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    Harvard Law School professors call potential abortion rights rollback ‘unprecedented’

    May 16, 2022

    The Petrie-Flom Center hosted ‘Roe in limbo: A town hall on the leaked Dobbs opinion.’

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    Words from the wise

    May 3, 2022

    The Last Lecture Series, sponsored annually by the 3L and LL.M. class marshals, is a Harvard Law School tradition in which selected faculty members impart…

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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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    Supreme Court preview: Kennedy v. Bremerton School District

    April 20, 2022

    The Supreme Court stands poised to decide whether a high school coach’s penchant for prayers with players poses First Amendment problems.

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    ‘I’d love it if poetry was required reading for law school’

    April 19, 2022

    In celebration of National Poetry Month, HLS lecturer and poet Jessica Fjeld reads a passage from a poem by Terrance Hayes, and discusses the importance of poetry in building empathy and connection.

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    ‘Democracy and open society, human dignity, doesn’t necessarily win — we have to work for it’

    April 13, 2022

    The Harvard International Law Journal recently hosted a discussion with Stavros Lambrinidis, ambassador of the European Union to the United States.

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    Cases in Brief: Powell v. Alabama with Dehlia Umunna

    April 5, 2022

    In the first of the series, “Cases in Brief,” Harvard Law Professor Dehlia Umunna discusses the infamous “Scottsboro Boys” case, Powell v. Alabama (1932), in which the U.S. Supreme Court ruled for the first time that defendants in capital cases have the right to adequate legal counsel.

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    Digital Treasury accounts would expand banking access for financially vulnerable

    March 30, 2022

    In recent paper, Howell Jackson and Timothy Massad propose that the U.S. Treasury Department implement a new mechanism to improve financial services for financially vulnerable households and expedite delivery of government benefits.

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    ‘Lawyering and justice in a world that we know is riven by injustice’

    March 22, 2022

    “This is a unique moment, particularly to be a Black law student,” Harvard Law School Professor David B. Wilkins ’80, told an audience of students during a talk titled Black Lawyers Matter — Race, Obligation, and Professionalism from the Civil Rights Movement to BLM and Black Corporate Power.

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    ‘There was no promise not to enlarge NATO’

    March 16, 2022

    Robert Zoellick, the U.S. diplomat who helped negotiate the end of the Cold War, says Vladimir Putin’s claims about Ukraine are part of a disinformation campaign.

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    Algorithm nation

    March 14, 2022

    A Harvard Law School reading group debates how the law should manage self-driving cars, A.I.-generated art, and other algorithmic technology.

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    Focus on Ukraine

    March 2, 2022

    As the war in Ukraine intensifies, Harvard Law Today turns to faculty, alums, and experts on international law and negotiation for perspectives on the global response to the Russian invasion, and what the future holds for this sovereign nation under threat.

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    President Biden nominates Ketanji Brown Jackson ’96 for Supreme Court

    February 25, 2022

    Ketanji Brown Jackson ’96 was nominated to the U.S. Supreme Court by President Biden. If confirmed, Jackson would be the first Black woman to serve on the nation’s highest court.

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    Preserve, Protect, and Defend

    February 8, 2022

    In his new book, Noah Feldman offers a fresh perspective on the decisions Abraham Lincoln made regarding the U.S. Constitution — many of which he describes as legally indefensible.

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    Faith in the Law

    January 31, 2022

    Four distinct programs pursue research and address current topics linked to the intersection of religion and law

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    Breyer retires

    January 28, 2022

    Harvard Law Today offers a look back at Justice Stephen Breyer's career and his legacy, and his lifelong connection to Harvard Law School.

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    Building for the Future

    January 25, 2022

    With a focus on fostering collaboration and community, the modernist building has been transformed into a 21st-century work environment

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    Weighing President Biden’s first year

    January 18, 2022

    In this series, Harvard Law experts turn a critical eye to the Biden administration’s efforts on health care, the economy, criminal justice reform, and other areas important to Americans — and share their thoughts on its agenda for the future.

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    Rescuing MLK and his Children’s Crusade

    January 14, 2022

    In “Civil Rights Queen: Constance Baker Motley and the Struggle for Equality,” Harvard Law Professor Tomiko Brown-Nagin traces the tactics of the groundbreaking lawyer amid pivotal protests.

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    Supreme Court preview: Garland v. Gonzalez

    January 4, 2022

    Two Harvard Law School scholars explain why the Garland v. Gonzalez case could have broader implications for immigrants and advocates.

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    January 6, 2021: Harvard Law experts reflect a year later

    January 4, 2022

    Harvard Law Today asked experts from across Harvard Law School to share their perspectives on January 6, 2021, the events that have unfolded since, and the implications for American democracy going forward.

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    December 17, 2021

    Take a virtual seat by the WCC fireplace and get cozy this holiday season. Happy Holidays and warm wishes from Harvard Law!…

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    Supreme Court preview: Carson v. Makin

    November 29, 2021

    Professor Emeritus Mark Tushnet explains how the Supreme Court’s decision in Carson v. Makin could impact funding for religious schools.

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    Giving thanks

    November 23, 2021

    As we head into the Thanksgiving holiday break, members of the Harvard Law School community share what they're grateful for this year.

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    The point is moot

    November 18, 2021

    On November 16, the Harvard Law School Ames Moot Court Competition returned to the Ames Courtroom, as two teams of students squared off on the subject of personal jurisdiction.

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    In their honor

    November 10, 2021

    To mark Veterans Day, Harvard Law Today highlights a few of the profiles and stories that illustrate the profound commitment of those in the HLS community to service and the law.

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    November 5, 2021

    Harvard Law students who have served in the various branches of the Armed Forces represent a diverse range of backgrounds and experience, but all share a profound dedication to serving the nation.

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    October 27, 2021

    On October 22, Harvard Law School dedicated the decanal portrait of Martha Minow, the 300th Anniversary University Professor.

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    Supreme Court preview: New York Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen

    October 22, 2021

    Harvard Law Professor Emeritus Mark Tushnet explains SCOTUS’s upcoming gun control case, New York Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen.

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    Supreme Court preview: Ramirez v. Collier

    October 20, 2021

    Josh McDaniel, director of Harvard’s Religious Freedom Clinic, explains the Supreme Court's upcoming Free Exercise case — and how his clinic is involved.

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    October 15, 2021

    According to Emily Broad Leib, founder and director of Harvard Law School’s Food Law and Policy Clinic (FLPC), inconsistent labeling is just one of many ways the United States spurns simple rules that can greatly reduce food waste.

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    Is it time to swipe left on social media?

    October 12, 2021

    Leaked revelations about Instagram’s impact on teens have united Republicans and Democrats in considering legal reforms, say Harvard Law School scholars.

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    ‘A huge crisis that we’ve never experienced before’

    October 7, 2021

    Harvard Law Today recently spoke with Harvard Law School Professor Howell E. Jackson about what could happen if the United States defaulted on its debts for the first time in history.

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    ‘It’s good to be back’

    September 28, 2021

    Harvard Law School employees share what they're looking forward to back on campus.

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    Electric slide

    September 21, 2021

    Helping key players across Massachusetts — including the City of Boston and environmental nonprofits — reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050 is a focus for the Emmett Environmental Law & Policy Clinic at Harvard Law School.

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    ‘Our original Constitution was both brilliant and highly flawed’

    September 15, 2021

    Harvard Law Professor Alan Jenkins discusses the U.S. Constitution and its treatment of race, how to guarantee fundamental rights, and why lawyers should be better communicators.

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    Twenty years after 9/11, leaders in the nation’s response reflect

    September 9, 2021

    On the 20th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, Harvard Law Today asked five Harvard Law School alumni and a former adjunct professor, all of whom had prominent roles in counterterrorism and other national policies during and after 9/11, to share their reflections about the events of that day.

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    Tips for law school success

    August 31, 2021

    Harvard Law School faculty and staff share what they wished they’d known about doing well and staying well in law school — useful whether you’re a first-year student just beginning your journey, an LL.M., S.J.D., or a 3L preparing to make your mark on the world.

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    ‘Truth, law, and justice are so important to Harvard Law School’s mission’

    August 23, 2021

    Annette Gordon-Reed ’84 discusses how the Shield Working Group approached its task, what she and other members learned from extensive focus groups about HLS’ distinguishing features, and how the new shield reflects the mission, values, and diversity of Harvard Law School.

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    The battle for the ballot box

    August 19, 2021

    “We were prepared for everything with regard to this last election cycle, except for the levels to which people would stoop to try to stop democracy and deny the voice of the people,” says Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson ’04.

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    The Influence of Critical Legal Studies

    August 11, 2021

    By the time Jeannie Suk Gersen ’02 was a first-year law student at HLS, the Critical Legal Studies movement had been pronounced dead. And yet “every corner you turned and every closet you opened at the law school, there it would be, in some sort of zombie or ghost-like form,” she recalls.

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    Harvard Law School experts testify before the Presidential Commission on SCOTUS

    August 9, 2021

    As part of ongoing analysis, the 36-member Presidential Commission on the Supreme Court of the United States, 16 of whom are Harvard Law School faculty or alumni, recently solicited testimony from scholars across the political spectrum to weigh in on Court reform.

  • Polyamory and the law

    August 3, 2021

    Harvard Law Lecturer on Law Alexander Chen '15, founding director of the LGBTQ+ Advocacy Clinic at HLS, is working with students in the recently-formed Polyamory Legal Advocacy Coalition to offer legal protections for people in polyamorous relationships.

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    Vice Age

    July 28, 2021

    “Anna Lvovsky chronicles the policing of gay life in the mid-20th century.

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    Katherine Tai represents

    July 23, 2021

    In her new role as U.S. trade representative, Tai ’01 brings legal expertise, political savvy, and a deep commitment to American workers.

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    July 14, 2021

    Retiring faculty Betsy Bartholet and Jerry Frug are celebrated by former students.

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    Oh, what a tangled web we weave

    July 7, 2021

    Deception spreads faster than truth on social media. Who — if anyone — should stop it?