the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of NY, Terence N. D’Altroy, professor of anthropology at Columbia University, and Todd Swain, a special agent with the National Park Service, were on the panel as well.

Roussin chaired the panel on World War II and was joined by Monica Dugot and Lucian Simmons, vice presidents of restitution at Christie’s and Sotheby’s, respectively, and by Howard Spiegler, a partner at Herrick, Feinstein, a firm very much involved with art law, and John J. Byrne, Jr., founding partner of Byrne Goldenberg & Hamilton. The panelists agreed that one of the major battles with restitution is the lack of good documentation that would hold up in court.

Students Get Firsthand Look at Changes in Japanese Legal System

A group of 16 Cardozo students had the opportunity to gain firsthand knowledge of the dramatic changes under way in the Japanese legal system when they went to Tokyo for a nine-day intensive seminar in early June with Prof. Edward Stein. Stein is also codirector, Program for Family Law, Policy, and Bioethics.

“Japan is going through a very exciting moment in its legal system,” explained Stein. “One of the things we found is that Japanese people think about law differently. It seems that people in Japan have a respect for and disengagement from the law; they are very hesitant to challenge government and corporations.”

According to Stein, Japan is undergoing a dramatic period of legal reform that began early this decade. Among the changes has been the establishment of American-style law schools since 2004; there are now 70. Previously, Japanese lawyers studied law as undergraduates and then entered a training and apprenticeship program run by the Supreme Court.

A big change in the structure of criminal trials will begin in May 2009. Currently, three judges sit together to determine guilt and sentencing. Under the new system, there will be six citizen judges—somewhat like a jury— who, together with the three judges, will decide cases.

There has also been a continued weakening of restrictions on foreign law firms doing business in Japan. Students visited US, British, and Japanese law firms, gaining an understanding of how they do business and what they are facing in the future. They also visited the Tokyo Bar Association and gained insight into the position of women in Japan’s legal profession. Currently, 10 percent of lawyers in Japan are female; in contrast, in the United States, according to the American Bar Association, women make up 30.1 percent of the profession.

Class of 2011 Comes to Cardozo

Wilbur Ross

While the national pool of law school applicants continued on a downturn, applications to Cardozo increased by 2.6 percent this year. Accordingly, this fall, 250 new students are entering the class of 2011. Their qualifications are as strong as any class in the School’s history. As was the case with the class of 2010, the LSAT median was a 164, and the top quarter scored at or above a 166, the 94th percentile of all test-takers nationwide.

“We’ve had a great year,” said David Martinidez, dean of admissions. “This school has incredible momentum. The quality of education and experience is becoming better known, and it’s enabling us to recruit and enroll successful students year after year.”

Increasingly, Cardozo students are coming from around the country and throughout the world. This year, first-year students hail from 33 states, the District of Columbia, and 13 foreign countries.

Approximately one-third of the entering class are beginning law school directly from college; more than nine percent have already earned at least one graduate degree. The average age of this year’s entrants is 24; the age range is 19 to 50 years. This is a very diverse class, with women comprising 53 percent of entrants. Overall minority enrollment is 23 percent, an increase over the past two years.

Students have a broad range of notable professional backgrounds. They include two Fulbright scholars, a skeletal biologist and archaeologist, a captain in the US Army who has earned three bronze medals and served in Iraq and Kuwait, a professional ballet dancer, a scholar of German language and literature who taught at Michigan State, and a former producer from CBS News.

As for LL.M. candidates, 55 new students started this fall, an all-time record enrollment. Thirty-six will be in the General Studies program, 17 in the Intellectual Property program, and two students will study Compara tive Legal Thought, with an emphasis on Jewish Legal Studies.

The LL.M. class comes from 26 countries and the United States and includes a court attorney from the Supreme Court of the Philippines, a former chief inspector in the Israeli police, a partner in an Indian law firm, a contestant in the Miss Universe and Miss World competitions, and instructors of law at universities in the Philippines and Ukraine.

Moot Court Competition Focuses on Copyright and Trademark Issues

Wilbur Ross

Final Round judges for the competition were (from left) The Honorable Kim Wardlaw, US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit; The Honorable Betty Fletcher, US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit; and The Honorable Bernice Donald, US District Court for the Western District of Tennessee.

Competitors in the 2008 Cardozo BMI Entertainment and Communications Law Moot Court Competition argued a copyright issue arising from the use of streaming music content on the Web and a trademark issue arising from the unauthorized online sale of branded fashion and cosmetic products. This marked the 25th year that Cardozo has hosted and organized the competition.


Chris Seeger ‘90 Talks about Vioxx Settlement

(From left) Chris Seeger, Dean Rudenstine, Prof. Howard Erichson of Seton Hall, Kathleen O’Connor of Dechert, and Prof. Anthony Sebok

In March, Chris Seeger ’90, partner, Seeger Weiss LLP, told “The Vioxx Story: Mass Settlements without Class Actions.” Seeger and his cocounsel on the Vioxx negotiating committee obtained a $4.85 billion global settlement in November 2007 from Merck & Co. for more than 45,000 plaintiffs who claimed the painkiller Vioxx had led to a heart attack or stroke. Seeger Weiss has a practice that includes representation of plaintiffs in individual cases, mass torts, class actions, and commercial disputes.

Seeger and classmate Steve Weiss, a member of the Cardozo Board, founded Seeger Weiss, which has been at the forefront of the Vioxx litigation, taking leading roles as the liaison counsel and colead counsel in the New Jersey State Vioxx case and colead counsel in the federal multidistrict litigation.

At the oversubscribed event, Prof. Howard Erichson of Seton Hall University School of Law, and Kathleen O’Connor, partner, Dechert, New York City, provided commentary. The discussion, which offered plaintiffs’ and defendants’ points of view, was organized and moderated by Prof. Anthony Sebok.


Conference Explores How Class Actions Enhance Justice

Ken Feinberg

According to Prof. Myriam Gilles, for too long, coverage of class action litigation has understated or completely ignored the critical role that class actions have played in protecting consumer safety, ad vancing civil rights, protecting the in tegrity of the market, and distributing justice.

Justice and the Role of Class Actions, held in March and organized by Gilles, brought together legal scholars and practitioners from across the United States in a set of interactive conversations about class actions and the issues that surround this controversial and rapidly changing legal arena. Panel discussions in cluded “The Historical Sig ni ficance of Class Actions,” “Challenges Facing Con temporary Class Actions,” and “Moving For ward: Class Actions in the Future and Around the Globe.”

Kenneth Feinberg, founder of The Feinberg Group LLP and the former Special Master of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund, gave the keynote address. The conference was cosponsored by The Jacob Burns Insti tute for Advanced Legal Studies, the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy, and Public Justice (formerly, Trial Lawyers for Public Justice).

Coffee Lectures on Class Actions

John C. Coffee, Adolf A. Berle Professor of Law at Columbia Law School, delivered the 2008 Uri and Caroline Bauer Memorial Lecture. His presentation was “Accountability and Competition in Securities Class Actions: Why ‘Exit’ Works Better than ‘Voice.’”


Innocence Project Dinner Commemorates Freedom, Honors Grisham and Firm of Mayer Brown

(From left) Exonoree Dennis Fritz, author John Grisham, Prof. Barry Scheck, Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore, and Peter Neufeld

It was a stunning scene that few would have envisioned 26 years ago. But there, on stage in front of more than 600 guests, was Dennis Fritz, once convicted of murder, in a slow dance with Peggy Sanders—the mother of the victim.

This poignant moment at the Innocence Project’s second annual dinner in early May underscored the nonprofit organization’s mission and commitment to free innocent people and pre vent wrongful convictions.

Aptly titled A Celebration of Freedom and Justice, the event raised more than $700,000 and honored author John Grisham, a member of the Innocence Project Board of Directors, and the law firm Mayer Brown. Grisham’s first work of non fiction, The Innocent Man, was about Dennis Fritz and Ron Williamson, who were exonerated in 1999 after serving 11 years each for a murder they did not commit. Mayer Brown, a leading global law firm, has made a significant contribution to advancing the work of the Innocence Project through its extensive partnership in reforming eyewitness identification procedures, and its pro bono efforts and fellowship support.

Dennis Fritz dancing with Peggy Sanders

Dennis Fritz dancing with Peggy Sanders

Innocence Project co directors Barry Scheck and Peter Neufeld spoke at the dinner, which was chaired by Cardozo Board Chair Kathy Greenberg ’82 and her husband, Alan. Up-andcoming jazz pianist Jona than Batiste performed, playing “What a Wonderful World” when Dennis Fritz and Peggy Sanders danced.

In addition to Dennis Fritz, 15 people who were exonerated by DNA testing were at the event. More than 20 current and former Cardozo students from the Innocence Project clinic also attended.

As of early September, 220 people in the United States have been exonerated by DNA testing, including 17 who were on death row, proving that wrongful convictions are not isolated or rare events but instead arise from systemic defects.

Symposium Focuses on the Future of Self-Incrimination

(From left) Prof. Kent Roach, University of Toronto; Prof. Alex Stein; and Prof. Mike Redmayne, London School of Economics

A two-day symposium held in March took a fresh look at the use of confessions and guilty pleas as means of establishing a criminal defendant’s guilt. Sponsored by Cardozo Law Review and organized by Prof. Alex Stein, The Future of Self-Incrimination: Fifth Amend - ment, Confessions, and Guilty Pleas discussed common-law protections against coerced confessions, plea bargaining, and the vanishing of the criminal trial. The relationship between pleas and sentencing and a number of related issues were on the agenda as well.


Center for Jewish Law and Contemporary Civilization

Prof. Joseph Weiler, New York University


Biblical scholarship over the past 200 years has approached the Hebrew Bible as a historical relic. While faith communities continue to see it as an inspiration, there is a surge of interest among academics in various disciplines who see the Bible as a significant resource for secular concerns and understanding the modern condition.

This growing interest was explored in depth by an international group of political and legal theorists and religious scholars, who came together in March to discuss the reasons behind the new relevance of the Hebrew Bible in modern thought and global politics.

The Hebrew Bible in Contemporary Intellectual Discourse was hosted by the Yeshiva University Center for Jewish Law and Contemporary Civilization at Cardozo (CJL) and the Israel Matz Institute for Jewish Law at the Hebrew University Law School.

Panel discussions looked at the various ways in which narratives from the Book of Genesis are understood by contemporary thinkers, and the actual and potential contributions of the Bible to issues of political authority and war, sacrifice, and personal autonomy. One panel, comparative in nature, looked at the New Testament and the Qur’an and considered how the biblical traditions of Christianity and Islam have been assimilated in contemporary intellectual discourse.

“This conference was the first of its kind,” said Ari Mermelstein, assistant director of the CJL. “It brought together representatives of almost every humanistic discipline from America, Israel, and Europe. Their perspectives demonstrate that the Bible continues to be a fertile source for examining today’s most pressing and profound issues.”

Prof. Arye Edrei

Prof. Arye Edrei of Tel Aviv University Law School, the 2008 Ivan Meyer Visiting Scholar in Comparative Jewish Law, gave the Annual Ivan Meyer Lecture in February. His topic was “The Case of the Sabbatical Year Polemic: Jewish Law, Nationalism, and Reimagining the Community.”


Program in Holocaust and Human Rights Studies

International Conference Focuses on Implications of Centruy-Old Dreyfus Scandal

The Dreyfus Affair a Century Later: Legacy and Lessons explored various aspects of this infamous political scandal in a halfday symposium held in February at the Center for Jewish History.

Cosponsored by the Program in Holocaust and Human Rights Studies and the Yeshiva University Museum, which also hosted an exhibition on the Dreyfus Affair, the conference featured Charles Dreyfus, Alfred’s grandson. Prof. Richard Weisberg chaired a panel on the contemporary implications of the scandal, which included Prof. Pierre Birnbaum, Columbia University; Vincent Duclert, author and professor, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris; Emmanuel Lenain, spokesman and director, Press and Communication Office, French Embassy to the United States; and Prof. Jeffrey Mehlman, Boston University. Sheri Rosenberg (at left, above), director of the Program in Holocaust and Human Rights Studies, chaired a panel that included Prof. Julie Chi-Hye Suk, and (from right) Justice Rosalie Abella of the Canadian Supreme Court, Prof. Michel Rosenfeld, and Prof. Kendell Thomas of Columbia Law School.

The conference was made possible through the generosity of the Leon Levy Foundation.


The Samuel and Ronnie Heyman Center on Corporate Governance


In April, faculty, alumni, and Heyman Scholars—high-achieving students who focus their studies on corporate law—enjoyed a party at Alger House, an elegant downtown party space. (From left) Adam Lesman ’09, Rachel Kurth ’09, and John Rich, a friend

Former SEC Chairman Harvey Pitt

Former SEC Chairman Harvey Pitt


Former SEC Chairman Harvey Pitt, SEC Deputy Director of Enforcement Walter Ricciardi, Swiss Re Chief Claims Strategist Richard Murray, Winston & Strawn partner Christine Edwards, and Prof. Eric Pan came together to discuss what is meant by prudential supervision and whether it will lead to better regulated and more competitive financial markets.

“The debate about adopting prudential supervision principles is of utmost importance as our country faces one of the most serious financial crises in its history,” said Eric Pan, director of The Heyman Center, which cosponsored Debating the Merits of Prudential Supervision, with the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) Compliance and Legal Division.


Intellectual Property Program


This spring, an international group of copyright scholars, lawyers, and public officials met to discuss whether the time has come to advance the harmonization of exceptions and limitations to intellectual property in relation to copyright, and explored which harmonized exceptions should exist and how international norms can develop. This symposium was held in cooperation with the Institute for Information Law. Ruth Okedji of the University of Minnesota, shown here, was among the participants.


One of the features of the intellectual property law program is the annual line-up of national and international scholars and legal experts who speak on cutting-edge issues in the field at a luncheon forum. Prof. Dev Gangjee of the London School of Economics spoke on “The Parallel Rise of Design Protection and Functionality Doctrine in Trademark Law.”


A symposium on Convergence and Divergence in Transatlantic Trademark Law, held in February, included Lionel Bentley, Cambridge University; and Dev Gangjee, London School of Economics as well as (from left) Prof. Robert Brauneis, George Washington University; Commissioner for Trademarks Lynne Beresford, US Patent and Trademark Office; Prof. Justin Hughes; and Prof. Hugh Hansen, Fordham University.


In recent years, David Nimmer, author of a leading treatise on copyright law, Nimmer on Copyright, has been the Annual Burns Senior Lecturer. While at Cardozo he also teaches classes and meets with students. In February, Professor Nimmer’s heavily attended lecture was titled “Culturing Google to Copy Right.” Professor Nimmer said of his subject matter, “Courts have recently articulated a large number of legal doctrines in the context of various cases brought against Google, bringing to the fore some of the fundamental questions onwhich copyright protection is based. Without taking sides, my talk aims to fill in the appropriate grammar for addressing those issues.”


In May 2007, Dean David Rudenstine traveled to Beijing and signed a document to formalize a relationship between Cardozo and the State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) of China, which oversees the administration of patent rights in the People’s Republic of China, the development of patent legislation in China, and foreign affairs in the intellectual property arena.

The agreement established an unusual collaboration. Mem bers of the Cardozo faculty would visit SIPO each summer to teach an Introduction to US Law and Intellectual Property to patent examiners. Then each fall, a dozen SIPO examiners would come to New York and take courses in US and international intellectual property law at Cardozo. This agreement, according to Rudenstine, would be a great opportunity for Cardozo faculty to visit China and learn about the culture and legal system there, while the Chinese students would add a welcome dimension to the life of the Law School.

In the summer of 2006, Vice Dean Michael Herz and Professors Justin Hughes and Barton Beebe were the first Cardozofaculty members to participate by teaching at SIPO. In fall 2007, a group of 10 Chinese students came to Cardozo. This summer, Justin Hughes, Stewart Sterk, and Max Minzner taught the introductor course, assisted by Maggie Yu ’09, who was a mentor and tutor to the officials. Inmid-July, Cardozo hosted a lavish dinner at the SIPO training center, in the heart of Beijing’s Haidan District, to honor the students who participated in the fall 2007 New York semester—the first graduates of the Cardozo–SIPO Intellectual Property Training Program. The students received certificates marking their studies of intellectual property at Cardozo. In addition to Professors Hughes and Minzner (shown at left, seated center), who hosted the dinner and the new graduates, SIPO officials, including Lu Guoliang, head of international programs (seated on right), and Cardozo alumni working in Beijing attended and had the opportunity to network and meet with friends and former classmates.

The program continues in fall 2008, when another dozen SIPO officials will spend the semester at Cardozo as part of this growing relationship.

Honorable Pierre N. Leval (at left), US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and former Cardozo faculty member Bill Patry, senior copyright counsel for Google


The dynamic area of copyright law was front and center this past spring, when top officials from the US Copyright Office came to Cardozo for a full-day program. Among the topics under discussion were the latest developments in current copyright law and policy activities, fair use, legislative proposals to amend the current copyright law, and a review of the most interesting copyright cases of the past year.

Presenters from the US Copyright Office in Washington, DC included Tanya Sandros, Esq., register of copyrights general counsel;Marybeth Peters, register of copyrights; Maria Pallante, Esq., deputy general counsel; and David Carson, Esq., associate register for policy & international affairs.

Honorable Pierre N. Leval, US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, one of the most prominent jurists and thinkers in the area of copyright law, gave a luncheon address on transformative use and the nature of protected work. Following lunch, a panel moderated by Robert Kasunic, Esq., principal legal advisor, US Copyright Office, which included leading copyright attorneys and experts in the area of fair use, discussed Judge Leval’s speech. Panelists in cluded Judge Leval; William F. Patry, Esq., senior copyright counsel, Google Inc.; Rich ard Dannay, Esq., Cowan, Liebowitz & Latman, P.C.; and Prof. R. Anthony Reese, visiting professor, New York University Law School.

The event was cosponsored by the New York State Bar Association, Intellectual Property Law Section, in association with the US Copyright Office and the Cardozo Arts & Entertainment Law Journal. Debra I. Resnick Esq., FTI Consulting, was program section chair. Paul M. Fakler, Esq., Moses & Singer LLP; Richard L. Ravin, Esq., Hartman & Winnicki, P.C.; and David Carson, Esq., US Copyright Office, were program cochairs.


Center for Public Serivce Law


The Annual Public Service Auction, which raised in excess of $330,000, in addition to generous gifts from foundations and individuals, made it possible for every qualified student who applied to receive a stipend for work this summer in the public sector. There were 154 first- and second-year students who took positions in the not-for-profit sector, at NGOs nationally and internationally, and worked in judges chambers. The students shown here worked at the NY State Supreme Court and the New York City Civil Court. (From left) Ezra Zonana ’10, Jeremy Rosenbaum ’10, Jeffrey Richbourg ’09, Amol Sinha ’10, Randi Nelson ’10, David Lukmire ’09, Maria Menghini ’09, Nicole Lobascio ’10, Yael Wilkofsky ’09, and Danielle Rowland ’09


Public Service Scholars, selected for high academic achievement and a demonstrated commitment to public service, enjoyed a dinner in their honor and an inspirational address by Bryan Stevenson, executive director, Equal Justice Initiative of Alabama. Stevenson, shown here, spoke about the importance of helping underserved communities. He is with (from left) Jaya Vasandani ’09, Mandy Hinman ’09, and Jocelyn Bogdan ’09


While Cardozo students have the opportunity to learn about public servicecareers throughout the year, Public Law Advocacy Week(P*LAW) gives in-depth exposure to a broad range of opportunities in public service and public interest, including government agencies and nonprofit organizations.Held at the end of January, P*LAW is developed with students and, accordingly, is different every year. Now in its fourth year, it is sponsored by the Center for Public Service Law, Cardozo Public Service Scholars, and the Public Interest Law Students Association (PILSA).

“P*LAW provides students the opportunities to attend a series of workshops and to hear about the issues directly from acti vists and clients—the very people who have been a party to cases,” explains Leslie Thrope, director, Center for Public Service Law. “We focus on issues of social justice and social change locally, nationally, or internationally, and the movement to make the world a better place.”

In January 2008, workshop topics included how to get involved in a political campaign; understanding children’s rights in international law; and learning how to be legal observers at mass rallies.

“This year, we also partnered with the AIDS Ser vice Center and collected clothing and food for their pantry. Students, administrators, and faculty signed up and got involved in a real community service project,” Thrope said. “And it’s still going on.”

The culmination of the week was the announcement of the Inspire! 2008 Awards, recognizing six members of the Cardozo community for their inspirational involvement in pro bono and community service projects.


Students share their various heritages with the Law School community at social eventsheld on campus. The Latin American Law Students Association (LALSA) held a party that featured a salsa band and homemade Latin specialties. The South Asian Law Students Association (SALSA) hosted an evening of traditional dancing and regional foods celebrating the Indian Festival of Lights, a ceremony that signifies victory of good over evil within every human being.


LL.M. students (from left) Csilla Boga, Alisa Mesh, Rotem Dourban, Fanny Eskenazi, and Jenny Prewo at the home of Professor Rayman.

Prof. Eric Rayman and his wife, Susan Horton, opened their home in early May for LL.M. candidates to celebrate their upcoming graduation.

For many of the program’s international students, the past year was their first in the United States. The festive celebration, with a cake given by the Graduate Law Society, was a tribute to their accomplishments.

Rayman, who is of counsel at Miller, Korzenik Summers LLP, is an adjunct professor teaching Entertainment and Media Law.


Each year, students parody campus life at the entertaining and popular Law Revue, a song-anddance performance. Shown here is Matthew Schneider ’08.