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  • Editorial Board of Volume 51 of the Harvard Law Review

    Lounging with the Law Review

    July 24, 2013

    The Harvard Law School Library Blog, “Et Seq.,” frequently publishes historical documents and images from the law school’s archives. For a recent post, they showcased a historical image of the editorial board of Volume 51 of the Harvard Law Review celebrating a successful year outside of Austin Hall.

  • Library books

    New library exhibit encourages patrons to judge books by their covers

    July 7, 2011

    Originally bound for Russian Emperor Nicholas II, a book covered in blue velvet with its title stamped in gold is now on public display as part of the HLS exhibit “Law Books in Fancy Dress: Beautiful Bindings from the Harvard Law School Library’s Historical & Special Collections.”

  • Langdell Hall

    Harvard recognized as one of the world’s top three open-access institutions

    July 9, 2010

    Harvard University was recognized as one of the world’s top three open-access institutions of the year by BioMed Central, an international publisher of journals in science, technology, and medicine and a pioneer in open-access publishing. Harvard Law School was given special recognition for being one of four schools at Harvard to introduce its own open-access mandates.

  • Justice Louis Brandeis

    HLS library digitizes Justice Brandeis’ unpublished free speech dissent

    July 7, 2010

    In Ruthenberg v. Michigan, Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis LL.B. 1877 first formulated the principles surrounding the exercise of free speech that would appear in his later opinion in Whitney v. California (1927). The Louis D. Brandeis Papers held by the Harvard Law School Library include seven folders of drafts written by Brandeis for Ruthenberg, which have now been digitized and are available on the law school website.

  • Remixing Langdell

    June 24, 2010

    HLS Professor John Palfrey was appointed vice dean for library and information resources in 2008. A cyberspace visionary, his task is to meld the old, the new and the emerging digital-era library.

  • 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.

  • John Palfrey

    Palfrey appointed as new head of Harvard Law School Library

    April 30, 2008

    John G. Palfrey '01 has been appointed associate dean of library and information resources and a tenured professor of law, Dean Elena Kagan '86 announced today.

  • Book Gift Makes HLS Preeminent Resource for Anglo-American Legal History

    July 1, 2001

    Surviving a journey of centuries, about 1,000 volumes of rare English law books spanning 400 years of legal writing were delivered to Langdell Library this…

  • Dalkon Shield Litigation Papers Donated to HLS

    April 27, 2001

    The Harvard Law School library recently acquired a voluminous collection of papers from the Dalkon Shield litigation, a tort case involving nearly 400,000 claims. The…

  • Letter to a Recent Graduate

    July 18, 2000

    Among the Law School’s collection of letters, manuscripts, and published works of Justice Joseph Story, Dane Professor of Law from 1829 to 1845, is a letter written March 26, 1832, from Story to Charles C. Convers, who graduated the year before.