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  • Charles Ogletree in his Office

    Ogletree family donates the celebrated law professor and civil rights scholar’s papers to Harvard Law School

    October 13, 2022

    The Harvard Law School Library has been chosen as a steward of the papers of Charles J. Ogletree, Jr., the celebrated and influential Harvard Law professor and civil rights scholar.

  • 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.

  • Jim Tierney speaking to an audience.

    New law school casebook for teaching about state attorneys general

    June 21, 2022

    Harvard Law lecturer and former Maine attorney general Jim Tierney wants to demystify the inner workings of the state attorney general's office with a 'living text' to help students better understand this definitively American structure.

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    On the bookshelf

    May 13, 2022

    This spring, the Harvard Law School Library’s ongoing book talk series featured books by Tomiko Brown-Nagin, Joseph D. Kearney ’89 and Thomas W. Merrill, Anna Lvovsky, Mark Tushnet, and a volume co-edited by Michael Ashley Stein ’88.

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    Constance Baker Motley

    February 15, 2022

    Georgetown Law Professor Sheryll Cashin ’89 once asked her mentor, Thurgood Marshall, why he had passed over Constance Baker Motley to succeed him when he…

  • Group of people sitting around an illustration of Earth.

    A kaleidoscope of views on globalization

    November 23, 2021

    At a Harvard Law School book talk and discussion on “Six Faces of Globalization: Who Wins, Who Loses and Why It Matters,” panelists discussed the authors' major narratives for and against the economic phenomenon.

  • Portrait of Abraham Lincoln

    In a conflict between justice and the Constitution, ‘why should the Constitution prevail’?

    November 16, 2021

    Can, or even should, Americans break the U.S. Constitution when, in their view, justice demands it? As Noah Feldman and Nikolas Bowie discussed at a recent Harvard Law School Library Book Talk, that question is very much alive today.

  • Pile of folded newspapers

    Protecting the media to protect democracy

    November 16, 2021

    At a Harvard Law School Library Book Talk, Martha Minow, along with Vicki Jackson and Nikolas Bowie, discussed why the press is in danger — and how to save it.

  • Group of students wearing face masks and wearing Halloween costumes posing for the camera.

    Hairy hands and brutal broadsides

    October 29, 2021

    The Harvard Law School Library showcases its creepiest collections during annual Haunted Halloween Tour.

  • Randall Kennedy on a video call on a laptop

    ‘Protect expression, protect speech, protect thinking’

    October 20, 2021

    During a recent discussion about his new collection of essays, “Say it Loud! On Race, Law, History, and Culture,” Randall Kennedy shared background on a few of his favorite pieces, defended free thought, and spoke about his view on the future of race relations in America.

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    Power to the people

    October 12, 2021

    In “Power to the People: Constitutionalism in the Age of Populism,” co-authors Mark Tushnet and Bojan Bugarič argue that populism is neither inherently conservative nor necessarily inconsistent with constitutional democracy.

  • Nuremberg trial

    Access to history

    December 9, 2020

    The Harvard Law School Library's Nuremberg Trials Project has been used by students, academics, filmmakers and artists among others to support their work in the retelling and documentation of World War II and the atrocities committed during that time.

  • On the Bookshelf: HLS Library Book Talks, Spring 2018 2

    On the Bookshelf: HLS Authors

    December 11, 2019

    This fall, the Harvard Law School Library hosted a series of book talks by Harvard Law School authors on topics ranging from forgiveness in law, transparency in health and fidelity in constitutional practice.

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    ‘Broadsides’ and the history of the criminal mind

    August 12, 2019

    In Elizabeth Papp Kamali’s seminar Mind and Criminal Responsibility in the Anglo-American Tradition, students use Harvard Law School Library's Historical & Special Collections to explore the history of mens rea — state of mind — in English common law.

  • Nuremberg Trials Project website

    Nuremberg Trials Project: Holocaust Studies in the Digital Age

    August 1, 2019

    Harvard Law School Library's Nuremberg Trials Project reached a new milestone this year, when Judith Haran, one of two document analysts with the project, was invited to speak at an international conference on Holocaust Studies in the Digital Age.

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    Cass Sunstein on ‘How Change Happens’

    April 19, 2019

    In a recent book talk sponsored by the Harvard Law School Library, Cass Sunstein discussed the different ways that social change happens, from unleashing to nudging to social cascades.

  • Video: Will China Save the Planet?

    Video: Will China Save the Planet?

    March 15, 2019

    China, the world's largest carbon emitter, is leading a global clean energy revolution. But as leading China environmental expert Barbara Finamore explains in her latest book preventing "environmental catastrophe" is anything but easy.

  • Library Book Talk - Cass Sunstein on Freedom

    Video: Cass Sunstein, “On Freedom”

    March 1, 2019

    As part of its regular Book Talk series, the Harvard Law School Library recently hosted Robert Walmsley University Professor Cass Sunstein for a discussion of his latest release, "On Freedom."

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    Big questions raised by big data

    September 20, 2018

    During the introduction to the book launch event for “Big Data, Health Law, and Bioethics,” one of the editors, Harvard Law School Professor I. Glenn Cohen ’03, faculty director of the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics, told a story about how powerful – and perhaps foreboding – big data can be.

  • Nazi defendants in the first of the 13 Nuremberg war crimes trials on Nov. 11, 1945.

    Nuremberg Trials Project receives grant from National Endowment for the Humanities

    April 7, 2017

    On March 31, the Harvard Law School Library’s Nuremberg Trials Project announced its selection as a recipient of a Humanities Collections and Reference Resources grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.