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    Justice Stephen Breyer returns to Harvard Law School

    July 2, 2022

    Retired United States Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer ’64 is returning to Harvard Law School, where he will teach seminars and reading groups, write, and produce scholarship.

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    Spring Forward

    May 20, 2022

    Harvard Law students bring unique experiences to law school and all have tailored their academic careers to explore their individual interests, while contributing to the greater community in a myriad of ways.

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    Harvard Law School professors call potential abortion rights rollback ‘unprecedented’

    May 16, 2022

    The Petrie-Flom Center hosted ‘Roe in limbo: A town hall on the leaked Dobbs opinion.’

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    Words from the wise

    May 3, 2022

    The Last Lecture Series, sponsored annually by the 3L and LL.M. class marshals, is a Harvard Law School tradition in which selected faculty members impart…

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    Harvard and the Legacy of Slavery

    April 28, 2022

    A report issued by the Presidential Committee on Harvard and the Legacy of Slavery recounts the many ways Harvard University participated in, and profited from, slavery. Harvard leaders and scholars examine the report and its implications for the future.

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    Supreme Court preview: Kennedy v. Bremerton School District

    April 20, 2022

    The Supreme Court stands poised to decide whether a high school coach’s penchant for prayers with players poses First Amendment problems.

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    ‘I’d love it if poetry was required reading for law school’

    April 19, 2022

    In celebration of National Poetry Month, HLS lecturer and poet Jessica Fjeld reads a passage from a poem by Terrance Hayes, and discusses the importance of poetry in building empathy and connection.

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    ‘Democracy and open society, human dignity, doesn’t necessarily win — we have to work for it’

    April 13, 2022

    The Harvard International Law Journal recently hosted a discussion with Stavros Lambrinidis, ambassador of the European Union to the United States.

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    Cases in Brief: Powell v. Alabama with Dehlia Umunna

    April 5, 2022

    In the first of the series, “Cases in Brief,” Harvard Law Professor Dehlia Umunna discusses the infamous “Scottsboro Boys” case, Powell v. Alabama (1932), in which the U.S. Supreme Court ruled for the first time that defendants in capital cases have the right to adequate legal counsel.

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    Digital Treasury accounts would expand banking access for financially vulnerable

    March 30, 2022

    In recent paper, Howell Jackson and Timothy Massad propose that the U.S. Treasury Department implement a new mechanism to improve financial services for financially vulnerable households and expedite delivery of government benefits.

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    ‘Lawyering and justice in a world that we know is riven by injustice’

    March 22, 2022

    “This is a unique moment, particularly to be a Black law student,” Harvard Law School Professor David B. Wilkins ’80, told an audience of students during a talk titled Black Lawyers Matter — Race, Obligation, and Professionalism from the Civil Rights Movement to BLM and Black Corporate Power.

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    ‘There was no promise not to enlarge NATO’

    March 16, 2022

    Robert Zoellick, the U.S. diplomat who helped negotiate the end of the Cold War, says Vladimir Putin’s claims about Ukraine are part of a disinformation campaign.

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    Algorithm nation

    March 14, 2022

    A Harvard Law School reading group debates how the law should manage self-driving cars, A.I.-generated art, and other algorithmic technology.

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    Focus on Ukraine

    March 2, 2022

    As the war in Ukraine intensifies, Harvard Law Today turns to faculty, alums, and experts on international law and negotiation for perspectives on the global response to the Russian invasion, and what the future holds for this sovereign nation under threat.

  • Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson speaks and a podium. President Biden and Vice President Harris standing behind her.

    President Biden nominates Ketanji Brown Jackson ’96 for Supreme Court

    February 25, 2022

    Ketanji Brown Jackson ’96 was nominated to the U.S. Supreme Court by President Biden. If confirmed, Jackson would be the first Black woman to serve on the nation’s highest court.

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    Preserve, Protect, and Defend

    February 8, 2022

    In his new book, Noah Feldman offers a fresh perspective on the decisions Abraham Lincoln made regarding the U.S. Constitution — many of which he describes as legally indefensible.

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    Faith in the Law

    January 31, 2022

    Four distinct programs pursue research and address current topics linked to the intersection of religion and law

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    Breyer retires

    January 28, 2022

    Harvard Law Today offers a look back at Justice Stephen Breyer's career and his legacy, and his lifelong connection to Harvard Law School.