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  • Holger Spamann sitting on a table

    Value Innovation

    June 26, 2018

    During his nearly 10 years on the Harvard Law faculty, Holger Spamann S.J.D. ’09 has always enjoyed teaching corporate finance, but he’s also found it challenging. Some students have worked as traders at hedge funds or in private equity and others have been newly minted English majors who haven’t thought much about business concepts. The solution he has been exploring this year is a corporate finance course divided into four different modules, any of which students can opt out of depending on their knowledge level.

  • A photo of Caitlin Long

    Bringing Blockchain to the Cowboy State

    June 26, 2018

    Caitlin Long ’94 left Wyoming for Harvard Law School and the career on Wall Street that followed, but she’s never forgotten her home state or its only university.

  • An illustration of a man sitting at a table holding a quill pen

    A Monument to Madison

    June 25, 2018

    Professor Noah Feldman is the first to admit that James Madison will probably never merit a hip-hop Broadway musical like his partner in Constitution drafting turned bitter political foe.

  • Mentors, Friends and Sometime Adversaries 4

    Mentors, Friends and Sometime Adversaries

    November 29, 2017

    Mentorships between Harvard Law School professors and the students who followed them into academia have taken many forms over the course of two centuries.

  • Marbury v. Madison, Professor v. Protégé 3

    Marbury v. Madison, Professor v. Protégé

    October 26, 2017

    Laurence H. Tribe ’66 and Kathleen Sullivan ’81 have teamed up on many cases since she was a student in his constitutional law class; now, for the first time, they will face off as adversaries in a reargument of the landmark case Marbury v. Madison, part of the Harvard Law School bicentennial celebration on Oct. 27.

  • Waging War illustration

    War Powers: A (Judicial) Review

    August 2, 2017

    The post-9/11 war on terror was only 3 years old when David Barron ’94 began researching whether presidents enjoy as much unfettered power to conduct wars as was assumed by many at the time. A dozen years after he began, Barron, now a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 1st Circuit and a visiting professor at HLS, has published the results of his research in a book titled “Waging War: The Clash Between Presidents and Congress 1776 to ISIS” (Simon & Schuster).

  • Alex Spiro

    Basketball Stars’ Go-To Guy

    July 28, 2017

    Alex Spiro '08 has emerged in short order as the go-to lawyer for professional basketball players who get in trouble with the law in New York--just one slice of Spiro’s clientele, summarized by sports and culture website The Ringer as “the rich, the famous, and the restless.”

  • White House

    Scarramucci and other alumni among Trump’s recent appointees

    July 26, 2017

    President Donald J. Trump has appointed Anthony Scaramucci ’89 to serve as White House communications director, upping by one the number of Harvard Law School alumni tapped to serve in the administration since Trump’s inauguration.

  • A view of the bench of an empty courtroom

    Tournament of Champions

    June 21, 2017

    In January, it was as if the U.S. Supreme Court were playing host to a tournament of champions for past winners of the Ames Moot Court Competition, with three attorneys who argued Midland Funding, LLC v. Johnson having been on teams that won the competition within four years of each other at Harvard Law School.

  • Faiza Saeed

    The Dealmaker

    May 18, 2017

    Top M&A attorney Faiza Saeed ’91 is Cravath’s presiding partner

  • White House

    Regime Change

    May 18, 2017

    President Donald Trump taps alumni for White House and agency hires

  • Judge Gorsuch

    Judicial Temperament

    May 18, 2017

    U.S. Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch ’91 made friends across the political spectrum at HLS.

  • Todd Stern ’77

    Architect of the Breakthrough

    November 30, 2016

    Last December in suburban Paris, 195 countries reached a landmark agreement to curb greenhouse gas emissions. For Todd Stern ’77 the Paris accord capped two decades of work to curb climate change.

  • Illustration of a syringe with a Greek column for the cylinder

    Regulated to Death

    November 22, 2016

    In their latest collaboration, Professor Carol Steiker ’86 and her brother, Jordan Steiker ’88, a law professor at the University of Texas, have co-written a new book, “Courting Death: The Supreme Court and Capital Punishment,” in which they argue that the Court has failed in its efforts to regulate the death penalty since Gregg v. Georgia, its 1976 decision that allowed capital punishment to resume.

  • HLS and the 2016 Congressional Races

    November 9, 2016

    Tim Kaine ’83 will continue serving in the U.S. Senate after losing his bid to become the first Harvard Law School graduate elected vice president and he’ll be joined by several other alumni on Capitol Hill.

  • Sarah Hurwitz and Michelle Obama

    The Wordsmith

    November 1, 2016

    Sarah Hurwitz has quietly helped craft some of first lady Michelle Obama's most memorable speeches--first working with her on her speech to the 2008 Democratic convention in Denver, and eventually going on to work with the first lady almost exclusively for nearly six years.

  • William Weld and Gary Johnson

    Making History

    October 31, 2016

    Harvard Law School has produced plenty of senators, Supreme Court justices and two presidents, but no graduate has ever served as vice president. This election has presented the first opportunity in decades to end that drought with both Democrat Tim Kaine ’83 and Libertarian William Weld ’70 on the ballot as vice presidential candidates.

  • Carol Wang and a group in Afghanistan

    Harvesting Progress

    October 21, 2016

    Carol Wang ’13 spent two years before law school crisscrossing Afghanistan helping nascent small businesses. Now, she and three military veterans who served there are building their own small business designed to boost the nation’s long-troubled economy.

  • Assistant Attorney General John Carlin ’99

    Quiet Intelligence

    May 10, 2016

    For more than seven years, John Carlin ’99 has been at the center of the most sensitive counterterrorism cases, which have often involved tricky technological questions—first as an adviser to FBI Director Robert Mueller and then at the National Security Division.

  • Facing Down Discrimination

    May 10, 2016

    Raheemah Abdulaleem ’01 was standing on a Washington, D.C., street corner in 2009 on her way to work at the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division when a man yelled at her from his car to “go back to your country.” An African-American who grew up in Philadelphia in a family whose roots in the United States are nearly as old as the country, Abdulaleem was wearing a hijab, the traditional headscarf worn by some Muslim women.

  • Bert Rein ’64

    A Senior Rookie

    May 10, 2016

    Bert Rein '64 came to Supreme Court advocacy later in life and has ­focused on litigation challenging race-based protections.

  • Supreme Court Workings

    Pulling Back the Curtain

    May 4, 2016

    It is the rare law review article that directly leads the Supreme Court to change how it does business. But that’s exactly what happened after the Harvard Law Review published an article in 2014 by Richard Lazarus, revealing how Supreme Court opinions get changed after issuance, with little public notice.

  • A Leader on National Security

    A Leader on National Security

    October 5, 2015

    After 15 years in Congress, Adam Schiff has emerged as a leading Democratic voice on national security.

  • Yas Banifatemi

    Tenacity Rewarded

    October 5, 2015

    The Yukos case—with its largest-ever arbitration award—was the culmination of Yas Banifatemi's career in international arbitration, which took root at Harvard.

  • Jorge Elorza

    Trust in Providence

    May 4, 2015

    Jorge Elorza wins the battle to lead the city where he fought for social justice

  • Tom Cotton

    Politics and Service

    May 4, 2015

    For Freshman Senator Tom Cotton, politics and patriotism are nothing new.

  • Prosecutor with a Calling

    April 23, 2015

    Loretta Lynch ’84 becomes the 83rd attorney general of the United States.

  • Illustration of silhouettes pushing a ball up a hill, with a large hand pushing back

    In It Together?

    November 24, 2014

    Do recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions on class actions mean less security in numbers?

  • Becket Fund counsel Eric Rassbach ’99, Lori Windham ’05 and Mark Rienzi ’00

    Keeping FAITH

    November 24, 2014

    A nonprofit law firm whose clients have ranged from Hobby Lobby to a Santeria priest

  • Illustration of two hands tied together and holding dice

    Ruling out Risk?

    May 15, 2014

    Banks can no longer make bets with their own money. Some say the reform makes us safer; others say it simply transfers the risk.

  • Illustration of a human silhouette on a flight of stairs with caution signs on the steps

    Cautious about the Precautionary Principle

    May 15, 2014

    When writing laws, trying to prevent official abuse can actually create or exacerbate the very risks they are intended to avoid, argues Professor Adrian Vermeule ’93 in his new book, “The Constitution of Risk.”

  • Judge Jed S. Rakoff '69

    Main Injustice

    May 9, 2014

    Without prosecutions, the risk of another financial crisis is greater,says a prominent federal judge.

  • HLS’s Party Central

    April 27, 2014

    Credit: Tony Loreti T.J. Duane ’02 (far left), party organizer and founder of the informational Web site, joins classmates (left to right) Taryn Fielder,…

  • Adrian Vermeule

    In his latest book on constitutional decision-making, Vermeule exposes the risks of risk-aversion (video)

    April 15, 2014

    When writing laws, trying to prevent official abuse can actually create or exacerbate the very risks they are intended to avoid, argues Professor Adrian Vermeule ’93 in his new book, “The Constitution of Risk.”

  • Rachel Lu and David Wertime

    Reading the Tea Leaves

    January 1, 2014

    Shortly after graduating from HLS, David Satterthwaite Wertime ’07 and Rachel Lu ’07 launched Tea Leaf Nation, an e-magazine focusing on Chinese social media. The site had become a go-to destination for Western journalists, academics and decision-makers seeking insights into what average Chinese people are thinking.

  • Standing Up for Gideon’s Mandate

    Standing Up for Gideon’s Mandate

    January 1, 2014

    In 2007, Corey Stoughton ’02 began a long, serpentine journey through New York courts when she filed a class-action lawsuit on behalf of 20 criminal defendants claiming the state’s public defender system had failed them. If all goes as scheduled, Stoughton, a lawyer with the New York Civil Liberties Union, will be in an Albany courtroom in March, when the case finally goes to trial.

  • Illustration

    Salving the Wounds

    January 1, 2014

    Randall Kennedy has tackled plenty of controversial issues in his five previous books, ranging from interracial marriage to the intersection of race, crime and the law. The Harvard Law professor comes to the defense of affirmative action in his latest book, “For Discrimination.” In an interview with the Bulletin, Kennedy described his own evolution on the issue and the impact of the Supreme Court’s ruling in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, which was announced after his book went to print.

  • Illustration

    Fixing Price Fixing

    January 1, 2014

    Louis Kaplow ’81 seeks to upend the academic debate and to suggest important reforms to legal practice in his latest book, which addresses the law and economics of price fixing. The Harvard Law School professor describes the law prohibiting this practice as “incoherent, its practical reach uncertain, and its fit with fundamental economic principles obscure.” And that’s just in the first paragraph.

  • Rachel Brand, during Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr.’s confirmation hearings

    Committed to government service but not to big government

    July 1, 2013

    Rachel Brand ’98 is leading the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s campaign to roll back government regulations while also serving as a charter member of a government Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board.

  • How It All Adds Up

    July 1, 2013

    Stephanie Atwood ’13 started her 3L year several days early in a basement classroom of Wasserstein Hall in a new intensive “boot camp” on accounting and finance. In just three days, Atwood and 44 classmates learned a credit’s worth of previously foreign-sounding concepts such as internal rate of return and the cost of capital.

  • On the Court: The ‘10th justice’ becomes the 9th

    December 6, 2011

    As Harvard Law School’s first female dean and the first woman ever to serve as U.S. solicitor general, Elena Kagan ’86 has made a habit of making history. On Oct. 1, Kagan sat on the far right-hand side of the Supreme Court’s courtroom in a chair first used by Chief Justice John Marshall, poised to make history once again at her formal investiture ceremony.

  • Great minds that did not think alike

    December 6, 2011

    In “Scorpions: The Battles and Triumphs of FDR’s Great Supreme Court Justices,” Feldman focuses on four men with remarkably diverse resumes, who, despite shared links to Roosevelt, often found themselves at odds once they joined the Court.

  • Summer 2011

    John Kroger ’96: Where His Convictions Have Led Him

    July 1, 2011

    Kroger went from being a Marine reconnaissance scout to a Yale undergraduate to an aide for then-Rep. Charles Schumer ’74 and then for Bill Clinton’s presidential campaign, before he enrolled at Harvard Law School. After clerking for a year, he landed a job in 1997 as an assistant U.S. attorney in the Eastern District of New York, where he quickly racked up a list of high-profile convictions against drug dealers and mobsters.

  • New Dawn on the Lost Horizon

    July 1, 2011

    Lobsang Sangay LL.M. ’96 S.J.D. ’04 is the first to admit he has rather big shoes to fill as he prepares to take office as prime minister, or Kalon Tripa, of Tibet’s government-in-exile.

  • Justice Brennan Liberal Champion

    Marshaling Brennan

    January 1, 2011

    The reaction from Harvard Law School was decidedly cool 54 years ago when President Eisenhower appointed its alumnus William J. Brennan Jr. ’31 to serve on the Supreme Court.

  • The Olin Advantage

    August 16, 2010

    Lisa Bernstein ’90 knew from her first day of law school that she wanted to be a professor, though as time went on, she wondered whether that would be possible without top grades or law review credentials. What helped to set her apart from other applicants, she says, was the paper she wrote—and mentoring she received—as an Olin Fellow during law school.

  • Barron, Cohen, Meltzer

    Executive Counsel

    July 1, 2009

    Meet the President’s new lawyers—and their new laywers