• Kim Taylor-Thompson on Trump and the Constitution
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    Kim Taylor-Thompson on Trump and the Constitution

    So when Adam asked me to join the panel to discuss the effect of a Trump presidency on criminal justice policy, I have to admit that I hesitated, largely because his request actually forced me to face the reality that this was not just a bad nightmare on 11/9, but actually was a reality. So, even if I refused to watch the inauguration on Friday it’s going to happen and even if I refuse to acknowledge Trump’s toxic tweets, they will continue and even if I refuse to believe that someone so divisive will actually be our president he will on Friday. So, that means that I and the rest…

  • “Dear America”: The Winning Poem from NYU’s Constitution Day Slam 2018
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    “Dear America”: The Winning Poem from NYU’s Constitution Day Slam 2018

    Dear America, I think we need to talk. The constitution of this relationship isn’t working out. I think we need an amendment. On our first date you promised I would always be free to express myself. But when I told you that I hated the way you looked in your racism You threw tear gas in my eyes and convinced me I was only crying because of your beauty On date two, you said I would always be protected around you But you broke my fists when I raised them in resistance Blackened my eyes when they witnessed your injustice Shattered my knees when they knelt in earnest And shot…

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    Furman Center: Policy Breakfast

    – Good morning everyone. I am truly delighted to welcome you to our first policy breakfast of the semester. I’m especially excited about this policy breakfast not only because of the importance of the issue and the brilliance of the panelists but also because this is the first debate that we’ve had that ties very directly to our Dream Revisited blog and now I’m looking, where is it, here’s the book. And we launched the Dream Revisited blog just over five years ago on MLK Day in 2014 with support from the Open Society Foundations. Our idea was to try to spur candid and constructive dialogue and debate about issues…

  • Steven Shapiro gives keynote address at Hays 60th anniversary
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    Steven Shapiro gives keynote address at Hays 60th anniversary

    – Welcome, welcome to all of you. To state the obvious, this is the first ever Hays reunion without Norman, and I know it affects all of us profoundly and will affect the proceedings through the day. It’s also the first in the age of Trump. We need Norman than ever, and we need each other our energy, our ideas, our hugs, our tears, so for all those reasons, welcome to you. I have a couple of announcements. First I would like to thank Helen Hershkoff for the wonderful new brochure which is a heroic effort which Norman always did for us but Helen has picked up that task and…

  • The Nordic Model of Social Democracy: A Conversation with Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven
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    The Nordic Model of Social Democracy: A Conversation with Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven

    – Good afternoon. I’m Trevor Morrison. I’m the dean of the law school here at NYU. I’m thrilled to welcome you to this conversation with Swedish Prime Minister, Stefan Löfven. A cornerstone of this law school’s mission is to provide our students with a truly global legal education. Part of that occurs in the classroom, and a lot of that occurs outside. We strive whenever we can to welcome to the school global leaders like the prime minister, and we’re really tremendously fortunate that he’s joining us today to talk about an important topic, the Nordic model of social democracy. Professor Philip Alston will introduce the prime minister in a…

  • Superfund Legislative Settlement
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    Superfund Legislative Settlement

    – So, Superfund is a really interesting settlement, as the panel gets ready. It’s a legislated settlement where, unlike certainly unlike the Gulf Oil Spill, establishing liability was very much central to the settlement, and a huge amount of creativity was involved, and we’re lucky to Barry Breen who currently runs the Superfund program at EPA, longtime friend, wonderful expert. He’s the acting administrator for the EPA office of Land and Emergency Management. Commentators include Judge Nancy Firestone of the US Court of Federal Claims, who played a key role in developing many of the concepts in the law and then implementing them. And David Farer of Greenbaum, Rowe, Smith,…