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Must We Allow Symbols of Racism on Public Land?

A legal historian who has focused on the history of U.S. slavery puts the push to remove Confederate statues in context.
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How Do You Prepare for a Pandemic?

David Beck ’91, senior vice president and chief legal counsel at Boston Medical Center, shares what it took to get the safety-net hospital ready for the coronavirus and the most challenging month in its history—and what might come out of this difficult season.
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When Voting Is a Risky Choice

The November 2020 general election was shaping up to be one of the most highly anticipated, nerve-wracking and deeply contested elections in American history, with most onlookers expecting record-breaking voter turnout. Then a pandemic hit.

Distance Learning Up Close

Teaching and learning at Harvard Law School in the first months of the pandemic

Faculty Scholarship

Making History in Environmental Law

In his new book “The Rule of Five,” Richard Lazarus goes behind the scenes of the biggest environmental law case in Supreme Court history.

Inside HLS

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    Coming Full Circle

    The Harvard Law School Forum was born in 1946, when Jerome “Jerry” Rappaport approached Harvard Law School Dean James Landis with an idea: What if Harvard Law School sponsored a speaker series on issues that would shape the post-war world?

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    Pomp and Circumstance

    On May 28, 2020, Harvard Law students gathered to celebrate their graduation. The gathering did not take place at the foot of Langdell Hall, but rather in living rooms and backyards worldwide, from Cambridge to California, from New Zealand to the Netherlands, at all hours of the day and night.

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    No Time Like the Present

    Talia Gillis’ work cuts a wide swath, one focus being the intersection of artificial intelligence and consumer loan discrimination. It’s driven by a question: “What does it mean for a credit pricing algorithm to discriminate?”

Alumni Notes & Newsmakers

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    A Case for Compassion

    Juliana (Ratner) Andonian ’17 went to law school for one reason and one reason only: to get people out of prison. She is now fulfilling that mission at a time when it could not be more urgent.

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    A Justice Reflects on Law and Life

    In a book featuring speeches and writings over the course of his 30 years in the law, Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch ’91 offers “personal reflections on our Constitution, its separation of powers, and some of the challenges we face in preserving and protecting our republic today.”

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    A Sense of Place

    Deirde Mask ’07, author of “The Address Book: What Street Addresses Reveal About Identity, Race, Wealth, and Power” illuminates the richness and history behind the seemingly prosaic numbers and names that mark the places in our lives in her book and talks about how the books came to be.

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    Pivot Point

    HLS sectionmates Phil Caruso ’19 and Gareth Rhodes ’19 unexpectedly found themselves working to address the COVID-19 crisis in their home state of New York less than a year after graduation. Caruso became a Department of Defense liaison to the New York City Emergency Management Department and Rhodes was a member of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s COVID-19 task force.

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    HLS Authors: Selected Alumni Books Summer 2020

    From new takes on famous figures from American history to the stories of lesser-known figures, including two who resisted fascism in war-torn Europe and went on to become the authors’ parents

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    Looking Back, Looking Forward

    After a health scare, William D. Zabel ’61 reflects on a life and career of making a difference for society and his clients—with more to come.

Letter from the Dean

A Year Unlike Any Other

Faculty Books

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Popular Opinion

In the ongoing debate over the ways justices interpret the Constitution, Mark Tushnet offers a different perspective: Let the people decide

Faculty Scholarship

Getting the Law of Wrongs Right

John Goldberg on reforming how we think about tort law, including in the age of COVID-19

Faculty Scholarship

For the Sake of Argument

Joseph Singer writes on how to use persuasion to break through a divide