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HLS faculty weigh in on recent legal news

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

US has yet to overcome its tortured racial past (registration required)

An op-ed by Annette Gordon-Reed. For a founding father who usually took a sunny view of his nation’s prospects, it was a darkly pessimistic prophesy. In his Notes on the State of Virginia, Thomas Jefferson argued that if – as he hoped – America’s black slaves were one day set free, the result would be conflict and an inevitable descent into racial war. And in the hours after Governor Jay Nixon imposed a night-time curfew on the Missouri town of Ferguson following the killing there of an unarmed teenager by a police officer earlier this month, it is indeed reasonable to wonder whether a form of war (sometimes hot, sometimes cold) has been waged against blacks in America from Jefferson’s time until our own.Continue Reading at Financial Times »

James Brady’s Death Isn’t a Murder 33 Years Later

An op-ed by Noah Feldman. The government would have to overcome major legal hurdles to charge John Hinckley Jr. in the murder of James Brady some 30 years after the fact. But if that were the morally right thing to do, it would be worth trying, despite the improbability of success. Is it? The answer is no — but not for the reasons you might think. It doesn’t have to do with Hinckley’s guilt or Brady’s heroism or Ronald Reagan’s presidential status. The reason not to prosecute Hinckley lies in the kind of criminal justice system we want to have: one that doesn’t seek solely to punish the guilty, but rather to punish the guilty subject to the requirements of basic fairness.Continue Reading at Bloomberg View »

How Maine Saved the Internet

An op-ed by Susan Crawford. Rockport, Maine, population 3,321, is trying to solve the existential dilemma of small-town America: How do you get people like Meg Weston’s students to stick around?…The town’s Internet access connection didn’t have enough room to handle the school’s demands, and private companies would charge too much to be a realistic option. That is, until this week, when Rockport opened its own gigabit-scale municipal fiber optic network — meaning it can transmit a thousand megabits of data a second.Continue Reading at Bloomberg View »

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    UCLA, Harvard Law Schools launch joint annual conference on food law and policy

    UCLA School of Law and Harvard Law School have announced the inauguration of the UCLA-Harvard Food Law and Policy Conference, a joint annual conference that will focus on issues in the food system from a legal perspective. The conference will alternate each year between Los Angeles and Cambridge. The conference is intended to provide a […]Continue Reading »

  • Margaret H. Marshall to receive 2014 Thurgood Marshall Award

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    Margaret H. Marshall, Harvard Law School senior research fellow and lecturer on law, will receive the American Bar Association’s 2014 Thurgood Marshall Award. A retired chief justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, Marshall is being recognized for her long-term contributions to advancing civil rights, civil liberties and human rights in the United States.Continue Reading »

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    Tribe, Gertner, alumni recognized by the ABA

    Harvard Law Professor Laurence Tribe and HLS alumni Edward M. Ginsburg ’58 and Alan Howard ’87 were honored by the American Bar Association during the association’s annual meeting in Boston in August.Continue Reading »

  • Wilkins receives two academic awards in Spain in July

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    Professor David Wilkins was honored twice in July by academic societies in Spain. Wilkins is the Lester Kissel Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, as well as the director of the Program on the Legal Profession and Vice Dean for Global Initiatives on the Legal Profession.Continue Reading »

  • Andrew Crespo ’08 to join Harvard Law School Faculty

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    Andrew Manuel Crespo ’08, an expert in criminal law and criminal justice, will join the faculty of Harvard Law School in 2015 as an Assistant Professor of Law.Continue Reading »

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    Harvard Law School Staff Thinks Big

    On July 23, four Harvard Law School staff shared their ideas on how to build a better community as part of Harvard Law School’s “Staff Thinks Big.” The event was part of Harvard Law School’s “Thinks Big” series, inspired by the global TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) talks and modeled after the university’s “Harvard Thinks […]Continue Reading »

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    Ninth Circuit judge recounts landmark case at HIRC 30th anniversary

    On June 17, about 200 Harvard Law School alumni and students gathered to mark the 30th anniversary of the Harvard Immigration & Refugee Clinical Program (HIRC). It was a celebration of “30 Years of Social Change Lawyering,” and it brought together advocates from around the country and the world. Continue Reading »

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    Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program attains major First Circuit victory involving persecution in Guatemala

    In a landmark immigration decision involving a claim of eligibility for asylum, the First Circuit Court of Appeals has issued an opinion finding past persecution in the case of a Mayan man, based on the long history of genocide in Guatemala and related racist mistreatment. The client in the case, Manuel Ordonez-Quino, was represented by Harvard Law School Senior Clinical Instructors John Willshire Carrera and Nancy Kelly, co-managing directors of the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinic at Greater Boston Legal Services.Continue Reading »

  • Emerging mobile health technologies need FDA oversight

    Glenn Cohen Preferred Faculty Photo, as of 3/5/14

    Smart phones and other mobile devices have the potential to transform healthcare, improving medical outcomes, reducing errors, and broadening access to healthcare. The Food and Drug Administration must continue to have jurisdiction over these “mobile health” or “mHealth” innovations to address emerging risks, according to I. Glenn Cohen, Nathan G. Cortez, and Aaron S. Kesselheim, […]Continue Reading »

  • Desai testifies on tax inversion

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    On July 22, Harvard Law School Professor Mihir A. Desai, a scholar of tax policy, international finance and corporate finance, participated in a Senate Finance Committee hearing titled “The U.S. Tax Code: Love It, Leave It, or Reform It.”Continue Reading »