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  • Kristi Jobson

    ‘Beware the urge to chase after other people’s dreams’

    May 25, 2022

    Kristi Jobson ’12, the assistant dean for admissions and chief admissions officer, received the Suzanne L. Richardson Staff Appreciation Award during Harvard Law School’s Class Day ceremony on May 25.

  • a vertical combined image of five HLS black lawyers

    ‘Lawyering and justice in a world that we know is riven by injustice’

    March 22, 2022

    “This is a unique moment, particularly to be a Black law student,” Harvard Law School Professor David B. Wilkins ’80, told an audience of students during a talk titled Black Lawyers Matter — Race, Obligation, and Professionalism from the Civil Rights Movement to BLM and Black Corporate Power.

  • Victor Madrigal Borloz

    Conservative backlash threatens global gender justice efforts

    December 7, 2021

    Victor Madrigal-Borloz, the UN Independent Expert on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity shared his views at a virtual event last month hosted by the HLS Human Rights Program that focused on his year-long investigation into incorporation of gender and gender identity into international human rights law.

  • Mount Fuji

    Studying law while fighting illicit finance

    September 28, 2021

    Harvard Law student Michael Chang-Frieden ’23 discusses writing a global watchdog report on Japan’s ability to fight money laundering, terrorist financing, and nuclear proliferation financing.

  • The White House Lit in Rainbow Colors

    Ordering LGBTQ protections

    February 3, 2021

    Alexander Chen ’15, founding director of the LGBTQ+ Advocacy Clinic at Harvard Law School, on the significance of the Biden administration's executive orders providing protections for LGBTQ people, the danger of backlash, and the work that still needs to be done.

  • Black and white illustration of men in battle in New Orleans, 1874. Man on horse in center, overlooking men fighting in the street, buildings and smokestacks in the background.

    ‘A grim form of political theater’

    January 8, 2021

    Harvard Law Visiting Professor Sanford Levinson puts the storming of the Capitol in historical perspective.

  • 2020–2021 Class Marshals

    Representing ‘The Super Class of 2021’

    December 15, 2020

    During a global pandemic when classes are remote and students are living around the country and the world, there is no such thing as business as usual. But this year’s class marshals are determined to do their part.

  • Multicolored hands layered over each other

    How can law students help in the midst of COVID-19?

    April 29, 2020

    Lee Mestre helped to coordinate Harvard Law School student aid efforts after natural disasters in New Orleans and Puerto Rico. Now she's using that experience to help law students support people in Massachusetts affected by the COVID-19 crisis.

  • Lila Fenwick '56

    Lila Fenwick ’56, the first black female graduate of Harvard Law, dies at 87

    April 15, 2020

    Lila Fenwick ’56 was a student at Harvard Law School in 1954 when the Supreme Court decision in Brown v.  Board of Education came down. “I was delirious,” recalled Fenwick, one of only a handful of women students at HLS at the time and the only black woman among them.

  • Delivering food ordered online while in home isolation during quarantine. Stay home we deliver sign on box.

    Waste not, want not

    April 1, 2020

    Harvard Law School Professor Emily Broad Leib ’08, director of the HLS Food Law and Policy Clinic, and her students have been working furiously to ensure that the most vulnerable—and ultimately the rest of us—are fed during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Lawrence Lessig

    Lessig speaks on ‘Fidelity and Constraint’ at HLS

    October 1, 2019

    In a lively and provocative talk at Harvard Law School, Lawrence Lessig, the Roy L. Furman Professor of Law and Leadership, delved into his theory of constitutional law, which he explores in his most recent book "Fidelity and Constraint: How the Supreme Court has Read the American Constitution."

  • Roberta Kaplan

    Roberta Kaplan urges the Class of 2019 to be courageous and tenacious

    May 30, 2019

    In her Class Day address to the Harvard Law School Class of 2019, Roberta “Robbie” Kaplan drew on experience from her own 25-year career and encouraged students to seek opportunities to make the world a better place.

  • Four men and a woman outside the Community Legal Assistance Office, 1967

    A ’60s Experiment with a Ripple Effect

    January 30, 2019

    Celebrating a legal services experiment run by Harvard Law School more than 50 years ago—at a time when clinical education did not exist at the school and change was in the air.

  • Interview with a new dean

    November 29, 2017

    John Manning ’85 on getting advice, giving it and “doing disagreement right.”

  • Students taking photo of plaque that recognizes the enslaved people who were integral to the founding of Harvard Law School.


    November 29, 2017

    On a clear, windy afternoon in early September at the opening of its bicentennial observance, Harvard Law School unveiled a memorial on campus.

  • Martha Minow on the legacies of Brown v. Board of Education

    ‘What justice demands of us, no one person can do alone.’

    May 17, 2017

    Looking back and ahead with Dean Martha Minow

  • Conference and festschrift celebrate Charles Donahue

    November 29, 2016

    This fall, Harvard Law School held a conference in celebration of the career of legal historian and HLS Professor Charles Donahue. Scholars came from around the country and around the world and spoke on topics related to medieval and early modern history.

  • William E. Johns ’67: 1942-2016

    November 16, 2016

    My good friend Bill Johns, Class of 1967, died of pancreatic cancer on March 24, 2016. He was 73, but always seemed much younger and…

  • Terry Franklin '89

    Will Power

    October 21, 2016

    Terry Franklin ’89, a trusts and estates litigator, knows the importance of wills to those left behind. Recently he has focused on a will executed 170 years ago with enormous bearing on his ancestors’ survival and his own existence.

  • James Alan McPherson ’68: 1943-2016

    October 21, 2016

    James Alan McPherson ’68 grew up in poverty in segregated Georgia, and went on to write short fiction and essays that deftly explore race, class and community and what it means to be human. He was the first black author to receive the Pulitzer Prize for fiction.

  • Jocelyn Kennedy becomes executive director of the HLS library

    June 17, 2016

    Jocelyn Kennedy, former director for library services at the University of Connecticut School of Law, is the new executive director of the Harvard Law School Library.

  • Remembering Jim Eighmie Jr. ’67

    June 7, 2016

    On November 30, family members, State Department colleagues and friends of our classmate Jim Eighmie Jr. ’67 gathered at the historic DACOR  Bacon House in…

  • Mayar Dahabieh LL.M. ’12: 1988-2015

    May 12, 2016

    Of Wit and Passion Mayar was the kind of friend everyone wanted to be around. Wit was a constant. Laughter was guaranteed. Mayar was the…

  • At HLS, DOJ’s top national security lawyer discusses U.S. vulnerability to cyberterrorism

    December 8, 2015

    John P. Carlin ’99, assistant attorney general for National Security, spoke last week at Harvard Law School on the National Security Cyber Threat, at an event hosted by the Harvard National Security Journal.

  • HLS Authors: Selected Alumni Books – Fall 2015

    October 5, 2015

    “Seattle Justice: The Rise and Fall of the Police Payoff System in Seattle,” by Christopher T. Bayley ’66 (Sasquatch Books). In the early 1970s, as the newly…

  • Harvard Law Thinks Big: Innovative faculty scholarship in brief

    June 19, 2015

    In late May, four Harvard Law faculty members, Charles Fried, Michael Gregory, Kathryn Spier and David Wilkins, each shared a snapshot of innovative research with the HLS community, followed by discussion as part of the 2015 Harvard Law School Thinks Big lecture.

  • Lawyers as Advisers

    July 1, 2013

    Since the first meeting of the seminar taught by David Barron ’94 of Harvard Law School and Archon Fung of Harvard Kennedy School, students had been using case studies co-authored by the two professors that put them in the situation room with advisers on real-world problems at the intersection of law and policy. But during a session of Public Problems Advice, Strategy and Analysis in November a player in the case they were discussing sat at the table with them: Josh Stein. J.D. /M.P.P. ’95, North Carolina state senator and Democratic minority whip, who had first-hand experience with an innovative but contentious piece of legislation: The North Carolina Justice Act.

  • Navigating the path of a life

    July 1, 2013

    When you next have a free moment online, visit the Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. Digital Suite, launched by the Harvard Law School Library early…

  • Justice Thomas speaks at Harvard Law (video)

    February 11, 2013

    Justice Clarence Thomas has become known as a quiet presence on the Supreme Court. But on Jan. 29, members of the Harvard Law School community got to hear him speak—and he did so with great humor and warmth. As part of the Herbert W. Vaughan Lecture Series, Thomas participated in a conversation with HLS Dean Martha Minow, after a day in which he met with faculty and students.

  • The Next Generation

    January 10, 2013

    Democrat Joseph P. Kennedy III ’09 has been elected to fill the Massachusetts congressional seat left vacant by the retirement of U.S. Representative Barney Frank ’77.

  • An Enduring Conversation

    December 6, 2012

    HLS Professor Bill Stuntz completed “The Collapse of American Criminal Justice” just a few month before his death from cancer at age 52. The book has been hailed as a masterwork and Stuntz called the leading thinker on criminal justice. His longtime friend HLS Professor Carol Steiker helped to shepherd the completed manuscript through its final stages of production. “It felt like a continued conversation with Bill.” says Steiker.

  • Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained

    December 6, 2012

    Daniel Doktori ’13 knew he wanted to work in the venture capital field during his first summer in law school. After reaching out to Israeli venture capitalist Yadin Kaufmann ’84, he spent the summer in Israel and the West Bank working on the first fund aimed at investing exclusively in Palestinian high-tech startups.

  • The courts and public opinion: Klarman examines the legal fight for same-sex marriage

    November 14, 2012

    Michael Klarman’s scholarship has focused on the effect that court rulings have on social reform movements. He argues that when courts get ahead of public opinion, political backlash often follows. That’s what he found in an earlier book he wrote on race and the U.S. Supreme Court, and it is a phenomenon he has also observed in cases involving the death penalty and abortion. In his new book, “From the Closet to the Altar: Courts, Backlash, and the Struggle for Same-Sex Marriage,” the HLS professor explores whether the same effect has taken place when it comes to same-sex marriage litigation.

  • David Gergen ’67

    Gergen speaks at HLS on the 2012 presidential race (video)

    October 31, 2012

    Rarely has a presidential race been so hard to call, said David Gergen ’67, during a talk on Oct. 26 at Harvard Law School Fall Reunions. A former adviser to four presidents, a regular contributor to CNN and a professor at the Harvard Kennedy School, Gergen put the race between fellow HLS graduates Mitt Romney ’75 and President Barack Obama ’91 in historical perspective, analyzed its development, talked about its import—and made some predictions.

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    The Courts and Public Opinion

    October 1, 2012

    Michael Klarman’s scholarship has focused on the effect that court rulings have on social reform movements. He argues that when courts get ahead of public opinion, political backlash often follows. That’s what he found in an earlier book he wrote on race and the U.S. Supreme Court, and it is a phenomenon he has also observed in cases involving the death penalty and abortion.mIn his new book, “From the Closet to the Altar: Courts, Backlash, and the Struggle for Same-Sex Marriage” (Oxford), the HLS professor explores whether the same effect has taken place when it comes to same-sex marriage litigation.

  • Professor D. James Greiner

    Faculty Viewpoints: A No Vote on ID Laws

    October 1, 2012

    Harvard Law School Professor D. James Greiner is co-author of a recent study on the experience of Boston voters in the election of 2008. As another election approaches, we ask Greiner a few questions about his study and the current efforts to pass tougher voter ID laws.

  • A Resolution for the UN: How one human rights attorney found her role in international law

    July 1, 2012

    By her 2L year, Regina Fitzpatrick ’08 was dead set on working for the U.N. on a peacekeeping mission. She’d come to HLS with a master’s in human rights after a stint with the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. The U.N.’s “legitimacy and access to hot spots,” she says, made it her goal. She is now working in Juba, South Sudan, living her dream.

  • The Balancing Act

    May 10, 2012

    In 1932, in a Philadelphia courtroom, a defense attorney representing a man accused of murder cross-examined a police officer. There was nothing unusual about this scene, except that the defense attorney, Raymond Pace Alexander ’23, was black, and the officer he was aggressively questioning was white. This scene is one of many dramatic moments in the new book by HLS Professor Kenneth Mack ’91, “Representing the Race: The Creation of the Civil Rights Lawyer.”

  • William Alford, Na Kyung-won, Ban Ki-moon, and Timothy Shriver

    Alford meets with U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

    December 23, 2011

    HLS Professor William Alford ’77, a member of the executive committee of the board of directors of Special Olympics International and chair of its research and policy committee, met with U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in November to discuss disability issues. Alford was a participant in the meeting at the invitation of Timothy Shriver, chairman of Special Olympics, and Na Kyung-won, a member of the South Korean Congress who has been at the forefront of disability rights legislation.

  • Laurent Cohen-Tanug

    The Shape of the World to Come

    December 6, 2011

    Thirty years ago, Laurent Cohen-Tanugi embraced internationalism by leaving France to attend HLS. Today, as a leading international lawyer and public intellectual, he is an architect of a European strategy for globalization.

  • Learning from History: Rebecca Hamilton '07 analyzes a citizens’ advocacy movement from the inside

    Learning from History: Rebecca Hamilton ’07 analyzes a citizens’ advocacy movement from the inside

    July 27, 2011

    Rebecca Hamilton ’07 has traveled extensively in Sudan, interviewing powerful generals in the north and refugees in Darfur who had survived murderous government raids. But that was easy, she says, compared to the delicate task of talking about the book that resulted. “Fighting for Darfur: Public Action and the Struggle to Stop Genocide” is a look at the advocacy movement that Hamilton was part of and which she has now come to critique.

  • Summer 2011, Jan Fiala

    Our Man in Central Europe

    July 1, 2011

    A few weeks before he received his LL.M. from Harvard Law last year, János Fiala was handed a victory by the European Court of Human Rights.

  • Goldberg and students provide analysis to Gulf Coast Claims Facility administrator

    July 1, 2011

    This fall, Professor John Goldberg, a tort law specialist at Harvard Law School, unexpectedly found himself engaged in a research project that could impact the lives of thousands of Americans. And it needed to be completed in a matter of weeks.

  • Committee on Capital Markets Regulation offers students the chance to whisper in the Treasury secretary’s ear

    July 1, 2011

    Since the financial crisis hit, HLS Professor Hal Scott and the Committee on Capital Markets Regulation, an independent research organization which he directs, have been working double time making recommendations on financial regulatory reform through white papers, major reports and testimony before Congress.

  • Stephen F. Gates ’72 (M.B.A. ’72)

    Stephen Gates reflects on a career as general counsel for ’Fortune 10’ companies (video)

    February 8, 2011

    In a Jan. 27 talk titled “Line of Fire: On Being a 'Fortune 10' General Counsel," sponsored by the HLS Program on the Legal Profession, Stephen F. Gates ’72 (M.B.A. ’72) addressed the role and responsibilities of in-house counsel in today’s changing world of legal practice, and he spoke candidly about some of the specific situations he has faced in the “line of fire.”

  • Tim Wu: The Master Switch

    Tim Wu looks at the rise and fall of information empires (video)

    January 20, 2011

    HLS Visiting Professor Timothy Wu ’92 spoke at Harvard Law School on Jan. 11 about his new book, “The Master Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information Empires.” Wu is a professor at Columbia Law School.

  • Professor Gráinne de Búrca

    De Búrca studies the European Union as a model of transnational governance

    January 1, 2011

    Professor Gráinne de Búrca calls EU law “history in the making, a process of integration that’s taking place and changing before our eyes.” When she first taught the subject in Europe—at Oxford and then the European University Institute in Florence, Italy—it was a question of interpreting the region’s emergent law.