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The Washington Post
Ivanka Trump’s West Wing job isn’t just unethical. It’s also dangerous.
An op-ed by Helen Klein Murillo `17 and Susan Hennessey
. The president’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, is set to join his administration in an unspecified, but reportedly influential policy role. She claims she will not be a government employee despite having an office in the White House, holding a high-level security clearance and performing government work. In a statement, Ivanka Trump concedes that there is “no modern precedent for an adult child of the president” but pledges to “voluntarily” comply with ethics rules. What the first daughter fails to acknowledge is that the very nature of her proposed role breaches ethical standards to which previous administrations have adhered for generations.
Harvard’s Scott Says U.S. Has Latitude on Bank Reforms (video)
, Harvard Law School professor and president of Committee on Capital Markets Regulation, discusses the Trump administration's approach to financial regulation and how it relates to the Federal Reserve and monetary policy. Scott is a potential candidate to be the next Vice Chair of the Federal Reserve.
The Harvard Crimson
The Law School’s Admission Policy Changes Set a Commendable Precedent
Earlier this month, Harvard Law School announced that the Graduate Record Examination will be accepted in lieu of the Law School Admissions Test in applications, effective this fall. In the wake of this important announcement, we are glad to see the Law School taking bold, new action in its decisions to update admissions policies, and commend administrators for taking the risk in enacting far-reaching change that many other schools have not considered. This change will allow for greater flexibility for applicants while easing the process. With its prestige and respectability, Harvard Law School is in a unique place to affect change and to begin a national conversation among its fellow law schools and the American Bar.
A Texas-Sized Centennial for Vinson & Elkins
...The firm celebrates its 100 anniversary this year. Established by William Vinson and James Elkins, the two-person law firm has grown to about 700 attorneys with 16 offices across the world — with the largest office still in Houston...Henderson said a 2010 study of law firms showed many of the top-performing law firms in the 1940s had strong relationships with major commercial and investment banks. Almost 70 years later, those firms were still some of the largest firms, he said. In the early 20th century, many law firms located their offices in the banks they represented, according to David Wilkins
, professor at Harvard Law School. “This is unusual in its origin story, but the basic story is very similar,” Wilkins said.
Go Ahead, Neil Gorsuch, Tell Us What You Think
An op-ed by Noah Feldman
. What if we held a confirmation hearing and the Supreme Court nominee actually answered the questions? Conventional wisdom considers that impossible in today’s political climate, but conventional wisdom is wrong. Politically, senators are going to vote the way they want regardless of what the nominee says. And ethically, there’s nothing wrong with a nominee speaking about Supreme Court precedent or issues that might come before the court in the future, unless the nominee commented specifically on the facts of a particular case.
What happens to Boston and other sanctuary cities named on ICE’s detainer report?
Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s first list of so-called sanctuary cities produced a lot of names — and not a ton of immediate clarity. The reported inaccuracies notwithstanding, the list — released as part of ICE’s first weekly “detainer” report Monday — of self-identified sanctuaries was just that. It included no information about what might happen to the 118 listed localities — including Boston and four other Massachusetts cities — where law enforcement limits their cooperation with ICE efforts to deport undocumented immigrants...However, Phil Torrey
, an immigration lawyer and Harvard Law School lecturer, says the report has another purpose. “Trump is trying to shame localities into using their resources to help ICE arrest and deport individuals,” he said.
Puzzling out TSA’s laptop travel ban
An op-ed by Bruce Schneier
. On Monday, the TSA announced a peculiar new security measure to take effect within 96 hours. Passengers flying into the US on foreign airlines from eight Muslim countries would be prohibited from carrying aboard any electronics larger than a smartphone. They would have to be checked and put into the cargo hold. And now the UK is following suit. It's difficult to make sense of this as a security measure, particularly at a time when many people question the veracity of government orders, but other explanations are either unsatisfying or damning.
Gorsuch Faces Scrutiny From Senate Democrats In Day 3 Of Hearings
An interview with Nancy Gertner
. Judge Neil Gorsuch faced his third long day of Supreme Court confirmation hearings with the Senate Judiciary Committee today. Yesterday, Gorsuch faced questioning about his judicial independence. Today, Republicans praised his calm demeanor and carefully worded answers. Democrats, however, appealed to Gorsuch's more personal side.