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Election Law

  • 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.

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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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    Weighing President Biden’s first year: Voting and elections

    January 11, 2022

    Harvard Law School election law expert Ruth Greenwood applauds the Biden administration’s support for new voting legislation, but says the filibuster remains an obstacle to finishing the job.

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    In Memoriam: Lani Guinier 1950 – 2022

    January 7, 2022

    Lani Guinier, the first African-American woman to be tenured at Harvard Law School and an influential scholar who devoted her life to justice, equality, empowerment, and democracy, died Jan. 7.

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    On the bookshelf

    November 30, 2021

    Here are some of the latest from HLS authors to add to your reading list over the holiday break.

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    The Tortys return

    November 24, 2021

    Oscars-style event back in person for its fifth year, celebrating student short films on tort law and justice.

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    ‘The algorithm has primacy over media … over each of us, and it controls what we do’

    November 18, 2021

    Social media’s business model of personalized virality is incompatible with democracy, agreed experts at a recent Harvard Law School discussion on the state of democracy.

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    Is democracy in peril?

    September 23, 2021

    The state of American democracy will be examined in a lecture series, "Democracy," which had its first session this week and will continue through the fall and spring.

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    Faculty on the move

    September 1, 2021

    With the start of the academic year, a look at nine faculty who have joined Harvard Law School, been promoted, or taken on new roles in 2021.

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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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    Training a new generation of election law lawyers

    April 7, 2021

    Harvard Law Today spoke with Ruth Greenwood about the new Election Law Clinic and why she thinks it is important to train a new generation of lawyers to practice in this burgeoning field.

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    Election Law Clinic launches at Harvard Law School

    April 7, 2021

    Harvard Law School has announced the launch the new Election Law Clinic, which will give students the opportunity to work on a broad range of cutting-edge issues in areas such as redistricting, voting rights, campaign finance, and party regulation.

  • Martha Minow and Emily Broad Leib

    COVID and the law: What have we learned?

    March 17, 2021

    The effect of COVID-19 on the law has been transformative and wide-ranging, but as a Harvard Law School panel pointed out on the one-year anniversary of campus shutdown, the changes haven’t all been for the worse.

  • Jamie Raskin wearing a black mask hold his hand over his heart

    ‘A sense of duty and honor’

    March 17, 2021

    In a Q&A with Harvard Law Today, Congressman Jamie Raskin ’87, who served as lead House impeachment manager, reflects on a time of trauma and hope.

  • Capitol losses

    February 2, 2021

    A virtual gathering titled “The Events of January 6 and the Future of American Democracy” featured HLS Professor Richard Fallon and other Harvard experts assessing the damage done by the Jan. 6 riots at the U.S. Capitol.

  • Black and white illustration of men in battle in New Orleans, 1874. Man on horse in center, overlooking men fighting in the street, buildings and smokestacks in the background.

    ‘A grim form of political theater’

    January 8, 2021

    Harvard Law Visiting Professor Sanford Levinson puts the storming of the Capitol in historical perspective.

  • Rioters attempt to enter the U.S. Capitol at the House steps during a joint session of Congress

    Did implicit bias lead to breach of U.S. Capitol?

    January 8, 2021

    Harvard Law School’s James Tierney says police would have treated Black Lives Matter protesters differently.

  • Guy-Uriel Charles

    Constitutional scholar Guy-Uriel Charles, a leading expert on race, politics and election law, to join HLS

    January 7, 2021

    Guy-Uriel Charles will join the Harvard Law faculty as the inaugural Charles J. Ogletree, Jr. Professor of Law, effective July 1. He will also serve as faculty director of HLS’s Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice.