Columbia Professor Tim Wu to Speak at Commencement
Tim Wu, the Isidor and Seville Sulzbacher Professor of Law at Columbia Law School and Director of the Poliak Center for the Study of First Amendment Issues at Columbia Journalism School, will speak at the UConn School of Law commencement on May 17, 2015.
Wu is best known for his work on the early development of Net Neutrality and is the author of The Master Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information Empires and co-author of Who Controls the Internet?: Illusions of a Borderless World. He also writes about private power, free speech, copyright, and antitrust. He is a contributing writer for newyorker.com and also writes for T Magazine, The New York Times, Slate magazine, and others, and has twice won the Lowell Thomas Award for travel writing. In 2013, the National Law Journal named Wu one of America’s 100 Most Influential Lawyers and in 2006 Scientific American magazine recognized him as one of 50 leaders in science and technology. In 2012, he was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. In 2014 he ran in the Democratic primary for lieutenant governor of New York, and was endorsed by The New York Times.
After graduating from McGill University and Harvard Law School, Wu worked for the U.S. Dept. of Justice, Office of Legal Counsel, then served as a law clerk for Judge Richard Posner of the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals and for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer. He worked for Riverstone Networks in the telecommunications industry in Silicon Valley before becoming a professor at the University of Virginia School of Law. In 2006 he joined the faculty at Columbia Law School as a full professor. He has served as a Senior Advisor to the Federal Trade Commission, as Chair of the media reform group Free Press, and also as a fellow at Google.
Externship Policy Under Review
By Alison Kubas
Externships are one of the best ways to gain experience applying the law, outside of the classroom setting, while still earning course credits. When combined with classes, the impact that they have on the ability for a student to understand a legal concept is unbeatable. Externships allow students real world experiences such as appearing in court and interacting with clients while applying what they learned in class. In addition, the networking opportunities provide a great way for students to obtain jobs following graduation.
The current credit limit of only three out-of-classroom credits per semester has forced students to choose between applying for an externship and taking on a Special Research Project (SRP), each of which are worth two or more credits. Due to this limitation, students who wish to do an SRP have found themselves unable to also take on an individual externship. Companies hosting externships have been reluctant to hire students who are not receiving academic credit for unpaid work.
Student Org Spotlight: Mock Trial Society
By Yekaterina Bychko
UConn Law hosts a variety of student organizations and clubs, many of which are focused on improving key skills later used as a practicing attorney. One such club is the Mock Trial Society (MTS), which provides a platform for students interested in trial work.
What previously was a club for those already talented and looking to hone their skill sets, is now an all-inclusive organization with a self-teaching learning model. Chris Stanton ‘16, Treasurer of the Mock Trial Society, described the organization as being “a home base for anyone interested in trial work.”
In the past year, MTS has re-vamped their organizational tree to now include scrimmage teams. This provides trial experience for an additional 45 students beyond the limited competition team positions.
Annual Loiselle Moot Court Competition
By Nina Pelc-Faszcza
Did you enjoy Moot Court this winter or want another chance to practice and improve your oral advocacy skills? Do you want to participate in a fun and highly respected on-campus competition? If any of the above describes you, then sign up to participate in the annual Alva P. Loiselle Moot Court Competition! Loiselle is one of two annual intrascholastic moot court competitions at UConn Law, both of which are great opportunities to practice your oral advocacy skills as well as to gain membership on the Connecticut Moot Court Board.
Unlike the winter-term Moot Court course, the Loiselle competition is a closed-universe team competition (and more good news: no brief!); all participants will compete in teams of two, and are given an opportunity to argue both sides of the case. The top four teams and a handful of individuals with the highest preliminary round scores will be offered membership on the Moot Court Board.