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Unhoused People’s Right To Public Bathrooms

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought renewed attention to unhoused people’s lack of access to sanitary living conditions. The extreme dearth of shelter beds and public restrooms across the country means that unhoused people, despite being particularly vulnerable to the effects of the outbreak, have little means by which to protect themselves.

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Springer Spaniels, Civil Liberties, and the Fourth Amendment

In 2018, the TSA implemented a “cute dog” policy: it would employ only cute looking dogs at airports. This seemingly innocuous policy offers a vivid example of how government can shape and collapse our right to privacy. Now is a crucial moment for the development of privacy law. It is worth understanding and thinking carefully about the tradeoffs between convenience and privacy that we are willing to accept.

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We have 3 terrific pieces up on how progressives must reclaim the meaning of our Constitution.

Our contributors reflect back on progressives' priorities at the beginning of the Obama Administration and look forward to fights in 2021 and beyond.


CR-CL is live blogging the Semi-Final Round of the Ames Moot Court Competition tonight! Check out our updates starting at 6:15 pm EST at https://harvardcrcl.org/ames-semi-final-round-march-9-2020/

This weekend, we celebrated 55 years of pushing the bounds of legal scholarship. Special thanks to our keynote speaker @vanitaguptaCR, our more than thirty panelists, and our entire CR-CL community. To the next 55!


Thank you so much @daliejimenez and Jonathan Glater for speaking with CR-CL about student debt as a racial justice issue!

Be sure to check out Professors Jimenez's and Glater's upcoming article in CR-CL Volume 55.1!

We're now accepting student writing submissions for Vol. 56.1 on any topic related to civil rights or civil liberties! Get your submission in to eics.crcl.vol.56@gmail.com by Wed., 3/4/20. For more information, visit https://harvardcrcl.org/submit/.

We need to get the #FAIRAct through the Senate—but until that happens, it's up to states to respond to the forced arbitration crisis. Fantastic new @HarvardCRCL post from @BennJennett & @daveyseligman on how states can take action.



Still hoping that courts will revive a general liberty or expression right to student dress freedom as @djuna22 and I advocated in @HarvardCRCL. In the meantime, Equal Protection, Free Exercise, and compelled speech doing a decent job policing the boundaries of gov’t overreach. https://twitter.com/galenleigh/status/1199442702582059008

galen sherwin@galenleigh

Another thing to be thankful for this week: declaratory judgment finding that the provision of Charter Day School dress code requiring girls to wear skirts violates Equal Protection, & order permanently enjoining the school from establishing or enforcing the provision. Justice!

As someone who used to assist accused students in Title IX proceedings, I think I’m in a good position to say that DeVos’s “due process” regs are unnecessary and dangerous. When they were proposed, I wrote about it for @HarvardCRCL’s blog: http://harvardcrcl.org/why-betsy-devo… https://twitter.com/azbrodsky/status/1192104171664822274

Alexandra Brodsky@azbrodsky

We are expecting @BetsyDeVosED’s final regulations on Title IX and sexual harassment within the month. Based on the previously published proposed rules, we have good reason to think they will be bad.

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