Economist James Henry takes apart the Republican tax plan, calling it “the largest wealth transfer in history to the ruling class" And activist, law student, Pete Davis, tells us how he’s trying to get Harvard Law School to fulfill it’s stated mission by funneling fewer of its graduates toward powerful corporate firms and more toward the public interest.
James S. Henry is an economist, lawyer and investigative journalist, and former chief economist at McKinsey & Co. He is an Edward R. Murrow Fellow at Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and INSPIRE Fellow at its Institute for Global Leadership.
“There was just a Price Waterhouse conference on this bill yesterday (Nov. 6th) behind closed doors. I heard all about it because I had a friend who went there. And he said, these people have already figured out how to game this new Trump plan, so it will make it even more full of loopholes than the tax system already is… They’re sort of chuckling among themselves at what a gigantic giveaway this would be with their clients sitting there in the room, slapping each other on the back.”
James S. Henry: economist, lawyer, investigative journalist, and former chief economist at McKinsey & Co
Pete Davis is a law student at Harvard Law School, whose own website PeteDavis.org is subtitled “Civic Ideas For a New Generation.” At Harvard Law, he has launched an initiative called “The Third Century Project,” which challenges the law school to fulfill its mission by encouraging more of its graduates to go into careers in the public interest. He produced a report entitled, “Our Bicentennial Crisis: A Call to Action for Harvard Law School’s Public Interest Mission.”
“Who’s going to be the watchdog of the law? We don’t have a National Institute of Health or a Center of Disease Control for the legal system. What that watchdog needs to be for public justice – just like public health in the medical system – is the law schools. And the law school with the most power is Harvard Law School. They set the tone, and they are abdicating their responsibility as a watchdog.”
Pete Davis, author of Our Bicentennial Crisis: A Call to Action for Harvard Law School’s Public Interest Mission