Category Archives: JOL Commentary

  • What is “Disabled?”: Ménière’s Disease and 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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  • 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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  • Social Insecurity: The Case for Totalization With India

    Posted on August 26, 2016 by P K in JOL Commentary, JOL Online.

    Social Insecurity: The Case for Totalization With India By Josh Craddock, JD ‘18 Death and taxes are inevitable, but at least death does not repeat itself. This maxim bites especially hard under current U.S.-India policy: expat workers pay into both countries’ Social Security systems, but are ineligible for benefits from their nation of employment. As […]

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  • For-Profit, Anti-Student

    Posted on January 26, 2016 by ldavis in JOL Commentary, JOL Online.

    For-Profit, Anti-Student by Nino C. Monea, JD ’17 The legal job market is notoriously rocky. Virtually all law schools have trouble securing full-time jobs for their students. However, not all schools are equal in this regard, and many use deceptive techniques. Some of the worst cases involve private, for-profit law schools. One particularly troubling example […]

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  • The Apprentice(ship)

    Posted on November 18, 2015 by ldavis in JOL Commentary, JOL Online.

    The Apprentice(ship)  by Nino C. Monea, JD ’17 When the Great Recession hit, the economy was devastated. In early 2008, unemployment, previously hovering at around 5%, shot up to 10.0% by October 2009.[1] The number of job openings plummeted from 4.5 million in December 2007 to fewer than 2.5 million in July 2009.[2] Average consumer spending […]

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  • Congress is Broken. Fair Districts Could Help Fix It.

    Posted on April 23, 2015 by ldavis in JOL Commentary, JOL Online.

    The Capitol Building. The bedrock of the first branch of government; home to the World’s Greatest Deliberative Body and the People’s House. Like no other structure, it stands as the very symbol of our system of self-governance.

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  • Why Price Transparency Cannot Cure American Healthcare

    Posted on January 30, 2015 by harvardjol in JOL Commentary, JOL Online.

    Why Price Transparency Cannot Cure American Healthcare Jonathan Klein[*]   “Price transparency” is a buzz-phrase one tends to hear a lot in discussions over healthcare reform. Price transparency laws, which require covered health care providers to disclose to consumers cost estimates for health care services, are attractive to lawmakers on both sides of the aisle, […]

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  • Competitive Ideas for Reducing Healthcare Costs

    Posted on November 20, 2014 by harvardjol in JOL Commentary, JOL Online.

    Competitive Ideas for Reducing Healthcare Costs Jeremy Salinger[*]   I. Introduction Nino Monea, Class of 2017, recently proposed that making price information for medical care available to consumers online would increase the transparency in healthcare shopping, which in turn would lead to greater competition among healthcare providers and lower costs to consumers. Mr. Monea’s analysis […]

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  • A Clear Solution for Health Care Costs

    Posted on October 30, 2014 by harvardjol in Featured Items, JOL Commentary, JOL Online.

    A Clear Solution for Health Care Costs Nino Monea[*]   The market for health care is an economist’s nightmare. Many of the market forces that would militate against rising prices in other industries simply do not exist for the health care market in the United States. Sudden injuries and illnesses create demand uncertainty by preventing […]

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