Post Date: October 8, 2003

This afternoon, Harvard Law School honored the career of Professor Emeritus Archibald Cox. The ceremony included an unveiling of the law school’s new portrait of Cox and speeches by Dean Elena Kagan and Professors Philip Heymann, Clark Byse, Carol Steiker and David Wilkins.

“It gives me great pleasure to have my portrait join the great company that adorn the walls of the Harvard Law School,” said Cox. “I like to think that some small part of me will always be here.”

Kagan praised Cox’s career in teaching and particularly his commitment to public service. “There is no better example for today’s students, and for young lawyers everywhere, than the life and work of Archibald Cox,” said Kagan.

Best known as the first Watergate special prosecutor, Cox has been on the Harvard Law School faculty since 1945. He also served as United States solicitor general from 1961 to 1965. Cox, a 1937 graduate of the law school, taught courses in torts and in administrative, constitutional, and labor law.