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At Home Abroad

HLS faculty and students look to other countries to better people's lives and increase their own understanding of the world of law.

The Old Man and the Mountain

With persistence, passion and a little bit of luck, Alex Cushing '39 created a ski resort for the ages. But he's not going to rest until it's the best it can be.

All the Right’s Moves

With the fall elections, Republicans now control the White House, the Senate and the House of Representatives. Conservative thinkers are influencing policy and law across the nation.

Inside HLS

  • Ahmed el-Gaili

    Visa Not American Express

    A Harvard Law School student works a few weeks in a London firm over the summer and can’t get back to the United States in time for his fall semester.

  • Woman splashing in water

    Here She Comes?

    Erika Harold should not be confused with Elle Woods. Even though she did show her brains in the end, Woods, played by Reese Witherspoon in "Legally Blonde," was, let's face it, a bit lacking in the gravitas department.

  • Illustration of a heart and money in scales of justice

    A Firm Cause

    Ask most Harvard Law School students, and they are likely to tell you that social causes and law firms don't mix.

  • Guhan Subramanian

    Both Sides Now

    By the time Guhan Subramanian J.D./M.B.A. '98 left the Harvard Business School faculty for the HLS faculty last summer, Harvard Law School had transformed the 1L experience from when he was a student.

  • Illustration of Mickey Mouse made of bricks

    The Year of the Copyright

    In October, the Supreme Court heard a challenge to the constitutionality of a law extending copyright by 20 years. But the question posed by the case, says Assistant Professor Jonathan Zittrain '95, is whether copyright can last forever.

Smile and the World Smiles with You

Of course, working for a toy company doesn't mean that you play "Heart and Soul" on a huge floor piano at FAO Schwarz, like Tom Hanks did in the movie "Big."

This Story Brought to You by the Letters HLS

Daniel Victor ' 79 and Valerie Mitchell '93 are in the entertainment industry. They work around actors, rock musicians, larger-than-life characters, grouches, monsters and even one guy who speaks incessantly in the third person.

Land of Milk Chocolate and Money

On a hill just past the intersection of Chocolate Avenue and Cocoa Avenue sits the world headquarters of the Hershey Foods Corp.

A Business of Beauty Is a Joy Forever

Avon calls itself the company for women, and for senior counsel Laura Quintano '95, it's not just a slogan.

Alumni Notes and Newsmakers

  • Second Love Story

    It was December 1992, and Virginia Tuthill sat by the bedside of her husband of 57 years, Stedman Tuthill '33 ('34). Stedman was in the final stages of Parkinson's disease, and Virginia struggled to write what she knew would be his last Christmas letter to his law school friend Leslie Fisher '34.

  • Spreading the Wealth

    The job was supposed to last only six months, so Joshua Gotbaum ' 76 (' 78) didn't even bother bringing his family with him to New York from Washington, D.C.

  • Charles Gamer '66

    All Access

    Designers of the FDR Memorial in Washington, D.C., debated whether to depict the 32nd president in the wheelchair he hid from the nation. But according to Charles Gamer '66, they should have thought a little more about people in wheelchairs today.

  • Robert A.G. Monks '58

    Corporate Prophet

    For the past 30 years, Robert A.G. Monks '58 has worked to change corporate governance and increase management accountability. Now, in the era of Enron, Global Crossing, WorldCom and other wayward companies, more people than ever are paying attention.

  • Wes Williams with his family

    Day For Knight

    Years ago, when Wes Williams' children attended their first knighting ceremony, they asked, "Is there going to be a beheading?"

  • John Jay Osborn Jr. ' 70

    An Essay by John Jay Osborn Jr. ’ 70: A Change in Professor Kingsfield — and His Creator

    When I graduated from Harvard Law School in 1970, my feelings about the place were clear, sharp.

  • Bernard Koteen '40

    A Conversation with Bernard Koteen ’40

    Bernard Koteen '40 is a partner in the Washington, D.C., office of Holland & Knight. A telecommunications expert and member of the Federal Communications Bar Association, Koteen is also a strong supporter of public interest law.

  • Bernard Nussbaum testifing

    The Role of a Counsel

    Almost exactly 10 years ago, Bernard Nussbaum '61 began his job as Bill Clinton's White House counsel.

A Man of Letters

John Knox LL.M. '36 was not short on confidence. "My name will survive as long as man survives," he wrote while an HLS student, "because I am writing the greatest diary that has ever been written."