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|Nominees Discuss Future of Cybersecurity|
Joanne Dynak, Michael Katz, Cynthia J. Larose; Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.;
February 27, 2017, previously published on January 19, 2017With Inauguration Day upon us, it’s time for a #MLWashingtonCyberWatch update. President-elect Donald Trump has vocalized his support for the future of “cyber” throughout his campaign - but how will members of his cabinet act, or refuse to act, on his vision for that future?
|Federal Courts Can’t Solve Our Education Ills|
Alfred A. Lindseth, Lee A. Peifer, Rocco E. Testani; Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP;
February 24, 2017, previously published on Spring 2017Does the U.S. Constitution guarantee a right to education? It does not, the Supreme Court declared in San Antonio Independent School District v. Rodriguez, a 1973 case alleging that disparities in spending levels among Texas school districts violated students’ constitutional rights.
|ATJ Developing Leadership Internship Program Established|
Mark C. Surprenant; Adams and Reese LLP;
February 23, 2017, previously published on January 12, 2017New Orleans Partner and Adams and Reese Pro Bono Paladin Mark Surprenant authored “ATJ Developing Leadership Internship Program Established” for the December 2016/January 2017 Louisiana Bar Journal. The article provides an overview of the newly created internship program and its...
|Pension Funding: Is 80% Funded Healthy?|
Jake Posey; The Posey Law Firm, P.C.;
February 23, 2017, previously published on Winter 2017Concern is growing across the country that pension funds are dangerously underfunded. How do Moody's and other credit agencies assess pension funds to determined if they have adequate funding to meet their obligations?
|US Supreme Court Holds That Qualified Immunity Bars 4th Amendment Claim in Deadly Police Force Case|
Hannah D. Monroe; Rumberger, Kirk & Caldwell Professional Association;
February 23, 2017, previously published on January 30, 2017The United States Supreme Court recently held that an officer’s use of deadly force by shooting an armed individual before issuing a verbal warning did not violate a clearly established Fourth Amendment right, and therefore, the officer was entitled to qualified immunity. In finding the...
|Governor Signs Puerto Rico Employment Law Reform|
Juan Felipe Santos; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
February 22, 2017, previously published on January 26, 2017Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló has signed the “Labor Transformation and Flexibility Act” (House Bill 453), a law that dramatically changes the employment landscape in Puerto Rico and provides more flexibility in the workplace.
|President Trump's Action Impacts Pipeline Operators by Requiring U.S.-Sourced Materials and Equipment for Pipeline Construction, Retrofits, Repairs, and Expansions|
Elizabeth B. Herdes; Greenberg Traurig, LLP;
February 22, 2017, previously published on January 26, 2017On Jan. 24, 2017, President Trump took four executive actions that affect the oil and gas pipeline industry. In the first two, he directed the appropriate agencies to take expedited actions to the extent permitted by law to review and grant permits necessary to build the Keystone XL project and the...
|Freeze on Regulations|
John B. King; Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson, L.L.P.;
February 21, 2017, previously published on January 2017On January 20, 2017, moments after President Trump was sworn in, his Chief of Staff, Reince Priebus, issued a Memorandum to the heads of all executive departments and agencies. It stated that the President had asked him “to communicate to each of you his plan for managing the Federal...
|Trump’s Cabinet Picks Begin Senate Confirmation Process|
Stephanie L. Adler-Paindiris, Howard M. Bloom, Jeffrey W. Brecher, Paul DeCamp, Joy M. Napier-Joyce, Michael H. Neifach, Paul A. Patten, Amy L. Peck, Philip B. Rosen; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
February 20, 2017, previously published on January 19, 2017With the approach of Inauguration Day, the Senate confirmation process for President-elect Donald Trump’s cabinet picks is in full swing. Televised or streamed hearings are taking place involving Trump’s choices to lead the U.S. Department of Labor, Department of Health and Human...
|Municipality Slides Away from Liability|
Jonathan Thoburn, George R. Wray; Borden Ladner Gervais LLP;
February 20, 2017In Martin et al v. the City of Barrie et al, 2016 ONSC 7830, the Ontario Superior Court found that the defendants were not liable for injuries suffered by the plaintiff when she went down a City-made snow slide during a winter festival and struck her tailbone on a chunk of ice that had become...