This is the fifth issue of the magazine under Dean Richard Revesz. Each year, The Law School magazine focuses on a different, exceptional area of scholarship within the school. The focus of this year’s issue is NYU’s outstanding faculty in Civil Procedure, the rules which govern the conduct of all civil actions brought in Federal district courts.
The New York University School of Law’s annual magazine, The Law School, arrives just after Labor Day with an in-depth profile of Nobel Peace Prize-winner Mohamed ElBaradei (LL.M. 71, J.S.D. 74, LL.D.’04). The magazine also showcases the distinguished guests who have participated in special events, highlights the accomplishments of faculty and students, and covers the broad array of issues and activities addressed by the NYU School of Law community during the previous year.
This is the fifth issue of the magazine under Dean Richard Revesz. Each year, The Law School magazine focuses on a different, exceptional area of scholarship within the school. Past academic features have included International Law (02), Environmental Law (03), Criminal Law (04), and Law and Philosophy (05). The focus of this year’s issue is NYU’s outstanding faculty in Civil Procedure, the rules which govern the conduct of all civil actions brought in Federal district courts.
Stories included in the Autumn 2006 issue:
“What Price Peace?” p. 12, by Daniel Benjamin, profiles Mohamed ElBaradei (LL.M 71, J.S.D. 74, LL D. 04), winner of the 2005 Nobel Peace Prize. ElBaradei is the director general of the Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency charged with the task of stalling nuclear weapons proliferation. He granted The Law School a rare interview, as well as allowing access to his family and friends, and speaks frankly about his efforts to direct the way to a peaceful settlement of the world’s most dangerous conflict, between the U.S. and Iran.
“The Rules of the Game” p. 24, by Robin Pogrebin and Edward Klaris, examines Civil Procedure, the daunting first-year course required of all law students which sets out the basic rules for civil actions in Federal courts. As Dean Revesz notes in his preface to the issue, this is where “theory meets practice.” The article takes a look at the remarkable team of professors, including Oscar Chase, Helen Hershkoff, Samuel Issacharoff, Geoffrey Miller, Burt Neuborne and Linda Silberman, who influence not only the administration of law through their scholarship, but spark their students’ enthusiasm.
“Heads of the Class” p. 36, features an edited discussion of a much-maligned tactic, the class-action lawsuit. In this fascinating and free-ranging roundtable discussion, faculty and alumni representing the plaintiff’s and defendant’s sides debate the contentious issue of how best to handle cases where many people have been harmed.
“Answering the Call from Sudan” p. 5, tells the story of three Law School alums who helped bring aid to the refugees of Sudan: Nathan Miller 01, David Pressman 04, and Maya Steinitz LL.M 00. Miller and Steinitz founded the nonprofit Rule of Law International (RoLI) to help the Sudanese develop a constitution. Pressman joined forces with Nick Clooney, a columnist at The Cincinnati Post, and his movie star son, George Clooney, and traveled to Chad and Sudan, bringing media attention to the plight of Darfur’s refugees.
“Nagel Gets a Sweet Slice of Mellon” p. 5, notes the Distinguished Achievement Award from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation bestowed on University Professor Thomas Nagel, the eminent philosopher. The award includes a three-year $1.5 million grant to the University.
“Helping Worthy Students Get to the Starting Line” p. 7, draws attention to two students who know firsthand the obstacles standing between economically disadvantaged college students and their dreams of entering law school. Carlos Siso (07) and Damaris Hernández (07) founded TruePotential, a partnership with the Princeton Review Foundation and the Law School, to help socioeconomically disadvantaged NYC students tackle all the aspects of preparing and applying for law school admission.
“Additions to the Roster” p. 52, introduces the seven newest full-time faculty members of the Law School, and 38 other visiting faculty and fellows.
- Cynthia Estlund, Catherine A. Rein Professor of Law
- Roderick M. Hills, Jr., William T. Comfort, III Professor of Law
- Florencia Marotta-Wurgler, Assistant Professor of Law
- Smita Narula, Assistant Professor of Clinical Law
- Margaret Satterthwaite, Assistant Professor of Clinical Law
- Robert Sitkoff, Professor of Law
- Jeremy Waldron, University Professor
“Around the Law School” p. 102, is a round-up of the Law School’s notable conferences, symposia, and lectures-including a conference on Presidential Powers sponsored by the Center on Law and Security and featuring former Nixon counsel John Dean; the Hauser Global Law School Program series of Transatlantic Dialogues featuring Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer; and three panels on restorative justice in the criminal justice system sponsored by the Center on Violence and Recovery.
“Alumni Almanac” p. 118, highlights the achievements of Law School alumni including Jennifer Dalven’s (95) arguments on behalf of Planned Parenthood before the Supreme Court; and Mónica Roa’s (LL.M 03) successful Constitutional Court argument overturning the complete ban on abortions in Colombia, permitting exceptions where the mother’s life or health are at risk; and profiles of Jeffrey Friedlander (70), New York City’s assistant corporation counsel, and Brenda Berkman (78), one of New York City’s first female firefighters.