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A Tale of Two Fultons

The Supreme Court on Thursday weighed in on the continuing tension between religious freedom and LGBT equality in Fulton v. City of Philadelphia, holding unanimously that a Philadelphia anti-discrimination law does not bar a Catholic foster care agency from...

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DOJ Supports Trans Woman’s Eighth Amendment Claim

Last week, the Department of Justice filed a statement of interest in support of Ashley Diamond’s lawsuit against the Georgia Department of Corrections. Diamond, a Black trans woman and civil rights activist who is incarcerated, has endured repeated sexual assaults...

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This Week in Civil Rights and Civil Liberties

Welcome to This Week in Civil Rights and Civil Liberties. Derek Chauvin was convicted for killing George Floyd, while the Supreme Court undermined its recent rulings protecting juveniles accused of serious crimes. Meanwhile, Oakland begins experimenting with...

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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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This Week in Civil Rights and Civil Liberties

Welcome to This Week in Civil Rights and Civil Liberties. Pressure builds to push the Biden Administration to address the overcrowding and harsh conditions in federal detention facilities; the Supreme Court will review a Boston federal appeals court decision vacating...

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Though the Supreme Court's decision yesterday in Fulton has been hailed as narrow, its silent expansion of religious liberty should give LGBT rights litigants pause. I wrote about it for the @HarvardCRCL blog. Read here: https://harvardcrcl.org/a-tale-of-two-fultons/

New on the Amicus Blog: @samjuneneal examines the Supreme Court's limited decision in Fulton v. City of Philadelphia, and what it means for both the future of free exercise principles and LGBTQ rights https://harvardcrcl.org/a-tale-of-two-fultons/

What's going on this week in civil rights and civil liberties? Travis Fife '21 breaks it down on the Amicus Blog: https://harvardcrcl.org/12668-2/

A new episode of our podcast, Taking Liberties, is up! On this episode, editor Laura Garcia speaks with @MALDEF's Nina Perales. They discuss her work as an impact litigator, voting rights, civil rights issues facing the LatinX community, and more.
https://harvardcrcl.org/taking-liberties-episode-16-nina-perales-of-maldef/

Today on the Amicus Blog: Katharine Bohrs '21 explores the ramifications of Maryland's repeal of its police bill of rights: https://harvardcrcl.org/maryland-becomes-first-state-to-repeal-its-police-bill-of-rights/

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.

https://harvardcrcl.org/criminally-inefficient/

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

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