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HLS faculty weigh in on recent legal news

A selection of analyses and opinions from Harvard Law School experts.

The Death Penalty Is Incompatible With Human Dignity

An op-ed by Charles Ogletree. I have wondered countless times over the past 30 years whether I would live to see the end of the death penalty in the United States. I now know that day will come, and I believe that the current Supreme Court will be its architect.Continue Reading at The Washington Post »

Obamacare Has a Scary Day in Court

An op-ed by Noah Feldman. Just when you thought it was safe to get back in the water, the judges in Washington took another big chomp out of the Affordable Care Act. No, not the Supreme Court — this time it was the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. In a 2-1 panel decision on partisan lines, the appeals court ruled that the tax subsidies for insurance coverage purchased from federal exchanges are illegal. The effect of the decision is to drastically undercut Obamacare by enabling all 36 states that don’t have their own exchanges to exempt millions of people from the individual mandate that they buy insurance. Meanwhile, across the Potomac River, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit ruled the opposite way.Continue Reading at Bloomberg »

The Poor Need Ryan’s Regulation Reform

An op-ed by Cass. R. Sunstein. While Representative Paul Ryan’s new anti-poverty plan has provoked significant discussion, little attention has been given to his ideas for regulatory reform. Those ideas deserve separate analysis and also considerable credit. They point in helpful directions, and they suggest the possibility of bipartisan cooperation on some important questions.Continue Reading at Bloomberg »

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Recent Highlights

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    Advocates explore how to build a greater Boston region for all

    Equity advocates from around Greater Boston gathered at Harvard Law School on July 11 for a discussion about the region’s key priorities in promoting opportunity for people of all backgrounds. The event included speeches, panels and the release of the Metropolitan Area Planning Council’s “State of Equity in Metro Boston” Policy Agenda.Continue Reading »

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    Running a Federal Agency: A Conversation with Julius Genachowski and Jonathan Zittrain

    Harvard Law School Professor Jonathan Zittrain ’95 sat down for a conversation with Julius Genachowski ’91, former chairman of the Federal Communications Commission and partner and managing director of The Carlyle Group, in April. In a wide-ranging discussion, Genachowski, who recently served as inaugural holder of the Steven and Maureen Klinsky Professorship of Practice for Leadership […]Continue Reading »

  • Siblings in the Struggle


    Inspired by legendary lawyers, a brother and sister set out to change the world.Continue Reading »

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    Ruling out Risk?

    Banks can no longer make bets with their own money. Some say the reform makes us safer; others say it simply transfers the risk.Continue Reading »

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    Harvard Gazette: Academic boot camp

    Harvard has been entwined with the American military since its start. In 1775, Gen. George Washington quartered the first Continental Army in Harvard Yard. On April 19 that year, British troops retreating from Concord and Lexington killed a graduate of the College, the first to die in combat, near present-day Porter Square. This week, Harvard […]Continue Reading »

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    Pay for Play

    Suddenly, the N.C.A.A. is forced to play defense in more than one court.Continue Reading »

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    New HLS report offers assessment of regional and municipal stormwater management

    In June, Harvard Law School’s Emmett Environmental Law & Policy Clinic and the Environmental Policy Initiative released “Regional and Municipal Stormwater Management: A Comprehensive Approach,” a new report that analyzes options for addressing stormwater pollution at both the regional and municipal level.Continue Reading »

  • A walk-off home run: Lloyd Weinreb retires

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    Lloyd Weinreb ’62 retired as Dane Professor of Law on July 1. Almost no one knew of Lloyd’s impending retirement. He did not tell his students. Nor did he share the news with many colleagues. Characteristically, he wanted no fuss. But Lloyd merits a fuss. Since 1965, he has served as a mainstay of the […]Continue Reading »

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    Tushnet analyzes Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby ruling

    In Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores Inc., the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 decision that closely held, for-profit corporations have a right to exercise the religious beliefs of their owners and therefore cannot be required by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to provide contraception coverage to employees if it conflicts with those views. The Gazette spoke with Harvard Law School Professor Mark Tushnet  about the decision and what it means for future corporate challenges to the Affordable Care Act.Continue Reading »

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    ‘Free’ voter IDs are costly, Harvard Law report finds

    Obtaining a “free” voter identification card can typically cost an individual between $75 and $175. When legal fees are factored in, the cost can increase to over $1,000. These are two of the conclusions drawn from an analysis of actual expenses incurred by individuals who needed to obtain identification cards in three states that had […]Continue Reading »