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  • Military forces working at computers to address the Covid-19 crisis

    Pivot Point

    July 21, 2020

    HLS sectionmates Phil Caruso ’19 and Gareth Rhodes ’19 unexpectedly found themselves working to address the COVID-19 crisis in their home state of New York less than a year after graduation. Caruso became a Department of Defense liaison to the New York City Emergency Management Department and Rhodes was a member of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s COVID-19 task force.

  • Deidre Mask

    A Sense of Place

    July 21, 2020

    Deirde Mask ’07, author of “The Address Book: What Street Addresses Reveal About Identity, Race, Wealth, and Power” illuminates the richness and history behind the seemingly prosaic numbers and names that mark the places in our lives in her book and talks about how the books came to be.

  • Laurence Tribe

    Learning and Teaching ‘in the Curvature of Constitutional Space’

    July 21, 2020

    No one in legal academia has ever combined the roles of constitutional teacher, scholar, advocate, adviser, and commentator with the dazzling breadth, depth, and eloquence of Larry Tribe ’66. And no constitutional law professor has ever so seamlessly integrated all these roles for his students’ benefit.

  • Neil Gorsuch portrait at confirmation hearings

    A Justice Reflects on Law and Life

    July 21, 2020

    In a book featuring speeches and writings over the course of his 30 years in the law, Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch ’91 offers “personal reflections on our Constitution, its separation of powers, and some of the challenges we face in preserving and protecting our republic today.”

  • Electoral College

    Does recent Supreme Court ruling suggest the Electoral College is ‘good for nothing’ ?

    July 8, 2020

    In a Q&A, Jason Harrow ’11, who argued before the Supreme Court in a case involving the electoral college and faithless electors, shares where he believes U.S. electoral reform should go from here.

  • Making the case for reproductive rights

    July 1, 2020

    A warrior for reproductive rights, Julie Rikelman ’97 has taken the fight for access to abortion to the Supreme Court and won.

  • Bryan Stevenson

    Stevenson: “We have to find ways to create more equality, more opportunity, more justice”

    May 28, 2020

    This year's commencement speaker, renowned public interest attorney Bryan Stevenson ’85 urged HLS graduates to keep their hopes intact and work to change the narratives that sustain inequality.

  • A girl enthusiastically raises her hand in a classroom.

    Minow helps steer 6th Circuit to recognize fundamental right to education

    May 5, 2020

    In late April, a federal appeals court handed an unprecedented win to schoolchildren, becoming the first appellate federal court in American history to conclude that children have a fundamental right to a minimum education that provides basic literacy.

  • Lila Fenwick '56

    Lila Fenwick ’56, the first black female graduate of Harvard Law, dies at 87

    April 15, 2020

    Lila Fenwick ’56 was a student at Harvard Law School in 1954 when the Supreme Court decision in Brown v.  Board of Education came down. “I was delirious,” recalled Fenwick, one of only a handful of women students at HLS at the time and the only black woman among them.

  • Four black men (Harvard Law's first black graduates)

    Celebrating Black History Month: A look back at historic firsts

    February 24, 2020

    Professors Annette Gordon-Reed, Kenneth Mack and David Wilkins discuss the Harvard Law School's first black graduates and the legacy of African Americans at HLS throughout the years.

  • A young man at a podium with micr

    Coming Full Circle

    February 12, 2020

    The Harvard Law School Forum was born in 1946, when Jerome “Jerry” Rappaport approached Harvard Law School Dean James Landis with an idea: What if Harvard Law School sponsored a speaker series on issues that would shape the post-war world?

  • A man of letters: The Antonin Scalia Collection opens at Harvard Law School

    February 11, 2020

    The Harvard Law School Library has announced the public release of the first batch of papers and other items from the Antonin Scalia Collection. His papers were donated by the Scalia family following the influential justice's death in 2016.

  • A window into the world of Justice Scalia

    February 7, 2020

    Harvard Law Today recently sat down with Ed Moloy, the library’s curator of modern manuscripts, and Project Archivist Irene Gates to discuss the Antonin Scalia Collection, the work of archiving, preserving, and making it public, and other collections held by the Harvard Law Library.

  • Aminta Ossom

    Finding human solutions to global problems

    February 6, 2020

    With headlines declaring 2019 the year that the world woke up to climate change, Aminta Ossom ’09 sees hope in approaching the issue from a specific angle: human rights.

  • White House in spring

    New book looks at how Trump has remade the presidency

    February 4, 2020

    In “Unmaking the Presidency,” HLS lecturer on law Benjamin Wittes and Susan Hennessey ’13 say Trump has bucked norms and expanded power, but whether others will follow his lead is unclear.

  • John ‘Jack’ Cogan Jr. ’52 (1926-2020)

    January 29, 2020

    John F. Cogan, Jr. ’52, a legal leader, civic activist and dedicated supporter of Harvard Law School, has died. He was 93.

  • Alexis Wheeler bouncing an inflatable ball into the air

    To Serve Better: Alexis Wheeler ’09

    January 7, 2020

    In 2018, avid hiker Alexis Wheeler '09 founded the Harvard Club of Seattle's Crimson Achievement Program (CAP), an initiative that helps illuminate the path to college for high-potential ninth- and 10th-graders from Western Washington school districts in low-income areas.

  • Samantha Power '99 standing outside her house in Boston

    The Journey of an Idealist

    January 7, 2020

    Ambassador Samantha Power ’99 reflects on her life and career in her new memoir "The Education of an Idealist."

  • Steve Kinsky posing in front of a wall

    ‘My Whole Life Has Been Cross-Discipline’

    January 7, 2020

    Starting and growing successful businesses, and devising solutions to some of the toughest problems in public and higher education, have more in common than may appear at first blush. Both require creativity, and both offer the opportunity to better the lives of other people, says Steve Klinsky ’81.

  • Photograph of Brianna Rennix '18 outside leaning on a porch ledge.

    Brianna Rennix ’18

    January 7, 2020

    In a small trailer, surrounded by hundreds of other trailers, encircled by a fence, in the middle of South Texas scrubland, Brianna Rennix does her…

  • Mark Fleming '97 standing in a crosswalk with cars behind him

    Mark Fleming ’97

    January 7, 2020

    Five cases argued before the U.S. Supreme Court. Twenty-two years of work as a lawyer. And still, Mark Fleming will never forget the woman from…

  • Photograph of Geehyun Sussan Lee '15 posing outside

    Geehyun Sussan Lee ’15

    January 7, 2020

    It helped that she was a first-generation immigrant herself. Sussan Lee could settle into a conversation with her client, a West African immigrant, about the…

  • Gianna Borroto '11 sitting in a green room posing

    Gianna Borroto ’11

    January 7, 2020

    Every week, the woman from Guatemala would bring her children. First, she would settle them into chairs to play with their toys. Then the woman,…

  • Andru Wall dressed in military uniform and classmate Andru Wall stand in from the the Seal of the Embassy of the the United States in Kabul

    Afghanistan Reunion

    January 7, 2020

    Classmates seek to bring peace and progress to a war-torn country

  • Photograph of Judge Fern Fisher at a table with her arms folded in front of her

    Justice for All

    January 7, 2020

    Fern A. Fisher ’78, an agent of change in the judiciary, serving the public interest

  • Beth Williams speaking on a panel

    ‘The Best Parts of Being a Lawyer’

    January 7, 2020

    In August 2017, after her nomination by President Donald Trump and unanimous confirmation by the U.S. Senate, Beth Williams ’04 became assistant attorney general for the Office of Legal Policy in the U.S. Department of Justice. At HLS, she was president of the Harvard Federalist Society. Williams recently received a top award from the Harvard Federalist Society and was designated a 2019 D.C. Rising Star by The National Law Journal. The Bulletin interviewed Williams in the fall.

  • Marvin Ammori presenting

    A Legal Warrior in the Field of Technology

    January 7, 2020

    Marvin Ammori ’03, a net neutrality advocate, explores the power of the decentralized web

  • Rya Zobel in judges robes stands in the hallway of the court with her law clerks

    ‘Not Pollyanna’

    January 7, 2020

    Judge Rya Zobel ’56 of the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts was among 23 women appointed in 1979 to the federal judiciary, more than double the number of women appointed as federal judges in the previous 190 years. In a group of pioneering women lawyers, her journey to the federal bench was perhaps the most remarkable.

  • Outdoor sunset painting

    HLS Authors: Selected Alumni Books Winter ’20

    January 7, 2020

    From Imani Perry’s “Breathe” to Ben Shapiro’s “The Right Side of History”

  • Nasredeen Abdulbari sworn in as Sudan's Minister of Justice

    Pursuing justice, freedom and peace

    January 7, 2020

    Nasredeen Abdulbari LL.M. ’08 discusses the significant role he has now undertaken as Sudan's Minister of Justice. In September, he was sworn in as Minister of Justice in the cabinet of Sudan’s new Prime Minister, Abdalla Hamdok.

  • Benet Magnuson stands at a podium.

    To Serve Better: Benet Magnuson ’09

    December 23, 2019

    When Benet Magnuson joined Kansas Appleseed in 2013 as its executive director he pretty much had only himself to supervise. But within a couple of years the social justice nonprofit had a dozen staffers working all over the state.

  • Glenn Cohen with Chris Bavitz at Petrie-Flom Center General Counsel Roundtable

    Health care general counsels explore pressing health policy and legal issues at Harvard Law School

    December 11, 2019

    The General Counsels Roundtable helps influential health law attorneys stay on top of or even ahead of changes in health law and policy. The roundtable connects GC to experts at HLS and the broader university, while also strengthening ties between faculty and legal practice.

  • Portrait of Toby Merrill

    Toby Merrill ’11 named to the TIME 100 Next list

    November 15, 2019

    Toby Merrill '11, founder and director of the Project on Predatory Student Lending, has been named to the first-ever TIME 100 Next list, an expansion of the TIME 100 list of the most influential people in the world.

  • Haben Girma and her guide dog Maxine pictured at the University of Kansas

    In her memoir, Haben Girma ’13 recounts the challenges of being deafblind in an extraordinary environment

    November 12, 2019

    The Harvard Gazette recently published an excerpt from, "Haben: The Deafblind Woman Who Conquered Harvard Law," a memoir by Haben Girma that tells the story of her journey from isolation to the world stage.

  • Inside the Mueller inquiry and the ‘deep state’

    October 25, 2019

    In a new book, "Deep State: Trump, the FBI, and the Rule of Law," Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter James B. Stewart ’76 offers a vivid, fly-on-the-wall account of the events that led to special counsel Robert Mueller’s appointment by Rod Rosenstein ’89, and its aftermath.

  • The man who killed Jim Crow: The legacy of Charles Hamilton Houston

    September 5, 2019

    Charles Hamilton Houston was an inspiring figure in American legal history, and a sometimes controversial one as well. Both sides of his legacy were examined in a lively lecture and Q&A discussion at Harvard Law School this week, to coincide with the 124th anniversary of his birth on September 3, 1895.

  • Paras Shah headshot

    Paras Shah ’19, fostering inclusion and creativity in human rights

    August 29, 2019

    In his work with Harvard Law School's International Human Rights Clinic and beyond, Paras Shah '19 has always centered his approach to human rights on inclusion.

  • Anna Khalfaoui head shot

    As Satter Fellow, Anna Khalfaoui LL.M. ’17 assisted in trial of Congolese militia leaders

    August 23, 2019

    The British-trained French attorney who chose Harvard Law School for its human rights training plans to continue working on international human rights and international humanitarian law litigation.

  • Jenny Domino speaking about her Satter Fellowship

    Defending and promoting freedom of expression in Myanmar

    August 21, 2019

    As a Satter Human Rights Fellow, Jenny Domino LL.M. ’18 spent her fellowship year focused on how social media policy limits one's right to speak in the midst of democratic transition.

  • Nisha Vora

    Nisha Vora ’12, planting herself in the right career

    August 12, 2019

    Unhappy with what many would consider a plum job in corporate law, Nisha Vora ’12 decided to reset, and she has recently released her debut cookbook, “The Vegan Instant Pot Cookbook,” which builds on her success as a chronicler of vegan recipes and photos on her popular site, Rainbow Plant Life.

  • Adrian Perkins greeting some senior citizens

    A Home Victory

    July 30, 2019

    Recently elected mayor of his native Shreveport, Louisiana, Adrian Perkins ’18 seeks to rejuvenate the city he loves.

  • Michael Leiter walking down a hall

    Defending Domains

    July 29, 2019

    As a former top national security official and current adviser to companies in the defense, intelligence, and technology sectors, Michael Leiter ’00 has spent his life assessing threats.

  • Cari K. Dawson

    Cari K. Dawson ’93: Grit, fearlessness, and a flair for the creative

    July 25, 2019

    Cari K. Dawson '93 hadn't always envisioned herself as the multi-district, class action litigator she is now. She had, however, envisioned herself as Dorothy in 'The Wizard of Oz,' dancing and singing on a Broadway stage.

  • Illustration of woman leaning against a tree with open books on the branches

    HLS Authors: A summer selection of alumni books

    July 22, 2019

    The latest from alumni authors, chronicling travels to the moon and the Arctic, the dawn of a code war, and the unwinding of a miracle.

  • Jessica Tisch ’08 at the New York Police Department

    A Conversation with Jessica Tisch ’08

    July 17, 2019

    Jessica Tisch has put data-driven policing tools in the hands of New York City’s 36,000 uniformed police officers, including 911 dispatch information and electronic report forms on iPhones.

  • Astronaut Buzz Aldrin posed on the moon besides the U.S. flag

    Fantastic Voyage: In the words of Archibald MacLeish LL.B. 1919

    July 10, 2019

    A half century ago, Archibald MacLeish LL.B. 1919 served as a literary interpreter of events beyond the imagination of most observers.

  • Menaka-Guruswamy

    For India, a New Era in LGBTQ Rights

    July 8, 2019

    Constitutional lawyer Menaka Guruswamy LL.M. ’01 successfully argued against a colonial-era law that criminalized gay sex in India. The ruling by India's Supreme Court last year went beyond decriminalizing gay sex to acknowledge the individual rights of LGBTQ people and apologize for past mistreatment.

  • Toby Merrill in her office

    Collecting on Dreams

    June 21, 2019

    An HLS project is fighting on behalf of thousands whose lives have been upended by predatory student lending.

  • A man and woman holding hands on the steps of a campus building

    Love at Langdell

    June 21, 2019

    As Anna Alriksson LL.M. ’14 and Kristian Persson walked down the front steps of Langdell library during Spring Reunions weekend, passersby couldn’t help but notice the couple showing off an engagement ring.

  • Illustration a red elephant and a blue donkey

    Heard on campus

    June 21, 2019

    News and views from speakers at HLS