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    President Obama Commencement Address at Barnard College

    President Obama gave the commencement address to the 2012 class of Barnard College. He talked about the role of women in society, and advised the graduates to become politically involved,…

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    Abraham Lincoln and the Freedom of the Press

    Harold Holzer talked about Abraham Lincoln and freedom of the press during the Civil War. He examined the reasoning behind the imprisonment of newspaper editors during the Civil War, and the suspension…

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    Moot Court on the Rationing of Health Care

    A moot court hearing was held testing the constitutionality of rationing health care in a hypothetical case of a non-citizen being denied a life-saving vaccine. The case of Obasanjo v. Morrison postulated a…

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    The Use of Foreign Law in Domestic Courts

    Panelists discussed the use of foreign law in domestic courts. Topics included the political as well as the legal issues and the consequences of using foreign law as well as untested…

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    Oral Arguments Against Same-Sex Marriage

    On May 31, 2006, New York’s highest court, in Albany, heard oral arguments in four same-sex marriage cases: Hernandez v. Robles, Samuels v. New York State Dept. of Health, Matter of Kane v. Marsolais, and Seymour…

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    Racial Preferences in Higher Education

    A moot court examined the possible debate over exactly who qualifies for racial preferences as America becomes increasingly multiracial. Two law professors, Charles Ogletree and Kathleen Sullivan, argued a…

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    New York Gubernatorial Inauguration

    David Paterson was sworn in by Chief Judge Judith Kaye as the 55th governor of New York State at a joint session of the State Assembly and State Senate in the Assembly Chamber. Following his warm and…

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    Women and the Law, Part 2

    As part of the annual Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Distinguished Lecture on Women and the Law, chief justices talked about their experience in the law. This program is the second hour of a…

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    Women and the Law, Part 1

    As part of the annual Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Distinguished Lecture on Women and the Law, this program is the first hour of a panel discussion by women chief justices. Ms. Schafran…

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    New York City Mayoral Inauguration

    Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s second mayoral inauguration took place on the steps of City Hall. Following a saxophone rendition of “New York, New York,” Barbara Walters welcomed the guests. Judge Judith…

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    State and Federal Judicial Systems

    Justice O’Connor and Chief Judge Kaye discussed their roles in the state and federal judiciary systems. The event was part of the 23rd annual conference of the association. Professor Herman…

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    New York Times v. New York City Fire Department

    The New York Court of Appeals heard oral argument in the matter of The New York Times Company v. City of New York Fire Department. The New York Times filed a state Freedom of Information…

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    Modernization of Jury Service

    A press conference was held at the D.C. Superior Court where the American Bar Association American Jury Project released a proposal for modernizing jury service. An initiative headed by ABA President, Robert…

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    American Bar Association News Conference

    Robert Grey gave his inaugural news conference after taking office as the new president of the American Bar Association at the annual meeting. Judge Kaye and Ms. Refo joined him in answering…

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    Women and the Law

    Following introductions by Judge Kaye and Justice Ginsburg, Ms. Conlin, a former U.S. attorney, delivered the Ginsburg Lecture on Women and the Law. She discussed her efforts to obtain…

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    Women Lawyers of Achievement

    Supreme Court nominee Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Attorney General Reno and other female lawyers spoke during a luncheon honoring recipients of the Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of…