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Some Summer Reading

By Stefan Published: July 31, 2010

I'm on vacation, so I'm passing on some summer reading here.

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Easier than ever to search federal regulations!

By Lynn Published: July 30, 2010

National Archives Unveils New Federal Register 2.0 Web Site to Mark 75th Anniversary

'The FR 2.0 web site will be similar to a daily web newspaper, with a clear layout and new tools to guide readers to the most popular topics and relevant documents. The site will display individual news sections for Money, Environment, World, Science & Technology, Business & Industry, and Health & Public Welfare. FR 2.0 will have greatly improved navigation and search tools and will highlight each agency's significant rules. The new web site takes advantage of social media and integrates seamlessly with Regulations.gov and the Unified Agenda to make it easy for users to submit comments directly into the official e-Rulemaking docket, and view the history of rulemaking activity through a regulatory timeline.'  Source 

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Is BP Cornering the Market on Oil Spill Research?

By Stefan Published: July 30, 2010

You can find an interesting related link here.  Also, a Citizens United teaching project proposal.

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Key Portions of Arizona Immigration Law Struck Down by Federal Court

By Wilson Huhn Published: July 30, 2010

     On Wednesday Judge Susan R. Bolton of the Federal District Court for Arizona struck down key portions of the Arizona statute regulating immigration.

     Judge Bolton's decision may be accessed here.  Bolton did not invalidate the entire statute, nor did she issue a final ruling.  She ruled that the statute was "severable," meaning that each of its provisions had to be considered separately.  The United States had challenged the law as a whole, but it did not challenge each provision separately; instead the federal government had argued that only certain sections of the law were unconstitutional.  The district court struck down the provisions of the state law that the federal government specificially challenged.

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Need CLE Credit?

By Diana Published: July 28, 2010

It's not too late to register for "The Nuts-n-Bolts of Health Care Reform" this Friday, July 30. Details available here .

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All the Dodd-Frank Act Analysis You'll Need for the Weekend

By Stefan Published: July 24, 2010

Go here for the complete roundup of the Glom's Masters' forum.

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Financial Crisis Timeline

By Lynn Published: July 23, 2010

Sullivan & Worcester recently announced a free resource for law and corporate librarians, researchers and reporters. The Financial Crisis Timeline is a full chronological directory of the Federal Government's actions relating to the financial crisis since March 2008. Links take the user to government press releases or government web pages.  The Timeline is available at: http://www.sandw.com/news-240.html.

"This timeline is free and available to all. It is the most complete single source for the government's actions relating to the financial crisis available,' said Harvey Bines, a corporate partner at Sullivan & Worcester, who spearheaded the effort to create the Timeline. He also added, 'We hope that research professionals and reporters are able to take full advantage of this resource.'

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Is Shareholder Empowerment the Answer to Excessive Risk-Taking?

By Stefan Published: July 22, 2010

Some thoughts here.  Also, a book you might find interesting.

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Some Helpful Financial Reform Reviews

By Stefan Published: July 17, 2010

Go here for 3 links to helpful reviews of the legislation, and one link on Leviathan.  I'm sure you can pull those together a number of different ways.

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Free legal research on the web

By Lynn Published: July 16, 2010

Guides to conducting legal research on the web

1.  Here is a nice guide to free primary and secondary source material, Basic Legal Research on the Internet, by Ken Strutin.  Some of these sites I reviewed in earlier posts on this blog here , here , and here.

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The Tension Between Shareholder Wealth Maximization and Bank Regulation

By Stefan Published: July 15, 2010

More here.  Also, just how low is retail investor confidence in the market?  Very.

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America Speaking Out new web site seeking input from Americans

By Lynn Published: July 9, 2010

 'AmericaSpeakingOut site was developed by House Republicans as part of an official effort to increase the dialogue between Americans and their Congress.  Here, Americans are provided a new platform to share their priorities and ideas for a national policy agenda.' 

You can post comments on categories already listed, submit ideas or vote your approval of others' comments.  Use the 'Open Mic' option to create a new topic.

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Lebron James and the Constitution

By Wilson Huhn Published: July 9, 2010

     Dan Gilbert, owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers, has reportedly called Lebron James "narcissistic" and characterized his decision to leave Cleveland for Miami a "cowardly betrayal."  I disagree, in part because of Constitutional principles.

     As a Cavs fan, a resident of this area, and an employee of The University of Akron, I am disappointed that Lebron did not choose to remain here.  But in denouncing Lebron James Dan Gilbert overlooks a number of fundamental American values.

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Federal District Court Rules DOMA Unconstitutional

By Wilson Huhn Published: July 8, 2010

     Judge Joseph L. Tauro, of the Federal District Court of Massachusetts, has declared that the federal Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional under the Equal Protection Clause of the Constitution.

     Earlier today Judge Tauro handed down his decision in the case of Gill v. Office of Personnel Management.  The plaintiffs in the case - seven same-sex couples and three survivors of same-sex spouses, all of whom were lawfully married in Massachusetts - challenged the federal Defense of Marriage Act, which in part provides that the federal government will not recognize same sex marriages.  Specifically, the plaintiffs contended that just like spouses in hetersexual marriages they should be considered eligible for health-care benefits that are available to the spouses of federal employees; that they should be entitled entitled to survivorship payments under the social security program; and that they should have the privilege to file joint tax returns with their spouses. 

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Will LeBron Make Us Forget BP?

By Stefan Published: July 8, 2010

BP hopes so.  Also, if the U.S. "free market" is good and China's "state capitalism" is bad, should we refuse to learn anything from China?

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Akron Law Open House on July 31

By Diana Published: July 7, 2010

Interested in law school? Prospective law students can learn about opportunities at The University of Akron School of Law at an open house from 1 to 3:15 p.m. on Saturday, July 31. The program will include an admissions and financial aid session; a mock law class; and a student and alumni panel discussion. Prior to the open house, guided tours of the law school will be available beginning at 11:30 a.m.

Akron Law is located on the corner of Wolf Ledges and University Avenue. Free parking is located in Lot 28, the parking deck underneath E.J. Thomas Hall, across University Avenue from the School of Law. The entrance to the deck is located on Hill Street.

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The Supreme Court Is a Good Friend to Business

By Stefan Published: July 1, 2010

More here.  Reasonable minds can differ over whether that is either proper or good.  While you're considering the issue, here's a list of the Top 10 Corporate Outrages.

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McDonald V. Chicago: The Blockbuster of the 2009 Term?

By Dick Published: July 1, 2010

Writing in anticipation of the Supreme Court's decision in McDonald v. Chicago, U.S. Law Week referred to it as potentially being the 'blockbuster' of the 2009 Term.

Considering all the alternatives, prudent people could imagine differing results, with shifts in votes, and a holding limiting the application of Heller. But after 10:00 am yesterday morning, the decision ' with the benefit of hindsight ' looks very predictable.   This 5-4 decision by Justice Alito features the same voting pattern by the same members of the Court as did Heller. In spite of other possibilities, those who predicted that Heller foretold the outcome of McDonald were good prophets.

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