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  • Vegetables inside of a bin that reads

    Harvard Law School clinician testifies in support of Massachusetts food and health pilot program

    January 22, 2020

    A team of attorneys from Harvard Law School's Center for Health Law & Policy Innovation testified at a hearing in support of legislation to establish a food and health pilot program in the state of Massachusetts.

  • Benet Magnuson stands at a podium.

    To Serve Better: Benet Magnuson ’09

    December 23, 2019

    When Benet Magnuson joined Kansas Appleseed in 2013 as its executive director he pretty much had only himself to supervise. But within a couple of years the social justice nonprofit had a dozen staffers working all over the state.

  • Glenn Cohen with Chris Bavitz at Petrie-Flom Center General Counsel Roundtable

    Health care general counsels explore pressing health policy and legal issues at Harvard Law School

    December 11, 2019

    The General Counsels Roundtable helps influential health law attorneys stay on top of or even ahead of changes in health law and policy. The roundtable connects GC to experts at HLS and the broader university, while also strengthening ties between faculty and legal practice.

  • On the Bookshelf: HLS Library Book Talks, Spring 2018 2

    On the Bookshelf: HLS Authors

    December 11, 2019

    This fall, the Harvard Law School Library hosted a series of book talks by Harvard Law School authors on topics ranging from forgiveness in law, transparency in health and fidelity in constitutional practice.

  • Portrait of Robert Greenwald seated in an armchair

    A Q&A with Robert Greenwald on ‘getting to zero’ and the success of PEPFAR, 15 years later

    October 22, 2019

    Clinical Professor Robert Greenwald discusses PEPFAR’s impact at home in the United States, policy barriers to "getting to zero," and ways to address the epidemic head-on.

  • Abortion battles in Mexico and beyond: The role of law and the courts

    October 17, 2019

    Harvard Law School recently welcomed two justices from the Mexican Supreme Court of Justice to discuss recent decisions affirming access to abortion in their country.

  • Innovation, Justice, and Globalization–A Celebration of J.H. Reichman

    Innovation, Justice and Globalization

    October 17, 2019

    The “Innovation, Justice and Globalization” conference, hosted by HLS professor and leading intellectual property scholar Ruth Okediji, brought international academics and policymakers to campus to discuss intellectual property issues.

  • An apple with a stethoscope, on top of a stack of books

    Harvard Food Law Clinic calls for greater nutrition education in the medical field

    October 10, 2019

    A recent report out of the Harvard Law School Food Law and Policy Clinic calls for greater nutrition education in the medical field, and identifies policy approaches to increase nutrition competency of U.S-trained physicians.

  • Professors Jody Freeman LL.M. ’91 S.J.D. ’95 and Richard Lazarus ’79.

    Potentially troubling times for environmental law in the Supreme Court, say HLS professors

    October 1, 2019

    Though the news isn’t all bad, Harvard Law Professors Jody Freeman and Richard Lazarus warned of brewing issues ahead at the annual Supreme Court Environmental Law Review and Preview.

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    A Question of Prevention

    August 6, 2019

    Calls are growing for the U.S. to lift a ban on mitochondrial replacement therapy, or MRT, a procedure developed to enable women who are at risk of passing on rare but devastating diseases to have healthy, biologically related children.

  • Boanne Wassink with Charlotte the pig

    Animal Law and Policy Clinic launches at Harvard Law School

    August 5, 2019

    Harvard Law School has announced the launch of the new Animal Law and Policy Clinic, to be led by Visiting Assistant Clinical Professor Katherine Meyer and Clinical Instructor Nicole Negowetti.

  • I. Glenn Cohen

    One thing to change: Question that status quo

    July 29, 2019

    As part of a series called Focal Point, in which the Harvard Gazette asks a range of Harvard faculty members to answer the same question, I. Glenn Cohen explains why we should scrutinize what is and then ponder what should be.

  • I. Glenn Cohen and Dean John F. Manning

    The Second Reproductive Revolution: Glenn Cohen delivers chair lecture

    May 21, 2019

    In a lecture titled “The Second Reproductive Revolution,” I. Glenn Cohen, the faculty director of the Petrie-Flom Center, marked his appointment as the first James A. Attwood and Leslie Williams Professor of Law.

  • Jody Freeman elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

    Jody Freeman elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

    April 17, 2019

    The American Academy of Arts and Sciences has announced that Jody Freeman LL.M. '91 S.J.D. '95, Archibald Cox Professor of Law, has been elected a member of the honorary society, one of twelve members of the Harvard faculty to receive the honor this year.

  • Putting compassion into action

    Putting compassion into action

    April 12, 2019

    On April 5, Harvard Law School's Legal Services Center celebrated its 40th Anniversary of training more than 4,000 attorneys and law students and providing pro bono civil legal services to thousands of Greater Boston’s most vulnerable residents.

  • Roberta Kaplan to speak at Harvard Law’s 2019 Class Day Ceremony

    Roberta Kaplan to speak at Harvard Law’s 2019 Class Day Ceremony

    March 28, 2019

    Roberta "Robbie" Kaplan will be the speaker for the Class Day ceremonies at Harvard Law School on Wednesday, May 29, 2019. Kaplan was chosen by representatives of this year’s graduating class.

  • Medical AI systems could be vulnerable to adversarial attacks

    Medical AI systems could be vulnerable to adversarial attacks

    March 26, 2019

    A team of researchers from Harvard Law School, Harvard Medical School and MIT have published a new article in Science, the peer-reviewed academic journal of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, that suggests that medical artificial intelligence systems could be vulnerable to adversarial attacks.

  • Food Law and Policy Clinic releases advocacy and lobbying guide for food policy councils

    Food Law and Policy Clinic releases advocacy and lobbying guide for food policy councils

    March 20, 2019

    The Harvard Law School Food Law and Policy Clinic and the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future have released "Advocacy & Lobbying 101 for Food Policy Councils," a resource for food policy councils and others working to change the food system in the U.S.

  • Video: Trauma at the Border

    Video: Trauma at the Border

    March 11, 2019

    A recent event at Harvard Law School brought together scientists and lawyers to start a dialogue on neuroscience, trauma, and justice as part of the Project on Law and Applied Neuroscience, a collaboration between the Petrie-Flom Center at HLS and Massachusetts General Hospital.

  • Cravath 2019

    From Fiji to New Delhi, Cravath International Fellows pursue projects around the globe

    February 28, 2019

    During Winter Term, 12 Harvard Law School students traveled to 12 countries as Cravath International Fellows to pursue clinical placements or independent research with an international, transnational, or comparative law focus. Four of them share their experiences.

  • Casey Connolly and Laurel Fresquez

    Veterans Legal Clinic students argue case before federal court of appeals

    February 28, 2019

    Earlier this month, Casey Connolly ’19 and Laurel Fresquez ’19, both students in Harvard Law School's Veterans Legal Clinic, presented oral argument before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims on behalf of a proposed class of veterans with multiple disabilities.

  • Student Voices: Examining lead contamination in the Mississippi Delta 1

    Student Voices: Examining lead contamination in the Mississippi Delta

    February 20, 2019

    Last spring, Thomas Wolfe '19 shared his experience working on issues of water contamination in the Mississsippi Delta with the Mississippi Delta Project, an HLS Student Practice Organization that provides policy and legal services to clients in one of the poorest regions in the poorest state in the U.S.

  • weight balancing illustration / dollars vs people

    The Price Is Right

    January 29, 2019

    HLS Professor Cass Sunstein ’78 argues that for all their differences, every president since Ronald Reagan has agreed on one fundamental principle of government. That is, “No action may be taken unless the benefits justify the costs.” Sunstein identifies President Reagan as the main architect of this concept, and he credits the president he served under, Barack Obama ’91, with cementing what he calls “the cost-benefit revolution,” which is also the title of Sunstein’s new book.

  • David Harris receives 2018 Governor’s Awards in the Humanities

    David Harris receives 2018 Governor’s Award in the Humanities

    November 20, 2018

    In October, David J. Harris, managing director of the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race & Justice at Harvard Law School, received the Massachusetts Governor's Award in the Humanities. Harris was one of four leaders recognized for their "public actions, grounded in an appreciation of the humanities, to enhance civic life in the Commonwealth."

  • Outbreak Week: How prepared are we for the next health crisis?

    Outbreak Week: How prepared are we for the next health crisis?

    October 5, 2018

    Last week, Harvard commemorated the centennial of the 1918 influenza pandemic that killed more than 50 million people worldwide with Outbreak Week, a series of events across the university.

  • Alonzo Emery with Haben Girma on a panel. Girma holds up a devise that helps her communicate

    65 Years, Countless Voices: Haben Girma ’13

    October 4, 2018

    Haben Girma ’13, the first deaf-blind student to graduate from HLS, discusses her advocacy on behalf of individuals with disabilities and her work at the intersection of law, education and civil rights.

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    Big questions raised by big data

    September 20, 2018

    During the introduction to the book launch event for “Big Data, Health Law, and Bioethics,” one of the editors, Harvard Law School Professor I. Glenn Cohen ’03, faculty director of the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics, told a story about how powerful – and perhaps foreboding – big data can be.

  • Legal Services Center team

    Legal Services Center reaches out to homeless veterans at Stand Down 2018

    September 19, 2018

    A team of volunteers from Harvard Law School's Legal Services Center recently partnered with Veterans Legal Services to provide legal advice to homeless or at risk veterans at Veterans Stand Down 2018, a one-day event that brings service providers and veterans together allowing veterans to access services ranging from employment assistance to legal support to medical care.

  • Wendy Jacobs, Harvard officials call on EPA to withdraw proposed ‘transparency’ rule

    Wendy Jacobs, Harvard officials call on EPA to withdraw proposed ‘transparency’ rule

    August 15, 2018

    A letter drafted by HLS's Emmett Environmental Law and Policy Clinic Director Wendy Jacobs, and signed by nearly 100 hospital leaders and Harvard faculty, calls on the Environmental Protection Agency to withdraw its proposed rule on scientific “transparency,” saying that the change would drastically limit the scientific and medical knowledge that underlie a host of EPA regulations that protect human health.

  • Eric Gitari LL.M. ’18 on litigating a landmark LGBT case in Kenya: ‘This case has given people confidence to see what’s possible’

    Eric Gitari LL.M. ’18 on litigating a landmark LGBT case in Kenya: ‘It has given people confidence to see what’s possible’

    May 14, 2018

    After a landmark victory for gay rights in Kenya, Eric Mawira Gitari will continue to work for legal reform in Africa. “There are so many democratic changes going forward on the African continent right now," said Gitari. "We need to make sure that sexual orientation and gender identity are included in the debate.”

  • Harvard Project Will Use Behavioral Insights to Improve Health Care Decisions and Delivery 

    Harvard project will use behavioral insights to improve health care decisions and delivery

    May 8, 2018

    Harvard has announced the creation of a new, interdisciplinary project called the Behavioral Insights Health Project—a partnership between faculty members at Harvard Law School, Harvard Medical School, and other schools at Harvard that will explore how behavioral science and behavioral economics can help improve health outcomes for patients, and decisions made by doctors.

  • Maayan Sudai, an S.J.D. candidate at Harvard Law School

    S.J.D. candidate awarded scholarship to study health activism from a legal perspective

    May 1, 2018

    Maayan Sudai, an S.J.D. candidate at Harvard Law School, has been awarded a prestigious scholarship from Israel’s Dan David Foundation to support her work examining health activism from a legal perspective.

  • Disability, Human Rights, and Information Technology

    Disability, Human Rights, and Information Technology (video)

    April 17, 2018

    Visiting Professor of Law and Executive Director of the Harvard Law School Project on Disability Michael Ashley Stein ’88 tackled the global issue of equal access to information in his book “Disability, Human Rights, and Information Technology,” co-edited by Jonathan Lazar, professor of Computer and Information Sciences and Director of the Undergraduate Program in Information Systems at Towson University.

  • Students with elephant at the PETA Foundation

    Third Annual Student Animal Law Trip to Washington D.C.

    April 13, 2018

    Last week, the Animal Law & Policy Program (ALPP) at Harvard Law School partnered with the HLS Student Animal Legal Defense Fund (SALDF) to organize the third annual “Student Animal Law Trip to Washington D.C.”

  • Natalie Trigo Reyes ’19 wants to help vulnerable communities—starting at home in Puerto Rico 1

    Natalie Trigo Reyes ’19 wants to help vulnerable communities—starting at home in Puerto Rico

    April 5, 2018

    After Hurricane Maria roared over Puerto Rico in 2017, Puerto Rican native Natalie Trigo Reyes ’19 felt “completely overwhelmed.” Within days, however, she raised $40,000 for relief efforts, collected truckloads of emergency goods, and helped plan the school’s response to the disaster.

  • Cravath Fellows pursue law projects around the world

    Cravath Fellows pursue law projects around the world

    March 14, 2018

    In 2018, ten Harvard Law School students were selected as Cravath International Fellows. During Winter Term, they traveled to nine countries to pursue clinical placements or independent research with an international, transnational, or comparative law focus. Here, four of them describe their experiences.

  • Fourth annual Animal Law Week held at HLS

    Fourth annual Animal Law Week held at HLS

    March 12, 2018

    Animal law advocates from a variety of disciplines and perspectives came together at Harvard Law School  for the fourth annual Animal Law Week, an event co-hosted by the Harvard Animal Law & Policy Program and Harvard Law School's Student Animal Legal Defense Fund . 

  • Petrie-Flom Center launches Project on Precision Medicine, Artificial Intelligence, and the Law (PMAIL)

    Petrie-Flom Center launches Project on Precision Medicine, Artificial Intelligence, and the Law (PMAIL)

    January 31, 2018

    On Jan. 23, the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School and the Center for Advanced Studies in Biomedical Innovation Law (CeBIL) at the University of Copenhagen launched a new collaboration, the Project on Precision Medicine, Artificial Intelligence, and the Law (PMAIL).

  • Bicentennial Lecture Series: Randall Kennedy on Race Relations Law

    Bicentennial Lecture Series: Randall Kennedy on Race Relations Law

    January 16, 2018

    In this three-part lecture, Professor Randall Kennedy draws on a course he teaches in Race Relations Law to discuss the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

  • And the 'Torty' goes to...

    And the ‘Torty’ goes to…

    December 13, 2017

    This year, Jon Hanson challenged his torts students to create short documentaries about how tort law might apply to social issues and problems on the edge of the law’s reach. This challenge culminated in the inaugural Torty Awards--a screening and ceremony celebrating their inventive films on climate change, driverless cars, and the Flint water crisis.

  • Julian SpearChief-Morris is the first indigenous student to head Harvard Law School’s Legal Aid Bureau

    Julian SpearChief-Morris is the first indigenous student to head Harvard Law School’s Legal Aid Bureau

    November 28, 2017

    Julian SpearChief-Morris ’17 is the first indigenous student to lead the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau, marking his place in the storied history of the bureau which was founded in 1913 to provide legal services to low-income clients in the Boston area.

  • The evolution of American environmental law from Nixon to Trump

    The evolution of American environmental law from Nixon to Trump

    November 7, 2017

    “The Remarkable Evolution of American Environmental Law from Nixon to Trump and Beyond” panel during Harvard Law School's bicentennial summit focused on the uncertain future of the Environmental Protection Agency in the current administration. Panelists A. James Barnes ’67, Richard J. Lazarus ‘79, William Reilly ’65 and Gina McCarthy looked at the EPA’s distinguished history.

  • Secretary David Shulkin shares thoughts on the VA's service to veterans

    Shulkin seeks to increase service and accountability at Veterans Affairs

    November 1, 2017

    On Thursday, Nov. 2, Dr. David Shulkin, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, will deliver the 2017 Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Distinguished Lecture at Harvard Law School. In advance of his visit to the law school, Secretary Shulkin answered a few questions about the Department of Veterans Affairs and its service to veterans.

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    HLS Authors and Auteurs

    July 28, 2017

    From the Supreme Court, to the SEC, to an unidentified city under siege: legal analysis, memoir, a documentary and more works from HLS alumni.

  • Konstantin Tretyakov S.J.D.: Exploring cultural differences on questions of life and death

    May 22, 2017

    The subject of Konstantin Tretyakov’s doctoral thesis, the “right to die” and how it is handled in different countries, would be a fascinating one under any circumstances. But as a Russian student who has also studied Chinese law, Tretyakov brings a unique perspective to the topic.

  • Alan Stone standing in a staircase

    A Moral Adventure in the Law

    May 18, 2017

    In Alan Stone's classes, his delight in teaching is palpable, and the topics can be startling.

  • Harvard report compares NFL’s health policies and practices to other pro sports leagues’

    May 15, 2017

    While the NFL’s player health policies and practices are robust in some areas, there are opportunities for improvement in others, according to the findings of a new report by researchers at Harvard Law School's Petrie-Flom Center -- the first comprehensive comparative analysis of health policies and practices across professional sports leagues.

  • The Affordable Care Act: Past, Present and Future with William Schultz

    April 25, 2017

    On March 23, William B. Schultz, former general counsel of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (2011-2016), discussed the complicated politics surrounding the Affordable Care Act and possible policy options for the next phase of the law’s evolution.

  • Harvard Law School scavenger hunt for public interest

    April 12, 2017

    More than 350 students raced through the halls of Harvard Law School solving clues, answering trivia questions, and taking selfies with professors as part of the school's first ever Public Interest Scavenger Hunt, which had students competing for prizes as the community came together to show support for students working in public interest law.

  • 2017 Cravath Fellows

    Cravath International Fellows explore law abroad

    April 5, 2017

    Harvard Law Today recently spoke with three of the 11 Harvard Law School students who were selected as Cravath International Fellows this year, who traveled during winter term to Bogotá, Colombia, Paris, France and Singapore to pursue clinical placements and independent research.