Michael Shammas

Harvard Law School

Juris Doctor, 2016

1575 Massachusetts

Cambridge, MA 02138

United States

http://https://hls.harvard.edu/

Duke University

Political Theory / International Relations (2013)

Gross Hall

140 Science Dr

Durham, NC 27708

United States

http://https://polisci.duke.edu/

The Civil Jury Project

Research Fellow

Wilf Hall

40 Washington Square South

New York, NY 10012-1099

United States

http://www.civiljuryproject.law.nyu.edu/

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

Federal Judicial Law Clerk

Clifford-Davis Odell Federal Building

167 N. Main St.

Memphis, TN 38103

United States

http://https://www.ca6.uscourts.gov/

U.S. District Court for the District of Maine

Federal Judicial Law Clerk

Edward T. Gignoux U.S. Courthouse

156 Federal Street

Portland, ME 04101

United States

http://https://www.med.uscourts.gov/

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Scholarly Papers (25)

1.

Advocacy Through the Computer Screen: The Permissibility & Constitutionality of Jury Trial by Video Conference

NYU School of Law, Public Law & Legal Theory Research Paper Series, 2020
Number of pages: 12 Posted: 06 Aug 2020 Last Revised: 24 Mar 2021
Michael Shammas
Harvard Law School
Downloads 233 (160,425)

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coronavirus, Simler v. Connor, NBC Subsidiary, Inc. v. Superior Court, COVID-19, seventh amendment, trial by jury, law, confrontation clause, criminal law, constitutional law, due process, zoom, Waller v. Georgia, Guidelines for Pandemic Emergency Preparedness Planning: A Road Map for Courts

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The Verdict Is In: Online Jury Trials Are Possible

Number of pages: 6 Posted: 03 Sep 2020
Michael Shammas
Harvard Law School
Downloads 137 (254,515)

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civil jury trials, orange county superior court, yolo county superior court, california superior court system, tort law, nyu law, the civil jury project, steve susman, online jury trials, online civil jury trials, jury matters, nyu

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In Defense of 'The Prince': Thoughts On Machiavelli’s Misread Handbook for Peace & Italian Unity

Number of pages: 6 Posted: 14 Oct 2019 Last Revised: 18 May 2020
Michael Shammas
Harvard Law School
Downloads 120 (281,068)

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machiavelli, the prince, political theory, discourses on livy, leo strauss, machiavellian, realism, realpolitik, renaissance, italy, florence, lorenzo de' medici, game theory, political science, ethics, michael shammas, michael elias shammas

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An Indomitable Will: Hannibal Barca and the Start of a World War

Number of pages: 19 Posted: 07 Sep 2019 Last Revised: 03 Apr 2021
Michael Shammas
Harvard Law School
Downloads 116 (287,961)

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Hannibal Barca, Realpolitik, Second Punic War, Second World War, Treaty of Versailles, Great Man Theory, Michael Shammas, International Relations

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Analysis: Do You Get a Jury Trial in Federal Condemnation Cases?

Number of pages: 2 Posted: 31 Mar 2020 Last Revised: 18 May 2020
Michael Shammas
Harvard Law School
Downloads 110 (298,771)

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Seventh Amendment, Civil Jury Project, Constitutional Law, Wanling Su, University of Virginia Law Review, New York University, Takings Clause, Historical Test, Laypeople v. Experts, Eminent Domain, Just Compensation, Darrell A.H. Miller, Federal Rule

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What's Behind Rising Authoritarianism: Answers from Political Psychology & the Third Reich

Number of pages: 7 Posted: 01 Jan 2020 Last Revised: 06 Mar 2021
Michael Shammas
Harvard Law School
Downloads 110 (298,771)

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third reich, world war 2, political psychology, terror management theory, adolf hitler, weimar republic, authoritarian personality, political theory, demagogues, causes of war, international relations, history of conflict, inter-state conflict, moral psychology, mass movements, theories of conflict

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The Jury Trial Reinvented

TEX. A&M L. REV. (2021 Forthcoming) , Boston Univ. School of Law, Public Law Research Paper No. 21-05
Number of pages: 101 Posted: 05 Mar 2021 Last Revised: 20 May 2021
Christopher T. Robertson and Michael Shammas
Boston University and Harvard Law School
Downloads 100 (320,844)
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jury, civil procedure, sixth amendment, seventh amendment, voir dire, jury selection, criminal procedure, covid-19, vicinage clause, peremptory strikes, civil jury trials, wisdom of the crowds, condorcet, arbitration, constitutional law, legal philosophy, originalism, functionalism, democracy

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Thoughts on Optimizing Time & Attention in Virtual Trials

NYU Law and Economics Research Paper No. 20-39
Number of pages: 4 Posted: 24 Jul 2020 Last Revised: 27 Jul 2020
Michael Shammas
Harvard Law School
Downloads 89 (345,662)

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coronavirus, virtual trials, online trials, civil jury project, pomodoro method, zoom fatigue, online hearings, virtual hearings, legal procedure, jury instructions, professional responsibility, neuroscience, legal psychology, political psychology, judicial time management, attention span

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ATHENIAN FORGIVENESS, AMERICAN ERINYES: Capital Punishment's Brutal American Exceptionalism

Michael Shammas, Athenian Forgiveness, American Erinyes: Capital Punishment’s Brutal American Exceptionalism, 48 AM. J. CRIM. L. 102 (2021).
Number of pages: 17 Posted: 31 Mar 2020 Last Revised: 11 Jun 2021
Michael Shammas
Harvard Law School
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trial of socrates, plato, the apology, capital punishment, eighth amendment, prieto v. clarke, cruel and unusual punishment, apotympanismos, kakourgoi, ancient law, solitary confinement, athenian criminal law, death row, michael morton, wrongful convictions, incapacitation, exile, mass incarceration

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J.R.R. Tolkien, Old English, and the Creation of Middle-Earth

Number of pages: 9 Posted: 26 Sep 2019
Michael Shammas
Harvard Law School
Downloads 87 (348,039)

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old english, tolkien, j.r.r. tolkien, the lord of the rings, the hobbit, the silmarillion

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Breaking Conventions: The Lebanese Civil War

Number of pages: 37 Posted: 16 Dec 2019 Last Revised: 03 Aug 2020
Michael Shammas
Harvard Law School
Downloads 51 (460,101)

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Lebanese Civil War, Political Science, Consociational Democracy, International Relations, Sambanis, Mackey, Friedman, Scott Gates, Democratic Peace Theory, Syrian Civil War, Game Theory, Realism, Constructivism, Lebanon, Consociational Systems, National Pact, Elbadawi, Reynal-Querol, Samir Khalaf

12.

Peace Above All: Jimmy Carter, Moral Leadership, and the Camp David Accords

Number of pages: 44 Posted: 05 Dec 2019 Last Revised: 08 Dec 2019
Michael Shammas
Harvard Law School
Downloads 47 (476,264)

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Jimmy Carter, Camp David Accords, Menachim Begin, Anward Sadat, Israel-Egypt War, President Carter, Michael Shammas, International Relations, James Macgregor Burns, Moral Leadership, Mediation, Conflict Resolution, Negotiation, Peace Through Peace, Middle East Conflict, Palestinian-Israeli Conflict

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Toward A Deeper Freedom: Gary v. Whitmer, Substantive Due Process, & the Battle Between Deep & Shallow Freedom

Number of pages: 29 Posted: 19 Jun 2020 Last Revised: 13 Apr 2021
Michael Shammas
Harvard Law School
Downloads 39 (511,669)

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substantive due process, whitmer, the third left, crits, self-actualization, individuation, trumpism, legal realism, legal philosophy, philosophy of law, political theory, harvard law school, deep freedom, libertarianism, positive constitutionalism, negative constitutionalism, positive rights

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Invoking Camus to Live: On Finding Meaning in a Meaningless World

Shammas, Michael. "Invoking Camus to Live." The Huffington Post. July 15, 2015 (revised October 30, 2018)
Number of pages: 4 Posted: 09 Oct 2019
Michael Shammas
Harvard Law School
Downloads 38 (516,380)

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Albert Camus, The Myth of Sisyphus, The Stranger, Existentialism, Sartre, Philosophy, Michael Shammas, The Rebel, Meaning, Ernest Becker

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Cynical Idealist: George S. Schuyler’s 'Black No More' & the 'Miscegenated' Path to the Racial Promised Land

Number of pages: 21 Posted: 27 Nov 2019 Last Revised: 01 Dec 2019
Michael Shammas
Harvard Law School
Downloads 35 (531,268)

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black no more, randall kennedy, george schuyler, george s. schuyler, african-american studies, harvard law school, race in america, racism, identity politics, african-american literature, science fiction, early science fiction, american literature, race relations, miscegenation, racial promised land

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Between East & West: Drivers Behind Turkish Foreign Policy in a Multipolar World

Number of pages: 9 Posted: 04 Nov 2019 Last Revised: 15 Dec 2019
Michael Shammas
Harvard Law School
Downloads 32 (546,928)

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Turkey, Mustafa Kemal, AKP, CHP, Erdogan, Authoritarianism, International Relations, Political Science, Imperial Legacy, Ataturk, Kurds, Ahmet Davutoğlu, Davutoglu, Middle Eastern Politics, Realism, Constructivism, Liberalism, Westernization, Clash O

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The Lawyer & the Navy Seal: Ethical Dilemmas Surveyed Through Attorney-Client Confidentiality

The Lawyer & the Navy Seal, 21.2 W. MICH. COOLEY J. PRAC. & CLINICAL L. 33 (Feb. 2021)
Number of pages: 19 Posted: 02 Jul 2019 Last Revised: 13 Jan 2021
Michael Shammas
Harvard Law School
Downloads 31 (552,296)

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ethics, model rules of professional conduct, kant, bentham, utilitarianism, Marcus Luttrell, morality, philosophy, categorical imperative, professional responsibility, attorney-client privilege, confidentiality, conflicts of interest

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Are Circuit Courts Right to Deny Jurors the Ability to Set Punitive Damages?: The Curious Case of Marla

Number of pages: 9 Posted: 12 Feb 2020 Last Revised: 18 May 2020
Michael Shammas
Harvard Law School
Downloads 29 (563,581)

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seventh amendment, constitutional law, tort law, seventh circuit, 7th circuit, federal law, common law, punitive damages, compensatory damages, tort law, damages, arbitration, private arbitration, civil juries, toqueville, saccameno, ocwen, civil jury project, subprime mortgage crisis, nyu

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The Legal Permissibility of a Jury Trial by Videoconference

Forthcoming, ABA Publication on Online Court Procedures
Number of pages: 12 Posted: 28 Mar 2021 Last Revised: 04 Apr 2021
Michael Shammas and Michael Pressman
Harvard Law School and New York University School of Law
Downloads 28 (569,560)

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Civil Jury Trial, online Jury Trials, Trials during COVID-19, Constitutional Law, Confrontation Clause, Seventh Amendment, Sixth Amendment, Public Trial, American Law, Coronavirus, Civil Procedure, Criminal Procedure, Criminal Law, Christopher T. Robertson, Videoconferencing, Waller v. Georgia

20.

World War II & the Holocaust: Necessary Conditions for Modern Israel?

Number of pages: 11 Posted: 04 Feb 2020 Last Revised: 23 Nov 2020
Michael Shammas
Harvard Law School
Downloads 26 (581,960)

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Israel, Israel-Palestine Conflict, Theodor Herzl, Zionism, World War 2, World War II, 1948 Arab-Israeli War, Holocaust, Partition of Palestine, Political Theory, International Relations, Movements, Activism, the Jewish State, 20th Century, Pogroms

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Guided Missiles, Misguided Men: The Enlightenment's Dark Fallacy & the Dangers of Equating Scientific & Political Progress

Number of pages: 8 Posted: 16 Jul 2020 Last Revised: 04 Apr 2021
Michael Shammas
Harvard Law School
Downloads 25 (588,253)

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Condorcet, Marquis De Condorcet, Scientism, Karl Popper, Stephen Pinker, Philosophy of Science, Political Theory, History, Outlines of an Historical View of the Progress of the Human Mind, Ethics, Morality, Scientific Revolution

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Preliminary Thoughts on 'The Jury Trial Reinvented'

Michael Elias Shammas, "The Jury Trial Reinvented," 6 JURY MATTERS 5 (May 2, 2021).
Number of pages: 4 Posted: 05 May 2021
Michael Shammas
Harvard Law School
Downloads 22 (614,873)

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COVID-19, online juries, the online courtroom project, the civil jury project, jury matters, nyu law school, seventh amendment, sixth amendment, arbitration, at&t v. concepcion, federal civil procedure, trial by zoom, law and the internet, emerging technologies, democratic legitimacy

23.

The Trial of Counting Trials

Number of pages: 4 Posted: 02 Apr 2020
Michael Shammas
Harvard Law School
Downloads 17 (642,469)

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Marc Galanter, Civil Jury Trials, Herbert M. Kritzer, Comparative Analysis of State Trials, National Center for State Courts, the Hundred-Year Decline of Trials and the Thirty Years War, Ronald Dworkin

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Carl Jung, Carl Gustav Jung, individuation, the undiscovered self, COVID-19, meaning crisis, absurdism, albert camus, modern man in search of a soul, psychiatry, psychology, international relations, 2020, man's search for meaning, logotherapy

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Robert Frost's Cold Universe

Number of pages: 9 Posted: 04 Jun 2020
Michael Shammas
Harvard Law School
Downloads 8 (709,682)

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Robert Frost, Poetry, Literature, American Literature, Metaphysics, Frost, Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, Poetry, Literary Criticism, Twentieth-Century Literature, Cynicism, Existentialism

Other Papers (13)

Total Downloads: 427
1.

Why a Simple Time-Management System Can Revolutionize How You Work — and Live

Shammas, Michael. "Why a Simple Time-Management System Can Revolutionize How You Work — And Live." Medium, 2019
Number of pages: 3 Posted: 11 Dec 2019
Michael Shammas
Harvard Law School
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Pomodoro Technique, Francesco Cirillo, the Pomodoro Method, Tomato Timer, Productivity, Psychology, Time-Management, Michael Shammas, Michael Elias Shammas, Abraham Lincoln, Charles Baudelaire, Positive Psychology, Motivation, Flow, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Life-Hacking, Nootropics, Efficiency

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It’s Time to Retire The 'Guns Don’t Kill People — People Kill People' Argument. Guns Do Kill People.

Number of pages: 3 Posted: 13 Dec 2019
Michael Shammas
Harvard Law School
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gun control, newtown, mass murders, NRA, gun policy, adam lanza, dylann roof, parkland, Sandy Hook, public policy, firearm regulation, gun show loophole, logical fallacies, federal assault weapons ban, second amendment, right to keep and bear arms, concealed carry, logic, mandatory waiting periods

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For a Better Society, Teach Philosophy in High School

Michael Shammas, 'For a Better Society, Teach Philosophy in High Schools,' Huff Post (Edited Oct. 17, 2019) (Original published Dec. 21, 2012).
Number of pages: 4 Posted: 28 Oct 2019
Michael Shammas
Harvard Law School
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philosophy in high school, plato, aristotle, socrates, ap philosophy, michael shammas, michael elias shammas, american political discourse, dystfunctional political sustem, huffington post, reasoned debate, free speech, free thought, aurelius, nietzsche, schopenhauer

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The NBA’s Hong Kong Fiasco, the Boeing 737 Crashes, & the Opioid Crisis Prove De-regulation Must End: Corporations Cannot Be Trusted to Prioritize Ethics over Profit

Shammas, Michael. "The NBA's Hong Kong Fiasco, The Boeing 737 Crashes, & the Opioid Crisis Prove De-Regulation Must End; Corporations Cannot Be Trusted to Prioritize Ethics Over Profit." The Good Men Project, 13 Nov. 2019. (Revised 23 Nov. 2019).
Number of pages: 3 Posted: 11 Dec 2019
Michael Shammas
Harvard Law School
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the wise restraints that make use free, law, elizabeth warrren, bernie sanders, nba, hong kong, opoid crisis, boieng 737 max, tort deform, tort reform, good men project, michael shammas, profit motive, government regulation, free market, laissez-faire, de-regulation, regulations, mixed economies

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Why an Ancient Roman Philosophy Captured the Imaginations of Slaves & Kings—And How it Can Empower You

Shammas, Michael. “How an Ancient Roman Philosophy Can Empower You.” HuffPost, 26 Nov. 2017
Number of pages: 2 Posted: 11 Nov 2019
Michael Shammas
Harvard Law School
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stoicism, epictetus, marcus aurelius, musonius rufus, seneca, cicero, xeno of citium, zeno of citium, the meditations, the discourses, philosophy, self-help, ancient rome, antiquity

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headphones, technology addiction, smartphones, michael elias shammas, michael shammmas, keystone habits, psychology, discomfort, anxiety, meaning, marie kondo, simplifying life, nature, thoreau, beauty, truth, atomization, late-stage capitalism

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All Men are Created Equal. Does President Trump Agree?

Shammas, Michael. "All Men are Created Equal. Does President Trump Agree?" The Huffington Post. December 30, 2017.
Number of pages: 2 Posted: 11 Dec 2019
Michael Shammas
Harvard Law School
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America's Shootings: What is a Life Worth?

Shammas, Michael. "America's Shootings: What is a Life Worth?" The Huffington Post. Oct. 2, 2016 (revised Nov. 24, 2019).
Number of pages: 2 Posted: 11 Dec 2019
Michael Shammas
Harvard Law School
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gun violence, nra, gun reform, 2nd amendment, bryce williams, mass murder, mass shootings, violence, homer, the harvard law record, the huffington post, michael shammas, michael elias shammas, adam lanza, james holmes, chris harper mercer, domestic terrorism, dylann storm roof

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Against Solitary Confinement

Shammas, Michael. 'Against Solitary Confinement.' The Huffington Post. September 22, 2016.
Number of pages: 2 Posted: 11 Dec 2019
Michael Shammas
Harvard Law School
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solitary confinement, prison reform, prison abolition, law, Michael Shammas, Michael Elias Shammas, SHU, criminal justice, redemption, Nietzsche, morality, Kantian ethics, retribution, criminology, vengeance, humanity, inhumanity, beyond good and evil, the first step act, prison reform, legal theory

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Where is Happiness? The Question was Answered Two Millennia Ago

Shammas, Michael. "Where is Happiness? The Question was Answered Two Millennia Ago. The Huffington Post. October 25, 2016.
Number of pages: 2 Posted: 11 Dec 2019
Michael Shammas
Harvard Law School
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stoicism, marcus aurelius, xeno of citium, zeno of citium, musonius rufus, seneca, epictetus, the discourses, the enchiridion, the meditations, lucilius, philosophy, happiness, the good life, self-improvement, william b. irvine, tranquility, equanimity, virtue, peace, arete, antiquity

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Unable to See Past Life’s Obstacles? A Blind Lawyer’s Wisdom Will Help You See

Huffington Post, March 2017
Number of pages: 2 Posted: 13 Dec 2019
Michael Shammas
Harvard Law School
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Isaac Lidsky, Eyes Wide Open, Resilience, Blindness, Disability, the Allegory of the Cave, Law, Mental Health, Stoicism, Mindfulness, Perseverance, Carpe Vitam, Carpe Diem, Huff Post, Huffington Post, Michael Shammas, Michael Elias Shammas

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We Must Recover America's Hopeful Spirit

Shammas, Michael. 'We Must Recover America's Hopeful Spirit.' The Huffington Post. November 14, 2014.
Number of pages: 3 Posted: 11 Dec 2019
Michael Shammas
Harvard Law School
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Why I Oppose the Death Penalty: Redemption Is Always Possible, so Killing Is Always Wrong

Shammas, Michael. 'Why I Oppose the Death Penalty: Redemption Is Always Possible, So Killing Is Always Wrong.' Huff Post, 19 April 2015.
Number of pages: 2 Posted: 11 Dec 2019
Michael Shammas
Harvard Law School
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capital punishment, death penalty, william douglas, retribution, rehabilitation, redemption, william happ, christianity, morality, ethics, utilitarianism, retributionism, kanitianism, hope, wrongful convictions, law, criminal law, habeas corpus, robert waterhouse, furman v. georgia