Welcome to a new year at Harvard Law School. And welcome to the third, and hopefully final, iteration of the Harvard Law Unbound blog, which has twice been taken down by the Harvard Law School administration via bogus DMCA notices.
But first, some legalese, from our “About” page (also summarized at the top right of every single page on this blog):
DISCLAIMER: “Harvard Law Unbound,” the name under which various Harvard Law School students have chosen to operate this blog and affiliated poster campaigns, is not recognized or authorized in any way by Harvard Law School, nor by Unbound — Harvard Journal of the Legal Left, nor by any student organization or other entity connected to Harvard University.
The first iteration of this blog began and ended in April, 2012, and was located at www.harvardunbound.wordpress.com. The exact content of that blog has been reproduced on this blog, below; to view it, just review the archive for April, 2012, here.
But that version of the blog was taken down as soon as we did something upsetting to the Harvard Law School administrators. We published a poster attacking them for stripping the name of an ethically unimpeachable philanthropist off the law school student center, and renaming it for a cowardly tax cheat who killed himself to avoid prison.
Without any effort at dialogue with us, and without giving us any chance to add notices to the blog to clear up any possible confusion as to its authorship, the administrators immediately filed a bogus DMCA notice (falsely claiming the blog purported to be authorized by Unbound — Harvard Journal of the Legal Left), which led WordPress (understandably not interested in becoming involved in litigation with Harvard Law School) to delete the blog.
Apparently, the administrators had never heard of the “Streisand Effect,” and of the tendency of censorship efforts to backfire. Their censorship efforts only spurred our resolve to continue blogging in an effort to bring to public light serious problems of corruption and conflict of interest at Harvard Law School.
In May, 2012, we were back with both the old content, and new content, at www.harvardlawunbound.wordpress.com. The new content excoriated the administrators and graduating students for inviting ethically challenged Eric Holder as the Class Day graduation speaker. To view the May, 2012, posts in their original form (archived below), click here.
To ensure it could not again be taken down, the “Harvard Law Unbound” blog as relaunched on May 21, 2012, carried conspicuous notices — both in the “About” page and at the upper right of each page, referencing the “About page” — stating that the blog had no affiliation whatsoever with Unbound — Harvard Journal of the Legal Left.
But as soon as the blog received some media attention, on the Legal Insurrection blog published by Cornell law professor William Jacobson, the administrators quickly moved to have the blog taken down again, via another, this time utterly bogus, DMCA notice, as Professor Jacobson covered here and here, and as Professor Glenn Reynolds (“Instapundit”) covered here.
This second attempt at censorship again backfired. The immediate result was that thousands of people who would otherwise never have heard of our blog viewed its content, which had been preserved as a PDF file by Professor Jacobson.
Then, just nine days after the blog was taken down, Harvard Law Unbound (to borrow Professor Jacobson’s apt description) rose from the ashes, as Harvard Law School is Bogus. As we explained in our inaugural post, we switched to this outlandish title to ensure that even Harvard Law School administrators could not purport to be confused about whether the blog is authorized by, or speaks for, Harvard Law School (also, we wanted an excuse to post this excellent video; later we found an excuse to post this video).
In our subsequent two posts (here and here), we further summarized how Harvard Law School administrators had improperly censored our speech, and how that censorship was fundamentally incompatible with values Harvard purports to embrace and defend.
We then returned to the original objective of the blog. Using Harvard Law School is Bogus as our new platform, we continued exploring problems of conflict and conflict of interest at Harvard Law School.
On September 5, 2012, we explored problems with Professor Elizabeth Warren’s claim of Cherokee ancestry, and with the Law School listing her as a Native American in official filings with the federal government.
On September 28, 2012, we explored problems with Professor Laurence Tribe’s scholarship, especially his penchant for hiring student ghostwriters, some of whom occasionally slip up and commit plagiarism.
And on May 25, 2013, we detailed the parade of mendacious moral midgets who in recent years had been invited as Class Day graduation speakers (not just Eric Holder, but also Samantha Power, Alec Baldwin, and Jeffrey Toobin).
To make it easier for readers to understand the full scope of our project dating back to April, 2012, we are today relaunching, on this new blog, all the old content not related to censorship. The content on Harvard Law School is Bogus will be preserved in its current state, but it will not be updated (except, possibly, for new posts related directly to censorship).
As we did on Harvard Law School is Bogus, in addition to including disclaimers on our “About” page and at the upper right of each page, each post will start with a bolded disclaimer making clear this blog is not authorized in any way by Harvard or by any Harvard student group.