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Floersheimer Center Symposia Stir Debate on Front-Page Issues
Cardozo Commemorates Brown v. Board of Education
Class of 2007 Arrives on Campus
Bet Tzedek Clinic Is Trailblazer for Interdisciplinary Problem Solving
Students Provide Tax Advice to Needy New Yorkers
Students Take Moot Court Honors
Dispute Resolution Society Wins Top Prizes at International Competition
Cardozo Launches Program in Jewish Law and Interdisciplinary Studies
Students Recognize Playwright Eve Ensler For Promoting World Peace
COMPETITIONS, SYMPOSIA, LECTURES, AND A GALA ENLIVEN INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW PROGRAM


Floersheimer Center Symposia Stir Debate on Front-Page Issues

Yeshiva University President Richard Joel, Dean David Rudenstine, and the Honorable Sandra Day O’Connor before Cardozo’s 26th commencement, held at Avery Fisher Hall in June. Justice O’Connor addressed the graduates and received an honorary degree.

Two major conferences in March addressed weapons of mass destruction and a free press, and the merits and flaws of the judicial appointments process. They were both sponsored by the Floersheimer Center for Constitutional Democracy.

Exactly 25 years after Judge Robert Warren of the US District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin made history by issuing a preliminary injunction preventing The Progressive magazine from publishing an article entitled “The Hbomb Secret: How We Got It, Why We’re Telling It,” the Center invited the key players in the case to campus. The Progressive case is the only time a court granted a preliminary injunction restraining publication. Ultimately, the injunction was ineffective and the magazine published the article. Guests offered rare firsthand accounts of what they were thinking and why they acted as they did. Speakers included James R. Schlesinger, former secretary of energy and former secretary of defense; Ray Kidder, a nuclear weapons expert retained by The Progressive; Howard Morland, author of the article; Brady Williamson, who represented The Progressive; and attorneys for the government Robert E. Cattanach and Frank Tuerkheimer, who was visiting Cardozo and organized the conference.

Gary Milhollin, an expert on international proliferation of nuclear weapons, gave a current assessment of which countries have nuclear weapons and how much our intelligence agencies know about their programs— not enough. The symposium closed with a chilling commentary by former New York Times columnist Anthony Lewis, who suggested that perhaps the gravest danger of all to our national security is the loss of individual civil liberties under the current Bush administration. He chastised the media for not focusing enough attention on this constitutional threat and reminded the press of its duty to inform the public and create an enlightened citizenry. (See Lewis’s remarks on page 27.)

Battles over the appointment of federal judges have recently intensified. Senator Tom Daschle’s announcement in March—in response to President Bush’s use of recess appointments—that Democrats would block all judicial nominees until “the White House gives us the assurance that they will no longer abuse the process,” exemplifies the current rancor and frustration over this issue. Present and former Washington insiders were among those who provided insights about these partisan battles at Jurocracy and Distrust: Reconsidering the Federal Judicial Appointments Process.

Helaine Greenfeld, senior nominations counsel to Senator Patrick Leahy, offered the Democratic perspective on recent battles. She said that when President Bush recommended a slate of judicial appointees to the Senate Judiciary Committee he sent “a clear message to the Committee that this President would use nominations as a weapon to remake the judiciary in his image.” She also noted that the Committee has actually approved 98 percent of President Bush’s nominees (173 judges), although attention has been focused on the few nominees that were not confirmed.

Panelists, who included scholars and attorneys, began by examining the criteria for judicial selection, debating the factors that should enter into the President’s and the Senate’s consideration of potential judges. They offered historical, legal, and political perspectives on such issues as the relevance of ideology and of jurisprudential, racial, or other types of balance.

The second panel turned to the constitutional law of judicial selection and review, including constitutional limits and the general nature of the Senate’s advice and consent role. Professors Erwin Chermerinsky and Catherine Fisk, both of Duke University, endorsed the use of the filibuster, arguing that there are not too many fights about appointees, but too few. Dean Rudenstine commented on advice and consent, agreed that the Senate does too little advising and too much consenting, and outlined several models of the advice and consent function.

At the concluding panel devoted to possible reforms, Prof. Marci Hamilton advocated an end to the socalled politics of personal destruction and said to participants, “Both the President and Congress have abandoned the roles they were assigned in the Constitution. It was set up for them to be free from majoritarian pressure, and to allow them to set their eyes on the public good.”

Cardozo Commemorates Brown v. Board of Education

Judge Constance Baker Motley

May 17 marked the 50th anniversary of the landmark US Supreme Court case Brown v. Board of Education, which held segregated schools unconstitutional. Cardozo sponsored a series of commemorative events.

Cardozo and the United States Court of Appeals, Second Circuit collaborated to bring to New York “Marching Toward Justice,” an exhibition on the history of the 14th Amendment. The exhibition, on loan from the Damon J. Keith Law Collection of African-American Legal History at Wayne State University, opened first at the Thurgood Marshall Courthouse on Foley Square. Dean Rudenstine joined Judges Dennis Jacobs, US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit; Eric L. Clay, US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit; and Jack Weinstein, US District Court, Eastern District of NY at the opening ceremony. The program also featured Elaine Jones, president and director-counsel, NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, and Prof. Jack Greenberg of Columbia Law School. After a month at the courthouse, the exhibition moved to the Cardozo lobby. It featured photographs, illustrations, and text illuminating the African-American experience from 1619, when the first African captives arrived in colonial America, through 1957, the year nine African-American students were admitted to Central High School in Little Rock, AR.

At a panel preceding the exhibition’s opening at Cardozo in April, Judge Weinstein and Judge Constance Baker Motley of the US District Court for the Southern District of New York (left), both of whom were on the briefs in all the cases that were part of Brown, discussed the impact of the landmark case. They were joined by the Honorable Roger L. Gregory of the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, the first African-American judge on that court.

Later in the month, Jack Balkin, Knight Professor of Constitutional Law and the First Amendment and the director of The Information Society Project at Yale Law School, gave the Uri and Caroline Bauer Memorial Lecture, discussing three pivotal cases in the history of civil rights in “Plessy, Brown and Grutter: A Play in Three Acts.”

Class of 2007 Arrives on Campus

(from left) Barbara Res, Brent “Giles” Davis, Karyne Munoz, Richard Silver, Jill Gueydan, Daniel Schiff.

Cardozo’s programs, faculty, and reputation consistently attract high-caliber students, and the class of 2007 is no exception. Cardozo received more than 5,000 applications for admission to the class, a record application volume, and the median LSAT score increased by two points to 164.

“The class of 2007 has outstanding academic credentials and fascinating backgrounds making them a tremendous addition to the Law School,” Associate Dean for Admissions Robert Schwartz said. Not only are the students smart, motivated, and eager to learn, but they have remarkable personal and professional achievements already behind them.

“I always thought I would be a lawyer,” said Barbara Res, 54, but her career path took a very different turn. Res was always good at math and studied engineering in college. Instead of becoming a teacher, a common career choice for women of her generation, she went on to a successful career in construction.

“I’ve had a very colorful career,” Res said. Her experience includes working with Donald Trump and having her name inscribed on the building at 667 Madison Avenue, in recognition of her contribution to its creation.

As part of her work, Res was involved in mediation and arbitration, which sparked an interest in studying Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR). After taking the LSAT, her first test in 30 years, she went from being one of the only women at construction sites to being the oldest student in her Cardozo class.

“I’ve made a career out of being different,” Res said. “It would be very hard for me if I weren’t used to sticking out.”

Unlike Res, Brent “Giles” Davis, 34, always knew he wanted to be a musician and never thought he’d be a lawyer. “I would think about law school and immediately dismiss it,” Davis said.

Davis’s thriving career as a musician and his selfdescribed “obsession” with music began in sixth grade when he taught himself how to play the guitar, one of 13 instruments he plays. Davis first performed professionally when he was 16, and performed almost every night of the week while in college in Scranton, PA.

After graduation Davis toured with a reggae band, released his own CD, The Advantages of Union, and added credits as a producer to his résumé. Davis also had the honor of performing with Bruce Springsteen and his wife, Patty Scialfa, when the duo showed up during one of Davis’s performances and asked if they could join in. “Being able to be Clarence Clemmons for a day was definitely one of the highlights of my career,” Davis said, describing his experience filling the shoes of Springsteen’s renowned saxophone player.

As with Res, it was Davis’s exciting career that indirectly led him to Cardozo.After years of reviewing contracts as an artist, Davis decided a second career as a lawyer made sense. His interest in entertainment law and the Law School’s first-rate reputation in intellectual property led him to Cardozo. “New York City is really where you want to be for the music industry,” Davis said. “Because I’m not a traditional student, I have a different idea of what I want to do.”

Even the more “traditional” Cardozo students are anything but traditional. Jill Gueydan, 21, a Texas A&M graduate, credits her past schooling and personal experiences with sparking her interest in the law.

Gueydan was home schooled throughout elementary and middle school. In New Orleans, her hometown, children need to be five when school begins, and she just missed the cutoff date. “My mom thought I was ready for school, so she just taught me,” Gueydan said.

Although she said she felt isolated at times by the experience, it taught her to be independent and self-sufficient, skills she says will be an asset at Cardozo. “When you’re home schooled, no one is around to push you. You have to push yourself,” Gueydan said.

When her parents got divorced, her home schooling ended and Gueydan spent some time in family court. Her experience there was trying, and made her think about going to law school.

“I was frustrated to the point that I felt I could do a better job,” Gueydan said. “I always knew I wanted to be educated further after college.”

Richard Silver, 41, spent years furthering his education by attending medical school. It was a way for him to pursue his scientific and academic interests, but the field of medicine was dramatically changing while he was in school.

“I was emulating a model of a dinosaur, and it was in its last existence,” he said. Silver worked as a pediatric urologist for seven years, and while he enjoyed the work, especially the reconstructive aspects of his job, he encountered many frustrations. The proliferation of HMOs, government regulations, and cost-cutting methods created an environment where the economic impact of every decision is measured. “There was a major squeeze from every direction,” he said.

He started thinking about going to law school when he met his wife, who is a lawyer, and realized the many similarities between law and medicine. “If someone comes in with a problem, you have to use your academic and job training to help them,” Silver said.

Silver cited the need for more lawyers with science and medical backgrounds and his interest in intellectual property law as reasons for going back to school and for choosing Cardozo. “I’ll miss being a doctor, but I won’t miss being in medicine,” Silver said.

Daniel Schiff, 25, worked as a reporter for the New Jersey Journal and the New York Post. One of his beats included an assignment writing obituaries, in which Schiff had the unpleasant task of calling bereaved families and funeral homes for information. “Surprisingly, it wasn’t that hard. Like at crime scenes, people are actually willing to talk to you,” Schiff said.

While Schiff said his work as a journalist was interesting, he thought law school would be a good way for him to put his interviewing and writing abilities to another use. “I’ve always been somewhat argumentative,” Schiff said, adding that his skills might be better utilized practicing law.

Like Schiff, Karyne Munoz, 23, was on a media-related career path when an internship at a mediation center changed her mind. Munoz, who was born in Ecuador and moved to the United States when she was a toddler, was a communications major at Florida State. On a whim she accepted an internship at the Neighborhood Justice Center, a mediation center in Tallahassee, FL, and fell in love with the work. “When you go to trial, it’s either win or lose, but the mediation process helps create productive and suitable solutions for a variety of problems,” Munoz said.

Munoz worked at a mediation center in Philadelphia as an AmeriCorp/ VISTA volunteer after graduation, but her personal experience with mediation also influenced her decision to study ADR at Cardozo. After purchasing a used car, she found out that it had been in an accident. When she stopped payment on the check, the seller took her to small claims court. The courthouse procedure was very intimidating, Munoz said, but her case was eventually resolved successfully through mediation.

“If you put some faith in the process, it works out well,” Munoz said.

Bet Tzedek Clinic Is Trailblazer for Interdisciplinary Problem Solving

Compulsive hoarding, a psychological disorder that most frequently affects the elderly and is characterized by an accumulation of useless possessions that clutter the person’s living space, often creates complex legal and social problems for the hoarder. Cardozo’s Bet Tzedek Clinic, whose clients are primarily the elderly, is leading the way in implementing interdisciplinary approaches to helping these people, who are at risk of eviction because of their behavior.

In addition to representing hoarders in legal proceedings, the clinic recently began holding a hoarding discussion group facilitated by a team of Wurzweiler social work students and Cardozo law students, under the supervision of Janet Lessem, social work supervisor at Bet Tzedek. She explains, “Everyone benefits—group members offer valuable support and assistance to each other, while law and social work students learn about hoarding firsthand.” Additionally, said Prof. Paris Baldacci, “legal intervention isn’t enough. The group helps the litigant address the underlying issues and avoid future legal problems.” The group has been heralded as a prototype and is being replicated at other legal and social service agencies.

A direct result of Bet Tzedek’s 2002 interdisciplinary conference on compulsive hoarding was the formation of the New York City Task Force on Hoarding, a collaboration among legal, governmental, and social service agencies. A second conference hosted by Cardozo and cosponsored by Weill Medical College of Cornell University and the NYC Task Force on Hoarding gained widespread media attention.

As Bet Tzedek helps those with compulsive hoarding problems, the essence of the work is to develop a model of interdisciplinary practice. “We think it is essential for our students to learn that to be effective problem solvers, lawyers need to work collaboratively with professionals in other disciplines,” said Prof. Toby Golick, director of Clinical Legal Education and of Bet Tzedek.

Students Provide Tax Advice to Needy New Yorkers

Members of the Cardozo Tax Law Society participated in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, which offers free tax preparation services to lowincome, elderly, disabled, or non-English speaking taxpayers. Students, in conjunction with the Lower East Side People’s Federal Credit Union, worked directly with clients and handled federal income tax issues. The Cardozo Tax Law Society, launched in spring 2003, encourages student interest in legal fields that involve tax issues, such as estate planning, elder law, and family and matrimonial law. The group sponsors forums at which speakers discuss their careers and opportunities in the field.

Students Take Moot Court Honors

For the second year, a team from Cardozo was invited to the regional oral round of the European Law Moot Court (ELMC) competition. This year six Cardozo students traveled to Vilnius, Lithuania, for the competition sponsored by the European Union, the government of Portugal, the European Court of Justice, and several international law firms. Cardozo has the distinction of being the only American law school to send a team to two invitational oral rounds.

Moot Court team members Joni Kletter ’04 and Shannon Stallings ’04 advanced to the semifinal round of the Vanderbilt National First Amendment Moot Court Competition.

Travis Harper ’04 and Brandyne Warren ’05 are the Northeast regional champions and national semifinalists of the 31st annual Giles Sutherland Rich Memorial Moot Court Competition, sponsored by the American Intellectual Property Law Association.

Won Kyung Chang ’05 and Nicole Gillikin ’05 won best respondent brief and advanced to the round of 16 of the Kaufman Securities Law Moot Court Competition, sponsored by Fordham University Law School.

Dispute Resolution Society Wins Top Prizes at International Competition

Students from the Cardozo Dispute Resolution Society competed in the International Competition for Online Dispute Resolution and placed first in two of the three competitions and second in the third competition.

Jeff Cassin ’05 and Lindsey Brass ’05 won most effective team in the international mediation competition, advocates division, and David Cantor ’05 won most effective arbitral tribunal in the arbitration competition. Angela Angel ’04 and Luz Laulo ’04 came in second in the management division. Other team members were Deborah Blum ’05 and Michelle Smith ’06.

This is the second year Cardozo students have participated in the competition, sponsored by the Center for Information Technology and Dispute Resolution, the University of Toledo College of Law, Hamline University School of Law, Westworkspace.com, and the Harvard Program on Negotiation.

Cardozo Launches Program in Jewish Law and Interdisciplinary Studies

This fall, Cardozo launched the Program in Jewish Law and Interdisciplinary Studies. Its mission is to bring together scholars of varied legal backgrounds, fostering an exchange of ideas among the different traditions.

“The interdisciplinary study of Jewish law exposes Jewish legal traditions and principles to a broad audience and deepens the appreciation for Judaism’s most enduring contribution to civilization,” Prof. Suzanne Last Stone, the program’s director and an expert in Jewish law and legal theory, said.

Today, there is a heightened awareness of religion’s importance in global politics, and this program intends to contribute the Jewish legal perspective on current events. It will provide students and scholars with the necessary concepts and ideas to create a dialogue and explore Jewish views on the role of law and religion in society.

“This program will enhance Cardozo’s reputation as a place where law is taught and studied in light of the humanistic disciplines. It is a welcome addition to Cardozo’s curriculum and is enriched by the talents of the Law School’s distinguished faculty,” Dean David Rudenstine said.

The program hosts scholarly colloquia, public lectures, and international conferences. The inaugural conference— Text, Tradition, and Reason in Comparative Perspective— held in October, examined the complex relationship between text, tradition, and reason, and their competing claims to authority. Participants included scholars from the fields of law, religion, history, philosophy, sociology, and anthropology.

Students Recognize Playwright Eve Ensler For Promoting World Peace

International Advocate for Peace Award winner Eve Ensler is shown here with former editors of the Cardozo Journal of Conflict Resolution. (From left) Tiiu Gennert ’00, Ziva Cohen ’02, Eve Ensler, Cynthia Devasia ’02, and Leila Zubi ’00.

Playwright Eve Ensler, renowned for her theater piece The Vagina Monologues and as founder of the antiviolence initiative VDay, which has raised millions of dollars for women internationally, shared her views and opinions on the current global political climate when she received the fifth annual International Advocate for Peace Award in May. The award, which honors and acknowledges those who dedicate their lives to resolving world conflicts and achieving peace, was bestowed on Ensler by the Cardozo Journal of Conflict Resolution (CJCR) and the International Law Students Association (ILSA) for her tireless efforts to promote international peace and end violence against women.

Cardozo students presented and performed in Eve Ensler’s acclaimed work The Vagina Monologues. The student-run production was organized by the Cardozo Advocates for Battered Women; all proceeds from ticket sales were donated to Sanctuary for Families of New York City, an organization that provides assistance to victims of domestic violence, and to the Missing and Murdered Women and Girls of Juarez, Mexico.

Ensler, the first woman to receive the award, passionately discussed the realities of violence and admonished the “pundits and politicians and policy makers” for the dangerous myths they are creating about war.

“Bombs do not make people free. Bombs do not engage people’s trust. Bombs do not invite people to connect,” Ensler told the crowd of students, faculty, and friends in the Jacob Burns Moot Court Room. Sharing her opinion on the violence taking place in Iraq and Afghanistan, she faulted the US government for not asking the Iraqi people what they want or trying to find an alternative to war.

“Part of the work of making peace is not imposing your agenda or saying this is what I believe you should be doing, but asking people what they need and how they would like to do it,” Ensler said.

Ensler stressed the importance of using the power of imagination to attain peace and freedom. She cited and applauded several women around the world for using their imaginations to expose and oftentimes lessen the risks they face, such as genital mutilation, rape, sexual slavery, and murder.

“These forms women have developed throughout the world—of carving a way through violence—are, to me, the genius of imagination.” According to Ensler, the women are peacemakers and role models, and by launching their own crusades against violence using nonviolent means, they serve as examples that war is not the only answer.

“There is another way. It involves thinking, patience, planning, and the wisdom of many. In the case of Iraq, it would have meant saying that war was not an option,” Ensler said.


COMPETITIONS, SYMPOSIA, LECTURES, AND A GALA ENLIVEN INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW PROGRAM




Prof. Margaret Jane Radin, Stanford Law School, spoke about the role of judges in intellectual property law and shared her opinion that there is overprivatization in US courts when it comes to assigning property rights to creators. She delivered “Information Propertization and its Legal Milieu,” the 11th annual Distinguished Lecture in Intellectual Property.



The Intellectual Property Law Program Gala celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Cardozo/BMI Entertainment and Communications Law Moot Court Competition and the 22nd anniversary of the founding of the Cardozo Arts & Entertainment Law Journal. The Hon. Stephen R. Reinhardt, US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (center); Hon. Pauline Newman, US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (left); and Shira Perlmutter, vice president and associate general counsel, intellectual property policy, AOL Time Warner; were the final-round judges for the Competition. David Johnson, general counsel, Warner Music, gave the keynote address and discussed illegal music downloading.



Mark Lieberstein ‘92, chair, New York State Bar Association Intellectual Property Law Section, welcomed participants, including Marybeth Peters, register of copyrights, and other top officials from the US Copyright Office, to The Copyright Office Comes to New York. Symposium speakers discussed the copyright registration process, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, and current legislative activity.



IP professionals gathered to discuss recent developments in the field, including law and policy in the Google age and scandals surrounding artists, entertainers, and the online community at An Evening on the IP Cutting Edge: Industry Leaders on Current Events in the IP Arena. The symposium was presented by Cardozo’s Intellectual Property Law Society, in conjunction with Professionals in Media & Entertainment (PRIME), and the Graduate Law Society. (From left) Andrew McLaughlin, senior policy counsel, Google, Inc., and Prof. Susan Crawford.



Leading academics known for advocating specific ways to improve the US intellectual property system presented their ideas, in the form of legislative proposals, at Some Modest Proposals: A Conference About Pouring Academic Ideas Into Legislative Bottles. The two-day conference focused on patent and copyright laws and examined the development and present state of legislation to create extra copyright protection for databases. Hon. Edward Damich, chief judge, US Court of Federal Claims, served as a commentator on a patent litigation panel.


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Nicholas Scoppetta (second from left), commissioner of the New York City Fire Department and a former commissioner of the Administration for Children’s Services, was a panelist at Advocating for Change: The Status & Future of America’s Child Welfare System 30 Years After CAPTA. The symposium, hosted by the Cardozo Public Law, Policy & Ethics Journal and the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, addressed the impact of the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA), concerns surrounding the child welfare system, and included firsthand accounts of the New York City child welfare system from former foster children (above).

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Prof. Richard Weisberg (left) and Prof. Sanford Levinson, University of Texas at Austin, share a laugh at the symposium The Failure of the Word and the Rise of Law and Literature. National and international scholars discussed developments in law and literature since the publication by Yale University Press, 20 years ago, of Professor Weisberg’s pioneering work, The Failure of the Word: The Protagonist as Lawyer in Modern Fiction. Symposium participants addressed the links between storytelling and law that have been forged by lawyers, literary theorists and critics, judges, and law professors.

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His Excellency Mr. Inocencio F. Arias, ambassador, permanent representative of Spain to the United Nations, and chair, UN Counter-Terrorism committee, delivered a stirring keynote address in which he urged global cooperation to combat terrorism. The symposium The Role and Capability of the United Nations in the Global War on Terrorism brought together experts to discuss how to define terrorism and how to successfully harness the United Nations potential power to fight terrorism. Leading scholars, UN personnel, and journalists participated in the symposium, which was sponsored by the Cardozo Journal of International and Comparative Law.

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Every year since 2001, all Cardozo students are invited to compete for prize money in the intramural Langfan Constitutional Oratory Prize Contest. Students argue timely legal issues: the 2004 competition focused on the proposed constitutional amendment to define marriage as the union of a man and a woman. First prize ($2,500) winner was Doug Schneider ’05 (center), who is shown here with guest judges and a member of the Langfan family.

(From left) Attorney Mark Risk; Dayna Langfan ’87; former Congresswoman Elizabeth Holtzman; and Lisa Bloom, anchor, Court TV. Alicia Crall ’06 won second prize ($1,000), and Joni Kletter ’04 took third prize ($500).

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At the invitation of the student-run Federalist Society, Judge Kenneth Starr visited Cardozo and spoke about the US Supreme Court and its influence on American culture and politics. Judge Starr, the former US Solicitor General, is shown here with Federalist Society leaders (from left) Kat Blomquist ‘05, Alicia Crall ‘06, and Anna Peckham ‘04. Kat, Alicia and Anna are recipients of a scholarship named for Barbara Olson, the Cardozo alumna who died on September 11, 2001 in the plane that crashed into the Pentagon. Ms. Olson ‘89, founded Cardozo’s chapter of The Federalist Society, which supports the principles of limited government and individual freedom.

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The Cardozo Democrats welcomed US Congressman Charles Rangel, who represents New York’s 15th congressional district, to campus in April at the organization’s inaugural event. The group is dedicated to educating the Cardozo community about Democratic values, while exploring and engaging in debate on what those values should be. (From left) Brian Bank ‘05, Megan Burrows ‘06, Russell Norman ‘05, Congressman Rangel, Anne Ulevitch ‘05, Prof. Myriam Gilles, Serena Lee ‘05, and Prof. Justin Hughes.

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In the wake of recent corporate scandals, The Samuel and Ronnie Heyman Center on Corporate Governance brought together distinguished scholars and practitioners for a timely roundtable discussion, Can Corporations Commit Crimes? Panelists debated whether corporate criminal liability is necessary to encourage good corporate governance. (From left) Prof. Vikramaditya Khanna, Boston University School of Law; Prof. Richard Bierschbach; Jeffrey Kaplan, Stier Anderson; and Jennifer Moore, assistant United States attorney, Southern District of New York.

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The Jacob Burns Ethics Center awarded the 2004 Access to Justice Award to the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR), which represented some of the Guantánamo Bay detainees in the case of Rasul v. Bush, which was heard by the United States Supreme Court. Michael Ratner, president of the CCR board of directors, accepted the award and discussed Rasul v. Bush, as well as enemy combatant cases Hamdi v. Rumsfeld and Rumsfeld v. Padilla in “The Rule of Law, Civil Liberties, and Access to Justice,” the annual Jacob Burns Ethics Center lecture. (From left) Michael Ratner; Prof. Ellen Yaroshefsky, director, Burns Ethics Center; and Jeff Fogel, CCR legal director. (See also p. 32)

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