Lawrence Friedman

Lawrence Friedman

Lawrence Friedman teaches constitutional law at New England Law | Boston and is the author of "The New Hampshire State Constitution" (second edition).

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Lawmakers were right to delay funding for state-owned drones – commentary

By: and - April 27, 2022

As reported in the New Hampshire Bulletin, the Joint Legislative Fiscal Committee this month put off a request by the New Hampshire Department of Safety to obtain drones for use in disaster situations. Currently, the department relies on helicopters and planes for such operations, but the department argued before the committee that unmanned aircraft systems […]

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Commentary: Interpreting the state constitution

By: - February 4, 2022

Constitutional text can sometimes mean more – or less – than the words alone might suggest. Courts remain the ultimate arbiters of the meaning of the constitution, and judges often interpret the text not according to its literal meaning but with regard to the other constitutional values. For instance, while the First Amendment to the […]

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Commentary: ‘Divisive concepts’ bill finds no basis in equal protection

By: - June 16, 2021

New Hampshire Senate Majority Leader Jeb Bradley has stressed that the “divisive concepts” bill under consideration by the New Hampshire Legislature would only preclude state government from instructing that some people are oppressive, or enjoy social advantages, merely because of an inherent characteristic, like race. Bradley described the law as “affirm[ing] the 14th Amendment of […]