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Latest from Elaine McArdle

  • Filling in the Gaps

    July 1, 2008

    Most judges, faced with the task of interpreting unclear statutes, want to do the right thing, says Harvard Law School Professor Einer Elhauge ’86. Unfortunately, it isn’t always easy.

  • Lawyers, Guns and Money

    July 1, 2007

    Finally, the Supreme Court may have to decide what the Second Amendment means. But how much will really change?

  • The Shareholders’ Champion

    April 1, 2007

    An HLS professor is "the Elvis Presley of shareholder activism." And one of his fans is a key player in China.

  • David Wilkins

    Changes in latitudes, changes in attitudes

    September 1, 2006

    A nationwide, longitudinal survey of today’s young J.D.s yields its first results Lawyers are happier in their careers than is generally believed—in the first few…

  • Professor David Wilkins '80

    Bridge-building for the future

    September 1, 2006

    A first-of-its-kind research center readies lawyers for a changing profession

  • Professor Carol Steiker ’86

    Who lives and who dies?

    July 1, 2006

    “Stay in role!” exhorts Professor Carol Steiker ’86, as some 90 students in her upper-level course Capital Punishment in America split into groups for an exercise in which they’ll argue whether a death sentence should be reversed due to ineffective assistance of counsel. “Don’t say, ‘If I were the lawyer, I would … ’”

  • David Westfall

    David Westfall, 1927-2005

    April 23, 2006

    A passion for teaching Professor David Westfall ’50, as beloved by generations of students for his warmth and humor as he was respected for his…

  • Arthur T. von Mehren

    Arthur T. von Mehren, 1922-2006

    April 23, 2006

    A comparative scholar beyond compare Professor Arthur T. von Mehren ’45, a world-renowned scholar in international and comparative law whose work influenced generations of lawyers…

  • Armed with the Truth

    April 23, 2006

    At the top of his game, Melvin Kraft ’53 switched to a new one A  few years ago, HLS Professor Richard D. Parker ’70 sat…

  • Charles Fried

    Trading places: Sometimes the grass is greener on the other side of the bench

    April 23, 2006

    Compared with that of a lawyer in private practice, a judge's schedule may be more flexible. But not when compared with the life of an academic, says Professor Charles Fried.

  • Getting it right

    April 23, 2006

    So, what, exactly, is an "activist judge"? Most judges say they don't have time to think about it.

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    Sowing the seeds of public service at HLS

    April 1, 2005

    Dean Elena Kagan '86 believes public service should be part of every lawyer's life. At Harvard Law School, there are now more opportunities than ever to get involved.

  • Charles Fried

    Keeping It Simple

    September 1, 2004

    Children, according to Professor Charles Fried, are natural lawyers.

  • Up on Downloading

    July 1, 2004

    HLS professors propose different ways to address the proliferation of music downloading.

  • David Hoffman '84

    Peaceful Solutions

    April 1, 2004

    In 1985, David Hoffman '84 took a mundane case that would change his life. A roof collapsed during the final year of warranty, and replacing it would cost $300,000. Hoffman's client, the owner of the building, was willing to put up $100,000, and the roof manufacturer offered the same amount.