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    A Constitution Day talk with Professor Klarman

    September 16, 2013

    To commemorate the signing of the U.S. Constitution, Harvard Law School Professor Michael Klarman, an expert on constitutional law and constitutional history, gave a lecture at Harvard Law School on Tuesday, Sept. 17. His talk, titled “Not Written in Stone,” focused on the reasons he believes the U.S. Constitution should not be given undue reverence.

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    HLS faculty weigh in on Supreme Court rulings

    June 27, 2013

    The U.S. Supreme Court ruled this week on several major cases including United States v. Windsor and Hollingsworth v. Perry in regard to same-sex marriage, Fisher v. University of Texas on Affirmative Action, and Shelby County v. Holder, which concerned the Voting Rights Act of 1965. A number of HLS faculty shared their opinions of the rulings on the radio, television, on the web and in print.

  • How same-sex marriage came to be

    June 18, 2013

    Next week, the Supreme Court will hear a pair of cases involving same-sex marriage. Harvard Law School Professor Michael Klarman has written a legal history of gay marriage, “From the Closet to the Altar: Courts, Backlash and the Struggle for Same Sex Marriage.” In the March-April 2013 issue of Harvard Magazine, which appears below, Klarman published an article on “How Same-Sex Marriage Came to Be.” His scholarship was also profiled in the Fall 2012 issue of the Harvard Law Bulletin in an article titled “The Courts and Public Opinion.”

  • Backlash from Roe v. Wade continues to shape public discourse, says Klarman

    March 25, 2013

    Forty years after the Supreme Court handed down its landmark decision in Roe v. Wade, the backlash it generated continues to shape the public discourse, says Harvard Law School Professor Michael Klarman, an expert on constitutional law and constitutional history.

  • The courts and public opinion: Klarman examines the legal fight for same-sex marriage

    November 14, 2012

    Michael Klarman’s scholarship has focused on the effect that court rulings have on social reform movements. He argues that when courts get ahead of public opinion, political backlash often follows. That’s what he found in an earlier book he wrote on race and the U.S. Supreme Court, and it is a phenomenon he has also observed in cases involving the death penalty and abortion. In his new book, “From the Closet to the Altar: Courts, Backlash, and the Struggle for Same-Sex Marriage,” the HLS professor explores whether the same effect has taken place when it comes to same-sex marriage litigation.

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    The Courts and Public Opinion

    October 1, 2012

    Michael Klarman’s scholarship has focused on the effect that court rulings have on social reform movements. He argues that when courts get ahead of public opinion, political backlash often follows. That’s what he found in an earlier book he wrote on race and the U.S. Supreme Court, and it is a phenomenon he has also observed in cases involving the death penalty and abortion.mIn his new book, “From the Closet to the Altar: Courts, Backlash, and the Struggle for Same-Sex Marriage” (Oxford), the HLS professor explores whether the same effect has taken place when it comes to same-sex marriage litigation.

  • Klarman seeks to debunk myths on the Constitution’s founding (video)

    September 27, 2012

    At a Sept. 19 event commemorating the signing of the U.S. Constitution, Harvard Law School Professor Michael Klarman, an expert on constitutional law and constitutional history, gave a lecture entitled "Why the Tea Party Has It Wrong: The Story of a Multifaceted Founding."

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    Klarman in Daedalus: Has the Court been a friend or foe to African Americans?

    May 23, 2011

    Kirkland and Ellis Professor of Law Michael J. Klarman has published an essay titled “Has the Supreme Court Been More a Friend or Foe to African Americans?” in a recent volume of Daedalus, the Journal of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. 

  • Klarman, taking Kirkland & Ellis Chair, examines ‘Racial Equality in American History’ (video)

    July 20, 2010

    Harvard Law School Professor Michael Klarman gave a talk discussing “Racial Equality in American History” to mark his appointment as the Kirkland & Ellis Professor of Law. The wide-ranging talk, given on April 12, touched upon civil rights history, legal history, and cultural history in order to uncover, as Klarman said, “the racial attitudes and practices in American history, and how and why they change over time.”

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    Klarman receives 2010 Sacks-Freund Teaching Award (video)

    May 27, 2010

    During Class Day exercises on May 26, Professor Michael Klarman received the Class of 2010’s Sacks-Freund Teaching Award in honor of his teaching ability, openness to student concerns, and contributions to student life at HLS.

  • Harvard Law School celebrates 2010 Commencement (video/slideshow)

    May 12, 2010

    Harvard Law School graduation festivities began on Class Day, Wednesday, May 26, and continued through Commencement Day on Thursday, May 27. This year, the Law School conferred a total of 761 degrees—589 J.D.s, 161 LL.M.s, and 11 S.J.D.s.

  • Professor Michael Klarman delivers address on the Supreme Court and race at the American Academy of Arts & Sciences

    March 18, 2010

    “The conventional wisdom is that the Supreme Court is an heroic defender of the rights of racial minorities … I want to argue to the contrary. The Supreme Court has been a foe, rather than a friend to racial minorities in general, and African Americans specifically.” That was the opening message delivered by Harvard Law School Professor Michael Klarman in a lecture titled “The Supreme Court and Race” at the American Academy of Arts & Sciences on March 10.

  • Professors Michael Klarman and Kenneth Mack '91

    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.

  • Roe and Klarman inducted into American Academy of Arts and Sciences

    October 15, 2009

    On Saturday, October 10, 2009, Professors Mark Roe ’75 and Michael Klarman were inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. This year the academy, an honorary society of scholars and an independent policy research center, selected 210 new members for “pre-eminent contributions to their disciplines and to society at large.”

  • Panelists debate the merits and shortcomings of the Constitution

    September 23, 2009

    The resilience of the U.S. Constitution, the nation’s founding document, was put to the test Sept. 17 by a number of scholars who challenged its legacy and effectiveness.

  • Summer 2009

    Marriage Equality: Are Lawsuits the Best Way?

    July 8, 2009

    As the ground shifts, an expert evaluates the role of litigation.

  • Professors Michael Klarman and Mark Roe

    Roe and Klarman, along with HLS alumni, elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

    April 24, 2009

    Harvard Law School Professors Mark Roe ’75 and Michael Klarman are amongst the new class of members elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences this week.

  • 2008 Year in Review – Faculty

    December 12, 2008

    2008 saw an extraordinary round of faculty appointments at Harvard Law School, with the announcement of 14 new additions.

  • Michael Klarman to join HLS faculty

    January 24, 2008

    University of Virginia School of Law Professor Michael J. Klarman has accepted an offer to join the Harvard Law School faculty with tenure this summer.