Taking Liberties Podcast

Taking Liberties is a podcast from the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review that explores the most pressing civil rights and civil liberties issues of the day. The podcast features panel discussions on current events related to civil rights and civil liberties, interviews with scholars and practitioners who fight for them, and tributes to those who have contributed to the advancement of civil rights throughout history.

Taking Liberties Episode 7

In this episode, our hosts Mahroh Jahangiri and Elizabeth Ross speak with our guest Angel Sanchez to discuss his recent article "In Spite of Prison" as well as developments in the prison abolition movement more broadly. This episode also features an interview with...

Taking Liberties Episode 6

Our guests are Rachel Sandalow-Ash and Niharika Singh who discuss their work as members of the organizing committee of the Harvard Graduate Students Union - United Auto Workers.  We discuss history of the union, the committee's effort to secure a contract, and the...

Taking Liberties Episode 5

The panel discusses current issues related to immigrants’ rights including a law suit challenging the practice of using video conferences in removal proceedings, and law suits that challenge President Trump’s emergency declaration. Our guests are Professor Phil Torrey...

Taking Liberties Episode 4

The panel reviews some progressive victories coming out of ballot initiatives in the 2018 midterm elections and has a discussion on competing perspectives on victim's rights bills.  Our guest for this episode is Robert Anderson, Director of the Native American Law...

Taking Liberties Episode 3

The panel discusses a RFRA claim against immigration policy, a cake-baking case from the UK Supreme Court, and the consequences of Shelby County v. Holder. Our guest is Judge Nancy Gertner who discusses her career as a civil rights attorney and how that shaped her...

Taking Liberties Episode 2

The panel discusses voter rights issues in Georgia, North Dakota, Arizona, and Michigan. Our guest for this episode is Professor Jed Purdy of Duke Law School, who discusses how the Supreme Court's First Amendment jurisprudence has undergone a shift from being a tool...

Taking Liberties Episode 1

The panel discusses the sexual assault allegations against Brett Kavanaugh, Florida's Amendment 4 ballot initiative to restore the right to vote to Florida felons, and a National Fair Housing Alliance complaint that's been filed against Facebook. Our guest is...


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. https://t.co/TF7zhkuYIo

“[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... https://t.co/0SuugwCH1U

Thoughtful piece co-authored by Alisha Jarwala, an alum of @relmanlaw. Breaking new ground. Watch out for this new generation of civil rights warriors! https://t.co/11pghTAtJu

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: https://t.co/pNpZlTU1KS

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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