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    Remembering Naomi Ronen: 1937-2021

    September 21, 2021

    When she retired in 2006, a plaque was put up in the library in Naomi Ronen's honor. It hangs by the reference area today, a rare tribute, memorializing someone former colleagues and patrons remember as exceptional.

  • A panel of HLS Supreme Court Bobbleheads, from left: G. Breyer ’64, David H. Souter ’66, Louis D. Brandeis LL.B. 1877, Ruth Bader Ginsburg ’56-’58, John G. Roberts Jr. ’79

    Collector’s Items

    January 7, 2020

    The Harvard Law School Library offers a treasure-trove for legal historians. If one wanted to peruse, for example, a copy of the first printed collection of English statutes from the 15th century, there it would be. Yet, as three recent acquisitions demonstrate, the library also presents the lighter side of the law, with items that reveal the humor and personalities behind the cases and legal decisions that make history.

  • Charles Donahue shaking hands

    Conference and festschrift celebrate Charles Donahue

    November 29, 2016

    This fall, Harvard Law School held a conference in celebration of the career of legal historian and HLS Professor Charles Donahue. Scholars came from around the country and around the world and spoke on topics related to medieval and early modern history.

  • Library exhibit looks at the history of the former Harvard Law School shield

    September 16, 2016

    New exhibit documents the shield’s ties to the family of Isaac Royall, Jr., the 18th century slaveholder whose bequest established the first professorship of law at Harvard in 1815, through its removal in the spring of 2016.