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  • The Supreme Court’s Silence is Golden

    Amicus, Courts, LGBTQ Rights October 10, 2014 at 4:24 pm 0 comments

    The Supreme Court doled out a landmark victory on Monday, October 6 for gay marriage supporters by rejecting appeals cases from five states—Virginia (4th Cir.), Oklahoma (10th Cir.), Utah (10th Cir.), Wisconsin (7th Cir.), and Indiana (7th Cir.). The move surprised many observers of the court and left the public speculating about […]

  • Lessons from the Umbrella Revolution

    Amicus, Human Rights, Voting and Elections October 7, 2014 at 11:44 pm 0 comments

    While the number of Hong Kong protestors has decreased from thousands to hundreds in the past few days, the protestors have scored a victory in the government’s agreement to begin formal negotiations. Although success at these talks is far from guaranteed, the sheer fact that a region ruled by China […]

  • Oct. 6: Weekly News Roundup

    Even if We Defeat the Islamic State, We’ll Still Lose the Bigger War The United States’ effort to end ISIS is just the latest in a series of Middle Eastern Wars, starting with Iran in 1980, and also involving Libya, Lebanon, Iraq, Somalia, Bosnia, Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, Sudan, Kosovo, Yemen, […]

  • Issues in Public School Funding

    The means by which district schools are financed has been a matter of concern dating back to the creation of the public school systems in most states in the 19th century. In the United States, public schools are financed through three different entities: the local school district, the state government, […]

  • Oct. 1: Weekly News Roundup

    Amicus, Weekly News Roundup October 1, 2014 at 3:52 pm 0 comments

    Debate Brews Over Warantless Spying  Contributing to the ongoing debate on warrantless wiretapping, the Obama administration is now considering whether the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act requires that the Treasury Department must inform people or groups it lists as foreign terrorists when it relies on warrantless surveillance as the basis for that […]

  • Jobs Over Marriage: Adjusting Priorities in the LGBT Rights Movement

    Marriage equality has been the undisputed focus of the LGBT equality movement for the past decade.  The amount of money and media attention it has drawn is unmatched by any other cause in the history of the LGBT rights movement. While efforts to achieve marriage equality have yielded impressive results […]

  • Saving the World Through Simple Mathematics

    Amicus, Poverty and Economic Justice September 26, 2014 at 8:36 am 0 comments

    An article in the HL Record recently made Above the Law for its somewhat-facetiously titled piece, “Want to save the World? Do Biglaw!”  Bill Barlow, the author, essentially argues that HLS grads should go into Biglaw because Biglaw lawyers make 3-4 times as much as public interest lawyers or legal academics, and […]

  • September 22: Weekly News Round-Up

      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 shooting […]

  • Utah Marriage Ban Struck Down

    Amicus, Courts, LGBTQ Rights June 25, 2014 at 12:46 pm 0 comments

    In a 2-1 ruling, the Tenth Circuit declared today that Utah’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, affirming a 2013 district court opinion.  The ruling would make Utah the 21st state with marriage equality.  Appellate reviews are still pending in 8 states: Ohio, Texas, Kentucky, Michigan, Nevada, Tennessee, Oklahoma, and […]

  • The Uncertain Parameters of US Targeted Killing

    “Before we can decide whether existing law is or isn’t correct, we need to have a public debate about it, and before that, we need the administration to tell us what legal claims it’s making,” said Rona. “At a minimum, people living in a democracy deserve to know who they are at war against and who is being killed in their name.”