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Law Schools and the University

Rasmussen, Bob, Law Schools and the University (February 9, 2016). Syracuse Law Review, Forthcoming. Available for download at SSRN:

“This piece, written for a symposium celebrating Rick Matasar’s scholarship, charts a course for law schools over the coming years. In particular, it suggests that law schools need to adjust to the changing environment in the legal profession, and broaden their impact across campus. Law practice is becoming more inter-professional, and law schools should take this opportunity to partner with other units across campus to provide a better education both to their students and to the rest of the students at the university. A law school that becomes more integrated into the fabric of the university will find a successful path going forward.”

How Litigants Evaluate the Characteristics of Legal Procedures: A Multi-Court Empirical Study

Shestowsky, Donna, How Litigants Evaluate the Characteristics of Legal Procedures: A Multi-Court Empirical Study (February 9, 2016). UC Davis Law Review, Vol. 49, 2016; UC Davis Legal Studies Research Paper No. 477. Available for download at SSRN: “This Article presents findings from the first multi-court field study examining how civil litigants evaluate the characteristicsContinue Reading

GAO Reports – FAA, Medicaid, VA Health Care Budget

Federal Aviation Administration: Preliminary Observations of Potential Air Traffic Control Restructuring Transition Issues, GAO-16-386R: Published: Feb 10, 2016. Publicly Released: Feb 10, 2016: “Based on our literature review and preliminary discussions with experts, several transition issues would need to be addressed if the U.S. air traffic control (ATC) system were to be restructured, including transitionContinue Reading

The movie plays on: a lens for viewing the global economy

The movie plays on: a lens for viewing the global economy. Speech by Mr Claudio Borio, Head of the Monetary and Economic Department of the BIS, at the FT Debt Capital Markets Outlook, London, 10 February 2016. “This presentation suggests an alternative lens through which to view the global economy’s struggle to achieve sustainable andContinue Reading

Open Data Institute News

“Stay ahead of the curve with the latest open data news, blogs and comment from the ODI team, global network and industry experts around the world. From practical tips for publishing open data to inspiring accounts of how open data has changed lives, we’re publishing new blogs all the time…We connect, equip and inspire peopleContinue Reading

H.R. 957, Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection – Inspector General Reform Act of 2015

CBO: “H.R. 957 would direct the President to appoint an Inspector General for the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (CFPB) within 60 days of enactment, and would require the CFPB to set aside 2 percent of its annual funding to operate the office of the Inspector General. Under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and ConsumerContinue Reading

RDA Metadata Standards Directory Working Group: Final Report

RDA Metadata Standards Directory Working Group: Final Report. Alex Ball, Jane Greenberg, Keith Jeffery, Rebecca Koskela. 2016-01-22. “The Metadata Standards Directory Working Group set out to develop a directory that would enable researchers, and those who support them, to discover metadata standards that would be appropriate for documenting their research data, regardless of their academicContinue Reading

Worldwide Threat Assessment of the US Intelligence Community

Statement for the Record Worldwide Threat Assessment of the US Intelligence Community. Senate Armed Services Committee, James R. Clapper, Director of National Intelligence. February 9, 2016. Global threats include: Cyber and Technology; Terrorism; Weapons of Mass Destruction and Proliferation; Space and Counterspace; Counterintelligence; Transnational Organized Crime; Economics and Natural Resources; Human Security. “..The consequences ofContinue Reading

Study – women struggle with student loan debt more than men

American Association of University Women (AAUW): “Updated regularly with the most current statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Census Bureau, The Simple Truth about the Gender Pay Gap [Spring 2016] is a commonsense guide that provides key facts about the gender pay gap in the United States. Topics covered in the reportContinue Reading

Sci-Hub, BookFi and LibGen defy court order and move to Dark Web

Via Torrent Freak: “A few days ago several large online repositories of free books and academic articles were pulled offline. Sci-Hub, BookFi and LibGen had their domain names taken away after Elsevier beat them in court. However, the site’s operators are not planning to cease their activities and are continuing their operations through alternative domainsContinue Reading

Twitter launches new Timeline Feature

Mike Jahr, Twitter Senior Engineering Manager: “Introducing a new Home timeline feature, giving you the option to see the best Tweets first. You follow hundreds of people on Twitter — maybe thousands — and when you open Twitter, it can feel like you’ve missed some of their most important Tweets. Today, we’re excited to shareContinue Reading

CDC WONDER Databases

“WONDER online databases utilize a rich ad-hoc query system for the analysis of public health data. Reports and other query systems are also available.” Related – Top killer of Americans in 2014 – 1) heart disease; 2) cancer; 3) chronic lower respiratory diseases and 4) accidents.