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  • Three students win Andrew L. Kaufman Pro Bono Service Awards 1

    Three students win Andrew L. Kaufman Pro Bono Service Awards

    May 16, 2018

    Three Harvard Law School students, Edith Sangueza ’18, Tabitha Cohen ’18 and Annie Manhardt ’18, received the 2018 Andrew L. Kaufman Pro Bono Service Award for exemplifying a pro bono public spirit and demonstrating an extraordinary commitment to improving and delivering high quality volunteer legal services in low-income communities.

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    NFL group joins Harvard huddle on criminal justice

    March 29, 2018

    A group of current and retired NFL players shared personal reasons for their activism and outreach in a conversation Friday at Harvard Law School, part of “Changing the Conversation to Change Criminal Justice,” a symposium sponsored by the School’s Bernard Koteen Office of Public Interest Advising, the Fair Punishment Project, and the Players Coalition.

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    On the way to the Super Bowl, a visit to Harvard Law

    February 1, 2018

    On Jan. 5, New England Patriots Defensive Captain Devin McCourty, teammates Johnson Bademosi, Matthew Slater and Duron Harmon, and team president Jonathan Kraft participated in a 'Listen and Learn' event at HLS, organized by the Fair Punishment Project and the Office of Public Interest Advising, featuring panel discussions on inequities in the criminal justice system.

  • Students help advance forensic science reform in Massachusetts

    Students help advance forensic science reform in Massachusetts

    October 17, 2017

    Over a year ago, a group of students in Harvard Law School's Criminal Justice Policy Program (CJPP) began working to propel forensic science reform in Massachusetts. On Oct. 2, the students' work culminated in a Wrongful Conviction Day event at the Massachusetts State House.

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    ‘Tree’s’ tremendous legacy: Celebrating Charles Ogletree ’78

    October 11, 2017

    It took an all-star team of panelists to honor the scope and influence of Charles Ogletree’s career last week at HLS—eminent friends, students and colleagues all paying tribute to a man that the world knows as a leading force for racial equality and social justice, and that the Harvard community knows affectionately as Tree.

  • Honoring Charles Ogletree

    Honoring Charles Ogletree

    October 11, 2017

    Hundreds of friends, former students, colleagues, and well-wishers gathered last Monday in a joyful celebration of the life and career of Harvard Law Professor Charles Ogletree, advocate for Civil Rights, author of books on race and justice, and mentor to former President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama.

  • Student Voices: Humanizing individuals in the criminal justice system

    Alec Karakatsanis ’08 puts ‘human caging’ and ‘wealth-based detention’ in America on trial

    August 23, 2017

    In early 2014, Alec Karakatsansis, ’08, used some of the money that he and a Harvard Law School classmate had recently received from the school’s Public Service Venture Fund seed grant to buy a plane ticket to Birmingham, Alabama, and rent a car.

  • William Ahee ’17 and Lam Nguyen Ho ’08 are the 2017 Gary Bellow Award winners

    April 27, 2017

    Harvard Law School student William Ahee ’17 and alumnus Lam Nguyen Ho ’08 have received the Gary Bellow Public Service Award, established in 2001 to honor HLS Professor Gary Bellow ’60, his commitment to public service, and his innovative approach to the analysis and practice of law.

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    Skadden Fellowships awarded to five in 2017

    February 15, 2017

    Five Harvard Law School students and recent graduates have been awarded Skadden Fellowships to support their work in public service.

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    Fair Punishment Project’s new Legal Advisory Council issues brief on sentences for juveniles

    November 21, 2016

    The HLS Fair Punishment Project’s Legal Advisory Council has issued an issue brief arguing that a sentencer may impose a life without parole sentence upon a juvenile only after concluding that the child is “the rare juvenile offender who exhibits such irretrievable depravity that rehabilitation is impossible.”

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    Harvard Law students help win presidential clemency for inmates

    October 6, 2016

    Last spring, the Criminal Justice Policy Program developed an initiative to provide representation to incarcerated people petitioning President Obama for clemency. Twenty-six Harvard Law students volunteered to work with a team of pro bono attorneys to represent clemency petitioners, in what has become the largest law student-based clemency initiative in the country.

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    Ron Sullivan on changing the dynamics of confrontation

    July 11, 2016

    In a Q&A with the Harvard Gazette, Professor Ron Sullivan discusses the shooting deaths last week of two black men in Louisiana and Minnesota at the hands of police, and the subsequent killing of five Dallas officers by a retaliating sniper, events that shocked the nation and left many feeling like the country is unraveling.

  • Support for second chances

    June 22, 2016

    Early in the spring, first-year Harvard Law School students Chloe Goodwin, Nora Ellingsen, and Josh Looney jumped at the opportunity to volunteer with a national organization to help felons get a second shot at life: Clemency Project 2014, a coalition that supports petitions by nonviolent drug offenders for executive clemency.

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    Catherine Howard wins the David Grossman Exemplary Clinical Student Award

    May 31, 2016

    Catherine Howard '16 is the winner of the inaugural David A. Grossman Exemplary Clinical Student Award, named in honor of the late professor and public interest lawyer who was dedicated to providing high-quality legal services to low-income communities.

  • Harvard Gazette: The costs of inequality—Across Harvard, efforts to improve lives

    March 25, 2016

    This is the last in the Harvard Gazette's series on inequality, one of America’s most vexing problems, examining Harvard’s ground-level efforts to make a difference in the surrounding communities, and beyond.

  • Seth Hoedl ’15 and Seth Packrone ’15 win Exemplary Clinical Student Award

    May 27, 2015

    Harvard Law School’s Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs has recognized graduating students Seth Hoedl ’15 and Seth Packrone ’15 for exemplifying putting theory into practice through clinical work.

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    Truth Seeker

    May 4, 2015

    Ronald Sullivan works to make the criminal justice system more accountable

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    First Line of Defense

    May 4, 2015

    Students represent the indigent in courts where judges ask, ‘Is Harvard in the building?’

  • Portrait of Dehlia Umunna

    Dehlia Umunna appointed Clinical Professor of Law at Harvard Law

    March 31, 2015

    Dehlia Umunna has been appointed Clinical Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. She has been a lecturer at HLS since 2007, and is Deputy Director and Clinical Instructor at HLS’s Criminal Justice Institute (CJI).

  • Dying While Black and Brown: Hamilton Houston Institute hosts dance performance on incarceration and capital punishment (video)

    March 20, 2015

    On March 6, Harvard Law School’s Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice hosted Dying While Black and Brown, a dance performance focused on capital punishment and the disproportionate numbers of incarcerated people of color. The performance was first commissioned by the San Francisco Equal Justice Society as part of the society’s campaign to restore 14th Amendment protections for victims of discrimination, including those on death row.

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    After Ferguson, students and faculty seek solutions in law and policy

    January 15, 2015

    And discussions have continued into the new year about the policy and procedures of police, prosecutors and the community at large.