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    Elizabeth Warren is Harvard Law School’s 2021 Class Day speaker

    April 7, 2021

    Senator Elizabeth Warren, presidential candidate and longtime Harvard Law School professor, will be this year’s speaker for the Class Day ceremonies at HLS.

  • After Warren ends presidential bid, Harvard Law students create Post-it note tribute to former professor

    March 6, 2020

    Before Elizabeth Warren entered politics, she spent nearly two decades as a professor at Harvard Law School, imparting her extensive knowledge of bankruptcy and commercial law to hundreds of young legal minds. And on Thursday, after she announced her withdrawal from the race to become the Democratic nominee for president, students at the Ivy League school expressed their gratitude for the Massachusetts senator’s bid by writing encouraging messages on Post-it notes and putting them around a portrait of her that hangs in a campus building. Some of the messages read: “Voting for you was the easiest vote I ever cast! Thank you for inspiring me!” and “You inspired me to come to HLS. Thank you," and “Don’t give up. We are with you!”

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    A Conversation with Jessica Tisch ’08

    July 17, 2019

    Jessica Tisch has put data-driven policing tools in the hands of New York City’s 36,000 uniformed police officers, including 911 dispatch information and electronic report forms on iPhones.

  • Considering the Consumer

    June 21, 2019

    Many faculty members at HLS focus their research on aspects of consumer law and protection.

  • Ethnicity not a factor in Elizabeth Warren’s rise in law

    September 4, 2018

    The 60-plus Harvard Law School professors who filed into an auditorium-style room on the first floor of Pound Hall on that February 1993 afternoon had a significant question to answer: Should they offer a job to Elizabeth Warren?...The Globe examined hundreds of documents, many of them never before available, and reached out to all 52 of the law professors who are still living and were eligible to be in that Pound Hall room at Harvard Law School...“By the unwritten rules that most schools played by at the time, none of this should have happened,” explained Bruce Mann, Warren’s husband of 38 years, who joined her for the interview with the Globe. “Law faculties hired in their own image. . . except for those rare occasions when someone came along that was just so stunningly good that they couldn’t ignore her.”...She dazzled Andrew Kaufman, a Harvard Law School professor who recalled meeting her at a conference she organized at the University of Wisconsin Law School in the mid-1980s. “I was blown away,” Kaufman said, recalling his first interaction with Warren. “I thought she was a real whiz.”...“The views had a lot to do with the methodology she was using,” recalled David Wilkins, a Harvard Law professor who voted to offer Warren a job. “Was it the right methodology?” ...“She was not on the radar screen at all in terms of a racial minority hire,” [Randall] Kennedy told the Globe. “It was just not an issue. I can’t remember anybody ever mentioning her in this context.”...“It had nothing to do with our consideration and deliberation,” said Charles Fried, the former solicitor general to president Ronald Reagan and a member of the Harvard Law School appointments committee at the time. “How many times do you have to have the same thing explained to you?”

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    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.

  • For politics, a ray of hope

    For politics, a ray of hope

    October 30, 2017

    At a time when American politics are beset by deep divisions and regular paralysis, five U.S. senators--Tim Kaine, Jack Reed, Mark Warner, Tom Cotton, and Elizabeth Warren--told a Harvard Law School audience Friday that there is real reason for concern, yet some hope for their institution and the country.

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    Trade Pluses and Pitfalls

    October 21, 2016

    Of all the issues engendering voter passion in the 2016 U.S. presidential race—immigration, terrorism, Supreme Court appointments—perhaps none has been more surprising than global trade, especially the highly controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership.

  • The legacy of the late Professor David Grossman: ‘Helping to fix a broken world’

    September 16, 2016

    Family, friends, and colleagues of the late Harvard Law School Clinical Professor David Grossman gathered at HLS to celebrate his life, honor his community activism, and support his fight for social justice.

  • The women who questioned Wall Street: Sheila Bair, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, and Mary Schapiro on holding financial industries accountable

    May 5, 2015

    After their warnings about excesses and corrupt practices on Wall Street went unheeded but proved accurate, former FDIC Chair Sheila Bair, former SEC Chair Mary Schapiro, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, formerly a bankruptcy professor at Harvard Law School, set about trying to institute meaningful financial reforms from inside federal agencies and through politics.

  • The New Empiricists

    May 4, 2015

    For the growing number of empiricists at HLS, there’s nothing quite so satisfying—or unimpeachable—as resolving a thorny, often contentious, legal or policy question through rigorous analysis of cold, hard data.

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    Politics and Service

    May 4, 2015

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

  • ‘Inspiring Change, Inspiring Us’: an HLS photo exhibit

    March 10, 2014

    In honor of International Women’s Day, Harvard Law School is hosting a photo exhibit, “Inspiring Change, Inspiring Us,” featuring portraits of influential women.

  • Dean Minow: ‘We’re all sisters in law’

    October 11, 2013

    For Celebration 60, over 600 alumnae reunite A year after Christopher Columbus Langdell assumed the deanship of Harvard Law School in 1870 with the promise…

  • ELECTION 2012

    November 18, 2012

    Harvard Law School graduates across the country won political victories in the 2012 elections.

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    Massachusetts sends Warren to U.S. Senate

    November 7, 2012

    Harvard Law School Professor and Democratic nominee Elizabeth Warren—bankruptcy expert, Wall Street reformer and consumer watch dog—has won a hard-fought race for the U.S. Senate against her Republican opponent, incumbent Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown.

  • Alumni fare well in elections

    November 7, 2012

    Harvard Law School graduates across the country won political victories in the 2012 elections. In addition to a victory by President Barack Obama '91in a close race with Republican candidate Mitt Romney J.D./M.B.A ‘75.  A Harvard Law School Professor and two HLS alumni won seats in the Senate, and 15 alumni are going to the House.

  • An Appealing Design

    July 1, 2012

    Last year, after Rory Van Loo ’07 left the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau implementation team to become assistant director of the Harvard Negotiation & Mediation Clinical Program, he asked his former colleagues how HLS students might assist the new agency. It had been created by Congress in 2010 largely thanks to the vision of HLS Professor Elizabeth Warren, and its mission included examining certain consumer financial services companies and large banks and credit unions. But the legislation creating it did not establish an appeals process for examining findings.

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    On the Faculty Front: Veteran advocates and novel proposals

    July 1, 2011

    Credit: Christopher Hartlove Elizabeth Warren Poor underwriting, predatory lending, sloppy record-keeping, neighborhood blight, ill-considered or invalid foreclosure decisions, the inability or refusal of banks…

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    HLS professors receive honorary degrees, deliver commencement addresses

    June 10, 2011

    Harvard Law School Dean Martha Minow and Professors Elizabeth Warren, Laurence Tribe ’66, Nancy Gertner, and Noah Feldman all received honorary degrees at college and law school commencement ceremonies this spring.

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    Elizabeth Warren, a crusader for fairness, will shape the new Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (video)

    September 17, 2010

    President Barack Obama ’91 today announced that Harvard Law School Professor Elizabeth Warren will serve as an Assistant to the President and as a Special Adviser to the Treasury Secretary on the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

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    Current students endorse Warren for director of Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection

    August 23, 2010

    Harvard Law School Professor Elizabeth Warren continues to gain support for serving as director of the newly created Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection. In a letter to the Oval Office, HLS students from the classes of 2011 and 2012 are urging the president to nominate Warren for the top spot at the bureau.            

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    Former students endorse Elizabeth Warren

    July 30, 2010

    One hundred sixty-two former students of Harvard Law School Professor Elizabeth Warren sent a letter to the White House on July 28, urging President Barack Obama ’91 to appoint her as director of the newly created Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection.

  • Hard Hats Required: The risky business of repairing the U.S. financial system

    July 1, 2010

    Two years after the government bailout of Bear Stearns set off the first shock wave, the Bulletin interviewed HLS faculty and alumni on what went wrong, on where the greatest dangers remain in our financial system and what to do about them.

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    Warren on NPR: new financial regulation could have "no real impact" (audio)

    June 10, 2010

    As Congress considers legislation to reform Wall Street, Harvard Law School Professor Elizabeth Warren remains on the front lines of the fight as chair of the Congressional Oversight Panel. In a June 7 interview with NPR On Point host Tom Ashbrook, Warren said that lawmakers could end up with a bill that has “no real impact.”

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    Elizabeth Warren named one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in 2010

    May 18, 2010

    Time Magazine has named Harvard Law School Professor Elizabeth Warren one of the 100 Most Influential People in 2010. Warren is listed in the Thinkers category of the annual TIME 100 issue naming the people who most affect our world.

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    Ten from Harvard Law School named "The Decade’s Most Influential Lawyers"

    April 2, 2010

    The National Law Journal released this week the names of attorneys they’ve identified as “The Decade’s Most Influential Lawyers.” Ten of the 40 attorneys selected for the list hail from HLS.

  • HLS cited for impact on corporate governance

    March 31, 2010

    HLS’s Program on Corporate Governance—and many individuals affiliated with HLS—are among the most influential leaders in the study of corporate governance, according to a recent review by Directorship magazine. Thirty-four HLS-affiliates made the Directorship 100 list – an annual list of the 100 most influential directors, professors, regulators, politicians, and advisers who have made a lasting impact on corporate governance.

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    Warren in the WSJ: Wall Street’s race to the bottom

    February 9, 2010

    In an op-ed, “Wall Street’s race to the bottom,” that appeared in the Feb. 9, 2010, edition of the Wall Street Journal, Harvard Law School Professor Elizabeth Warren makes the case for the proposed Consumer Financial Protection Agency. Warren is the chair of the TARP Congressional Oversight Panel.

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    Warren named Bostonian of the Year (video)

    December 17, 2009

    HLS Professor Elizabeth Warren was named the “Bostonian of the Year” for 2009 by the Boston Globe. The annual award, which recognizes people who have made the greatest impact on the region, was awarded to Warren for her role as chair of the Congressional Oversight Panel on the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP).

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    Warren on the foreclosure crisis on NPR’s On Point and in Newsweek (audio)

    December 10, 2009

    HLS Leo Gottlieb Professor of Law Elizabeth Warren discussed the future of the foreclosure crisis in the United States and what should be done to improve the current situation on a National Public Radio program that aired December 9.

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    Warren in Huffington Post: America without a middle class

    December 7, 2009

    HLS Professor Elizabeth Warren's op-ed entitled “America without a Middle Class,”  appeared in the Dec. 2, 2009 edition of The Huffington Post. Warren is chair of the Congressional Oversight Panel on the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP).

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    Elizabeth Warren Named to GQ’s List of 50 Most Powerful People in D.C.

    October 29, 2009

    GQ Magazine recently named HLS Professor Elizabeth Warren to its 2009 list of the “50 Most Powerful People in D.C.”  Placing her at number 30, GQ recognized her for her role as the Chair of the Congressional Oversight Panel on the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP).

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    Elizabeth Warren receives award from Women’s Bar Association

    October 15, 2009

    On Oct. 14, HLS Professor Elizabeth Warren, an expert on consumer and bankruptcy law, received the 2009 Lelia J. Robinson Award from the Women’s Bar Association of Massachusetts. The Robinson Award, named after the first woman admitted to the Massachusetts bar, recognizes women who are engaged in groundbreaking work in the legal profession, and who have served as mentors and role models for other female attorneys.

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    Harvard Law financial experts explore lessons of the global economic crisis

    October 2, 2009


A group of Harvard Law School professors gathered on Sept. 29 for a panel discussion on the year-old global economic crisis and the prospects for recovery. 

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    Congressional Oversight Panel, led by Warren, held hearing with Geithner

    September 9, 2009

    The Congressional Oversight Panel, led by Harvard Law School Professor Elizabeth Warren, held a hearing with Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner yesterday. 

  • Obama proposes creation of Financial Product Safety Commission

    June 17, 2009

    In a speech today on changes to the financial regulatory system, President Barack Obama ’91 proposed the creation of a new government agency, the Financial Product Safety Commission, to help consumers obtain financial products and services without being subjected to predatory or deceptive financial practices. The proposed watchdog agency is the brainchild of Harvard Law School Professor Elizabeth Warren.

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    Top Cop

    June 10, 2009

    If leaders had listened to Elizabeth Warren years ago, she wouldn't have the job she has now.

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    WEBCAST: Warren testifies before Joint Economic Committee

    June 9, 2009

    HLS Professor Elizabeth Warren testified at the hearing entitled, “TARP Accountability and Oversight: Measuring the Strength of Financial Institutions” on Tuesday June 9, 2009. 

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    Elizabeth Warren Wins Sacks-Freund Award for Teaching

    June 3, 2009

    During Class Day exercises on June 3, Professor Elizabeth Warren received the Class of 2009’s Sacks-Freund Teaching Award in honor of her teaching ability, openness to student concerns and contributions to student life at HLS.

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    Elizabeth Warren named one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in 2009

    May 28, 2009

    Time Magazine has named Harvard Law School Professor Elizabeth Warren one of 100 Most Influential People in 2009. Warren has been recognized for her bankruptcy law work and her chairmanship of the Congressional Oversight Panel charged with overseeing the Treasury Department's Troubled Asset Relief Program.

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    Warren and COP hold hearing; Geithner testifies

    April 21, 2009

    The Congressional Oversight Panel (COP), chaired by Harvard Law School Professor Elizabeth Warren, held a hearing this morning at 10 a.m. featuring the testimony of Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner.

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    Warren in the Boston Globe: Keeping tabs on the bailout

    April 13, 2009

    The following interview with Harvard Law School Professor Elizabeth Warren appeared in the April 12, 2009, edition of the Boston Globe. Newsweek magazine also recently profiled Warren and her work in an article, “The Debt Crusader,” that will appear in the magazine’s April 20, 2009, issue.

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    Warren on Dateline: A look inside the financial fiasco

    March 24, 2009

    On March 22, HLS Professor Elizabeth Warren appeared on NBC’s Dateline in a three-part investigative series “Inside the Financial Fiasco,” on how risky home loans helped cause a chain reaction that led to failures on Wall Street and the near collapse of the American economy.

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    Senate takes up Warren’s proposed Financial Product Safety Commission

    March 11, 2009

    Harvard Law School Professor Elizabeth Warren was on hand in Washington, D.C. this week as U.S. senators introduced legislation to create a new government agency, the Financial Product Safety Commission, to help consumers obtain financial products and services without predatory or deceptive financial practices.

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    Warren and Tyagi urge the adoption of a Financial Products Safety Commission

    October 23, 2008

    The following essay, “Protect Financial Consumers,” was co-written by Professor Elizabeth Warren and her daughter Amelia Warren Tyagi. It will appear in the November 7, 2008, edition of Harper’s Magazine and is part of a special forum in the magazine entitled, “How to save capitalism.”

  • Hearsay: Short takes on the financial crisis

    September 1, 2008

    Who Will Bail Out American Families? Professor Elizabeth Warren
    Chicago Tribune, Sept. 22, 2008 Credit: Getty Images “Lost in the headlines are the…