Tushnet analyzes Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby ruling

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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.

Thomas J. Brennan ’01 to join Harvard Law faculty

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Thomas J. Brennan ’01, a scholar specializing in tax and finance, will join the Harvard Law School faculty in July 2015 as a professor of law. Since 2008, Brennan has been on the faculty of Northwestern University School of Law. He has also been a professor of finance (by courtesy) at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School […]

Harvard Gazette: Old Harvard, old France, old crime

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  Exhibit spanning centuries of law combines detailed scholarship with a touch of scandal The Harvard Law School Library is a launching point for well-trained modern lawyers, but it is also a time machine. Scholars or the merely curious are free to climb into the library’s Historical and Special Collections, which house tens of thousands […]

‘Choosing not to choose’: improving healthcare law by acknowledging how people behave (video)

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Cass Sunstein opened the 2014 Behavioral Economics, Law, and Health Policy Conference with a keynote address called “Choosing Not to Choose.” His talk set the tone for the two-day conference organized by The Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School, which drew nearly 200 lawyers, public health professionals, economists, and health policy analysts to the campus from May 2-3.

First Public Service Venture Fund ‘Seed Grant’ recipients challenge debtors’ prison in Alabama

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  Until last month, scores of destitute people—virtually all of them African Americans— languished in the city jail of Montgomery, Ala., for unpaid traffic tickets they couldn’t pay off, sentenced to one day in jail for every $50 they owed. They could earn another $25 credit daily by providing free labor, scrubbing blood and feces […]

‘Food is Medicine’: Health reform should support nutritional counseling, medical meals, says HLS report

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The Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation (CHLPI) of Harvard Law School released the report “Food is Medicine: Opportunities in Public and Private Health Care for Supporting Nutritional Counseling and Medically Tailored, Home-Delivered Meals.”The report, funded in part by the M•A•C AIDS Fund, examines ways in which public and private health care programs like […]

‘Justice for all the Earth’

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A group of 29 foreign military lawyers, representing 21 countries, and enrolled in the Defense Institute for International Legal Studies (DIILS) (a program run by the program run by the U.S. Department of Defense), toured Harvard Law School on June 7 at the invitation of John Fitzpatrick ’87, a supervising attorney and senior clinical instructor at the Harvard Prison Legal Assistance Project.