Meet the President’s new lawyers—and their new laywers
2008 was a prolific year for HLS scholars. Here is a roundup of this year’s faculty books.
“City Bound: How States Stifle Urban Innovation,” forthcoming from Cornell University Press in December, examines how state laws shackle cities. Barron and Frug look at how state law determines what cities can and cannot do to raise revenue, control land use and improve schools.
On executive power, war and anti-terrorism, scholars have a lot to say–and lawmakers are listening.
The mainstream U.S. media have covered this worldwide uprising; it is, after all, a glimpse into the sentiments of our enemy and its allies. And yet it has refused, with but a few exceptions, to show the cartoons that purportedly caused all the outrage.
With a little help from your friends: Amicus briefs are meant to offer judges some extra information. But is amicus practice getting out of hand?
“People are rightly concerned that [the Supreme Court decision, in Kelo v. City of New London] will give cities license to take private homes just to make wealthy developers even wealthier. But the [Massachusetts] House bill does not respond to that fear. Instead, it identifies certain places–‘a substandard, decadent or blighted open area’–as the only […]
Local governments have long had broad authority to accomplish urban planning through the power of eminent domain–taking land away from private owners for fair market value and converting it to uses that meet public needs.