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  • Will Corporate ‘Speech’ Undermine Productivity?

    May 4, 2015

    John Coates argues that extending speech protections to corporations is bad—not just for democracy but for capitalism.

  • Privacy (TBD): In the online space, what is private may depend on who you are and where you live

    May 15, 2014

    As Professor of Practice Urs Gasser sets up his PowerPoint and students deploy their notebooks and laptops, a riff of music drifts by. The tune soon reveals itself as a jazz version of the Beatles classic “Here, There and Everywhere”—a title that’s evocative of the global subject covered in this seminar, Comparative Online Privacy.

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    Taking Care of Business (and Nonprofits, too)

    May 13, 2014

    We follow 5 clinical students into the lab, the barbershop and the labyrinth of condominium governance.

  • Jack Goldsmith

    In the Classroom: Curbing Corruption

    January 2, 2014

    Twenty law students take their seats in a third-floor seminar room of Wasserstein Hall, and their professors get right down to business. How do we evaluate claims made in the literature about the impact of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act on U.S. businesses and U.S. leadership around the world? Instantly, a student ventures that broad anti-corruption efforts might help the U.S. economy, even if the benefits to particular firms are unclear. For the next two hours, the air crackles with refutations, clarifications, elaborations, insights and reality checks. The break that’s scheduled at the one-hour mark comes 15 minutes late because the students are too engaged to stop.

  • The Long Game

    January 1, 2014

    However much presidents want to influence the future through their judicial appointments, the problem, Professor Mark Tushnet writes in his new book, “In the Balance: Law and Politics on the Roberts Court” (Norton, 2013), “is that things change.”

  • The ‘X’ Factor: Charting a new course in online education

    July 1, 2013

    CopyrightX, the new, experimental, Web-based Harvard Law School course which prioritizes the human dimension of online teaching, is the brainchild of Professor Terry Fisher, who is committed to what he calls the democratization of higher education.

  • Illustration

    Jointly Held

    October 2, 2012

    A Harvard program immerses students in legal and business training.

  • iLaw: The next generation

    July 6, 2012

    iLaw: Internet Technology, Law, and Policy, an intensive course run by Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society, drew an unusual mix of students and professionals from around the world.

  • Elected vs. Appointed?

    July 1, 2012

    Today, about 90 percent of state judges must run for office, and the elections have become increasingly expensive and nasty. Assistant Professor Jed Handelsman Shugerman provides historical perspective on judicial elections and other methods of judicial selection in his new book, “The People’s Courts: Pursuing Judicial Independence in America” (Harvard, 2012).

  • Cass R. Sunstein '78

    Cass Sunstein on new directions in regulatory policy

    April 12, 2012

    Here’s the scorecard: Bush: $3.4 billion. Clinton: $14 billion. Obama: $91.3 billion. These numbers represent the net monetary benefits of final, federal agency regulations issued through the third fiscal year of each of these administrations. They were presented to HLS students and faculty on March 26 by Cass R. Sunstein, former Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law and current administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, a department within the White House’s Office of Management and Budget. As administrator, Sunstein oversees the federal government’s entire regulatory process. He was on campus to discuss “New Directions in Regulatory Policy.”

  • Paul Volcker

    Paul Volcker on preventing bank failures (video)

    April 11, 2012

    Paul Volcker, former chairman of the Federal Reserve under Presidents Carter and Reagan, and former chairman of President Obama’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board, was on campus in early April as a guest of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics series on institutional corruption. The Center’s director, Professor Lawrence Lessig, introduced him to an at-capacity crowd in Ames Courtroom before yielding the floor to Harvard Business School Professor Emeritus Malcolm Salter, who moderated a conversation with Volcker on the historical context of today’s financial crisis and current efforts to thwart future crises.

  • At HLS, women judges’ conference draws more than 300 participants

    March 20, 2012

    When the second wave of feminism swept the country in the early 1970s, a woman had never served on the United States Supreme Court. There had never been a woman Secretary of State. If there were any women attorneys general, CEOs, or law school deans, they were rarer than water vapor on the moon. Today, there’s nothing to hold women back. Right? Not so fast. That’s the message delivered by keynote speaker Nancy Gertner to the 300-plus attendees of the National Association of Women Judges’ (NAWJ) conference held at Harvard Law School in mid-March.

  • Law on the Home Front

    August 17, 2011

    The Harvard Legal Aid Bureau and two HLS clinics help staunch the foreclosure crisis in Massachusetts.

  • Summer 2011

    On the Faculty Front: Veteran advocates and novel proposals

    July 1, 2011

    Credit: Christopher Hartlove Elizabeth Warren Poor underwriting, predatory lending, sloppy record-keeping, neighborhood blight, ill-considered or invalid foreclosure decisions, the inability or refusal of banks…

  • The Forum and the Tower book cover

    What Kind of Difference They Made

    July 1, 2011

    In her long career as a law professor, Mary Ann Glendon has seen students struggle to stay idealistic in an imperfect world. Will they lose their moral compass if they choose a life in politics? Risk irrelevance if they stick to academia? Glendon, a former U.S. ambassador to the Vatican, has explored how great statespersons and philosophers grappled with similar questions.

  • Professor David Kennedy ’80

    Mapping the New Global Order

    January 1, 2011

    HLS institute seeks to broaden the solutions to global challenges.

  • Laws, Outlaws, and Terrorists

    Looking for the Third Paradigm

    January 1, 2011

    Assistant Professor Gabriella Blum LL.M. ’01 S.J.D. ’03 is a specialist in the laws of war. Professor Philip Heymann ’60 is an expert in domestic law enforcement. With these different backgrounds, they decided to teach a course together on counterterrorism.

  • Because It Is Wrong: A panel discussion on torture with Charles and Gregory Fried, Alan Dershowitz and Jessica Stern

    September 27, 2010

    Philosophy must engage the issues of its day, says Suffolk University Professor Gregory Fried, co-author with his father, Harvard Law Professor Charles Fried, of the new book “Because It Is Wrong: Torture, Privacy, and Presidential Power in the Age of Terror “(Norton 2010).

  • Human Dignity, Democracy and the Loaded Gun

    September 27, 2010

    “Because It Is Wrong: Torture, Privacy and Presidential Power in the Age of Terror” (Norton, 2010) by father-and-son authors Charles Fried and Gregory Fried, explores three issues presented by Bush administration policies, primarily from ethical but also from historical and legal perspectives: torture; eavesdropping, surveillance and the right to privacy; and executive prerogative.

  • Censorship Without Borders

    July 1, 2010

    When, in February, Internet law expert Professor John G. Palfrey ’01 spoke at a gathering of the Harvard Law School American Constitution Society, he asked his audience to consider this trio of circumstances.

  • Remixing Langdell

    June 24, 2010

    HLS Professor John Palfrey was appointed vice dean for library and information resources in 2008. A cyberspace visionary, his task is to meld the old, the new and the emerging digital-era library.

  • Clara Long '11 and Fernando Delgado '08

    At a deadly prison in Brazil, students document human rights violations (audio/slideshow)

    February 1, 2010

    At the southwestern tip of the Amazon, in Porto Velho, Rondônia, Brazil, stands Urso Branco, a prison notorious for deadly human rights violations. It’s nowhere anyone would choose to be. But it was into this dank, dark, and volatile world that Clara Long ’11, Fernando Delgado ’08, and James Cavallaro, executive director of Harvard Law School’s Human Rights Program, insisted on going.

  • U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder

    U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder addresses police union leaders at Harvard

    April 30, 2009

    Officially, it’s the “Annual Police Union Leadership Seminar,” but it’s more memorably known as “The Big 50”—Harvard Law School’s convention of police union leaders from the fifty largest cities in the United States.

  • At Home in the World

    July 29, 2008

    The new curriculum embraces law’s increasingly transnational nature

  • Startup for an Ailing Planet

    July 28, 2008

    Harvard Law School’s new program, and its faculty director, aim to change the way we think about environmental law

  • Jody Freeman

    Everything … and Right Now

    July 1, 2008

    The founding director of Harvard’s new Environmental Law Program wastes no time—and says there’s no time to waste. Credit: Leah Fasten Professor Jody Freeman

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    Legally Green

    July 1, 2008

    Coming soon, a big building with a small carbon footprint