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    Scholars and artists discuss the death penalty

    March 17, 2023

    On March 7, the Harvard Law School Library kicked off a series of events on the subject of capital punishment in connection with their exhibit Visualizing Capital Punishment: Spectacle, Shame, and Sympathy.

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    Notes and Comment fosters scholarly connections between students, faculty

    December 14, 2022

    Notes and Comment, an annual event held at the Harvard Law School Library, helps students working on writing projects find faculty mentors.

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    On the bookshelf

    December 13, 2022

    This fall, Harvard Law School showcased the works of faculty, alums, and students at book events throughout the semester.

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    The state of capital punishment

    December 6, 2022

    The Harvard Law School Library hosted a series of talks on the death penalty in conjunction with the library’s exhibit “Visualizing Capital Punishment: Spectacle, Shame and Sympathy.”

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    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.

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    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…

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.