Learning while leading at Harvard Law Review

first_imgOn a March evening, Michael Thomas Jr. gave a special tour of Gannett House to his dad and two brothers, who were visiting to see the place where Barack Obama, J.D. ’91, first made national headlines.In 1990, Obama became the first black leader of the Harvard Law Review, which was founded in 1887 and is based at Gannett House. Thomas’ relatives delighted in seeing traces of Obama in the building, including a group photo of editors with the future president in the center.But they were also there to celebrate Thomas, who had recently become the third African-American man to be elected president of the esteemed legal journal.“My family didn’t understand the significance of it, at first,” Thomas said in an interview. “I don’t have lawyers in my family. When I told them that Obama had been president of the Law Review, they were very happy for me.”Born in the Caribbean state of St. Vincent and the Grenadines and raised in Brooklyn, N.Y., by working-class parents, Thomas, J.D. ’19, is the fourth African-American to head the Review. The second was David Panton, J.D. ’95, who was born and raised in Jamaica. The third was Imelme Umana, J.D. ’18, the first black woman to hold the position. African-Americans account for roughly 7 percent of the more than 1,700 students currently enrolled at Harvard Law School (HLS).Edited and managed by students, the Review publishes cutting-edge legal articles written by professors, judges, and practitioners, and serves as both a research tool for attorneys and a means for student-editors to sharpen their research and writing skills. Among the publication’s alumni are Supreme Court justices, attorneys general, cabinet secretaries, and government officials.Students apply to become editors of the Law Review at the end of their first year at HLS and are chosen through a combination of grades and scores in a writing competition. Every year, 92 student-editors elect their president.Thomas views his post mainly as a rewarding learning experience. As the 132nd president of the Review, he will oversee the publication of articles from November through June.“It’s been incredibly humbling and fulfilling,” Thomas said of his role. “I love my classes, I love going to school here, but in terms of where I’ve learned the most and the fastest, it has definitely been on the Law Review.”In 1922, Charles Hamilton Houston, J.D. ’23, the architect of the strategy that ended legal segregation in public schools, became the first black student admitted to the editorial board of the Review. Since then, many African-American students have followed in his footsteps, noted Randall Kennedy, Michael R. Klein Professor of Law.“The fact of the matter is that for a while a substantial number of African-American students at Harvard Law School and other elite law schools have distinguished themselves and attained leadership positions, and Mr. Thomas is part of the tradition,” he said.Thomas, who graduated from Princeton with a major in sociology in 2012, credits his academic success to his parents’ support and a series of mentors who pushed him to do his best, from a fifth-grade teacher who assigned his class to read 100 books in a year to his uncle, a college professor who made him write book reports and essays about current events during summer vacations in Maryland.Law plays a big role in shaping everyday lives, said Thomas, who has a longtime interest in government and policy. “Our assumptions are often that zoning laws and municipal ordinances are natural, but they’re made by people who’re making decisions on who gets to live where and determining the way our world around us looks.”At the Law Review, Thomas published an article on marijuana legalization informed by his experience navigating between his working-class neighborhood in Brooklyn and his Manhattan private school, and noticing the different ways in which the police dealt with marijuana possession.“The consequences for being a kid aren’t the same in those two places,” said Thomas. “Now when marijuana is being legalized, wealthy white people will be making a lot of money off it, as poor black and Latino neighborhoods have been punished severely.”As for post-Law School plans, Thomas has secured two clerkships. In 2019, he will clerk for Chief Judge Colleen McMahon of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. In 2020, he will clerk for Judge Barrington D. Parker Jr. of the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second Circuit, in New York.But for now, he’s focused on his responsibilities at the Review, where he spends 40 hours a week reading and editing articles while working with his team to keep the publication on deadline.“I don’t think too much about the future,” Thomas said. “I work as hard as possible on the things that are right in front of me.”last_img read more

PacifiCorp Foote Creek project shows wind industry’s huge strides: Same power output, 80% fewer turbines

first_imgPacifiCorp Foote Creek project shows wind industry’s huge strides: Same power output, 80% fewer turbines FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Associated Press:Bigger, more efficient equipment will allow an electric utility to redevelop Wyoming’s first commercial wind farm so it produces the same amount of power with far fewer turbines, an example of the growing feasibility of renewable energy in the top U.S. coal-mining state.Portland, Oregon-based PacifiCorp plans to replace 68 wind turbines at the Foote Creek I wind farm with 13 turbines. The wind farm atop the barren and blustery ridge called Foote Creek Rim west of Cheyenne will continue to generate about 41 megawatts, or enough electricity to power nearly 20,000 homes.Solar power often gets attention for efficiency gains, but many U.S. utilities also are working to squeeze more megawatts out of wind, PacifiCorp spokesman Spencer Hall said. “Just imagine buying a new cellphone today versus in ’98,” Hall said, referring to when the wind farm’s first turbines were installed. “It’s becoming a thing where we can’t even get labor on some of them, there are so many projects going on.”PacifiCorp has 1.9 million customers in Wyoming, Utah, Idaho, Washington state, Oregon and California and wants to get more electricity from wind power in the years ahead, while reducing what it generates from coal.Environmental groups are waiting for an October announcement by PacifiCorp outlining its future plans for coal-fired power. PacifiCorp has been weighing whether to shut down as many as nine coal-fired generating units at power plants in Colorado and Wyoming over the next several years.“All indications are showing it will include some early retirements on at least some of the units,” said Hall.More: Wyoming wind farm making same power with 80% fewer turbineslast_img read more

Govt distances self from $500,000 rent package

first_imgMinister of State Joseph Harmon has announced that the matter involving the payment of house rent for serving Ministers of Government is not addressed at the level of Cabinet, but Parliament.In fact, he said such funds come from that budget of the National Assembly.Harmon was responding to questions on the reason for the payment of such an exorbitant cost for rent for out of town Ministers, especially when there are Government houses available in the Campbellville community.Harmon said he could not give specific details about the rent, as it is a matter for Parliament and the Clerk of the National Assembly. Regarding the availability of houses in Campbellville – Echillibar Villas, a Government community – Harmon said when the Government took office, the properties there had been in a “rundown state”. Since then, he said Government has been spending large sums of money to rehabilitate, adding that “as residences are rehabilitated, then persons are put into them”. He said there are a huge amount of persons in Government service who require Government housing; however, Government is unable to provide it.Meanwhile, Clerk of the National Assembly Sherlock Isaacs earlier this week denied that there was an increase in all housing allowances for Ministers.In an interview with Guyana Times on Tuesday, Isaacs asserted that housing allowances are enshrined in the law and remain set at $25,000. However, he has admitted that a monthly sum of $500,000 was paid for Minister within the Natural Resources Ministry, Simona Broomes, to rent a house on the basis that she lives “out of town.”“The housing allowance was not increased. The law says that Ministers within the Government are entitled to occupy, free of rent, a furnished residence provided by the Government,” Isaacs explained. “So some Ministers have moved into Government residences, they are paid $25,000 a month.”He noted that if State-sponsored housing cannot accommodate any other persons, then they would have to rent. Isaacs noted that the housing allowance is separate from the rental. He added that there were two Ministers who have their rent paid in full.“As far as I know, only two (houses) are being rented for out of town Ministers. That is Minister (Valarie) Patterson and Minister (Simona) Broomes, who was brought by the Government from out of Georgetown. Minister Patterson is from Linden, Minister Broomes is from Bartica.”Meanwhile, Isaacs noted that the decision to have the Parliament office pay the rent for the Ministers, instead of the Office of the President, was taken in a bid to centralise the process. “Payments were done by several Ministries. You had Office of the President paying the electricity and maids, the Ministry of Agriculture paying the gardener… This Administration (decided) to have everything paid from the Parliament office.”The issue of Parliament paying the rent for Minister Broomes came to the fore when she became the subject of a court action initiated by her former landlord, who had taken her to court for rent owed.last_img read more

Photos: Ex-Sharks star Joe Pavelski selling San Jose mansion

first_imgFormer San Jose Sharks star Joe Pavelski is selling his Willow Glen mansion in San Jose, Calif. for $3.598 million, reports Realtor.com.Click here if viewing from a mobile device.The former team captain who played with the Sharks for 13 seasons is now a member of the Dallas Stars.He’s leaving a 4,401 square foot five-bedroom, six-bath home with a wine cellar, pool and spa, sport court and putting green, among many other amenities. Pavelski purchased the custom built home in 2013 for $2.7 …last_img read more

NFL picks, Week 4: Raiders fall on way to London, Packers go to 4-0

first_imgLong story short, here are the NFL picks for Week 4 as most teams reach the quarter pole (except the idle 49ers and Jets):Colts 23, Raiders 20: Too bad Antonio Brown re-enrolled at Central Michigan rather than re-enlist with the Raiders (29th in scoring). Raider Nation, get your passports ready for the next game, in London. Line: Raiders +7Packers 27, Eagles 20: Green Bay put up 53 points the last time it rudely hosted the Eagles, in 2014. About half that total should work this time. Line: …last_img read more

Jumbo research project called for

first_img25 August 2006Thirteen of the world’s leading elephant scientists have advised the government to establish a major multi-disciplinary research programme on managing South Africa’s elephant population.The Elephant Science Round Table met for a second time in Cape Town on Tuesday at the invitation of Environmental Affairs and Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk.At their first meeting in January, the scientists agreed that there was no compelling evidence to suggest the need for immediate, large-scale reduction of elephant numbers in South Africa’s Kruger National Park.However, they said that elephant density, distribution and population structure might need to be managed in some of the country’s protected areas, including the Kruger National Park, to meet biodiversity and other objectives.They also said that, although a large body of scientific knowledge already exists, further research should inform any interventions to manage the country’s elephant population.Research programmeOn Tuesday, the scientists proposed the establishment of a multi-disciplinary, multi-stakeholder research advisory platform to oversee a 20-year elephant research programme in the country.“The state of knowledge regarding some important aspects of elephant management requires further research,” the panel said.This research programme should use an “adaptive management (learning by doing) approach” to ensure that the consequences of any elephant management interventions were carefully monitored, they added.Draft norms and standardsVan Schalkwyk told the scientists that the concept of adaptive management would form a key pillar of the draft norms and standards that would be published for public comment within the next few months.“This will be a broad philosophical framework that provides guidance on the implementation of the National Environmental Management Act and the Biodiversity Act as they apply to elephants,” the minister said. “It will spell out a range of options for managing population densities where this is necessary.”He said every proposed intervention would have to be motivated by local managers in a management plan subjected to a process of local public consultation.Van Schalkwyk also invited the scientists to develop a comprehensive elephant research proposal, and suggested that the initiative be driven by the South African National Biodiversity Institute (Sanbi).The members of the panel agreed that the “research platform” should consist of six programmes, including studies of the relationship between elephant density and a range of ecological consequences in various ecosystems, and the consequences of various elephant management options.Sanbi director Professor Brian Huntely, who facilitated Tuesday’s discussion, said the panel would prepare a draft proposal for circulation within two to three months to the “elephant fraternity”, including scientists, managers of parks, institutions and non-governmental bodies.Agents of changeThe panel said on Tuesday that African elephants were an important component of South Africa’s biological diversity, both as a species in their own right and as agents of change in the ecosystem.“Elephants in confined populations can, in the absence of interventions, cause changes to the composition, structure and functioning of ecosystems in which they occur,” the scientists said.They added that – excluding extinctions – elephant-induced changes to an ecosystem were potentially reversible.The scientists also noted that any management of elephant influence on an ecosystem took place within the context of human society and its objectives.Decisions on managing elephants were dependent on land use and other objectives, and the techniques by which this could be practically achieved were situation-specific.Source: BuaNews Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

It’s ‘National Stadium’ for Afcon 2013

first_img3 January 2013 Johannesburg’s FNB Stadium, which will host the opening and closing of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon), will be known as the National Stadium for the duration of the tournament. The announcement was made last week after First National Bank (FNB) agreed to waive its naming rights for the stadium outside Soweto during Afcon 2013. This followed a dispute between the Department of Public Works, the owner of the stadium, and FNB on the branding of the stadium during the tournament. The agreement is in line with Fifa rules on the non-branding of stadiums for Fifa-sanctioned tournaments. The new name will be used exclusively over the course of the tournament. The stadium, also known as Soccer City and The Calabash, is located in Nasrec outside Soweto. It is situated next to the South African Football Association’s headquarters (Safa House). The stadium has hosted the final of the 2010 Soccer World Cup. Africa’s soccer showpiece event which kicks off on 19 January and wraps up on 10 February. Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

Night of firsts as PBA Press Corps recognize best in the league for 2018

first_imgLOOK: Manny Pacquiao, family meet Stephen Curry, Warriors after game in LA Recently-retired Chris Tiu also became the PBA Press Corps first-ever Breakout Player of the Season awardee.The former Rain or Shine star had his best year in the PBA, ironically, in his final season in 2018 where he set career-highs including a 30-point performance in what turned out to be his swan song.The spotlight also fell on Chito Victolero, who received the coveted Virgilio “Baby” Dalupan Coach of the Year trophy to cap off the night.Victolero, who best multititled mentors Tim Cone of Barangay Ginebra and Leo Austria of San Miguel Beer, steered the Magnolia Hotshots to the 2018 Governors’ Cup championship.“It’s a long journey. It took a lot of hard work and sacrifices for us to win the title,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. For the first time ever, the PBA Press Corps bestowed the Lifetime Achievement Award with Alaska team owner Wilfred Steven Uytengsu Jr. as its maiden recipient.“When Gerry (Ramos) and Nelson (Beltran) first approached me about the Lifetime Achievement Award, I thought they were asking for suggestions or criteria. It took me awhile to understand that their invitation in behalf of the PBA Press Corps is actually for me,” Uytengsu said during his speech.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“So I stand here this evening very appreciative and humbled. My first thought about a lifetime recognition award is normally bestowed upon someone who’s no longer with us or is at the end of their career. I can assure you, neither of it is true,” he continued. Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem LATEST STORIES Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines–It was a night of celebration and firsts.The PBA Press Corps, which is celebrating its 30th founding anniversary, recognized the PBA’s finest in its annual awards night held for the 25th time Monday night at Novotel Araneta Center.ADVERTISEMENT Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostingcenter_img View comments MOST READ US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town The past presidents and senior members of the PBA Press Corps were also recognized while PBA chairman Ricky Vargas was given the President’s Award.Alfrancis Chua, sports director of the San Miguel Corporation, was the recipient of the Danny Floro Executive of the Year award after all three SMC teams each won a title last season to pull off their own version of a Grand Slam under his watch.During his speech, Chua called his “mentors” and PBA governors Robert Non of San Miguel and Rene Pardo of Magnolia on stage to share his award.Other awardees include Alaska big man Vic Manuel, who was named Mr. Quality Minutes, NLEX center Poy Erram as Defensive Player of the Year, and NorthPort guard Stanley Pringle as Scoring Champion.Phoenix forward Jason Perkins bannered the All-Rookie Team, which was made up of Alaska’s Jeron Teng, San Miguel’s Christian Standhardinger and Paul Zamar and Magnolia’s Robbie Herndon.The league’s only five-time MVP June Mar Fajardo, star guard Paul Lee and bruiser Manuel were given the Order of Merit honor.Meanwhile, NLEX coach Yeng Guiao, San Miguel’s Chris Ross and Standhardinger, Blackwater’s Mike DiGregorio, Ginebra’s Joe Devance and Tiu were chosen to be part of the All-Interview Team.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:42Despite decorated career, June Mar Fajardo is not yet done: ‘I don’t want to be stagnant’01:15PBA Press Corps awards night02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausslast_img read more