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2014 Symposium Recap

Posted on March 14th, by smorrison in Featured Items, Student Commentary, Symposium. No Comments

Over lunch on February 11 and 12, the Harvard Law School Journal on Legislation hosted its annual symposium. This year’s topic, Drug Policy: Reality and Reform, proved timely and engaging to members of the Harvard Law community. Welcoming a standing-room-only audience to hear from some of the field’s leading experts and authorities, JOL succeeded in creating a meaningful dialogue around a topic seeped in critical statutory and policy implications.

The first panel opened with brief remarks from Jeffrey Miron, a Senior Lecturer on Economics at Harvard University who is known for his economic insights on the war on drugs and other related topics. The discussion, moderated by Harvard Law professor and former Deputy U.S. Attorney General Phillip Heymann, jumped immediately to brief historical accounts of the drug war, focusing specifically on an aspect which all panelists had dealt with in their careers: mandatory minimums. The perspectives ranged from academic theory to first-hand accounts from a former judge and the state director of a national non-profit organization working on the topic.

Former federal judge for the District of Massachusetts Nancy Gertner and John Pfaff, Associate Professor of Law at Fordham Law School, opened the conversation with detailed perspectives on the impact of mandatory … Read More »


2014 Symposium – Drug Policy: Reality and Reform – Feb. 11-12

Posted on February 5th, by nrupkey in Campus Events, Featured Items, Symposium, Upcoming Events. No Comments

 

Join the Journal on Legislation for its annual Symposium, “Drug Policy: Reality and Reform.” There will be two panels, which will consist of short speeches, debate between panelists, and a question and answer session. Panera lunch will be provided at both panels!

The first panel discussion, held on Tuesday, February 11th at 12 noon in WCC 1015, will focus on the relationship between drug policies and mass incarceration. The speakers on the first panel will be:

Barbara Dougan, Massachusetts Project Director at Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM)
Nancy Gertner, Professor of Practice at Harvard Law School
Mark Osler, Professor of Law at University of St. Thomas Law School
John Pfaff, Associate Professor of Law at Fordham Law School

The second panel discussion, held on Wednesday, February 12th at 12 noon in WCC 1015, will focus on the possibility of ending marijuana prohibition. The speakers on the second panel will be:

Senator John Keenan, Massachusetts State Senator for the Norfolk and Plymouth district
Ethan Nadelmann, Founder and Executive Director of the Drug Policy Alliance
Charles “Cully” Stimson, Senior Legal Fellow at the Heritage Foundation

We will also be showing “The House I Live in” on February 11th at 5 p.m. in WCC 2009, and dinner will be provided. Please join these … Read More »


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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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.


Documentary Screening: “Shadow Company”

Posted on February 14th, by JOL in Symposium. No Comments

Shadow Company

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

7 PM, Wasserstein B010

Light Refreshments Provided

Please join the Journal on Legislation for a special screening of “Shadow Company,” a documentary dealing with private military contracting firms, in advance of Thursday’s Symposium: Government Outsourcing and Privatization.

For more information, contact Ian Gore, igore@jd13.law.harvard.edu