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  • Trenton Van Oss: ‘I’ve really had to defend my views and self-reflect on why I believe the things I believe’

    May 12, 2017

    For Trenton Van Oss ’17, coming to Harvard Law School meant adapting to a different culture and experience as a student who had been educated at Christian schools, and whose strong allegiance to the GOP put him in a distinct minority at a secular school with a predominantly liberal student body and faculty.

  • Vaughan Academic Panel

    Minding the Gap: Where law and politics don’t meet

    April 14, 2017

    In March, University of San Diego Law School Professor Lawrence Alexander visited HLS to deliver a talk titled "Law and Politics: What is their relation?" as part the Herbert W. Vaughan Lecture Series and Academic Panel, co-sponsored by the HLS Federalist Society.

  • Legal scholars debate Cruz’s eligibility to serve as president

    February 8, 2016

    In a debate hosted by the Harvard Federalist Society, two constitutional scholars—Harvard Law School Professor Laurence Tribe and Professor Jack Balkin of Yale Law School—debated whether Cruz’s birth in Calgary, Alberta, to a Cuban father and an American mother disqualifies him to serve as president.

  • Closing the information gap: Romney cites increasing polarization in U.S. and the risk it carries

    April 13, 2015

    Mitt Romney ’75, former Massachusetts governor and Republican presidential nominee, visiting Harvard Law School (HLS) for a QandA session hosted by Dean Martha Minow, encouraged a renewed civility in politics and society, emphasizing the difference one person can make through serving others.

  • Paycheck Fairness Act debated at HLS

    October 2, 2014

    Is legislation the best way to address the pay gap between men and women? And is such a pay gap even real? Both questions were debated at Harvard Law School on Monday, Sept. 29 at an event weighing the pros and cons of the Paycheck Fairness Act, hosted by the Federalist Society and the Women’s Law Association.

  • Goldstein and Fried survey the Court’s docket—and the changing nature of law

    November 27, 2013

    SCOTUS Blog co-founder and Tom Goldstein, visiting lecturer at Harvard Law School, joined HLS Professor Charles Fried last week in discussing the Court's current docket at an event co-sponsored by the Harvard Law chapters of the American Constitution Society (ACS) and the Federalist Society.

  • Jeannie Suk ’02

    Suk receives intellectual diversity award

    May 9, 2013

    Harvard Law School Professor Jeannie Suk '02 received the Charles Fried Intellectual Diversity Award from the Harvard Federalist Society in April. The award is bestowed upon a faculty member who has furthered the cause of intellectual diversity and free and open debate at Harvard Law School, both inside and outside of the classroom, regardless of that professor's ideological leanings or favored theories of jurisprudence.

  • HLS Professor Randall Kennedy and Dr. Abigail Thernstrom of the Manhattan Institute

    Redistricting and voters rights (video)

    March 6, 2012

    On Tuesday, Feb. 14, the Harvard Federalist Society and the Harvard Black Law Students Association co-sponsored a discussion about race and redistricting with Dr. Abigail Thernstrom of the Manhattan Institute and Professor Randall Kennedy, the Michael R. Klein Professor of Law at Harvard Law School.

  • HLS Assistant Professor I. Glenn Cohen

    Professors debate “Embryo Ethics” (video)

    February 13, 2012

    On Feb. 1, the Harvard Law School Federalist Society sponsored a debate on the philosophical and legal issues surrounding the field of embryonic research. The event, “Embryo Ethics and the Law,” featured Christopher Tollefsen, a philosophy professor at the University of South Carolina, and HLS Assistant Professor Glenn Cohen, co-director of the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School.

  • At HLS, editor of Above the Law weighs blog impact (audio)

    November 9, 2011

    In a talk sponsored by the Harvard Federalist Society and moderated by HLS Professor Jeannie Suk, David Lat discussed the impact of blogging on the judiciary.

  • Eugene Volokh and HLS Professor Noah Feldman

    Eugene Volokh, of The Volokh Conspiracy, discusses slippery slope arguments (video)

    October 4, 2011

    Eugene Volokh, professor at UCLA School of Law, well known to some law students for his blog, The Volokh Conspiracy, gave a lecture on slippery slope arguments at an event sponsored by the Harvard Law School Federalist Society on September 20th.  He was joined by Noah Feldman, Bemis Professor of International Law at Harvard Law School, who provided a response.

  • Professor Jed Shugerman receives the Charles Fried Federalist Society Award

    April 14, 2011

    The Federalist Society and the Journal of Law & Public Policy will present the Charles Fried Intellectual Diversity Award to Professor Jed Shugerman at the Federalist Society’s annual banquet on April 14th.  

  • Is the Obama Health Care Reform Constitutional? Fried, Tribe and Barnett debate the Affordable Care Act (video)

    March 28, 2011

    Debating what Harvard Law School Dean Martha Minow called “one of the most important public policy issues and one of the most important constitutional issues,” three law professors offered different perspectives on whether the individual mandate portion of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) violates the commerce clause of the Constitution and infringes on personal liberties.

  • All the Right’s Moves

    April 24, 2003

    With the fall elections, Republicans now control the White House, the Senate and the House of Representatives. Conservative thinkers are influencing policy and law across the nation.

  • Gerken, Minow and Judge Abner Mikva

    Progressive Legal Organization Established at HLS

    April 1, 2002

    Twenty years ago, the Federalist Society was founded to change the way people think about the law. It has done its job well, say members of a new HLS student organization that champions liberal values in the law.