Course Readings Information: John Rawls & Constitutionalism Seminar (Michelman/Spring 2010)

John Rawls, Justice As Fairness: A Restatement (Harvard University Press, 2001) (paper), will be available for purchase at the Harvard Law Coop, and everyone is expected to have a copy.  If you own or can arrange for handy access to copies of A Theory of Justice and of Political Liberalism, that would be great.  Please know, however, that I have arranged for multiple copies of those books, and Rawls’s other, relevant writings, to be on reserve for the seminar at the law school library.  In addition to material from Rawls, I will be assigning or suggesting numerous articles and book chapters by other authors, which will include extensive accounts of Rawls’s ideas, and all of those will be available for download, either from the course website or from online resources reachable through your Harvard library access (“HOLLIS”).

A draft syllabus for the twelve seminar sessions is available at this site (click on “Syllabus”).  It contains the reading assignment for our first session (“1. Overview of Political Liberalism”).  Further, advance preparation notes for each session will be found under “Supplemental Course Materials,” so please look there for advance preparation notes for our first session.  Where assigned materials have been posted to the course website, they also will be found under “Supplemental Course Materials.”  (Please note that journal articles are to be obtained through your Harvard Library access (HOLLIS/e-journals).  Anyone in doubt about how to do this should get in touch with me ( fmichel at

Competition: Seeking Student Submissions for Harvard Law and Policy Review

HLPR is seeking additional student submissions for our Spring issue.  In order to review them with our other submissions, we will need first drafts by Monday, January 25th.

The topic can be anything related to law or policy that would be of interest to the national membership of ACS.

Below are the specs for the submissions. Please contact Jonathan Truppman at  jtruppman at or J.J. Saulino at  jsaulino at if you are interested in submitting an article for consideration.

HLPR Student Articles:

HLPR publishes two to three student essays in each issue. We are seeking outstanding student writing from a diverse array of law schools. The pieces in our student writing section are more policy oriented than traditional legal writing, are less footnote heavy, and tend to be a bit shorter – 4,000 – 6,000 words after our editing process – though we can work with longer at the outset. Our submissions process is ongoing, but we typically select pieces for our Fall issue in early August and select pieces for our Spring issue by early January.

Competition: Reproductive Rights Writing Prize

Sarah Weddington Prize for New Student Scholarship in Reproductive Rights

Law Students for Reproductive Justice and the Center for Reproductive Rights’ Law School Initiative are accepting submissions for the 5th annual Writing Prize.

The theme this year is Reproductive Rights As Human Rights Law Students for Reproductive Justice and the Center for Reproductive Rights are looking for fresh student scholarship that focuses on the recognition of reproductive rights as basic human rights that must be promoted and protected. This theme is both timely, in light of the increasing importance of international and comparative legal scholarship, and vital, in light of ongoing obstacles to reproductive justice domestically and around the world. Papers may be domestic or international in scope, and may draw on international, domestic and comparative law. Authors are encouraged to focus on applying a human rights framework to reproductive justice issues. Possible topics may include but are not limited to the emerging focus on the right to survive pregnancy and childbirth as a human right; the denial of reproductive health care services on the basis of conscience; cruel, unusual and degrading treatment (CIDT) in the context of reproductive health care delivery (e.g., denial of abortion services to women in state custody in the US, shackling of women in labor while in custody in the U.S., and the denial of legal abortion services in Peru in K.L. v. Peru); protecting abortion providers as human rights defenders; and ending discrimination in HIV policies in Rwanda and elsewhere.

Suggested resources include:

• LSRJ’s Human Rights Primer available Fall Semester 2009 at
• The Center for Reproductive Rights website including the following publications: Defending Human Rights: Abortion Providers Facing Threats, Restrictions, and Harassment; Bringing Rights to Bear: An Analysis of the Work of UN Treaty Monitoring Bodies on Reproductive and Sexual Rights; Maternal Mortality in India: Using International and Constitutional Law to Promote Accountability and Change.

Papers must be at least 20 pages in length, not including footnotes, double-spaced in 12-point font, with footnotes in 10-point font.  Papers must conform to Bluebook citation format. Only original scholarship by law students, or law graduates of 2009, will be  accepted. Papers submitted for publication elsewhere will be accepted; however, previously published papers cannot be accepted. An outside panel of attorney and professor judges will select the winners.

Send a Word attachment of your submission to  submissions at by March 1, 2010 at 12:00 PM, EST.

Winning authors will receive $750 (1st place), $500 (2nd place) or $250 (3rd place), have their submission published on the LSRJ and CRR websites, and potentially be invited to present their papers at conferences and symposia.