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After Action Report of the Washington Navy Yard September 16, 2013 Shooting

After Action Report of the Washington Navy Yard September 16, 2013 Shooting – An Internal Review of the Metropolitan Police Department - July 2014 “The purpose of this report is to describe the events related to the law enforcement response, constructively evaluate and assess the tactical and operational actions, and identify the unique issues and challengesContinue Reading

Learning ‘The True, the Good and the Beautiful’ in Law School: Educating the Twenty-First Century Litigator

Colatrella Jr., Michael Thomas, Learning ‘The True, the Good and the Beautiful’ in Law School: Educating the Twenty-First Century Litigator (March 1, 2014). Review of Litigation, Vol. 33, No. 4, p. 1, 2014. Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2465231 “The author uses the ancient Greek ideal of learning “the true, the good and the beautiful” toContinue Reading

Protection of Children Against Forced Recruitment During Armed Conflicts

Vedantam, Seshaiah Shasthri, Protection of Children Against Forced Recruitment During Armed Conflicts (July 1, 2014). The IUP Law Review, Vol. III, No. 4, October 2013, pp. 7-19. Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2461078 “Armed conflicts innately represent the struggle of organized armed forces over assertive armed rebel groups in relation to the control of human andContinue Reading

Informed Consent and the Differential Diagnosis

Ginsberg, Marc, Informed Consent and the Differential Diagnosis: How the Law Overestimates Patient Autonomy and Compromises Health Care (July 10, 2014). Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2464735 “The purpose of this paper is not simply to re-examine the doctrine of informed consent. The purpose, however, is to identify how the doctrine has evolved, its scope expanded,Continue Reading

HHS IG – Special Fraud Alert: Laboratory Payments to Referring Physicians

June 25, 2014  - “This Special Fraud Alert addresses compensation paid by laboratories to referring physicians and physician group practices (collectively, physicians) for blood specimen collection, processing, and packaging, and for submitting patient data to a registry or database. OIG has issued a number of guidance documents and advisory opinions addressing the general subject of remunerationContinue Reading

Dignified Jobs and Decent Wages The Next 50 Years of Civil Rights and Economic Justice

Center for American Progress, Maryam Adamu | July 10, 2014: “This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Years of organizing and civil disobedience culminated in a seminal piece of legislation prohibiting discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, and sex. A few years after the Civil Rights Act was passed, MartinContinue Reading

EPIC Defends FOIA Victory in Federal Appeals Court

“EPIC has filed a brief in response to an appeal by the Department of Justice in EPIC v. DHS, concerning the government policy to disrupt cellular networks. EPIC won a major FOIA victory when a federal district court ruled that the DHS could not withhold “SOP 303,” a government procedure to shut down cellular phone service. EPIC sought theContinue Reading

FTC Alleges Amazon Unlawfully Billed Parents for Millions of Dollars In Children’s Unauthorized In-App Charges

News release: “Amazon.com, Inc. has billed parents and other account holders for millions of dollars in unauthorized in-app charges incurred by children, according to a Federal Trade Commission complaint filed today in federal court. The FTC’s lawsuit seeks a court order requiring refunds to consumers for the unauthorized charges and permanently banning the company from billing parents andContinue Reading

Juvenile Cases Help Push Immigration Court Backlog to New High

“As of the end of June 2014, the number of cases awaiting resolution before the Immigration Courts has climbed to an all time high of 375,503 — an increase of more than 50,000 since the start of FY 2013 — according to very timely government enforcement data obtained by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC)Continue Reading

Forward Secrecy Brings Better Long-Term Privacy to Wikipedia

EFF – “Wikipedia readers and editors can now enjoy a higher level of long-term privacy, thanks to the Wikimedia Foundation’s rollout last week of forward secrecy on its encrypted connections. Forward secrecy is an important Web privacy protection; we’ve been tracking its implementation across many popular sites with our Encrypt the Web Report. And though it may soundContinue Reading

Work Plan ongoing and planned audit and evaluation projects – IG

“The Work Plan presents the audits and evaluations that the Office of Inspector General (OIG) is conducting to assist the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (Board) and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) in fulfilling their respective missions. Our statutory mandates are our highest priority, and with our remaining resources, we focusContinue Reading

Accessible Law for the Internet Age – America’s Laws Are the People’s Public Property

The State Decoded software provides you with a people-friendly way to access your local, state, and federal legal code. “Careful organization by article and section makes browsing a breeze. A site-wide search allows you to find the laws you’re looking for by topic. Scroll-over definitions translate legal jargon into common English. Downloadable legal code letsContinue Reading