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Thompson Hine puts focus on LGBT equality to recruit top talent



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Susan Cornett is the diversity and inclusion chair for Thompson Hine in Dayton.









Olivia Barrow
Senior Reporter- Dayton Business Journal

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Dayton’s largest law firm is ranked among the most inclusive firms in the state for LGBT equality for the third year in a row, and uses that to recruit top talent.

Thompson Hine LLP, based in Cincinnati, but with an office at Austin Landing, received a perfect rating of 100 percent in the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index for 2015, along with 12 other Ohio-based companies.

The index ranks companies according to their hiring, retention and promotion practices and their health benefits for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals, as well as their public commitment to supporting LGBT equality everywhere.

Twenty-six Ohio companies were rated, but no other local law firms were on the list.

Thompson Hine’s LGBT friendly practices — which include health benefits for domestic partners, corporate participation and sponsorship in LGBT events, and a company culture that embraces diversity — help attract the best talent, said Susan Cornett, diversity and inclusion chair in the Dayton office. That includes both LGBT individuals and those who value working in a diverse environment.

Cornett shared her thoughts about how Thompson Hine achieved the rating, and how it is important for staying competitive in the labor market.

Q: Thompson Hine hits on all the major points of inclusion with its policies, but what’s the feel around the office? Is it inclusive?

A: We offer domestic partner benefits and we have health benefits for transgender individuals, but in addition to these health benefits, which are definitely a draw for the talent, our softer programs have been why we’ve been able to attract members of our law community to the firm. Sometimes it’s the things we take for granted, like being able to bring your family to events, feeling comfortable enough to bring your partner to an event is really important.





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Man behind Harvard admissions policies lawsuit details reasons for filing



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Edward Blum, a scholar with the American Enterprise Institute, is behind a recent lawsuit against Harvard University, alleging that Harvard discriminates against some applicants, particularly Asian-Americans, based on race and ethnicity.









Mary Moore
Reporter- Boston Business Journal

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Harvard University was hit with a federal lawsuit this week, alleging that its admissions policies discriminate based on race and ethnicity, particularly against Asian-Americans. Filed in U.S. District Court for Massachusetts by the Students for Fair Admissions, the lawsuit compares Harvard’s treatment of Asian-American applicants today to the way it considered Jewish applicants years ago. And it suggests ways Harvard could go about creating racial and ethnic balance in its student population, including eliminating what the lawsuit terms legacy preferences.

The organization Students for Fair Admissions is the work of Edward Blum, a scholar with the American Enterprise Institute, based in Washington D..C, and director of the Project on Fair Representation. Students for Fair Admissions also filed a lawsuit against the University of North Carolina similar to its Harvard lawsuit.

I caught up with Blum by phone to talk about the lawsuit. Here is a condensed version of our conversation.

What led up to the lawsuit you filed?

In April, we designed and launched three websites to inform people about what we believed to be unfair admissions practices at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, Harvard University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Those websites yielded one or more people to join a new organization, Students for Fair Admissions. And then Students for Fair Admissions as a membership group filed the lawsuits.

How many members are in the organization?

It seems like we’re adding about one every 10 minutes. There’s about 125 members.

The lawsuit compares Harvard’s treatment of Asian-American applicants to its treatment of Jewish applicants in earlier decades. Why did you use that comparison?

Non-Profits, Philanthropy, Higher Education



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3 business consequences from Obama’s immigration plan



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Brianne Pfannenstiel
Reporter- Kansas City Business Journal

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President Barack Obama announced sweeping changes to immigration policy Thursday night. Jeff Bell, an attorney at Polsinelli PC with a focus on immigration and labor and employment, provides a breakdown of some provisions and how they could affect your company.

1. Employers may have new administrative issues

Obama’s plan includes granting deferred-action status to as many as 5 million people already in the United States.

“A lot of those people are already working for employers in the U.S.,” Bell said. “They might be working under assumed identities, made-up documents, different names, or maybe they’re working under their right name with a made-up Social Security number. There are lots of possibilities, but those people, at least under the president’s plan, will be able to apply for work authorization. Once they get it, they’ll be able to apply for a Social Security number, and so then those employees might show up at the workplace with different documentation, different names, different social security numbers. It will have an impact on employers regarding how to deal with that.

“You also have employment issues – employers might have honesty policies. What would they have to do with a worker who now provides different documentation than what they were hired under?

“You also have tax issues for both the company and possibly the employee. And then benefits issues. How do we account for different names and different Social Security numbers when it’s the same person?

“So I think it probably is going to create some interesting scenarios for CPAs and tax attorneys to work though.”

2. Employers could have an easier time finding (and keeping) highly skilled talent

Brianne covers legal affairs, health care, life sciences, animal health and biosciences.




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Obama immigration order looks legal, should be good for business, lawyer says



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Huyen Pham, a professor who teaches immigration law at Texas AM School of Law in Fort Worth.









Bill Hethcock
Staff Writer- Dallas Business Journal

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President Obama’s announcement that he will use his executive authority to allow nearly 5 million illegal immigrants to remain in the United States without facing the threat of deportation appears to be legal and should be good for business.

That’s the view of Huyen Pham, a professor who teaches immigration law at Texas AM School of Law in Fort Worth.

Pham, associate dean for faculty research and development at the new law school, told me in an interview that the executive order should make it easier for U.S. companies to hire highly skilled, foreign born workers.

“They’re trying to modernize the system and make it more streamlined and more efficient for people who are trying to get temporary visas for their employees,” Pham said.

On the question of whether it’s legal, Pham said the order is “a fairly standard exercise of prosecutorial discretion.”

“We have between 11 and 12 million people inside the United States without legal authorization to be here,” she said. “The federal government already decides who’s going to be deported. We’re not deporting everybody. What the president is saying is, let’s standardize our priorities.”

Texas’ attorney general and governor-elect Greg Abbott pledged to fight Obama’s announcement on immigration.

“President Obama has circumvented Congress and deliberately bypassed the will of the American people, eroding the very foundation of our nation’s Constitution and bestowing a legacy of lawlessness,” Abbott said in a written statement. ‘… I am prepared to immediately challenge President Obama in court, securing our state’s sovereignty and guaranteeing the rule of law as it was intended under the Constitution.”

Bill covers health care, law, education and general assignments. Subscribe to our email newsletters.



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Judge dismisses Pat Turner’s Westport bankruptcy case, clearing way for foreclosure



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The Westport Waterfront sits along 43 acres of the Middle Branch in South Baltimore.









Kevin Litten
Reporter- Baltimore Business Journal

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A federal judge on Friday dismissed developer Patrick Turner’s bankruptcy case involving the $1.5 billion Westport Waterfront project and handed down a stinging rebuke of Turner’s attorneys in a ruling that clears the property for foreclosure.

The ruling by U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Robert A. Gordon means Turner is out of options in bankruptcy court and will almost certainly lose the South Baltimore property in foreclosure after he stopped making payments on a $30 million loan in 2010. That loan is now owned by a company called Westport Property Investments LLC, which is entitled to gain control of the property after Gordon’s ruling.

It will also bring to an end nearly a decade of Turner’s control of a property he once promoted as the next Inner Harbor. The waterfront land was cited as an ideal location for a new soccer stadium, gleaming office towers and apartments. The project early on won $160 million in tax increment financing to support infrastructure investment. The bankruptcy proceedings have dragged on for nearly two years.

All of those plans, as well as the tax increment financing plan passed by the City Council in 2008, are potentially extinguished with Friday’s court ruling.

Gordon admonished Turner’s attorneys in a 35-minute decision delivered from the bench. He said Turner’s lawyers were being directed by an attorney who represents an outside investor not party to the bankruptcy. That arrangement raised questions about who was really behind the case and whether Turner has any ability to reorganize his company and make payments on the loan.

Recent developments have “raised serious questions in my mind about what’s really going on in this case at this point,” Gordon said. “To be blunt, whether to a certain extent, I’m being sandbagged by a ghost rider.”

Kevin Litten covers Commercial Real Estate and Economic Development



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Austin law firm eyes growth spurt after opening latest office in Colorado



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Greg Barr
Managing Editor- Austin Business Journal

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Barron Newburger PC, an Austin law firm specializing in commercial and bankruptcy litigation as well as compliance and regulatory issues, has just wrapped up the third leg of a national expansion plan that has pushed the firm into new markets from coast to coast.

Thomas Good, the firm’s recently hired managing attorney, heads up Barron Newburger’s newest office in Colorado, that opened in September. Earlier this year, the firm added offices in New York City and in Santa Ana, California. The firm’s other office is in Houston.

Good said the firm “isn’t done yet” with its growth plans, but he said whether or not the firm adds more staff to its existing offices or decides to enter a new market will depend on clients’ needs. The recent opening of the Colorado office in Arvado, just north of Denver, has pushed the firm’s total headcount to 19, including 10 attorneys, with about half of those employees in Austin.

“I can’t just give you a number to say we might double or triple our staff. But we are committed to growth,” said Good, who was general counsel with Square Two Financial Corp. before joining Barron Newburger. Joining Wood in Denver is David Silverman, who is now the firm’s of counsel.

He said the firm is taking the expertise that it established in Austin to other markets and is looking to broaden the depth of its offerings to clients with the expertise that has been added with the opening of the New York and California offices. Specifically, he said the firm will be targeting the financial services industry.

“We made a determination that we could broaden our base into all areas of financial services, from banks to auto finance, and [with the new offices] we are making that commitment,” Good said. “This is a very challenging legal and regulatory market for financial services companies, and we believe we have the wherewithall to help them navigate through these times by either providing general counsel services or helping them in lawsuits or compliance.”

Greg Barr is the managing editor of Austin Business Journal, responsible for day-to-day digital and print coverage.




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Oracle v. Oregon: State wins round one, but it’s still early



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Oracle lost a procedural issue in federal court. But the legal disputes still have a long way to go.





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Elizabeth Hayes
Staff Reporter- Portland Business Journal

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The state of Oregon won round one in U.S. District Court today in Oracle Corp.’s lawsuit over the Cover Oregon IT mess.

At issue was whether the state’s separate lawsuit against Oracle, filed in Marion County District Court, should be sent back to that court. Oracle had the state lawsuit “removed” to federal court, arguing that it should be consolidated into Oracle’s federal complaint.

District Judge Anna Brown agreed it would make sense for the two lawsuits to be combined at some point; however, she agreed with the state that its lawsuit should return to state court.

Brown said she didn’t have jurisdiction because cases can only be removed to federal court when they involve a federal claim. It wasn’t until after Oracle moved the state case to federal court that it filed a counterclaim for copyright infringement in state court, arguing Cover Oregon used copyrighted works from Oracle it hasn’t paid for. Copyright disputes are federal matters.

“All elements of a single controversy should be brought before the same forum,” said Oracle attorney Karen Johnson-McKewan, of Orrick, Herrrington Sutcliffe LLP in San Francisco. “That’s what’s driven Oracle to the place where we are today.”

But Brown didn’t seem to buy Oracle’s argument. She said federal courts have limited jurisdiction and she was concerned about the copyright claim being added “after the fact.”

“The copyright claim is the tail wagging the dog in terms of the merit of the dispute,” Brown said. “The procedural machinations by Oracle seem self-inflicted.”

There is still a chance that the two lawsuits will be consolidated. That will be among the issues, along with the state’s motion to dismiss, that will be argued at a hearing Dec. 19 before the same judge.

Elizabeth Hayes covers health care for the Portland Business Journal.



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