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Government by Crisis: A Panel on the Shutdown

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On Thursday, October 3rd, more than 180 students came to listen as ACS and the Law and Government Program of Study hosted Professors Howell E. Jackson and Robert E. Mnookin in a panel discussion about the recent government shutdown. Professor Jackson began the talk by noting that despite the relative frequency of government shutdowns (17 …

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Changing the Image of the American Worker

Lenora Lapides

On Thursday, September 26th, Lenora Lapides from the ACLU’s Women’s Rights Project came to speak. Her topic was something that was theoretically solved by a congressional act in 1978: pregnancy discrimination. Some women are fired on the spot when they tell their bosses that they are pregnant, while others are more subtly pushed out, often …

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Welcome to First Year Students


Dear 1Ls: Welcome to Harvard Law School! We are thrilled to be back and excited to start a new year for the HLS Chapter of the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy. ACS is the nation’s leading progressive legal organization, bringing together law students, attorneys, scholars, judges, policymakers, activists, and other concerned individuals. We work hard …

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Fighting for Fair Pay: Dinner Conversation with Lilly Ledbetter, Kevin Russell, and Lanier Isom. Tues, Apr 10, 5-6:30pm in Austin North. Free dinner!


Please join us for a dinner discussion featuring Lilly Ledbetter, the inspiration for the 2009 Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act.  This discussion will chronicle Ms. Ledbetter’s experience at Goodyear as well as exploring the subsequent litigation and the legislative battle in response to the Supreme Court’s dismissal of the case.  Kevin Russell, the advocate who argued Ms. Ledbetter’s …

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Professor Richard Lazarus: “Arguing Before and Within the Supreme Court: The Significance for Public Interest Advocacy of Environmentalists’ 0-for-17 Record in NEPA Cases.” Mon, Apr 9, 5pm, in Austin North. Presented by the Environmental Law Society.

Clover dinner!  Reception to Follow. Please join us for the final event in the Environmental Law in the Supreme Court Discussion Series: Lessons for Progressive Cause Advocates. HLS’s own Professor Richard Lazarus will discuss what environmental lawyers’ beleaguered efforts to challenge federal actions via the National Environmental Policy Act (“NEPA”) can teach other social change …

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