When institutions such as the military or universities are responsible for resolving sexual assault allegations, significant conflicts of interest arise with regards to counseling, protecting victims, and enforcing consequences. Sexual assault has been a recurring and unresolved issue in the military and on college campuses. Examining institutional
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
Good morning all, and to those of you in the Boston area, happy Marathon Monday! Here's the latest in the world of civil rights and civil liberties from the past week.
"House Votes Down Bill to Repeal La. Sodomy Laws"
Despite sodomy laws being ruled unconstitutional over
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
Recently, an alleged sexual assault victim wrote an op-ed describing her experience. Responses to the piece have startled the University out of its usual calm. President Drew Faust has responded by convening a task force. Two undergrads have been placed on the task force. The
In light of the Supreme Court hearing oral argument today in Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., we are excited to release an early online-only version of RFRA Exemptions from the Contraception Mandate: An Unconstitutional Accommodation of Religion, by Frederick Mark Gedicks and Rebecca G.
HLS graduate Harvey Silverglate was on campus recently to explain why he's not happy with his alma mater. Apparently Harvard has been killing free speech over the past couple of decades. It's been all downhill since his heroic days defending student protesters in 1967, Silverglate said.
On Thursday, September 26th, Harvard Law School held a review of the previous term of the Supreme Court. The panelists included Professors Charles Fried, Tomiko Brown-Nagin, Michael Klarman, Visiting Professor Justin Driver, and the event was moderated by Dean Martha Minow.
The panelists first discussed the
Over the past few months, circuit courts have started weighing in on the Affordable Care Act's requirement that employers' health plans include contraception at no cost to employees, and it's clearly heading for the Supreme Court.
So far, the 3rd Circuit and the 6th Circuit have
In a recent television interview, Rep. Todd Akin, a member of the House Committee on Science, the Republican candidate for Senate from Missouri, said that rape does not result in pregnancy because “if it’s a legitimate rape the female body has ways to try to