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Student Spotlights

  • Not on Her Watch: Rebecca Hamilton ’07 works to stop genocide now

    September 1, 2005

    Few students admitted to Harvard Law School question whether they should build roads instead. But when Rebecca Hamilton '07 spent the summer of 2004 in Sudan trying to help thousands of displaced people get home, she found herself longing for such concrete solutions for the war-torn country.

  • Guilty until proven innocent

    September 1, 2005

    Brandon Moon was a 25-year-old college student at the University of Texas at El Paso in 1988 when he was convicted of rape and sentenced to 75 years in prison. Last December, after 16 years behind bars, he was released following conclusive DNA testing that proved his innocence.

  • Putting together the pieces

    July 1, 2005

    After her people were slaughtered by neighbors, Geraldine Umugwaneza LL.M. '05 knows that forgiveness is elusive, but she is determined to help Rwanda move forward.

  • Write of Passage

    July 1, 2005

    A sampling from this year's crop of 3L papers.

  • Gateway to a better world

    April 1, 2005

    Expanded program helps Harvard lawyers advance human rights abroad.

  • Tessa Platt '05

    A practical good

    April 1, 2005

    Harvard law students have always felt the pressure to do well, but the Class of '05 is the first that has to do good.

  • Harvard Legal Aid Bureau, 1914-1915

    90 Years at the Bureau

    April 1, 2005

    Since 1914, when a group of Harvard Law students formed an organization to provide legal aid to the poor, the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau has served as a bridge to the legal profession for nearly 2,000 students. The first year, from rented office space in Central Square, students took on 191 cases and won $4,268.13 for their clients.

  • Meeting of men in cowboy hats

    South of the Border

    September 1, 2004

    Charlotte Sanders '05 and José Rodriguez '06 did legal outreach this summer to help workers who pick America's produce. They reached out all the way to Mexico.

  • Sharon Kelly

    Hearing the Call

    July 1, 2004

    Sharon Kelly '04 smiles when she recalls meeting a teenage girl who'd asked her mother for a birthday present: to drive her hours and hours across the plains of Iowa to a town hall meeting of a presidential candidate.

  • Brett Dakin '03

    Our Man in Laos

    July 1, 2003

    When Brett Dakin '03 was living in Laos, he sneaked into a performance not meant for foreigners, commemorating the founding of the Lao People's Revolutionary Party.

  • Woman splashing in water

    Here She Comes?

    April 24, 2003

    Erika Harold should not be confused with Elle Woods. Even though she did show her brains in the end, Woods, played by Reese Witherspoon in "Legally Blonde," was, let's face it, a bit lacking in the gravitas department.

  • Illustration of a heart and money in scales of justice

    A Firm Cause

    April 24, 2003

    Ask most Harvard Law School students, and they are likely to tell you that social causes and law firms don't mix.

  • Ahmed el-Gaili

    Visa Not American Express

    April 1, 2003

    A Harvard Law School student works a few weeks in a London firm over the summer and can’t get back to the United States in time for his fall semester.

  • A Roommate with a View

    July 1, 2002

    When he was a college student, Michael Kleinman '03 shared a room in Yemen for five weeks with a fellow American. But they never had the "what's your major, do you have a girlfriend, where are you from, what music do you like" chat.

  • Sasha Volokh picking out a gun

    At Home on the Range

    July 1, 2002

    Alexander "Sasha" Volokh '03 has started Harvard Law School's first target shooting club, for fun and trouble. In Harvard's "quite liberal" environment he thought he would see if he "could get some people steamed up."

  • Passing the Bars

    April 1, 2002

    In defense of inmates, students in HLS's Prison Legal Assistance Project test their legal skills and their beliefs.

  • Murad Kalam

    Novel Pursuit

    April 1, 2002

    Murad Kalam '02 sprinkles his conversation with name after name after name: Toni Morrison, Saul Bellow, Norman Mailer, W.H. Auden, Virginia Woolf.

  • The Right of Women

    April 1, 2002

    Do you expect Harvard Law women to be card-carrying liberals? Then you haven't met Cameron Casey '03 or other members of the Alliance of Independent Feminists.

  • Man smiling

    Bachelor’s Decree

    October 1, 2001

    HLS Student Shawn McDonald was one of the "real guys" joining celebrities on People magazine's list of America's Top 50 Bachelors.

  • The World Court

    July 1, 2001

    Natalie Reid ’03, William Burke-White ’02, Wade Coriell ’01 (standing), and Woo Lee ’01 at the en banc courtroom of the 5th Circuit Court of…

  • Harvard Law Survivor

    July 1, 2001

    Credit: Courtesy of CBS Nick Brown competes in one of the challenges on the CBS show Survivor. What’s the difference between Harvard Law School and…

  • Missing

    April 27, 2001

    An HLS librarian discovers a poster and unearths a mystery from 1937.

  • Commencement 2000

    September 28, 2000

    The Class of 2000—552 J.D.’s, 135 LL.M.’s, and 11 S.J.D.’s—received diplomas and 34 International Tax Program students received certificates at HLS Commencement ceremonies on June 8.

  • The Bill of Wrongs

    September 28, 2000

    Credit: Andre Souroujon HLS student Bryonn Bain says his arrest on the streets of New York City exemplifies society’s mistreatment of the black community. The…

  • A Day in the Pupils’ Court

    July 18, 2000

    Thirteen-year-old Queen Pleasant can't graduate from law school until at least 2011, but she got a head start on her legal education in April as she cross-examined witnesses in the Ames Courtroom.

  • Auction 2000 Breaks Fund-raising Record

    July 18, 2000

    As the crowd cheers him on, Kyle Cauthron '02 (center) vies for a fly-fishing trip to Montana, one of the most coveted items up for bid at this year's public interest auction.

  • 21 Equals $1.12M for HLS Student

    July 5, 2000

    Even with law firm salaries skyrocketing, graduating Harvard Law School students will have trouble matching fellow 3L Rahim Oberholtzer's $1.12 million earnings from two hours of work in January.

  • 87th Ames Explores How Far Media Can Go

    September 25, 1999

    U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen G. Breyer ’64, Laurence H. Silberman ’61 of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, and Diane P. Wood of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit presided over the 87th Annual Ames Moot Court Competition in the case of Ride-A-Long Productions, Inc. and Ames Broadcasting Co., Inc. v. Suzanne Rogers and Michelle Rogers.

  • Swing Dancing for Public Interest

    July 28, 1999

    Danny Levin ’00 and Elizabeth Pipkin ’01 dazzled the packed Ames Courtroom with their spins and dips during this year’s sixth annual Public Interest Auction, at which swing dance lessons were among the items up for grabs.