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Elizabeth Warren

Stuck in the middle

In their new book, Professor Elizabeth Warren and her daughter reveal the diminishing fortunes of middle-class families and show a way out of the "Two-Income Trap."
Woman speaking at podium

Coming out party

Participants in the school's first GLBT reunion recount the changes in their lives and on campus.

Why Harvard Law School Needs Your Money

With newly launched $400 million campaign, HLS seeks to modernize its facilities, globalize its programs, and energize its students and faculty.
Professors Charles Fried and Christopher Edley Jr.

In Debate, Professors Offer Support, Caution on Affirmative Action

Affirmative action remains contested terrain even among its proponents, as was evident in a debate between two Harvard Law School faculty members in the fall.

Getting to Wisdom

Last spring, Erica Fox started the Harvard Negotiation Insight Initiative at HLS's Program on Negotiation to explore "what mindfulness and the great wisdom traditions have to teach us in the negotiation and dispute resolution field."
Josh Gottheimer

Spreading the Words

Thanks to Josh Gottheimer '04, the greatest American civil rights speeches are together for the first time, demonstrating the injustices and progress of a growing nation and ultimately, he says, hope for its future.
Richard Parker standing in front of an American flag

Stand for the Flag

Because of two 5-4 Supreme Court decisions, physical desecration of the American flag is legal. Professor Richard Parker ' 70 supports a constitutional amendment that would change that.
Hands in handcuffs, treble cleffs dropping out of the hands

When Sharing Is a Crime

Imagine a world without copyrights on songs or movies. Instead, government tax revenue would compensate entertainers in proportion to how much consumers listened to or watched their products.
Illustration - Paperclip remover

A Paperless Society

Unbound, HLS's first online journal, opened up shop in cyberspace in the fall and plans to take advantage of what the neighborhood has to offer, like streaming video, discussion boards and links to related sites for legal activism.

Writ Large: Faculty Books

  • Dershowitz Book cover

    On the Bookshelves Spring 2004

    Professor Alan Dershowitz reveals how notable trials throughout history have helped shape the nation in "America on Trial: The Cases That Define Our History" (Warner Books, May 2004).

Alumni Notes and Newsmakers

Class Notables

  • David Hoffman '84

    Peaceful Solutions

    In 1985, David Hoffman '84 took a mundane case that would change his life. A roof collapsed during the final year of warranty, and replacing it would cost $300,000. Hoffman's client, the owner of the building, was willing to put up $100,000, and the roof manufacturer offered the same amount.

  • J. Russell George '88

    A Sign of Things to Come

    As a college freshman, J. Russell George '88 trolled the halls of Congress, hoping to get autographs from famous politicians such as Sen. Bob Dole.

  • William McSwain '00

    Grasping Cyber-reach

    Depending on your perspective, Kourosh Kenneth Hamidi may be either a crank or a prophet. But William McSwain '00 wants to keep the Internet free for both.

  • Stacy Stern '93

    A Find on the Web

    Stacy Stern '93 isn't as famous as the sock puppet. She never raised billions from venture capitalists or played foosball in the office during the height of the Internet boom. Yet in the annals of Silicon Valley, Stern can boast of a more impressive distinction: success.

  • Joseph D. Kearney '89

    Practical Deanship

    At age 39, Joseph D. Kearney '89 is one of the youngest law school deans in the country. But the new dean of Marquette University Law School in Milwaukee would rather talk about how he wants to apply his legal experience to his new position.

  • Dov Seidman '92

    A Principal with Principle

    Most law school grads who began their careers at large law firms probably remember the research assignments they received as young associates, with the long hours, the frustrating Lexis searches and the overbroad results--all for an answer that a more experienced lawyer could have found in 10 minutes.

  • Leonard Rubenstein '75

    A Healing Practice

    It was December 2000 in Ingushetia, Russia, where 170,000 displaced citizens of neighboring Chechnya were hiding from Russia's federal forces. Leonard Rubenstein ' 75 sat talking with a young man, one of dozens of Chechens he interviewed during his monthlong stay.

  • Carol Rose '96

    The State of Civil Rights

    While writing about human rights in South Asia in the early 1990s, Carol Rose '96 was asked by a Pakistani activist, "And what is happening with human rights in your country?" Rose was stunned.

  • Julieanna L. Richardson '80

    A Different Voice

    Richardson is founder and executive director of the Chicago-based nonprofit organization The HistoryMakers.

  • Irving Isaacson with book

    Out from the Cold

    For most of his life, Irving "Ike" Isaacson '39 has practiced law in Lewiston, Maine. It's been steady work, and a career he's proud of. But he's equally proud of what he accomplished nearly 60 years ago, something hardly anyone knew about. In fact, until recently, neither did he.

  • Richard Wells standing by ambulance

    Siren Song

    Riding in the back of the ambulance as the lights flashed and the siren wailed, Richard Wells '68 carefully tended to an 88-year-old woman who had just suffered a massive heart attack.

  • Douglas Foy '73

    A New Development

    For 25 years, Douglas Foy ' 73 served as head of the Conservation Law Foundation, a New England-based environmental advocacy group whose frequent lawsuits changed the landscape of the region, literally. But now Foy has jumped from the courthouse to the State House, named by Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney ' 75 as the first chief of Commonwealth Development.

  • June Grasso '77

    The Sound of Money

    When Court TV went on the air in 1991, June Grasso ' 77 anchored one of the first reports live from the field: a negligence case in Massachusetts involving the manufacturer of an all-terrain vehicle.

  • Rudolph Giuliani

    Follow the Leader

    From his Times Square office overlooking Manhattan, Michael Hess '65 surveyed his 38-year career from public to private law--and back again. A native New Yorker, he is now blending his experience in both areas as senior managing director at Giuliani Partners, a crisis management firm hatched in 2002 after former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani's eight-year tenure.