Paul L. Caron

Friday, August 22, 2008

Barack Obama's Harvard Law Review Student Case Comment

Politico has identified Barack Obama as the student author of the case comment at 103 Harv. L. Rev. 823-28 (1990):

[A]n unsigned -- and previously unattributed -- 1990 article unearthed by Politico offers a glimpse at Obama's views on abortion policy and the law during his student days, and provides a rare addition to his body of work.

The six-page summary, tucked into the third volume of the year's Harvard Law Review, considers the charged, if peripheral, question of whether fetuses should be able to file lawsuits against their mothers. Obama's answer, like most courts': No. ...

The Obama campaign swiftly confirmed Obama's authorship of the fetal rights article Thursday after a source told Politico he'd written it. The campaign also provided a statement on Harvard Law Review letterhead confirming that the unsigned piece was Obama's - the only record of the anonymous authors is kept in the office of the Review president - and that records showed it was the only piece he'd written for the Review.

See also Above the Law:  Barack Obama's Secret Case Comment, Revealed

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