• Losing Faith in Religious Arbitration

    Amicus, First Amendment November 21, 2015 at 8:39 pm 0 comments

    It is no secret the Supreme Court of the United States is both generally hostile to class action lawsuits and gives great deference to arbitration clauses. The use of arbitration clauses is becoming so ubiquitous that the public is beginning to take notice. The New York Times has recently published […]

  • The Battle For the Soul of Campus

    Amicus, Education, First Amendment, Race November 13, 2015 at 9:33 pm 0 comments

      What do the protests at Missouri and elsewhere have to say about the fight over future of the university experience?   Recently, the University of Missouri erupted in protests calling for the resignation of President Tim Wolfe and Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin. The campus erupted in celebration as Wolfe […]

  • When Housing Covenants Go Too Far

    Amicus, Issue Areas October 29, 2015 at 8:16 pm 0 comments

    Could a co-op require homeowners to consist primarily “of German extraction?” While this question may sound like a case straight out of the Civil Rights era, a homeowner in Yaphank, New York filed a lawsuit last week challenging a co-op bylaw that contained such a provision. Yaphank, a bucolic hamlet […]

  • Student Loan Crisis: Loan Servicers and Deeper Systemic Issues

    Popular news sites regularly post articles about the “student loan bubble” or “student loan crisis” with varying degrees of alarm at the problem and differing perspectives on the causes and solutions. Recent governmental reports from the U.S. Government Accountability Office and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau provide some excellent hard […]

  • A Gift from My Parents

    Amicus, Race, Race and Immigration October 8, 2015 at 10:02 am 0 comments

    I had the talk with my parents when I started high school. No, not that talk you are thinking of right now. They wanted to talk about institutional racism in America. Specifically, they thought it was imperative for me to understand the bias against Asian applicants during the college application […]

  • Upholding the Foundation of the Fair Housing Act

    Amicus, Courts, Poverty and Economic Justice, Race April 21, 2015 at 10:10 pm 0 comments

    At the height of the Great Society in 1968, Congress passed the Fair Housing Act (“FHA”), a piece of legislation aimed at ending housing discrimination. For the past thirty-seven years, every federal appellate court has interpreted discrimination under the FHA as providing both for claims of intentional discrimination and disparate […]

  • A Vicious Cycle: The System Behind Police Brutality

    Amicus, Criminal Justice, Race December 7, 2014 at 4:01 pm 0 comments

    Like many others, I have been moved to write about the recent police killings of Eric Garner and Michael Brown. The reaction to these events has been well covered on Amicus and I urge the reader to look to other sources for a more comprehensive conception of the many factors that […]

  • On Ferguson

    Amicus, Criminal Justice November 26, 2014 at 12:11 pm 0 comments

      Since early August, the country’s eyes have been fixed on a small St. Louis suburb.   If you’re reading this, you likely know the story, but here are the events (and where witness accounts differ):   Michael Brown steals some cigarillos from a corner store with his friend Dorian […]

  • Nov. 24: Weekly News Roundup

    Students Sue the Harvard Corporation to Compel Divestment from Fossil Fuels After two years of urging Harvard to publicly discuss divestment from fossil fuels, a group of Harvard students has sued the Harvard Corporation, “alleging that the threat of global warming is so serious and so immediate that Harvard’s investments in […]

  • Ames 2014: A Recap

    Amicus November 20, 2014 at 4:32 pm 0 comments

    This past Tuesday, November 18, one of Harvard Law School’s greatest traditions held its biggest event of the year: The Ames Moot Court Competition Final Round.  The competition featured two strong teams and three esteemed judges–Justice Scalia, Judge Jordan of the 11th Circuit, and Judge Millett of the D.C. Circuit.  […]