If you want to confuse a roomful of law students, teach them First Amendment doctrine. Courts have struggled over the years to develop a consistent jurisprudence, instead creating “a vast Sargasso Sea of drifting and entangled values, theories, rules, exceptions, predilections.” Recent events at
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
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
Developments at Spring Valley High School
A federal civil rights investigation has been opened by the Department of Justice following the violent arrest of a student caught on video at Spring Valley High School in Columbia, South Carolina.
Deputy Ben Fields, the officer seen violently pulling the student
There has been considerable coverage on the new Harvard University sexual harassment policy. On Oct. 15, a group of 28 HLS faculty members published this op-ed in the Boston Globe arguing that the new university policy 1) violates principles of Due Process, 2) inappropriately expanded prohibited
Imagine that you are walking on your way to work. As usual, you listen to your iPod as you walk. Unconsciously, you begin to sing along to your favorite song, which just so happens to be Bob Marley’s classic “I Shot the Sheriff.” By the
With the summer drawing to a close and classes now well underway at Harvard, it's time to check in on what's new in the world of civil rights and civil liberties.
Death Penalty Sought in Texas No-Knock Raid Shooting
Prosecutors will seek the death penalty in a
Hope you got the classes and clinics you wanted! In the meantime, several civil rights issues have been hot topics in the news.
Same Sex Marriage and Religious Exemptions – Scotus Blog
Last Monday, the Supreme Court refused to weigh in on the debate on religious exemptions
Civil rights and civil liberties dominated the first week of April:
1. McCutcheon v. FEC
On Wednesday, April 2, the Supreme Court delivered a powerful blow to campaign contribution limits in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission. Chief Justice John Roberts stated that limits on aggregate contributions “intrude without
Civil rights news rests for no man or woman. Last week, it looked like this:
Shield Law Likely to Pass – New York Times
Senator Charles Schumer said last week that it was “very likely” the Senate would pass a shield law protecting journalists this year. Congress