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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!”

  • Jessica Tisch ’08 at the New York Police Department

    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.

  • Elizabeth Warren speaking at a podium

    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.

  • Three women posing in front of an ornate door, one is waving

    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.

  • Four women, one holding a baby, standing together at the front of a room

    ‘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

    A year after Christopher Columbus Langdell assumed the deanship of Harvard Law School in 1870 with the promise of making the school competitive and meritocratic,…

  • ELECTION 2012

    November 18, 2012

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

  • Elizabeth Warren

    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.

  • photo of Elizabeth Grosso ’13, Ryan Blodgett ’12 and Jeff Monhait ’12

    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.