By Ezra Rosser Having become the officially backed U.S. city to bid on the 2024 Olympic Games, Boston now faces the problem that the national gains of hosting the Olympics are under-recognized and the local losses associated with creating Olympic venues are under-compensated. The failure to recognize and account for the winners and losers when it comes to hosting the games is … [Read more...] about Recognizing Gains and Losses: National and Local Interests in the Olympics
Archives for March 2015
By Charles McGonigal Andreas Lubitz was medically unfit to work when he apparently crashed the Germanwings flight last Tuesday, according to a doctor’s note found in Lubitz’ apartment. Why? Nobody knows. Germanwings, as his employer, would not know because German law allows these declarations to be written without a diagnosis or reason, to protect the patient’s privacy. I say … [Read more...] about Privacy Uber Alles?
By D. James Greiner In the previous post, I talked about how, if the goal of a legal aid organization’s debt collection litigation defense program is to prevent defendants from having to pay debts sued upon, then there might be a far cheaper way to go about fulfilling that goal, namely, by buying debts on the open market and forgiving them. And I concluded the last post by … [Read more...] about What’s access to justice for? Let’s get more philosophical. In a hurry. Part II
The following is a question-and-answer with Stuart Raphael, the Solicitor General of Virginia. Virginia has filed an amicus brief supporting the plaintiffs in Obergefell v. Hodges, a Supreme Court case challenging state same-sex marriage bans. Virginia's same-sex marriage ban was struck down by a federal court last year in Bostic v. Schaefer. Q: Virginia’s amicus brief in … [Read more...] about Same-Sex Marriage: A View from Virginia
By Michael Pierce This month, members of Congress have shown themselves paralyzed when it comes to protecting victims of sex trafficking, yet perfectly capable of acting to embarrass the President (or, as Obama argues, themselves). Less than two years ago, budget negotiations between Democrats and Republicans deteriorated so far that the Federal Government actually shut down, … [Read more...] about No More Midterms: Let’s Amend the Constitution and Elect the Federal Government Every Four Years
By D. James Greiner “Harry suddenly realized that the tape measure, which was measuring between his nostrils, was doing this on its own. Mr. Ollivander was flitting around the shelves, taking down boxes. ‘That will do,’ he said, and the tape measure crumpled into a heap on the floor.” --Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone I’m a statistician. My job is to measure … [Read more...] about What’s access to justice for? Let’s get more philosophical. In a hurry.
By Michael C. Dorf Since the Supreme Court’s 2013 decision in United States v. Windsor, invalidating Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act, a clear majority of lower courts to hear challenges to state laws forbidding same-sex marriage have found for the plaintiffs. Some state executive officials—like those in New Jersey and Pennsylvania—graciously accepted defeat and did … [Read more...] about Equality and Liberty in the Same-Sex Marriage Case
By Lisa Ebersole Last week the Utah state legislature passed a law that would reinstitute death by firing squad as an option for capital punishment if the state were unable to maintain adequate supplies of lethal injection drugs. Many are skeptical of this seemingly barbaric and primitive method of execution—in a recent poll only 12 percent of respondents said that they would … [Read more...] about Clinging to Capital Punishment
By Ryan Cohen As a Millennial, I have few memories of protests shaking the foundations of my world the way Selma did in 1965. That’s not because there are not injustices in society, or people determined to speak out against them. Perhaps it’s partly because my generation has found a new public forum in the Internet. But more importantly, it’s because policy and jurisprudence … [Read more...] about Echoes of Unsung Selmas