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Talking about terror

A Harvard Law School professor says a unilateral war on terror will not succeed. His solution: contain and isolate extremists by repairing frayed alliances and finding common ground with mainstream Islam.
Jane Harman talking on phone at desk

Code red

Christopher Cox '76 ('77) and Jane Harman '69 sit on different sides of the aisle, but the urgent threat of terrorism unites them.
Jamie Gorelick '75

Inside out

It was December 2002 when House Minority Leader Richard Gephardt called Jamie Gorelick '75 to offer her the last Democratic slot on the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States.

Inside HLS

  • Professor Richard H. Fallon

    Fallon on the Supreme Court and Medical Marijuana

    This winter, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in a tug-of-war between the states and the federal government over drug policy. We asked constitutional law expert Professor Richard H. Fallon to predict how the Court will rule.

  • Professor Robert Mnookin '68 and Israeli lawyer Ehud Eiran lead the seminar.

    The Other Side of the Story

    On a day when Israeli and Palestinian forces clashed in Gaza and negotiations in the region were at a standstill, a group of Harvard Law students in a classroom half a world away examined some of the challenges that have made the negotiation process so difficult in the Middle East and other lands torn by ethnic and religious strife.

  • Meeting of men in cowboy hats

    South of the Border

    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.

  • Getting real

    Ever since Professor Philip Heymann '60 began teaching a class on terrorism in the winter of 1988, it's drawn a crowd.

  • Juliette Kayyem '95

    Legislative proposals headed for Congress

    Professor Philip Heymann '60 and his colleague from Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government Juliette Kayyem '95 say Congress should provide much-needed legislation to deal with a number of issues that have emerged in the last three years in the fight against terrorism.

Writ Large: Faculty Books

Alumni Notes and Newsmakers

  • Walter Seward wearing Harvard hat

    Survival of the Fittest

    Some honors take longer to attain than others. More than 75 years after graduating from law school, 108-year-old Walter Seward '24 ('27) has earned distinction as Harvard's oldest living graduate.

  • Frederick P. Hitz

    I Spy

    In his recent book, "The Great Game: The Myth and Reality of Espionage," Frederick P. Hitz '64 gives credence to the saying that truth can be stranger than fiction.

  • Steven Wax

    Defending One, for All

    Last spring, an Oregon attorney named Brandon Mayfield was arrested by the FBI and jailed for two weeks. He was suspected of being linked to the Madrid train bombings, thanks to the FBI's mistaken match of a fingerprint to a print found on a bag of detonators near the scene.

  • Charles Hieken

    Patently Supportive

    A principal at Fish & Richardson in Boston, Charles Hieken '57 has practiced all aspects of intellectual property law for more than 50 years. He and his wife, Donna, recently made a gift to the school to establish the Hieken Professorship in Patent Law.

  • Col. Will Gunn in uniform

    Honor Bound

    In a nondescript building in suburban Virginia, two subway stops from the Pentagon, a team of a half dozen or so defense lawyers works on what is perhaps the toughest--and most controversial--legal assignment in America.

  • Katherine Locker '98

    The Squeaky Wheel

    Katherine Locker '98 knows that children with disabilities who are in the foster care system are some of the most vulnerable people on the planet.