The Harvard Law Review has announced the launch of the Harvard Law Review Blog, a new platform for timely discussion of current legal issues. The Blog will connect readers to today’s leading legal scholars and practitioners, providing regular expert analysis of recent legislation, the latest legal theories, and pending cases across the country. By providing shorter and faster-paced legal commentary, the Blog aims to complement the long-form, in-depth analysis that has filled the Harvard Law Review’s pages for over a century.

“The Law Review has worked for 130 years to facilitate the exploration of the most challenging legal questions of the day,” said ImeIme Umana, President, Harvard Law Review. “Whether we are talking about privacy law, the Second Amendment, federalism, or sentencing reform, these are issues that demand critical discussion.  The Blog allows us to contribute to that discussion in a different way—with more frequent and timely content.”

Continuing the Law Review’s tradition as a generalist publication, the Harvard Law Review Blog will cover a variety of topics. In the Blog’s first month, readers will be able to find commentary on tax reform, immigration, sentencing policy, national security, administrative law, constitutional law, and education. While the range of topics is broad, each of them raises questions that could impact the legal profession, transform the law, and alter the day-to-day lives of individuals in the United States and around the world.

“We know that years of research and debate both precede and follow every print article that we publish,” said Kathleen Shelton, Blog Chair, Harvard Law Review.  “The Blog is an opportunity for us to bring more of this process to the public. We believe the Blog will allow authors to test out innovative ideas, reexamine old legal theories in contemporary contexts, and raise new questions.”

Authors will include professors, practitioners, and judges. Over the first few weeks of publication, the Blog will feature:

  • Honorable Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye, Chief Justice of California
  • Michael Chertoff, Founder and Chairman, The Chertoff Group; Senior Of Counsel, Covington & Burling LLP; Former Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security
  • Ingrid Eagly, Professor of Law, UCLA School of Law
  • Jack Goldsmith, Henry L. Shattuck Professor, Harvard Law School; Co-Founder, Lawfare
  • Lisa Graybill, Deputy Legal Director, Criminal Justice Reform, Southern Poverty Law Center
  • Eric H. Holder, Jr., 82nd Attorney General of the United States and Chair of the National Democratic Redistricting Committee
  • Sherrilyn A. Ifill, President & Director-Counsel, NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc.
  • Martha Minow, Carter Professor of General Jurisprudence, Harvard Law School
  • Ilya Shapiro, Senior Fellow in Constitutional Studies, Editor-in-Chief of the Cato Supreme Court Review, Cato Institute
  • Cass Sunstein, Robert Walmsley University Professor, Harvard Law School
  • Benjamin Wittes, Editor in Chief, Lawfare; Senior Fellow in Governance Studies, Brookings Institution

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