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Family, Gender & Children

  • Heather Gerken

    Can Dissent Take the Form of Official Action?

    July 1, 2005

    Professor Heather Gerken says it can.

  • Katherine Locker '98

    The Squeaky Wheel

    September 1, 2004

    Katherine Locker '98 knows that children with disabilities who are in the foster care system are some of the most vulnerable people on the planet.

  • Marina Volanakis '99

    Life Lessons

    July 1, 2004

    Sometimes making the greatest impact on a student's life is as simple as changing his fifth-grade homeroom. That's what Marina Volanakis '99 did for 10-year-old Gabriel, and it was enough to turn him from a disrespectful troublemaker into a dedicated student.

  • Professor Laurence Tribe

    A Marriage Contrast

    July 1, 2004

    The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court decision in Goodridge v. Department of Public Health last fall has allowed gay marriage in the commonwealth--at least for now.

  • Elizabeth Warren

    Stuck in the middle

    April 1, 2004

    In their new book, Professor Elizabeth Warren and her daughter reveal the diminishing fortunes of middle-class families and show a way out of the "Two-Income Trap."

  • Woman speaking at podium

    Coming out party

    April 1, 2004

    Participants in the school's first GLBT reunion recount the changes in their lives and on campus.

  • Marlene Evans Putnam with her portrait of Soia Mentschikoff

    An Essay by Harold Putnam ’50-’51: The Woman in the Picture

    July 1, 2003

    The year 1989 wound down with the law school being painfully reminded that its portrait collection was still conspicuously all male.

  • Nifty Fifty

    July 1, 2003

    There's nothing noteworthy about being a female student at Harvard Law School today: About half of the students are women.

  • One woman in a class full of men

    When I’m ’64

    July 1, 2003

    In her new book, Judith Richards Hope details the struggles and successes of the women classmates who "took the place of a man."

  • Martha Field at chalkboard

    A Class Unto Themselves

    July 1, 2003

    For many years after HLS began admitting women, male faculty still predominated. That's changed, and women faculty members talk about what their presence has meant for the school and for themselves.

  • Six women in Harvard classroom

    A Woman’s Place

    July 1, 2003

    Fifty years after the first women graduated from Harvard Law School, alumnae come together to look back at the progress and ahead to the possibilities.

  • Illustration of stethoscope on women's bathroom door

    We Are Where We Excrete

    July 1, 2003

    The urinal is the political. So are the toilet and the condom dispenser and the diaper changing station and everything else commonly found in men's and women's rooms (and even the fact that there are men's and women's rooms).

  • Patricia Schroeder '64

    Patricia S. Schroeder ’64

    September 24, 2002

    Known for her tart tongue and her tears (when she announced that she wouldn't run for president in 1988), Patricia Schroeder knew how to get things done in Congress, including the passage of the Family and Medical Leave Act.

  • Ed Norton and wife with mountain backdrop

    A Common Good

    April 1, 2002

    Cynics call them do-gooders, hopelessly naïve people disconnected from the real world. These days, the cynical view could easily prevail.

  • The Right of Women

    April 1, 2002

    Do you expect Harvard Law women to be card-carrying liberals? Then you haven't met Cameron Casey '03 or other members of the Alliance of Independent Feminists.

  • Judge Deborah Batts with portrait

    A Portrait of Diversity

    April 1, 2002

    Sometimes a painting is not just a work of art. That's the case with the most recent addition to the HLS collection, praised not only for its style but for all it represents.

  • Eugene Wade

    Lessons of the Heart

    October 1, 2001

    Eugene Wade graduated from Morehouse College, Harvard Law School, and the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School. But he almost flunked out of high school. And that experience drove him to start his own charter school company, helping kids like himself--poor minority children in inner cities.

  • Joan Williams

    Balancing Acts

    September 1, 2001

    After an editor at Oxford University Press read Unbending Gender, a book her own company published, she quit her job. In a way, it was the ultimate compliment for the author, Joan Williams '80, a professor at American University's Washington College of Law.

  • Illustration of tree with roots forming into the shape of a man and woman's face

    Adopting a Cause

    April 27, 2001

    Credit: Christoph Niemann Frederick F. Greenman Jr. ’61 LL.M. ’63 fights for a right almost everyone takes for granted. All people, he believes, should be…

  • The General at Peace

    April 27, 2001

    As her tenure as head of the Justice Department ends, Janet Reno '63 reflects on the criticism and controversies--and what she did with her Harvard Law School education.

  • An Independent Woman

    April 27, 2001

    Credit: Richard Chase A fellow at HLS during the academic year, Jennifer Braceras ’94, argued the conservative’s case as a columnist for the Boston Glove…

  • Stanford’s Halley Named Professor at HLS

    September 28, 2000

    Credit: Richard Chase Janet Halley, an authority on legal issues surrounding gender, identity, and sexual orientation, has been appointed professor of law at HLS. “Janet…

  • The Vulnerability of the Middle Class

    July 18, 2000

    Despite today's booming economy, the number of middle-class families filing for bankruptcy in America is soaring, according to Professor Elizabeth Warren, Teresa Sullivan, and Jay Westbrook, coauthors of a new study, The Fragile Middle Class: Americans in Debt (Yale University Press, 2000).

  • Elizabeth Bartholet

    Elizabeth Bartholet Challenges the Child Welfare System

    April 25, 2000

    The Bulletin interviews Elizabeth Bartholet about her recent book, which looks at how policies affect children victimized by abuse and neglect.

  • Competent to Testify?

    September 25, 1999

    Many young children who understand the difference between truth and lies are nonetheless deemed incompetent to testify in court, according to developmental psychologist Tom Lyon ’87, "because lawyers ask them questions that are too abstract for their stage of development."

  • At Large in L.A.

    September 25, 1999

    Belinda Smith Walker ’71, executive director of Girls and Gangs (G&G), and partners in law and public activism Stephen English ’75 and Molly Munger ’74 are all Harvard alumni residing in L.A.

  • Touring Charleston, Mass.

    September 25, 1999

    Charlestown Lacrosse founder Zack Lehman '98 gives the Bulletin a tour of Charlestown, Mass.

  • Do Something

    July 26, 1999

    Early on April 13, a fleet of yellow school buses pulled up to the Law School, bringing 200 Boston high school students to a town meeting led by HLS Professors Lawrence Lessig and Bruce Hay ’88.

  • Toward Equitable Child Care

    June 25, 1999

    Professor Lucie White’s spring seminar Child Care, Development, Policy, and Women’s Work: Comparative Perspectives culminated in a late-April colloquium that brought together scholars, activists, and students for discussion of emerging issues involving women’s employment, social justice movements, and state policy regarding the unpaid or undercompensated care-taking —especially of young children—that women typically do.