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The Charlotte Observer
N.C. case may change teacher tenure in U.S.
An op-ed by Tommy Tobin `17.
The N.C. Supreme Court ruled this month on an important constitutional challenge that may shape the future of teacher tenure in the United States. While the national media have focused on a California case upholding teacher tenure there, advocates on each side should instead be focused on Raleigh...Instead of focusing on students’ rights, the N.C. case concerned the contract rights of teachers. Writing for the court, Justice Robert Edmunds found that the state’s repeal of teacher tenure in 2013 violated the constitutional rights of the teachers themselves.
Corpus Christi Caller-Times
Schools look to aid traumatized children
Violence children see at home can affect their chances for success in school and later in life. That's why the Trauma and Learning Policy Initiative, based at Harvard Law School in Massachusetts, advocates for trauma-sensitive schools to help children impacted by trauma to feel safe at school. There are six attributes of a trauma sensitive school that are explained in the initiative's book, "Helping Traumatized Children Learn II: Creating and Advocating for Trauma Sensitive Schools." Those attributes came from work done in schools in Brockton, Mass., and other places, and describe what a trauma sensitive school looks and feels like, said Michael Gregory
, a senior attorney with the initiative and a clinical professor of law at Harvard Law School.
Extended Sandy Hook lawsuit might just be what the plaintiffs need
When a Connecticut judge last week allowed family members of Sandy Hook Elementary shooting victims to continue their lawsuit against a gun manufacturer, experts saw the decision as a means to put off deciding the legal merits of the case...Bushmaster almost certainly doesn't have to worry about losing the case, but it also wants to avoid a major settlement and any negative publicity around the case that could sour public opinion toward them, according to John Goldberg
, a tort law expert at Harvard Law School. "The gun manufacturers are going to have to weigh risks against other risks," Goldberg told Mashable
. "If they do end up settling this, then that's a signal to other plaintiffs out there that if they get a somewhat favorable ruling from a judge, then they can succeed as well."
The Boston Globe
City to hold hearings on body camera pilot program
Boston city officials are seeking community input on a body camera pilot program for the Boston Police Department and will hold three community forums this week to discuss the initiative with residents...One hundred officers across the city would wear the cameras, Evans said. His department has worked with city officials, a legal team at Harvard, academics, and the Social Justice Task Force, which includes clergy and community leaders, to develop the plan...The ACLU, which also worked with the Boston Police Camera Action Team, the Boston branch of the NAACP, and the Harvard Black Law Students Association
on their proposed policy, recommends prohibiting recording without notice and consent, a ban on surveillance of activists, and prompt deletion of a video that doesn’t involve the use of force, a complaint, a detention, or an arrest.
Court holds fate of Obama’s climate legacy
President Obama’s signature climate change initiative is about to face its biggest challenge yet. Time is running out on Obama’s second term in the White House, and the president could leave office next January with his Clean Power Plan stuck in legal limbo. The rule, which would require power plants to cut their carbon dioxide output, is the centerpiece of Obama’s efforts to use executive power to slow U.S. contributions to global warming...“I think that people shouldn’t be too pessimistic or optimistic either way,” said Jody Freeman
, director of Harvard Law School’s environmental law program and a former counselor to Obama. She filed a legal brief backing the plan on behalf of two former Republican EPA chiefs.
Offensive Names to Get Day in Court (You too, Redskins)
An op-ed by Noah Feldman.
The Washington Redskins are headed for the Supreme Court – in the guise of a dance rock band called The Slants. The Department of Justice has asked the court to review a lower court's holding that the Patent and Trademark Office violated the band’s free-speech rights by denying it a registered trademark on the grounds of offensiveness. The justices are likely to take the case – which would mean that next year they will effectively decide whether the National Football League franchise can also be denied trademark registration. It also means that the question of what to do about names that offend some listeners is going to get its day in court.