Monthly Archives: April 2015

From Windsor to Obergefell: The Struggle for Marriage Equality Continued

To mark today’s oral arguments in the same-sex marriage cases, HLPR online has released a Student Note from Volume 9.2 early! The Note is Tom Watts’s From Windsor to Obergefell: The Struggle for Marriage Equality Continued. Tom Watts, a fourth-year JD/MPP at Harvard Law School and Harvard Kennedy School, writes: Prior scholarship has examined the legal history of the…

Same-sex Marriage Preview IV

By Tom Watts* This is the fourth and final post in a series of blog posts previewing some of the conceptual questions that may appear in the same-sex marriage oral arguments on Tuesday. Part I is here, Part II is here, and Part III is here. In the previous three posts, I discussed the ways in which…

Same-sex Marriage Preview III

By Tom Watts* This is the third in a series of blog posts previewing some of the conceptual questions that may appear in the same-sex marriage oral arguments on Tuesday. Part I is here, and Part II is here. In previous posts, I discussed whether same-sex marriage bans classify by sexual orientation. If they do,…

Same-sex Marriage Preview II

By Tom Watts* This is the second in a series of blog posts previewing some of the conceptual questions that may appear in the same-sex marriage oral arguments on Tuesday. Part I is here. In the previous post, I discussed the prospect of the Supreme Court deciding that a state same-sex marriage ban was a…

Same-sex Marriage Preview I

By Tom Watts* This is the first in a series of blog posts previewing some of the conceptual questions that may come up in the same-sex marriage oral arguments on Tuesday. Part II is here. On Tuesday, we will have the legal equivalent of the Super Bowl, a presidential election, and the finale of Seinfeld…

Reclaiming Courtroom Space for the Community

By Michael Grinthal* If in the last 45 years you have read a law review article about, attended a conference on, or taken a course about lawyering for social change, then you’ve come across the phrase “community lawyering” (or “rebellious lawyering,” or “critical lawyering,”[1] or “law and organizing”). The meaning of community lawyering can sometimes…

Court Demands More Monkey Business

By Matthew Skurnik* On Monday, in what animal rights activists are calling a first of its kind ruling, a New York state trial court issued an order to show cause in a habeas corpus proceeding on behalf of two chimpanzees being held for research at Stony Brook University. In granting the order, the court demanded…

Conservative Judicial Activism: The Politicization of the Supreme Court Under Chief Justice Roberts

To mark the release of Volume 9.1, Notice & Comment will be highlighting each of the articles in its own blog post. Today’s featured article: Senator Sheldon Whitehouse’s Conservative Judicial Activism: The Politicization of the Supreme Court Under Chief Justice Roberts. Senator Whitehouse (D-RI) writes: A troubling and unmistakable trend has developed over several decades, and accelerated in…

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