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Alumni Focus

Their Politics Is Local

While many young people disdain the political process, some recent HLS alumni seek elective office to help their communities

Caspar Weinberger

Caspar W. Weinberger

Caspar Weinberger is, in many ways, the modern-day author of the Art of War.
John B. Anderson

John B. Anderson

Once a reliable Midwestern Republican, John Anderson changed his views and then changed the dynamics of modern presidential races with his third-party candidacy in 1980.
Michael Dukakis

Michael S. Dukakis

When he was an HLS student, Michael Dukakis ran for his first office and was elected a member of the Brookline, Mass., Town Meeting.
Patricia Schroeder '64

Patricia S. Schroeder ’64

Known for her tart tongue and her tears (when she announced that she wouldn't run for president in 1988), Patricia Schroeder knew how to get things done in Congress, including the passage of the Family and Medical Leave Act.
Wendy Seltzer '99

Weather Report

When the World Wide Web first reached buzzword status in the mid-1990s, corporate presence on the Internet was comparatively small.
Irene Englund in front of airplane

To Serve and to Honor

On Flag Day this year, when Irene Englund's ashes were placed at Arlington National Cemetery, soldiers fired a rifle salute, a bugler played taps, and an American flag was presented to Englund's daughter Julie.

The Stuff That Elections Are Made Of

HLS students fill envelopes for Thomas J. O'Connor Jr., a Democratic candidate for U.S. senator from Massachusetts in 1960. Though O'Connor lost, student Democrats got to cheer some winners that year--including Senator John F. Kennedy, who spoke via telephone to an overflow crowd in Sanders Theatre during his campaign for president, according to the HLS yearbook.

Alumni Notes and Newsmakers

  • Colorful dragapella performers

    A Night at the Dragapella

    They say you can be anything you want with a Harvard Law degree.

  • Illustration: woman wagging finger to a burglar after breaking into her house

    Bottomless Wits

    Trying to guilt trip a burglar when you catch him red-handed in your apartment is not a good idea, says Kathleen Tarr '95, especially if you're half naked.

  • Illustration: Burger sitting on the judge's stand

    Food Fight

    The new battle against fast food has found an important ally in Richard Daynard '67, president of the Tobacco Control Resource Center at Northeastern University School of Law.

  • Farmhouse

    The Haunting of Hillsborough House

    Former Harvard Law student John Bickford still hangs around his family home, though the Hillsborough, N.H., farmhouse where he grew up is now a bed-and-breakfast, his parents are dead--and so is he.

  • Yvonne M. Anderson '96 ('02)

    Testimony: An Essay by Yvonne M. Anderson ’96 (’02)

    Why I Left Harvard Law School . . . and Why I Came Back Again

  • Domenico De Sole LL.M. ’72

    A Conversation with Domenico De Sole LL.M. ‘ 72

    As president and CEO of the Gucci Group, Domenico De Sole LL.M. ' 72 has taken the well-known fashion house from the brink of collapse to its current position as an $8 billion industry titan.

Class Notes Profiles

  • Family with children

    A Place of One’s Own

    Roy Prosterman '58 wants people in the poorest countries to own property. Think of it, he says, as an insurance policy for the planet.

  • Talking About a Revolution

    Daniel Coquillette ’71, the Charles Warren Visiting Professor of American Legal History at Harvard Law School and the J. Donald Monan, S.J. University Professor at Boston College Law School, is writing a new history of HLS, to be published in time for the school’s bicentennial—2017. This fall, he gave students an introduction, highlighting ways the school has transformed legal education, but also covering “the rough times and great challenges.” Here are some highlights from his talk, in quiz format.

  • Karen Ferguson

    Pension Plans

    Years before Enron's collapse spotlighted the vulnerability of employee retirement savings, Karen Ferguson '65 was immersed in what she half-jokingly refers to as the "arcane" area of pension law.

  • Robert

    Man of Steel

    When Robert "Steve" Miller Jr. '66 got a call from Bethlehem Steel's board last year asking him to assume the flagging company's reins as chairman and CEO, he accepted in a matter of hours.

  • David Erne with fugitive Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic

    Freelance Diplomat

    In 30 years of practicing law, corporate bankruptcy attorney David Erne '68 had been in many negotiations--but none like this one.

  • Weldon Rougeau

    The Fire This Time

    It took Weldon Rougeau '72 only 90 seconds to get himself expelled from college.

  • Jamienne Studley

    Higher Education

    Jamienne Studley '75 has been trying to change academic institutions for a long time. Now, as head of Skidmore College, she's finally getting paid to do it.

  • Jim Haynes

    For the Defense

    War has a way of finding Jim Haynes '83. Just six months after President George Bush appointed him general counsel of the Army in 1990, Iraqi President Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait, sparking the Persian Gulf War.

  • Irene Khan

    Practitioner of Conscience

    Amnesty International still fights torture, arbitrary detention, and unfair trials, says Secretary General Irene Khan LL.M. '79, but now it's also taking on hunger, illiteracy, and discrimination.

  • Karen Freeman-Wilson

    Courting Recovery

    It wasn't long before newly elected Judge Karen Freeman-Wilson '85 began to know the defendants by their first names--they just kept coming back to her Gary, Ind., courtroom.