Dell Legal has recognized significant achievements by its partner law firms in promoting diversity and pro bono efforts throughout their practice and industry. This year marks the first time that the Dell Legal Diversity and Pro Bono Awards were open to all firms that represent our combined businesses and I was thrilled to see so many new names and consider so many worthy law firms.Dell Legal Diversity AwardLast month, I had the honor to award the Dell Legal Diversity Award to Wilmer Hale. Headquartered in Boston, Wilmer Hale has long supported the EMC side of the business; welcoming them to the broader Dell EMC team was a great addition to our legal support team. Not only has Wilmer Hale dedicated itself to advancing diversity in the industry, they are also one of the few AmLaw 200 firms that have both a woman and a person of color as co-managing partners. The firm runs a two-week crash course for diverse law students preparing to start law school and also runs a high school mentoring program in New York City called Young Women of Color. Wilmer Hale’s latest class of partners included 43 percent attorneys of color and 29 percent women. And the firm has instituted their version of the “Mansfield Rule,” ensuring that their candidate pools include at least 30 percent diverse candidates.Dell General Counsel Rich Rothberg, members of the Dell Legal Diversity Committee, and the Dell Legal Diversity Award Winner Wilmer Hale.Dell Pro Bono AwardI also had the honor to recognize two law firms for their dedication to pro bono work. The Austin firm Boulette, Golden & Marin has been a long-time partner who has been committed to serving its community. Not only has the firm helped local organizations such as Girls Rock Austin but their lawyers have also donated significant time to help the Texas Civil Rights Project, Workers Defense Project, Habitat for Humanity, and CASA. In the past year, the firm has partnered with Dell attorneys on pro bono matters for Volunteer Legal Services and in advocating for people impacted by recent immigration legal actions, including volunteering time with American Gateways representing a 19-year-old woman from El Salvador seeking asylum in the United States.Dell General Counsel Rich Rothberg, members of the Dell Legal Pro Bono Committee, and the Dell Legal Pro Bono Award Winner Boulette, Golden & Marin.The Boston firm of Nutter McClennen & Fish also received a Pro Bono award for its service to the community. The award specifically recognizes the firm’s work with the Massachusetts members of the Dell Legal team in partnership with KIND (Kids in Need of Defense), an organization that represents unaccompanied immigrant children during their deportation proceedings. Nutter and Dell attorneys, working together, have represented 13 children via KIND and have secured special findings (a significant step towards becoming residents) for seven of those children. Nutter’s commitment to supporting Dell EMC in their legal representation as well as assisting the community is a worthy recipient of the Pro Bono Award.I congratulate all the winners of our Dell Legal Diversity and Pro Bono Awards in 2017 and look forward to seeing what remarkable achievements our partner law firms will perform in the next year.
At ISC High Performance 2019, a team sponsored by Dell EMC and other technology leaders took home the top prize in the Student Cluster Competition.The business of building a high-performance computing system and optimizing it for top performance on industry benchmarks may seem like it belongs strictly in the domain of technology experts. But not so, says a team of six South African undergraduate students.This team, affiliated with the South African Centre for High Performance Computing (CHPC), took home the gold at a recent international competition that pitted teams of students against each other in a quest to design and optimize an HPC system. This annual Student Cluster Competition was held in conjunction with the ISC High Performance 2019 conference in Frankfurt.Team South Africa, as the group is known, was sponsored by some companies that know what it takes to design a world-class HPC system — Dell EMC, Intel, NVIDIA and Mellanox. The team lived up the reputation of its sponsors.To take home top honors, the winning team had to showcase a system of its own design, adhere to strict power constraints and achieve the highest performance across a series of standard HPC benchmarks and applications, according to ISC. On all of those measures, Team South Africa came through with flying colors, posting the highest overall score for all the given benchmarks.In taking home the gold, Team South Africa lived up to its winning reputation. In its six previous appearances in ISC events, the team came away with a medal each time — three golds, two silvers and a bronze.So what’s the winning formula? Dedicated students and sponsors, according to David Macleod, the team advisor and manager of the CHPC’s Advanced Computer Engineering Lab.“Our sponsors are excellent and allowed the team to choose equipment without restriction or compromise,” Macleod says in a CHPC news release. “In turn the students put in a lot of time and effort before the competition and arrived at the competition well prepared.”So hats off to the three women and three men of Team South Africa. They’re showing us all what we can accomplish when we all put our minds and resources together to address our HPC challenges. Centre for High Performance Computing, “South Africa wins International Student Cluster Competition for the fourth time.”  HPCwire, “ISC 2019 Student Cluster Competition: Meet the Teams!” June 25, 2019.
BERLIN (AP) — Thousands of elderly Germans are facing online error messages and jammed-up hotlines as technical problems marred the start of the coronavirus vaccine campaign for over-80s in the country’s most populous state. North Rhine-Westphalia state, whose population of almost 18 million is bigger than many European countries, began administering shots to nursing home residents and staff last month. But people over 80 still living at home have been left waiting for appointments to get their first shots at vast vaccine centers, and many will likely have to wait even longer. The technical problems were an embarrassment for state governor Armin Laschet, recently elected the new head of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s center-right party.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The U.S. military says it has again flown a B-52 bomber over the Middle East “to deter potential aggression” amid tensions with Iran. The B-52 flew nonstop from Louisiana’s Barksdale Air Force Base into the region on Wednesday. Flight-tracking data showed the plane went over both the Persian Gulf and Saudi Arabia. The U.S. military’s Central Command later published images of the bomber flying alongside Royal Saudi Air Force F-15s. It did not mention Iran in its statement but the Central Command said the flight was meant to “showcase the U.S. commitment to regional security.”
NEW YORK (AP) — It’s not just you. What’s going on with GameStop’s stock doesn’t make sense to a lot of people. The struggling video game retailer’s stock has been making stupefying moves this month, wild enough to raise concerns from Wall Street to the White House. It’s forcing hard questions about whether the market is in a bubble and whether a new generation of traders should be allowed to take full advantage of all the tools and free trades available on their phones, regardless of how reckless they may seem to outsiders. Champions of the proletariat, meanwhile, are cheering louder from the sidelines, saying the 1% are finally getting their comeuppance.
PERTH, Australia (AP) — More than 70 homes have been lost in a wildfire burning in hills outside Australia’s western city of Perth. It is expected to continue burning for days and residents are remaining on high alert. The fire had razed more than 22,200 acres of farm and woodland by early Wednesday. A pandemic lockdown in Perth and its surrounds was lifted for those communities in the fire’s path so people could evacuate. State fire commissioner Darren Klemm said conditions would remain difficult for firefighters with no rain forecast until Sunday.