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  • Forum highlights Kentucky’s educational standards

    January 25, 2024

    The Kentucky Supreme Court’s decision in the Rose v. Council for Better Education has guided education policy for decades – but has it been successful?…

  • Panelists including Scott Westfahl, Michael Gregory, and Sabrineh Ardalan sit at the front of a classroom.

    ‘We’re able to be our best selves … where we feel safe and supported’ 

    October 25, 2022

    Harvard Law School faculty members Sabrineh Ardalan, Michael Gregory, and Scott Westfahl candidly discussed their experiences with mental health, during and after law school, and shared how those have informed their work and strategies for well-being.

  • Collage of portraits of four students against green and pink color blocks.

    Focusing on well-being

    April 19, 2022

    Students on Harvard Law School’s Student Well-Being Working Group care about sharing mental health resources available with their peers.

  • Susan Cole

    Susan Cole: 1948-2021

    May 19, 2021

    Harvard Law School Lecturer on Law Susan Cole made it her life’s work to help schools and policymakers understand the impact of trauma on learning.

  • State considering major expansion of child abuse reporting laws

    March 30, 2021

    For years, Larry Nassar sexually abused female athletes under the guise of medical treatment while serving as the doctor for USA Gymnastics...If someone like Nassar were abusing children in Massachusetts, officials at a private athletic organization or a higher education institution would not be required under the state’s mandated reporter law to report him to the Department of Children and Families – because they are not considered “mandated reporters.” ... A 2018 report by a legislative committee recommended the state update its mandated reporter law to fix what it called a “glaring loophole” that puts youth athletes at higher risk for abuse...Michael Gregory, who teaches education law at Harvard Law School and is managing attorney at the Trauma and Learning Policy Initiative, which helps traumatized children succeed in school, said the proposed changes represent “a sweeping expansion” of the mandated reporter law. He worries that the law could “become a major source of surveillance” if, for example, a television repair person entering a home becomes a mandated reporter. “The more people you have participating in that surveillance, the greater the likelihood that racial disproportionality will increase, particularly when it’s non-professionals, those not trained in working with children, who would be rendering reports to DCF,” Gregory said.  Gregory also voiced concerns about removing the poverty and disability exemptions from the definition of neglect. “Nobody’s saying that families experiencing poverty, or where disability is a factor, shouldn’t be entitled to lots of support. They should,” he said. “But whether an agency that can take your children away from you is the place they should be getting support is another question.”

  • Young children wearing face masks sitting at desks writing in a classroom.

    Research on trauma-sensitive schools offers timely insights

    July 26, 2020

    A new report from Boston University confirms the transformational benefits of a trauma-sensitive school culture as developed by the Trauma and Learning Policy Initiative at HLS.

  • JET-Powered Learning

    August 21, 2019

    1L January Experiential Term courses focus on skills-building, collaboration and self-reflection

  • 25 Harvard Law Profs Sign NYT Op-Ed Demanding Senate Reject Kavanaugh

    October 4, 2018

    Roughly two dozen Harvard Law School professors have signed a New York Times editorial arguing that the United States Senate should not confirm Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court. Harvard affiliates — including former Law School Dean Martha L. Minow and Laurence Tribe — joined more than 1,000 law professors across the country in signing the editorial, published online Wednesday. The professors wrote that Kavanaugh displayed a lack of “impartiality and judicial temperament requisite to sit on the highest court of our land” in the heated testimony he gave during a nationally televised hearing held Sept. 27 in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee....As of late Wednesday, the letter had been signed by the following: Sabi Ardalan, Christopher T. Bavitz, Elizabeth Bartholet, Christine Desan, Susan H. Farbstein, Nancy Gertner, Robert Greenwald, Michael Gregory, Janet Halley, Jon Hanson, Adriaan Lanni, Bruce H. Mann, Frank Michelman, Martha Minow, Robert H. Mnookin, Intisar Rabb, Daphna Renan, David L. Shapiro, Joseph William Singer, Carol S. Steiker, Matthew C. Stephenson, Laurence Tribe, Lucie White, Alex Whiting, Jonathan Zittrain

  • HLS faculty maintain top position in SSRN citation rankings

    Celebrating National Pro Bono Week at HLS

    October 25, 2016

    In late October Harvard Law School celebrated National Pro Bono Week with a number of events to honor the outstanding work of lawyers who volunteer their time to help people in their communities.

  • Schools look to aid traumatized children

    April 24, 2016

    Violence children see at home can affect their chances for success in school and later in life. That's why the Trauma and Learning Policy Initiative, based at Harvard Law School in Massachusetts, advocates for trauma-sensitive schools to help children impacted by trauma to feel safe at school. There are six attributes of a trauma sensitive school that are explained in the initiative's book, "Helping Traumatized Children Learn II: Creating and Advocating for Trauma Sensitive Schools." Those attributes came from work done in schools in Brockton, Mass., and other places, and describe what a trauma sensitive school looks and feels like, said Michael Gregory, a senior attorney with the initiative and a clinical professor of law at Harvard Law School.

  • Harvard Law Thinks Big: Innovative faculty scholarship in brief

    June 19, 2015

    In late May, four Harvard Law faculty members, Charles Fried, Michael Gregory, Kathryn Spier and David Wilkins, each shared a snapshot of innovative research with the HLS community, followed by discussion as part of the 2015 Harvard Law School Thinks Big lecture.

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    For the Children Who ‘Fell Through the Cracks’

    November 24, 2014

    From the statehouse to the schoolhouse, an HLS initiative changes the paradigm for educating young people who have experienced trauma.

  • Left to right, Courtney Chelo, Children’s Mental Health Campaign; Michael Gregory, TLPI; Paula Vibbard, Parent advocate from Lynn, MA; Sheldon Vibbard, Student advocate from Lynn, MA; Anne Eisner, TLPI; Sen. Sal DiDomenico, Everett; Angela Cristiani; Boston Teachers Union; Dr. Melissa Pearrow, UMASS Boston; Susan Cole, TLPI; Andria Amador, Boston Public Schools; Steve Grossman, State Treasurer

    Governor Patrick signs Safe and Supportive Schools into law

    August 14, 2014

    For the past year, Harvard Law students in the Education Law Clinic have travelled back and forth to the Massachusetts State House to lobby state legislators to pass an Act Relative to Safe and Supportive Schools. On August 13, all that work paid off, when Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick signed the Safe and Supportive Schools provisions into law.

  • Creating and Advocating for Trauma-Sensitive Schools report cover

    Harvard report focuses on creating and advocating for trauma-sensitive schools

    December 20, 2013

    The Trauma and Learning Policy Initiative, a nationally recognized collaboration between Harvard Law School and Massachusetts Advocates for Children (MAC), recently published the second volume of its landmark report “Helping Traumatized Children Learn” which offers a guide to a process for creating trauma-sensitive schools and a policy agenda to provide the support schools need to achieve that goal.

  • Adriaan Lanni

    Lanni, Stephenson gain tenure, Gregory appointed assistant clinical professor of law

    November 9, 2009

    Adriaan Lanni and Matthew Stephenson ’03 have been promoted to tenured professorships of law at Harvard Law School, and current Lecturer on Law Michael Gregory ’04 has been appointed as an assistant clinical professor of law.