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  • A man is standing at the front of a courtroom before a judge with a woman by his side as he is being sworn in to office

    Home Court

    January 31, 2022

    “There aren’t a lot of jobs where your only job is to figure out what the law is and apply it to the facts without anybody from the outside pressuring you to take a certain position or view it in a certain way,” says Jonathan Papik.

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    Bad News

    January 31, 2022

    With the rise of social media and the decline of traditional news outlets, especially local news, “constitutional democracy itself is in the balance,” writes Minow in her new book.

  • Illustration of a group of people standing like columns with their hands up supporting the top of the U.S. Supreme Court building

    A Position of Authority

    January 31, 2022

    In his book “The Authority of the Court and the Peril of Politics,” Justice Stephen Breyer explored how the Court can continue to maintain its vital role as a check on the rest of the government.

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    Out of Afghanistan

    October 5, 2021

    Everything changed for Saeeq Shajjan LL.M. ’10, a lawyer from Kabul, Afghanistan, and his country when the Taliban entered the gates of the city.

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    A special responsibility

    September 9, 2021

    As special master of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund, or VCF, Rupa Bhattacharyya ’95 is working to ensure that fair compensation goes to the victims of the attacks.

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    Finding her voice

    August 22, 2021

    From her early years to the formation of her opera company, Cerise Lim Jacobs ’81 has charted an unexpected path.

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    Vice Age

    July 28, 2021

    “Anna Lvovsky chronicles the policing of gay life in the mid-20th century.

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    Salute to justice

    June 14, 2021

    “I don’t think we are dominated by any one school of thought. I disagree with the judges that were appointed by the Republicans about as much as I disagree with the judges appointed by Democrats,” says Maggs.

  • Illustration of man at the end of a long table sitting in a chair and writing on a piece of paper in the White House oval office

    A presidential journey

    June 14, 2021

    Obama covers well-known moments from that presidential campaign, such as the controversy that arose over his relationship with the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, and lesser-known ones, such as a tense exchange with his then-rival Hillary Clinton on a tarmac.

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    HLS Authors: Selected Alumni Books Summer 2021

    June 14, 2021

    From the battles of Lev Gleason to a Civil War battle that changed a nation

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    Among the missing

    April 20, 2021

    For five years, Rayhan Asat LL.M. ’16 has been fighting to free her brother, a Uighur businessman who was detained by the Chinese government and placed in a Xinjiang internment camp.

  • Jamie Raskin wearing a black mask hold his hand over his heart

    ‘A sense of duty and honor’

    March 17, 2021

    In a Q&A with Harvard Law Today, Congressman Jamie Raskin ’87, who served as lead House impeachment manager, reflects on a time of trauma and hope.

  • Michael Horowitz testifying on Capitol Hill

    ‘Our job is to bring accountability, and oversight, and transparency to government’

    February 10, 2021

    Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz ’87 recently spoke to Harvard Law Today about his work to ensure the integrity of the DOJ and beyond.

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    A Movement that Mattered

    October 20, 2020

    In “The Arab Winter: A Tragedy,” Feldman writes: “People whose political lives had been determined and shaped from the outside tried politics for themselves, and for a time succeeded. That this did not lead to constitutional democracy or even to a more decent life for most of those affected is not a reason to believe that the effort was meaningless.”

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    Hidden History

    October 15, 2020

    For Duckenfield, it was about learning about the past but also connecting it to the present. The people buried in these cemeteries deserve respect and attention, he says—no different from African Americans living now whose stories are often unknown and unseen by the larger population.

  • Zabel sitting in his office

    Looking Back, Looking Forward

    August 21, 2020

    After a health scare, William D. Zabel ’61 reflects on a life and career of making a difference for society and his clients—with more to come.

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    A Case for Compassion

    August 4, 2020

    Juliana (Ratner) Andonian ’17 went to law school for one reason and one reason only: to get people out of prison. She is now fulfilling that mission at a time when it could not be more urgent.

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    HLS Authors: Selected Alumni Books Summer 2020

    July 23, 2020

    From new takes on famous figures from American history to the stories of lesser-known figures, including two who resisted fascism in war-torn Europe and went on to become the authors’ parents

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    For the Sake of Argument

    July 23, 2020

    Singer seeks to help lawyers and the general public make reasoned arguments, promote civil discourse, and consider alternative perspectives.

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    A Sense of Place

    July 21, 2020

    Deirde Mask ’07, author of “The Address Book: What Street Addresses Reveal About Identity, Race, Wealth, and Power” illuminates the richness and history behind the seemingly prosaic numbers and names that mark the places in our lives in her book and talks about how the books came to be.

  • Neil Gorsuch portrait at confirmation hearings

    A Justice Reflects on Law and Life

    July 21, 2020

    In a book featuring speeches and writings over the course of his 30 years in the law, Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch ’91 offers “personal reflections on our Constitution, its separation of powers, and some of the challenges we face in preserving and protecting our republic today.”

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    Popular Opinion

    May 20, 2020

    Tushnet advocates for a new constitutional order that would move away from “judicial supremacy" and instead focus on empowering ordinary people to shape Americans’ understanding of the meaning of the Constitution.

  • A panel of HLS Supreme Court Bobbleheads, from left: G. Breyer ’64, David H. Souter ’66, Louis D. Brandeis LL.B. 1877, Ruth Bader Ginsburg ’56-’58, John G. Roberts Jr. ’79

    Collector’s Items

    January 7, 2020

    The Harvard Law School Library offers a treasure-trove for legal historians. If one wanted to peruse, for example, a copy of the first printed collection of English statutes from the 15th century, there it would be. Yet, as three recent acquisitions demonstrate, the library also presents the lighter side of the law, with items that reveal the humor and personalities behind the cases and legal decisions that make history.

  • Andru Wall dressed in military uniform and classmate Andru Wall stand in from the the Seal of the Embassy of the the United States in Kabul

    Afghanistan Reunion

    January 7, 2020

    Classmates seek to bring peace and progress to a war-torn country

  • Illustration of different people dancing in a circle

    The Choosing People

    August 13, 2019

    Robert and Dale Mnookin never had any doubt that they areewish. But the question of who should be considered Jewish can be surprisingly tangled and fraught. That question is at the heart of Robert’s new book, “The Jewish American Paradox: Embracing Choice in a Changing World.”

  • Adrian Perkins greeting some senior citizens

    A Home Victory

    July 30, 2019

    Recently elected mayor of his native Shreveport, Louisiana, Adrian Perkins ’18 seeks to rejuvenate the city he loves.

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    The Price Is Right

    July 15, 2019

    Sunstein details how government can best spend money to benefit the public

  • Astronaut Buzz Aldrin posed on the moon besides the U.S. flag

    Fantastic Voyage: In the words of Archibald MacLeish LL.B. 1919

    July 10, 2019

    A half century ago, Archibald MacLeish LL.B. 1919 served as a literary interpreter of events beyond the imagination of most observers.

  • Elizabeth Soltan ’19 on the HLS campus.

    Liz Soltan, using law as a means to help people who need it most

    May 15, 2019

    Having developed a focus on social justice growing up in Philadelphia, Liz Soltan is now using law as a means to help people who need it most.

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    A Precarious State

    May 6, 2019

    Think of an honest used car salesperson. The very idea might seem like an oxymoron. That’s not because no honest people ever sell cars. It’s because the profession as a whole is not considered trustworthy by the public. What if that sense of mistrust were not limited to the used car lot but had spread to institutions the public relies on every day? It has, according to Harvard Law School Professor Lawrence Lessig.

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    Tackling a Big Job

    January 31, 2019

    Megha Parekh ’09 is in charge of all legal matters for the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars.

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    The Price Is Right

    January 29, 2019

    HLS Professor Cass Sunstein ’78 argues that for all their differences, every president since Ronald Reagan has agreed on one fundamental principle of government. That is, “No action may be taken unless the benefits justify the costs.” Sunstein identifies President Reagan as the main architect of this concept, and he credits the president he served under, Barack Obama ’91, with cementing what he calls “the cost-benefit revolution,” which is also the title of Sunstein’s new book.

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    Big questions raised by big data

    September 20, 2018

    During the introduction to the book launch event for “Big Data, Health Law, and Bioethics,” one of the editors, Harvard Law School Professor I. Glenn Cohen ’03, faculty director of the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics, told a story about how powerful – and perhaps foreboding – big data can be.

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    A State of Danger?

    June 25, 2018

    "It Can't Happen Here," the novel by Sinclair Lewis written in the 1930s as fascism was rising in Europe, imagines an America overtaken by an authoritarian regime. The new book edited by Harvard Law Professor Cass Sunstein ’78, "Can It Happen Here?: Authoritarianism in America" (Dey Street Books), does not predict the same fate. Yet the contributors—several also affiliated with Harvard Law—take seriously the possibility that it could happen here, despite the safeguards built into the American system of government.

  • Heather Artinian ’18: ‘When people tell me no, that just becomes more of a motivator for me’

    Heather Artinian ’18: ‘When people tell me no, that just becomes more of a motivator for me’

    May 10, 2018

    When Heather Artinian walks on stage to receive her Harvard Law degree later this month, it will be the culmination of 18 years working toward the goal of becoming a lawyer—a goal she has had since the age of 7.

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    Fun in Law

    November 29, 2017

    With jokes, songs and, yes, real talent, the annual Parody show has brought the HLS community together in laughter for more than 50 years.

  • Mike Zarren ’04, Jeff Pash '80 and Dan Halem '91

    In a league of their own

    November 2, 2017

    Executives representing the three most popular major sports leagues in the U.S. offered insights into the business and legal maneuvering behind the games, during the HLS 200 panel “A View from the Top.”

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    A Performance to Remember

    September 8, 2017

    HLS in the Arts, on Sept. 15-16, will feature the best of the HLS Parody, an annual tradition that satirizes the school and the legal profession. From the archives, HLS remembers more than 50 years of Parody.

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    Common Threat

    July 25, 2017

    Author of the best-selling “Nudge,” about influencing people’s behavior for their benefit, Professor Cass Sunstein ’78 has just published a new book titled “#republic: Divided Democracy in the Age of Social Media.” Sunstein, who served as administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs in the Obama administration, argues in the book that self-insulation facilitated by the internet and social media has harmful consequences for our democracy—one of several topics he covered in a recent interview with the Bulletin.

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    Open to Debate

    May 18, 2017

    In March, the Harvard Federalist Society, an organization of conservatives and libertarians espousing individual freedom, limited government, and judicial restraint, held its first alumni symposium on campus.

  • Trenton Van Oss: ‘I’ve really had to defend my views and self-reflect on why I believe the things I believe’

    May 12, 2017

    For Trenton Van Oss ’17, coming to Harvard Law School meant adapting to a different culture and experience as a student who had been educated at Christian schools, and whose strong allegiance to the GOP put him in a distinct minority at a secular school with a predominantly liberal student body and faculty.

  • With a path to law school shaped by hardship and doubt, Nguyên hopes to empower the powerless

    May 10, 2017

    As he prepares to graduate, Mario Nguyên ’17 can stand as an example as someone who has overcome hardship and doubt, who has achieved more than he ever thought possible and plans to achieve much more. He will soon begin a job at a firm in his native Texas, with a goal of using his legal skills to bring about systemic change to benefit disadvantaged and marginalized people.

  • William T. Coleman Jr. ’46: 1920-2017

    May 1, 2017

    William T. Coleman Jr. ’46, the former secretary of transportation and one of the lead strategists and co-authors of the legal briefs for the appellants in Brown v. Board of Education, died March 31.

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    Noah Feldman on HLS’s new Program on Jewish and Israeli Law

    November 21, 2016

    Noah Feldman, director of the newly-established Julis-Rabinowitz Program in Jewish and Israeli Law recently spoke with Harvard Law Today about the scope of Jewish law, his aspirations for the program, and his own background in the subject.

  • A Time for Action

    October 21, 2016

    HLS hosted the fourth Celebration of Black Alumni in September, featuring the theme “Turning Vision into Action.” The actions of alumni who attended have resonated in courtrooms and classrooms, in elected office and the corner office, in communities and in the culture. The Bulletin spoke with five CBA participants about where their vision has led them and where they hope to yet go.

  • Get with the Program: Tyler Vigen uses tech skills to enhance the student experience

    May 19, 2016

    If you ask law students how they would solve a problem, some of them may talk about negotiating with disputing parties or seeking redress from the courts or spurring social action. For Tyler Vigen '16, solving a problem usually means writing a program.

  • President Kennedy thanking James B. Donovan

    A Starring Role

    May 10, 2016

    In last year’s Academy Award-nominated film “Bridge of Spies,” Tom Hanks plays a lawyer who defends an accused Soviet spy in the U.S. The Hanks character appears to be dumbfounded that he has been asked to take on such an assignment. “I’m an insurance lawyer,” he says. The real lawyer whom Hanks portrays, James B. Donovan ’40, was that—and much more.