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Constitutional Law

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    In Memoriam: Philip B. Heymann 1932 – 2021

    December 4, 2021

    A highly principled public official and beloved colleague, Heymann had a distinguished career in academia, and serving in four presidential administrations, including in the solicitor general’s office under President John F. Kennedy, in several U.S. State Department jobs for Lyndon Johnson, as a Watergate prosecutor, as assistant attorney general during the Carter administration, and as deputy attorney general under Bill Clinton.

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    Debating the future of Roe 

    December 3, 2021

    At the recent Rappaport Forum, panelists discussed abortion rights and whether the Supreme Court should honor precedent — or jettison Roe v. Wade. 

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    In Memoriam: Philip B. Heymann 1932 – 2021

    December 2, 2021

    When asked what he wanted to be remembered by, longtime Harvard Law Professor and former Watergate prosecutor Philip B. Heymann ’60 replied: “Speaking truth to power.” Heymann, a beloved colleague and distinguished public servant, died Nov. 30 at his home in Los Angeles. He was 89.

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    Supreme Court preview: Carson v. Makin

    November 29, 2021

    Professor Emeritus Mark Tushnet explains how the Supreme Court’s decision in Carson v. Makin could impact funding for religious schools.

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    Acquitted: Assessing the Rittenhouse trial

    November 19, 2021

    Retired federal judge Nancy Gertner, now a senior lecturer on law at Harvard Law School, talks about the verdicts in the Kyle Rittenhouse trial, how the trial was conducted, and comparisons to the ongoing trial of the men who killed Ahmaud Arbery.

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    The point is moot

    November 18, 2021

    On November 16, the Harvard Law School Ames Moot Court Competition returned to the Ames Courtroom, as two teams of students squared off on the subject of personal jurisdiction.

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    In a conflict between justice and the Constitution, ‘why should the Constitution prevail’?

    November 16, 2021

    Can, or even should, Americans break the U.S. Constitution when, in their view, justice demands it? As Noah Feldman and Nikolas Bowie discussed at a recent Harvard Law School Library Book Talk, that question is very much alive today.

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    Protecting the media to protect democracy

    November 16, 2021

    At a Harvard Law School Library Book Talk, Martha Minow, along with Vicki Jackson and Nikolas Bowie, discussed why the press is in danger — and how to save it.

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    In their honor

    November 10, 2021

    To mark Veterans Day, Harvard Law Today highlights a few of the profiles and stories that illustrate the profound commitment of those in the HLS community to service and the law.

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    In a potentially precedent-setting case, Veterans Clinic students work to help LGBTQ widower secure VA benefits

    November 8, 2021

    Members of the Veterans Legal Clinic at Harvard Law School are representing a same-sex widower in his appeal before the VA and in federal court in a potentially precedent-setting case.

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    ‘I felt almost like I had a responsibility; people my age were getting blown up, and I’m sitting here in college.’

    November 2, 2021

    As a U.S. Marine in Afghanistan, Nathan Lowry ’24 led a team of counterterrorism intelligence specialists targeting Taliban operations.

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    Supreme Court preview: New York Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen

    October 22, 2021

    Harvard Law Professor Emeritus Mark Tushnet explains SCOTUS’s upcoming gun control case, New York Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen.

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    Supreme Court preview: Ramirez v. Collier

    October 20, 2021

    Josh McDaniel, director of Harvard’s Religious Freedom Clinic, explains the Supreme Court's upcoming Free Exercise case — and how his clinic is involved.

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    Power to the people

    October 12, 2021

    In “Power to the People: Constitutionalism in the Age of Populism,” co-authors Mark Tushnet and Bojan Bugarič argue that populism is neither inherently conservative nor necessarily inconsistent with constitutional democracy.

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    ‘A huge crisis that we’ve never experienced before’

    October 7, 2021

    Harvard Law Today recently spoke with Harvard Law School Professor Howell E. Jackson about what could happen if the United States defaulted on its debts for the first time in history.

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    Moderating free speech

    September 27, 2021

    At a Federalist Society event, David French ’94 says government “should keep its hands off” social media and argues that support for free speech is waning across the political spectrum.

  • Illustration of a Larry Lessig in the foreground with pieces of the U.S. constitution behind him and over red, white and blue stripes

    Translating the Constitution with Fidelity

    January 7, 2020

    One new book by Lawrence Lessig explains a core virtue of the Supreme Court; a second explores America’s perilous politics—which put that virtue at serious risk

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    For India, a New Era in LGBTQ Rights

    July 8, 2019

    Constitutional lawyer Menaka Guruswamy LL.M. ’01 successfully argued against a colonial-era law that criminalized gay sex in India. The ruling by India's Supreme Court last year went beyond decriminalizing gay sex to acknowledge the individual rights of LGBTQ people and apologize for past mistreatment.