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  • Group of women standing outside, three cheering.

    ‘It’s good to be back’

    September 28, 2021

    Harvard Law School employees share what they're looking forward to back on campus.

  • Christopher Bavitz

    Christopher Bavitz appointed Harvard Law School’s vice dean for experiential and clinical education

    June 16, 2021

    Harvard Law School’s Christopher T. Bavitz, the WilmerHale Clinical Professor of Law, has been appointed as vice dean for experiential and clinical education.

  • Brooke Davies and Daniel Oyolu

    Brooke Davies ’21 and Daniel Oyolu ’21 awarded the 2021 Andrew L. Kaufman Pro Bono Service Award

    May 26, 2021

    Brooke Davies ’21 and Daniel Oyolu ’21 have been awarded the 2021 Andrew L. Kaufman Pro Bono Service Award.

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    HLS staff honored for excellence at virtual ceremony

    September 30, 2020

    At a virtual ceremony hosted by Dean John F. Manning ’85, 15 members of the Harvard Law School community received the Dean’s Award for Excellence, which recognizes staff members who embody both the letter and spirit of excellence within the Harvard Law School community.

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    Cyberlaw Clinic weighs in on warrantless device searches at the US border

    August 27, 2020

    Two clinics at HLS— the Cyberlaw Clinic and the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinic—partner on a case involving warrantless device searches at the U.S. border

  • Mark Wu

    A Q&A with Mark Wu on his appointment as vice dean for the Graduate Program and International Legal Studies

    August 16, 2020

    Mark Wu, the Henry L. Stimson Professor at Harvard Law School, was recently appointed the new vice dean for the Graduate Program and International Legal Studies. He replaces William Alford, who served in the role for the past 18 years. 

  • Cyberlaw Clinic turns 20

    April 9, 2020

    It was 1999 and the dot-com bubble was about to burst. Corporations were scrambling to address new legal challenges online. Napster was testing the music industry. And at Harvard Law School, the Berkman Klein Center was creating a clinical teaching program specializing in cyberlaw.

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    Cravath Fellows pursue research and independent clinicals around the world 

    March 10, 2020

    During Winter Term, 12 Harvard Law School students traveled to 12 countries as Cravath International Fellows to pursue clinical placements or independent research with an international, transnational, or comparative law focus.

  • Kendra Albert

    Kendra Albert ’16 shares their Cyberlaw Clinic story

    February 27, 2020

    Kendra Albert ’16, former student and current clinical instructor in Berkman Klein Center's Cyberlaw Clinic talks about their takeaways from that experience, their current work, and what they’re the proudest of in their time there.

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    The Law and the Digital World

    April 3, 2019

    Officials from 23 offices of state attorneys general recently met at HLS as part of the Berkman Klein Center’s AGTech Forum series, to discuss tech-driven challenges to privacy and data security that vex state regulators and threaten consumers, and to strategize on how the law can keep up.

  • Urs Gasser

    Why your online data isn’t safe

    October 3, 2018

    In a Q&A with the Harvard Gazette, Urs Gasser LL.M. ’03, executive director of the Berkman Klein Center, discusses what might be done to protect users from companies that profit from people’s data.

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    Morality in the Machines

    June 26, 2018

    Researchers at Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society are collaborating with MIT scholars to study driverless cars, social media feeds, and criminal justice algorithms, to make sure openness and ethics inform artificial intelligence.

  • Evolving and Adapting: The HLS Clinical Landscape 3

    Evolving and Adapting: The HLS Clinical Landscape

    June 26, 2018

    More than 100 years after students started the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau, there are now 40 clinics and Student Practice Organizations at HLS, focused on everything from cyberlaw to veterans’ rights.

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    20 years of the Laws of Cyberspace

    May 16, 2018

    It’s been two decades since Harvard Law School Professor Lawrence Lessig published ‘The Laws of Cyberspace;’ recently, an event at the Berkman Klein Center celebrated how that groundbreaking paper provided structure to the Center's field of study.

  • HLS200 finale celebrates clinics

    HLS 200 finale celebrates clinics

    May 2, 2018

    On April 20, HLS in the Community wrapped up a year-long celebration of Harvard Law School's bicentennial by highlighting the contributions made by HLS clinics and students practice organizations (SPOs).

  • Emerging Technologies: Privacy by Design

    Emerging Technologies: Privacy by Design

    April 18, 2018

    Students of Professor Urs Gasser’s Spring 2018 Comparative Digital Privacy seminar hosted a symposium on 'Privacy by Design,' convening experts from government, private practice, industry, and academia to weigh in on all things privacy-related, from the difficulty of defining privacy to a comparison of the regulatory regimes in the United States and the European Union.

  • On the web, privacy in peril 1

    On the web, privacy in peril

    March 27, 2018

    Vivek Krishnamurthy studies international issues in internet governance as a clinical instructor at Harvard Law School’s Cyber Law Clinic. He spoke with the Gazette about the legal implications of the breach for Facebook, the laxity in U.S. privacy protections, and how Facebook’s difficulties may mark the end of the tech industry’s long deregulation honeymoon in this country.

  • Cravath Fellows pursue law projects around the world

    Cravath Fellows pursue law projects around the world

    March 14, 2018

    In 2018, ten Harvard Law School students were selected as Cravath International Fellows. During Winter Term, they traveled to nine countries to pursue clinical placements or independent research with an international, transnational, or comparative law focus. Here, four of them describe their experiences.

  • Cyberlaw Clinic releases Guide to Protest Art

    Cyberlaw Clinic releases Guide to Protest Art

    January 25, 2018

    On Jan. 22, the Cyberlaw Clinic at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society released a multi-part Guide to Protest Art, a series aimed at educating people across the political spectrum who are using art to engage in civic dialogue.

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    Cyberlaw Clinic files amicus briefs in patent and online privacy cases

    January 8, 2018

    The Berkman Klein Center's Cyberlaw Clinic, which provides pro-bono legal services to clients on issues relating to the internet, technology and intellectual property, has written in support of a number of technology cases in recent weeks.

  • Cloud Formations

    HLS students harness artificial intelligence to revolutionize how lawyers draft and manage contracts

    December 20, 2017

    With Evisort, a powerful new search engine that harnesses cloud storage and artificial intelligence, four HLS students hope to revolutionize the costly and labor-intensive way that lawyers currently handle contracts and other transactional work, liberating them for more creative and interesting tasks.

  • Risk assessment tools for criminal justice reform: A Q&A with Chris Bavitz

    Risk assessment tools for criminal justice reform: A Q&A with Chris Bavitz

    November 29, 2017

    Managing Director of the Cyberlaw Clinic Professor Chris Bavitz discusses some of the concerns and opportunities of risk assessment tools for criminal justice reform efforts, and the Berkman Klein Center's work on Ethics and Governance of AI initiative in partnership with the MIT Media Lab.

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    Cyberlaw wins two victories in local court

    October 7, 2016

    The Cyberlaw Clinic filed amicus briefs in two cases regarding local courts' ruling on ballot selfies and cell phone seizures.

  • Michael R. Klein LL.M. ’67 supports future of cyberspace exploration and study

    July 5, 2016

    Harvard Law School and the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University have announced that Michael R. Klein LL.M. '67 has made a gift of $15 million to the Berkman Center, which in recognition, will now be known as the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society.

  • The New Age of Surveillance

    May 10, 2016

    The Internet of Things may be about to change our lives as radically as the Internet itself did 20 years ago. The implications for privacy, national security, human rights, cyberespionage and the economy are staggering.

  • Human Rights and Encryption

    Human Rights and Encryption

    May 6, 2016

    Last fall, the Cyberlaw Clinic at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School, produced a report for Amnesty International on the legal issues surrounding encryption. While the encryption debate is most often painted as a two-sided battle between law enforcement and technology companies, there are many other stakeholders around the world that are deeply concerned about the widespread implications of regulating encryption in iPhones and other telecommunications devices.

  • New Berkman report highlights co-op’s challenges to build a better fiber optic network

    April 25, 2016

    On April 20, the Berkman Center for Internet and Society released "WiredWest: a Cooperative of Municipalities Forms to Build a Fiber Optic Network," a report written by Berkman Center Co-director and Harvard Law Professor Susan Crawford; Waide Warner, Harvard Law lecturer and senior advisor at Berkman's Cyberlaw Clinic; and Berkman fellow David Talbot.

  • Cravath fellows travel globally to experience international and comparative law

    April 15, 2016

    Thirteen Harvard Law School students were selected as the 2016 Cravath International Fellows. The fellows traveled to 12 countries for winter term clinical placements or independent research with an international, transnational, or comparative law focus. Below, four of those students are highlighted.

  • Students spend spring break focused on legal services work

    April 7, 2016

    Each year, teams of Harvard Law School students are given the opportunity to spend their Spring Break experiencing legal services work with clinics and legal organizations in the Boston area, or working on projects around the country and abroad--here, a few students share their accounts, reflecting on the significance of their service.

  • Harvard Law School: 2015 in review

    December 17, 2015

    Supreme Court justices, performance art, student protests and a vice president. A look back at 2015, highlights of the people who visited, events that took place and everyday life at Harvard Law School.

  • The Laws of Adaptation

    October 5, 2015

    Change is coming to the legal profession—whether attorneys like it or not—and HLS is at the forefront of efforts to anticipate it, and prepare students.

  • Berkman’s Internet Monitor project to release new online data platform this fall

    July 31, 2015

    This fall, the Internet Monitor project at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society plans to release a new online data platform for displaying the data it has been collecting since 2014 about online content, controls, and activity around the world.

  • Berkman study finds public broadband can succeed

    July 10, 2015

    A new report by the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University, "Holyoke: A Massachusetts Municipal Light Plant Seizes Internet Access Business Opportunities," documents the success of a municipally-owned electric utility in providing Internet access services.

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    Harvard Law champions entrepreneurship and innovation

    April 15, 2015

    For law students interested in entrepreneurism and startups—as entrepreneurs themselves, as lawyers representing startups, or both—there is a wealth of growing and intersecting opportunities at Harvard Law School and across the university.

  • A Recipe for Innovation

    November 13, 2014

    This fall, Harvard Law School Dean Martha Minow and Julio Frenk, dean of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, issued the "Deans' Food System Challenge" (one of several competitions held by the Harvard Innovation Lab and sponsored by Harvard Schools), encouraging students across the university to come up with fresh ideas for solving complex problems facing our food system.

  • Meet this year’s new HLS faculty

    September 9, 2014

    A host of new faculty members arrived at Harvard Law School this academic year, and over the summer, Dean Martha Minow announced two new faculty who will join HLS in 2015.

  • Cravath Fellows explore robots in combat, international IP, and Aboriginal art

    March 25, 2014

    For Harvard Law School’s recipients of the Cravath International Fellowship, January’s three-week winter term is a chance to immerse themselves in an academic project with an international, transnational, or comparative law focus. The experiences of three students illustrate the range and depth of the projects students pursue.

  • Massachusetts High Court rules warrants needed for cellphone tracking; Cyberlaw Clinic submits supporting brief

    February 21, 2014

    On Tuesday, the Supreme Judicial Court ruled in Commonwealth v. Augustine that the Massachusetts constitution prohibits law enforcement officials from gathering cellphone records that…

  • HLS students help student startups, at Harvard and MIT

    January 23, 2013

    The Harvard Law Entrepreneurship Project is the newest of 11 Student Practice Organizations at Harvard Law School and is providing free legal research and analysis for student-founded startups at Harvard and MIT.

  • Ramping Up New Ramps to Justice

    December 6, 2011

    How can technology help people gain better and easier access to the judicial system? Are there new technologies—or more efficient ways of using existing ones—that can assist low-income, pro se and other litigants to navigate the legal system while easing the burden on underresourced courts?

  • John Williams '79

    Law School appoints John Williams as its first Innovation Lab Expert in Residence

    December 2, 2011

    Harvard Law School Dean Martha Minow has appointed Boston entrepreneur John Williams ’79 as the Law School’s inaugural Expert in Residence (EIR).

  • Citizen Media Law Project and Cyberlaw Clinic File Amicus Brief in Illinois SLAPP-suit matter

    March 5, 2010

    The Citizen Media Law Project, joined by the Public Participation Project, the Online News Association, and the Chicago Current, submitted an amicus curiae brief to the Illinois Supreme Court this week, urging the Court to reject two lower courts’ narrow interpretations of the state’s Anti-SLAPP statute.

  • Preserving Free Speech on the Internet

    June 20, 2009

    For students looking for cutting-edge legal work in the realm of new technologies, there may be no better place than the Cyberlaw Clinic at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society. In the fall of 2008, more than 40 students were involved in a wide range of projects that explored areas such as free speech, intellectual property and online child safety in the context of the Internet and other rapidly developing technologies. Many of the projects the center undertook involves issues being litigated for the first time.