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This past month, Harvard Law School invited all alumni back to campus to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the legal giant’s 1817 founding. But while the alumni were celebrating, public interest students were sounding the alarm about a school overtaken by corporate interests and losing track of its public interest mission to “educate leaders who contribute to the advancement of justice and the well-being of society.” The critiques were surfaced in a critical report on the crisis of Harvard Law’s mission to serve the public: “Our Bicentennial Crisis: A Call to Action for Harvard Law School’s Public Interest Mission.” (See the report here: http://bit.ly/2zFyPk9)

The report documents: first, the crisis of mass exclusion from legal power for the average American (in the criminal justice, civil justice and political systems); second, Harvard Law’s failure to address this crisis, and the inaccurate excuses our school community tends to give for not addressing it; third, what accounts for this civic deficit; and fourth, twelve reform proposals that aim to help us better live up to our mission.

At this event, the report’s author Pete Davis will present on and answer questions regarding his findings and proposals.

Contact Pete at 347-453-3135 or pedavis@jd18.law.harvard.edu with any questions.


November 29, 2017
12:00 pm - 12:40 pm
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WCC 1010 Classroom


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