Dean Minow shaking student hand

Martha Minow, Morgan and Helen Chu Dean and Professor of Law, has taught at Harvard Law School since 1981, where her courses have included civil procedure, constitutional law, family law, international criminal justice, jurisprudence, law and education, nonprofit organizations, and the public law workshop. An expert in human rights and advocacy for members of racial and religious minorities and for women, children, and persons with disabilities, she also writes and teaches about privatization, military justice, and ethnic and religious conflict. [Continue reading the Dean's bio or representative publications.]

Dean Minow: Recent Perspectives and Scholarship

2014 Message to Alumni

HLS shield“Our students have long been a driving force in the Law School’s efforts to make justice more accessible. One hundred years ago, a dynamic group of students formed an organization to provide legal aid to the poor and in so doing, created the first student-run legal services program in the country.” [Continue reading 2014 Message to Alumni.]

 Points of Inflection

thumb_points-of-inflection-image“Although historians will surely devote much ink—or bytes—to the financial crisis, I believe that this time will be known as an inflection point in world history because of huge revolutions under way in the world—changes that make this an electrifying time to be in the legal profession.”  [Continue reading the interview with Dean Minow.]

In Brown’s Wake: Legacies of America’s Educational Landmark

thumb_brown-wakeIn her new book (Oxford University Press, 2010), Dean Minow explores the wide-ranging impact of Brown v. Board of Education — on everything from school choice in the U.S. to legal challenges to the treatment of Roma children in the Czech Republic.”In some ways it’s been a life’s project,” she told the Harvard Law Bulletin. “After graduate work and research in education during the Boston desegregation struggles, I pursued law school in hopes of advancing the efforts for equal education opportunity. I had the privilege of clerking for Justice Thurgood Marshall and discussing with him the unfinished business of Brown v. Board of Education. I lived through fights over the treatments of gender, class, religion, disability, and sexual orientation in schools and elsewhere. When the 50th anniversary of Brown came around, I was dismayed by how much of the public discussion and scholarly debate stressed the failures of the decision. I decided to write a book acknowledging disappointments while tracking the unexpected legacies of the decision.” [Read the full article: A Life's Project and a Project's Life]

Dean Minow: In The News

“My life was going to have to deal with issues of social injustice.”

Read the Dean’s latest Q&A with the Harvard Gazette, “Martha Minow’s Sense of Purpose.”

Find the latest news about Dean Minow at Harvard Law Today.