“A community is democratic only when the humblest and weakest person can enjoy the highest civil, economic, and social rights that the biggest and most powerful possess.” A. Philip Randolph
Dear Harvard CR-CL Alumni,
Summer has arrived and with it comes the end of yet another school year. For many members of CR-CL, however, some significant work is just getting started. Fresh off the recent publication of CR-CL Volume 47.1 (read more about it below), the editors of Volume 47.2 are toiling away to ensure that the issue’s upcoming summer debut is a rousing success. Meanwhile, the substantive editing process for Volume 48.1 kicked off earlier this month. With a number of fascinating and thought-provoking articles in the pipeline, we hope you enjoy this brief update on some of our journal’s recent spring activities!
As noted in our previous newsletter, the following pieces have been published in our current issue, Volume 47.1. Each article can be accessed online by following the included link:
- The Case for Local Constitutional Enforcement by Kathleen Morris (Read Article)
- The Right to Comprehensive Educational Opportunityby Michael Rebell (Read Article)
- Subprime: Why a Free and Democratic Society Needs Law by Joseph Singer (Read Article)
- Property and Identity by Nestor Davidson (Read Article)
- The Role of Labor Law in Challenging English-only Policies by Lauren Weinstein (’12) (Read Article)
- The Economic-liberty Approach to the First Amendment: A Story of Pornography by Victoria Baranetsky (’11) (Read Article)
- Case Comment, Michigan v. Bryant, 131 S. Ct. 1143 (2011) by Michael Noveck (’12) (Read Article)
We are excited to announce that the following pieces have been selected for publication in Volume 48.1:
- Transgender People, Intimate Partner Abuse, and the Legal System by Leigh Goodmark
- Beyond “Life and Liberty”: The Evolving Right to Counsel by John King
- American Gangsters: RICO, Criminal Syndicates, and Conspiracy Law as Market Control by Benjamin Levin
- Giving Casey Its Bite Back by Emma Freeman (’13)
- Developing Worker Power Through Worker Centers by Rebecca Livengood (’12)
In addition to these pieces, we have also solicited articles from distinguished professors and activists addressing the Supreme Court’s decision last year in Brown v. Plata, which upheld a three-judge panel’s order to release over 40,000 inmates from California prisons.
Last spring semester, CR-CL was pleased to host two colloquia at HLS:
In March 2012, in conjunction with the Juvenile Law Center and the Milbank Foundation, CR-CL presented a colloquium: “Roper,Graham, and J.D.B.: Redefining Juveniles’ Constitutional Rights.” Guests at the event included Martin Guggenheim of NYU Law School, Marsha Levick and Robert Schwartz of the Juvenile Law Center, Michael Dale of the Nova Southeastern Law Center, and the Hon. Jay Blitzman, chief judge of the Middlesex County Juvenile Court. For more information on the author and a full discussion of the event, see the recap on our website.
Soon thereafter, CR-CL presented a colloquium: “The State of Progressive Constitutional Theory: The Paradox of Constitutional Democracy and the Project of Political Justification” to discuss the article forthcoming in Volume 47.2 by Nimer Sultany, an S.J.D. candidate at Harvard Law School. Dean Martha Minow moderated the event, and was joined by Professor Karl Klare from Northeastern Law School, as well as Professor Frank Michelman and Professor Duncan Kennedy from HLS for a panel discussion. For more information on the author and a full discussion of the event, see the recap on our website.
HarvardCRCL.org continues to provide a dynamic online forum for the CR-CL community. The site features an actively updated blog, which features coverage of trending legal issues, interactive content, and live-blogs of Harvard Law School events, including real-time coverage of the recent HLS Ames Moot Court Semifinals.
The Harvard CR-CL Podcast has been a resounding success, featuring weekly in-depth discussions of topical legal issues. Among the many topics already discussed: Trayvon Martin and the Florida “Stand Your Ground” law, jail strip-searches and the Supreme Court’s recent ruling in Florence v. County of Burlington, and the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate. Stop by ourwebsite to check out the latest CR-CL podcasts.
As we continue to develop content for the site, we welcome contributions from alumni. If you would like to write a post about a current legal issue, an experience you’ve had working on civil rights issues, or a response to one of our articles, we would be happy to publish you. To submit content, please contact our Senior Executive Editor for Online Content Noah Kaplan atCRCLonline@gmail.com.
CR-CL is eager to continue strengthening the relationship between the journal and alumni. If you have any suggestions for on-campus events, new directions to take CR-CL, or ideas for print or online content, please contact Alex Anzalone, our Executive Development Editor at firstname.lastname@example.org