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The Panama Papers: A Discussion of Some Ethical Issues

Follow up to previous posting, Panama Papers Database Goes Live, see McGee, Robert W., The Panama Papers: A Discussion of Some Ethical Issues (May 27, 2016). Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2785954 “The Panama Papers refers to a massive leak of information encompassing more than 11 million documents involving more than 200,000 offshore entities. TheContinue Reading

Executive Office of the President – Federal Register Notices

“Under authority of the Reorganization Act of 1939 (5 U.S.C. 133-133r, 133t note), various agencies were transferred to the Executive Office of the President by the President’s Reorganization Plans I and II of 1939 (5 U.S.C. app.), effective July 1, 1939. Executive Order 8248 of September 8, 1939, established the divisions of the Executive OfficeContinue Reading

2016 Presidential Transition Directory

Welcome to the 2016 Presidential Transition Directory – This directory is designed to connect the people working on designing our next federal government with information and resources related to that effort. Serving both presidential candidates and the next President-elect, this site will be continually updated as new and updated information becomes available. Key resources include:Continue Reading

Dentons launches free law firm referral network

“Dentons, the world’s largest law firm, today announced that it has created the only free law firm referral network. Named “Nextlaw Global Referral Network,” it is based on a new technology platform that will allow member law firms to easily connect and track referrals. Nextlaw Global Referral Network avoids the problems of existing referral networksContinue Reading

Report – Affordable Housing is Out of Reach for Many American Workers

National Low Income Housing Coalition: “In no state, metropolitan area or county in the United States can a full-time worker earning the prevailing minimum wage afford a modest two-bedroom apartment. A new report released today by the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) reveals the disparity between rental housing costs and renter income in every jurisdiction acrossContinue Reading

How artificial intelligence is transforming the legal profession

ABA Journal, Julie Sobowale, April 1, 2016: “Artificial intelligence is changing the way lawyers think, the way they do business and the way they interact with clients. Artificial intelligence is more than legal technology. It is the next great hope that will revolutionize the legal profession. Change can be brought on through pushing existing ideas.Continue Reading

Google announces SyntaxNet: “The World’s Most Accurate Parser Goes Open Source”

May 12, 2016, Posted by Slav Petrov, Senior Staff Research Scientist: “At Google, we spend a lot of time thinking about how computer systems can read and understand human language in order to process it in intelligent ways. Today, we are excited to share the fruits of our research with the broader community by releasingContinue Reading

Credit Risk Decomposition for Asset Allocation

Chamizo, Alvaro and Novales Cinca, Alfonso, Credit Risk Decomposition for Asset Allocation (May 27, 2016). The Capco Institute Journal of Financial Transformation. Nº 43. Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2785535 “We provide a methodology for credit risk analysis that can be embedded into a risk appetite framework. We analyze the information content in CDS spreadsContinue Reading

Trading Relationships in the OTC Market for Secured Claims: Evidence from Triparty Repos

Han, Song and Nikolaou, Kleopatra, Trading Relationships in the OTC Market for Secured Claims: Evidence from Triparty Repos (May 27, 2016). Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2785586 “We use a new panel data set on intraday transactions of triparty repos (TPR) to study trading relationships in the over-the-counter market. We test the prediction that searchContinue Reading

EFF to FCC: Prevent ISPs From Following Your Every Internet Move

“The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) urged the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) today to update privacy rules to prevent broadband Internet access service providers from recording and sharing their customers’ every move online. EFF’s comments are part of the FCC’s rulemaking on consumer privacy and telecommunications services. As broadband providers are uniquely positioned to track everyContinue Reading

UMMS – Medical Archives go online for Public Access

“The University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) was established in 1962, when the Legislature chartered the Commonwealth’s first public medical school. The school opened in 1970 without even waiting for construction of a new building. Today UMMS ranks in the nation’s top ten percent for primary care education and is a leading center for communityContinue Reading