Fried to testify in Roberts hearings

Charles Fried Preferred Faculty Photo, as of 2/28/14

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

David Barron Preferred Faculty Photo, as of 2/26/14

“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 […]

Assistant Professor Jed Shugerman: Revisiting the Senate’s ‘nuclear’ option


The following op-ed by Assistant Professor Jed Shugerman, Revisiting the Senate’s ‘nuclear’ option, originally appeared in The Boston Globe on September 12, 2005: A second opening on the Supreme Court raises the stakes for the Senate hearings and doubles the chances of the Senate going “nuclear”: The Senate Democrats filibuster, the Republicans vote to change the rules for closing debate, and the Democrats grind the Senate to a halt.

Op-ed by Professor William Stuntz: The Anti-Theorists

William J. Stuntz

George W. Bush has lost his favorite Supreme Court Justice. No, Antonin Scalia has not quietly resigned. (Does Scalia quietly do anything?) And yes, Bush does like to say that Scalia is his favorite Justice. But I have a sneaking suspicion his heart beats faster for William Rehnquist.

Op-ed by Professor Tribe: Gentleman of the Court

The following op-ed by Professor Laurence Tribe, Gentleman of the Court, originally appeared in The New York Times on September 6, 2005: In October 1971, the White House tapped Assistant Attorney General William H. Rehnquist to respond to my critique of someone at the top of its short list for one of the two vacancies created by the nearly simultaneous resignations of two justices.

A Wide-Ranging Curiosity


The evidence suggests that Dershowitz is not overstating the case. “Rights from Wrongs: A Secular Theory of the Origins of Rights” (Basic Books), published in November 2004, was his ninth book since the beginning of 2000–and his 19th since 1982, when Random House published his first popular book about law, “The Best Defense.”