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Alexander Hamilton’s New York Values
An op-ed by Cass Sunstein:
Having spoken contemptuously about “New York values,” Senator Ted Cruz had a catastrophic election night in New York. So it’s fitting that just one day after the primary, U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew announced that Alexander Hamilton -- the founder of New York values -- will remain on the $10 bill. It’s also fitting that in the same week Hamilton, the musical, a joyful celebration of New York values, won the Pulitzer Prize for drama.
The Boston Globe
Political potholes impede bid to bring high-speed Internet to Western Massachusetts
Political disagreements have snarled plans to connect Western Massachusetts with high-speed Internet, but state officials could break the logjam by working with two dozen towns that want to build their own local broadband utility, Harvard researchers said Wednesday. The report from Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society highlights nagging gaps in Massachusetts’ modern Internet infrastructure, which researchers said “is fast becoming a basic need like electricity or water.”...Berkman researcher Susan Crawford
, however, called the lack of progress in Western Massachusetts “embarrassing.” “This whole situation is a tragic political mess,” Crawford wrote in a blog post accompanying the study. “The real victims, as always, are the people whose day-to-day lives (and property values) are blighted by the absence of world-class connectivity in their homes and businesses.”
Toss or Not: What To Do With Expired Foods
We're all guilty of searching the refrigerator for that one item. Once you find it, you notice it's past the expiration date. What do you do now? ... A report released by the Harvard Law School's Food Law and Policy Clinic
says more than 90 percent of Americans toss food out because they misinterpret food labels as indicators of food safety. ... Experts say that waste contributes to the billions of pounds of food filling our landfills and polluting the air. So the next time you consider tossing food out that isn't quite expired, maybe you should think twice.
The Harvard Crimson
At Law School, Women Students Still Fall Behind
Women students continue to fall behind men in select indicators of academic performance at the Law School, according to a recent report from the Harvard Women’s Law Association. The report focuses on two metrics to assess student performance: membership in selective student organizations seen as de facto “honor societies” at the school, and receiving Latin honors upon graduation...First-year Law student and Shatter the Ceiling committee member Mollie Swears
looked at publicly-available membership records of three extracurricular groups—the Harvard Law Review, Harvard Legal Aid Bureau, and the Board of Student Advisers— for the classes of 2016 and 2017. Swears cross-referenced a list of 2015 Latin honors recipients with biographical information to determine the gender breakdown of awardees...Law Review President Michael L. Zuckerman
’10 suggested in the report he thinks persisting disparities are likely due to women opting out of going through the selection process, rather than the process itself.
3 Business Skills to Build as a Law Student
For decades, law schools have specialized in teaching students how to interpret and practice law, but recently many J.D. programs have increased their focus on helping students develop business savvy. In addition to offering J.D.-MBA programs, schools have created new ways for law students to learn the fundamentals of business in a semester or two. ...Harvard Business School launched the HBX Credential of Readiness Program
in June 2014, which allows incoming law students to take courses in subjects like business analytics the summer before starting law classes.
Two Surprise Votes for the Power of Courts
An op-ed by Noah Feldman:
The Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday in favor of terror victims and against the Central Bank of Iran. That came as no surprise. But what’s remarkable about the case, which raised important separation-of-powers concerns, is that the court reached its 6-to-2 decision over a stinging dissent by the conservative Chief Justice John Roberts. And that his dissent was joined by the court’s most liberal member, Justice Sonia Sotomayor.
Even Drunken Drivers Have Rights
An op-ed by Noah Feldman:
Can you be charged with a crime for refusing to take a Breathalyzer test when stopped on suspicion of drunken driving? It’s hard to think of a constitutional rights question that affects more people. On Wednesday, the Supreme Court will take it up, considering whether the Fourth Amendment right against unreasonable search and seizure protects your breath and your blood from a warrantless search. Two different states involved in the case offer different constitutional reasons for their practices -- a sure sign that something is fishy here. The bottom line is that mandating a search without a warrant violates the Constitution, and the court should say so, regardless of the legitimate importance of combating drunken driving.
The Hills Are Dead — Without the Sound of Internet Access
An op-ed by Susan Crawford.
Welcome to Western Massachusetts: gently rolling hills, spreading trees, small and mid-size towns (many of them struggling), and adorable clusters of wood-frame houses pressing right up against the roads. It’s a place with a determined, gritty American sensibility. All very attractive. But the region is at risk of losing its younger generations and having its small towns fade even more fully into the past. Why? Because you can’t be part of the information economy in Western Mass: Tens of thousands of residents are forced to rely on satellite or awful DSL connections. Based on a thorough report out today from Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society, the dismal Internet access story for Western Mass isn’t going to change any time soon.
The Boston Globe
Harvard Law student’s remarks to Israeli decried
A Harvard Law student called former Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni“smelly” during a recent forum, drawing a broad condemnation of anti-Semitism from administrators, faculty, and a Jewish student group. The student, who school officials have not identified, made the statement last Thursday during a question and answer period following a panel discussion on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict organized by the school.