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    Lani Guinier: The principle underlying her work was the principle of fair play

    September 27, 2023

    A two-day conference, hosted by the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Social Justice, examined election law and electoral systems impact communities of color

  • Future Leaders in Law participants.

    ‘Future Leaders’ find community and connection at Harvard Law

    September 13, 2023

    This July the inaugural cohort of 35 fellows gathered at HLS for a weeklong residency of the Future Leaders in Law Program.

  • Charles Ogletree Jr. : 1952-2023

    August 5, 2023

    Charles J. Ogletree, Jr. ‘78, or Tree, as he was affectionately known, the celebrated, influential, and beloved Harvard Law professor and civil rights scholar, died peacefully on August 4 in his home in Odenton, Maryland, from the natural progression of Alzheimer's disease.

  • This Is One Republican Strategy That Isn’t Paying Off

    July 12, 2023

    In 2011, determined to push back the ascendant Democratic coalition that elected America’s first Black president, Republicans capitalized on their control of legislatures and governor’s…

  • If Democrats Win Back the House, They Will Have John Roberts to Thank

    June 14, 2023

    A credible case can be made that the Supreme Court’s decision last June to eliminate the constitutional right to an abortion was crucial to the…

  • How Much Power Should the Courts Have?

    April 14, 2023

    The Israeli Supreme Court last month became the subject of a remarkable clash over its role in the country’s democracy. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and…

  • Guy-Uriel Charles speaks to the audience from the podium.

    The U.S. is in the ‘midst of an identity crisis’

    March 8, 2023

    Harvard Law School’s Guy-Uriel E. Charles spoke about the demise of the “civil rights consensus” and what comes next, at a lecture celebrating his appointment as the Charles J. Ogletree, Jr. Professor of Law.

  • Jonathan Zittrain, Guy-Uriel Charles, Rachel Viscomi, and Charles Fried.

    Why I changed my mind

    March 2, 2023

    Allowing ideas to evolve may lead to new, positive, and altogether different paths, according to Professors Guy-Uriel Charles, Charles Fried, and Rachel Viscomi.

  • The Veritas shield on a gate at Harvard.

    Committee named to lead Legacy of Slavery memorial project

    February 10, 2023

    Guy-Uriel Charles and Jeannie Suk Gersen will join the Harvard committee that will lead an effort to memorialize the enslaved individuals whose labor was instrumental in the establishment and development of Harvard.

  • The Supreme Court is weighing a theory that could upend elections. Here’s how

    January 24, 2023

    Some watchers of the U.S. Supreme Court breathed a sigh of relief last month after most of the justices sounded skeptical during oral arguments about…

  • Martha S. Jones speaking from a podium.

    ‘Just a little more free’

    November 22, 2022

    At the inaugural Belinda Sutton Distinguished Lecture, Johns Hopkins Professor Martha Jones chronicles her journey into her family’s ties to slavery and to Harvard.

  • As threats, misinformation and polarization spread, what is the future of democracy?

    November 1, 2022

    With elections still a week away, more than 100 lawsuits have already been filed targeting mail-in voting, early voting, voting machines, registration, access for partisan…

  • Charles Ogletree in his Office

    Ogletree family donates the celebrated law professor and civil rights scholar’s papers to Harvard Law School

    October 13, 2022

    The Harvard Law School Library has been chosen as a steward of the papers of Charles J. Ogletree, Jr., the celebrated and influential Harvard Law professor and civil rights scholar.

  • Red and blue colored hands holding ballots ready to drop in a black ballot box at the center of the illustration.

    Vote of Confidence

    July 15, 2022

    An election law course examines doctrine and asks students to consider ‘the way things ought to be, and how to make them happen’

  • Guy-Uriel Charles

    Guy-Uriel Charles elected to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences

    May 10, 2022

    Professor Guy-Uriel E. Charles, the Charles Ogletree, Jr. Professor of Law at Harvard, has been elected to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences.

  • 16 elected to American Academy of Arts & Sciences

    May 2, 2022

    Sixteen Harvard faculty are among the 261 American Academy of Arts and Sciences newly elected members, the academy  announced Thursday. “We are celebrating a depth of achievements in a breadth of areas,” said David Oxtoby, president of the American Academy. “These individuals excel in ways that excite us and inspire us at a time when recognizing excellence, commending expertise, and working toward the common good is absolutely essential to realizing a better future.” The Harvard inductees include: ... Guy-Uriel E. Charles Charles Ogletree, Jr. Professor of Law; Faculty Director of the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute, Harvard Law School

  • Ketanji Brown Jackson confirmed as the first black woman to sit on US Supreme Court | U.S. News

    April 11, 2022

    Ketanji Brown Jackson has been confirmed as the first black woman to sit on the US Supreme Court in its 233-year history. The judge secured the life-time role following a 53-47 vote in the US Senate, following fierce questioning from critics. Judge Jackson, 51, will also be the first former public defender to sit on the Supreme Court and the third black judge to sit. ... Guy-Uriel Charles, Harvard Law School professor and an expert in race and law, explained how Jackson may impact the court. He said: “I do think that as a black woman she will bring credibility on issues of race and issues of gender. On issues of race, she might serve as a counterweight to Justice Thomas. “In particular, I think young black girls will have an even stronger sense that all avenues, especially in law, are open to them.” ... Former US Solicitor General Charles Fried told Sky News he backed her because she was the “absolutely ideal nominee.” “She’s had life experience, where she’s had to fight her way up and succeeded at every stage,” he said. Mr Fried, who has taught at Harvard Law School since 1961, added that his experience as a public defender “lends a very important dimension of perspective to the court”.

  • Historic hearing takes turn into familiar territory on race and crime, experts say

    March 25, 2022

    Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson's confirmation hearings may have been historic, in that she is the first Black woman nominated for the Supreme Court. But they have not been without precedent, at least with regard to questions on crime and race that she faced from some Republican senators, such as Tom Cotton of Arkansas, who have tried to portray her as "soft on crime." ... Guy-Uriel Charles, a professor at Harvard Law School, attributed that to what he described as a combination of "extreme partisanship" and racial and gender dynamics. "There's no doubt that the Republicans are trying to score as many partisan points as they possibly can with their base, and that they believe that there is some retribution to be paid for past Republican nominees," such as Amy Coney Barrett and Brett Kavanaugh, he said. "So part of their motivation is clearly partisan. One has to account for that."