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    ‘He showed me what it meant to lead with love’

    December 14, 2022

    Harvard Law Clinical Professor Robert Greenwald retires after a long career securing health care access for vulnerable populations.

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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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    HLS Authors: Selected Alumni Books Winter 2022

    January 31, 2022

    When Tibor Várady began looking through more than 100 years of files of his family’s law firm in a Serbian city in Eastern Europe, he found not only client information. He uncovered a history of the people of the region during world wars and under control of multiple states.

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    Reassessing Psychedelics

    January 31, 2022

    A new Harvard Law initiative examines the legal and ethical aspects of therapeutic psychedelics

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    Faculty Books in Brief: Winter 2022

    January 31, 2022

    A wide range of books by faculty, from a collection of essays on the ethics of consumer genetic testing to a look at the fate of constitutional institutions in populist regimes to a delightful children's book by a legal philosopher

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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: Health care and the pandemic

    January 7, 2022

    Glenn Cohen and Carmel Shachar reflect on the administration’s successes, failures, and agenda for the future.

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    The obstacles to decriminalizing psychedelic drugs are political, not legal, say experts

    October 13, 2021

    The new Project on Psychedelics Law and Regulation (POPLAR) at Harvard Law School recently convened a conference on the future of psychedelics law and regulation.

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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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    Investigating mask mandate bans

    September 13, 2021

    Michael Ashley Stein ’88, executive director of the Harvard Law School Project on Disability, says the Department of Education should go beyond the Americans with Disabilities Act in investigating state bans against mandating face coverings in schools.

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    Does Texas’ abortion law presage the end of Roe v. Wade?

    September 9, 2021

    Harvard Law School’s Shayna Medley explains Texas’s anti-abortion law, why she believes it violates Roe, and what she thinks it could signal for the future of reproductive rights.

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    A special responsibility

    September 9, 2021

    As special master of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund, or VCF, Rupa Bhattacharyya ’95 is working to ensure that fair compensation goes to the victims of the attacks.

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    Free Britney?

    August 13, 2021

    Lecturer on Law James Toomey ’19, on how conservatorships work and what rights are afforded to those who — like Britney Spears — wish to extricate themselves from their constraints.

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    A Q&A with Mason Marks on new psychedelics law and regulation initiative

    July 7, 2021

    Mason Marks, POPLAR project lead and Petrie-Flom senior fellow, explains how the initiative will fill a gap in research on the ethical, legal, and social implications of psychedelics law and policy, and previews some of the initiative’s topics of inquiry.

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    ‘We have the common ground of all getting through this together’

    May 18, 2021

    Health law has become especially timely in this year of COVID-19 vaccines and revitalized Obamacare. But for graduating student Phebe Hong ’21, it’s a passion that began in high school.

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    A brilliant second act

    May 11, 2021

    Zachary Weinstein ’21 didn’t always want to be a lawyer. In fact, for most of his life, he was more likely to be found in front of a camera than in front of a judge.

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    Harvard Law School’s 2021 Last Lecture Series

    May 5, 2021

    The Last Lecture Series at Harvard Law School, sponsored annually by the 3L and LL.M. class marshals, is an HLS tradition in which selected faculty members impart insight, advice, and final words of wisdom to the graduating class.

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    Evaluating President Biden’s first 100 days: Children and families

    April 30, 2021

    In evaluating President Biden's first 100 days, Harvard Law Professor Elizabeth Bartholet says the president has been a champion for children and families, but she hopes he will also reform the current homeschooling regime .