• Prosecutorial Discretion and the Expansion of Executive Power: An Analysis of the Holder Memorandum

    Posted on October 15, 2015 by ldavis in JOL Online Notes.

    Prosecutorial Discretion and the Expansion of Executive Power: An Analysis of the Holder Memorandum by Erin Cady, JD ’16    I. Introduction President Obama has used executive power to advance policymaking on issues from immigration to national security throughout his Administration, particularly since the Republican Party won a majority of seats in the House of Representatives […]

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  • Going Green: An Analysis of Colorado’s Amendment 64

    Posted on August 5, 2015 by ldavis in JOL Online Notes.

    by Sara Murphy, JD ’16 On January 1, 2014, Colorado became the first place in the world to legitimize the sale of marijuana and marijuana-based products.[1] This historic moment was quickly eclipsed by uncertainty as to whether Colorado could actually regulate cannabis without running afoul of the federal Controlled Substances Act’s ban on the manufacture or […]

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

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

    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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  • The State of Gun Law and Policy: Symposium Make-Up Panel This Thursday

    Posted on April 12, 2015 by ldavis in Featured Items, Symposium.

    Join JOL this Thursday, April 16 from 12-1 for a discussion on the state of gun law and policy with expert panelists: Elizabeth Burke from the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, New Hampshire State Representative, John Burt, and Rob Luther, an attorney, author, and law clerk on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. […]

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  • Thanks for a Great Symposium!

    Posted on March 9, 2015 by ldavis in Symposium.

    Thank you to everyone who came out to our annual Symposium, and a special thanks to Colin Ross, Kellen Wittkop, and the Events Committee for putting the Symposium on! The Symposium was a phenomenal success in creating a great campus dialogue about guns in America.  The Symposium featured national experts and advocates from multiple gun […]

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  • Why Price Transparency Cannot Cure American Healthcare

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

    by Jonathan Klein, JD16 “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, and it’s easy to see why. […]

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  • Saving the Affordable Care Act if the King v. Burwell Challenge Succeeds

    Posted on January 8, 2015 by harvardjol in JOL Online Notes.

    In this essay, I will assume that it is the day after the Supreme Court’s decision in the upcoming case of King v. Burwell, the latest challenge to the Affordable Care Act, and will further assume that the Supreme Court has found for the plaintiffs in a decision roughly along the lines of that handed down by the DC Circuit panel in Halbig v. Burwell. I will propose and discuss a method that the Obama Administration could use to ensure that the ACA continues to function as intended even after such a ruling, or that the Obama Administration could implement in advance of such a ruling as a means of rendering the King challenge substantively moot. Those familiar with King may wish to skip the “Background” section of this essay, and move directly to the section entitled “Goals and Constraints”.

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  • Recap of JOL Midterm Election Panel

    Posted on November 23, 2014 by harvardjol in JOL Online Notes.

    On Monday, November 10, the Journal on Legislation hosted Professor Steve Ansolabehere (a Harvard government professor who consulted this year with CBS News on its election night coverage specializes in electoral politics, public opinion, and media) and Professor Elaine Kamarck (a Kennedy School professor and former White House senior staffer who created the National Performance […]

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  • Competitive Ideas for Reducing Healthcare Costs

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

    Jeremy Salinger, Class of 2017 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 focused on the relationship […]

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  • JOL Co-Hosts Election Night Party at HLS

    Posted on November 10, 2014 by harvardjol in JOL Online Notes.

    On this past Election Day, November 4th, hundreds of members of the Harvard Community attended the HLS Election Day party and issue discussion. The event hosted by the Journal on Legislation, Harvard Law School Democrats, and Harvard Law Republicans obtained overwhelming bipartisan support and attendance. The event commenced with a key announcement early in the […]

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