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  • 12.21.09 Read the Latest Issue of BLS LawNotes
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    BLS LawNotesThe latest issue of examines the greening of big business. We spotlight five pioneering alumni who are working in the fields of real estate, energy, and tax to create sustainable paths for enterprises that seek to grow and thrive while minimizing adverse environmental impact.

  • 12.03.09 State Bar’s Pro Bono News Features CLARO Clinic: A Success Story
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    November 2009 – The current issue of a New York State Bar Association newsletter, Pro Bono News, features an article by John Buhta ’09 about the innovative pro bono project CLARO, the Civil Legal Advice and Resource Office, and SAG, the Student Action Group of CLARO that Buhta co-founded.

  • 11.17.09 Brooklyn Law School Ranked 47th in 2010 Super Lawyers U.S. Law School Rankings

    In a new national rankings system that focuses on the quality of lawyers produced by law schools, a factor omitted from other systems, Brooklyn Law School was ranked 47th among all law schools.

  • 10.30.09 IBL Breakfast Roundtable on Canada-U.S. Treaty
    Brooklyn Law School

    One of the main goals of international taxation treaties is to alleviate or mitigate the risk of double taxation on taxpayers. The Fifth Protocol of the Canada-U.S. Tax Treaty, in force since late 2008, is one such treaty.

  • 10.19.09 Brooklyn Law Incubator & Policy Clinic Takes Root

    The Brooklyn Law Incubator & Policy (“BLIP”) Clinic was established to train a new generation of lawyers to represent emerging tech, Internet, communications and new media companies in a broad array of transactional, policy and litigation issues.

  • 10.14.09 Media and Society Lecture Presented by Lon Jacobs of News Corporation
    Media and Society Lecture

    Lawrence (“Lon”) Jacobs ’81, Senior Executive Vice President and Group General Counsel of News Corporation, was the featured speaker at the Media and Society Lecture held on October 14, 2009. In his presentation, “Saving the Media Business: A New Online Model,” Jacobs explored some of the pressing issues faced by established media companies as they deal with a turbulent economy and the intense competition posed by the Internet.

  • 10.09.09 SEC Commissioner Walter Presents International Update at IBL Breakfast Roundtable
    Elisse Walter

    Brooklyn Law School’s Dennis J. Block Center for the Study of International Business Law (IBL) hosted its first Breakfast Roundtable of the academic year on October 9, 2009. Elisse B. Walter, Commissioner of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, presented an “Update of International Initiatives,” identifying recent SEC efforts to ensure investor protection in light of the increasing global nature of financial markets. Walter was introduced by Roberta Karmel, Brooklyn Law School’s Centennial Professor of Law and former SEC Commissioner who served when Walter was an SEC staff member. The audience included alumni, academicians, attorneys, reporters and BLS International Business Law Fellows.

  • 10.08.09 Theory-Practice Seminar: eHealth? New Challenges for Information Privacy and Security
    Theory Practice Seminar

    The economic stimulus package, signed into law last February, will pour an unprecedented $19 billion into health information technology. Many policymakers believe that broad use of this technology has the potential to improve health care quality, reduce costs, increase patient participation in decision-making, and prevent medical errors. However, it raises many concerns about the security and privacy of medical records.

  • 10.07.09 Advocates and Victims Speak Out on Transgender Hate Crimes
    Brooklyn Law School

    “Transgender Hate Crimes: Victims, Their Families and Advocates Speak Out” was a gripping panel presentation on October 7, 2009 focusing on the challenges of advocating for transgender people, law enforcement and the media, and the underlying causes of anti-transgender hate crimes. Several speakers gave moving personal accounts of their ordeals as victims of hate crimes.

  • 09.29.09 Symposium Examines Financial Regulation Reform in the U.S. and the E.U.
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    Brooklyn Law School hosted a symposium today that brought together academics and lawyers practicing in the U.S. and the E.U. to talk about the characteristics of the financial crisis on both sides of the pond, and to exchange proposals for regulatory reform to minimize systemic risk in order to avert another crisis.

  • 09.23.09 Robert B. Catell, Former Trustee and Chairman, U.S. National Grid, Honored Aboard the Intrepid
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    A special tribute for Robert B. Catell, a former trustee of Brooklyn Law School, was held on September 23rd aboard the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum at Pier 86. Over 400 celebrants were in attendance at the gala where Mr. Catell received an Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree from Dean Joan G. Wexler and the Chairman of the Board, Stuart Subotnick. The evening raised nearly $500,000 to benefit the Law School.

  • 09.09.09 Supreme Court Roundup: Religious Messages and Government Land
    Brooklyn Law School

    Should a city be allowed to display a permanent Ten Commandments monument in a town park, without also displaying symbols of minority religions? May Congress sell a parcel of national parkland containing a large cross in order to evade what would otherwise be a violation of the Establishment Clause?

  • 06.03.09 Economic Recovery is Years Away, Volcker Tells Brooklyn Law School Grads
    Paul Volcker

    Paul A. Volcker, Chair of the President’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board, addressed nearly 500 Brooklyn Law School graduates yesterday at 2009 commencement exercises in Lincoln Center. One of history’s most lauded central bankers, he is widely credited with taming runaway double-digit inflation in the 1980s when he served as Chairman of the Federal Reserve Board.

  • 04.07.09 Belfer Lecture Addresses the Future of Forensic Science
    Jennifer Mnookin

    Jennifer L. Mnookin, Vice Dean for Faculty and Research and Professor of Law at the UCLA School of Law, delivered the Ira M. Belfer Lecture on April 7. Her talk, “The Future of Forensic Science,” discussed the systemic shortcomings of forensic evidence and the steps the legal and scientific communities must take to justify its admission in the courtroom.

  • 04.04.09 The Twenty-Fourth Annual Prince Competition Winners
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    April 2 to 4, 2009 - Congratulations to Michigan State University College of Law, which defeated the University of California Hastings College of Law in the final round of the Twenty-Fourth Annual Dean Jerome Prince Memorial Evidence Competition in the 36-team tournament hosted by Brooklyn Law School.

  • 03.31.09 Abraham L. Pomerantz Lecture: Due Diligence: Failures and Remedies
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    In the wake of the subprime mortgage meltdown and the ensuing financial crisis, the question being asked is why bankers, money managers, auditors, securities lawyers and credit rating agencies failed – individually and collectively – to conduct the sort of “due diligence” necessary to detect and prevent detrimental investment practices. On March 31, Brooklyn Law School sponsored the Abraham L. Pomerantz Lecture on “Due Diligence: Failures and Remedies,” which explored this question and suggested legal reforms to avert future crises.

  • 03.27.09 Symposium: Getting it Right: Government's Role in Housing and Economic Development
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    Historically, all levels of government have taken an active role in housing and economic development. As the federal government undergoes a change in administrations during the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression, this conference will take a fresh look at two of the key roles that government plays in this arena.

  • 02.27.09 Scholars Debate Role of Securities Regulation in Bankruptcy Claims Trading
    IBL Symposium

    As bankruptcy filings increase in the wake of the current recession, the buying and selling of distressed debt presents opportunities for investors to profit. At Brooklyn Law School’s symposium, “Bankruptcy Claims Trading and Securities Regulation,” a group of distinguished academics, practitioners, and judges debated the value and risks of bankruptcy claims trading. Held on February 27, the symposium was co-sponsored by the Brooklyn Journal of Corporate, Financial & Commercial Law and the Dennis J. Block Center for the Study of International Business Law. It was organized by Brooklyn Law School Professors Edward Janger and Michael Gerber.

  • 02.05.09 International Business Panel Addresses Food Crisis
    Brooklyn Law School

    In the spring of 2008, soaring food prices created a global crisis as tens of millions of people slipped into poverty and millions more struggled to make ends meet. The number of people who live on $1 a day, the benchmark of absolute poverty, has increased to roughly one billion, and an additional 1.5 billion people struggle to survive on less than $2 a day. For 40 percent of the world’s population, the increase in food prices has led to people giving up health care, pulling children from school, and cutting meat and nutrient-rich vegetables from their diets to ensure they can purchase enough grain for one or two meals per day. The food crisis has also resulted in social unrest in many countries throughout the world.