Professor Fried: The case for surveillance

Professor Charles Fried writes: I am convinced of the urgent necessity of such a surveillance program. I suppose but do not know — the revelations have been understandably and deliberately vague — that included in what is done is a constant computerized scan of all international electronic communications.

Op-ed by Professor Fried: What Miers must show

Professor Charles Fried writes: What is indispensable is that [Miers] be able to think lucidly and deeply about legal questions and express her thoughts in clear, pointed, understandable prose. A justice without those capabilities — however generally intelligent, decent, and hardworking — risks being a calamity for the court, the law, and the country.

Fried to testify in Roberts hearings

Today, Harvard Law Professor Charles Fried will appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee to testify in support of chief justice nominee John Roberts, a member of the class of ’79, regarding Roberts’ qualifications for the position. In his service as the chair of the practitioners’ reading committee, Fried examined Roberts’ previous decisions to evaluate Roberts for the Standing Committee on the Judiciary of the American Bar Association.

Hearsay: Short takes from faculty op-eds Summer 2005

“Excessive pay isn’t the only cost of flawed compensation arrangements. Executives’ influence over their boards has produced pay arrangements that dilute and sometimes pervert incentives. Though the need to provide executives with adequate incentives is often given as the reason for the escalation of pay levels during the past decade, pay is much less linked […]

Professor Fried on ‘Demagoguing the filibuster debate’

The following op-ed by Professor Charles Fried appeared in The Boston Globe on Thursday, May 19, 2005: The Republican leadership may change Senate procedures so that a minority of 41 of the 100 senators could no longer permanently block a floor vote for judicial nominees. This is really a political, not a constitutional fight, and in figuring which side to support, the public should at least not be confused by bogus claims of constitutional principle.

On the Bookshelves Spring 2004

Professor Alan Dershowitz reveals how notable trials throughout history have helped shape the nation in “America on Trial: The Cases That Define Our History” (Warner Books, May 2004).

Faculty Examine Supreme Court

Three days after the U.S. Supreme Court kicked off its 2003-2004 term, HLS faculty members evaluated the Court’s recent decisions and forecast its upcoming cases.

Q & A: Fried on Senators, Judges and the Court

Professor Charles Fried, a former U.S. solicitor general and justice on the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court discusses judicial confirmation battles and his recent cases before the Supreme Court. Fried’s book, “Saying What the Law Is: The Constitution in the Supreme Court,” will be published in February.