On Thursday, March 14, the Harvard Law Review will present its spring symposium, “Law, Knowledge, and the Academy.” The event will address current intellectual trends in legal scholarship and explore directions for future work. Speakers will include Judge Richard Posner of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit; William Lee, managing partner at the firm of Hale & Dorr; and Professor Richard Epstein of the University of Chicago. Harvard Law School Professor Todd Rakoff will moderate. The event will begin at 4 p.m. in the Ames Courtroom.

“The contributors to this symposium have a great many exciting and potentially far-reaching ideas,” said Rakoff, dean of the J.D. program. “[Their] debate about legal scholarship proceeds along many dimensions simultaneously.”

The panel discussions will focus on two areas: First, panelists will discuss how legal scholarship is defined, what its appropriate methodologies are, and how it enhances our understanding of the law. Second, panelists will discuss the relationship between legal scholarship and the legal profession, addressing the relevance of scholarly writing both for legal education and legal practice. The discussion will be rooted in a series of essays written by the panelists and published in the March, 2002 edition of the Harvard Law Review. Members of the Law School community may obtain copies of the essays in advance of the program at Harvard Printing and Publications Services; copies will also be available at the event.

The Harvard Law Review, an entirely student-edited journal founded in 1887 by future Supreme Court Justice Louis D. Brandeis, has the largest circulation of any law journal in the world.

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