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  • Supreme Court group photo from April 2021.

    Politics, the Court, and ‘the dangerous place we find ourselves in right now’

    September 21, 2022

    In the first of a Harvard Law School series on the Supreme Court and its role in American democracy, panelists debated the impact of politics on the Roberts Court.

  • Amazon labor union protesters

    ‘It just shouldn’t be this hard’

    September 20, 2022

    This is an encouraging moment for labor law — and a potentially scary one as well, according to Harvard Law School Professor of Practice Sharon Block.

  • Screen shot of Matt Damon from a commercial.

    Take the money and run

    September 12, 2022

    Six months after cryptocurrency won the Super Bowl ad game, Harvard Law Professor Howell Jackson proposes a way to stabilize the now swooning industry.

  • An assortment of vegetables on a table at a farmer's market.

    ‘We need to have a coordinated vision’ for food policy

    September 8, 2022

    Looking ahead to the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health, Emily Broad Leib and Katie Garfield say that drafting a national strategy for food must be a major priority.

  • Catharine MacKinnon

    ‘Dominant power does not control everything’

    September 8, 2022

    Legal scholar, thought leader, and equal rights champion Catharine A. MacKinnon, 2022 recipient of the American Philosophical Society’s Henry M. Phillips Prize in Jurisprudence, discusses her teaching and the changes she has spent her career fighting for.

  • David Wilkins.

    ‘These are the most important problems for our society to grapple with’

    September 7, 2022

    Harvard Law School Professor David Wilkins, the faculty director of the Harvard Law School Center on the Legal Profession, says corporations are increasingly under pressure "to change the way in which they relate to the world, relate to the environment, relate to their stakeholders, and relate to broader issues around social justice."

  • Mar-a-Lago

    Florida blues

    September 6, 2022

    In the wake of the FBI’s raid on President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home, former White House counsel and Harvard Law lecturer Neil Eggleston reveals how departing presidents have typically preserved official records.

  • Portrait of Catherine Peshkin

    The adventuring attorney

    September 1, 2022

    Catherine Peshkin, assistant dean for Harvard Law School’s Graduate Program and International Legal Studies, looks back on her career and life-changing travels — and forward to a fun and productive year ahead.

  • Students walking on campus during orientation

    Orientation 2022

    August 31, 2022

    In recent weeks, the Harvard Law School community has welcomed new cohorts of J.D., LL.M., S.J.D., and transfer students. Here is a selection of Harvard Law Today's coverage of orientation activities in, around — even beyond — the Cambridge campus.

  • Debbie Dickinson poses with her daughter.

    A cool way to treat hot flashes

    August 31, 2022

    Harvard Law alumna Debbie Dickinson ’95 and her daughter have created a wearable device that can help treat two of the most bothersome symptoms of menopause — hot flashes and night sweats.

  • Dean John F. Manning applauding incoming students from the podium onstage at Sanders Theatre.

    ‘A profession of contribution and service’

    August 30, 2022

    Harvard Law Dean John F. Manning welcomes incoming law students, telling them the law offers “endless opportunities for lives of meaning and purpose.”

  • Collage of images from First Class celebration and reception

    ‘You are a leader par excellence’

    August 30, 2022

    The Harvard Law School community welcomed the latest group of first-generation students to begin their studies.

  • New classmates on the block

    August 29, 2022

    Harvard Law Today spoke to attendees of the Dean of Students welcome event in Southern California, who told us why they wanted to study at Harvard Law School — and what they are most looking forward to about the year ahead.

  • Torts! casebook cover.

    Third edition of Torts!, an online, open casebook, expands with print edition

    August 18, 2022

    This year, Jonathan Zittrain and Jordi Weinstock published Torts! Third Edition as the first in their Open Casebook series of high-quality, low-cost text books designed to make these primary texts affordable to law students across the United States.

  • A group of LL.M. students pose in front of a back drop and gold HLS balloons

    A warm welcome

    August 16, 2022

    As Orientation begins, Harvard Law School welcomes the LL.M. Class of 2023, along with new cohorts of S.J.D. and international exchange students.

  • Dean John F. Manning speaks with incoming students at a Dean of Students welcome event on the Harvard Law campus.

    ‘We appreciate the opportunity to build connections … it’s why we’re all here’

    August 16, 2022

    Across the country and throughout the world, Harvard Law School Dean of Students events welcome incoming students to the Harvard Law community.

  • Deborah Anker

    ‘The Beyoncé of asylum law’

    July 20, 2022

    Clinical Professor Deborah Anker LL.M. ’84, ‘one of the architects of modern refugee law’ and founder of the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program, moves to emerita status.

  • An Ounce of Prevention

    July 16, 2022

    “Lawyers are supposed to be problem solvers," says Justin Herdman ’01, "and that means identifying problems before they are at your doorstep.”

  • An illustration of a man laying on a pile of green, yellow and red books while looking at an electronic devise.

    HLS Authors: Selected Alumni Books Summer 2022

    July 16, 2022

    From “American Shtetl” to “South to America”

  • Detail of Langdell Hall in autumn

    A Focus on Democracy: HLS Clinics and Classes

    July 16, 2022

    The Election Law Clinic, led by Ruth Greenwood, visiting assistant clinical professor, focuses on voter suppression, gerrymandering, and the challenges money poses to democratic participation.

  • A group of graduates in cap and gown pose for a photo with their professor gesturing a one with her finger.

    Commencement x 3

    July 16, 2022

    During the last week of May this year, three Harvard Law School classes celebrated a long-awaited Commencement

  • Man in a referee uniform on a football field

    At the Top of His Game

    July 15, 2022

    National Football League referee Ron Torbert ’88 reaches the pinnacle of his profession: Officiating the Super Bowl.

  • Red and blue colored hands holding ballots ready to drop in a black ballot box at the center of the illustration.

    Vote of Confidence

    July 15, 2022

    An election law course examines doctrine and asks students to consider ‘the way things ought to be, and how to make them happen’

  • A drawing of Harvard Yard at its founding

    Reckoning with a Painful Legacy

    July 15, 2022

    Harvard issues a report on the university’s connections to slavery and its long history of discrimination against Black people long after slavery was abolished by the 13th Amendment.

  • Cara Mund

    Cara Mund receives the Kristin P. Muniz Memorial Award

    May 25, 2022

    Cara Mund ’22 is the winner of the second annual Kristin P. Muniz Memorial Award. Mund is recognized for her commitment to justice, her advocacy, compassion for her clients, and stellar representation of each of those clients.

  • Championing the underdog

    May 10, 2022

    If life itself is our greatest teacher, then a student who can apply lived experience to classroom learning has the benefit of a superior education.

  • Cases in Brief: Lujan v. Defenders of Wildlife with Richard Lazarus

    April 29, 2022

    In this installment of “Cases in Brief,” Harvard Law Professor Richard Lazarus ’79 discusses the landmark citizen-suit case, Lujan v. Defenders of Wildlife (1992), which hindered the ability to bring environmental citizen suits for much of the 1990s.

  • Nikolas Bowie teaching a class.

    ‘Change the world around you’

    April 29, 2022

    In a philosophical and wide-ranging Last Lecture, Harvard Law School Assistant Professor Nikolas Bowie ’14 reminded the Class of 2022 that they are on the verge of changing the world.

  • A woman in a white blazer stands in front of a doorway on the Harvard Law School campus.

    A focus on empowerment

    April 28, 2022

    A social entrepreneur from Nepal, Jesselina Rana LL.M. ’22 focuses on human rights and women’s health.

  • Harvard Law School unveils memorial honoring enslaved people who enabled its founding

    Understanding the legacy of slavery

    April 28, 2022

    Following the release of a report by the Presidential Committee on Harvard and the Legacy of Slavery, Harvard Law Dean John F. Manning has announced initiatives to honor the enslaved people whose labor generated wealth that contributed to Harvard Law School’s founding.

  • A man in a blue blazer stands in front of a building on the Harvard Law School campus.

    Engaging in good faith discussion

    April 27, 2022

    Federalist Society President Jacob Richards ’22, who describes himself as a classical liberal, appreciates engaging in good faith discussion of hard issues at HLS.

  • Jon Hanson speaking.

    ‘Recommit to your childhood dreams of justice’

    April 27, 2022

    In the first of this year’s Last Lectures, Professor Jon Hanson challenged students to think about what justice really means — and whether it’s truly provided by the American legal system or even taught in law school.

  • Molly Brady.

    Advice I did not take

    April 25, 2022

    In a Last Lecture, Harvard Law Professor Molly Brady stressed the importance of knowing when to take — and ignore — advice from others.

  • Six students perform a lively dance at an international night at HLS

    International Night at HLS

    April 25, 2022

    The LL.M. Class of 2022 gathered in April for a fun-filled International Night in the WCC which featured dancing, singing, and spoken word talents — not to mention their team rowing skills.

  • Christiana Figueres poses for a photo with two others while holding her Great Negotiator award.

    Figueres receives 2022 Great Negotiator award at HLS

    April 21, 2022

    As the former executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, Christiana Figueres was in charge of the 2015 climate talks in Paris. In a conscious departure from earlier conferences, she declared that any agreement should be unanimous, rather than merely a consensus.

  • A group of football players surround a man in the middle on the football field

    Supreme Court preview: Kennedy v. Bremerton School District

    April 20, 2022

    The Supreme Court stands poised to decide whether a high school coach’s penchant for prayers with players poses First Amendment problems.

  • Jerry Ting and Memme Onwudiwe of Evisort lead the reading group on entrepreneurship.

    ‘We want to show students how to be entrepreneurs’

    April 19, 2022

    In a Harvard Law School reading group, entrepreneurs and legal operation specialists are sharing a road map for using technology to change the legal profession.

  • Screen shot of a woman and a book cover

    ‘I’d love it if poetry was required reading for law school’

    April 19, 2022

    In celebration of National Poetry Month, HLS lecturer and poet Jessica Fjeld reads a passage from a poem by Terrance Hayes, and discusses the importance of poetry in building empathy and connection.

  • 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.

  • Yellow sticky note on a laptop with the words

    A haven for taxpayers

    April 18, 2022

    Harvard Law’s Federal Tax Clinic helps low-income taxpayers shed their debts — and stress.

  • Austin Hall

    Three from Harvard Law awarded Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans

    April 18, 2022

    Three Harvard Law students — two current and one incoming — were among 30 recipients of the Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans, the premier graduate school fellowship for immigrants and children of immigrants.

  • Monica Monroe

    ‘No one ever wants to feel that they don’t belong’

    April 15, 2022

    Monica Monroe, Harvard Law’s new assistant dean for community engagement, equity, and belonging, is focused on making sure everyone feels included.

  • Elizabeth Warren

    Sen. Elizabeth Warren will speak at Harvard Law School special commencement

    April 14, 2022

    Senator Warren will participate in a conversation with Harvard Law School Dean John F. Manning ’85 about the important role lawyers play in society.

  • Two men in suits talking in front of a classroom

    ‘Democracy and open society, human dignity, doesn’t necessarily win — we have to work for it’

    April 13, 2022

    The Harvard International Law Journal recently hosted a discussion with Stavros Lambrinidis, ambassador of the European Union to the United States.

  • A screen shot of a man and two students at an online event sponsored by the Harvard Association for Law and Business

    Steve Kerr holds court at Harvard Law

    April 13, 2022

    Steve Kerr, head coach for the Golden State Warriors, discusses leadership and basketball as part of the Dream Big speaker series at Harvard Law.

  • Grid of four African women heads of state

    Training future women presidents of Africa

    April 13, 2022

    With the Women Heads of State Initiative virtual summit, Teresa Clarke J.D. ’87/M.B.A. ’88 and Professor Ruth Okediji LL.M. ’91 S.J.D. ’96 brought together four female African heads of state to explore opportunities for the continent’s future advancement.

  • Sue Hendrickson

    Tackling issues at the intersection of technology, democracy, and human rights

    April 12, 2022

    Susan Hendrickson ’93, the new executive director of the Berkman Klein Center, recently spoke with Harvard Law Today about her career path, her advice for law students, what keeps her up at night and why, nevertheless, she continues to be optimistic about tech.