• Don’t Hold Your Breath: Furthering the Fight Against Drunken Driving Until Autonomous Vehicles Arrive

    Posted on November 11, 2017 by Winston Shi in Uncategorized.

    Don’t Hold Your Breath: Furthering the Fight Against Drunken Driving Until Autonomous Vehicles Arrive By Russell Spivak, JD ’17[*] Interlocking Ignition Devices (IIDs) restrict a driver from turning on a car unless he or she passes a Breathalyzer examination. There is significant reason to think that promoting—if not mandating—the installation of such technologies in all […]

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  • Participation in Name Only: How Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act Can Present a Meaningful Challenge to Big Money in Politics

    Posted on September 28, 2017 by Justin Kenney in JOL Online Notes, Uncategorized.

    Participation in Name Only: How Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act Can Present a Meaningful Challenge to Big Money in Politics By Jonathan Topaz, JD ’18[*] “No, Jim Crow is not dead. It’s not quite dead. It now focuses its energy in different areas. Instead of literacy tests or poll taxes, the new way […]

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  • The Coming Collapse of the Paris Climate Agreement

    Posted on August 16, 2017 by Justin Kenney in JOL Online, JOL Online Notes.

    The Coming Collapse of the Paris Climate Agreement By Bryan H. Druzin [*] I. Introduction Now that the Trump administration has abandoned the Paris Climate Agreement, the question is whether the agreement will collapse. A strong case can be made that it will indeed unravel—perhaps not immediately, but eventually. Although the world’s leaders have been […]

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  • Welcome Transfer Students and Class of 2020!

    Posted on August 12, 2017 by Justin Kenney in Uncategorized.

    Greetings from the Harvard Journal on Legislation! Our names are Paul Kominers and George Maliha, and we are the Co-Presidents and Editors-in-Chief of the Journal. We are writing to welcome you to campus and encourage you to get involved with JOL. As the nation’s premier law review focused on legislative analysis and the legislative process, […]

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  • The Mathematics of Constitutional Failure

    Posted on June 23, 2017 by Justin Kenney in JOL Online, JOL Online Notes.

    The Mathematics of Constitutional Failure By Carrie Leonetti [*] The federal courts were intended as anti-democratic structures.[1] Their interpretations of the federal constitution were supposed to be a counterweight to the excesses of the other two “democratic” branches.[2] The problem with this system is that the other two branches of government are not democratic. No one […]

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  • Congressman Adam Schiff ’85 (D-Calif.) Speaks at Harvard Journal on Legislation’s 2017 Symposium

    Posted on March 24, 2017 by Justin Kenney in Featured Items.

    Earlier this month, Congressman Adam Schiff spoke on the timely topics of privacy, security, and Russia’s role in the 2016 U.S. presidential election at JOL’s 2017 Symposium: Legislating on the World Stage. You can read more about his other speakers’ insights here, and watch his remarks below.

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  • What is “Disabled?”: Ménière’s Disease & the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

    Posted on February 22, 2017 by P K in JOL Commentary, JOL Online.

    What is “Disabled?”: Ménière’s Disease & the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) By Thomas Tobin, JD ’16, Harvard Kennedy School MPP ’16[*] The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits American employers from discriminating against individuals due to disability.[1] As a threshold matter, individuals bringing suit under the ADA’s anti-discrimination provisions must demonstrate that they are […]

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  • Churches are not Places of Public Accommodation

    Posted on November 28, 2016 by P K in JOL Commentary, JOL Online.

    Churches are not Places of Public Accommodation [*] By Caleb C. Wolanek, JD ’17 [**] On September 1, the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination stated that churches would be subject to the Commonwealth’s “public accommodation” statute.[1] Although Attorney General Maura Healey some time ago slipped “houses of worship” onto her website’s list of places of public […]

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  • Making Cities Work

    Posted on November 2, 2016 by P K in JOL Commentary, JOL Online.

    Making Cities Work By Nino Monea JD ‘17 National elections dominate the news. But precious little policy is actually coming out of Washington these days. And officials there are often disconnected from our daily lives. At the local level, the challenges of how to run an effective city may appear more mundane on the surface, […]

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  • A Beginner’s Guide to Legislative Drafting

    Posted on October 24, 2016 by P K in JOL Commentary, JOL Online.

    A Beginner’s Guide to Legislative Drafting By Deborah Beth Medows, Senior Attorney, Division of Legal Affairs, New York State Department of Health[*] The ability to impact society through well-written legislation is unparalleled. As President Barack Obama stated, “A good compromise, a good piece of legislation, is like a good sentence. Or a good piece of […]

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