Sullivan, a potential future nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court, was reminiscing during a recent panel discussion at the Radcliffe Institute on what had changed between 1986, when the Supreme Court upheld a state law criminalizing "homosexual sodomy," and 2003, when the Supreme Court ruled that states could not ban private consensual sexual relations between adults.
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The former Massachusetts chief justice, Margaret Marshall, stressed the critical importance of fair and impartial courts in the American legal system during her Radcliffe Institute Medalist 2012 acceptance speech.
The full text of remarks by Chief Justice Margaret H. Marshall, 2012 Radcliffe Institute medalist and luncheon speaker
Radcliffe Day 2012 was dedicated to exploring the law and social change. Margaret H. Marshall received the Radcliffe Institute Medal.
Do laws drive social change, or, conversely, should laws merely respond to social change? Alumnae from the fields of journalism, academia, and, naturally, law took up this question at this year's Radcliffe Day panel discussion, titled "From Front Lines to High Courts: The Law and Social Change."
During her Radcliffe Day remarks, Margaret Marshall reflected on what may be the two most threatening shadows in the garden of 21st-century America. One is a faltering education system. The other, the main focus of her remarks, is a justice system "in danger of failure."
Harvard students team with the Radcliffe fellows to study such diverse topics as the history of the brownie, the search for new planets, the connection between language and cognition, the impact of Olympic stadiums on urban infrastructure, hip-hop culture, and more.
On Radcliffe Day, hundreds of alumnae, fellows, and friends, including many University leaders, faculty, and staff, celebrate excellence and innovation. This year, the Radcliffe Institute medal recipient and luncheon speaker is Margaret H. Marshall, Ed.M.'69, who has been a force for justice and equality throughout her life.
Radcliffe Institute Dean's Advisory Council Member Susan S. Wallach received the Harvard Alumni Association's Harvard Medal.
British theater director John Tiffany, who was a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study last year, workshopped his musical Once, based on the low-budget hit film about a pair of aspiring musicians, at Harvard's American Repertory Theater. The show received 11 Tony nominations.