Nathaniel Sobel

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Nathaniel Sobel is a third-year student at Harvard Law School. He has worked on criminal justice, foreign policy, and election law issues and holds a B.A. from Yale.

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Impeachment

What Do Scholars Say About the Impeachment Power?

Then-Rep. Gerald Ford once defined an impeachable offense as “whatever a majority of the House of Representatives considers it to be at a given moment in history.” But legal scholars have concluded that impeachment is considerably more law-governed, and constrained, than Ford suggested. They draw on clues from the Founders, the text and structure of the Constitution, and the history of presidential impeachments (and near-impeachments) to make varying arguments about the impeachment power and the range of impeachable offenses.

Encryption

The Massachusetts High Court Rules That State Can Compel Password Decryption in Commonwealth v. Jones

According to the Pew Foundation, most Americans lock their cell phones, creating an obstacle for some law enforcement investigations—most notably, the FBI in its 2016 standoff with Apple over access to the San Bernardino attacker’s iPhone—and especially for state authorities, which have fewer resources than

Israel

Breaking Down the Combating BDS Act of 2019 and First Amendment Challenges to State Anti-BDS Laws

On Feb. 5, the Senate passed a package of Middle East policy bills, including the Combating BDS Act of 2019. The act, which would affect laws on the books in 26 states that prevent state and local governments from doing business with entities that boycott Israel, has reignited debate over whether lawmakers’ efforts to stymie the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel violate the First Amendment.