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  • HLS alumni and faculty serve in Obama administration

    August 3, 2009

    This year, Harvard Law School alumni continued to make an impact in a variety of ways. Most notably, HLS alumni have filled the halls…

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    Executive Counsel

    July 1, 2009

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

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    United States Solicitor General Elena Kagan ’86 addresses HLS graduating Class of 2009

    June 4, 2009

    In a Class Day address on June 3, U.S. Solicitor General Elena Kagan ’86 acknowledged that this year’s graduating class finds itself at an inflection point in society, facing great economic and political changes. But, she said, students should take advantage of these changing times because the greatest challenges often produce the biggest opportunities.

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    Kagan selected to be 2009 Class Day speaker

    April 20, 2009

    Former Dean of Harvard Law School and current U.S. Solicitor General Elena Kagan ’86 will be the 2009 Class Day speaker at HLS. Selected by this year’s Class Marshals, Kagan will address graduates on June 3 as part of Class Day.

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    Senate confirms Elena Kagan as solicitor general of the United States

    March 19, 2009

    The United States Senate voted today to confirm Dean Elena Kagan ’86 as the 44th solicitor general of the United States. By a 61 to 31 vote, Kagan became the first woman solicitor general in U.S. history.

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    HLS Solicitors General

    March 5, 2009

    In March 2009, HLS Dean Elena Kagan ’86 was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the 44th solicitor general of the United States. Kagan, the first woman to hold this position, joins a long line of solicitors general with ties to Harvard Law School.

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    WEBCAST: Kagan confirmation hearing

    February 10, 2009

    The nomination hearing for Harvard Law School Dean Elena Kagan ’86 to become the U.S. Solicitor General took place today. The Senate Judiciary Committee  also considered the nomination of Thomas Perrelli ’91 as Associate Attorney General during the same hearing. (Watch a CSPAN webcast.) A blog account of the hearing is here. 

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    HLS Faculty and Alums endorse Kagan

    January 18, 2009

    After President Obama ’91 nominated Elena Kagan ’86 to be the solicitor general of the United States on January 5, 2009, the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary received many letters in support of the Dean from her colleagues at the law school, alumni, former students, and attorneys.

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    Kagan nominated as US solicitor general; HLS alums named to top DOJ posts

    January 5, 2009

    President-elect Barack Obama ’91 has nominated Harvard Law School Dean Elena Kagan ’86 to be the 44th solicitor general of the United States. The appointment was announced by the Obama Transition Team today.

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    Debating the debates

    September 24, 2008

    Four days before the first 2008 presidential debate takes place in Mississippi, a panel discussion at HLS looked at past, present and future presidential debates.

  • A Curriculum of New Realities

    September 2, 2008

    At Harvard Law School, some new answers to the question, What do future lawyers need to know?

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    Kagan is honored for her work to encourage public service

    August 21, 2008

    Dean Elena Kagan ’86 has been awarded the 2008 John R. Kramer Outstanding Law Dean Award from Equal Justice Works for her extensive efforts to promote and support public service.

  • At Home in the World

    July 29, 2008

    The new curriculum embraces law’s increasingly transnational nature

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    The Ultimate Cafeteria

    July 29, 2008

    With the help of Harvard Law School’s new curriculum reforms, it’s getting easier for law students to take part in Harvard University’s intellectual feast.

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    July 1, 2008

    The past five years have brought remarkable growth and change to Harvard Law School. Here, the Bulletin takes a time-out for a brief recap and puts five questions to Dean Elena Kagan ’86.

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    Kagan and Warren listed among ‘top 50 most influential women lawyers’

    May 31, 2007

    The National Law Journal has named Harvard Law School Dean Elena Kagan '86 and Harvard Law School Professor Elizabeth Warren as two of the top female attorneys in the country on its list of the "50 Most Influential Women Lawyers in America," published on Monday.

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    Dean Elena Kagan praises incoming Harvard President Drew Gilpin Faust

    February 11, 2007

    Following today's announcement that Drew Gilpin Faust has been appointed the 28th president of Harvard University, Law School Dean Elena Kagan released the following statement:

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    Webcast: Dean Kagan delivers ‘State of the School’ address

    September 21, 2006

    Earlier today, Dean Elena Kagan delivered her fourth "State of the School" speech to students and other members of the Harvard Law community who assembled in the Ames Courtroom.

  • Asia 2006: Exchanging greetings—and ideas

    July 12, 2006

    HLS delegation barnstorms through Asia in mid-winter tour

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    Webcast of Dean Kagan’s ‘state of the school’ address

    September 23, 2005

    Dean Elena Kagan gave her annual "state of the school" address in Ames Courtroom this week to mark the beginning of the academic year. Click here to watch an archived webcast of the address.

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    Dean Kagan announces hurricane relief efforts

    September 3, 2005

    Dean Elena Kagan sent the following letter to the Harvard Law School community today, outlining some of the school's efforts to assist those affected by Hurricane Katrina.

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    Sowing the seeds of public service at HLS

    April 1, 2005

    Dean Elena Kagan '86 believes public service should be part of every lawyer's life. At Harvard Law School, there are now more opportunities than ever to get involved.

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    Can Reporters Refuse to Testify?

    April 1, 2005

    After columnist Robert Novak published leaked information in July 2003 revealing that Valerie Plame, the wife of a prominent critic of the Bush administration, was a CIA operative, a special prosecutor launched an investigation to determine who was responsible for the leak.

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    Statement by Dean Elena Kagan on the Solomon Amendment

    December 1, 2004

    On the basis of yesterday's decision by the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals enjoining the enforcement of the Solomon Amendment, Harvard Law School will return to its prior policy on employers' use of our Office of Career Services (OCS)...

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    A new ball game

    April 1, 2004

    Dean Elena Kagan '86 begins her tenure by responding to school needs--and our questions.

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    What Does It Mean to Make a Woman Dean?

    April 1, 2004

    An Essay by Rachel S. Arnow-Richman '95.

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    Kagan Becomes Dean of Harvard Law School

    July 1, 2003

    Today Elena Kagan became the 11th dean of Harvard Law School. Appointed in April by Harvard University President Lawrence Summers, Kagan succeeds Robert Clark, who served as dean for 14 years.

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    A Class Unto Themselves

    July 1, 2003

    For many years after HLS began admitting women, male faculty still predominated. That's changed, and women faculty members talk about what their presence has meant for the school and for themselves.

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    Elena Kagan Named Next Dean of Harvard Law School

    April 3, 2003

    Professor of Law Elena Kagan will be the next Dean of Harvard Law School, President Lawrence H. Summers announced today. A leading scholar of administrative law, Kagan has served on the faculties of both Harvard Law School and the University of Chicago Law School, in addition to holding senior legal and policy positions in the federal government. An alumna of Harvard Law School and a former law clerk to the late Justice Thurgood Marshall, Kagan will succeed Robert C. Clark, the Royall Professor of Law, who in November announced plans to conclude his service as dean on June 30, 2003, following fourteen years of distinguished service.

  • Cambridge v. Allston

    July 1, 2002

    Both sides have advocates as Harvard University considers moving HLS.

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    Elena Kagan Named Professor of Law

    September 26, 2001

    Elena Kagan, a former White House senior administrator and expert in administrative law, has been named a Professor of Law at Harvard Law School-a tenured position. Kagan served as a Visiting Professor at Harvard Law School for the past two years.

  • The Dean Saves the Day

    July 1, 2001

      Credit: Tony Loreti For Dean Robert Clark ’72 it was just another day at the office when students in the Drama Society’s spring parody,…

  • Public Interest Auction a Sight to Behold

    July 1, 2001

    Credit: Mark Steele “Bid, Justin, bid!” the crowd chanted. In the end, Justin Lerer ’02 did just that, bidding $1,800 on dinner and a poker…