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  • Branch returns to her Navajo roots 3

    Branch returns to her Navajo roots

    March 5, 2018

    Ethel Branch ’08 grew up on her family’s ranch with no electricity, no running water, and a long list of questions about injustice. As she grew up, Branch knew she had to address these questions. “That confusion as to why the world changed when you crossed the Navajo Nation boundary line was a driving question for my youth and my life,” says Branch. It propelled her to study law and policy. And three years ago, at age 36, it led her to become Attorney General of the Navajo Nation.

  • Samuel Moyn

    A Work in Progress

    October 21, 2016

    Harvard Law Professor Samuel Moyn ’01 discusses the potential and the limitations of the human rights movement when it comes to creating just societies.

  • Closing argument: Innovation, teamwork drive Romeen Sheth ’15

    May 21, 2015

    Romeen Sheth ’15 is a team player who works well with others--not because he has to, but because he prefers to, and he wishes more lawyers felt the same way.

  • Glenn Cohen on animals, AI and morality

    Emerging mobile health technologies need FDA oversight

    July 24, 2014

    Smart phones and other mobile devices have the potential to transform healthcare, improving medical outcomes, reducing errors, and broadening access to healthcare. The Food and…

  • Ninth Circuit judge recounts landmark case at HIRC 30th anniversary

    July 22, 2014

    On June 17, about 200 Harvard Law School alumni and students gathered to mark the 30th anniversary of the Harvard Immigration & Refugee Clinical Program (HIRC). It was a celebration of "30 Years of Social Change Lawyering," and it brought together advocates from around the country and the world.

  • Harvard Law Thinks Big! A series of short talks on big ideas (video)

    June 19, 2014

    Five Harvard Law School professors presented a sampling of their innovative ideas in late May at the 2014 Harvard Law School Thinks Big lecture, an annual event that challenges faculty to explain those big ideas in short talks.

  • ‘Choosing not to choose’: improving healthcare law by acknowledging how people behave (video)

    June 18, 2014

    Cass Sunstein opened the 2014 Behavioral Economics, Law, and Health Policy Conference with a keynote address called “Choosing Not to Choose.” His talk set the tone for the two-day conference organized by The Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School, which drew nearly 200 lawyers, public health professionals, economists, and health policy analysts to the campus from May 2-3.

  • ‘Justice for all the Earth’

    June 12, 2014

    A group of 29 foreign military lawyers, representing 21 countries, and enrolled in the Defense Institute for International Legal Studies (DIILS) (a program run by the program run by the U.S. Department of Defense), toured Harvard Law School on June 7 at the invitation of John Fitzpatrick '87, a supervising attorney and senior clinical instructor at the Harvard Prison Legal Assistance Project.

  • Crystal Yang ’13, law and economics scholar, to join the Harvard Law faculty

    June 5, 2014

    Crystal Yang ‘13, a scholar specializing in criminal law and consumer finance, will join the Harvard Law School faculty as an assistant professor in July.

  • Dean Minow to grads: ‘Use your powers of imagination’

    May 29, 2014

    “We searched the world for each and every one of you—and you have exceeded our hopes,” Minow told the Class of 2014, which included 576 J.D.s; 167 LL.M.s; and 7 SJDs.

  • Preet Bharara: ‘Try to be good’ (video)

    May 29, 2014

    Preet Bharara, U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, urged Harvard Law graduates at the 2014 Class Day ceremony not to squander the precious and powerful gift of their Harvard Law degrees.

  • Mindy Kaling, ‘Obsessed with justice’ (video)

    May 28, 2014

    “You’re probably wondering why I’m here,” comedian, actress, writer and producer Mindy Kaling said at Harvard Law School’s Class Day gathering on May 28. Kaling, star of the Fox TV show “The Mindy Project” and producer, actress, and writer on the NBC sitcom, “The Office,” offered several reasons, all in trademark self-deprecating and offbeat sense of humor.

  • Steven Shavell and Richard Posner

    Shavell receives Coase medal from American Law and Economics Association

    May 16, 2014

    Harvard Law School Professor Steven Shavell received the 2014 Ronald H. Coase Medal from the American Law and Economics Association at its annual meeting May 9.

  • Wrestling with choices: David Otunga ’06

    February 28, 2014

    Professional wrestler David Otunga '06 was the keynote speaker at the Harvard Law School Committee on Sports and Entertainment Law’s 2014 symposium, which also include panel discussions with practicing lawyers, a presentation of student awards, and a recognition of Paul C. Weiler, LL.M. ’65, the Henry J. Friendly Professor of Law, Emeritus.

  • Rachel Anderson

    Connecting Law and Faith

    January 1, 2011

    Rachel Anderson ’03 enlists religious organizations to fight predatory lending.

  • Lucy Koh

    Stepping Up: Lucy Koh ’93

    January 1, 2011

    On June 7, the U.S. Senate approved the nomination of the first Korean-American in U.S. history to serve as a federal district court judge.

  • Ramer’s List

    July 1, 2010

    Bruce Ramer ’58 divides his time between entertainment giants and pro bono causes.

  • Fighting on Several Fronts

    April 1, 2010

    In his book "Negotiauctions: New Dealmaking Strategies for a Competitive Marketplace,” Professor Guhan Subramanian says that, traditionally, academics have looked at deals through one of two lenses. One branch of research examines auction theory, with roots in game theory and microeconomics. Another looks at negotiations, combining microeconomics with experimental economics, social psychology, behavior economics and law.

  • The Compliance Man

    December 1, 2008

    For all his eloquence and conviction, Jack Goldsmith is a quiet man. For three years, he remained silent about his brief and controversial stint as head of the Office of Legal Counsel in George W. Bush’s Department of Justice. And even following the much-publicized publication of his book “The Terror Presidency” in September, Goldsmith does not relish the steady demand for comment about his Department of Justice tenure.

  • Urban Legend

    September 15, 2008

    “City Bound: How States Stifle Urban Innovation,” forthcoming from Cornell University Press in December, examines how state laws shackle cities. Barron and Frug look at how state law determines what cities can and cannot do to raise revenue, control land use and improve schools.

  • Benjamin Thibault ’09

    Jacobs’ Ladder

    July 28, 2008

    A new clinic lets students step up to environmental challenges—and onto the first rungs of their careers

  • The Baykeeper’s Legacy

    July 1, 2008

    When Dan A. Emmett attended Harvard Law School in the early 1960s, there was no such thing as an environmental movement, let alone an environmental law class or clinic. But five years after his 1964 graduation, an ecological disaster awakened Emmett and many of his fellow Californians to the cause of environmental protection.

  • Wendy B. Jacobs ’81

    “Nontraditional, multifaceted and creative”

    July 1, 2008

    After public service and private practice, Wendy B. Jacobs ’81 brings worlds of experience to a new clinic

  • Endgame?

    April 1, 2007

    U.S. capital markets are losing ground to foreign competitors. A Harvard-led team wants to get it back, and some powerful people are paying attention.

  • Split Decisions book cover

    Breathing new life into feminism

    September 7, 2006

    Janet Halley spent six years writing "Split Decisions: How and Why to Take a Break from Feminism" (Princeton University Press, 2006), a groundbreaking book examining the contradictions and limitations of feminism in the law.

  • Righteous among the nations: Waitstill Sharp ’26

    September 1, 2006

    Hiding from the Gestapo, falsifying an identity card and bribing border guards are just some of the skills Waitstill Sharp ’26 perfected as he rescued Jews, intellectuals, artists and children from the Nazis during World War II.

  • Louis B. Sohn, 1914-2006

    September 1, 2006

    Celebrated international law professor Louis B. Sohn LL.M. ’40 S.J.D. ’58 died at his home in Falls Church, Va., in June. He spent much of his career advocating for increased powers for the United Nations and championing disarmament and human rights.

  • Will Pryor ’81 with his niece

    The ballot chase

    September 1, 2006

    If you thought the first year of law school tested your mettle, try running for Congress. It’s not always easy being a Harvard lawyer on the campaign trail.

  • Professor Guhan Subramanian

    Designing the deal

    September 1, 2005

    Some of the biggest deal makers put the world on hold while they teach in a class led by Professor Guhan Subramanian '98. But they're also there to learn a thing or two about negotiation.

  • Elliot Spitzer

    The equalizer

    April 1, 2005

    Eliot Spitzer '84 has no time to waste. Instead of hello and a handshake, the New York state attorney general greets a visitor with "OK, let's get to work."