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New, expanded and searchable Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission website to be hosted at the Rock Center for Corporate Governance

The Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission findings are now available to the public at: http://fcic.law.stanford.edu/

The Chairman of Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission (FCIC) Phil Angelides and Commissioner John W. Thompson will speak at Stanford Law School about the FCIC Report and findings April 4, 2011 from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm. Stanford Law School Professor Joseph Grundfest (former Commissioner of the SEC) will announce and demonstrate an expanded website of the Commission’s investigation and final report, which will be hosted and curated by the Stanford Rock Center for Corporate Governance at http://fcic.law.Stanford.edu.

In addition, Mr. Angelides and Mr. Thompson will take questions from the public.

The Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission spent more than a year examining the causes of the financial crisis. It held 19 days of public hearings, interviewed more than 700 witnesses and reviewed millions of pages of documents. The Commission also drew from a large body of existing work about the crisis developed by congressional committees, government agencies, academics, journalists, legal investigators, and many others. The Commission presented its final report to the President, Congress and the American people on January 27, 2011.

Although the Commission has completed its report, its work lives on.

The expanded website is designed to make the Commission’s findings even more accessible, and to spur ongoing public inquiry, academic research and scrutiny to prevent a financial crisis from happening again. Unlike the existing www.fcic.gov website that will be electronically frozen as a federal record, the new site enables users to view video files and testimony, search for documents in the online resource library, search the website, and utilize other tools important to those who wish to study and learn more about the financial crisis. The enhanced website, http://fcic.law.Stanford.edu , houses a stockpile of evidence gathered—including thousands of documents and emails, videos of the Commission’s public hearings, testimony, and supporting research—that can be studied for years to come. The Rock Center & Robert Crown Law Library will help make the data more accessible by transcribing testimony, indexing materials, posting news and events related to the findings.

The published report has been a surprise best-seller, landing on several top bestseller lists including The New York Times, Washington Post and USA Today and garnering much praise. The report and accompanying dissents will continue to be available to the public on the expanded website at http://fcic.law.Stanford.edu as a free download, and as a paperback and e-book published by the Government Printing Office and PublicAffairs Books wherever books are sold.

The Rock Center for Corporate Governance–a joint initiative of Stanford Law School and the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University– is a leading national center to advance the understanding and practice of corporate governance. Stanford Law School is a leading center for empirical legal analysis and interdisciplinary research.  The combination of academic excellence, data-driven research, and technology savvy made the Rock Center a logical choice to host and improve the nation’s best research tool to understand and further study the causes of the financial crisis: http://fcic.law.Stanford.edu.

This event is open to the public and registration is complimentary, but required.

For more information: http://www.law.stanford.edu/calendar/details/5351/

To register: http://www.stanford.edu/dept/law/forms/FCIC.fb

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