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Vol. 55, No. 3, Summer 2020

Read about the history of the National People of Color Legal Scholarship Conferences, and understand systemic racism through explorations of housing policies, job placement agencies, and food inequality in our online-only Fourth National People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference symposium edition, Vol. 55, No. 3.

Vol. 55, No. 2, Summer 2020

Read about consent and coercion in employment law, the anti-commandeering doctrine and civil rights, our symposium on “Whom the State Kills,” and more in Vol. 55, No. 2.

Vol. 55, No. 1, Summer 2020

Read about debt in the United States, predictive algorithms in criminal justice, the criminalization of homelessness, and more in Vol. 55, No. 1.

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Over Zoom and In-Person, Prosecution is Criminally Inefficient

In the good ol’ days before the pandemic, what may have felt like efficiency in the criminal legal system was really just the whirring machinery of the New Jim Crow. We should care about the efficiency of the criminal legal system. But we must define it appropriately. Does each hour and dollar we invest in it do all that it can to repair harm, help individuals thrive, and build strong communities?

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This Week in Civil Rights and Civil Liberties

Welcome to This Week in Civil Rights and Civil Liberties. This week, President Biden forms a panel to study Supreme Court reform, Maryland establishes a multitude of police reform measures, and California’s COVID-19 related restrictions are once again struck down by the Supreme Court. 

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Rejecting the Myth of Amateurism Beyond NCAA v. Alston

At the center of the case is the sustainability of the NCAA’s vision of “amateurism” in the face of growing profits, coaches’ salaries, and public skepticism. But amateurism—the belief that sports is part of a students’ educational experience which would be undermined by the pursuit of profit— has been a tool for racist and classist exploitation since its inception.

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This Week in Civil Rights and Civil Liberties

Welcome to This Week in Civil Rights and Civil Liberties. This week, evictions are continuing despite the federal moratorium, Virginia bans the “gay/trans panic” defense, President Biden announces his first slate of judicial nominees, and the second week of the trial of Derek Chauvin begins. 

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Hey! You! It's Friday afternoon and I know you're not really working. Take a minute to read my post on @HarvardCRCL's blog! I reflect on my recent experience in West Roxbury court and how we define "efficiency" in the criminal legal system.


Today on the blog, @EthanLowens reflects on his experiences in Zoom court and how we define an "efficient courtroom": https://harvardcrcl.org/criminally-inefficient/

Reminder: in just a few minutes the @Harvard_Law Ames Moot Court Competition Semi-Finals will begin! Follow the action with us here at https://harvardcrcl.org/ames-semi-final-round-april-13-2021/

Tonight at 6pm is the start of the @Harvard_Law Ames Competition Semi-Finals! Join us as we live-blog the arguments here: https://harvardcrcl.org/ames-semi-final-round-april-13-2021/

It's a busy week in civil rights and civil liberties! Check out all the news on our Amicus Blog weekly news roundup: https://harvardcrcl.org/this-week-in-civil-rights-and-civil-liberties-16/

Today on the Amicus Blog, @ava_cilia uses NY's recent marijuana law to explore what's possible when elected officials listen to organizers and directly-impacted communities! https://harvardcrcl.org/historic-new-york-state-legislation-shows-us-what-is-possible-when-elected-officials-listen-to-organizers-and-directed-impacted-communities/

Today on the Amicus Blog, Travis Fife '21 discusses the Supreme Court's recent oral arguments in NCAA v. Alston and the history of amateurism in student athletics: https://harvardcrcl.org/rejecting-the-myth-of-amateurism-beyond-ncaa-v-alston/

A new episode of our podcast, Taking Liberties, is up! On this episode, @GeorgiaArmani_ speaks with Professor Spencer H. Boyer, the founder of CR-CL and a professor at @howardlawschool. They discuss the most pressing civil liberties issues we face today! https://harvardcrcl.org/taking-liberties-episode-15-prof-spencer-h-boyer-on-the-founding-of-cr-cl/

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