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James R. Hoffa and Charles

The Stepfather, Parts I, II and III

Jimmy Hoffa’s disappearance remains a mystery. Harvard law professor Jack Goldsmith set out to solve it through the primary suspect — his beloved stepfather, from whom he had been estranged for 20 years.
Samantha Power '99 standing outside her house in Boston

The Journey of an Idealist

Ambassador Samantha Power ’99 reflects on her life and career in her new memoir "The Education of an Idealist."
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Letting Go

"Ours is an unforgiving age, an age of resentment," writes Martha Minow in "When Should Law Forgive?," a compassionate yet clear-eyed reexamination of law’s basic aims.

Teaching & Learning

Prepared for the Challenge

As students, they participated in the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program. As lawyers, they have continued the work in a field that is increasingly challenging—and fulfilling

Inside HLS

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    First Class

    An organization started by Harvard Law students offers community and resources for low-income and first-generation college students at the school.

  • Monika Bickert '00 teaching a class at HLS

    Status Update

    How can regulation prevent social media from doing serious harm? A new course in fall 2019, Social Media and the Law, took on that inherently complex question.

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    Heard on Campus

    From a U.S. Supreme Court justice to the president of Germany to a senator from Utah to a Hiroshima survivor: “I speak because I feel it is my responsibility.”

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    Faculty Books in Brief: Winter 2020

    From conformity and the power of social influences to felony and the guilty mind in Medieval England

Teaching & Learning

Collector’s Items

The Harvard Law School Library offers a treasure-trove for legal historians. If one wanted to peruse, for example, a copy of the first printed collection of English statutes from the 15th century, there it would be. Yet, as three recent acquisitions demonstrate, the library also presents the lighter side of the law, with items that reveal the humor and personalities behind the cases and legal decisions that make history.

Alumni Notes & Newsmakers

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    ‘Not Pollyanna’

    Judge Rya Zobel ’56 of the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts was among 23 women appointed in 1979 to the federal judiciary, more than double the number of women appointed as federal judges in the previous 190 years. In a group of pioneering women lawyers, her journey to the federal bench was perhaps the most remarkable.

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    ‘The Best Parts of Being a Lawyer’

    In August 2017, after her nomination by President Donald Trump and unanimous confirmation by the U.S. Senate, Beth Williams ’04 became assistant attorney general for the Office of Legal Policy in the U.S. Department of Justice. At HLS, she was president of the Harvard Federalist Society. Williams recently received a top award from the Harvard Federalist Society and was designated a 2019 D.C. Rising Star by The National Law Journal. The Bulletin interviewed Williams in the fall.

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    ‘My Whole Life Has Been Cross-Discipline’

    Starting and growing successful businesses, and devising solutions to some of the toughest problems in public and higher education, have more in common than may appear at first blush. Both require creativity, and both offer the opportunity to better the lives of other people, says Steve Klinsky ’81.

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    HLS Authors: Selected Alumni Books Winter ’20

    From Imani Perry’s “Breathe” to Ben Shapiro’s “The Right Side of History”

Letter from the Dean

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