Sunday, April 02, 2006

This Week at the ACS--Farewell Edition

Dear Columbia ACS,

The next time you read this announcement, it will come to you from the new ACS chapter president (elections are on Tuesday at lunch--see below!). It's been a real privilege to serve the chapter as president this year. The 2005-2006 Board has done a terrific job of bringing you the kinds of events and programs that are so important to building a new progressive community.

Thank you so much for supporting us by joining the national organization in record numbers, for coming to our happy hours, for attending our events and volunteering for the moot court. It has been a rare pleasure to meet so many of you and to see your enthusiasm and excitement throughout the year.

Thanks are especially due to the 52 Columbia students who were involved with our moot court program as competitors, editors, or judges, and to Adam Nagorski, the team's coach. Thanks are also due to the moot court organizers, whose dedication gave ACS this new program, and to the many volunteers who made the competition possible.

We at the ACS share one great idea: that law must serve human values. We are united in our belief in the inherent worth and dignity of every person. These values shape our community and bring us a purpose larger than ourselves. I'll never forget the year we spent together in pursuit of that vision. I hope you don't either.

Keep reading to find out about the great events we've got coming up. And, as always, we await your comments and suggestions at acs@law.columbia.edu. Good luck and I'll see you soon--Mary Kelly

ELECTIONS TUESDAY, APRIL 4, 12:20

The 2006-2007 Columbia ACS Board will be elected at lunch on Tuesday April 4 in JG 106. Consult the message archives of this listserv for more information on election procedures, Board positions, and nominations lists. Please contact Mike Newman, mjn2102@columbia.edu, or Liz Aloi, eaa2101@columbia.edu, with questions.

PUBLIC INTEREST REVOLVING DOOR, APRIL 4, 5:30

ACS, the Office of Career Services & CPIL Present:
Law Firms, Pro Bono, and the Revolving Door
5:30--6:45, Tuesday, APril 4th
106 Jerome Greene
This event will feature wine and snacks. Your first job out of law
school will probably not be your last. A panel of four Columbia Law
School alumni will discuss their experiences in transitioning between
different sectors of the legal field, and in ways that lawyers can
give back to the community and promote the public interest from within
large law firms. panelists will include Tracy Cole, former Assistant
District Attorney in NY County and currently of Baker Hostetler, Mark
Falkoff of Covington & Burling, Eric Olney, Law Clerk on the Southern
District of NY, and Luisa Cabal, formerly of Gibson Dunn and currently
at the Center for Reproductive Rights.
Contact nsn2102@columbia.edu

VOICES FROM HURRICANE KATRINA WINTER AND SPRING CARAVANS

We would like to invite you to join us on Monday, April 3rd at 7:30-9:30pm for "Voices from the Hurricane-Disaster Areas" in WJW 105.

This event will feature food, drinks, presentations from volunteers,
and a special slide show of photos from our Winter and Spring Break Caravans.

Almost 90 CLS students spent Winter and/or Spring break in Louisiana,
Mississippi, Texas, Georgia, and Florida providing legal assistance to
communities devastated by Hurricanes. Please join us to learn about
their experiences!

Please contact Michael Newman at mjn2102@columbia.edu with any
questions.

KATRINA FUNDRAISER QUIZZO, APRIL 7--SIGN UP NOW!

FRIDAY APRIL 7th 5:30-7:30PM in Lenfest Cafe. Doors at 5pm. Join Us For a Great Cause!
$8 Per Person If You Pre-Register Your Team (Maximum 6 People) By
E-mailing the Team Name and Member Names to andrew.amend@gmail.com.
The deadline for Pre-Registration is Friday 4/7 at 2pm.
$10 Per Person At the Door.
5 Rounds of 10 questions Each Plus 1 Music Round. Prizes for the
winning team. Pizza and Beer Will Be Served.
Many Thanks To Our Sponsors: ACS, ACLU, Rightslink, and the Columbia
Law Students' Katrina Coalition.
Come Show the Law School That They May Take Your Life, Your Sleep,
But They May Never Take Your Knowledge of The Breakfast Club.
Contact Jon Sherman js2842@columbia.edu with any questions.

GEORGE BIZOS, NELSON MANDELA'S LAWYER, APRIL 11, 6:00 PM

George Bizos will address ACS and the Columbia College Scholars Program on Tuesday, April 11 in the President's Room of the Faculty House. The title of his talk is "The Deeds of Men Often Do Not Accord with their Words." Attorney Bizos' talk will address many instances, particularly in Southern Africa, where the rule of law has been abrogated, corrupt and tyrannical regimes cling to power, opposition is equated with treason, and human misery prevails. Civil society, the judiciary, the legal profession, and other structures can and should play a role in upholding human rights and democracy. Please contact Mary Kelly Persyn, mp2331@columbia.edu, with questions.

HEY YOU! COME TO CONVENTION WITH US!!!

ACS National Convention will take place Thursday, June 15-Sunday, June
18, with the student leadership retreat on Thursday during the day and
the moot court final round on Thursday night. Convention is a great
experience--ask around! National will probably pay for your travel if
you agree to volunteer during the weekend, and many Columbia ACSers
will be in DC for the summer and have offered their floors (there's
also a cheap hostel nearby). Plan NOW to go--don't miss the great
panels, talks, parties, and networking opportunities! Contact Mary
Kelly at mp2331 for more information.

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