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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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Government by Crisis: A Panel on the Shutdown

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m4s0n501 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 …

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