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Legal Profession and Ethics

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    ‘In the eye of the storm – in a good way’

    April 10, 2023

    Harvard Law’s Semester in Washington Program celebrates 15 years of helping students become government lawyers

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    Time for Supreme Court to adopt ethics rules?

    March 30, 2023

    Retired federal judge Nancy Gertner says a lack of transparency and recent incidents involving justices, spouses, and activists have tarnished the Court's public standing.

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    Do facts still matter?

    February 8, 2023

    New York Times lawyer David McCraw discusses modern challenges to press freedom and growing distrust of the news media.

  • Elon Musk.

    The business ethics of Elon Musk, Tesla, Twitter and the tech industry

    February 7, 2023

    Harvard Law expert J.S. Nelson says that Elon Musk and the tech industry risk gains when they engage in disreputable business practices.

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    The legal profession in 2023

    January 13, 2023

    Now that the champagne is long gone, the confetti has been swept up, and we are settling into 2023, Harvard Law Today wondered what changes the new year might have in store for the practice of law.

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    ‘In pursuit of an atmosphere in which ideas can be followed without fear that you’ll be punished’

    December 6, 2022

    Professors Jeannie Suk Gersen and Janet Halley lead the Academic Freedom Alliance, an organization that protects the rights of faculty to speak or publish without fear of sanction or punishment.

  • A panel with Justices Breyer and Shah and Professor Intasar Rabb

    Reflections on serving in the judiciary

    October 25, 2022

    In a talk moderated by HLS Professor Intisar Rabb, Ret. Supreme Court Justice Stephen G. Breyer ‘64 and Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah, Supreme Court of Pakistan, reflect on serving in the judiciary.

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    Moving legal teaching into the future

    October 11, 2022

    A discussion series on the future of law school pedagogy envisions new ways to support students, faculty.

  • 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.

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    ‘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."

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    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.

  • An illustration of Lady Justice in white blindfolded with a mask to prevent COVID which is represented by red dots scattered around

    Practicing Law in the Wake of a Pandemic

    July 15, 2022

    ‘Everyone is struggling to understand what this new world is going to look like’

  • Sue Hendrickson

    Tackling issues at the intersection of technology, democracy, and human rights

    April 12, 2022

    Susan Hendrickson ’93, the new executive director of the Berkman Klein Center, recently spoke with Harvard Law Today about her career path, her advice for law students, what keeps her up at night and why, nevertheless, she continues to be optimistic about tech.

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    Algorithm nation

    March 14, 2022

    A Harvard Law School reading group debates how the law should manage self-driving cars, A.I.-generated art, and other algorithmic technology.

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    Combating corruption

    March 9, 2022

    Professor Matthew Stephenson, an anticorruption law expert and founder of the Global Anticorruption Blog, explains the myriad ways corruption may play a role in Russia's war in Ukraine.

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    Remembering Alan Stone 1929–2022

    February 4, 2022

    Alan A. Stone, the Touroff- Glueck Professor of Law and Psychiatry Emeritus in the faculty of law and the faculty of medicine at Harvard, died Jan. 23. He was 92.

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    Faculty Books in Brief: Winter 2022

    January 31, 2022

    A wide range of books by faculty, from a collection of essays on the ethics of consumer genetic testing to a look at the fate of constitutional institutions in populist regimes to a delightful children's book by a legal philosopher

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    ‘The algorithm has primacy over media … over each of us, and it controls what we do’

    November 18, 2021

    Social media’s business model of personalized virality is incompatible with democracy, agreed experts at a recent Harvard Law School discussion on the state of democracy.