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  • Michael Klarman

    Klarman, taking Kirkland & Ellis Chair, examines ‘Racial Equality in American History’ (video)

    July 20, 2010

    Harvard Law School Professor Michael Klarman gave a talk discussing “Racial Equality in American History” to mark his appointment as the Kirkland & Ellis Professor of Law. The wide-ranging talk, given on April 12, touched upon civil rights history, legal history, and cultural history in order to uncover, as Klarman said, “the racial attitudes and practices in American history, and how and why they change over time.”

  • Professor Yochai Benkler '94

    Benkler on NPR: Newspaper of the Future

    July 19, 2010

    HLS Professor and faculty co-director of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society Yochai Benkler recently appeared on NPR's On The Media to discuss the future of the production and exchange of information in our society. 

  • Professor Anne Alstott

    Alstott in Boston Review: Don’t accept injustice

    July 19, 2010

    The article “Don’t accept injustice,” by Harvard Law School Professor Anne Alstott, appeared in the July/August 2010 edition of the Boston Review.

  • Noah Feldman portrait

    Imagining a Liberal Court

    July 16, 2010

    “Imagining a Liberal Court,” an article by HLS Professor Noah Feldman, appeared in the June 21, 2010, edition of the New York Times Magazine. A contributing writer to the New York Times, Feldman recently wrote a book entitled “Scorpions: The Battles and Triumphs of F.D.R.’s Great Supreme Court Justices,” which will be published in the fall.

  • Professor Charles Nesson LL.B. '63

    Judge reduces penalties in file-sharing case defended by Nesson

    July 16, 2010

    A Boston University graduate student who is being  represented pro bono by Harvard Law School Professor Charles R. Nesson ’63 in a much-publicized copyright dispute will face a drastically reduced penalty for his illegal file-sharing activity, a federal judge has ruled.

  • Amy Berman Jackson '79

    Amy Berman Jackson ’79 nominated to a seat on U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

    July 15, 2010

    President Barack Obama ’91 nominated Amy Berman Jackson ’79 to a seat on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. Jackson was one of three nominations Obama announced on June 17, also including Judge James E. Boasberg and Justice Sue E. Myerscough.

  • HLS International Human Rights Clinic files complaint against Guantanamo psychologist

    July 14, 2010

    On behalf of four Ohio citizens, Harvard Law School’s International Human Rights Clinic filed a complaint with the Ohio Psychology Board on July 7, calling for an investigation into the conduct of Ohio-licensee Dr. Larry C. James, former chief psychologist of the intelligence command at the U.S. Naval Station in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba.

  • Professor Alex Whiting

    Whiting to join International Criminal Court

    July 13, 2010

    Alex Whiting, an assistant clinical professor of law at Harvard Law School, will join the International Criminal Court (ICC) as the investigation coordinator this December. Serving as the deputy to the chief of investigations, he will be responsible for managing and providing legal guidance and direction to all of the ICC’s investigations in this new post.

  • Elaine Lin, Adam Glenn, Nate Barber

    Harvard Negotiation and Mediation Clinical Program trains students to resolve conflicts

    July 13, 2010

    The day after Elaine Lin ’10 finishes taking the Bar Exam in California this summer, she’ll be on a plane to Belfast. Two days later, she’ll be working with dozens of young people who have lost loved ones to terrorism—from Israel, Palestine, Ireland, Spain, India, and the U.S.—in a camp where she will teach them skills for resolving conflict.

  • Faculty Scholarship: Bebchuk, Cohen and Spamman on Executive Compensation at Bear Stearns and Lehman Brothers

    July 12, 2010

    A recent study, “The Wages of Failure: Executive Compensation at Bear Stearns and Lehman 2000-2008,” by Professor Lucian A. Bebchuk LL.M. ’80 S.J.D. ’84, Visiting Professor Alma Cohen and Lecturer on Law Holger Spamann S.J.D. ’09 refutes the widespread assumption that the wealth of the top executives at Bear Stearns and Lehman Brothers was largely wiped out when their companies collapsed. According to the authors, many have used this account to dismiss the view that pay structures caused excessive risk-taking, but, they say, that standard narrative turns out to be incorrect.

  • Langdell Hall

    Harvard recognized as one of the world’s top three open-access institutions

    July 9, 2010

    Harvard University was recognized as one of the world’s top three open-access institutions of the year by BioMed Central, an international publisher of journals in science, technology, and medicine and a pioneer in open-access publishing. Harvard Law School was given special recognition for being one of four schools at Harvard to introduce its own open-access mandates.

  • Jonathan Zittrain

    Zittrain wins broadcast debate arguing for realities of a cyber threat (audio)

    July 8, 2010

    In a debate broadcast from Washington, D.C., HLS Professor Jonathan Zittrain ’95 argued that the “Cyber War Threat” is a real and present danger. Zittrain was teamed with former Director of National Intelligence Mike McConnell, against Marc Rotenberg, executive director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center, and Bruce Schneier, an internationally renowned security technologist.

  • Richard Lazarus ’79

    Richard Lazarus ’79 named executive director of national oil spill commission

    July 8, 2010

    Environmental law expert Richard Lazarus ’79 has been appointed the executive director of a new bipartisan commission created by President Barack Obama ’91 to examine the causes of the ongoing oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

  • HLS Professors testified on behalf of Elena Kagan ’86

    July 7, 2010

    Several HLS Professors testified on behalf of former Dean Elena Kagan ’86 on July 1 during confirmation hearings for her nomination to become an associate justice on the U.S. Supreme Court.

  • A longstanding legacy: Harvard and the Supreme Court

    July 7, 2010

    As Elena Kagan becomes the 112th Supreme Court justice, she adds to an impressive list of 22 justices who have one thing in common: Not only have they shaped the law in influential and historical ways — they all hail from Harvard.

  • Justice Louis Brandeis

    HLS library digitizes Justice Brandeis’ unpublished free speech dissent

    July 7, 2010

    In Ruthenberg v. Michigan, Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis LL.B. 1877 first formulated the principles surrounding the exercise of free speech that would appear in his later opinion in Whitney v. California (1927). The Louis D. Brandeis Papers held by the Harvard Law School Library include seven folders of drafts written by Brandeis for Ruthenberg, which have now been digitized and are available on the law school website.

  • Kagan is confirmed as Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (video/slideshow)

    July 6, 2010

    The Senate confirmed former Harvard Law School Dean and Solicitor General Elena Kagan ’86 to succeed Justice John Paul Stevens on the United States Supreme Court today by a vote of 63-37. Kagan becomes the 112th Justice and the first former Dean of the Law School to serve on the Court.

  • Noah Feldman portrait

    Feldman in NYT: The triumphant decline of the WASP

    July 6, 2010

    “The Triumphant Decline of the WASP” by HLS Professor Noah Feldman appeared in the June 28, 2010, edition of the New York Times. Feldman is the author of the forthcoming book “Scorpions: The Battles and Triumphs of F.D.R.’s Great Supreme Court Justices.”

  • Professor Jody Freeman LL.M. ’91 S.J.D. ’95

    Freeman in NYT: The good driller award

    July 2, 2010

    "The Good Driller Award,” an op-ed by Professor Jody Freeman LL.M. ’91 S.J.D. ’95, appeared in the July 1, 2010 edition of the New York Times.

  • Are You an Online Journalist in Legal Peril?

    July 1, 2010

    An online investigative journalist, working on a shoestring budget, is sued for libel. Where can he turn for legal help?

  • Recent Faculty Books – Summer 2010

    July 1, 2010

    Professor Charles Ogletree Jr. ’78 uses this incident as a lens through which to explore issues of race and class, with the goal of creating a more just legal system for all.