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Professor Mansfield

Harvard’s Good Servant

John H. Mansfield ’56 retires after instilling a “desire to respond” in generations of Harvard Law students By James A. Sonne ’97 John Mansfield has…

Toiling in the Fields of Redemption

“Each of us is more than the worst thing we’ve ever done.”
Those words, written by noted death penalty lawyer Bryan Stevenson ’85, were very much on the mind of Katie Wozencroft ’09 this summer, when she made the four-hour drive from Atlanta to an Alabama prison where condemned prisoners are executed.

Langdell’s Guardian Angel

Having Harry “Terry” Martin at the helm of the Harvard Law Library was a comfort and an inspiration not only for me, when I was director of the Boston College Law Library, but also for the other law library directors in New England and in the profession generally.
Gabriella Blum

Needed: A Regional Approach to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Assistant Professor Gabriella Blum LL.M. ’01 S.J.D. ’03, an international law scholar, is a native of Israel, where, as a young officer in the Israel Defense Forces International Law Department, she was involved in Israeli-Arab peace negotiations.

Teaching & Learning

Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Dignity

Just hours after embattled South African President Thabo Mbeki announced that he would resign on Sept. 21 students in a Harvard Law School classroom are absorbing the reverberations from a hemisphere away.

Writ Large: Faculty Books

  • Intelligent Design

    Faced with important decisions about their lives, people often make pretty bad choices—choices they would not have made if they paid full attention and possessed complete information, unlimited cognitive abilities, and complete self-control. To take just one example, many people never get around to joining their employer’s retirement savings plan, even when it is heavily subsidized.

  • Constitutional Ink—Visible, and Invisible

    The U.S. Constitution is 219 years old now, and the revolutionary system of government it created has survived and spread across the globe. No wonder many Americans consider it an almost sacred document, the final say on governmental powers and individual rights.

  • Urban Legend

    “City Bound: How States Stifle Urban Innovation,” forthcoming from Cornell University Press in December, examines how state laws shackle cities. Barron and Frug look at how state law determines what cities can and cannot do to raise revenue, control land use and improve schools.

  • Tax Policy, Writ Large

    In a new book, Professor Louis Kaplow '81 "steps back and considers the relationships among the parts." The book -- “The Theory of Taxation and Public Economics” (Princeton 2008) -- stands to secure him a place in the firmament of public economists and scholars in public finance.

Faculty Scholarship

Rescuing the Internet for Digital Natives and the Rest of Us

In a wide-ranging interview, John Palfrey and Jonathan Zittrain survey the future of the Internet.

Alumni Notes and Newsmakers

“Here, Have a Seat”

Often, there’s a bond between the donor of a new chair and the scholar who occupies it.

World-Class Support

HLS continues to expand its international focus—and its graduates are taking notice.

A Growing Treasury of Public Servants

The law school’s investment in public service is paying dividends.
David Ardia LL.M. '07


With a cluster of research programs, HLS is a collection of think tanks rolled into one
Susan Lytle Lipton LL.M. ’71

A Fundamental Advantage

From new alumni to retirees, broad-based giving is the lifeblood of HLS.
Adam Szubin

The Money Trail

There’s a saying: Do what you love, and the money will follow. For Adam Szubin ’99, it’s a little different: With some early help from a Heyman Fellowship, he’s been able to do what he loves—and follow the money.