New Professor Wins Journalism Award
June 10, 2008 — Anil Kalhan, who joins the Earle Mack School of Law faculty as an associate professor this summer, won a special prize from the South Asian Journalists Association for his coverage of the constitutional crisis in Pakistan.
On June 10, the association awarded Kalhan a special one-time award for Outstanding Coverage of the Political Turmoil in Pakistan, based on dispatches that appeared in Asia Media News Daily and in "Dorf on Law," a legal blog.
Kalhan’s first article, appearing in Asia Media News Daily in June 2007, recounted the efforts of Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf to censor the press in the months leading up to the nation’s elections in October.
The award also cited reporting by Kalhan that appeared in "Dorf on Law" in November, amid a suspension of the constitution that Musharraf imposed as widespread protest erupted over the legitimacy of his election the month earlier.
In the follow-up article, Kalhan uncovered Musharraf’s efforts to pressure the government of the United Arab Emirates to shut down two Pakistani television networks that originate and uplink from Dubai and are watched by many individuals outside of Pakistan.
Kalhan, who held academic appointments at Fordham Law School and Columbia Law School, previously served as a litigation associate at Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton and co-coordinated the firm’s immigration and international human rights pro bono practice group. He also has previously worked for the ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project and served as law clerk to Judge Chester J. Straub of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and Judge Gerard E. Lynch of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. He currently serves on the advisory board of the Discrimination and National Security Initiative of the Harvard University Pluralism Project and previously was a member of the International Law Committee and International Human Rights Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York.
He will teach Immigration Law, First Amendment Law and Criminal Law starting in August.
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