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This Week in Civil Rights and Civil Liberties

Welcome to This Week in Civil Rights and Civil Liberties. The Supreme Court allows Congress to discriminate against Puerto Rican Americans in providing access to federal social programs, the ACLU announces two major settlements, the Wisconsin Supreme Court adopts highly partisan legislative maps that entrench Republican power for a decade, and more. 

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This Week in Civil Rights and Civil Liberties

Welcome to This Week in Civil Rights and Civil Liberties. As the nation reflects on Ketanji Brown Jackson’s historical confirmation to the Supreme Court, many states are ramping up book banning efforts and attempting to pass more anti-abortion and anti-LGBTQ laws. Additionally, the Supreme Court considers weighing in on the length of solitary confinement as a form of punishment. 

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Title 42: An Indiscriminate Tool to Discriminate

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has announced that it will lift enforcement of Title 42 on May 23, 2022. The policy, which has been in effect since March 20, 2020, allowed Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) agents to turn away asylum seekers at the...

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A Censure is Free Speech and Not a First Amendment Violation

Four months following Rep. Paul Gosar R-AZ censure in the U.S. House of Representatives for posting an anime-style video on Twitter that depicted him killing his colleague, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez D-NY, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled that members of an elected body have the constitutional right to censure a member from that same body. 

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This Week in Civil Rights and Civil Liberties

Welcome to This Week in Civil Rights and Civil Liberties. State legislatures target abortion and transgender rights, the federal government indicts anti-abortion activists for conspiracy, a jury finds Denver police used excessive force during George Floyd protests, and more. 

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Congress Reauthorizes the Violence Against Women Act, Adds More Protections

In mid-March, Congress reauthorized the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) as part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2022, and President Biden signed it into law on March 16. Despite the Act’s potential vulnerability to the Supreme Court, that the Act reinstates protections for survivors of intimate partner violence demonstrates its necessity and public support, even in the United States’ polarized political climate. 

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This Week in Civil Rights and Civil Liberties

Welcome to This Week in Civil Rights and Civil Liberties. State legislatures across the country continued their attacks on the LGBTQ community, President Biden reauthorized a major piece of legislation, and the Supreme Court prepared itself to hear arguments on a case...

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Ames Semi-Final Round – March 9, 2022

Welcome to CR-CL’s Ames Live Blog! Tonight is the second night of the Ames Semi-Finals! The Ames Competition is one of the most prestigious competitions for appellate brief writing and advocacy in the country. The students participating in the Semi-Final Round started...

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Ames Semi-Final Round – March 8, 2022

Welcome to CR-CL’s Ames Live Blog! Tonight is night one of the Ames Semi-Finals!  The Ames Competition is one of the most prestigious competitions for appellate brief writing and advocacy in the country. The students participating in the Semi-Final Round started the...

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This Week in Civil Rights and Civil Liberties

Welcome to This Week in Civil Rights and Civil Liberties. This week, experts weigh in on the future of Roe in the Supreme Court, New York City mandates vaccines for private companies, two election workers who were targeted for defamation by right-wing media sue, and more. 

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Congratulations to Professor @michelebgoodwin—author of CR-CL forthcoming article, "The Thirteenth Amendment’s Punishment Clause: A Spectacle of Slavery Unwilling to Die"—for winning the @ABAesq's 2022 Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award!
https://www.americanbar.org/groups/diversity/women/margaret-brent-awards/2022-brent-honorees/

@dsfarbman @BennettCapers @AndrewMCrespo @eloiselawrenc15 Shoutout to footnote 130 & experiences with @HarvardCRCL many years ago that still shape us today.

Night 2 of the @Harvard_Law Ames Moot Court Competition Semi-Finals will be live tonight! Join us as we live blog here, starting at 6pm: https://harvardcrcl.org/ames-semi-final-round-march-9-2022/

The @Harvard_Law Ames Competition Semi-Final Round begins tonight, and we'll be liveblogging all the action! You can follow along with us here, starting at 6pm EST: https://harvardcrcl.org/ames-semi-final-round-march-8-2022/

The lives of #trans kids must be vocally celebrated & defended. In new @HarvardCRCL piece "Identity by Committee," I document barriers to students' gender freedom & examine if renewed emphasis on expressive aspects of #gender may create more lived freedom. https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=4045721

We are still accepting student writing submissions from law students studying at any law school! Submissions are due by March 11. See http://Harvardcrcl.org/submit for more information. #lawstudents #lawstudenttwitter #lawtwitter

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