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2014 Symposium Announced

Posted on November 5th, by nrupkey in Featured Items, Symposium. No Comments

This year’s symposium (set for early 2014) addresses the War on Drugs, an age-old issue that has recently generated intense debate.

We are currently preparing a list of panelists representing a wide range of philosophical, geographic, and occupational viewpoints. We are planning to invite a mixture of legal practitioners, academics, and non-profit and industry representatives in order to present a diverse range of viewpoints in keeping with our mission of non-partisanship.

Be sure to check back soon for more updates.

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Student Blog: Rosie the Riveter Cuts the Cap

Posted on November 4th, by nrupkey in Featured Items, Student Commentary. No Comments

By Jenna Tynan, HLS Class of 2016 –

This year, Harvard Business School celebrates the 50th anniversary of its first coed class.  This effort to break gender barriers in education was just one piece of the greater movement (advanced through direct action, judicial decisions, and legislation) to enhance the status of women in the business community.  The next legislative advance for female entrepreneurs comes from an unlikely source: The National Defense Authorization Act of 2013 (NDAA).

The specific provision in the 600-plus-page document eliminates caps on contracts set aside for Women-Owned Small Businesses (WOSB) and Economically Disadvantaged Women-Owned Small Businesses (EDWOSB).  Previously, contracting officers could only set aside contracts valued less than $6.5 million for manufacturing and $4 million for all other industries.  Proponents believe that government agencies will be in a better position to meet the statutory goal of WOSBs representing no less than 5% of federal contracting and subcontracting revenue.  But should women business owners celebrate because the NDAA has cut the cap?

The legislation provides an example of how the law of unintended consequences may thwart otherwise favorable efforts.  The legislative history itself fails to indicate dubious intentions: Senator Olympia Snowe (R-Me.) proposed the amendment, which was co-sponsored by six … Read More »


2013 Symposium Announced

Posted on October 17th, by croach in Featured Items, Symposium, Uncategorized. No Comments

The Journal on Legislation presents its 2013 Symposium: Class in America on February 21, 2013.

This year’s symposium, co-sponsored with The Federalist Society, The American Constitutional Society, the HLS Democrats, and the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review addresses Class in America, a growing area of interest and concern for our nation.

The symposium will feature two panels, lunch, and a reception afterward. The first panel will focus on access to democracy. This discussion will cover areas including voter registration and ID requirements, and the role of Super PACs in the electoral system. The second panel will focus on the tax system. By focusing on tax policy, the panelist will be able to present differing viewpoints on possible tax reforms, the role of legal practitioners in our tax system, and the broader implications of our tax system on Americans’ understating of socioeconomic class.

We are currently preparing a list of panelists representing a wide range of philosophical, geographic, and occupational viewpoints. We are planning to invite a mixture of legal practitioners, academics, and non-profit and industry representatives in order to present a diverse range of viewpoints in keeping with our mission of non-partisanship.

Be sure to check back soon for more updates.


Winter 2012 Issue Now Online

Posted on March 29th, by JOL in Featured Items. 1 Comment

 

Our latest issue, Volume 49, Number 1, is now online.


2012 Symposium Announced

Posted on January 24th, by JOL in Featured Items, Symposium. No Comments

Harvard Journal on Legislation – 2012 Symposium
Government Outsourcing and Privatization

February 16, 2012 - Harvard Law School

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