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  • Students honored at class day ceremony

    May 28, 2015

    A number of Harvard Law students from the Class of ’15 received special awards this year during the 2015 Class Day ceremony on May 27. The students were recognized for their outstanding leadership, citizenship, compassion and dedication to their studies and the profession.

  • ‘Be courageous,’ Giffords tells HLS grads

    May 28, 2015

    Four years ago, then-Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, D-Arizona, was shot in the head and gravely wounded by a gunman in a mass shooting outside a Tucson supermarket. Most people who suffer such an injury don’t survive, as her husband, Mark Kelly, pointed out. But Giffords fought back. On Wednesday, taking the podium to a standing ovation at Class Day exercises for Harvard Law School, she urged the students to action.

  • Closing arguments

    May 27, 2015

    This year, more than 750 students will receive degrees from Harvard Law School. Each brought unique experiences to law school and all have tailored their academic careers while at HLS to explore their individual interests. As they prepare to graduate, several members of the Harvard Law School Class of 2015 reflect on the interests they brought to law school and the experiences they will take from their time at Harvard Law.

  • Chad Baker ’15 wins Kaufman Pro Bono Award

    May 27, 2015

    This year’s Andrew L. Kaufman Pro Bono Service Award was presented to Chad Baker, honored for demonstrating an extraordinary commitment to improving and delivering high quality volunteer legal services to disadvantaged communities. Baker contributed over 2000 pro bono hours working with the Tenant Advocacy Project, the Prison Legal Assistance Project, and the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau.

  • CLEA Award recognizes Christopher Melendez ’15 and his service to veterans

    May 27, 2015

    Christopher Melendez ’15 received the Outstanding Clinical Student Award from the Clinical Legal Education Association. The award is presented annually to one student from each law school in recognition of outstanding clinical coursework and contributions to the clinical community.

  • Seth Hoedl ’15 and Seth Packrone ’15 win Exemplary Clinical Student Award

    May 27, 2015

    Harvard Law School’s Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs has recognized graduating students Seth Hoedl ’15 and Seth Packrone ’15 for exemplifying putting theory into practice through clinical work.

  • Closing argument: Victoria White-Mason ’15, taking action against injustice

    May 26, 2015

    In a way, the seeds of Victoria White-Mason’s activism were planted long before she was born. Her grandfather was the first black man to graduate from Duke University, where he faced prejudice and discrimination. Her great-grandfather operated a business in Durham, N.C.’s Hayti district, a thriving African-American community during a time of segregation. Her family history helped raise her awareness of racial injustice and also the strength of black people in the face of adversity.

  • Sean Morrison '15

    Closing argument: Sean Morrison ’15, merging a passion for tax law and a penchant for politics

    May 26, 2015

    Growing up in Montana with a mother who owned a horse farm, Sean Morrison ’15 found his tax attorney father’s line of work a bit dull by comparison. So Morrison is a little surprised to find himself, years later, graduating from law school with the intent to specialize in tax law and policy.

  • Closing argument: Lor Sok LL.M. ’15, making an impact at home

    May 22, 2015

    As he prepares to finish his LL.M. year at Harvard Law, Lor Sok recalls all the benefits the experience has provided him. But the real test of the experience, he says, is what it will mean for Cambodia, his homeland.

  • Closing argument: Antonia Domingo ’15, dedicated to social justice

    May 21, 2015

    At a time when right-to-work laws, which severely threaten the viability of workers’ unions, seem to be gaining in popularity, Antonia Domingo ’15 is something of a rare creature: a fervently pro-union loyalist.

  • Closing argument: Innovation, teamwork drive Romeen Sheth ’15

    May 21, 2015

    Romeen Sheth ’15 is a team player who works well with others--not because he has to, but because he prefers to, and he wishes more lawyers felt the same way.

  • Gabrielle Giffords and Mark Kelly

    Gabrielle Giffords and Mark Kelly are Harvard Law School’s 2015 Class Day Speakers

    March 24, 2015

    Gabrielle Giffords, former U.S. Representative from Arizona, and her husband Mark Kelly, a Navy pilot and NASA astronaut, will be this year’s speakers for the Class Day ceremonies at Harvard Law School. Class Day will take place on Wednesday, May 27, 2015.

  • Students honored at Class Day ceremony

    May 28, 2014

    A number of Harvard Law students received special awards this year during the 2014 Class Day ceremony on May 28. The honored students were recognized for their outstanding leadership, citizenship, compassion and dedication to their studies and the profession.

  • Harvard Law School celebrates Commencement 2014

    May 27, 2014

    Harvard Law School celebrated the Harvard Law School Class of 2014, conferring a total of 750 degrees—576 J.D.s, 167 LL.M.s, and 7 S.J.D.s. Festivities began on Class Day, Wednesday, May 28, and continued through Commencement, on Thursday, May 29.

  • Preet Bharara and Mindy Kaling are Harvard Law School’s 2014 Class Day Speakers

    March 5, 2014

    Preet Bharara, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and Mindy Kaling, actress, comedian and writer, were selected as this year’s speakers for the Class Day ceremonies at Harvard Law School.

  • Harvard Law School celebrates 2013 Commencement

    May 31, 2013

    Harvard Law School graduation festivities began on Class Day, Wednesday, May 29, and continued through Commencement Day on Thursday, May 30.

  • Jeffrey Toobin '86

    Author and legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin ’86 named this year’s Class Day speaker

    May 23, 2013

    Author, lawyer and Emmy Award-winning legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin ’86 will serve as Class Day speaker on May 29 at Harvard Law School.

  • Recipients of The Dean's Award for Community Leadership

    Students honored at Class Day ceremony

    May 25, 2012

    A number of Harvard Law students received special awards this year during the 2012 Class Day exercises on May 23. The honored students were recognized for their outstanding leadership, citizenship, compassion and dedication to their studies and the profession.

  • Eric H. Holder Jr.

    ‘Put your skills to use to define our future,’ Attorney General tells class (video)

    May 24, 2012

    The 82nd Attorney General of the United States, Eric H. Holder Jr., addressed the 2012 graduating class at Harvard Law School, urging the newly-minted lawyers to continue the tradition of service encouraged at Harvard Law School and to use their skills to define the country’s future.

  • Barney Frank

    Barney Frank ’77 addresses Harvard College graduates during Class Day (video)

    May 24, 2012

    This year, Harvard’s time-honored tradition of Class Day included an interesting twist: For the first time in years, two speakers—actor, writer, and comedian Andy Samberg, and U.S. Rep. Barney Frank ’61, J.D. ’77—took turns at the outdoor dais to offer the seniors parting words of wit and wisdom.

  • Meg Demarco

    Meg DeMarco receives staff appreciation award

    May 23, 2012

    Meg DeMarco, director of Student Affairs in the Harvard Law School Dean of Students Office, received the Suzanne L. Richardson Staff Appreciation Award during Class Day exercises on May 23. She was selected by the Class of 2012 for her work overseeing and supporting student organizations, journals, housing and the 1L Program.

  • Attorney General Eric Holder

    Eric Holder named Harvard Law School’s 2012 Class Day speaker

    March 20, 2012

    U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. selected this year’s speaker for Class Day ceremonies at Harvard Law School. Class Day will take place on Wednesday May 23, 2012.

  • Class Day 2011

    A celebration of Class Day 2011 (video)

    June 10, 2011

    On May 25, the Class of 2011 gathered to celebrate their accomplishments and share reflections of their Harvard Law School experience. As part of Class Day festivities, the graduating class  hailed their Class Day speaker, actor Alec Baldwin, and honored Professor Jon Hanson as the recipient of this year's Albert M. Sacks-Paul A. Freund Award for Teaching Excellence.

  • Class Day 2011 (slideshow)

    May 27, 2011

    On Wednesday, May 25, 2011 Harvard Law School celebrated the Class of 2011 at a ceremony on Holmes Field, in front of Langdell Library. Actor Alec Baldwin, selected by the graduating class as the 2011 Class Day speaker, delivered remarks as part of the program. Faculty, students, and staff were honored for their contributions to the HLS community. Here, we present a retrospective of the day in pictures.

  • Alec Baldwin with HLS Dean Martha Minow

    Actor and activist Alec Baldwin delivers 2011 Class Day address at HLS (video)

    May 26, 2011

    Alec Baldwin never intended to become an actor – he wanted to be a lawyer. From the age of 10, he bonded with his father by watching the evening news, absorbing great moments in American history; watching political leaders write the narrative of the 20th century. “It was right about then that I decided I wanted to be a lawyer, at 10 years old,” he told the Harvard Law School graduating class, as the student-selected 2011 Class Day speaker.

  • William Howell

    William Howell wins Richardson Award

    May 25, 2011

    William Howell, student programs manager in the Dean of Students Office at Harvard Law School, received the Suzanne L. Richardson Staff Appreciation Award during Class Day exercises on May 25.

  • In Class Day address, Power urges graduates to "make hope and history rhyme" (video)

    May 27, 2010

    Senior adviser in the Obama Administration and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Samantha Power ’99 was the 2010 Class Day speaker at HLS. Power addressed a law school audience in Holmes Field on May 26, the day before Commencement, urging graduates to make the most of their law school degrees and of every moment of their lives.

  • 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.

  • Jackson and Kagan

    United States Solicitor General Elena Kagan ’86 addresses HLS graduating Class of 2009

    June 4, 2009

    In a Class Day address on June 3, U.S. Solicitor General Elena Kagan ’86 acknowledged that this year’s graduating class finds itself at an inflection point in society, facing great economic and political changes. But, she said, students should take advantage of these changing times because the greatest challenges often produce the biggest opportunities.

  • HLS Professor Elizabeth Warren at Class Day

    Elizabeth Warren Wins Sacks-Freund Award for Teaching

    June 3, 2009

    During Class Day exercises on June 3, Professor Elizabeth Warren received the Class of 2009’s Sacks-Freund Teaching Award in honor of her teaching ability, openness to student concerns and contributions to student life at HLS.

  • Dean of Students Ellen Cosgrove

    Ellen Cosgrove Wins Richardson Award

    June 3, 2009

    Dean of Students Ellen Cosgrove received the Suzanne L. Richardson Staff Recognition Award during Class Day exercises. She was selected by the class of 2009 for her demonstrated commitment to the student experience and her concern for students’ lives and work at HLS.

  • Elena Kagan

    Kagan selected to be 2009 Class Day speaker

    April 20, 2009

    Former Dean of Harvard Law School and current U.S. Solicitor General Elena Kagan ’86 will be the 2009 Class Day speaker at HLS. Selected by this year’s Class Marshals, Kagan will address graduates on June 3 as part of Class Day.

  • Cory Booker

    Cory Booker: Have courage to live your truth

    July 29, 2008

    “Dare every day to manifest your authenticity.” So said Cory Booker, the 36th mayor of Newark, N.J., in an address to the graduating class of Harvard Law School.

  • On accepting Sacks Freund Award, Levinson reminds students what they learned in law school

    June 29, 2008

    Professor Daryl Levinson was awarded the prestigious Sacks Freund Award for excellence in teaching during Class Day exercises on Wednesday, June 4. He marked the occasion with some humorous remarks, giving the class of 2008 a “review session” of the “ten ideas that explain virtually all of law.”

  • Levinson honored with Sacks-Freund Award for excellence in teaching during Class Day program

    June 4, 2008

    Professor Daryl Levinson was awarded the prestigious Sacks-Freund Teaching Award, and staff member Kathy Lovell was given the Suzanne L. Richardson Staff Recognition Award during today's Class Day Program.

  • Mayor Cory Booker

    Cory Booker to be 2008 Class Day speaker

    April 8, 2008

    Cory Booker, mayor of Newark, New Jersey, will be the 2008 Class Day speaker at Harvard Law School. Booker will address graduating students and their families on Wednesday, June 4, as part of Class Day exercises.