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  • Tom Mela ’68

    Putting Kids First

    November 24, 2014

    Twenty-two years. That’s how long Tom Mela ’68 and his colleagues fought the Boston Public Schools in a class-action lawsuit over huge backlogs in providing special education to students with disabilities.

  • A group of people gathered in a half circle outside next to a small hut

    Gallery: The 2014 Chayes International Public Service Fellows

    November 21, 2014

    Since 2001, a select group of HLS students have undertaken public service internships under the auspices of the Chayes International Public Service Fellowship, dedicated to the memory of HLS Professor Abram Chayes '49.

  • 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

  • Three justices smiling behind the bench

    It’s moot, but it matters: Scalia helps to judge Law School case competition (video)

    November 20, 2014

    Third-year Harvard Law School students clashed in the high drama of the venerable Ames Moot Court Competition on Tuesday under the jurisdiction of visiting federal judges, including…

  • Frank H. Easterbrook speaking behind a podium

    Judge Easterbrook delivers inaugural Scalia lecture: ‘Interpreting the Unwritten Constitution’ (video)

    November 20, 2014

    On Monday, Nov. 17, Judge Frank Easterbrook of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals kicked off an inaugural lecture series named after his old friend, colleague and intellectual compatriot, Justice Antonin Scalia, who attended the talk titled “Interpreting the Unwritten Constitution.”

  • Close up of a gavel on a block

    Gallery: A look inside the 2014 Ames Moot Court Competition

    November 19, 2014

    The final round of Harvard Law School's annual Ames Moot Court competition was held this year on November 18, and was presided over by the Hon. Antonin Scalia ’60, associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States; the Hon. Adalberto Jordan, U.S. Court of Appeals Eleventh Circuit; and the Hon. Patricia Millett ’88, U.S. Court of Appeals District of Columbia Circuit.

  • A man and a woman seated on stage having a conversation as an audience watches

    The man with the ‘golden ear’: Star-maker Clive Davis shares his six-decade journey with Dean Minow

    November 17, 2014

    It’s not often that Harvard Law School Dean Martha Minow gets rattled. But then, it’s not every day that Clive Davis, the legendary record label executive, producer, and talent nurturer, stops by Wasserstein Hall to reminisce about his illustrious, six-decade career in the music industry.

  • Ferencz receives HLS Medal of Freedom (video)

    Ferencz receives HLS Medal of Freedom (video)

    November 14, 2014

    Benjamin B. Ferencz ’43, known for his role as chief prosecutor in the Nuremburg Trials and for his work promoting an international rule of law and the creation of an International Criminal Court, has been awarded Harvard Law School’s highest honor: the Medal of Freedom.

  • Einer R. Elhauge

    Obamacare, back on trial: Elhauge on new challenges to the ACA

    November 14, 2014

    In a move that caught many observers off guard, the U.S. Supreme Court last week announced it would review one of four cases currently challenging provisions

  • Henry Kissinger speaking at the event

    At HLS, former secretary of state Kissinger reflects on career, surveys current affairs

    November 13, 2014

    Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger visited the Harvard Law School campus last week to share some of the lessons learned as adviser to Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford.

  • Stylized illustration of person at a grocery store

    A Recipe for Innovation

    November 13, 2014

    This fall, Harvard Law School Dean Martha Minow and Julio Frenk, dean of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, issued the "Deans' Food System Challenge" (one of several competitions held by the Harvard Innovation Lab and sponsored by Harvard Schools), encouraging students across the university to come up with fresh ideas for solving complex problems facing our food system.

  • A woman and daughter on a forest trail covered with fall leaves

    To Tell the Truth: Alumna’s new film about family secrets to show at Boston film festival (video)

    November 12, 2014

    Lacey Schwartz ’03 will return to Cambridge this weekend to speak about her new documentary “Little White Lie,” showing Saturday Nov. 15 and 17 as part of the Boston Jewish Film Festival. The film traces her personal story of being raised as a white Jewish girl in Woodstock, N.Y., only to find out as a young adult that her biological father was an African-American man with whom her mother had an affair.

  • Clinic investigation: Senior Myanmar officials implicated in war crimes and crimes against humanity

    November 10, 2014

    On Nov. 7, the International Human Rights Clinic at Harvard Law School released a legal memorandum, War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity in Eastern Myanmar, which examines the conduct of the Myanmar military during an offensive that cleared and forcibly relocated civilian populations from conflict zones in eastern Myanmar.

  • Mary Bonauto and Martha Minow

    Mary Bonauto reflects on a quarter century of seeking equal treatment under law

    November 6, 2014

    Mary Bonauto, director of the Civil Rights Project of the Gay & Lesbian Advocates and Defenders (GLAD), spoke Tuesday at a brown-bag luncheon at Harvard Law School, during which she was interviewed by Dean Martha Minow and fielded questions from students in the audience.

  • Andrew Roach and Professor Daniel Nagin in an office sitting with a veteran

    HLS Veterans Legal Clinic lands victories for veterans

    November 6, 2014

    In just two years, more than 30 HLS students have enrolled in the Veterans’ Legal Clinic—housed at the WilmerHale Legal Services Center (LSC) in Jamaica Plain, of which HLS Clinical Professor Daniel Nagin is faculty director—and represented more than 100 clients in the areas of federal and state veterans’ benefits, discharge upgrades, and estate-planning matters.

  • DAV Charitable Service Trust gift presentation

    Clinic awarded $1M for veterans’ advocacy

    November 6, 2014

    In August, the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Charitable Service Trust significantly increased an existing grant to expand its support of the Veterans Legal Clinic and other veterans’ advocacy program at Harvard Law School’s WilmerHale Legal Services Center.

  • Veterans of war and service

    November 6, 2014

    The service and unique perspective of the veterans currently enrolled at Harvard Law School enriches the entire HLS community, elevating awareness about the legal and policy issues affecting veterans and the significance of law in contemporary warfare; two of the 12 U.S. military veterans in this year’s entering class at recently shared their experiences in the military and at HLS.

  • HLS faculty maintain top position in SSRN citation rankings

    Alumni fare well in midterm elections

    November 6, 2014

    Harvard Law School graduates across the country won political victories as part of the nation’s midterm elections. Rep. Tom Cotton ’02 (R-Ark.) successfully challenged two-term…

  • Dean Minow hosts a conversation with Los Angeles Superior Court Commissioner Nancy Ramirez (video)

    November 4, 2014

    On Wednesday, Oct. 22, Martha Minow hosted a Q&A session with Los Angeles Superior Court Commissioner Nancy Ramirez at an event sponsored by the Black Law Students Association, La Alianza and The Journal on Racial and Ethic Justice.

  • A man, seated, with his hands clasped and his forearms on his knees

    Humanitarian and NBA All Star Dikembe Mutombo tells HLS students: ‘We need you to become a leader in your generation’

    October 31, 2014

    As an NBA All Star, Dikembe Mutombo battled Hakeem Olajuwon on the court. These days, his opponents, malaria and Ebola, are requiring much more than an emphatic block and his trademark “not in my house” finger waggle. Mutombo now uses his considerable stature to address his lifelong goal of improving the health, wellbeing, and future of the people of his home country, the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

  • 20 years of the Laws of Cyberspace

    The Root of It All

    October 31, 2014

    Lawrence Lessig has become an activist. And he is taking on the system he critiqued with a bold effort to appropriate what he sees as one of its corrupting forces.