December 3, 2020

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  • The Supreme Court Was Right to Block Cuomo’s Religious Restrictions

    (This op-ed was first published in The New York Times on December 1, 2020.) The balance between Covid-19 precautions and civil liberties doesn’t need to be a partisan issue. The Supreme Court last week made a major move toward constitutional normalcy: It blocked enforcement of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s hyper-restrictive rules for in-person religious services in New York until the

  • Rolling Back the Climate Rollbacks: What Can We Expect from the Biden Administration on Key Environmental Measures?

    On November 16, the Trump administration announced that it would proceed with plans to allow oil and natural gas drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska—following through on another rollback of former president Obama’s climate policies. With the election now over, and president-elect Joseph Biden set to take office in January, will American

  • It’s Time to Consider Sanctions for Trump’s Legal Team

    (This op-ed was first published in Slate on November 23, 2020.) Courts and state bars have a responsibility to act against an egregious attempt to undermine American democracy. Despite a definitive statement by the Department of Homeland Security that the 2020 election “was the most secure in American history,” since Election Day, lawyers supporting the Trump campaign

  • Breaking America’s Patent Stalemate

    (This op-ed was first published in Project Syndicate on November 18, 2020.) Patents are intended to disclose information about new technologies and who owns the rights to them, but they often fail on both counts. The good news is that the United States Patent and Trademark Office can address both shortcomings without waiting for congressional action. Economic

  • So, Did ‘Bad Things Happen’ With the Election in Philadelphia?

    (This op-ed was first published in The New York Times on November 19, 2020.) Despite President Trump’s message, the evidence shows no signs of fraud. Joe Biden’s lead in the presidential election results in Pennsylvania has now surpassed 81,000 votes, far exceeding Donald Trump’s 44,000-vote victory margin there four years ago. Yet the Trump campaign continues

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