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  • Juan C. Zarate

    Juan C. Zarate ’97: ‘There’s a lot of presumption of the demise of American power, and I’m raging against that’

    September 10, 2021

    A counterterrorism czar in the Bush administration, and the first-ever assistant secretary of the Treasury for terrorist financing and financial crimes, says the U.S. needs to reconceptualize what power means in the 21st century.

  • Jane Harman

    Jane Harman ’69: ‘We haven’t learned that when we work together we overcome’

    September 10, 2021

    Twenty years after the 9/11 attacks, a former California congresswoman and ranking member of House Intelligence Committee reflects on events of that day and the calamities we still confront.

  • Kenneth R. Feinberg: ‘I’m very proud of what we did’

    September 9, 2021

    The former Special Master for 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund says the fund was unprecedented, unique and the right thing to do, but warns it shouldn't be replicated.

  • Michael Chertoff ’78: ‘What are we going to do to make sure it doesn’t arise again?’

    September 9, 2021

    The former head of Homeland Security and co-author of the USA Patriot Act says the U.S. needs a strategy for dislodging terrorist groups.

  • Jamie Gorelick

    Jamie Gorelick ’75: ‘The need for both vigilance and imagination remains high’

    September 9, 2021

    A co-author of the 9/11 Commission report, who served on the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, says engaged citizenry united in its efforts will make this country safer.

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    A special responsibility

    September 9, 2021

    As special master of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund, or VCF, Rupa Bhattacharyya ’95 is working to ensure that fair compensation goes to the victims of the attacks.

  • Jordi Torres at commissioning ceremony in 2013

    LIPP service

    September 1, 2021

    As a high school student volunteering with Teen Court, Jordi Torres ’13 thought that a legal career in public service might be right for him. Years later, Harvard Law School’s Low Income Protection Plan (LIPP) enabled him to pursue that desire.

  • Woman wearing a black and white fur dress leaning on the floor with two pigs by her side

    Finding her voice

    August 22, 2021

    From her early years to the formation of her opera company, Cerise Lim Jacobs ’81 has charted an unexpected path.

  • Woman speaking with mask into microphone

    The battle for the ballot box

    August 19, 2021

    “We were prepared for everything with regard to this last election cycle, except for the levels to which people would stoop to try to stop democracy and deny the voice of the people,” says Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson ’04.

  • Wasserstein Hall at Harvard Law School

    Fourteen selected as Wasserstein Public Interest Fellows

    August 6, 2021

    This academic year, 14 Wasserstein Public Interest Fellows have been named at Harvard Law School.

  • Woman with short black hair with raised right hand and other hand on a bible held by a man

    Katherine Tai represents

    July 23, 2021

    In her new role as U.S. trade representative, Tai ’01 brings legal expertise, political savvy, and a deep commitment to American workers.

  • Man walking in a room with several pieces of artwork on display

    The Renaissance man drawn to the Dutch Golden Age

    July 22, 2021

    In a recent talk, Harvard Law School alumnus George Abrams discussed how he became a preeminent collector of Dutch drawings, and shared a few favorites donated to Harvard Art Museums.

  • Man walking away from a podium by an American Flag and a sign that says Department of Justice Washington

    Off the bench and into the breach

    June 30, 2021

    Merrick Garland ’77 made the unusual choice to leave a lifetime appointment on the nation’s second most influential court to instead lead a federal agency with roughly 115,000 employees. Unusual, but not surprising, say those who know him well.

  • Man wearing a gray suit and tie standing outside

    Salute to justice

    June 14, 2021

    “I don’t think we are dominated by any one school of thought. I disagree with the judges that were appointed by the Republicans about as much as I disagree with the judges appointed by Democrats,” says Maggs.

  • woman standing in a large room with lots of long tables

    ‘I’m still trying to understand my role in this complex place’

    June 14, 2021

    Since January 2020, Rez Gardi has been living in Duhok, in Iraq’s autonomous Kurdistan Region.

  • Illustration of man at the end of a long table sitting in a chair and writing on a piece of paper in the White House oval office

    A presidential journey

    June 14, 2021

    Obama covers well-known moments from that presidential campaign, such as the controversy that arose over his relationship with the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, and lesser-known ones, such as a tense exchange with his then-rival Hillary Clinton on a tarmac.

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    HLS Authors: Selected Alumni Books Summer 2021

    June 14, 2021

    From the battles of Lev Gleason to a Civil War battle that changed a nation

  • Man standing outside near a lush green garden

    Cities & the teacher

    June 14, 2021

    Few have looked at cities with as much care or creativity as Jerry Frug has.

  • Jung Hyun (Monica) Lee ’22

    The Chayes International Public Service Fellowship celebrates its first 20 years

    April 23, 2021

    Every summer since 2001, Chayes Fellows have worked with international organizations, governments, and NGOs around the world on issues of an international scope or relevant to countries in transition.

  • A professor stands at a podium before a large classroom of law students. A sound boom reaches across the scene.

    HLS in the Movies

    April 22, 2021

    Harvard Law School has made its way into many popular movies over the years. This video is a look at seven of the many movies which feature Harvard Law and some fun trivia through video clips and images.

  • Hollywood, Los Angeles street scene at night

    Hollywood’s next act

    April 22, 2021

    As Hollywood comes together to commemorate the Oscars, Harvard Law Lecturer and entertainment law expert Tara Kole '03 discusses the pandemic’s effect on the industry, the state of diversity in filmmaking, and what the current trajectory portends for the future.

  • Rayhan_Asat

    Among the missing

    April 20, 2021

    For five years, Rayhan Asat LL.M. ’16 has been fighting to free her brother, a Uighur businessman who was detained by the Chinese government and placed in a Xinjiang internment camp.

  • Justice Stephen G. Breyer sitting in a chair in front of a crimson background

    Breyer cautions against the ‘peril of politics’

    April 7, 2021

    To retain the public’s trust, Justice Breyer argued, changes should come not from political reform, but in recommitment to ideals within the Court itself and in the American people.

  • 4 people standing

    Four Graduate Program scholars, one hallway

    April 5, 2021

    Alumni of the Harvard Law School Graduate Program are well known for traveling around the world to meet up with their fellow graduates. But all these four need to do is walk down the hall.

  • Mary Mullarkey ’68: The first woman to serve as Colorado Supreme Court chief justice

    April 2, 2021

    Mary Mullarkey ’68, the longest-serving justice in Colorado history who spent 23 years on the state’s highest court, including 12 years as its chief, and wrote hundreds of opinions, died March 31, 2021. She was 77.

  • Frederica Brenneman

    Frederica Brenneman ’53:  A trailblazer at HLS and in the field of juvenile justice

    April 2, 2021

    Frederica Brenneman ’53, a member of the first Harvard Law School class to include women, went on to a long career in the Connecticut judiciary focused on child welfare. She was the inspiration for the television show “Judging Amy."

  • Jamie Raskin wearing a black mask hold his hand over his heart

    ‘A sense of duty and honor’

    March 17, 2021

    In a Q&A with Harvard Law Today, Congressman Jamie Raskin ’87, who served as lead House impeachment manager, reflects on a time of trauma and hope.

  • Colorful silhouettes of overweight people

    The shape of discrimination

    March 10, 2021

    Harvard Law alum Daniel Aaron ’20 thinks high obesity rates among people of color may be another legacy of ongoing racism in America.

  • row of baobab trees

    Turning personal struggle into a source of support

    March 3, 2021

    As president and co-founder of the nonprofit Pembe, Brice Ngameni ’21 is focused on supporting students of African descent succeed in American law schools.

  • Gus Hauser Headshot

    Gustave M. Hauser: 1929 – 2021

    February 22, 2021

    Gustave Hauser ’53 was a cable television pioneer and, with his wife Rita Hauser ’58, a dedicated supporter of Harvard Law School.

  • Michael Horowitz testifying on Capitol Hill

    ‘Our job is to bring accountability, and oversight, and transparency to government’

    February 10, 2021

    Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz ’87 recently spoke to Harvard Law Today about his work to ensure the integrity of the DOJ and beyond.

  • Biden speaking at a podium

    Presidential picks

    January 19, 2021

    Harvard Law Today has compiled the names of just a few of the HLS graduates who are expected to fill some of the most high-profile posts in the new Biden administration.

  • Nicolette Waldman ’13

    Trusted to listen

    December 28, 2020

    After her first interview in Afghanistan, Nicolette Waldman ’13 realized she had found the career she was meant to pursue.

  • ICJ Judge Yuji Iwasawa

    Yuji Iwasawa LL.M. ’78 re-elected to the International Court of Justice

    November 19, 2020

    On Nov. 12, Japan’s Yuji Iwasawa LL.M. ’78  was re-elected to the International Court of Justice, the U.N.’s principal judicial body, with overwhelming support from the U.N. member states. He will serve a 9-year term.

  • US Capitol at night

    HLS in Congress 2020

    November 5, 2020

    Harvard Law School graduates continue a long tradition of helping guide the nation’s affairs as members of Congress. On Nov. 3, 20 HLS alums faced the voters, either as sitting members of the House and Senate, or as challengers. 

  • grid of headshots of speakers at Gantz tribute

    Remembering Justice Ralph D. Gants: ‘A living example of what lawyers can do to make our world better’

    October 29, 2020

    Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Ralph D. Gants ’80 wasn’t just a legal giant, a pride to Harvard Law School and a tireless advocate for social and racial justice. He was also, as former Governor Deval Patrick ’82 put it, “a mensch.”

  • Sidney Barthwell and Jim Bailey

    The Honorable Sidney Barthwell Jr. ’90: A Judge, a Leader, a Friend

    October 23, 2020

    Even though nearly six decades have passed, Jim Bailey ’73, co-founder and owner of the well-known Cambridge Associates, a global investment firm, can vividly recall the first time he met his lifelong friend the late Honorable Sidney Barthwell ’90.

  • illustration woman laying back in a chair reading a book a scene outside the window shows fall leaves

    HLS Authors: Fall 2020

    October 20, 2020

    Alumni books that shed light on what formed a president, a vice-presidential candidate, and a barrier-breaking empire builder, among other topics.

  • Emily Miskel sitting at her computer preparing for a virtual trial

    The Jury Is Out—of the Courthouse

    October 20, 2020

    By March 17, just two weeks after Texas reported its first case of COVID-19, Judge Emily Miskel ’08 was back on the figurative bench, presiding over a one-hour virtual temporary restraining order hearing from home.

  • old gravestone laying flat on the ground

    Hidden History

    October 15, 2020

    For Duckenfield, it was about learning about the past but also connecting it to the present. The people buried in these cemeteries deserve respect and attention, he says—no different from African Americans living now whose stories are often unknown and unseen by the larger population.

  • Ruth Bader Ginsburg arriving at the State of The Union, wlaking down the aisle surrounded by justices and members of Congress.

    ‘It’s hard to imagine a more consequential life’

    September 25, 2020

    Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s influence on Harvard Law School runs deep. On Thursday, September 24, a star team of Harvard deans and HLS professors remembered Ginsburg as a teacher, boss, colleague, inspiration and friend.

  • RBG tribute on steps of Langdell

    Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Harvard Law: A 64-year journey

    September 24, 2020

    The late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was enrolled at HLS from 1956 to 1958. In the years since, Ginsburg returned to Harvard Law School many times.

  • ‘We have lost a giant’: Ruth Bader Ginsburg (1933–2020)

    September 19, 2020

    U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg ’56-58, whose lifelong fight for equal rights helped pave the way for women to take on high-profile roles in business, government, the military, and the Supreme Court, died on Sept. 18. She was 87.

  • Ralph Gants speaking at HLS in the World event at HLS

    A tireless advocate for access to justice, Ralph D. Gants ’80 (1954-2020)

    September 16, 2020

    Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Ralph D. Gants ’80, a tireless advocate for access to justice, died on Sept. 14. Renowned for his intelligence and his integrity, Gants used his leadership role in the commonwealth’s court system to press for fairness, equality under the law, and justice for all.

  • Anne Fleming

    ‘The scholar, teacher, and colleague we should all hope to be’: Anne Fleming ’05 (1979-2020)

    September 2, 2020

    Anne Fleming ’05, a former HLS Climenko Fellow, a legal historian and a professor at Georgetown University Law Center, died suddenly Aug. 26 from an embolism. Her research interests included contract and commercial law, consumer finance, and American legal history, with a focus on the relationship between law and poverty.

  • Zabel sitting in his office

    Looking Back, Looking Forward

    August 21, 2020

    After a health scare, William D. Zabel ’61 reflects on a life and career of making a difference for society and his clients—with more to come.

  • Man standing outside buildings

    How Do You Prepare for a Pandemic?

    August 21, 2020

    David Beck ’91, senior vice president and chief legal counsel at Boston Medical Center, shares what it took to get the safety-net hospital ready for the coronavirus and the most challenging month in its history—and what might come out of this difficult season.

  • Andonian in front of a building outside

    A Case for Compassion

    August 4, 2020

    Juliana (Ratner) Andonian ’17 went to law school for one reason and one reason only: to get people out of prison. She is now fulfilling that mission at a time when it could not be more urgent.

  • Group shot in front of the U.S. Supreme Court

    Double Take

    July 23, 2020

    “Carly” Anderson ’12 wrote on Dec. 4 to report that Mitch Reich ’12 had argued Rodriguez v. FDIC before the Supreme Court just the day before. Among those listening to the argument in the courtroom were Anderson and four other HLS classmates—Stephanie Simon, Matthew Greenfield, Stephen Pezzi and Noah Weiss—who, along with Reich, had all been members of the 2011 winning Ames Moot Court Competition team.

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    HLS Authors: Selected Alumni Books Summer 2020

    July 23, 2020

    From new takes on famous figures from American history to the stories of lesser-known figures, including two who resisted fascism in war-torn Europe and went on to become the authors’ parents