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  • Chikondi Mandala

    Her Honor Mandala

    May 27, 2019

    In her year at HLS, Chikondi Mandala LL.M. ’19 learned "to think critically about the law itself, why it exists, and how we can make it better.”

  • James Bass with his sons, Warner (far left) and James Jr.

    James O. Bass ’34: 1910-2019

    May 24, 2019

    James O. Bass, Sr. ’34, who was profiled in 2017 as Harvard Law’s oldest living alumnus, died on May 22, 2019, at the age of 108.

  • Planning ahead

    Planning ahead

    April 23, 2019

    Harvard Club of Seattle President Alexis Wheeler ’09 and the Crimson Achievement Program provide mentorship to support high-achieving, low-income high school students.

  • Samantha Power headshot

    Samantha Power on Rwanda after 25 years: What was learned, what was forgotten

    April 5, 2019

    In a recent Q&A, Professor of Practice Samantha Power, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and author of the Pulitzer-prize winning 'A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide,' reflects on the tragedy in Rwanda and the lessons learned—and not learned—since.

  • Norman Eisen shaking hands with Vaclav Havel at an indoor event

    The Last Palace and the Next Battle

    March 18, 2019

    Norman Eisen ’91 tells the epic story of democracy’s long victory in Europe through a house’s history—and his mother’s life.

  • Mary Robinson LL.M. ’68

    Leading a Movement

    March 5, 2019

    In the wake of Celebration 65, a commemoration of the 65th anniversary of HLS’s first class with female students, five participants—a former head of state and other successful alumnae in law, government, politics and business—share what they’ve learned about women’s leadership challenges, and how to bring change to their industries, the nation, and the world.

  • Noah Purcell and Adam Unikowsky

    A High Court Reunion

    February 22, 2019

    Noah Purcell and Adam Unikowsky first met in the fall of 2004 as 1L sectionmates. Fourteen years later, they met again as adversaries arguing before the U.S. Supreme Court.


    Bringing Slavery’s Legacy to Light, One Story at a Time

    February 13, 2019

    Bryan Stevenson ’85 creates a memorial and museum to foster conversation on America's original sin.

  • A call for a kinder capitalism

    A call for a kinder capitalism

    February 6, 2019

    Speaking at Harvard Law School, U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy III '09 (D., Mass.) called Monday for a new national economic agenda based on “moral capitalism” that addresses the needs of embattled workers.

  • Bryan Stevenson standing at The National Memorial for Peace and Justice

    Bryan Stevenson ’85: ‘We can’t recover from this history until we deal with it’

    February 1, 2019

    Bryan Stevenson ’85 discusses the legacy of slavery and the vision behind creating the National Memorial for Peace and Justice and The Legacy Museum in Montgomery Alabama.

  • Megha Parekh

    Tackling a Big Job

    January 31, 2019

    Megha Parekh ’09 is in charge of all legal matters for the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars.

  • Four men and a woman outside the Community Legal Assistance Office, 1967

    A ’60s Experiment with a Ripple Effect

    January 30, 2019

    Celebrating a legal services experiment run by Harvard Law School more than 50 years ago—at a time when clinical education did not exist at the school and change was in the air.

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    HLS in Congress

    January 30, 2019

    Harvard Law School graduates across the country won political victories in the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives as part of the nation’s 2018 midterm elections.

  • Patti B. Saris ’76

    A Conversation with Patti B. Saris ’76

    January 29, 2019

    A trailblazing career leads Patti Saris '76 to cutting-edge science and criminal justice reform.

  • Illustration of two people absorbed in their books with more books on the ground

    HLS Authors: Selected Alumni Books Winter ’19

    January 29, 2019

    Alumni explorations, from the blockchain, to marriage counseling, to Guantanamo Bay

  • Dan Eaton at podium

    Empowered and Supported

    January 29, 2019

    HLSA President Dan Eaton ’89 wants to share the benefits of a remarkable experience.

  • Norm Eisen

    Q&A with Norman Eisen ’91

    January 29, 2019

    An HLS education’s value for an author: One of the things I first learned how to do at HLS was how to assimilate large amounts…

  • Mary Robinson LL.M. ’68

    Mary Robinson LL.M. ’68

    January 29, 2019

    President of Ireland from 1990 to 1997 and the United Nations high commissioner for human rights from 1997 to 2002, Mary Robinson LL.M. ’68 now leads the Mary Robinson Foundation—Climate Justice. She’s the author of “Climate Justice: Hope, Resilience, and the Fight for a Sustainable Future,” published in the U.S. in September, and co-producer of Mothers of Invention, a podcast that advocates a feminist approach to fighting climate change.

  • Linda Chatman Thomsen ’79

    Linda Chatman Thomsen ’79

    January 29, 2019

    The first woman to serve as the director of the Division of Enforcement at the Securities and Exchange Commission, Linda Chatman Thomsen ’79 led the Enron investigation and expanded enforcement of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. She is now a partner in Davis Polk’s litigation department.

  • Preeta D. Bansal ’89

    Preeta D. Bansal ’89

    January 29, 2019

    After serving as New York’s solicitor general and working in private law practice, Preeta D. Bansal ’89 played a major role in the Obama administration’s first term as general counsel for the Office of Management and Budget. In 2015, she co-founded the Social Emergence Corporation to explore ways to encourage communication and community. She is a senior adviser to the MIT Media Lab’s Social Machines Laboratory.

  • Katie Biber ’04

    Katie Biber ’04

    January 29, 2019

    A former election lawyer and the general counsel for Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign, Katie Biber ’04 now works in Silicon Valley. After a stint as senior counsel at Airbnb, she’s the general counsel and corporate secretary at Thumbtack.

  • Meena Harris ’12

    Meena Harris ’12

    January 29, 2019

    Founder of the Phenomenal Woman Action Campaign, Meena Harris ’12 is now Uber’s head of strategy and leadership, and she serves on the San Francisco Commission on the Status of Women. She was a senior adviser on policy and communications for the 2016 campaign of her aunt, U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris.

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    Harvard Law School alumni, faculty examine the access to justice gap in latest issue of Daedalus

    January 28, 2019

    “Access to Justice,” the Winter 2019 issue of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences journal Dædalus, features twenty-four essays by leading experts in the field, including Harvard Law School alumni and faculty. It is the first open access issue of the publication.

  • Portrait of Cameron MacDougall '01

    Cameron MacDougall ’01: Transforming hardship into hard work

    January 28, 2019

    Managing Director of Fortress Investment Group and General Counsel for Fortress Private Equity, Cameron MacDougall’s first introduction to law and business was at 11 years old as he negotiated the price of his waterbed with a stranger in his hometown of Spokane, Washington.

  • Samantha Power headshot

    Samantha Power to receive 2019 Moynihan Prize in Social Science and Public Policy

    January 24, 2019

    The American Academy of Political and Social Science (AAPSS) has announced that Ambassador Samantha Power '99, diplomat, academic, and human rights advocate, will receive the 2019 Daniel Patrick Moynihan Prize in Social Science and Public Policy.

  • Portrait of Yuko Miyazaki LL.M. '84

    A Pioneer’s Logic

    January 23, 2019

    Yuko Miyazaki LL.M. ’84 sets a historic precedent as a female justice on Japan’s Supreme Court

  • 200 Years, Countless Stories: Paul Clement

    200 Years, Countless Stories: Paul Clement

    December 19, 2018

    In the “Countless Stories” video series, Paul Clement ’92, a former United States Solicitor General and current partner at the law firm of Kirkland & Ellis, discusses his advocacy before the Supreme Court.

  • Harvard Defenders host the 7th annual Litman Symposium

    Harvard Defenders host 7th annual Litman Symposium

    December 18, 2018

    On Nov. 15, Harvard Law School's Harvard Defenders hosted the 7th annual Litman Symposium. This year's event, titled "Defining Justice: Building a more equitable criminal legal system," featured a Q&A with keynote speakers Philadelphia Assistant District Attorney Sarah Boyette ’10 and Simmi Kaur ’17, an attorney with the Bronx Defenders.

  • John Gibbons ’50 (1924- 2018)

    John Gibbons ’50 (1924-2018)

    December 18, 2018

    John J. Gibbons ’50, a former federal judge who argued for rights for Guantánamo detainees and dedicated his five-decade career to protecting the rule of law in the United States, died Dec. 9. He was 94.

  • Gallery: 65 years of alumnae

    Gallery: Celebrating 65 years of alumnae

    November 29, 2018

    Hundreds of alumnae gathered to celebrate the history and legacy of women at Harvard Law School, in September. Celebration 65, held Sept. 14-16, commemorated the…

  • M. Alejandra Parra-Orlandoni ’15

    M. Alejandra Parra-Orlandoni ’15: engineer, naval officer, and lawyer

    November 11, 2018

    After serving as an officer in the U.S. Navy, M. Alejandra Parra-Orlandoni focused on international law and national security during her time at Harvard Law School. But the most important things she learned, she says, were the ability to think critically and the importance of learning from the experience of others.

  • Frederica Brenneman

    65 Years, Countless Stories: Frederica Brenneman ’53

    September 19, 2018

    Sixty-five years ago, Frederica Brenneman ’53 graduated from Harvard Law School as member of the first HLS class to admit women. A retired Connecticut Superior Court judge, Brenneman was the second woman appointed to the bench in Connecticut history. In this segment, she shares her HLS experience and discusses her career as a juvenile court judge.

  • 65 Years, Countless Stories: Loretta Lynch ’84

    65 Years, Countless Stories: Loretta Lynch ’84

    September 14, 2018

    Former Attorney General of the United States Loretta Lynch ’84, the first African-American woman attorney general, shares her HLS experience and discusses her career as the country’s chief law enforcement officer. Lynch will be one of hundreds of Harvard Law alumnae gathered on campus on Sept 14-15 to commemorate Celebration 65. 

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    65 Years, Countless Stories: Michelle Wu ’12

    September 12, 2018

    This September, Harvard Law School will commemorate 65 years since women first graduated from Harvard Law School. In this "Countless Stories" video series, Boston City Counselor Michelle Wu ’12 discusses her advocacy for inclusion, innovation, and transparency in city government.

  • Bringing families back together

    Bringing families back together

    August 16, 2018

    The Trump administration’s recent “zero tolerance” policies on immigration resulted in the separation of several thousand children from their families at the U.S. border. Harvard Law alumni from dozens of law firms have pulled together to help reunite children who had been forcibly separated from their families.

  • A deep commitment to helping immigrants

    A deep commitment to helping immigrants

    August 16, 2018

    Many HLS alumni and students are engaged in legal and advocacy work related to immigration, including the situations of refugees and asylum seekers. For some of these lawyers, this interest predates their time at HLS, but has dovetailed with their coursework and hands-on learning during their time as law students.

  • PSVF Fellows Alice Cherry and Kelsey Skaggs named Echoing Green Fellows

    PSVF Fellows Alice Cherry and Kelsey Skaggs named Echoing Green Fellows

    July 12, 2018

    Alice Cherry ’16 and Kelsey Skaggs ’16 have been named 2018 Echoing Green Fellows. In 2016, Cherry and Skaggs co-founded Climate Defense Project (CDP), a legal nonprofit that provides advice and support to the climate movement in the United States and internationally.

  • Yuji Iwasawa LL.M. ’78 elected International Court of Justice Judge

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

    June 27, 2018

    Japanese international law professor Yuji Iwasawa LL.M. ’78 was elected a judge of the International Court of Justice, the U.N.’s principal judicial body. He will join 14 other judges at the International Court of Justice, including Nawaf Salam LL.M. ’91.

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    Branch Returns to Her Navajo Roots

    June 26, 2018

    As attorney general of the Navajo Nation, Ethel Branch ’08 aims to strengthen tribal law and native voices.

  • No Paper Tigers

    No Paper Tiger

    June 26, 2018

    A new book by Laurence Tribe and Joshua Matz examines the real and threatened power of impeachment.

  • Harvard Law School Association News

    From the Palazzo del Quirinale to the Lizard Lounge

    June 26, 2018

    Harvard Law School Association events bring together alumni around the world.

  • A portrait of

    No Crime to Be Poor

    June 26, 2018

    There is no shortage of serious legal issues facing poor people in Greater St. Louis, especially people of color, says Blake Strode ’15, who was born and raised in the area. Just three years out of HLS, Strode is back home fighting the criminalization of poverty as executive director of ArchCity Defenders, a nonprofit civil rights law firm in St. Louis that has filed landmark cases that have already improved the lives of tens of thousands of low-income people.

  • A photo of Caitlin Long

    Bringing Blockchain to the Cowboy State

    June 26, 2018

    Caitlin Long ’94 left Wyoming for Harvard Law School and the career on Wall Street that followed, but she’s never forgotten her home state or its only university.

  • On the Street Where He Lived

    On the Street Where He Lived

    June 26, 2018

    Thanks to Peter Trooboff ’67, a plaque now marks the building in Lviv, Ukraine, where his mentor international law Professor Louis Sohn LL.M. ’40 S.J.D. ’58 spent part of his childhood in the 1930s.

  • A photograph of a man in profile holding the tip of his cowboy hat

    A Musical Second Act

    June 26, 2018

    Glenn Feit Sr. ’57, longtime New York City corporate attorney, had an “unexpected turn of career” in the last seven years and is now a musician in the Hamptons (on the East End of Long Island, New York).

  • Public Service Venture Fund Fellows: Where they are now

    For HLS grads Jonathan Kaufman and Lillian Langford, a 1L summer abroad set careers in motion

    June 11, 2018

    As dozens of HLS students plan to pursue public service work abroad this summer, Jonathan Kaufman ’06 and Lillian Langford JD/MPP ’13 recall that seeds planted during their own 1L summers grew, strongly and directly, into the work they are doing today

  • Woman takes a photo of 1955 graduates

    Harvard Law School Commencement: Through the years

    May 23, 2018

    For decades, joyful and candid moments have marked the occasion of students' graduations from Harvard Law School. Here is a sampling of Commencement Day photos from the school's extensive collection. 

  • Australian High Court Justice reflects on how legal systems deal with alternative facts

    Australian High Court Justice reflects on how legal systems deal with alternative facts

    April 23, 2018

    Stephen Gageler AC, LL.M. ’87, a justice of the High Court of Australia, returned to Harvard Law School in March to meet with faculty members, participate in classes, and speak on 'Alternative Facts in the Courts.'

  • On Earth Day, Antonio Oposa LL.M. ’97 reflects on efforts to bring environmental sustainability to the Philippines

    On Earth Day, Antonio Oposa LL.M. ’97 reflects on efforts to bring environmental sustainability to the Philippines

    April 20, 2018

    Antonio Oposa Jr. LL.M. ’97 reflects on his legacy and efforts to bring environmental sustainability to his home country, the Philippines.

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    A Q&A with Joseph P. Kennedy III, Harvard Legal Aid Bureau alumnus

    April 17, 2018

    Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy III ’09, who got his start in civil legal aid as a student attorney at HLAB representing tenants in evictions, reflects on how his time as HLAB influenced his advocacy in the legislature, and why it is of utmost importance to safeguard access to counsel for those who cannot afford it.