Areas of Interest
‘American democracy is more under threat now than it has been in the lifetime of anyone currently alive’
April 3, 2023
In his last lecture to the J.D. and LL.M. classes of 2023, Michael Klarman celebrates civil rights heroes and issues a clarion call for democratic engagement.
‘They see the Court in a different light’
March 21, 2023
A Harvard Law panel on "Teaching the Roberts Court," moderated by Professor Jeannie Suk Gersen, examined the ways today’s Court shapes legal pedagogy.
Unions’ extension into politics was necessary — and contributed to their decline, says Harvard Law expert
March 16, 2023
As the inaugural Fred N. Fishman Professor of Constitutional Law, Laura Weinrib described the arc of union power in the 20th century and its relationship to political spending.
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.
Experts on law and policy say the originalist view used to overturn Roe v. Wade could upend a 1976 ruling based on the cruel and unusual punishment clause.
Textualism is ‘missing something’
March 1, 2023
At Harvard Law’s Scalia Lecture, William Baude argues that in some cases, textualists must consider unwritten law to arrive at the correct interpretation.
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
The End of the Death Penalty?
February 14, 2023
‘Unintended consequences’ and the legacy of of the 1972 Supreme Court case Furman v. Georgia
Supreme Court considers how far Section 230 should go in shielding Google, Twitter and other tech companies
February 13, 2023
Harvard Law’s John Palfrey says that lawsuits against Google and Twitter might be among ‘the most consequential Supreme Court cases related to the internet in the technology’s history.’
Daphna Renan says we should ‘give the Supreme Court a little less control’ over the Constitution
February 10, 2023
On the occasion of her appointment as the Peter B. Monroe and Mary J. Monroe Professor of Law, Daphna Renan puts forth an argument for 'a more political constitutionalism.'
Lessons of Roe, 50 years later
February 2, 2023
Speakers at a Radcliffe Institute conference look at the divisive, fraught history of Roe v. Wade and predict where legal battles will go next.
On the bookshelf
December 13, 2022
This fall, Harvard Law School showcased the works of faculty, alums, and students at book events throughout the semester.
Sullivan, Criminal Justice Institute part of suit against Florida’s migrant relocation program
December 9, 2022
A lawsuit joined by Ronald Sullivan Jr. and Harvard Law School's Criminal Justice Institute alleges that a plan by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis to move asylum seekers to Massachusetts violated the Constitution.
Laurence Tribe reflects on Larkin v. Grendel’s Den, 40 years later
December 7, 2022
In this installment of "Cases in Brief," Laurence Tribe reflects on the landmark decision involving a popular Harvard Square bar denied a liquor license by the church next door.
Amendments should start with states
December 6, 2022
Stephen Sachs, the Antonin Scalia Professor of Law, outlines a way to smooth the Constitutional amendment process without softening it.
Change the Senate
November 29, 2022
Constitutional law expert Vicki Jackson argues that the disproportionate voting power of smaller states in the U.S. Senate creates a ‘significant democratic deficit.’
Former Canadian Supreme Court Justice Rosalie Abella on how the US approach differs — and why justice matters
November 28, 2022
Rosalie Abella, former Canadian Supreme Court justice and Harvard’s Pisar Visiting Professor of Law, believes that ‘it’s the majesty of justice’ that is ‘the law’s purpose.’
Enshrine an affirmative right to vote
November 21, 2022
Tomiko Brown-Nagin argues that a Constitutional amendment enshrining the right to vote would demonstrate ‘absolute commitment’ to full participation in U.S. democracy.