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"We need to rewrite and radically simplify and re-humanize the structure of public law in our society." —Philip K. HowardMoreCloseclosemore
"We need to rewrite and radically simplify and re-humanize the structure of public law in our society." —Philip K. Howard

Part 1 of the TED Radio Hour episode Solving It.

About Philip K. Howard's TED Talk

Lawyer Philip K. Howard says the U.S. has become a legal minefield — especially for teachers and doctors, whose work has been paralyzed by fear of lawsuits.

About Philip K. Howard

What we have is a combination of anarchy and public paralysis. There's this fetish with rules that has kind of replaced morality.

Philip K. Howard

Attorney Philip K. Howard is a leading voice for legal reform in the U.S. In 2002, he formed the nonpartisan group Common Good to advocate for an overhaul of American law and government. Among Common Good's suggestions: specialized health care courts, which would give lower but smarter awards, and a project with the NYC Board of Education and the teachers union to change the disciplinary system in New York public schools. His forthcoming book is called The Rule Of Nobody.

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