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Hard Hats Required: The risky business of repairing the U.S. financial system

Two years after the government bailout of Bear Stearns set off the first shock wave, the Bulletin interviewed HLS faculty and alumni on what went wrong, on where the greatest dangers remain in our financial system and what to do about them.
Radhika Coomaraswamy LL.M. ’82 with children

A Most Disarming Warrior

A U.N. advocate is fighting to protect children from armed conflicts

Beyond the Case Method

Harvard Law School's Problem Solving Workshop gives every 1L an early look at what lawyers really do

Three Journeys, One Dream

LL.M. students recall their work in Afghanistan and share their hopes for the nation’s future.

A Prescription for Change

When she was 19, Rebecca Onie ’03 created a program that takes a holistic approach to treating low-income patients; one “genius grant” later, she’s determined to change the health care system.

Writ Large: Faculty Books

  • Bargaining with the Devil

    In the most recent U.S. presidential election, the candidates debated the wisdom of negotiating with enemies. But such a debate is not confined to political leaders. Whether it’s a dispute between countries, businesses or family members, the parties involved face a crucial decision. And Robert Mnookin ’68 offers a guide to making the right one in his new book, “Bargaining With the Devil: When to Negotiate, When to Fight” (Simon & Schuster).

  • Censorship Without Borders

    When, in February, Internet law expert Professor John G. Palfrey ’01 spoke at a gathering of the Harvard Law School American Constitution Society, he asked his audience to consider this trio of circumstances.

  • Up in the Air

    The title of Professor Mark Tushnet’s “Why the Constitution Matters” is something of a misnomer.

  • Recent Faculty Books – Summer 2010

    Professor Charles Ogletree Jr. ’78 uses this incident as a lens through which to explore issues of race and class, with the goal of creating a more just legal system for all.

How Judges Decide

When judges rule on cases involving issues such as contracts, property rights, antitrust or taxes, they are not just making legal decisions. They are making economic policy.

Enforcing Domestic Human Rights

From filing an emergency guardianship petition in probate court ensuring that the children of a dying mother are raised by the person she chooses, to appealing the denial of a disability claim in federal court for a critically ill client, the Harvard Law School Health Law and Policy Clinic prides itself on taking the toughest cases and working to shape policy to protect some of society’s most vulnerable people.

Are You an Online Journalist in Legal Peril?

An online investigative journalist, working on a shoestring budget, is sued for libel. Where can he turn for legal help?

The Olin Advantage

Lisa Bernstein ’90 knew from her first day of law school that she wanted to be a professor, though as time went on, she wondered whether that would be possible without top grades or law review credentials. What helped to set her apart from other applicants, she says, was the paper she wrote—and mentoring she received—as an Olin Fellow during law school.

Alumni Notes and Newsmakers

  • Build It and They Will Come

    Raj Kumar LL.M. ’00 wants to reform India’s legal system—one law student at a time.

  • Last Lecture: Paul Butler urges HLS students to use their privilege to resist--and call out--injustice

    A Case for Reform

    Former prosecutor Paul Butler ’86 now argues for jury nullification in cases of nonviolent offenders—even if they are guilty.

  • Straddling the Gap Between East and West

    Krzysztof Skubiszewski, who died earlier this year at age 83, lived a life shadowed and shaped by World War II and communism.

  • Ramer’s List

    Bruce Ramer ’58 divides his time between entertainment giants and pro bono causes It’s a typical Southern California day for Bruce Ramer ’58.

  • Smart About Art—Even When It’s Naïve

    When you’re standing in the middle of GINA Gallery of International Naïve Art, you feel the way you would in a flower garden on a perfect day.

Alumni Focus


A white tern in the tropical Pacific, photographed by Theodore Cross ’50 for “Waterbirds” (W. W. Norton, 2009). Nature magazine called the book “extraordinary.” The same might be said of its author, who came to bird photography at midlife after a career as a successful publisher and another in which…