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Digital Pathways to Asia

Can law keep up with technology? Some Harvard lawyers are finding out.
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Engineering Lawyers

Once known for producing more engineers than lawyers, Japan is embarking on a journey of legal expansion.
Bipul Mainali

Blood on the Roof of the World

In Nepal, lawyers helped restore the rule of law. But not without paying a price.

Asia 2006: Exchanging greetings—and ideas

HLS delegation barnstorms through Asia in mid-winter tour

Alumni Focus

The Rivals

Annette Lu LL.M. ’78 was wary of Ma Ying-jeou S.J.D. ’81 when they were students at HLS. Today she is vice president of Taiwan, and he is a leader of the opposition. Their intertwined stories may foretell Taiwan’s future.

Professor Carol Steiker ’86

Who lives and who dies?

“Stay in role!” exhorts Professor Carol Steiker ’86, as some 90 students in her upper-level course Capital Punishment in America split into groups for an exercise in which they’ll argue whether a death sentence should be reversed due to ineffective assistance of counsel. “Don’t say, ‘If I were the lawyer, I would … ’”

Fighting for children, not over them

When Melissa Patterson ’06 signed up for a clinical placement through the school’s new Child Advocacy Program this year, she was looking for something as “real-world” as possible.
Terry Martin

When is art cultural property?

As a former curator at the J. Paul Getty Museum stands trial in Italy for criminal conspiracy to receive stolen goods, curators all over America are nervously rethinking their antiquity collections.
Frank Sander ’52, David Herwitz ’49 and David Shapiro ’57

Leaving the stage

Imagine for a moment a lawsuit involving, as so many of them do, a dispute over accounting practices. Now add some complex questions of federal jurisdiction and procedure. Then assume that the parties decide—wisely—to settle. As the saying goes, “Who you gonna call?”

Writ Large: Faculty Books:

  • Assistant Professor Adriaan Lanni studies the rhetoric and speeches of Athenian law.

    From Here to Modernity

    Scholars have long been fascinated by the democracy of classical Athens and the ways it is mirrored in democratic governments of today. Athenian law, on the other hand, has received little attention, since no modern legal system is descended from it.

  • Recent Faculty Books – Summer 2006

    In “Who Controls the Internet? Illusions of a Borderless World” (Oxford University Press), Professor Jack L. Goldsmith and Tim Wu ’98 describe the Internet’s challenge to government rule in the ’90s and some ensuing battles over Internet freedom around the world.

Alumni Notes and Newsmakers

  • Honorable Richard Owen ’50

    Courtrooms and Dramas: Richard Owen ’50 has a noteworthy career in both

    The Honorable Richard Owen ’50 once penned an order for a “cursed Quaker” woman to be tied to a cart and driven through several towns where she was to be whipped “10 stripes.”

  • Diana Daniels ’74

    A Lawyer at her Post

    Diana Daniels ’74 was a Cravath, Swaine & Moore associate doing project finance in 1978 when she heard The Washington Post needed a lawyer.

  • (Internet) cafe society in Beijing

    Who controls the Internet?

    According to one prediction, the new technology will bring every individual “into immediate and effortless communication with every other” and will “practically obliterate political geography and make free trade universal.”

  • Sabin Willett '83

    A Bankruptcy Lawyer at Gitmo

    Sabin Willett leads a double life as a lawyer. Most days, he works on bankruptcy litigation in the Boston office of Bingham McCutchen. He likes the work. Really, he says, sitting in a conference room with a sweeping view of Boston harbor.

  • Professor J. Mark Ramseyer

    And now, the paper chase, Japanese-style

    It’s no coincidence that Japan’s new three-year graduate law schools look a lot like the model of legal education Harvard Law School helped craft over the last century.