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  • Justice Department Will Not Fully Defend DOMA

    Issue Areas, LGBTQ Rights February 23, 2011 at 9:11 pm 3 comments

    Contrary to the suggestion of one Amicus author, the Justice Department today announced that it will stop defending parts of the Defense of Marriage Act in federal court. The Washington Post, citing many of the same arguments put forth in that Amicus post, calls the move risky. Amicus will of course continue to cover the developments on the legal and social fallout from this decision.

     
  • Panel Discussion: Developments in Material Support Law

    The HLS Middle East Law Students Association presents: Developments in Material Support Law
    March 3, 2011 at 6pm, Austin North at Harvard Law School
    This panel will explore the implications of the the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Holder v. Humanitarian Law Project and the current landscape for material support prosecutions in the US.
    Co-sponsored by the Human Rights Program at HLS, the Islamic Legal Studies Program at HLS, Justice for Palestine at HLS, the National Lawyers Guild – HLS Chapter, the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review, ACLU-HLS, and ACS.

     
  • Budgets Don't Have To Be Balanced On The Backs Of Workers

    What started in Wisconsin is spreading to the rest of the country. Governors, especially Republican governors, are using state budget deficits to present state employees with a Hobson’s choice: diminish the bargaining power of unions of state employees or allow the state government to be insolvent. Solving deficits from the expenditure side puts the sacrifice on the backs of the poor and middle class. Raising taxes accomplishes the same goal without the same consequences.

     
  • The Future Of The Pro-Choice Movement Looks Different From Its Past

    Issue Areas, Reproductive Rights February 20, 2011 at 12:45 pm 0 comments

    Frances Kissling, the former president of Catholics for Choice and a visiting scholar at the Center for Bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania, writes in the Washington Post that the Pro-Choice movement needs to change its tack. She says that the focus purely on women’s independence in making medical choices […]

     
  • The Psychology of Inequality

    Events, Issue Areas February 20, 2011 at 9:37 am 0 comments

    On Saturday, February 26, The Project on Law and Mind Sciences at Harvard Law School will hold its Fifth Conference on Law and Mind Sciences, entitled The Psychology of Inequality.

     
  • What does it mean when Justice Thomas says nothing?

    By Noah Kaplan, Courts, Issue Areas February 17, 2011 at 3:08 pm 1 comment

    Is it a problem when a Supreme Court justice chooses not to ask questions at oral argument? Is it a problem when that same justice doesn’t seek consensus with others to try to craft majority opinions and guide the law? Do Justice Thomas’s potential political and family conflicts of interest change your opinion of his position on the court and the way he chooses to exercise his judicial authority? Regardless of what you think about his positions on the issues, is this appropriate behavior for a man appointed to establish the supreme law of the land?

     
  • Judges Have a Right to Play Politics – OpEd

    By Jason Lee, By Jason Lee, Courts, Issue Areas February 16, 2011 at 4:32 pm 1 comment

    Harvard Law School Professor Noah Feldman contributed an op-ed to the NY Times this week that argues against the presumption that Supreme Court Justices should be apolitical.  What is it about those robes, he wonders idly, that leads Americans to think of judges as being “innocent of worldly vanities, free of […]

     
  • National Guard prepped to maintain labor discipline in Wisconsin

    Issue Areas, Labor and Employment February 16, 2011 at 9:20 am 8 comments

    Recently elected governor of Wisconsin, Scott Walker, acknowledged preparing the Wisconsin National Guard to respond to the possibility of disorder among state employees. The announcement came one day after Wisconsin Democrats accused the Republican governor of “declaring war” on public employees’ unions by attempting to sharply limit their collective bargaining […]

     
  • NY Times Wrong on DOMA Defense

    By Noah Kaplan, Issue Areas, LGBTQ Rights February 14, 2011 at 2:30 pm 7 comments

    The Editorial Board of the New York Times today encourages the Obama Justice Department to stop defending the Defense of Marriage Act in federal court.  The law, they say, is “blatant discrimination” that should be “presumed to be unconstitutional.”  With this, I agree.  DOMA, signed into law by Bill Clinton, […]

     
  • Human Trafficking in Massachusetts: Not Yet A Crime.

    By Meghan Heesch, Human Rights, Issue Areas February 11, 2011 at 4:04 pm 2 comments

    Modern-day slavery is a pervasive issue that involves fundamental human rights violations with dynamics of economic plight and devastating effects on oppressed victims. The famously progressive state of Massachusetts has truly led other states in equality and non-discrimination issues, especially with respect to same sex marriage. But when it comes […]