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Jerome Lyle Rappaport

Jerome Lyle Rappaport
Founder and Board Member
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Edward Glaeser

Edward Glaeser
Professor of Economics at Harvard University
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Stephen P. Johnson

Stephen P. Johnson
Executive Director of Phyllis and Jerome Lyle Rappaport Foundation
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Greg Massing

Greg Massing
Executive Director for the Rappaport Center for Law and Public Service
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Alasdair Roberts

Alasdair Roberts
Professor of Law and Public Policy at Suffolk University Law School
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Joseph Curtatone

Joseph Curtatone
Mayor, City of Somerville
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Tim H. Davis

Tim H. Davis
Independent Research Consultant
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Scott Harshbarger

Scott Harshbarger
Senior Counsel, Proskauer Rose LLP
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Vivien Li

Vivien Li
Executive Director of The Boston Harbor Association
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Guest contributors

Monika Bandyopadhyay
Suffolk University Law Student

David Barron
Harvard Law School and former Deputy Counsel for the Office of Legal Counsel in the US Department of Justice

Linda Bilmes
Senior lecturer in public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School. Assistant Secretary of Commerce during the Clinton Administration.

Brandy H.M. Brooks
Director, Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence, Bruner Foundation

Felicia Cote
Rappaport Fellow, Harvard Law School/Harvard Kennedy School.

Amanda Eden
Suffolk University Law School student

Sara Farnum
Student, Suffolk Univ. Law School

Kristin Faucette
Student at Suffolk University Law School

Benjamin Forman
Research Director, MassINC

Arthur Hardy-Doubleday
JD/MBA student at Suffolk University Law School and the Sawyer School of Business

Theodore Kalivas
Boston Green Blog, Dukakis Center for Urban & Regional Policy

David Linhart
Student, Boston University School of Law

Antoniya Owens
Research Analyst, Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.

Susan Prosnitz
Senior Advisor, TSA, Washington, DC

Ben Thomas
Boston Green Blog, Dukakis Center for Urban & Regional Policy

Matthew Todaro
Student at Boston College Law School

Alexander von Hoffman
Senior Researcher, Joint Center for Housing Studies

Brett Walker
Student, Boston College Law School

Margarita Warren
Student at Suffolk University Law School

Articles by Scott Harshbarger

SJC Task Force Issues Action Plan for Hiring & Promotion of Trial Court Administrative Employees

Friday, September 9th, 2011
By Scott Harshbarger

The Supreme Judicial Court has reviewed the recommendations presented in the "Action Plan for Hiring and Promotion of Trial Court Administrative Employees " recently delivered to the Court by the SJC's Task Force for Hiring in the Judicial Branch, led by former Attorney General Scott Harshbarger.  This is the fourth report in a series of comprehensive Task Force reviews of hiring and promotion practices in the Judicial Branch.  Last December, the Justices charged the Task Force "to make recommendations designed to ensure a fair system with transparent procedures in which the qualifications of an applicant are the sole criterion on hiring and promotion" in the Probation Department and throughout the Trial Court.

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Situation Critical: The Urgent Need for Independent Analysis, Regulation, and Oversight Before Massachusetts Legalizes Casinos

Friday, July 8th, 2011
By Scott Harshbarger

Once again, the pundits and prognosticators are saying that Massachusetts is on the verge of forever changing the Commonwealth’s cultural and economic landscape by legalizing casinos and expanded gambling.

A key legislative committee recently held a hearing on bills to vastly expand gambling – a hearing which, even at six hours, was remarkably shorter and less contentious than previous years. News reports and public comments tell us that the “Big Three” of Massachusetts government – the Governor, Speaker of the House and Senate President – are negotiating this issue, “behind closed doors” and might, in fact, emerge with a nearly completed bill presented as a fait accompli for members of the legislative branches and public to simply support or oppose.

Before this happens, it is absolutely essential that the Commonwealth establish a regulatory and enforcement regime capable of regulating, administering, and if necessary, restraining such a dramatic expansion. While Citizens for a Stronger Massachusetts (CSM) is not convinced that expanded gambling will be good for our economy or our taxpayers, we are is certain that an independent analysis of the costs and benefits should be undertaken, and appropriate regulatory controls adopted, before any expansion occurs.

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 MA Attorney General Martha Coakley Hearing on Sexual Exploitation Online
Former Lt. Governor Kerry Healey speaks about political parity at the Rappaport Center
Arianna Huffington and Alan Khazei speaking at the Rappaport Center
Statnet panel of current and former heads of local performance management programs including Stephanie Hirsch (far right), former head of SomerStat and Devin Lyons-Quirk, third from right.
Gov. Deval Patrick speaking at the Rappaport Center's Gubernatorial Speakers Series
Mayor Menino attends Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Course for high school students
U.S. Representative Barney Frank speaking at the Harvard Kennedy School, cosponsored by the Rappaport Institute.
Triumph of the City: Ed Glaeser talks about his new book on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart

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