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  • Coates named fellow in European Corporate Governance Institute

    Coates named fellow of European Corporate Governance Institute

    November 14, 2017

    Harvard Law Professor John F. Coates has been named a fellow of the European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI).

  • John Coates named fellow of American College of Governance Counsel

    John Coates named fellow of American College of Governance Counsel

    September 12, 2017

    John Coates, the John F. Cogan, Jr., Professor of Law and Economics at Harvard Law School, has joined the American College of Governance Counsel as a Fellow.

  • Harvard Law School Professor David Wilkins.

    David Wilkins named to ABA’s Commission on the Future of Legal Education

    August 24, 2017

    David Wilkins ’80, the Lester Kissel Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, has been named to the American Bar Association’s Commission on the Future of Legal Education, the ABA has announced.

  • Classroom scene of the Justice Lab

    Harvard Law School’s Access to Justice Lab aims to challenge legal exceptionalism

    May 10, 2017

    Since its founding nine months ago, Harvard Law School’s Access to Justice Lab has aimed to revolutionize thinking about access to legal help. Often misunderstood and sometimes controversial, the lab sponsored a five-hour symposium in April that drew scholars from across the country to Harvard Law School.

  • Coates named to SEC Investor Advisory Committee

    July 12, 2016

    The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced that HLS Professor John Coates and Former SEC Chairman Elisse Walter are two of three new members appointed to its Investor Advisory Committee. The SEC also reappointed five members whose terms recently expired.

  • A large, bright room with various bright colored chairs and couches, along with wood coffee tables filling the space.

    Another HLS renovation receives LEED Gold certification

    June 8, 2016

    Harvard Law School’s 2016 renovation of Pound Hall’s second floor has received LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, marking the seventh certification for HLS.

  • The Laws of Adaptation

    October 5, 2015

    Change is coming to the legal profession—whether attorneys like it or not—and HLS is at the forefront of efforts to anticipate it, and prepare students.

  • 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.

  • Scott Westfall portrait

    More women means more success

    June 17, 2015

    HLS Professor of Practice Scott Westfahl '88, faculty director of HLS Executive Education, recently wrote "More women means more success," an article for the National Association of Women Lawyers' Women Lawyers Journal on the economic reasons for diversity at the management level.

  • The New Empiricists

    May 4, 2015

    For the growing number of empiricists at HLS, there’s nothing quite so satisfying—or unimpeachable—as resolving a thorny, often contentious, legal or policy question through rigorous analysis of cold, hard data.

  • David Wilkins talking at the front of a classroom

    At the Center of the Profession

    November 24, 2014

    The legal profession is going through dramatic change, affected by factors ranging from globalization to new technology to a fragile economic recovery. And a Harvard Law School institution dedicated to studying the profession is undergoing its own big change.

  • Sarah Reed ’91

    Firmly Outside the Box

    November 24, 2014

    From rethinking how venture capital firms meet their legal needs to focusing on broadening access to legal services for all people, Sarah Reed '91 has been a pragmatic innovator.

  • The renamed Center on the Legal Profession sets new course with digital magazine and relaunch of website

    November 21, 2014

    Harvard Law School’s Center on the Legal Professionnhas announced the release of their revamped website and the launch of the first-of-its-kind digital magazine, The Practice

  • Center on the Legal Profession explores challenges of family-led firms in India (video)

    October 8, 2014

    Bharat Anand, a partner at Khaitan & Co., in New Delhi, India, was the keynote speaker on Sept. 23 at an event sponsored by the Center On The Legal Profession at Harvard Law School. Khaitan & Co. partners with the Center on the Legal Profession’s Globalization, Lawyers and Emerging Economies (GLEE) on research in India.

  • Wilkins receives two academic awards in Spain in July

    August 6, 2014

    Professor David Wilkins was honored twice in July by academic societies in Spain. Wilkins is the Lester Kissel Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, as well as the director of the Program on the Legal Profession and Vice Dean for Global Initiatives on the Legal Profession.

  • Clayton Christensen speaking to an audience

    Conference examines ‘disruptions’ in law and marketplace (video)

    March 19, 2014

    When Clayton Christensen, professor at Harvard Business School and best-selling author of “The Innovator’s Dilemma,” coined the term “disruptive innovation,” he wasn’t focusing on the world of law.

  • Attorney and author Grover E. Cleveland

    Swimming with sharks: Grover Cleveland shares some lessons for new attorneys

    March 7, 2014

    Grover Cleveland, a Seattle attorney and the author of "Swimming Lessons for Baby Sharks: The Essential Guide to Thriving as a New Lawyer," delivered a talk at Harvard Law School on Wednesday, March 5. Cleveland’s talk, sponsored by the Program on the Legal Profession, focused on career advice for students and recent law school graduates. In a Q&A with Harvard Law Today, Cleveland offered practical tips for career success.

  • Greiner, HLS students spearhead new Consumer Debt Relief Project

    January 29, 2014

    How best to assist people in financial trouble is the focus of the Consumer Financial Distress Project, a groundbreaking new study designed and led by Harvard Law School Professor Jim Greiner, Professor Dalié Jiménez at the University of Connecticut School of Law, and Professor Lois Lupica at the University of Maine School of Law.

  • William P. Alford, Alonzo Emery, Robert C. Bordone, Michael Stein, Matthew Bugher, Tyler Giannini, Noah Feldman, Vicki Jackson, Howell E. Jackson, David Kennedy, J. Mark Ramseyer, Hal Scott, Matthew C. Stephenson, Jeannie Suk, David Wilkins, and Mark Wu

    HLS Focus on Asia: Faculty and clinical highlights

    January 1, 2014

    Some recent faculty and clinical highlights—from research on anti-corruption efforts to conferences on financial regulation.

  • David Wilkins speaking at podium giving a keynote

    HLS hosts International Bar Association panel on the Global Legal Profession (video)

    October 25, 2013

    Thousands of international attorneys gathered in Boston in October to attend the week-long International Bar Association's 2013 Annual Conference.

  • HLS Professor of Practice Ashish Nanda

    Nanda appointed director of Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad

    August 14, 2013

    Ashish Nanda, the Robert Braucher Professor of Practice, faculty director of executive education, and research director at the Program on the Legal Profession at Harvard Law School, has been appointed director of the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIMA), in India.