Contributors

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.

READ OFFICIAL BIO

Subscribe For Updates

The Recyclable Sentences of the Deregulatory First Amendment

7/5/18  //  In-Depth Analysis

There are a few recyclable sentences lurking in lower-profile cases that may offer the best guidance to where the Court is heading next

Nikolas Bowie

Harvard Law School

An Impeachable Offense Is a Criminal Offense: A Response to Tribe and Matz

6/20/18  //  In-Depth Analysis

Impeachment should be understood as a type of criminal prosecution—one that carries with it the Constitution’s protections for criminal defendants

Nikolas Bowie

Harvard Law School

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