From $37 to $339,000: Why the Price of Public Records Requests Varies So Much

By | Local Open Government Blog | February 14, 2017
The laws about public records differ from one government to the next and are further complicated by some technologies, like police body cameras.  By Liz Farmer from In 2015, the editor of a newspaper in Florida filed a public records request with the Broward County Sheriff’s Office asking for the email of every employee during a five-month period to be searched for specific gay slurs. View Full Post
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“Dynamic” Situation at Oroville Dam: Valentine’s Day Update (and in Other News….)

new banner of spillway Here is Tuesday morning’s installment of our update on the Oroville Dam spillway incident.  For background, please see our earlier blog posts, starting last Thursday, February 9, and most recently our update of February 13 which sets the stage and provides context.  In sum, the evacuation continues; the emergency or auxiliary spillway is stable; the primary or service spillway is also stable, and is currently evacuating 100,000 cfs from the reservoir; but new storms are forecasted to roll in starting Wednesday, and many people are still worried about how the reservoir and its spillways will handle the water. View Full Post
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Government Withdraws Motion Challenging Texas Injunction On Transgender Student Guidance

Choosing your wayOn Friday, February 10, 2017, the Trump Administration announced that the United States will no longer challenge the injunction against enforcement of the joint Department of Justice and Department of Education guidance on treatment of transgender students that was issued last year. We expect further developments in the coming weeks and months, but for now see our Higher Education Legal Insights post on this issue. View Full Post
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ESMA Publishes Report On Distributed Ledger Technology

On February 7, 2017, the European Securities and Markets Authority (“ESMA”) released a Report on Distributed Ledger Technology (“DLT”) (also known as “blockchain” technology) Applied to Securities Markets (the “Report”) that considers DLT’s effect on securities markets and fit to existing regulatory infrastructure.  View Full Post
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Susan Freedman Named a Fellow by American Bar Foundation

By | School Law | February 13, 2017
Freedman_S_WebSusan C. Freedman, a partner with Shipman & Goodwin, has been elected as a Fellow by the American Bar Foundation (ABF). The mission of ABF is to advance justice and the understanding of law and its impact on society. Fellows are attorneys, judges, law faculty, and legal scholars whose public and private careers have demonstrated outstanding dedication to the welfare of their communities and to the highest principles of the legal profession. View Full Post
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New Orleans Tornado Disaster: Individuals and Businesses to Benefit from Federal Disaster Declaration

By | Disaster Prep & Recovery | February 13, 2017
A federal disaster declaration has been issued in Louisiana for Orleans and Livingston Parishes following the tornadoes and severe storms that hit South Louisiana on February 7, 2017. The declaration was issued on February 11, 2017, by President Donald Trump upon the request of Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards. View Full Post
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