ACWA Awards Water Law & Policy Scholarship | 2020-12-03 | Press Releases

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Dec. 03, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) today announced Ian Prichard as the winner of its 2020 Stephen K. Hall Water Law & Policy scholarship.

Prichard is a graduate student studying public administration for public sector management and leadership at California State University, Northridge. He was selected from a group of well-qualified applicants to receive $10,000 to put toward his graduate tuition costs.

“ACWA and its funding partners are honored to invest in outstanding graduate-level students who will be the future leaders in our industry. I’m especially pleased to honor a student who is already engaged in the water industry and the association,” said ACWA President Steven LaMar.

In addition to graduate school, Prichard is the assistant general manager of ACWA member agency Camrosa Water District and runs a micro-cottage bakery, selling naturally leavened breads and pastries out of his home in

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Envisage Technologies Achieves AWS Public Safety And Disaster Response Competency Status

BLOOMINGTON, Ind., Dec. 3, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Envisage Technologies, the world’s leader in training and compliance software created exclusively for public safety agencies, announced today that it has achieved Amazon Web Services (AWS) Public Safety & Disaster Response (PSDR) Competency status. This designation recognizes that Envisage provides the only comprehensive solution built exclusively for the exacting needs of law enforcement and public safety leaders, with particular focus on training, compliance, case management, professional development, legal defensibility, and public accountability. Envisage helps customers leverage the power of AWS to ensure our first responders are trained, equipped and mission ready.

Achieving the AWS PSDR Competency differentiates Envisage as an AWS Partner with proven expertise in the public safety market. The company’s technology enables first responders and public safety organizations to protect the public and prepare, respond, and recover from natural or man-made emergencies and disasters. To receive the designation, AWS Partners

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Former Ambassador to India Richard Verma Joins Mastercard as Executive VP, Global Public Policy and Regulatory Affairs | Business

Mastercard announced Dec. 1 the appointment of former U.S. Ambassador to India Richard Verma as executive vice president, global public policy and regulatory affairs, where he will oversee the company’s public policy, regulatory affairs and litigation teams around the world.

Verma, who served as the U.S. Ambassador from 2014-2017, will be reporting to Tim Murphy, general counsel at Mastercard.

The Indian American former ambassador brings over 25 years of international experience across senior levels of business, law, diplomacy, and the military, the company said in a statement.

He joins Mastercard from The Asia Group, where he served as vice chair and partner. In addition, Verma was the Assistant Secretary of State for Legislative Affairs, where he led the department’s efforts on Capitol Hill, and was the former National Security Advisor to the Senate Majority Leader for many years.

“Rich is a proven leader with extensive experience in public policy, geopolitics,

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Four Observations, Five Questions, and a Warning

Chief Judge Paul Michel

In November, the UIC John Marshall Law School held their 64th Annual Intellectual Property Conference.  The program consisted of five plenary sessions and nine breakout sessions featuring candid discussions and networking sessions with judges, senior government officials, and leaders of supranational IP offices, multinational corporations, law firms, academia, and nonprofit organizations. IPWatchdog’s Founder, Gene Quinn, moderated the first plenary session, “The State of Patent Law & Policy: Views from the Top.Click Here for full event and speaker details.

The program kicked off with a keynote address by the Honorable Paul Michel (pictured left), former Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.  Titled Balance and Rebalance and Rebalance Intellectual Property Policy,” Judge Michel first identified four areas in patent law that need urgent reform in the U.S. – 1) Section 101 on eligibility “that is so unpredictable, difficult to apply,

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In the Matter of Empire Center For Public Policy v. New York State Energy and Research Development Authority et al.

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    Mastercard appoints Richard Verma as Executive VP of Global Public Policy and Regulatory Affairs

    Mastercard announced the appointment of Richard Verma as Executive Vice President, Global Public Policy and Regulatory Affairs where he will oversee the company’s public policy, regulatory affairs and litigation teams around the world, reporting to Tim Murphy, General Counsel, Mastercard.

    Verma brings over 25 years of international experience across senior levels of business, law, diplomacy, and the military. He joins Mastercard from The Asia Group, where he served as Vice Chair and Partner.

    He is the former U.S. Ambassador to India, a position he held from 2014 to 2017. In addition, Verma was the Assistant Secretary of State for Legislative Affairs, where he led the Department’s efforts on Capitol Hill, and was the former National Security Advisor to the Senate Majority Leader for many years.

    “Rich is a proven leader with extensive experience in public policy, geopolitics, trade and international law,” said Ajay Banga, Chief Executive Officer, Mastercard. “In his

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    In 2020, a Reckoning for Law Enforcement and Tech Ethics

    Law enforcement technology in 2020 saw some innovation, acquisitions and announcements, but more than anything there was public scrutiny. As footage of a police officer killing an unarmed Black man in Minneapolis in May prompted global protests and news coverage, various communities started calling on everyone involved with police work, including tech companies, to reflect on their responsibilities. Ethical questions that some civil liberties groups had been asking for years hit the public consciousness with new urgency. For the tech industry, questions are about biased algorithms and historical data, and the potential abuses of tools such as facial recognition and artificial intelligence. Public attention forced a reckoning with the present and future implications of police tech, and both private and public organizations signaled an interest in making changes.

    After years of growing concern among watchdog groups and industry insiders, facial recognition hit a wall in 2020 as one major company

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    Mastercard Names Richard Verma Executive Vice President of Global Public Policy and Regulatory Affairs

    Mastercard today announced the appointment of Richard Verma as Executive Vice President, Global Public Policy and Regulatory Affairs where he will oversee the company’s public policy, regulatory affairs and litigation teams around the world, reporting to Tim Murphy, General Counsel, Mastercard.

    Verma brings over 25 years of international experience across senior levels of business, law, diplomacy, and the military. He joins Mastercard from The Asia Group, where he served as Vice Chair and Partner. He is the former U.S. Ambassador to India, a position he held from 2014 to 2017. In addition, Verma was the Assistant Secretary of State for Legislative Affairs, where he led the Department’s efforts on Capitol Hill, and was the former National Security Advisor to the Senate Majority Leader for many years.

    “Rich is a proven leader with extensive experience in public policy, geopolitics, trade and international law,” said Ajay Banga, Chief Executive Officer, Mastercard. “In

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    Fire Law: Public Access to Fire Stations as Public Buildings

    The right of citizens to access public property comes up in a number of contexts, ranging from concerns over employee privacy to the right to engage in peaceful protests. From the fire service perspective, questions commonly arise over the ability of firefighters to exclude the public from a fire station given its status as a public building. The flip side to the same problem arises when citizens demand entry, intent on filming what they see.

    The issues are more than just theoretical. A growing number of departments have experienced a visit by citizen-journalists who revel in their role as “First Amendment Auditors.” These folks are on a mission to educate public officials regarding the fact that the First Amendment protects the right of all citizens to film in public areas on public property. These folks are willing to push the limits of the law to prove their point, including being

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    Restrictive Covenant Drafting: Consider Forum Selection

    Employment agreements with restrictive covenants typically contain both a forum selection clause, which determines the forum where a dispute must be heard, and a choice of law clause, which determines the law that applies to the dispute. As lawyers who regularly litigate post-employment restrictive covenant cases well know, enforcement or restrictive covenants often turns on which court decides the dispute, and what law applies, which is why these provisions are so important.  Often, however, employers consider these provisions as mere drafting afterthoughts.  They shouldn’t be, given the outsized importance they can play in determining enforcement.  Moreover, at the dispute stage – whether seeking to enforce or resist a restrictive covenant – forum selection and choice of law provisions should inform, and often drive, litigation strategy.

    Keep in mind, however, that several states (e.g., California, Massachusetts, Washington) have recently enacted laws prohibiting enforcement against their

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