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Independent ACORN Report Says Lax Governance, Rapid Growth Set Stage For Video Controversy

In September, 2009, Proskauer, by way of Scott Harshbarger, was retained by the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now ("ACORN") to conduct an independent analysis of the videos that caused this summer's uproar as well as the organization as a whole, including its core weaknesses and inherent strengths. The serious management challenges detailed in our report are the fault of ACORN's founder and a cadre of leaders who, in their drive for growth, failed to commit the organization to the basic, appropriate standards of governance and accountability. As a result, ACORN not only fell short of living its principles but also left itself vulnerable to public embarrassment. … Continue Reading

NonProfits Must Comply With the New Massachusetts Data Security Breach Law

The Massachusetts data security breach law and proposed regulations have triggered extensive discussions and debate over the past year.  The issues and concerns raised resulted in extension of the compliance dates for the law.  However, although significant modifications have recently been made under the leadership of the new Undersecretary for Consumer Affairs, Barbara Anthony, substantial compliance … Continue Reading
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