By Tharuni Jayaraman In a recent study that has created some buzz (The Guardian, The Boston Globe, and The Atlantic), researchers Aurora Sherman and Eileen Zurbriggen investigated whether playing with a Barbie doll for just five minutes could affect a girl’s belief in the type of career she could pursue. To test their hypothesis, they recruited a pool of 37 girls between the … [Read more...] about Can Playing with a Barbie Doll Impact a Young Girl’s Career Aspirations?
Archives for April 2014
By Noah Marks Last week, the Wall Street Journal broke the news that the FCC’s third attempt to regulate “in defense” of net neutrality would allow “commercially reasonable” agreements between content providers and Internet service providers. The “commercially reasonable” test aligns with the January DC Appeals Court decision striking down the FCC’s previous attempt but … [Read more...] about Net Neutral?
HLPR Online editorial staff Writing for the online edition of the Harvard Law and Policy Review, Jonathan Peters argues that the Justice Department should proceed carefully in any prosecution of Wikileaks or Julian Assange due to serious constitutional concerns: [T]he standard the Court used for prior restraint in the Pentagon Papers case could be roughly the same standard … [Read more...] about Jonathan Peters on the Constitutionality of Prosecuting Wikileaks
By Ana Choi The comprehensive immigration reform package passed by the Senate last year has yet to be taken up by the House of Representatives, due to partisan disagreement over issues such as the path to citizenship and reinforcement of border security. Meanwhile, President Obama has come under increasing pressure to use his executive power to unilaterally suspend … [Read more...] about The “Pen and Phone”: Executive Action in Immigration Reform
Micah Altman, MIT Libraries; Brookings Institution Michael P. McDonald, George Mason University; Brookings Institution Discussion of redistricting reform often generates more heat than light. Much of the commentary dismisses the possibility of thoughtful, responsible electoral mapping altogether. Critics who dismiss responsible electoral mapping generally takes one of two … [Read more...] about Create Real Redistricting Reform through Internet-Scale Independent Commissions
Mr. Robert Maguire did not express any opinions about what the future of campaign finance should be; he just presented the findings of his research. Likewise, Mr. O’Mara made it clear that his comments only reflect his personal opinion and not that of Congressman Sarbanes. With the McCutcheon decision fresh in everyone’s minds, the panelists on our Campaign Finance panel had a … [Read more...] about Elections in America: Campaign Finance Reform
This afternoon, the Harvard Law and Policy Review was privileged to host a panel on voting rights. The panelists (James Blacksher, Heather Smith, Rachel Schneider, and Ronnie Cho) discussed the implications of recent Supreme Court decisions and restrictive voting laws on voter registration and the franchise. Although the panelists discussed the significant setbacks that voting … [Read more...] about Elections in America: Voting Rights
HLPR’s Spring 2014 Symposium on Elections in America, held on Saturday, April 5, began with a panel on electoral districting. Districting is one of the most consequential aspects of elections—often deciding outcomes, ensuring perennial incumbency, and strengthening or weakening the political influence of particular communities—yet it is also one of the least transparent … [Read more...] about Elections in America: Expert Panel Discusses Need to Separate the Districting Process from Self-Interested Legislators
This year’s keynote speaker was Congressman John Sarbanes (D-MD). Congressman Sarbanes is the author of the Government by the People Act (H.R. 20), which would create a new public campaign financing system to give candidates a way to wage campaigns without taking donations from special interests. The congressman spoke about how, because his district is close to DC, … [Read more...] about Elections in America Symposium Keynote Address: Congressman Sarbanes
The HLPR Elections in America Symposium, held on April 5, 2014, opened with welcoming remarks by Dean Martha Minow of Harvard Law School. Dean Minow noted the particular timeliness and relevance of the symposium, in light of the recent Supreme Court decision in McCutcheon v. FEC. Reflecting on the problems that plague the American electoral system, she asserted that … [Read more...] about Elections in America Symposium – Welcoming Remarks by Dean Martha Minow