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  • Lolita Parker Johnes Jr., standing in the middle of the Caspersen Room

    Picturing ‘the elders of the race and justice movement’

    September 27, 2022

    Harvard Law Library receives collection of 5,000 photo and video files by Lolita Parker Jr. highlighting the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice.

  • 2022 Chayes Fellows.

    Pursuing summer public service abroad

    September 27, 2022

    Every summer since 2001, under the auspices of the Chayes International Public Service Fellowship, HLS students have worked with international organizations, governments, and NGOs…

  • Close up of The Buck Stops Here! sign on the desk of President Harry Truman.

    What are the limits of presidential power?

    September 27, 2022

    A panel of experts say that a seminal Supreme Court decision on the powers of the president may raise more questions than it answers.

  • Members of the Election Law Clinic with organizers from Jacksonville.

    Election Law Clinic presents oral arguments in Jacksonville racial gerrymandering case

    September 26, 2022

    On Friday, September 16, Election Law Clinic clinical instructor Daniel Hessel led the plaintiff’s oral arguments during Jacksonville Branch of the NAACP v. City of Jacksonville’s preliminary injunction hearing, arguing against the use of racially biased redistricting maps in the 2023 and 2024 city council and school board elections.  

  • Voting rights activists march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama in March 2022.

    Supreme Court preview: Merrill v. Milligan

    September 23, 2022

    Harvard Law Professor Nicholas Stephanopoulos explains how the Alabama redistricting case could affect the future of the Voting Rights Act.

  • Man shopping in a grocery store.

    ‘The path of rate increases may indeed lead to a recession’

    September 23, 2022

    Harvard Law Professor Daniel Tarullo says the Fed hopes to convince markets — and the public — that it will fight inflation, even if there are costs.

  • Headshot of Callie House

    Justice for the ‘foremother of the reparations movement’

    September 21, 2022

    Advocates at Harvard Law School and Harvard Kennedy School lead an effort to obtain a presidential posthumous pardon for Callie House, a formerly enslaved woman and early civil rights hero.

  • Supreme Court group photo from April 2021.

    Politics, the Court, and ‘the dangerous place we find ourselves in right now’

    September 21, 2022

    In the first of a Harvard Law School series on the Supreme Court and its role in American democracy, panelists debated the impact of politics on the Roberts Court.

  • A woman in a red dress speaking David Wilkins in the background

    No C-suite is an island

    September 21, 2022

    During the daylong conference “Reimagining the Role of Business in the Public Square,” panelists weighed the responsibilities corporations have to the country and exchanged ideas about how to move firms further on their environmental, social, and governance — or ESG — pledges.

  • Amazon labor union protesters

    ‘It just shouldn’t be this hard’

    September 20, 2022

    This is an encouraging moment for labor law — and a potentially scary one as well, according to Harvard Law School Professor of Practice Sharon Block.

  • Close up of the colorful lockers in the underground tunnels that connect law school campus buildings.

    HLS from A-Z

    September 14, 2022

    As students begin to settle in, Harvard Law Today has compiled a glossary of terms to help newcomers become better familiar with Harvard Law School and its environs.

  • Justice Initiative logo

    Justice Initiative begins third year of teaching justice-centered change

    September 13, 2022

    Harvard Law School’s Systemic Justice Project, directed by Jon Hanson, and Howard University Law School’s Thurgood Marshall Civil Rights Center, led by Justin Hansford, have again partnered to bring back the Justice Initiative for the 2022-2023 academic year.

  • Stephen Breyer seated in a light colored chair in front of a crimson backdrop.

    Breyer offers advice on being on losing side

    September 12, 2022

    In his first Harvard event since retiring from the Supreme Court in June, former Associate Justice Stephen Breyer spoke to incoming Harvard Law students about his time on the court, the job that most shaped his career as a jurist, and why his questions at oral argument were so famously idiosyncratic.

  • Screen shot of Matt Damon from a commercial.

    Take the money and run

    September 12, 2022

    Six months after cryptocurrency won the Super Bowl ad game, Harvard Law Professor Howell Jackson proposes a way to stabilize the now swooning industry.

  • An assortment of vegetables on a table at a farmer's market.

    ‘We need to have a coordinated vision’ for food policy

    September 8, 2022

    Looking ahead to the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health, Emily Broad Leib and Katie Garfield say that drafting a national strategy for food must be a major priority.

  • Photo grid of four students

    ‘I want to learn from people at the forefront’ 

    September 8, 2022

    New J.D. and LL.M. students share why they chose Harvard Law and what they are most looking forward to this year.

  • Catharine MacKinnon

    ‘Dominant power does not control everything’

    September 8, 2022

    Legal scholar, thought leader, and equal rights champion Catharine A. MacKinnon, 2022 recipient of the American Philosophical Society’s Henry M. Phillips Prize in Jurisprudence, discusses her teaching and the changes she has spent her career fighting for.

  • David Wilkins.

    ‘These are the most important problems for our society to grapple with’

    September 7, 2022

    Harvard Law School Professor David Wilkins, the faculty director of the Harvard Law School Center on the Legal Profession, says corporations are increasingly under pressure "to change the way in which they relate to the world, relate to the environment, relate to their stakeholders, and relate to broader issues around social justice."

  • Mar-a-Lago

    Florida blues

    September 6, 2022

    In the wake of the FBI’s raid on President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home, former White House counsel and Harvard Law lecturer Neil Eggleston reveals how departing presidents have typically preserved official records.

  • Students walk along a path outside Langdell Hall in the summer.

    Harvard Law School welcomes ‘accomplished and talented’ Class of 2025

    September 2, 2022

    Harvard Law School’s Class of 2025 is not only one of its most academically accomplished groups of incoming J.D. students in history, but it is also one of its most diverse — in many meanings of the word.

  • A group of students standing outside.

    Getting to know you

    September 2, 2022

    New Harvard Law students enjoy food and fun at the annual LAWn Party on Holmes Field.

  • Portrait of Catherine Peshkin

    The adventuring attorney

    September 1, 2022

    Catherine Peshkin, assistant dean for Harvard Law School’s Graduate Program and International Legal Studies, looks back on her career and life-changing travels — and forward to a fun and productive year ahead.

  • Students walking on campus during orientation

    Orientation 2022

    August 31, 2022

    In recent weeks, the Harvard Law School community has welcomed new cohorts of J.D., LL.M., S.J.D., and transfer students. Here is a selection of Harvard Law Today's coverage of orientation activities in, around — even beyond — the Cambridge campus.

  • Debbie Dickinson poses with her daughter.

    A cool way to treat hot flashes

    August 31, 2022

    Harvard Law alumna Debbie Dickinson ’95 and her daughter have created a wearable device that can help treat two of the most bothersome symptoms of menopause — hot flashes and night sweats.

  • Students enjoying picnics on the lawn outside Langdell

    Scenes from Orientation 2022

    August 30, 2022

    Move-in day, receptions, dogs, and picnics: incoming students jump right into campus life.

  • Dean John F. Manning applauding incoming students from the podium onstage at Sanders Theatre.

    ‘A profession of contribution and service’

    August 30, 2022

    Harvard Law Dean John F. Manning welcomes incoming law students, telling them the law offers “endless opportunities for lives of meaning and purpose.”

  • Collage of images from First Class celebration and reception

    ‘You are a leader par excellence’

    August 30, 2022

    The Harvard Law School community welcomed the latest group of first-generation students to begin their studies.

  • New classmates on the block

    August 29, 2022

    Harvard Law Today spoke to attendees of the Dean of Students welcome event in Southern California, who told us why they wanted to study at Harvard Law School — and what they are most looking forward to about the year ahead.

  • Illustration of an electric vehicle in a garage.

    Who should drive an electric vehicle?

    August 19, 2022

    Research by Ashley Nunes, Harvard Law School’s Labor and Worklife Program fellow, found that many electric vehicle owners are doing more environmental harm than good.

  • Torts! casebook cover.

    Third edition of Torts!, an online, open casebook, expands with print edition

    August 18, 2022

    This year, Jonathan Zittrain and Jordi Weinstock published Torts! Third Edition as the first in their Open Casebook series of high-quality, low-cost text books designed to make these primary texts affordable to law students across the United States.

  • A group of LL.M. students pose in front of a back drop and gold HLS balloons

    A warm welcome

    August 16, 2022

    As Orientation begins, Harvard Law School welcomes the LL.M. Class of 2023, along with new cohorts of S.J.D. and international exchange students.

  • Harvard Law School banners with Landgell Hall in the background.

    HLS faculty expands with seven new appointments and promotions

    August 16, 2022

    Scholars offer new expertise across a broad spectrum of legal fields

  • Dean John F. Manning speaks with incoming students at a Dean of Students welcome event on the Harvard Law campus.

    ‘We appreciate the opportunity to build connections … it’s why we’re all here’

    August 16, 2022

    Across the country and throughout the world, Harvard Law School Dean of Students events welcome incoming students to the Harvard Law community.

  • collage with Carol Steiker and electric chair and historic Supreme Court

    Cases in Brief: Furman v. Georgia with Carol Steiker

    August 15, 2022

    Harvard Law Professor Carol Steiker ’86 discusses Furman v. Georgia, a 1972 landmark Supreme Court decision that declared the death penalty unconstitutional.

  • Tax form.

    ‘The odds are long … but not impossible’

    July 20, 2022

    Keith Fogg, clinical professor of law emeritus at Harvard Law School, says that IRS audits of two former FBI officials deserve an investigation, but he doubts tampering.

  • Deborah Anker

    ‘The Beyoncé of asylum law’

    July 20, 2022

    Clinical Professor Deborah Anker LL.M. ’84, ‘one of the architects of modern refugee law’ and founder of the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program, moves to emerita status.

  • An elderly man sitting in a chair smiles as he looks off to the left

    ‘A Good Time to Serve One’s Country’

    July 20, 2022

    This past April, 77 years after Clark W. Maser ’51 arrived in Marseille to help liberate France from Nazi occupation, he was proclaimed a knight of the Legion of Honor.

  • An illustration of a wearing a black judges robe standing in front of a courthouse

    The Civil Rights Queen and Her Court

    July 16, 2022

    Tomiko Brown-Nagin’s book recounts the remarkable — and too little-known — life and achievements of civil rights lawyer and judge Constance Baker Motley

  • A man in a light brown plaid jacket sits in front of a rusty red couch

    Up for Debate

    July 16, 2022

    In the world of formal debate from which Harvard Law student Bo Seo ’24 hails, disagreement is not a faux pas; It’s the whole point

  • An Ounce of Prevention

    July 16, 2022

    “Lawyers are supposed to be problem solvers," says Justin Herdman ’01, "and that means identifying problems before they are at your doorstep.”

  • A wide portrait of man wearing jeans leaning against a railing in a stairwell with a glass and brick wall

    Power to the People

    July 16, 2022

    With Beyond Legal Aid, Lam Ho ’08 establishes a new model for public interest law

  • An illustration of a man laying on a pile of green, yellow and red books while looking at an electronic devise.

    HLS Authors: Selected Alumni Books Summer 2022

    July 16, 2022

    From “American Shtetl” to “South to America”

  • On a vivid orange background eleven arms are raised with clenched fists with the symbols of various corporate entities in their sleeves.

    State of the Union?

    July 16, 2022

    "My hope is that workers bank power for when things aren’t as good and build unions to protect themselves," says Sharon Block.

  • A woman in a black robe with yellow embroidered trim poses for a portrait

    Making Herstory

    July 16, 2022

    Ayesha Malik LL.M. ’99 has used her position, inside and outside the courtroom, to advocate for women in the legal system. “This is not a burden,” she says. “This is my calling.”

  • Ketanji Brown Jackson smiling

    ‘One Generation … from Segregation to the Supreme Court’

    July 16, 2022

    Ketanji Brown Jackson ’96 becomes the first Black woman to serve on the Court

  • Detail of Langdell Hall in autumn

    A Focus on Democracy: HLS Clinics and Classes

    July 16, 2022

    The Election Law Clinic, led by Ruth Greenwood, visiting assistant clinical professor, focuses on voter suppression, gerrymandering, and the challenges money poses to democratic participation.

  • A group of graduates in cap and gown pose for a photo with their professor gesturing a one with her finger.

    Commencement x 3

    July 16, 2022

    During the last week of May this year, three Harvard Law School classes celebrated a long-awaited Commencement