The Harvard Law and Policy Review is excited to announce the release of Volume 10.2! Volume 10.2 explores cutting edge policymaking at the state level—examining meaningful changes, setbacks, and lessons learned—as well as the legal questions surrounding state innovation. It also includes articles by Catherine MacKinnon, Brishen Rogers and others on important, topical legal and…

The Goals of Good Process: Lessons from Mass Claims

By Benjamin Rajotte and Vikram J. Kapoor* Imagine that you were hurt by something beyond your control. Maybe a faulty product, or a commercial plane crash. Something big and painful to us and many other people. Amidst the emotional turmoil, we might be fairly motivated to recover for our losses. But what if we could…

The Highest Pharmaceutical Companies in the Land: The Legal Ramifications of Private Sector Objections to the Death Penalty

By Rose Carmen Goldberg* “Welcome to Groundhog Day,” as former Justice Scalia once said. The scene is familiar. This month, yet another pharmaceutical company has voiced opposition to use of its drugs in executions. In a public statement, pharmaceutical juggernaut Pfizer announced it will not supply drugs for lethal injections, and will enforce strict distribution…

Let’s Force Religious Hypocrisy Out of the Closet

By Ana Choi* In the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision legalizing same-sex marriage in Obergefell v. Hodges last summer, many conservative states have begun to pass legislative measures trying to stem the progress made by the LGBTQ community. North Carolina passed a law prohibiting transgender individuals from using bathrooms that do not match the…

When Zero Means Some, Confusion Reigns

By Lisa Heinzerling* As I have argued elsewhere, the transparency achieved by federal laws relating to food is only partial, and sometimes only serves to conceal a lie. If one wanted to see this principle in operation, one might turn to a recent federal district court decision from California. In Backus v. Nestlé, the court…

Call for Submissions

Calling all progressive thinkers, practitioners, academics, and authors! Harvard Law & Policy Review (HLPR), the official journal of ACS, is accepting 10,000-15,000 word submissions for publication as part of our symposiums on the following topics: Beyond the War on Drugs: Privacy, Prescription, and Punishment America in Debt: Borrowers, Creditors, and Forgiveness in the Age of Austerity Every issue…

Keep Calm & Campus Carry On?

By Tommy Tobin* Starting this August, Texas law will mandate that the state’s public colleges and universities allow the carrying of concealed weapons onto campus. Next academic year, many individuals with concealed weapons will be able to walk onto campus, into classrooms, and around students as long as they have the requisite concealed weapon permit….

Unhealthy Citizens, Unhealthy Democracy

 By Josh Carpenter* The United States has two distinct health systems for the poor: generally, one for blue states and one for red states. One system provides health insurance to the disadvantaged through Medicaid expansion. Over 30 states have elected to expand Medicaid through the Affordable Care Act or opted for a modified version. Democrats…

The Unintended Uninsured: The Affordable Care Act’s Coverage Gap

By Julian Polaris* This is a golden age for access to healthcare in America. In 2015, over 90% of Americans had health coverage, the highest insurance rate in the 50 years the federal government has collected insurance data. This astonishing progress is due in large part to the Affordable Care Act (ACA): President Obama recently…

The Supreme Court Vacancy and the End of Capital Punishment

By Isaac Saidel-Goley* Justice Antonin Scalia’s passing on February 13 has fundamentally altered the ideological composition of the Supreme Court. The Court has for decades consistently leaned Right and suddenly finds itself leaning Left. This shift in the composition of the Court provides a rare opportunity for abolitionists to successfully challenge the constitutionality of capital…

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