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  • Man smiling near chess board

    All the Right Moves

    October 1, 2001

    "I'm just an amateur," insists Harold Dondis '45, writer of the Boston Globe's chess column for the last 37 years. In fact, Dondis is so modest that it's not until ten minutes into a discussion about his favorite game that he offers, matter-of-factly, "I did beat Bobby Fischer one time."

  • Eugene Wade

    Lessons of the Heart

    October 1, 2001

    Eugene Wade graduated from Morehouse College, Harvard Law School, and the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School. But he almost flunked out of high school. And that experience drove him to start his own charter school company, helping kids like himself--poor minority children in inner cities.

  • Academic Honors

    October 1, 2001

    While no HLS grad made it to the finals of the recent Harvard University presidential search, three alumni have attained the top title at other universities.

  • Pamela Coukos

    Firm Justice

    October 1, 2001

    In 1998 Pamela Coukos '94 became an associate at a firm that barely existed.

  • Endurance Test

    October 1, 2001

    Jamie Metzl '97 took the inspiration where he could find it. After swimming 2.4 miles, biking 112 miles, and in the middle of a 26-mile run, his body was screaming at him to stop.

  • Diana Derycz-Kessler

    The Big Picture

    October 1, 2001

    If Diana Derycz-Kessler '91 ('92) made movies, she would be shooting two films simultaneously, bankrolling another, and throwing in a cameo appearance to boot.

  • Leecia Eve

    A Senatorial Privilege

    October 1, 2001

    Like most Democratic staffers on Capitol Hill, Leecia Eve '90 is appreciative that Senator Jim Jeffords '62 decided to bolt from the GOP and tip the Senate balance of power to the Democrats.

  • Rob Chesnut

    Law of Supply and Demand

    October 1, 2001

    You wouldn't expect Rob Chesnut '84, the deputy general counsel to the largest online marketplace in the world, to be spending his day worrying about lawn darts.

  • Michael Fredrickson

    The Next Chapter

    October 1, 2001

    By the time Michael Fredrickson '82 turned 50, he had taken on many roles: Rhodes scholar, draft resister, English professor, farmer, attorney, lumberjack, auto mechanic, folk singer, and owner and performer in a singing telegram service.

  • Political Views

    October 1, 2001

    Regardless of how people feel about the outcome of the presidential election controversy, most would agree that the openness of the proceedings helped ensure greater legitimacy.

  • Ira Burnim

    Consumer Advocate

    October 1, 2001

    Ira Burnim's clients are not like the rest of us. They don't want any help. They're just not worth the money, the time, the trouble. They're better off locked away, out of sight.

  • Dick Roy

    Earth First

    October 1, 2001

    In 1993 Dick Roy '70 walked away from his position as a high-powered attorney, intent on never again collecting a paycheck. Roy had decided, after more than 20 years practicing law, to cash in his six-figure salary to save the earth.

  • Mumia

    The Mumia Chronicles

    October 1, 2001

    Sometimes it seems that Daniel Williams '86 is still on the case. When he talks about a new trial for Mumia Abu-Jamal and the defense strategy and the public relations campaign and the possibility that a client he represented for nearly ten years could be executed, Williams speaks like an advocate girded to continue the fight of his career.

  • The Biggest Game in Town

    October 1, 2001

    Tom Gallagher '69 doesn't gamble, but he certainly knows gaming. The president and CEO of Las Vegas' Park Place Entertainment, the world's largest casino and resort company, has been at the helm for just one year, but he is in many ways a veteran.

  • The French Connection

    September 1, 2001

    HLS Celebrates Second Worldwide Alumni Congress in the City of Light.

  • Joan Williams

    Balancing Acts

    September 1, 2001

    After an editor at Oxford University Press read Unbending Gender, a book her own company published, she quit her job. In a way, it was the ultimate compliment for the author, Joan Williams '80, a professor at American University's Washington College of Law.

  • Man posing in front of bookcase.

    Talking Liberties

    September 1, 2001

    Burt Neuborne '64 has often been in the public eye--leading the charge for ballot access in New York State, arguing for Holocaust reparations, presenting cases before the U.S. Supreme Court.

  • A Conversation with Jenö Staehelin

    July 12, 2001

    Jenö Staehelin LL.M. ’65 is the Swiss ambassador to the United Nations. A member of the HLS Dean’s Advisory Board, Staehelin last fall hosted more…

  • An Essay by H. John Rogers ’66: Return of the Provincial Son

    July 1, 2001

    Harvard Law School is one of the few things that I have encountered in life that’s as good as it’s cracked up to be. For…

  • Harvard Schools Host First JD/MBA Reunion

    July 1, 2001

    They called themselves orphans, pearls without a string, and the lost graduates. But on April 5 and 6, these wayward souls found a home, when…

  • The Voters’ Advocate

    July 1, 2001

    Scott Harshbarger '68, the president of Common Cause, is charged with reinvigorating the venerable watchdog organization.

  • In the Money

    July 1, 2001

    Many alumni have made a fortune for their clients and themselves in the investment world. Five of them talk about how they do it--and why stock market fluctuations don't keep them up at night.

  • A Lodge Out West

    July 1, 2001

    Credit: Courtesy of Popperfoto/Archive Photos Mae West: An HLS man is hard to find. In the land of the bean and the cod (that’s Boston…

  • Power to the People

    July 1, 2001

    Matthew Freedman ’99 is all charged up. Just ask him about the deregulation of California’s utilities. He’ll tell you in passionate detail the tortuous story…

  • The Times According to William Proctor

    July 1, 2001

    Credit: Christoph Niemann William Proctor ’66 recognizes the New York Times’s preeminence as the country’s newspaper of record. That’s why he reads it every morning,…

  • Bush Taps HLS Grads for Administration

    July 1, 2001

    Alberto Gonzales, White House general counsel, with President Bush. A new president may occupy the White House, but Harvard Law remains well represented at the…

  • The Record Breaker

    April 27, 2001

    The former chief of Arista Records, who has shaped the careers of music legends Janis Joplin, Carlos Santana, and Whitney Houston, launches a new record label.

  • Illustration of graduate behind bars

    Guilty, by Reason of HLS Degree

    April 27, 2001

    Credit: Christoph Niemann A Harvard law degree is not always advantageous. In fact, for Nguyen Ngoc Bich LL.M. ’73, it was downright dangerous. Largely because…

  • Illustration of tree with roots forming into the shape of a man and woman's face

    Adopting a Cause

    April 27, 2001

    Credit: Christoph Niemann Frederick F. Greenman Jr. ’61 LL.M. ’63 fights for a right almost everyone takes for granted. All people, he believes, should be…

  • The General at Peace

    April 27, 2001

    As her tenure as head of the Justice Department ends, Janet Reno '63 reflects on the criticism and controversies--and what she did with her Harvard Law School education.

  • Claude Pepper on 33 cent stamp

    A Stamp of Honor

    April 27, 2001

    Credit: AP Photo/USPS It didn’t take long for the U.S. Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee to deliver Claude Pepper ’24 to the top of its list.

  • A Catalyst for Change

    April 27, 2001

    Credit: Joe Jackson Michael Rosenbaum ’98, Catalyst founder (second from left), with John Shropshire, Richelle Parks-White, and Cheryl Hagans, Catalyst graduates and CitySoft employees. This…

  • One-L of a Good Time

    April 27, 2001

    Although Vaughn Carney’s new novel is about Harvard Law School students, his characters are not chasing paper. That’s not, after all, what most people go…

  • An Independent Woman

    April 27, 2001

    Credit: Richard Chase A fellow at HLS during the academic year, Jennifer Braceras ’94, argued the conservative’s case as a columnist for the Boston Glove…

  • Nervous man with HLS spraypainted on his face

    I’ve Got a Secret

    April 27, 2001

    Credit: Christoph Niemann What better person to consider George W. Bush’s drunk driving arrest than Jim Koch ’78, founder of and pitchman for Boston Beer…

  • Alumni Bid for Congress

    April 27, 2001

    While Ralph Nader ’58 grabbed the spotlight in the presidential race, several other HLS alumni also sought elective office in the fall. Perhaps the most…


    April 27, 2001

    Despite the dizzying decline of the dot-com world, several alumni are determined to survive and thrive in their own digital start-ups.

  • Illustrations of men talking on phone

    California Dreamin’

    April 27, 2001

    Students Go West for New Careers Credit: Diane Digda Sitting in the Charles Hotel’s lobby before yet another job interview, Norm Cappell ’02 imagines the…

  • Class Mates

    April 1, 2001

    Credit: Scott Jones For Carolyn Cochran Clark ’68 and L. David Clark Jr. ’68, the seating chart in their 1966 commercial transactions class proved to…

  • A Matter of Principle

    September 28, 2000

    Avery Dulles ’40–’41 knows that the law is important. But throughout his life he has focused on something even more important to him.

  • Profile – Bennet Boskey ’39: Not Shy, Not Retiring

    September 28, 2000

    As a student at HLS, Bennett Boskey ’39 took the name of one of his courses literally. In Conflict of Laws, with Professor Erwin Griswold…

  • Charlotte Armstrong Named Harvard Medalist

    September 28, 2000

    Charlotte Armstrong ’53 was awarded a Harvard Medal at the annual meeting of the Harvard Alumni Association on June 8.

  • School Hosts First Celebration of Black Alumni

    September 28, 2000

    HLS hosts A Celebration of Black Alumni to honor the more than 1,600 black students who have graduated from the School.

  • The Captain of the US v. Microsoft

    September 28, 2000

    Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson '64 is a blunt, plain-speaking, and physically imposing man who knows how to run a tight ship. From the moment he drew judging duties for United States v. Microsoft, Jackson was determined to keep one of the 20th century's largest antitrust cases running swiftly and on course.

  • Alumni Create Immigration Clinic Fellowship

    September 28, 2000

    Erik Gerding ’98 knew that fundraising, even for a good cause, is never easy. But as it turns out, when the cause is the Harvard…

  • At Loggerheads

    September 28, 2000

    Credit: Christoph Niemann For Minneapolis-based lawyer Stephen Young ’74, a tree is just a tree. Yet for others, he contends, trees are sacred objects. Last…

  • Law School Graduate Serves up Kosher Haikus with a Side of Chutzpah

    September 28, 2000

    You were expecting Shakespeare? We hope not, because this is a story about a different kind of bard. Call him the bard of oy vey.

  • Stooge Searching

    September 28, 2000

    In its storied history, Harvard Law School has produced presidents, senators, knights, CEOs, professors, attorneys general, and Supreme Court justices. But only now can the…

  • James Vorenberg [1928-2000]

    July 18, 2000

    Roscoe Pound Professor of Law James Vorenberg, 72, the ninth dean of Harvard Law School, former Watergate associate special prosecutor, and first chair of the Massachusetts State Ethics Commission, died on April 12, 2000, of cardiac arrest.

  • A Novel Idea

    July 18, 2000

    Most law school papers don't get glowing reviews from the New York Times Book Review. But most law school papers aren't like Mohsin Hamid's.