Pete Davis is a civic reformer from Falls Church, Virginia and a member of the Harvard Law School Class of 2018. Email Pete at Pete@CivicIdeas.org. Tweet at Pete at @PeteDDavis.

The Ref Has Been Worked: Harvard Law’s Flake-Out

There is an idea in sports called “working the ref.” You accuse the ref of being biased toward your opponent, and the ref starts being biased toward you to make up for it. It’s a clever tactic for bending an easily-rattled referee to your will. In institutional politics, the right-wing establishment has honed working the […]

At The Harvard Law Forum: Rep. Keith Ellison

Congressman Keith Ellison represents Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives and is the Deputy Chair of the Democratic National Committee. He was the first Muslim elected to the House of Representatives. On April 2, 2018, he came to Harvard Law School to share his thoughts and experience on what the path […]

At The Harvard Law Forum: Chuck Marohn on What Lawyers Can Do to Build Strong Towns

Charles “Chuck” Marohn is the Founder and President of Strong Towns, a leading non-profit advocating for models of city planning and development that allow for financially strong and resilient cities, towns and neighborhoods. Marohn is a Professional Engineer licensed in Minnesota, a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, and the lead author of […]

At The Harvard Law Forum: Pastor Donna Hubbard and Carl Route on Building a Better Prison Re-entry System

Carl Route and Pastor Donna Lynne Hubbard are civic and religious leaders in Atlanta, Georgia. Formerly incarcerated citizens themselves, they are inspiring advocates for a better prison reentry system. Route is the co-founder of both the National Association of Previous Prisoners, a community agency providing support for returning citizens, and the Young Fathers of Metro […]

At The Harvard Law Forum: Restorative Justice, Social Movements & The Law with Fania Davis & Peter Gabel

Fania Davis is a leading national voice on restorative justice, a new way to think about and do justice, based on principles and practices that mediate conflict, strengthen community and repair harm. She is a long-time social justice activist, Civil Rights trial attorney, restorative justice practitioner, writer, and scholar with a PhD in Indigenous Knowledge. […]

At The Harvard Law Forum: The Power of Cooperatives with Nathan Schneider & Jason Wiener

Nathan Schneider is one of America’s leading writer on the revolutionary potential of worker-owned web platforms. Jason Wiener is one of America’s leading worker cooperative lawyers. On March 7, 2018, they came to Harvard Law School to share their insights and experience in building a revolutionary economic alternative model. The video is below: Pete DavisPete […]

David Zwick ’73: Harvard Law’s clean water hero

There is an unfortunately widespread belief among Harvard Law students that young lawyers must wait before they can begin using their newly-acquired lawyering skills to confront the great public problems of our time. “I agree there are problems,” many think. “But who am I to attempt to solve them— and, let alone, solve them now?”  The […]

At The Harvard Law Forum: Sr. Helen Prejean

On February 13, 2018, Sr. Helen Prejean came to Harvard Law School to share her experience and wisdom from a life of fighting to abolish the death penalty. Sr. Helen Prejean is the nation’s leading death penalty abolitionist. She is the author of the bestselling book Dead Man Walking, which was made into an Oscar-winning […]