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    Recent Faculty Books – Winter 2014

    January 1, 2014

    “The New Black: What Has Changed—and What Has Not—with Race in America,” edited by Professor Kenneth W. Mack ’91 and Guy-Uriel Charles (New Press). The volume presents essays that consider questions that look beyond the main focus of the civil rights era: to lessen inequality between black people and white people. The contributors, including HLS Professor Lani Guinier, write on topics ranging from group identity to anti-discrimination law to implicit racial biases, revealing often overlooked issues of race and justice in a supposed post-racial society.

  • Mack delivers Supreme Court lecture as part of historical series

    November 14, 2013

    On Oct. 23, Professor Kenneth Mack ‘91 delivered a lecture at the Supreme Court as part of the Supreme Court Historical Society’s 2013 Leon Silverman Lecture Series. This year’s theme was “Litigants in landmark Supreme Court cases of the 20th century.”

  • The Transformations of Morton Horwitz

    July 1, 2013

    For a young law student arriving at Harvard Law School in the fall of 1988, Morton Horwitz [’67] seemed to encapsulate everything that I (no doubt, naively) expected to see in a Harvard professor. Among the students, he was widely known as “Mort the Tort,” for the passion that he brought to the class with which he was most widely identified.

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    Tomiko Brown-Nagin discusses the new Law and History Program of Study at HLS

    May 17, 2013

    This semester, Harvard Law School launched the Law and History program of study, which is headed by two faculty leaders: Professor Tomiko Brown-Nagin, who is also a Professor of History in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, and Professor Kenneth Mack. In a Q&A, Brown-Nagin discusses the origins and goals of the new program of study as well as her own scholarship.

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    HLS scholars in the Harvard Gazette: America at a crossroads

    October 24, 2012

    At stake in the next election is nothing less than a redefinition of America’s priorities, according to Harvard scholars taking part in a panel discussion at Harvard's Barker Center. The panel which explored law, history, and the 2012 election, included moderator Jill Lepore and panelists Alex Keyssar, Elizabeth Hinton, and HLS Professors Annette Gordon-Reed, Kenneth Mack, and Jed Shugerman

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    The Long View

    October 1, 2012

    As two HLS graduates are vying to lead the United States, we asked six legal historians on the faculty to reflect on the connections between legal education and leadership.

  • Most Likely to Succeed?

    October 1, 2012

    For the first time in the history of U.S. presidential elections, both candidates of the major parties are graduates of Harvard Law School. Alumni remember the two presidential candidates as students.

  • The Balancing Act

    May 10, 2012

    In 1932, in a Philadelphia courtroom, a defense attorney representing a man accused of murder cross-examined a police officer. There was nothing unusual about this scene, except that the defense attorney, Raymond Pace Alexander ’23, was black, and the officer he was aggressively questioning was white. This scene is one of many dramatic moments in the new book by HLS Professor Kenneth Mack ’91, “Representing the Race: The Creation of the Civil Rights Lawyer.”

  • Mack in The Root: The Burden of Clarence Thomas

    April 13, 2012

    "The Roots of Clarence Thomas' Black Burden," an op-ed by Harvard Law School Professor Kenneth Mack ’91, appeared in The Root on April 6. In it, Mack examines Thomas' role as an African American justice who, according to Mack, has "embraced the role of representative of his race"—50 years after William H. Hastie bore a similar "burden" as the first African American federal judge.

  • Mack on the History News Network: Progressives are disenchanted with Obama—Abolitionists were disenchanted with Lincoln

    July 12, 2011

    In his July 10 op-ed for George Mason University’s History News Network, Harvard Law School Professor Kenneth W. Mack ’91 assesses the presidency of Barack Obama ’91, comparing it to that of Abraham Lincoln in terms of each president’s respective policy decisions.

  • Hearsay: Short takes from faculty op-eds Summer 2010

    July 1, 2010

    A Measure of History Professor Kenneth W. Mack ’91
    The Boston Globe
    March 25, 2010 “In recent weeks, the Obama administration … sought to mobilize supporters around…

  • Mack receives honorary degree

    June 16, 2010

    Harvard Law School Professor Kenneth Mack ’91 received an honorary Doctor of Public Service degree from Harrisburg University of Science and Technology during a commencement ceremony on May 20 in Harrisburg, Pa. Mack also delivered the commencement address.

  • Mack on History News Network: Rethinking the Rand Paul controversy

    June 1, 2010

    "Rethinking the Rand Paul controversy," an op-ed written by HLS Professor Kenneth Mack, appeared on the History News Network on May 31, 2010.

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    Mack delivers talk on NAACP at Library of Congress symposium (video)

    March 18, 2010

    The symposium "The NAACP: Reflections on the First 100 Years," explored both the history of the NAACP, which celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2009, and its future. The Feb. 26 event was held at the library’s Thomas Jefferson Building in Washington, D.C.

  • Clockwise from top L: Pauli Murray, Charles Hamilton Houston '22 S.J.D. '23, Raymond Pace Alexander '23, and Ben Davis '29

    Black and Crimson

    February 11, 2010

    Charles Hamilton Houston ’22 S.J.D. ’23, Raymond Pace Alexander ’23, Ben Davis ’29 and William Hastie ’30 S.J.D. ’33—all of these black civil rights attorneys graduated from Harvard Law School within a 10-year period.

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    Klarman and Mack on race and the Supreme Court

    February 8, 2010

    Harvard Law School Professors Michael Klarman and Kenneth Mack ’91 both participated in the SCOTUS Blog’s commentary on Race and the Supreme Court. The Blog’s program is in celebration of Black History Month.

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    The Slugfest, in Historical Perspective

    July 25, 2008

    Some say the Clinton-Obama fight reflects a historical tension between blacks and women in the struggle for equality. A legal historian says the truth is not so simple—and far more interesting.

  • Hearsay: Faculty Short Takes Summer 2008

    July 1, 2008

    The Laws in Wartime Professor Jack Goldsmith
    Slate Magazine, April 2
    “We are surprisingly close to putting policy issues in the war on terrorism on a…

  • An op-ed by Professor Kenneth Mack: Even at Harvard, Obama had a knack for bonding

    February 22, 2008

    The following op-ed, Even at Harvard, Obama had a knack for bonding with diverse people, written by Harvard Law School Professor Kenneth Mack '91 , was published in the Harrisburg Patriot-News on February 17, 2008.

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    Faculty News Spring 2004

    June 1, 2004

    Glendon Wins Inaugural Bradley Prize
    In October, the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation awarded Professor Mary Ann Glendon the inaugural Bradley Prize. The $250,000 prize is…

  • HLS Appoints New Faculty

    September 28, 2000

    In addition to Janet Halley, HLS has appointed five new professors to the faculty, the largest addition of new faculty members during Robert Clark’s deanship,…