The Columbia Law School Chapter of ACS, under the guidance of Professor Gillian Metzger, opened its semester with an introduction to its mission and goals through a Trivia Night co-sponsored with the Federalist Society. The chapter has been committed to increasing collaboration and dialogue within the CLS community by partnering with a number of other campus organizations. For instance, the chapter worked with the Federalist Society to stage several debates this semester. The first featured Professors Michael Stokes Paulsen and Adam Samaha, the second debate on a balanced budget amendment featured Professor Neil Kinkopf and Nick Dranias, and the third debate on the HHS contraceptive mandates featured Aram Schvey and Matt Bowman and was moderated by Professor Gillian Metzger. In September, the Chapter also partnered with the ACLU to host a panel discussion on the recent Shelby County and Fisher cases. Panelists included ACS Board Member Ted Shaw, Jamal Greene, and Susan Sturm.
Further into the semester, the chapter co-sponsored a screening of a documentary about Constance Baker Motley, hosted Ekow Yankah for a discussion of the Trayvon Martin case and flaws in the criminal justice system, and hosted Liz Kennedy for a discussion of the pending McCutcheon v. FEC case. The chapter was also fortunate to have Judge Katherine Forrest, SDNY, give an evening talk on the challenges facing a new judge. The chapter closed its semester with a book talk by Professor Thomas Healy where he presented his new work, “The Great Dissent: How Oliver Wendall Holmes Changed His Mind-and Changed the History of America.”
The Chapter is looking forward to a busy spring semester, which will include participating in the law school’s celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act.