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Nikolas Bowie

Berger-Howe Legal History Fellow

Harvard Law School

Nikolas Bowie is the Berger-Howe Legal History Fellow at Harvard Law School and a member of the criminal and postconviction appeals panel of the Committee for Public Counsel Services, the public defender agency of Massachusetts. He is also a PhD Candidate in history at Harvard University. He graduated from Yale College in 2009 and Harvard Law School in 2014. Between 2014 and 2016 he clerked for Judge Jeffrey Sutton of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and Justice Sonia Sotomayor of the Supreme Court of the United States.

Nikolas's research interests include legal history, civil and criminal procedure, labor law, local government law, and constitutional law—particularly how the federal and state constitutions treat cities and other corporations. His dissertation, Corporate America: A History of Corporate Personhood and Corporate Statehood, examines the relationship between corporations and constitutions from the Massachusetts Bay Company to the present. The central theme is how Americans have understood corporations as forms of government in contrast to legal persons or private property.

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Can Trump Replace Rosenstein Without the Senate?

2/1/18  //  Commentary

What if the president has no power to replace Rod Rosenstein after firing him—at least not without help from the Senate?

Nikolas Bowie

Harvard Law School

The Highest Court in Massachusetts Declares the Commonwealth a Sanctuary State

7/24/17  //  Commentary

A landmark opinion turns Massachusetts into a sanctuary state, setting up a legal and political battle with DOJ.

Nikolas Bowie

Harvard Law School

Sessions Retreats, but Doesn’t Surrender, on Sanctuary Cities

5/23/17  //  Quick Reactions

Yesterday, AG Sessions issued his official interpretation of the executive order President Trump issued in January regarding sanctuary cities. The interpretation is notable for its narrowness. But ultimately, the memorandum is more of a retreat than a surrender.

Nikolas Bowie

Harvard Law School

President Trump Shouldn't Be Impeached If He Hasn't Committed a Crime

5/22/17  //  Commentary

It would be a grave mistake to call for President Trump's impeachment if he hasn't committed a crime. In an era of tit-for-tat partisanship, lowering the impeachment standard to “anything Congress thinks is wrong” is a recipe for dysfunctional government, one in which the House of one party could perpetually threaten to impeach the White House of another.

Nikolas Bowie

Harvard Law School

Ten Minutes of History on: The Constitutionality of Funding HBCUs

5/12/17  //  Commentary

President Donald Trump is known for changing his political views after a ten-minute history lesson. In this continuing feature, I encourage the president to take a few minutes to learn about the historical background of things he says. This first edition, on his signing statement regarding HBCUs, concerns one of his favorite historical topics: A nineteenth-century general who saw the Civil War coming, was angry, and did something about it.

Nikolas Bowie

Harvard Law School

It Was Legal for the President to Fire Comey. That’s the Problem.

5/10/17  //  Commentary

It’s already too late in the day to trust the executive branch to police itself. That lack of trust should extend to a special prosecutor, independent counsel, or whatever other nice terms you want to call it. At this point, only Congress can credibly investigate the President.

Nikolas Bowie

Harvard Law School