Author: Prateek Vasireddy

Ferguson and Beyond: What Happened at CLS When the Media Wasn’t Looking

At the end of the Millions March protest last December, a group of Columbia Law School students simply kept walking. The streets of New York City had been calm, though filled with a larger and more diverse crowd than at previous protests, as the March’s lead organizers had hoped when they asked for a protest permit. Then, when the police permit no longer covered their route, these CLS students decided to cross the Brooklyn Bridge. As one member of the group, third-year student Nawal Maalouf remembered, police officers at […]

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The Right(s) Stuff: How Students Advocated for a Greater Focus on Human Rights at CLS

Nolan Thomas / Morningside Muckraker A student studies for fall semester exams in the Arthur W. Diamond Law Library. Few 3Ls will be able to forget the weeks leading up to the Human Rights Town Hall in late-April 2013. Even the most unplugged students, the ones who kept themselves off most student mailing lists, saw a few e-mails about human rights sneak into their inboxes. Every organization urged its members to attend, touting its cause—property rights, constitutional rights, even New Englanders’ rights—as a human right. There were supportive but tongue-in-cheek jokes (SALDEF, trying to get students to attend the...

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Going the Distance: How Tim Wu’s Campaign Engaged Law Students and Alumni

Nelson Hua / Morningside Muckraker Uber cars and tech startup schools aren’t always places where New Yorkers look for progressive insurgent support, but Tim Wu and his campaign staff meant to challenge the traditional categories. As former campaign manager and CLS ‘12 alumna Nona Farahnik described it, Professor Wu brought an “entrepreneurial free spirit” to his candidacy for lieutenant governor, even as he stuck to his position as a “modern-day trustbuster,” taking aim at the concentration of economic power in our society. Along the way, he’s tried to set an example for students. “I hope we’re coming to an...

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The Drift From Public to Private: What Happens at the Split Road?

The job search had been over for months for Naz Ahmad, a 2014 graduate going into national security public interest work. She had kept herself busy with internships her 3L year, distracting herself from the stress of finding a paying job in the public or nonprofit sector. She had seen classmates struggle with the very real economic incentive to start their careers in the private sector; still, it stood out to her when a judge this summer asked her whether there was “a socialization to go to firms at Columbia.” Naz disagreed, but with a caveat. “A lot of...

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Gravity’s Rainbow: A Remembrance of Jackson Alberts, CLS ‘15

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