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The Future of US Healthcare with Former Director of Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Don Berwick

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Dr. Don Berwick, labeled the “second-most dangerous man in America” by conservative pundit Glenn Beck, spoke at Harvard Law last week. Dr. Berwick, a pediatrician, founded the Institute for Healthcare Improvement in 1991 in Cambridge, and in 2010-2011, served as Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Earlier this year, Dr. Berwick …

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Putting the Constitution First: The Role of State Attorneys General with Pennsylvania AG Kathleen Kane

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Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane addressed students at Harvard Law School on Wednesday, October 30th, 2013. Last November, Kane became the first woman and the first Democrat elected to the position, defeating her opponent by a 14-point margin. Kane told students that she was inspired to run by her mother’s advice that “If you want something …

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Taking the Pulse of Public Defense 50 Years after Gideon


“Why aren’t you ready?” the judge asked. “I have no counsel,” Gideon replied. In 1963 the Supreme Court handed down the unanimous decision Gideon v. Wainwright, which famously established a criminal defendant’s right to free counsel. The Court clearly favored this outcome: they selected the incredibly experienced Abe Fortas to represent Clarence Earl Gideon against …

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