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The rivalry between Columbia Law School and New York University School of Law took on a new dimension Tuesday night, as teams from both schools fought on the basketball court in the first annual Dean’s Cup. Columbia emerged as the winner of the charity event, which raised a total of about $40,000, to be split between the schools’ public interest law organizations. In a close contest held at Columbia’s Levien Gymnasium, the Columbia students defeated their downtown rivals 42 to 36. In a faculty game played at halftime, the NYU professors were defeated 12 to 7. “We were told that the faculty results would factor into the U.S. News and World Report rankings,” said Columbia professor Samuel Issacharoff, co-captain of his school’s faculty team. “That’s why we came out so strong.” The Dean’s Cup was the brain child of Columbia third-year students Justin Goodyear, David Glick and Jason Cooper, NYU students Brendan McGuire, Michael Pastor, both third years, and second-year Brad Klein. After getting approval from the deans in November 2000, the students set out to look for sponsors. More than a dozen law firms contributed a total of about $35,000 for the game, including New York’s Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom; Weil, Gotshal & Manges; Davis Polk & Wardwell; Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft; Coudert Brothers; Kenyon & Kenyon; Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson; Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel; Simpson Thacher & Bartlett; Dechert and Chadbourne & Parke, as well as Nixon Peabody; L.A-based Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker and Dallas’ Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld. More than 950 tickets were sold for the event, which took on a tone that would rival any important Division I college game. NYU students showed up en masse with their faces painted violet, their school’s color. A contingent of the Columbia students also came to the game painted, with several students spelling out slogans on their chests. One such slogan, “We’re #4,” was an apparent reference to Columbia’s place in last year’s U.S. News and World Report rankings. NYU was ranked fifth by the magazine last year. The student game was tight until the final minutes. Columbia held a slight edge throughout, and pulled away towards the end after NYU forward Chris “Heartland Hero” Lipski received a technical foul that resulted in a four-point play for Columbia. As the seconds ticked away, and it was clear that the Columbia students had the game in hand, their fans, suddenly eager to take on the rest of the nation’s top 10 law schools, began a “we want Harvard” chant. “It was a tough game. Everyone played really well,” said NYU center Molly “El Gigante” Lehr. “It came down to free throws and we really didn’t practice those enough.” FACULTY SPORT The highlight of the faculty game, at least from the Columbia fans’ point of view, was when Columbia Professor John Fabian Witt blocked NYU Presiding Dean John Sexton’s shot from the top of the key, and then went down to the other end of the court to score. “[Professor Witt] is having hard times lately so I showed him the ball,” offered Sexton as an excuse for the pivotal play. “To tell you the truth he should spend more time in the library.” Told of those remarks, Professor Witt said that Sexton “should spend more time on the [basketball] court.” Sexton, who said he wore number 42 in honor of Brooklyn Dodger great Jackie Robinson, also took part in a one-on-one contest against NYU class of 1999 alumnus Alexander Reinert, who is now an associate at Koob & Magoolaghan. In February, two of Reinert’s fellow alumni, Elie Fink of New York’s Dewey Ballantine and Benet J. O’Reilly of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, paid $450 at an NYU public interest auction for the privilege of playing Dean Sexton. Reinert was recruited after Fink, who was supposed to play, but could not attend. After pulling out to a 1-0 lead against his former student, Dean Sexton’s game fell apart. The dean wound up losing the one-on-one challenge 3 to 1. “I figure it was humiliation enough that I scored one point,” said Dean Sexton. DEAN’S CUP TROPHY After the Columbia student team was handed the Dean’s Cup trophy at the end of the game, both teams and their fans headed to a post-game celebration. “This was a great event and we should thank the sponsors,” said Glick, who also played guard for Columbia. “It is a wonderful way to celebrate the rivalry in the New York community.” Evidence that the Dean’s Cup has added a new twist to that rivalry could be heard in the post-game comments of the NYU team. Irked over the loss to Columbia, several players from NYU were already looking forward to the 2003 Dean’s Cup, to be held on NYU’s campus next spring. “We couldn’t breathe in this aristocratic air up here,” said NYU professor Richard Pildes, a guard in the faculty game. “The Columbia faculty won’t survive when they come downtown next year.”

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