On-campus events of interest

Posted on April 1st, 2011 by Vina Tran

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Friday, April 1st – Coalition for a Military Free Campus: “KEEP ROTC OUT OF COLUMBIA Rally”
12:45pm, outside the Law School entrance
Columbia student protesters need your help, KEEP ROTC OUT OF COLUMBIA Rally, TODAY, Friday, April 1st, 12:45pm, outside the Law School entrance. The Coalition for a Military Free Campus has been in a struggle with the administration the entire semester over the issue of getting ROTC to return to campus, who are most likely voting on this issue tomorrow. Join the Coalition in protest outside the voting venue.

Friday, April 1st – Outlaws: “3rd Annual LBT Women’s Mixer”
6:30-9:30pm, Yale Club of NYC, 50 Vanderbilt Ave
Join Outlaws for the 3rd Annual LBT Women’s Mixer (All-Ivy & Friends) at the Yale Club of NYC. Meet 100’s of smart women in the Yale Club’s beautiful Tap Room. Enjoy an open bar of beer, wine soda and juice — and a bounteous buffet of hors d’oeuvres (including the 3′ tall chocolate fountain) –while you mingle. Lots of great food. Catch up with old friends and meet new ones at this elegant and friendly evening. RSVP required (no cost to RSVP): http://www.yalegala.org/Events/2011/YaleClubWomensMixer.html. We invite alumni from Yale, the Ivy League, Seven Sisters, Stanford, NYU, Duke, UVA, Georgetown, Williams, Amherst, UCLA & their friends from any school for this spectacular evening! More info & RSVP at their link.

Saturday, April 2nd – National Lawyers Guild : “Ongoing Legal Observer Outing”
9am, Dr. Emily’s Clinic, 540 Southern Boulevard @ East 149th Street (take the 6 to East 149th) or meet on campus at 116th and Broadway
This Saturday a group will be departing from campus to Dr. Emily’s abortion clinic in the Bronx to serve as legal observers. Legal observing is a great way to gain pro bono hours while defending free speech. If you are interested, contact Max Abbott at mra2129@columbia.edu

Saturday, April 2nd – Columbia Law School’s Black Law Students Association: 17th Annual Paul Robeson Conference – “Realizing Justice: Incarceration, Advocacy and the Consequences of the Juvenile Justice System”
Please join Columbia Law School’s Black Law Students Association for their 17th Annual Paul Robeson Conference on “Realizing Justice: Incarceration, Advocacy and the Consequences of the Juvenile Justice System”  Panels include: Welcoming Remarks – 9:30 a.m.; The Process Behind Juvenile Incarceration – 9:50 a.m.; The Benefits of Alternative Rehabilitation Programs – 11:00 a.m.; “In Conversation” Keynote Panel – 12:10 p.m.; Special Exhibition by the Youth of Artistic Noise – 1:30 p.m.; The Mental and Sexual Health of Incarcerated Youth – 2:25 p.m; and The Place of Young Women in the Juvenile Justice System – 3:35 p.m.  You can sign up for the Conference here and you can buy tickets for the Gala here.

Monday, April 4th – Columbia Society of International Law and Rightslink: “The Equality Effect – 160 Girls Project”
12:10-1:10pm, JG 105
Join Columbia Society of International Law and Rightslink for a lunchtime presentation by Dr. Fiona Sampson (executive director of the Equality Effect). Non-pizza lunch provided. The Equality Effect is a unique non-profit organization that uses international human rights law to improve the lives of women in Africa. The Equality Effect works to advance womens’ human rights and promote empowerment through the development of equality research and the implementation of practical equality initiatives (e.g. public legal education, policy reform, and test case litigation) that will result in tangible change. The primary focus of the organization’s work relates to violence against women, the feminization of HIV/AIDS, and womens’ property rights.

The Equality Effect has recently adopted a new initiative, the 160 Girls Project, designed to achieve justice for 160 girls from eastern Kenya who have been raped, and to achieve legal protection against rape for all girls in Kenya. The Project is a bold and innovative legal initiative designed to achieve concrete change for girls who experience some of the most appalling human rights abuses in the world today.

Fiona Sampson is the founder and executive director of the Equality Effect. Fiona has worked as a Staff Lawyer and as the Director of Litigation at the Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF). Fiona has appeared as counsel before the Supreme Court of Canada on many occasions. She has worked as a legal consultant with the Ontario Native Council on Justice, the DisAbled Women’s Network of Canada (DAWN), Education Wife Assault, and the Ethiopian Muslim Relief and Development Association. Fiona has published numerous articles on womens’ equality rights and has a PhD in equality law from Osgoode Hall Law School, York University. Fiona has received numerous awards and honors in recognition of her commitment to womens’ equality and her innovative social justice initiatives. In October 2009, Fiona was appointed by Order in Council to sit as a Commissioner on the Ontario Human Rights Commission. Contact: Matthew Windsor, matthew.windsor@law.columbia.edu

Monday, April 4th – Law Students for Reproductive Justice (LSRJ): “Reproductive Justice 101”
12:10-1:00pm, JG 107
Wondering what Law Students for Reproductive Justice (LSRJ) is all about? Curious about what “reproductive justice” means and how it relates to reproductive rights and you as an individual? Want to find out about how you can get more involved with a board position next year? Join LSRJ for Reproductive Justice 101. Lunch will be served!

Tuesday, April 5th – Empowering Women of Color (EWOC): “I’m Not The Only One – Empowered Women Reflecting on the 1L Experience”
4:30pm, JG 546
Calling all 1Ls who want to reflect on their 1L experience. EWOC will be having a gathering for 1Ls to come and share their 1L experiences. We will be providing cookies, brownies, and other chocolatey, sugary treats. We want to hear about how your semester went. How to determine if this event for you: Have you heard something in class you couldn’t believe was actually said? Have you found yourself unsure of how to respond to some comments made during the course of “academic” discussions? Do you just need a place to vent about the culture of law school or the stress of being a student? Then this is the event for you! EWOC will feed you! And listen to your experiences as well as share some of our own! Come to our safe space and reflect on your 1L experience. 2Ls, 3Ls and LLMs please come to take our brownies and share your wisdom!

Wednesday, April 6thCenter for Gender and Sexuality Law: Maria Malmström“Creating Proper Men: Masculinities, Embodiment and Agency in the West Bank”
12-1:15pm, JG 502
Cosponsored with the Center for Palestine Studies and the Institute for Research on Women and Gender.  In this talk, Dr. Malmström, NYU Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality Visiting Scholar, will discuss constructions of gender, embodiment and agency among male Hamas youths in the West Bank through the prism of violence. She will highlight the importance of analyzing the body in such processes – both as agential and as victimized. To be able to move away from the sensationalist Western media that often portray Middle Eastern Muslim men as ‘violent’, and as terrorists, we need to understand the motivations and the meanings of violence. This talk will discuss constructions of masculinities in a complex interplay of violence, political Islam, suffering and loss. The method of analysis is to use a discourse-centered approach and to use experience-near ethnography that begins with men’s own practices and attends to how they understand themselves, how their bodies are involved in this process, and how they live out norms and ideologies in their everyday lives. Thereby we are able to understand how men’s realities and identities are interpreted, negotiated and constructed and how the body actively is involved in these processes. This approach is relevant since it is possible to analyze the singularity of experience, not only as a form of social interaction, but as linked to social structures and discourses, which implies negotiations of tensions, conflicts, and uncertainties.
Maria Malmström is a Swedish anthropologist and her areas of interest are the MENA region, gender, body, sexuality, politics, violence, and security. She received her PhD from the School of Global Studies, Social Anthropology, University of Gothenburg. Her dissertation examined how female gender identity is continually created and re-created in Egypt through a number of daily practices, of which female circumcision is central. The study explored how the subject is made through the interplay of global hegemonic structures of power and the most intimate sphere, which has been exposed in the international arena. She is today involved in the inter-disciplinary research project “Hamas between Sharia rule and Demo-Islam.” The study aims to investigate in what way Hamas will adopt to the new realities on the ground (together with Michael Schulz et al.). Additionally, Dr. Malmström is involved in ground research on sexual violence and armed conflict in a globalized world (together with Maria Stern and Maria Eriksson Baaz). Furthermore, she is a gender consultant (UNFPA and others), and member of several academic/policy networks, e.g. Think Tank for Arab Women.

Wednesday, April 6thColumbia Law Women’s Association: 31st Annual Myra Bradwell Dinner – Honoring Distinguished Alumna Roberta “Robbie” Kaplan ’91
6-10pm, Columbia University Faculty House, 64 Morningside Drive, Entrance through Wien Courtyard on 116th Street
Join Columbia Law Women’s Association for their 31st Annual Myra Bradwell Dinner, honoring Distinguished Alumna
Roberta “Robbie” Kaplan ’91, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, LLP, with an Introduction by Hon. Judith S. Kaye, Retired Chief Judge, New York State Court of Appeals of Counsel, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meager & Flom, LLP. Cocktail Hour from 6:00-7:00 PM, Seated Dinner at 7:00 PM. Please RSVP via the Columbia Law Women’s Association website

Friday, April 8thColumbia Outlaws: “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell: One Litigator’s Experience”
12-1:30pm, 10th floor of Little Warren (which houses SJI), at 435 W. 116th St.
The head of the Litigation Department at the San Diego office of Morrison & Foerster, Drew Woodmansee, will be at Columbia next Friday to discuss his work on Don’t Ask Don’t Tell–and MoFo will also be sponsoring a lunch. Drew serves as lead counsel in Fehrenbach v. Department of the Air Force, et al. (D. Idaho), challenging the Air Force’s efforts to discharge his client, Lt. Col. Victor J. Fehrenbach under DADT. He has also briefed cases before a number of appellate courts, including the Supreme Court of the United States, the United States Courts of Appeals for the Seventh, Ninth, and Federal Circuits, as well as the California Supreme Court.


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