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The New York Times
After 130 Years, Harvard Law Review Elects a Black Woman President
It has been 27 years since the first black man, an older student by the name of Barack Obama, was elected president of the prestigious Harvard Law Review. It has been even longer — 41 years — since the first woman, Susan Estrich, was elected to the position. Since then, subsequent presidents have been female, Hispanic, Asian-American, openly gay and black. Only now, for the first time in the history of the venerable 130-year-old journal, is the president a black woman. ImeIme Umana
[`18], 24, the third-oldest of four daughters of Nigerian immigrants, was elected on Jan. 29 by the review’s 92 student editors as the president of its 131st volume...“It still feels like magic that I’m here,” Ms. Umana said in an interview, though her fellow students said it was not magic at all but her sharp legal mind, intense work ethic, leadership ability and generosity of spirit that catapulted her to the top.
The New Yorker
A Moment of Uncertainty for Transgender Rights
An op-ed by Jeannie Suk Gersen
. Last week, the Trump Administration did exactly what many dreaded regarding transgender students. The Justice Department and the Education Department issued a letter that withdrew the Obama Administration’s letters directing schools to allow transgender students to use bathrooms consistent with their gender identity (rather than genitalia, chromosomes, or sex assigned at birth). The same day, the Office of the Solicitor General sent a letter asking the Supreme Court to take note of this about-face in the government’s position on what Title IX requires of schools. The Supreme Court was set to resolve two questions this term in the case of the Gloucester County School Board against Gavin Grimm, a transgender teen-age boy: first, whether the federal government’s view on transgender bathroom use was entitled to deference by courts; and, second, whether the government’s interpretation was correct.
Why some ‘secrets’ leaked while Trump’s tax returns haven’t
An op-ed by Nancy Gertner.
President Trump frequently complains about Washington leaks. But what he is really concerned about is that these leaks are not random. He believes that they are being deployed to harm his administration. (Of course, he had no problem with WikiLeaks’ leak of e-mails from the Democratic National Committee during the campaign. “I love WikiLeaks,” he said.) But the pattern of leaks is uneven and, in one area, that inconsistent pattern may well redound to Trump’s advantage: Despite all the information that has come out of this leaky administration, his tax returns remain confidential (except for a single year reportedly leaked by one of Trump’s former wives).
The Harvard Crimson
Working Group Will Formulate Recommendations for Undocumented Students
Katie M. Derzon,the College’s recently-appointed undocumented student fellow, has partnered with other College administrators to present "a series of concrete recommendations" for supporting undocumented students by the end of the semester. Derzon, a sociology graduate student and tutor in Leverett House, assumed her position earlier this month. She said she meets with undocumented students “one-on-one to work to answer questions as they occur.”...So far, Derzon said she sees connecting students to legal resources as her first priority. She pointed to Jason M. Corral
, a staff attorney at the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program, as one of those resources.
Aaron Hernandez trial reaches key milestone with 16 people chosen to serve on jury
The final two jurors were selected Monday in the double murder trial of former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez, paving the way for opening statements in the highly anticipated case on Wednesday...Ronald Sullivan
, a lawyer for Hernandez, said outside court during the lunch break that his client is looking forward to the start of the trial. “He’s looking forward to vindication,” said Sullivan, a Harvard Law professor. “To demonstrate to this jury and to the public that he is not guilty of the charged crimes.”
Trump’s Love-Hate Relationship With the First Amendment
An op-ed by Noah Feldman
. President Donald Trump’s war on the news media violates the spirit of the free press. How far can he go before he violates the letter of the First Amendment? Case in point: the exclusion of CNN, the New York Times, Politico and other media outlets from a White House press briefing Friday. It violates the basic constitutional ideal that the government can’t discriminate among various speakers on the basis of their viewpoints. Under existing case law, however, the exclusion probably doesn’t violate the Constitution, because the news outlets remain free to speak despite losing a degree of access.
Harvard Law Review breaks barrier with election of black woman as president
The Harvard Law Review is among the most prestigious legal journals in the world, but the 130-year-old publication had never elected a black woman as its president — until now. That honor has gone to ImeIme Umana
[`18], a 24-year-old daughter of Nigerian immigrants who has been voted president by the Law Review’s 92 student editors. Twenty-seven years ago, a Harvard Law School student named Barack Obama was elected the publication’s first black male president.