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Martha Minow

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    Notes and Comment

    March 29, 2023

    At this spring's Notes and Comment event, dozens of Harvard Law students working on writing projects met with faculty experts for advice and commentary on their work.

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    Scholars and artists discuss the death penalty

    March 17, 2023

    On March 7, the Harvard Law School Library kicked off a series of events on the subject of capital punishment in connection with their exhibit Visualizing Capital Punishment: Spectacle, Shame, and Sympathy.

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    ‘A Civil Rights Issue of Our Time’

    February 14, 2023

    Kimberly J. Robinson argues for a federal right to education

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    Separate but Unequal

    February 14, 2023

    A new book co-written by Harvard Law School alumnus Andrew Stobo Sniderman LL.M. ’22, spotlights inequities in Canada’s Indigenous communities — and a path toward justice

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    ‘You come in here with a skull full of mush. You leave thinking like a lawyer’

    October 28, 2022

    In Memoriam: John Jay Osborn Jr. ’70, author of "The Paper Chase, 1945-2022

  • University appoints Richard Cellini to lead Legacy of Slavery remembrance program

    October 27, 2022

    … An implementation committee, led by Martha Minow, Harvard Law School’s 300th Anniversary University Professor and a member of the Presidential Committee that produced the…

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    Reckoning with a Painful Legacy

    July 14, 2022

    Harvard issues a report on the university’s connections to slavery and its long history of discrimination against Black people long after slavery was abolished by the 13th Amendment.

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    Public Service Venture Fund at 10

    July 13, 2022

    Harvard Law School’s fellowship and seed grant program celebrates a decade of exponential impact for public interest careers, nonprofits, and the world.

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    Justice Stephen Breyer returns to Harvard Law School

    July 2, 2022

    Retired United States Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer ’64 is returning to Harvard Law School, where he will teach seminars and reading groups, write, and produce scholarship.

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    Summer 2022 beach reads

    June 26, 2022

    Harvard Law faculty and staff share their reading lists for beachside, poolside, or inside with the AC.

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    Harvard and the Legacy of Slavery

    April 28, 2022

    A report issued by the Presidential Committee on Harvard and the Legacy of Slavery recounts the many ways Harvard University participated in, and profited from, slavery. Harvard leaders and scholars examine the report and its implications for the future.

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    Understanding the legacy of slavery

    April 28, 2022

    Following the release of a report by the Presidential Committee on Harvard and the Legacy of Slavery, Harvard Law Dean John F. Manning has announced initiatives to honor the enslaved people whose labor generated wealth that contributed to Harvard Law School’s founding.

  • Martha Minow is the new chair of the MacArthur Foundation — some of her first work in Chicago was as a copy clerk alongside Royko

    April 7, 2022

    On the March morning she officially became the chair of the board of directors of the Chicago-based MacArthur Foundation, Martha Minow sat on a couch in the handsomely appointed apartment of her father and remembered the past. “In the summer after my freshman year at college, I worked as a copy clerk for the Sun-Times and Daily News,” she says, talking about the building that housed both newspapers, now the site of Trump Tower. “It was fascinating, carrying papers, learning layout. I was able to write a couple of obituaries. And I met so many great people, Lois Wille among them. And I used to get coffee for Mike Royko. He was fine but I think I did hear him growl once.”

  • When justice isn’t served, how do we find forgiveness?

    March 21, 2022

    On a cold day in March 2021, Delores White entered a courtroom in Erie, Pennsylvania. Delores, who was 67 years old, was dressed in a white blazer and glasses, her gray hair pulled into a low ponytail and a surgical mask covering her face. The courtroom was large, and Covid-19 restrictions on attendance made it feel empty. As others trickled into the room, Delores sat quietly, occasionally leaning over to confer with her lawyers or wave at family members. She remained composed until her daughter, Jamesha, entered the room. When she saw her, Delores began to cry. ... Forgiveness is not the primary purpose of the law — justice is. But the US legal system is a distinctively unforgiving one. “The United States is particularly punitive in defining, prosecuting, and punishing crimes, especially if the accused is a member of a racial minority,” writes Martha Minow, a professor at Harvard Law and author of the book When Should Law Forgive?

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    Remembering Alan Stone 1929–2022

    February 4, 2022

    Alan A. Stone, the Touroff- Glueck Professor of Law and Psychiatry Emeritus in the faculty of law and the faculty of medicine at Harvard, died Jan. 23. He was 92.

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    Bad News

    January 31, 2022

    With the rise of social media and the decline of traditional news outlets, especially local news, “constitutional democracy itself is in the balance,” writes Minow in her new book.

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    Pragmatic Justice

    January 27, 2022

    Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer ’64, who focused on the consequences of his judicial decisions, has announced that he will step down after more than a quarter century on the Court.

  • Congress must stop Big Tech’s threat to the press

    January 11, 2022

    An op-ed by Martha Minow and Aris Hadjipanteli ’23:Democrats and Republicans agree on almost nothing, not even what to call the incident a year ago at the Capitol. Was it an insurrection or a protest? But they do agree that the technology business is failing both its users and to the media industry from which it pulls so much of its content without paying for it. It’s time for Congress to turn this rare consensus into action by passing the Journalism Competition and Preservation Act (JCPA) to tackle some of the consequences of tech’s monopoly power. As of 2018, Google and Facebook together had nearly four times as much revenue as the entirety of the U.S. news media (TV, print, and digital). They have only grown tremendously since then. When Google users read a news story, 65 percent do not click through to the news publishers’ websites. Google thus disconnects news content from its sources and leaves the journalists without compensation.