King and Spalding announced today that they would no longer be representing the House of Representatives in litigation defending DOMA. The House had hired the firm last week after the Justice Department refused to defend the law and Attorney General Eric Holder called it unconstitutional. The chairman of the firm announced that the process “for vetting this engagement was inadequate.” Paul Clement, the lead attorney on the case and former solicitor general under President George W. Bush, announced his resignation (http://www.politico.com/static/PPM153_clement.html) shortly after the firm’s announcement. In his resignation, Clement expressed his disappointment that the firm was not taking the case because it was “unpopular.” “Defending unpopular positions is what lawyers do,” he said.
Check out our newest blog post by Christina Coleburn about confronting racism! https://harvardcrcl.org/the-ostrich-rears-its-head-americas-2020-racial-reckoning-is-a-victory-and-opportunity/
Check out the second article in our series about racism and police brutality! Olivia Murray discusses prison abolition: https://harvardcrcl.org/why-8-wont-work/
Check out "Why We Can't Wait"—a powerful piece by Mo Light and the first in our new online series about racism and police brutality: https://harvardcrcl.org/why-we-cant-wait/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=why-we-cant-wait
As a journal, we stand with the student protestors HLS is attempting to discipline for exercising their free speech rights regarding prison divestment. Please sign the petition here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1TGkQyJlUPuvl9wqv5MAis8c7iec9A5JFzY92tj0Z_ns/viewform?edit_requested=true
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!4
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!