To Better Understand Elizabeth Warren, Try Reading Her Husband

… Still, the relative invisibility of Warren’s husband — the Harvard Law professor Bruce Mann, one of the country’s leading legal historians — is not merely a matter of what the public and the press choose to see. During her political career, Warren — who rose to national prominence while also a law professor at Harvard, particularly of bankruptcy law — has tended to cast Mann in a specific sort of role, one in which he is very supportive but rarely visible. … Far from being “just” Warren’s husband, or even “just” her fellow-Harvard-Law-professor husband, Mann is a scholar whose work explores the same set of issues at the center of Warren’s work both in academia and in politics. Indeed, Mann’s work helps to deepen the urgency of Warren’s, connecting the difficulty of the present moment with historical strands that go back to colonial America, and to the foundations of human nature.

Nearly 900 student-loan borrowers demand justice — ‘I don’t feel like I should pay for an education I never received’

After years working in “dead-end” jobs, Morgan Marler decided to pursue a degree that would help her start a career working with computers. In 2013, Marler enrolled at ITT Technical Institutes feeling convinced they’d help her land a job once she graduated. … Marler graduated from the school in 2016 with an associate’s degree in information technology. But just a few months later, ITT shut down amid claims the school misled students about job placement and graduation rates. … In November 2017, she filed a claim asking the government to wipe away her debt under a law that allows borrowers to have their loans cancelled if they’ve been defrauded by their school. Nearly two years later, still waiting for an answer. … Perhaps most “alarming,” according to Eileen Connor, the director of litigation at the Project on Predatory Student Lending at Harvard Law School, which is representing the borrowers: 96% of these borrowers say they’re lives are worse off now than before they attended a for-profit college. “It’s a wake up call for everyone about how we are managing the federal student-loan program,” Connor said. “It’s not what we like to think and what we tell people about how higher education will make your life better.”

How Should Boston Address Its History Of Slavery?

There’s a new debate emerging over the proposed memorial to slavery at Faneuil Hall. The idea for the memorial emerged as many activists called for Faneuil Hall to be renamed, because of Peter Faneuil’s history as a slave trader. But last week the artist who proposed the memorial — Steve Locke — said he was withdrawing his project. … Guests … David Harris, managing director of the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race & Justice at Harvard Law School.

Stoked Pizza Will Open Its Second Restaurant in Cambridge

… Stoked Pizza Co. will open in a ground-floor space at the newest Harvard Law School building in Cambridge in early 2020, according to a spokesperson. It’s the latest iteration of a concept launched by musician-turned-pizzaiola Scott Riebling and co-founder Toirm Miller back in 2014, when the duo started crisping inventively-topped, Neapolitan-inspired pies inside a (still-roving) food truck equipped with a wood-fired oven.

Column: Trump has turned the Department of Labor into the Department of Employer Rights

No advocates for workers’ rights or labor were especially surprised last week when President Trump nominated Eugene Scalia for secretary of Labor, succeeding the utterly discredited Alex Acosta. Scalia — son of the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia — had made his reputation in Washington as a lawyer for big corporations resisting labor regulations, after all. … As Terri Gerstein, a labor expert at Harvard Law School, observed in March, the Trump proposal would work out to less than $17 an hour — not exactly what most would consider “supervisor” pay — and would be silent on fast-food chains’ habit of suspiciously loading up their restaurant workforces with “general managers, assistant managers, night managers, managers for opening and closing and delivery, all paid a weekly salary.”

N.H. Supreme Court agrees with state’s rejection of Northern Pass transmission line

It looks like Northern Pass is really dead this time: The New Hampshire Supreme Court on Friday upheld the project’s rejection last year by the state Site Evaluation Committee. “We have reviewed the record and conclude that the Subcommittee’s findings are supported by competent evidence and are not erroneous as a matter of law,” Associate Justice Anna Barbara Hantz Marconi wrote in the unanimous decision. The ruling leaves no obvious way forward for the 192-mile transmission line carrying almost a Seabrook Station’s worth of electricity down from Quebec hydropower plants, ending almost a decade of often-contentious debate. … “Really hard to beat the state in court on a siting denial,” wrote Ari Peskoe, director of the Electricity Law Initiative at Harvard Law School, in response to the ruling.

The Problems With Risk Assessment Tools

An op-ed by Chelsea Barabas, Karthik Dinakar and Colin Doyle [staff attorney at Harvard Law School’s Criminal Justice Policy Program]: We can’t end mass incarceration without first changing what happens before trial. On any given day, the United States incarcerates nearly half a million people who have only been accused of a crime and await their day in court. In response, many cities and counties have started to use algorithms that try to predict people’s future criminal behavior, known as actuarial risk assessments. As researchers in the fields of sociology, data science and law, we believe pretrial risk assessment tools are fundamentally flawed. They give judges recommendations that make future violence seem more predictable and more certain than it actually is. In the process, risk assessments may perpetuate the misconceptions and fears that drive mass incarceration.

Conservative Lawyers (Including George Conway) Condemn Trump’s ‘Ignorant Racist Nature’

A group of libertarian and conservative lawyers that formed to counter alleged transgressions of legal norms by the Trump administration issued a statement Monday condemning tweets from the president that urged four minority female Democratic House members to “go back” to their home countries. Trump’s tweets, saying four freshmen members of the U.S. House should “fix” their home countries before criticizing the U.S., deeply angered Democrats but left Republicans largely silent. All four of the lawmakers are U.S. citizens, and three of them were born in the United States…In addition to George Conway, of counsel to Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, other signatories included Harvard Law School professor Charles Fried, a former Reagan administration U.S. solicitor general…

‘It’s all bullsh*t’: Donald Trump’s claim of winning emoluments case mocked by Harvard Law Professor

President Donald Trump this week claimed he won an emoluments case brought against him after a federal appeals court dismissed the lawsuit. A Harvard law professor and constitutional expert says that’s “bullshit.” … Harvard Law professor Laurence Tribe fired back at Trump, noting that the president didn’t win the lawsuit at all. “It’s all bullshit, of course. He didn’t ‘win’,” tweeted Tribe, explaining that the appellate panel had merely ruled that D.C. and Maryland lacked standing to bring the action. “[A]nd he’s still using the Oval Office to rob us blind and fill his coffers with piles of rubles that put him in debt to our adversaries,” Tribe continued.

Labor Board Repeatedly Topples Precedent Without Public Input

The National Labor Relations Board’s ruling last week that made it easier for employers to oust unions marked at least the 10th time during the Trump administration that the NLRB settled case law without giving prior notice or an opportunity for public input, according to a review of decisions. The Republican-controlled NLRB’s ruling also overturned precedent for employers withdrawing recognition of unions in its July 3 decision in Johnson Controls without being asked to do so by the parties in the case. The board has similarly overturned prior decisions on its own initiative in most of those cases in which it didn’t request public briefing. Not providing notice or inviting additional input en route to overruling precedent without being asked feeds criticism that the Trump NLRB is advancing its pro-management agenda more aggressively than past boards pushed their policy priorities…The NLRB has invited briefing in at least four cases since Republicans took control of the board in 2017. The Obama board more frequently sought outside views. It called for public briefing a dozen times from 2014 to 2016, for example. “It’s a norm to allow the public to weigh in for a reason,” said Sharon Block, a former Democratic board member. “It’s a really important part of the process. The current board certainly hasn’t provided a good reason for breaking with that norm.”