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Daniel J. Urman is a faculty member of the Doctorate in Law and Policy program at Northeastern University College of Professional Studies. He developed and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in the areas of political science and law and public policy at Northeastern. Mr. Urman was a Marshall Scholar at the University of Oxford.

The Influence of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia

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Doctor of Law and Policy faculty member says he was “present in every course.” By Dan Urman The legal world lost a legend in the passing of Justice Antonin Scalia. It is hard to overstate Justice Scalia’s effect on the law. Justice Scalia’s influence reaches far beyond the walls of the Supreme Court and our nation’s legal libraries. I have ... Read More »

Decision Day June 26, 2015: Marriage at the Supreme Court

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By Dan Urman The Supreme Court issued a landmark 5-4 opinion on June 26, 2015 that calls for marriage equality across the United States. In soaring and emotional language, Justice Anthony Kennedy, speaking for the majority, declared that no state or locality can prevent same sex couples from marriage. The opinion, based on the 14th Amendment, entrenches marriage equality in the ... Read More »

Marriage at the Supreme Court

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With U.S. Supreme Court oral arguments on same sex marriage set for April 28, 2015, Dan Urman, lead faculty for the law curriculum in the Doctor of Law and Policy program, answers a few questions about how this moment has arrived, and what it means. Urman teaches about same-sex marriage litigation in his doctoral courses to illustrate how law reflects ... Read More »

Passing Judgment


…or, Why joining the Shelby dissent and the Windsor majority doesn’t make you a hypocrite. What a week for the U.S. Supreme Court. The justices handed down a pair of much debated and long-awaited decisions, whose controversial ramifications will be felt for years to come. In my professional role (as well as from a personal interest), I tend to perk ... Read More »

Race and college admissions in the wake of the Fisher ruling


According to Merriam-Webster, a compromise is “something intermediate between or blending qualities of two different things.” In politics, it’s often defined as a result in which both sides are unhappy. By either of these standards, the U.S. Supreme Court compromised in its surprisingly narrow ruling in Fisher v. Texas. Most observers, myself included, expected a bitterly divided ruling, 5-3 or ... Read More »

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