Webcast: Leadership Summit Brazil

The Fundação Getulio Vargas and CEMS are Webcasting a day-long conservation with top Brazilian business leaders on Thursday, September 29th.

There is also an opportunity for student groups to ask questions via Skype.

Leadership Summit Brazil

List of speakers (all times listed are Pacific)


Maria Jose Tonelli Vice-dean, Business School of the Fundação Getulio Vargas in São Paulo – EAESP


Setting the Scene

Elco Jol Founder and Chairman, Leadership Summit Brazil


How can the public sector improve the environment for corporations?

Ilan Goldfajn Chief Economist, Itaú Unibanco

Antonio Carlos Manfredini Professor, Fundação Getulio Vargas – EAESP

Fernando Ribeiro Student Moderator, Fundação Getulio Vargas – GV Direito


Taxation in Brazil

Marienne Coutinho Partner, KPMG Global Group


Brazil’s capital market

Bruno Meyerhof Salama Professor, Fundação Getulio Vargas – GV Direito


The Future of the Brazilian Financial Sector

Andre Esteves CEO, BTG Pactual

Jose Olympio Pereira President, Credit Suisse Brasil

Alexandre Saigh Partner and Founder, Patria Investimentos

Luiz Sorge Head of Asset Management, BNP Paribas Brasil

Claudia Baumgart Student Moderator, University of St. Gallen




How does Brazil position itself on the Global Energy Market?

Gustavo Tardin Executive, Petrobras

André Araújo CEO, Shell Brazil

Marcelo Martins CFO, Cosan

Olivier Scialom Student Moderator, London School of Economics and Political Science


Keynote address
The Necessity for infrastructure in Brazil

Felipe Jens Investments Director, Odebrecht


Small Break


What are the opportunities for Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital in Brazil?

Bruno Caetano CEO, Sebrae-SP

Ricardo Tortorella Director, Sebrae-SP

Eric Acher CEO, Monashees Capital

Adalberto Brandao COO, FGV Private Equity and Venture Capital Research Center

Lucas Martins Student Moderator, Fundação Getulio Vargas – EAESP


Closing keynote address: A vision for the future

Eliana CardosoProfessor, Fundação Getulio Vargas/p>


Closing words

Julia Pacheco Associate Dean International Relations Fundação Getulio Vargas -EAESP & LSB Organizing Committee

The History of CALR, Part 2: An IRS early effort to automate

Today’s is April 15th.  Tax Day.  Over at the Law Librarian Blog you can read “Tax Day Trivia” and “Celebrating April 15 with Two New Tax Op Websites.”

Here on Legal Research Plus we’ll celebrate the day with the second installment of our occasional and random look back at some of the early days of computer-assisted legal research.

Today’s intallment comes courtest of Michael J. Lynch, Director of Law Library and Professor at Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School.

Another really primitive (abortive) “automated system” was one developed by the I.R.S. in the sixties called Research and Information Retrieval Activity (RIRA).  I co-authored an article which not only described this system, but argued that its contents ought to be available to private attorneys either in discovery under the Federal Rules, or in response to
Freedom of Information Act requests. 

I.R.S had compiled a “Uniform Issue List”:  the outline of concepts relevant to tax litigation.  Case abstracts were created and indexed by attorneys and microfilmed including addresses to microfilm location of all briefs and other case documents. A monthly print-out updated the list of all cases in the system by issue numbers.  A reader-printer could locate and print abstracts.  The abstracts led the users to the microfilm of briefs and documents.  The system now seems inpossibly cumbersome — a somewhat automated index to mere microfilm.  But at the time it seemed like an incredible mine of organized legal research.  As I read the description it hardly fits our concept of an “automated system.”  It seems to me that the primitive possibilities of the sixties technologies inevitably led to its abandonment.  But at the time we, the authors, proudly suspected that our claim of public access discouraged
further development. Private attorneys were really worried about the research advantage it would give the government lawyers (probably unduly worried).

The RIRA wasn’t really a computer system, it was a project that we now recognize as a computer project done with intermediate technology.  Reader-printers seemed really cool in the sixties, I suppose.  The topic outline was the sort of thing West might have done. 

For the full story, see:   Berrien C. Eaton and Michael J. Lynch, “Tax Practice as Affected by the Freedom of Information Act and the Information Retrieval System.”  Proceedings of the 17th Annual Tulane Tax Institute, p405, 1967.

“The Virtual Tax Library: A Comparison of Five Electronic Tax Research Platforms”

The Virtual Tax Library: A Comparison of Five Electronic Tax Research Platforms

Florida Tax Review, Vol. 8, No. 9, 2008
Loyola-LA Legal Studies Paper No. 2008-40

KATHERINE PRATT, Loyola Law School Los Angeles

JENNIFER M. KOWAL, Loyola Law School – Los Angeles

DANIEL MARTIN, Loyola Law School – Los Angeles

Improved LexisNexis and Westlaw tax research platforms and new electronic tax research platforms offered by BNA (BNA Tax Management Library), CCH (CCH Tax Research NetWork), and RIA (RIA Checkpoint) constitute a virtual tax library that offers tax researchers much of the content and functionality of a physical tax library, as well as some useful functionality features (e.g., direct linking of primary and secondary sources) a physical tax library cannot provide. The new virtual tax library offers tax researchers numerous benefits, including the convenience of a portable library, more reliable and current research results, and increased research efficiency. Many tax researchers have not adapted their tax research techniques to effectively utilize the virtual tax library, however, because they are unfamiliar with the new and improved electronic tax research platforms.

To reduce tax researchers’ costs of evaluating and comparing the five electronic platforms, this Article provides detailed comparisons of the content and functionality features offered by the platforms. This Article also explains how to access various types of primary and secondary tax sources on the platforms and provides detailed search pathways that will enable tax researchers to navigate around the electronic platforms.

Part I of this Article provides background information regarding the development of the new electronic tax research platforms and explains our project and methodology. Part II compares the primary and secondary source content offered on the five electronic platforms and compares various types of free tax information that are available on the internet. Part III compares the various functionality features offered on the five electronic platforms. Part IV illustrates the differences in search results obtained by using the various electronic platforms to research a topical tax research question. Part V discusses the factors that are relevant when designing an electronic tax research system and makes recommendations about combining the electronic tax research platforms to create a workable virtual tax library.

A chart in Appendix A provides a side-by-side comparison of the primary source content available on the five electronic tax research platforms. The chart includes search pathways and date restrictions for each type of content. A chart in Appendix B provides a side-by-side comparison of the functionality features offered by each platform. The chart includes quick reference guides for initiating various types of searches, as well as user support information for each platform.

The published version of this article includes new information (e.g., search pathways and date restrictions for the content information in Appendix A) that was not included in the draft version of this article.

Source: LSN Law Educator: Courses, Materials & Teaching Vol. 5 No. 1,