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    Going public

    July 7, 2021

    Harvard Law School students are working to create a Massachusetts public bank to help minority-owned businesses, small farms, and gateway cities.

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    Subramanian, Barzuza, other Harvard Law affiliates recognized by Corporate Practice Commentator

    May 6, 2021

    Articles by Harvard Law Professor Guhan Subramanian, Visiting Professor Michal Barzuza and several HLS alumni were named the Top  Corporate and Securities Articles of 2020.

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    Helping the financially vulnerable find stability

    March 25, 2021

    Last year, Harvard Law Professor Howell Jackson and students in his FinTech class worked with a national nonprofit to help the United Parcel Service create an emergency savings program for 90,000 of its nonunion workers.

  • David Cope

    David Cope: 1948-2021

    March 5, 2021

    A brilliant intellect and devoted, compassionate teacher, Harvard Law School Lecturer on Law David Cope taught at the school for more than 20 years.

  • Bebchuk’s Study of Index Funds Wins IRRC Institute Prize

    Debating stakeholder capitalism

    December 16, 2020

    Against the backdrop of the COVID-19 crisis intensifying discussions about corporate purpose duties to stakeholders, the European Corporate Governance Institute and the London Business School Centre for Corporate Governance recently hosted a virtual debate on stakeholder capitalism between Harvard Law School Professor Lucian Bebchuk LL.M. ’80 S.J.D. ’84 and London Business School Professor Alex Edmans.

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    Leading scholars bring new expertise

    February 2, 2020

    Effective Jan. 1, three faculty members were promoted and two new scholars joined the HLS faculty.

  • Daniel Tarullo

    Daniel Tarullo joins Harvard Law faculty as the Nomura Professor of International Financial Regulatory Practice

    January 28, 2020

    Daniel Tarullo, a former governor of the Federal Reserve Board, was appointed the Nomura Professor of International Financial Regulatory Practice.

  • $1,000 promissory note from the Bank of the United States

    McCulloch v. Maryland: Two centuries later

    September 23, 2019

    On the 200th anniversary of McCulloch v. Maryland, HLS Professor Mark Tushnet reflects on the 1819 case that paved the way for the modern administrative state and established the supremacy of federal over state law.

  • 2019 faculty hires

    New this year for HLS faculty

    September 12, 2019

    With the start of the academic year, four new scholars have joined the ranks of the Harvard Law School faculty and two have been promoted to professor of law.

  • 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.

  • Crystal Yang

    Crystal Yang ’13 named professor of law at Harvard Law School

    June 24, 2019

    Crystal Yang ’13, a law and economics scholar who focuses her teaching and research on empirical law and economics, was promoted to professor of law at Harvard Law School effective July 1, 2019.

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    Bebchuk’s study of index fund stewardship wins prizes from ECGI and IRRC

    May 20, 2019

    The European Corporate Governance Institute awarded its 2019 prize for best working paper in law to a paper by Harvard Law School Professor Lucian Bebchuk LL.M. ’80 S.J.D. ’84.

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    8 reasons to believe in the future of the World Trade Organization

    March 20, 2019

    These are trying times for the World Trade Organization, Deputy Director-General Alan Wolff admitted when he spoke at Harvard Law School on March 12. Yet in his speech he offered reason for optimism.

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    What’s the Deal with Stock Buybacks?

    February 19, 2019

    Harvard Law Professor Jesse Fried ’92 first became interested in the use and misuse of repurchases as an Olin Fellow at HLS in the mid-1990s. He has recently co-written several articles on the topic, including “Are Buybacks Really Shortchanging Investment?” with Charles C.Y. Wang in the Harvard Business Review. Here, Fried offers perspective on a complex, and increasingly political, topic.

  • 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.

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    HLS faculty maintain top position in SSRN citation rankings

    January 18, 2019

    Statistics released by the Social Science Research Network (SSRN) indicate that, as of the end of 2018, Harvard Law School faculty members have continued to feature prominently on SSRN’s list of the 100 most-cited law professors.

  • Money as a Democratic Medium: A Q&A with Christine Desan

    Money as a Democratic Medium: A Q&A with Christine Desan

    January 11, 2019

    Christine Desan, the Leo Gottlieb Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, organized the conference, “Money as a Democratic Medium,” a two-day event that challenged its participants to re-examine the history of money in America, and to redefine its future.

  • Mark Wu promoted to professor of law

    Mark Wu appointed professor of law

    October 25, 2018

    Mark Wu, a leading expert on international trade and international economic law, was promoted to full professor, effective July 1. He was named the Henry L. Stimson Professor of Law.

  • Harvard Association for Law and Business leads student delegation to Europe

    Harvard Association for Law and Business leads student delegation to Europe

    September 24, 2018

    A student delegation from the Harvard Association for Law and Business (HALB) visited business, legal, and government leaders in London and Brussels, Belgium, in late August, as part of HALB’s second-annual International Trek.

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    On the Bookshelf: HLS Library Book Talks, Spring 2018

    August 9, 2018

    The Harvard Law School Library hosted a series of book talks by HLS authors, with topics including Authoritarianism in America, the Supreme Court of India, and Legal Reasoning and Political Conflict. As part of this ongoing series, faculty authors from various disciplines shared their research and discussed their recently published books with a panel of colleagues and the Harvard Law community.

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    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.

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    Faculty Books in Brief: Summer 2018

    June 25, 2018

    HLS Professor Mnookin, who for many years chaired the school’s Program on Negotiation, joins two other Harvard-affiliated professors in a study of the former secretary of state’s public and private deal-making, based on extensive interviews with Henry Kissinger on negotiation strategy and tactics.

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    Harvard Law team wins All American Regional Round in WTO moot court competition

    April 14, 2018

    A team of Harvard Law students won the North American regional competition at the European Law Students Association (ELSA) Moot Court Competition on WTO Law. The team will advance to the final round at the WTO Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland later this spring.

  • Crossing over from a legal to a financial career

    Crossing over from a legal to a financial career

    March 20, 2018

    Kicking of the Harvard Association for Law & Business' seventh annual symposium on Feb. 26, a panel of top-level executives in the financial world explored the possibilities of crossing over from a legal to a financial career.

  • Cass Sunstein

    The Holberg Prize names Harvard Law Professor Cass Sunstein as 2018 Laureate

    March 14, 2018

    The Holberg Prize—one of the largest international prizes awarded annually to an outstanding researcher in the arts and humanities, the social sciences, law or theology—named U.S. legal scholar Cass Robert Sunstein as its 2018 Laureate. Sunstein is currently the Robert Walmsley University Professor at Harvard University.

  • The Indian Legal Profession in the Age of Globalization

    The Indian Legal Profession in the Age of Globalization

    February 8, 2018

    In early December, the Harvard Law School Center on the Legal Profession (CLP) hosted two major events in India to celebrate the publication of 'The Indian Legal Profession in the Age of Globalization: The Rise of the Corporate Legal Sector and its Impact on Lawyers and Society.'

  • David Wilkins on globalization, lawyers and emerging economies

    David Wilkins on globalization, lawyers and emerging economies

    February 8, 2018

    Prof. David Wilkins, vice dean for Global Initiatives on the Legal Profession and faculty director of Harvard Law School's Center on the Legal Profession (CLP), recently sat down to discuss CLP's project on Globalization Lawyers and Emerging Economies (GLEE) and what lies ahead for the innovative program.

  • PIFS celebrates 20th anniversary with gala and symposium

    PIFS celebrates symposium’s 20th anniversary with a gala in Japan

    November 16, 2017

    Last month, the Program on International Financial Systems at Harvard Law School held its 20th annual U.S.-Japan symposium, along with a special anniversary gala to celebrate the milestone and look ahead to the future of the program as PIFS director Hal S. Scott transitions to a new role as emeritus professor at Harvard.

  • Military experience provides “a level of discipline and willingness to work hard even when it’s uncomfortable,

    Military experience provides “a level of discipline and willingness to work hard even when it’s uncomfortable,” says Nathan Garrett Jester ’20

    November 8, 2017

    In becoming a Marine and then a lawyer, Nathan Garrett Jester ’20 is interested in someday going into local or state politics in his home state of Georgia, to serve the community where he was born and raised.

  • Howell Jackson hosts roundtable on EU-US financial regulation 1

    Howell Jackson hosts roundtable on EU-US financial regulation

    October 12, 2017

    On January 3, 2018, the world will change, according to Professor Howell Jackson. That is the day that the second iteration of the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive — a set of European Union financial regulations that emerged in the wake of 2008, known colloquially as MiFID II — will go into effect.

  • Brexit and its implications for the UK financial services industry

    Brexit and its implications for the UK financial services industry

    October 3, 2017

    Niamh Moloney LL.M. ’93, professor of Financial Markets Law and incoming Head of the Law Department (2018-2019) at the London School of Economics, spoke at Harvard Law School on Sept. 27 on the complex question of the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union and its implications for the U.K.’s financial services industry.

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    HALB China Trek offers students perspectives on global leadership

    September 21, 2017

    On Aug. 28, a student delegation from the Harvard Association of Law and Business (HALB) embarked on a week-long trip through Shanghai, Hangzhou, and Beijing, China, on the first-ever HALB China Trek, organized to expose students to the unique lessons from the rapid development of China's global economy.

  • Mark Wu, Ruth Okediji and panelists

    HLS hosts conference on law and development

    August 10, 2017

    Legal scholars from across the globe gathered at HLS in July for a two-day conference on law and development, the latest iteration of a series of conferences held periodically by a loose consortium of schools including Harvard Law School, the University of Geneva, Renmin University of China, and the University of Sydney, Australia.

  • Harvard Law’s WTO moot court team takes first place in international competition

    August 9, 2017

    In June, Harvard Law School’s World Trade Organization (WTO) moot court team won the 15th Annual European Law Students Association (ELSA) Moot Court Competition on WTO Law, marking the first win for an HLS team, and making them the first team from North America in the history of the competition to take top honors.

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    HLS Authors and Auteurs

    July 28, 2017

    From the Supreme Court, to the SEC, to an unidentified city under siege: legal analysis, memoir, a documentary and more works from HLS alumni.

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    Finance meets humanities — really

    July 17, 2017

    As an economist, Professor Mihir Desai has gained recognition for his expertise in tax policy and international and corporate finance, but Desai--also a professor of finance at Harvard Business School --has set aside his usual academic work in a new book, “The Wisdom of Finance: Discovering Humanity in the World of Risk and Return.”

  • HLS Thinks Big 2017

    HLS thinks bigger than ever

    June 8, 2017

    Each May since 2011, Harvard Law School has presented "HLS Thinks Big," a TED Talks-style event that invites faculty members to present a "big idea" in front of an audience of faculty, students and staff.

  • Making complicated things simple

    May 1, 2017

    On April 5, the Harvard Association for Law and Business (HALB) hosted Stephen Schwarzman, chairman, CEO and co-founder of the Blackstone Group -- the largest alternative asset management firm in the world -- to discuss lessons from his long career in business, and his many years of work as a philanthropist.

  • The 2017 World Trade Organization (WTO) moot court team from Harvard Law School won the All-America Regional Rounds in March

    HLS WTO moot court team wins All-America regional competition

    April 28, 2017

    The Harvard Law School World Trade Organization (WTO) moot court team won the North America regional competition at the European Law Students Association (ELSA) Moot Court Competition (EMC2) on WTO Law in March.

  • Nobel Laureate in Economics has been a key figure in HLS law and economics program

    October 14, 2016

    Harvard Professor Oliver Hart, a co-winner of this year’s Nobel Prize in Economics, has been a key participant in Harvard Law School’s program in law and economics for 25 years.