Volume 59, Issue 1

Policy Essay

Representative Andy Levin & Colton Puckett


Kimberly Jenkins Robinson
Kristen Underhill & Ian Ayres
Jaime S. King, Katherine L. Gudiksen, & Erin C. Fuse Brown


Christopher Cruz

Welcome, Class of 2019!

Greetings from the Harvard Journal on Legislation! Our names are Nino Monea and Maria Makar 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 join JOL. As the nation’s premier law review focused on legislative analysis and the legislative process, we have a unique role in shaping public policy. Not only do we publish articles written by law professors and students, we also regularly publish essays by members of Congress and other government officials. These articles are often reported on by the nation’s top newspapers.

The Journal on Legislation is the third-oldest journal at Harvard Law School, first published in 1964. Despite our long history, we seek to innovate in the field of legal academia by promoting shorter, more accessible policy analysis essays written by students, and experimenting with peer-review systems for articles. From your first day with JOL, you can also get involved with one of our committees, which allow you to help select articles for publication, edit online pieces, or plan social events and our annual symposium.

On the social side, we have an executive office suite on the 2nd floor of the WCC, an open door policy, and an abundant supply of snacks for our members. As the only bipartisan policy journal on campus, we are open to all points of view and opinion. If you would like to get involved or have questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to us at amonea@jd17.law.harvard.edu or mmakar@jd17.law.harvard.edu.

Look forward to meeting you!

Nino Monea & Maria Makar
Co-Presidents & Editors-in-Chief
Harvard Journal on Legislation

JOL Co-Hosts Election Night Party at HLS

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 seven o’clock hour that Republican Senator McConnell achieved reelection in Kentucky. With this reelection, Sen. McConnell may very likely become Senate Majority Leader, as the Republican Party would ultimately claim a majority in the Senate as the night ensued and results were tabulated. Continue reading “JOL Co-Hosts Election Night Party at HLS”

Sen. Snowe Speaks with Dean Minow about Why Congress Isn’t Working

On October 30, Harvard Law School’s Dean Minow hosted Senator Olympia Snowe and Jason Grumet, Director of Bipartisan Policy Center. Held just a few days before the Mid-term elections, the talk focused on bipartisanship in Congress and why it isn’t working.

The talk opened up with a video on the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Commission on Political Reform, which put together members from both sides of the aisle in order to produce a “bipartisan blueprint” for strengthening our democracy. Proposals included implementing bipartisan redistricting commissions to end state gerrymandering, electoral reforms such as voter registration and a single day for primaries, campaign finance reforms such as improved transparency and disclosures, and congressional reforms such as ending filibuster abuse and extending members’ work week through Friday. Continue reading “Sen. Snowe Speaks with Dean Minow about Why Congress Isn’t Working”

Former RNC Chairman Bemoans the Demise of Bipartisanship

On Monday, October 27, Former RNC Chairman Frank Fahrenkopf came to Harvard Law School to discuss bipartisanship in Congress over the course of the past three decades: “Back in the 80s, a very partisan time, things got done. Washington for the last eight or nine years? Nothing get’s done…and there are some interesting reasons why.” Continue reading “Former RNC Chairman Bemoans the Demise of Bipartisanship”