Atlanta skirting records law in probe of $40,000 payment

A metro Atlanta law firm, hired to look into a $40,000 payment for luxury airfare for former Mayor Kasim Reed and staff members, reported its findings to the city’s current administration verbally instead of in writing, a maneuver government watchdogs say is an attempt to circumvent the state’s mandates on open records. Invest Atlanta CEO Eloisa...

Law schools are very diverse, so why aren’t law firms?

Some of the U.S.’s most prestigious law schools are enrolling more diverse students, but only 15% of attorneys at law firms surveyed identified as minorities. While the proportion of minority law school students is on the rise, especially at top-tier law schools, diversity numbers at major law firms have barely budged in recent years. According...

Israel lawmakers approve controversial Jewish identity law

Israel’s Knesset [official website] approved a bill [text] Wednesday that champions the Jewish nation-state and Jewish national identity. T he bill passed by a 62-55 margin. The bill designates the state of Israel as the national home of the Jewish people, Jerusalem as its capital and Hebrew as its official language. It reaffirms the Star of David...

Singapore personal data hack hits 1.5m, health authority says

Hackers have stolen personal data in Singapore belonging to some 1.5 million people, or about a quarter of the population, officials say. They broke into the government health database in a “deliberate, targeted and well-planned” attack, according to a government statement. Those targeted visited clinics between 1 May 2015 and 4 July of this year....

A hackathon to promote diversity in law

For the past six months, Harvard Law School students and alumni have been working with legal professionals to create strategies promoting diversity in the legal workplace. These were unveiled on June 22 at Diversity Lab‘s Diversity in Law Hackathon, co-sponsored by Harvard Law School Executive Education and Bloomberg Law. Diversity Lab is an organization dedicated to improving diversity at corporations...

Susannah Barton Tobin appointed Thayer Senior Lecturer

Susannah Barton Tobin ’04, the managing director of the Climenko Fellowship Program and assistant dean for academic career advising at Harvard Law School, has been appointed the Ezra Ripley Thayer Senior Lecturer on Law at HLS. The appointment recognizes her exemplary work in the Climenko program and valued advising to students across their three years...

No Crime to Be Poor

There is no shortage of serious legal issues facing poor people in Greater St. Louis, especially people of color, says Blake Strode ’15, who was born and raised in the area. Just three years out of HLS, Strode is back home fighting the criminalization of poverty as executive director of ArchCity Defenders, a nonprofit civil...

Rights group calls for arrests of Myanmar officials

Human rights advocacy group Fortify Rights [advocacy website] called [report, PDF] called Thursday for the arrest of top officials in Myanmar, alleging that authorities made “extensive and systematic preparations” for attacks against Rohingya civilians. In its report, Fortify Rights stated it found “reasonable grounds for [International Criminal Court] arrest warrants.” The activist organization singled out...