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February 2007

  HR Clinic Brings Case to Inter-American Commission   
On Friday, March 2, Jessica Lenahan, formerly Gonzales, the mother of three daughters who were abducted by her estranged husband and killed, and whose domestic violence protection claims were rejected by the U.S. Supreme Court, will speak publicly for the first time before an adjudicating body, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights in Washington D.C. The case is Jessica Gonzales v. United States of America.
  
  Law Deans Urge Congress To Increase Federal Pay   
The following letter was sent to Congressional leadership asking Congress to authorize a substantial increase in compensation for the federal judiciary. A copy of this letter was also sent to Chief Justice Roberts. The letter, written by Dean David M. Schizer of Columbia Law School, was signed by 130 law school deans.
  
  CPII Contributes to Guide for Investors in Liberia   
A new guide for investors in Liberia, a nation that recently has emerged from a decade-long civil war, has been published with support from the Columbia Program on International Investment (CPII). Directed by Law School Professor Karl Sauvant, the CPII is a leader in the global discussion on foreign direct investment.
  
  Court Finds Massive Power Plant Fish Kills Illegal   
A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled yesterday that EPA cannot allow power plants to kill a trillion fish per year through their cooling water intakes. Cooling water intakes gulp in billions of gallons of river, lake and coastal water to cool power plant machinery. Along with the water, these intakes devour countless fish and fish larvae, devastating fish populations across the country.
  
  Christina Duffy Burnett Joins CLS Faculty   
Christina Duffy Burnett, who specializes in legal history, has joined the faculty of Columbia Law School, effective July 1. Prof. Burnett, who will be in residence during the 2007-08 year, will begin teaching in fall 2008 in her areas of expertise, including legal history, constitutional law, and the federal courts.