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For the first time, multicellular creatures have been found to live in an oxygen-free environment

The diversity of life on Earth is sometimes amazing to behold. Until recently biologists have assumed, based on existing evidence, that only one-celled organisms such as bacteria were able to survive in oxygen-depleted places. Multicellular animals were known to pass through or hunker down temporarily...

The Cambrian "Explosion" is looking less so

The Cambrian "explosion", as evidenced by the fossil record of specific aspects of the Burgess Shale, has been interpreted as representing the relatively rapid appearance of most major Phyla over the course of several million years. The fossils that began to "emerge" some 505 million...

Board Diversity Progress Measured by Calendar, Not Clock

Let's face it. Real progress can't be measured in seconds, minutes or days. When it comes to diversity of public company boards, you would be looking at years or decades. If progress is defined as moving forward to another phase, then U.S. public companies may actually be making some progress...

Decline of Western Aspen trees swells population of rodents that carry the deadly sin nombre virus

As noted in prior posts, Aspen trees in the West have been dying. There appears to be no single cause. However, drought in the 1990's and early 2000's probably made the trees more susceptible to cankers, fungi, and other maladies. The result is that some sites have lost as much as 2/3 or more...

Female Lawyers Only Argue 15 Percent of SCOTUS Cases but That's Better than Nothing

The legal career divide between men and women is looking even broader after a report that women argue a measly 15 percent of the cases that go before the Supreme Court. Lisa Blatt has argued before the Court 30 times and suggests that "[w]omen seem less inclined to enjoy the verbal jousting."...

The Sponsor Effect: Why Qualified Women Don't Make it to The Corner Office

Take a look at the graph below: Isn't it striking how women just seem to fall off as career levels progress? "This [decline] is why women need sponsors early on their careers. Every job must begin with a sponsor because having an active advocate completely changes your career," said Kerrie...

Webcast: Improving Diversity in the Legal Profession - A Law Firm's View

Internationally, it's long been known that black students are less likely than their white counterparts to apply to work for commercial law firms. It's also known that women lawyers are far less likely to become partners at law firms than men. But are these two problems inevitable, or can positive...

APPEALS COURT MUST REVERSE RULING ALLOWING USE OF RACE

A western nonprofit, public-interest legal foundation today urged the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit to hear and reverse a ruling by a three-judge panel upholding the right of the University of Texas at Austin to deny admission to two Texas coeds because of their race. Mountain States Legal...

Diversity not only provides increased stability to ecological communities, it is more efficient for remediating contamination

It has long been an axiom of environmental science that a diverse ecological community (aka biodiversity) is more resilient and productive because it stabilizes the ecological system as a whole. This should not be confused with a focus on an individual species for which the complex interactions within...

Vault's Legal Diversity Career Fair

Registration is now open for Vault's Legal Diversity Career Fair. Hollywood, get ready because Vault is heading your way this July. We're also setting up camp in the land of khakis and politics. That's right, the Vault/MCCA Legal Diversity Career Fair is back for its sixth year, and this...

Diversity and Minority Promotion and Retention in Law Firms

"This path breaking research sends a message to America's law firms that is loud and clear: the best law students want to work at the firms where they have a fair chance at promotion, and where it is possible to work hard and enjoy a family life. It's about time students collected this kind...

Improving Board Diversity

by Barbara Blackford Board diversity in the United States has remained relatively unchanged, despite a variety of developments affecting United States public companies, including an increased emphasis on business justifications for diversity and increased disclosure requirements related to diversity...

Removal Pitfalls: Toxic Tort Case Remanded Back To State Court

By Steven M. Siros, Partner, Jenner & Block A recent federal court decision out of the Northern District of Ohio illustrates the importance of carefully evaluating when the 30-day deadline for filing a removal petition begins to run. In Tolloty et al. v. Republic Services, Inc. et al. , plaintiffs...

Women in Tech: Kleiner Partner Aileen Lee on Why You Should Add Women to Your Board

Aileen Lee , partner at the famed venture fund Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and a former CEO herself, has a great post on TechCrunch with reasons companies should considering adding women to their boards of directors. Among the benefits Lee notes: By adding new blood to the boardroom...

An alternative strategy for addressing colony collapse disorder amongst honey bees

Prior posts have noted the many and varied theories regarding the cause of colony collapse disorder amongst honey bees. (See also http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colony_collapse_disorder .) This problems poses a risk to a huge number of agricultural products. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_crop_plants_pollinated_by_bees...

Employers Should Anticipate and Plan for Discussions About Race in the Workplace

In President Obama’s remarks about the Zimmerman case and race relations in America, he advocated for a national discussion about race. He felt this national discussion should not be convened by politicians, but at the local level and within religious congregations, community organizations, and...

California Department of Insurance Releases First-in-the-Nation Survey of Insurance Company Procurement from Diverse Suppliers

206 Insurers report data on their supplier diversity efforts California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones has announced the results of a first-in-the-nation survey of supplier diversity in the insurance industry. The reports of California’s largest 206 insurance companies have been posted...

Kids in Circle

OCR and DOJ Clarify Use of Race in College and University Admissions

The U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) recently issued a Dear Colleague Letter and related questions and answers about the use of race in admissions following the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Fisher v. University of Texas...

William A. Ruskin: Congressional Clarification Of Removal Rules: A Primer

By William A. Ruskin Federal court practitioners are well-advised to be aware of the key provisions of the Federal Courts Jurisdiction and Venue Clarification Act of 2011 (the “JVCA”), which went into effect on January 6, 2012. The JVCA amended 28 U.S.C. § 1446 in several significant...

'Winner' of the Diversity Visa Program: A Fairy Tale for Many

"On May 1, 2014 the U.S. Department of State announced the winners of the 2015 Diversity Visa program (DV-2015). Over 100,000 eager U.S. immigrants were selected and these “winners” will have an opportunity to have their fairy tale come true – a chance to obtain a green card. ...

DV-2017 Window Opens

Department of State, Oct. 2015 - "Entries for the DV-2017 program must be submitted electronically at www.dvlottery.state.gov between noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4), Thursday, October 1, 2015, and noon, Eastern Standard Time (EST) (GMT-5), Tuesday, November 3, 2015. Do not wait until...

2017 Visa Lottery Registration Notice - Department of State

Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 197 / Tuesday, October 13, 2015 - Bureau of Consular Affairs; Registration for the Diversity Immigrant (DV–2017) Visa Program "This public notice provides information on how to apply for the DV–2017 Program and is issued pursuant to 22 CFR 42.33(b)...

Groups File Federal Lawsuit Over Diversity Visa Denials: P.K. v. Tillerson

NILC, Aug. 4, 2017 - "Groups filed a federal lawsuit today challenging the U.S. State Department’s refusal to process visa applications for winners of the U.S. Diversity Visa Program lottery who hail from the six countries covered by President Trump’s Muslim ban. The lawsuit was brought...

Expert: Diversity Visa Controversy Calls into Question All Immigration Quotas

Sintia Radu, U.S. News, Nov. 10, 2017 - ""What is the right amount and the right type of immigration for the Unites States?" asks Stephen Yale-Loehr, an immigration law professor at Cornell University . ... [I]t is difficult to assess the impact of the visa lottery on low-skill immigration...