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William Rubenstein

  • In chair lecture, Feldman examines Madison, Frankfurter and the meaning of the Constitution (video)

    December 2, 2014

    On November 12, Harvard Law School professor Noah Feldman delivered a talk, “James Madison and Felix Frankfurter: Friends, Enemies, and the Meaning of the Constitution,” on the occasion of his appointment as the Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law.

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    In It Together?

    November 24, 2014

    Do recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions on class actions mean less security in numbers?

  • Can David Still Sue Goliath?

    November 21, 2014

    An article by Michael Zuckerman `17. Katlyn Beggs, a 2009 alum of the California School of Culinary Arts, calls herself one of the lucky ones: After graduating, she got a job. How did she get so lucky? Partly by having worked in the food industry—but also by not telling her future boss that she’d gone to CSCA...Starting in 2008, CSCA graduates began filing lawsuits against their former culinary school, alleging fraudulent and unfair business practices. By 2012, five of their complaints had been combined into one consolidated and amended complaint, filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court...The class action addresses this problem by letting one voice speak for all. And, as Harvard law professor William B. Rubenstein has pointed out, the benefits don’t just accrue to the plaintiffs: Just by looming as a means of enforcement, the class action produces a positive externality for society by keeping companies honest. “The mechanism,” Rubenstein writes, “makes possible the production of a good that would not otherwise be produced. That good is a lawsuit.”

  • A day in the life of Harvard Law

    March 14, 2014

    Because legal education demands rigorous discussion and exchange, because legal imagination springs from bridging theory and practice, and because Harvard Law School recruits and develops superb students from all over the world to pursue lives of leadership, the school commissioned space designed precisely for these purposes. Here's a look at the spaces that are part of the Harvard Law School experience.

  • Recent Faculty Books – Summer 2012

    July 1, 2012

    “After Sex? On Writing Since Queer Theory” (Duke), edited by Professor Janet Halley and Andrew Parker. Contributors to the development of queer studies offer personal reflections on the potential and limitations of the field, asking to what extent it is defined by a focus on sex and sexuality.

  • Professor William Rubenstein '86

    Rubenstein wins Sacks-Freund Award for Teaching Excellence

    May 25, 2012

    Professor William Rubenstein ’86, the Sidley Austin Professor of Law, is this year's winner of the prestigious Albert M. Sacks-Paul A. Freund Award for Teaching Excellence, an honor bestowed each spring by the Harvard Law School graduating class. The award recognizes teaching ability, attentiveness to student concerns and general contributions to student life at the law school.