The Root of It All: Fighting money’s power to corrupt government with a super PAC designed ‘to end all super PACs’

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In 2011, Lawrence Lessig wrote “Republic, Lost: How Money Corrupts Congress—and a Plan to Stop It,” a book arguing that the ever-present need to fund political campaigns serves well-heeled funders and not the public interest. Now the Harvard Law professor and director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University has become an activist. And he is taking on the system he critiqued with a bold effort to appropriate what he sees as one of its corrupting forces.

Eric Lesser wins primary race

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Last spring, Eric Lesser took a leave from his Harvard Law School studies to run for a seat in the Massachusetts Senate. In September, he won the Democratic primary and will move on to the November election in his bid to represent First Hampden and Hampshire District.

Court sense: Kagan provides peek into Supreme Court’s everyday workings (video)

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In an entertaining talk in HLS’s Wasserstein Hall with Dean Martha Minow on Wednesday, Associate Justice Elena Kagan ’86 displayed her trademark wit and wisdom, honed during her years as a Harvard Law School student, professor, and dean, her work with the Clinton administration, and her stint as solicitor general.

Governor Patrick signs Safe and Supportive Schools into law

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For the past year, Harvard Law students in the Education Law Clinic have travelled back and forth to the Massachusetts State House to lobby state legislators to pass an Act Relative to Safe and Supportive Schools. On August 13, all that work paid off, when Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick signed the Safe and Supportive Schools provisions into law.

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.