The Future of the Supreme Court

By Tejinder Singh* It is difficult to overstate the effect this election is likely to have on the composition of the Supreme Court. Prior to election day, the Democrats were favorites to win the White House and the Senate. Had they done so, the likely result would have been a five-Justice mostly-liberal majority that would…

Inferred Consent: Merrick Garland Should Be Allowed To Sit On The Court

By Andrew Hanson* After refusing to hold hearings on the appointment of Merrick Garland, President Obama’s nominee to fill a Supreme Court vacancy—because “the people” should be able to decide who nominates the next Justice—Republicans recently suggested that they would continue to leave the Court with a vacancy if the people’s decision was Hillary Clinton….

DIRECTOR ZIENTS: Building an Economy to Last

When President Obama took office in 2009, the economic outlook was bleak. We were losing nearly 800,000 jobs—the equivalent of laying off the entire workforce of West Virginia every month. The unemployment rate was headed to 10 percent. The auto industry and the financial system were on the verge of collapse. We were approaching a…

CHAIRMAN JOHN LEVI: President Obama’s Legal Aid Legacy

The Legal Services Corporation was established in 1974 as an independent 501(c)(3) corporation to oversee the federal grant distribution to 134 civil legal aid clinics across the country and every congressional district with a mission of “providing equal access to the system of justice in our nation.” The Board is charged with the responsibility of…

LAURENCE TRIBE: The Steadiness And Grace Of President Obama

One of the most impressive things about President Obama when he was just Barack to me, as my constitutional law student and research assistant at HLS in 1989-91, was Barack’s deep appreciation for history and for the impossibility of fully appreciating its unfolding while it is in the process of being made. Barack especially treasured…

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