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Criminalizing Humanitarian Aid

Guest post by Justine Orlovsky-Schnitzler. Justine is the Media Coordinator for No More Deaths/No Más Muertes, a humanitarian organization in Southern Arizona. 

The volunteers’ trial was not predicated on the prosecution proving guilt—our volunteers proudly hiked lifesaving supplies into the Cabeza Prieta Wilderness in August of 2017. This case was based on deeper questions of morality in the law, as federal immigration policy does not account for the reality of lives being lost along our border.   

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Ames Semi-Final Round – March 12

Welcome to CR-CL’s Live Blog of the Ames Moot Court Semi-Finals! Please scroll down for the live blog. We’ll start blogging shortly before 6:15 PM on March 12, 2019. The Ames Competition is a long-standing tradition at Harvard Law School. The students have gone...

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When Your Prayers go Unanswered

Guest post by Mandy Fatemi. Mandy is a 3L from Jacksonville, Florida. She received her Bachelor's Degree from the George Washington University and worked in the federal government prior to attending law school. Mandy is passionate about election law, criminal justice...

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In Masterpiece v. Colorado, Justice Gorsuch argues there is no principled way, on First Amendment grounds, to distinguish refusing to make a cake for a same-sex wedding versus refusing to make a cake with anti-LGBT words and symbols.

I argue that this conclusion is mistaken.

“[T]he questions about how the Supreme Court will balance LGBT civil rights and religious freedom rights in cases like this remained unanswered.”

@mark_satta with a superb analysis of Justice Gorsuch’s logical fallacy in his Masterpiece concurrence.

My wife just published her first scholarly article, "Paper Courts & Parental Rights: Balancing Access, Agency, and Due Process," in the @HarvardCRCL. I'm proud the world can see her brilliance 🙂

New essay in @HarvardCRCL: Safety, friendship, and dreams should be central to 21st c. racial justice agenda; begins with "empirical poetry" drawing from interview participants' narratives. Eager for feedback...

Thoughtful piece co-authored by Alisha Jarwala, an alum of @relmanlaw. Breaking new ground. Watch out for this new generation of civil rights warriors!

Chronic nuisance ordinances evict people for being people of color, survivors, disabled, or some combination of all three. That’s why Alisha and I argue that they violate the Fair Housing Act, the ADA, and the Constitution. You can read it for free here:

Predictably, nuisance ordinances impact people of color — for example, @NYCLU found they were enforced almost 5x as much in the parts of the city with the most people of color. @just_shelter found that CNOs were enforced 2.5x as often in predominantly black parts of Milwaukee.

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