Latest from Brett Milano
‘He showed me what it meant to lead with love’
December 14, 2022
Harvard Law Clinical Professor Robert Greenwald retires after a long career securing health care access for vulnerable populations.
‘Effectiveness in government is not something one can just assume’
November 18, 2022
In a Library book talk, Professor Vicki Jackson and panelists discuss constitutionalism, and rights to effective government
Strategic lawyering by a team of Harvard Law students led Veterans Affairs to change its long-standing benefits policy.
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is an existential crisis, says European Commission trade leader
October 19, 2022
Russia’s war in Ukraine is both a threat to democratic values and an opportunity for global leadership, said European Commission Executive Vice President Valdis Dombrovskis, speaking to an audience of students and faculty at Harvard Law School.
Former Deputy Treasury Secretary Daleep Singh and Federal Reserve Board Member Chistopher Waller debate whether to create a U.S. central bank digital currency.
The myths and reality of common and civil law
October 5, 2022
What are the real differences between common and civil law systems? Probably not the ones lawyers typically think about, said Harvard Law School Professor Holger Spamann S.J.D. ’09 in a lecture commemorating his appointment as Lawrence R. Grove Professor of Law.
What are the limits of presidential power?
September 27, 2022
A panel of experts say that a seminal Supreme Court decision on the powers of the president may raise more questions than it answers.
‘It just shouldn’t be this hard’
September 20, 2022
This is an encouraging moment for labor law — and a potentially scary one as well, according to Harvard Law School Professor of Practice Sharon Block.
‘You are a leader par excellence’
August 30, 2022
The Harvard Law School community welcomed the latest group of first-generation students to begin their studies.
‘The Beyoncé of asylum law’
July 20, 2022
Clinical Professor Deborah Anker LL.M. ’84, ‘one of the architects of modern refugee law’ and founder of the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program, moves to emerita status.
‘Do justice, Class of ’22, do justice!’
May 26, 2022
The Class of 2022 made Professor Jon Hanson a four-time winner of the Sacks-Freund Award for Teaching Excellence at Class Day. The award recognizes teaching ability, attentiveness to student concerns and general contributions to student life.
‘Change the world around you’
April 29, 2022
In a philosophical and wide-ranging Last Lecture, Harvard Law School Assistant Professor Nikolas Bowie ’14 reminded the Class of 2022 that they are on the verge of changing the world.
Engaging in good faith discussion
April 27, 2022
Federalist Society President Jacob Richards ’22, who describes himself as a classical liberal, appreciates engaging in good faith discussion of hard issues at HLS.
‘Recommit to your childhood dreams of justice’
April 27, 2022
In the first of this year’s Last Lectures, Professor Jon Hanson challenged students to think about what justice really means — and whether it’s truly provided by the American legal system or even taught in law school.
Advice I did not take
April 25, 2022
In a Last Lecture, Harvard Law Professor Molly Brady stressed the importance of knowing when to take — and ignore — advice from others.
Training future women presidents of Africa
April 13, 2022
With the Women Heads of State Initiative virtual summit, Teresa Clarke J.D. ’87/M.B.A. ’88 and Professor Ruth Okediji LL.M. ’91 S.J.D. ’96 brought together four female African heads of state to explore opportunities for the continent’s future advancement.
In recent paper, Howell Jackson and Timothy Massad propose that the U.S. Treasury Department implement a new mechanism to improve financial services for financially vulnerable households and expedite delivery of government benefits.
Securing justice for George Floyd
February 28, 2022
In a recent talk at Harvard Law School Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison reflected on the George Floyd murder trial of Derek Chauvin, and verdict.
Constance Baker Motley
February 15, 2022
Georgetown Law Professor Sheryll Cashin ’89 once asked her mentor, Thurgood Marshall, why he had passed over Constance Baker Motley to succeed him when he…
‘Maybe I will do something bigger that hopefully impacts the world’
February 14, 2022
At an HLS talk, Byron Allen — owner of the most successful Black-owned media group in history — shared his career history and experiences with the law.
In Memoriam: Lani Guinier 1950 – 2022
January 7, 2022
Lani Guinier, the first African-American woman to be tenured at Harvard Law School and an influential scholar who devoted her life to justice, equality, empowerment, and democracy, died Jan. 7.
In Memoriam: Lloyd L. Weinreb: 1936–2021
December 26, 2021
Described as one of the great figures in the history of Harvard Law School, Lloyd L. Weinreb ’62, a leading authority on criminal and copyright law, and an HLS professor for nearly a half-century, died Dec. 15, at the age of 85.
A kaleidoscope of views on globalization
November 23, 2021
At a Harvard Law School book talk and discussion on “Six Faces of Globalization: Who Wins, Who Loses and Why It Matters,” panelists discussed the authors' major narratives for and against the economic phenomenon.
‘The algorithm has primacy over media … over each of us, and it controls what we do’
November 18, 2021
Social media’s business model of personalized virality is incompatible with democracy, agreed experts at a recent Harvard Law School discussion on the state of democracy.
‘Don’t just be a lawyer. Be a strategist’
November 10, 2021
The Center on the Legal Profession convenes experts from public and private sectors for a day-long symposium on crisis lawyering.
In a potentially precedent-setting case, Veterans Clinic students work to help LGBTQ widower secure VA benefits
November 8, 2021
Members of the Veterans Legal Clinic at Harvard Law School are representing a same-sex widower in his appeal before the VA and in federal court in a potentially precedent-setting case.
The obstacles to decriminalizing psychedelic drugs are political, not legal, say experts
October 13, 2021
The new Project on Psychedelics Law and Regulation (POPLAR) at Harvard Law School recently convened a conference on the future of psychedelics law and regulation.
Is democracy in peril?
September 23, 2021
The state of American democracy will be examined in a lecture series, "Democracy," which had its first session this week and will continue through the fall and spring.
‘We have to spend more time on the inequalities that are embedded in the law itself’
September 21, 2021
September 2021 saw the publication of the inaugural issue of The American Journal of Law and Equality, a project developed by Professors Martha Minow, Randall Kennedy, and Cass Sunstein, in collaboration with MIT Press.
Gantt named executive director of Program on Biblical Law and Christian Legal Studies at HLS
September 13, 2021
L.O. Natt Gantt, II ’94 has been appointed the inaugural executive director of the Harvard Law School Program on Biblical Law and Christian Legal Studies and a lecturer on law at HLS.
A community of belonging
September 2, 2021
At this year's First Class dinner, Harvard Law School Dean John F. Manning, faculty, and students offer support and advice to first-generation students.
Student journal launches online venture
September 1, 2021
For the first time in its history, the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy has added an online component: JLPP Per Curiam.
Project on Predatory Student Lending commemorates five years fighting the for-profit college industry
August 12, 2021
Since 2016, the Project on Predatory Student Lending has represented more than a one million borrowers and brought about the cancellation of over $2.5 billion in fraudulent debts.
‘When you look back on your own career decades from now, make sure you can say that you’ve done the work of justice’
May 26, 2021
Nikolas Bowie ’14, the winner of the Sacks-Freund teaching award, imparts lessons he learned from another great teacher — his mother.
Forging a family
May 19, 2021
As Chinelo Krystal Okonkwo ’21 knows, there’s the family you’re born into and the family you forge; she credits both with helping her navigate Harvard Law.
Health law has become especially timely in this year of COVID-19 vaccines and revitalized Obamacare. But for graduating student Phebe Hong ’21, it’s a passion that began in high school.
Professor Jeannie Suk Gersen ’02 introduced this year’s inaugural Last Lecture by reminding the graduating class of its special place in history.
Drawing on her own experiences in life and the law, Clinical Professor Sabrineh Ardalan stressed the importance of community, especially during a year of shutdown during her Last Lecture to graduating students.
Harvard Law professors discuss the Derek Chauvin trial, its implications, and potential paths forward
April 22, 2021
A panel of Harvard Law professors discussed the guilty verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial, which proved an occasion for cautious optimism, a bit of anxiety, and questions about what comes next.
Should the internet be treated like a public utility?
April 20, 2021
At the annual Klinsky Lecture, Visiting Professor John G. Palfrey ’01, president of the MacArthur Foundation, says we need a regulatory regime for technology.
At Harvard, a growing focus on Islamic law
April 14, 2021
Professor Intisar Rabb, who recently organized leading scholars on Islamic law for a roundtable on Islamic legal history and historiography, says that the time is right for a fresh look at the growing area of Islamic Law scholarship.
COVID and the law: What have we learned?
March 17, 2021
The effect of COVID-19 on the law has been transformative and wide-ranging, but as a Harvard Law School panel pointed out on the one-year anniversary of campus shutdown, the changes haven’t all been for the worse.
What does the growing individualization of U.S. foreign and security policy mean for national security?
February 24, 2021
Elena Chachko’s award-winning scholarship is informed by her work as a former Israeli intelligence analysis officer and diplomat.
Draining the swamp
January 25, 2021
When Joe Biden began presidential duties last week, he issued an ethics pledge for his administration. And the students in the Harvard Law School course Legal Profession: Government Ethics—Scandal and Reform were paying especially close attention.
January 14, 2021
Five Harvard Law faculty react to the unprecedented second impeachment of President Donald J. Trump.
Online courts: reimagining the future of justice
December 4, 2020
Even if there was no COVID-19, online courts would still be the wave of the future: This idea was the starting point for a recent webinar, “Online Courts: Perspectives from the Bench and the Bar,” a half-day event convened by the Harvard Law School Center on the Legal Profession.
Election 2020 debrief: What happened and what’s next?
November 5, 2020
In an “Election 2020 Debrief” event, a panel of Harvard Law School professors agree that the essential divisions of the American electorate remain unresolved, but find cause for some highly cautious optimism.