The death of the Supreme Court of International Trade

Thanks to America, and to the detriment of India and the world, the end of the World Trade Organization Appellate Body is nigh. This de facto Supreme Court of international trade will breathe its last breath on Dec. 10, 2019. Why should its demise matter? How should its judges interpret disputed terms in a WTO treaty? These two seemingly unrelated questions are directly linked.

Missouri prosecutors hold all the cards. Public defenders and vulnerable clients fold

Jamie Bess doesn’t know what evidence Jackson County prosecutors had when they charged her with child sex crimes and had her locked in jail for nearly two years.

But it wasn’t enough to take her to trial. One day they dropped the charges. She never got an explanation of what happened.

Like many others, she served time without ever being convicted of anything.

Bess is one of thousands of Missourians who didn’t have enough money to hire a lawyer and found herself, aided only by the state’s weak public defender system, going up against state prosecutors.

Questions mount on list of charity donors at center of Greitens ethics fine

Gov. Eric Greitens describes his recent run-in with the Missouri Ethics Commission as a minor campaign finance matter.

Greitens, a first-term Republican, agreed to in late April for failing to disclose that his campaign had obtained a list of donors to , a charity he founded in 2007.

But experts in laws governing tax-exempt organizations like The Mission Continues say the legal issues surrounding the donor list may not be so minor. In interviews with The Star, they said they see two possibilities:

The messy legal scrap to bring celebrities back from the dead

Last week, independent production company Magic City Films announced that it would be bringing James Dean back from the dead. Not literally, but digitally, using full-body CGI and existing footage and photos. The Rebel Without a Cause actor will become the secondary lead in a new Vietnamese war film called Finding Jack. The two directors, Anton Ernst and Tati Golykh, said they searched high and low for a suitable actor, but after months of research, James Dean was chosen for the part.

How SEC Rule 14a-8 and the ordinary business exception impede ESG disclosure reform

Shareholder proposals urging corporate boards to report on climate‑related risk made headlines in 2017 when they earned majority support from investors at ExxonMobil, Occidental Petroleum, and PPL. The key to this historic vote was the support of the Big Three index fund managers – BlackRock, State Street, and Vanguard, which broke with management and cast their votes for the proposals.

#BQDebates: Was India right to quit RCEP?

On Monday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced in Bangkok that India will not join the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership deal, as negotiations failed to address New Delhi’s “outstanding issues and concerns”. As many as 16 countries — the 10-nation bloc ASEAN and its six trading partners, including India — were negotiating the mega free-trade RCEP pact. Global trade and domestic policy experts interpret what this means for India going forward, and whether this was an opportunity missed to cementing India’s position as a nation that is open to cross-border business.

Is there too much disclosure?

In 2018 and 2019, the SEC released the first amendments to Regulation S-K to emerge from its decades-long project to “modernize and simplify” the disclosure obligations that apply to publicly traded companies. New proposed amendments released for public comment in August are currently pending.  Largely missing, however, are changes to the basic rules governing how companies provide information to investors about risk, including emerging environmental, social, and governance (ESG) risks.

Kansas is stepping up to protect its children

Thirty-two Kansas children died by suicide in 2017, the most recent year numbers are available. This is a 50% increase over the prior year and double the number who took their own lives a decade ago.

These deaths are tragic and this trend alarming.

In response, the Kansas attorney general and the Tower Mental Health Foundation last year formed the Kansas Youth Suicide Prevention Task Force. I volunteered as its co-chairwoman.


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