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  • Tribe to receive honorary degree from Columbia

    April 16, 2013

    Professor Laurence Tribe ‘66, the Carl M. Loeb University Professor, will be recognized by Columbia University with an honorary Doctor of Letters at the school’s commencement exercises on May 22, 2013.

  • Souter, O’Connor join Civics Education conversation (video)

    April 5, 2013

    It’s a common refrain that immigrants taking the U.S. citizenship test know more about the workings of the federal government than the average holder of a U.S. birth certificate. A group of experts dedicated to grappling with the themes outlined in the Constitution gathered Monday at Harvard Law School (HLS) to explore that disturbing trend and the importance of civics.

  • Ronald Dworkin LL.B. ’57

    Remembering Ronald Dworkin LL.B. ’57

    February 20, 2013

    Ronald M. Dworkin LL.B. ’57, renowned legal scholar and philosopher, died on Feb. 13, 2013. In the days since, a number of Harvard Law School professors have written pieces about Dworkin, who was a towering figure in the legal world.

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    Tribe testifies in Second Amendment Hearing (video)

    February 11, 2013

    On Feb. 12, Harvard Law School Professor Laurence Tribe ’66, a constitutional law scholar, participated in a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing titled “Proposals to Reduce Gun Violence: Protecting Our Communities While Respecting the Second Amendment.”

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    Tribe, panel urge culture change to target gun violence (video)

    January 10, 2013

    At a Jan. 8 event, Harvard Law School Professor Laurence Tribe participated in a panel discussion titled “Gun Violence: A Public Health Crisis.” The event, which was co-sponsored by the Reuters news agency and the Harvard School of Public Health, was part of The Forum at HSPH, a discussion series that aims to provide decision-makers with a global platform to address policy choices and scientific controversies.

  • Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. at HLS

    Briefs: Some memorable moments, milestones and a Miró

    October 1, 2012

    In October 1962, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke at Harvard Law School on “The Future of Integration.” It was six months before he would be imprisoned in a Birmingham jail, 10 months before the March on Washington, almost two years before the signing of the Civil Rights Act and almost six years before his assassination. “It may be that the law cannot make a man love me,” he said, “but it can keep him from lynching me.”

  • Anne-Marie Slaughter

    Competing Ambitions

    October 1, 2012

    After the release of her article “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All,” Anne-Marie Slaughter ’85 was engulfed in what she calls a “tsunami” of her own making.

  • Harvard Law School Media Roundup: From Gun Control to the Roberts’s Court to the Arab Spring

    July 26, 2012

    Over the past week, a number of HLS faculty members shared their viewpoints on events in the news. Here are some excerpts.

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    Healthcare Roundup: HLS reflects on Supreme Court oral arguments

    March 27, 2012

    The Supreme Court opened its review of the national health-care overhaul on Mar. 26, the first of three days of oral arguments on the 2010 law. In light of the historic arguments, law schools professors at HLS and elsewhere in the Boston area have incorporated the debate into their classrooms, and, In the media, HLS Professors I. Glenn Cohen. Einer Elhauge, Noah Feldman, Charles Fried and Laurence Tribe weighed in on the case.

  • In Daedalus: Tribe discusses ‘America’s Constitutional Narrative’

    January 26, 2012

    Harvard Law School Professor Laurence Tribe is among the leading scholars and writers featured in the latest volume of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences’ journal Daedalus, entitled "On the American Narrative."

  • Tribe Named 2012 Boston Appellate Practice Lawyer of the Year

    November 8, 2011

    "Best Lawyers," a peer review legal publication, has named HLS Professor Laurence H. Tribe ’66 “Lawyer of the Year” in the category of Boston Appellate Practitioners. Only one lawyer in each specialty in each community is honored as the “Lawyer of the Year.”

  • Professor Tribe on the Charlie Rose Show: Fighting for wounded veterans’ rights (video)

    July 18, 2011

    Harvard Law School Professor Laurence H. Tribe ’66 appeared on PBS’s Charlie Rose show July 11 to discuss his participation in Valentini v. Shinseki, a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court by Tribe, Santa Monica City Councilman Bobby Shriver, the ACLU and numerous veteran representatives and advocates against Veterans Administration Secretary Eric K. Shinseki. The lawsuit alleges that the Department of Veterans Affairs is misusing its West Los Angeles VA Campus.

  • A venerated Supreme Court practitioner makes it his mission to expand access to the lower courts

    July 1, 2011

    Professor Laurence Tribe ’66, who has been teaching at HLS for four decades, is back in Cambridge after nine months as the first head of the new Access to Justice Initiative at the Department of Justice, launched in March 2010 to improve access to justice for all, the middle class as well as the poor.

  • Tribe in The Wall Street Journal: Why Wounded Warriors Sleep in Dumpsters

    June 13, 2011

    The following op-ed, Why Wounded Warriors Sleep in Dumpsters, written by Harvard Law School Professor Laurence Tribe ’66 and Bobby Shriver, appeared in the June 9 edition of The Wall Street Journal. An expert on Constitutional Law, Tribe was appointed Carl M. Loeb University Professor in 2004. His most recent book is The Invisible Constitution (Oxford University Press 2008). He recently served as senior counselor for access to justice in the U.S. Justice Department.

  • Gertner, Feldman Minow; Warren, Tribe Gordon-Reed

    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.

  • Is the Obama Health Care Reform Constitutional? Fried, Tribe and Barnett debate the Affordable Care Act (video)

    March 28, 2011

    Debating what Harvard Law School Dean Martha Minow called “one of the most important public policy issues and one of the most important constitutional issues,” three law professors offered different perspectives on whether the individual mandate portion of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) violates the commerce clause of the Constitution and infringes on personal liberties.

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    Tribe receives doctorate from Mexico’s National Institute of Criminal Science

    March 22, 2011

    Harvard Law School Professor Laurence H. Tribe ’66 will receive an honorary doctorate on March 29 from Mexico’s Instituto Nacional de Ciencias Penales (INACIPE), or National Institute of Criminal Science. He will be the first American to receive the annual “honoris causa” doctorate since its inception in 1998.

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    Laurence Tribe to return to Harvard Law School in January

    November 18, 2010

    Carl M. Loeb University Professor Laurence H. Tribe, currently serving as the first Senior Counselor for Access to Justice in the Justice Department, will return to the Harvard Law School faculty in January and resume teaching in the 2011-12 academic year.

  • Tribe to judges: take action on poverty issues

    August 4, 2010

    Harvard Law School Professor Lawrence Tribe ’66, now a senior Justice Department counselor, received a standing ovation from the nation’s state chief justices last week after challenging them to take immediate steps to improve access to justice for juveniles, the poor and the middle class. An article by Tony Mauro in the National Law Journal reported on Tribe’s address, including his proposals for reform.

  • Ogletree, Tribe bestowed with honorary degrees

    June 7, 2010

    Professors Laurence H. Tribe ’66, and Charles J. Ogletree both received honorary degrees at law school commencement ceremonies this spring.

  • Minow, Sunstein and Tribe elected to American Philosophical Society

    May 3, 2010

    Harvard Law School Professors Martha Minow, Cass R. Sunstein ’78, and Laurence Tribe ‘66 are among the new class of members elected to the American Philosophical Society.

  • Tribe testifies before House subcommittee about the future of campaign finance reform

    February 3, 2010

    Constitutional expert and Harvard Law School Professor Laurence Tribe ’66 testified before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties today regarding the future of the First Amendment and campaign finance reform in the wake of the Citizens United case.

  • Laurence Tribe on Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission

    January 25, 2010

    There is no doubt that Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission marks a major upheaval in First Amendment law and signals the end of whatever legitimate claim could otherwise have been made by the Roberts Court to an incremental and minimalist approach to constitutional adjudication, to a modest view of the judicial role vis-à-vis the political branches, or to a genuine concern with adherence to precedent.

  • Jeannie Suk ’02

    The Laws of Unintended Consequences

    December 9, 2009

    To prevent domestic violence, do we now overregulate the home? A scholar raises some provocative questions.

  • 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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    Tribe and two other alumni help to choose White House Fellows

    July 23, 2009

    HLS Professor Laurence Tribe ’66, an expert on constitutional law who has argued 35 cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, served on the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships, which selects participants for one of the country’s most prestigious programs for leadership and public service.

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    Tribe comments on the Sotomayor hearings in the Washington Post

    July 21, 2009

    The following commentary by Professor Laurence Tribe ’66 appeared in the Washington Post on July 13 and July 14, 2009.

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    Tribe discusses new book with panel of well-known constitutional law experts

    April 29, 2009

    Harvard Law School Professor Laurence Tribe’s ’66 new book, “The Invisible Constitution” (Oxford University Press, 2008), was the subject of a star-studded panel discussion sponsored by the Harvard Law Review on April 15 at HLS.

  • Tribe: Blagojevich and the Constitution

    January 4, 2009

    The following op-ed by HLS Professor Laurence H. Tribe ’66, “Blagojevich and the Constitution,” was published in the Jan. 2, 2009, issue of Forbes.

  • 2008 – Year in Review – Books

    December 13, 2008

    2008 was a prolific year for HLS scholars. Here is a roundup of this year’s faculty books.

  • Constitutional Ink—Visible, and Invisible

    September 3, 2008

    The U.S. Constitution is 219 years old now, and the revolutionary system of government it created has survived and spread across the globe. No wonder many Americans consider it an almost sacred document, the final say on governmental powers and individual rights.

  • Battlegrounds

    September 2, 2008

    On executive power, war and anti-terrorism, scholars have a lot to say--and lawmakers are listening.

  • Hearsay: Faculty Short Takes Summer 2008

    July 1, 2008

    Credit: Wes Duvall From left: Zittrain, Tribe, Heymann, Palfrey, Mack, Goldsmith, and Stuntz The Laws in Wartime Professor Jack Goldsmith
    Slate Magazine, April

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    Vox Populi

    September 2, 2007

    For students in Harvard Law School's Supreme Court litigation clinic, helping Laurence Tribe get ready for a constitutional argument is like being in the eye of a storm.

  • Lawyers, Guns and Money

    July 1, 2007

    Finally, the Supreme Court may have to decide what the Second Amendment means. But how much will really change?

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    A Marriage Contrast

    July 1, 2004

    The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court decision in Goodridge v. Department of Public Health last fall has allowed gay marriage in the commonwealth--at least for now.

  • Hearsay: Spring 2002

    April 1, 2002

    Several HLS faculty members have written about the response to the terrorist attacks of September 11. Excerpts from selected opinion pieces follow.

  • HLS Makes Its Mark on Presidential Contest

    April 27, 2001

      In the dispute over the results of the 2000 presidential election, political affiliation could almost uniformly predict one’s position. While Laurence Tribe ’66, a…

  • Hearsay: Summer 1999

    September 25, 1999

    Lessig “Outside of this context of shared assumptions, e-mail functions like bad poetry where any meaning can be put into the e-mail depending on…