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  • The New Empiricists

    May 4, 2015

    For the growing number of empiricists at HLS, there’s nothing quite so satisfying—or unimpeachable—as resolving a thorny, often contentious, legal or policy question through rigorous analysis of cold, hard data.

  • Brett Stark

    Representing the Whole Child

    May 4, 2015

    Brett Stark co-founds a medical-legal partnership to assist children who seek asylum in the U.S.

  • Faculty Books In Brief — Spring 2015

    May 4, 2015

    As far back as Aristotle, people have been touting the benefits of group decision-making. Yet, as Professor Cass R. Sunstein ’78 and and Reid Hastie note in their new book, history suggests that groups are often unwise or downright foolish.

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    Harvard Law champions entrepreneurship and innovation

    April 15, 2015

    For law students interested in entrepreneurism and startups—as entrepreneurs themselves, as lawyers representing startups, or both—there is a wealth of growing and intersecting opportunities at Harvard Law School and across the university.

  • Food recovery panel

    A focus on food: Harvard Law School forum mines ways to protect, improve what we eat (video)

    April 10, 2015

    On March 28-29, The Harvard Food Law Society and the Food Literacy Project hosted the “Just Food? Forum on Justice in the Food System” at Harvard Law School, organized as part of Harvard’s yearlong Food Better initiative, created to discuss issues surrounding what we eat.

  • 50 years of privacy since Griswold: Gertner, Suk and Tribe discuss landmark case

    April 3, 2015

    Fifty years after the Supreme Court kicked off its line of “right to privacy” cases with Griswold v. Connecticut, which declared unconstitutional a state statute prohibiting couples from using contraceptives, a panel of three Harvard Law professors met to discuss the impact and legacy of the landmark case.

  • Deans’ Food System Challenge finalists announced

    April 2, 2015

    This Fall, Harvard Law School Dean Martha Minow and Julio Frenk, dean of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, issued a challenge to students across the university to come up with fresh ideas for solving complex problems facing our food system in the United States and around the world.

  • At HLS, a major conference on African women’s leadership

    March 27, 2015

    "Powering the African Dream," a two-day series of roundtable discussions on the role of African women in in the United Nations' post-2015 Development Agenda and the Beijing +20 Review Process, was held at Harvard Law School on March 9-10.

  • Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation wins health insurance pricing changes

    March 20, 2015

    While the health care rights of low-income individuals living with chronic illnesses are under attack by interests seeking to undermine the Affordable Care Act, advocacy by Harvard Law School’s Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation (CHLPI) has directly led to one health insurance provider making a significant change to protect its patients.

  • Plato's Organic Harvest

    Focus on food: Twenty-two faculty deliver lightning lectures on research, realities involving what we eat

    March 10, 2015

    The Food+ Research Symposium, which was hosted by the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, the Harvard Kennedy School Sustainable Science Program, and the Harvard Center for the Environment, brought together 22 faculty speakers from eight Schools last Friday to deliver seven-minute presentations on the nexus of food, agriculture, environment, health, and society.

  • An opening for measles: anti-vaccination trend a growing concern

    March 3, 2015

    Credit: Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer “There is a little bit of a reason to worry. We could see a resurgence of disease in part because…

  • Harvard convenes international meeting on clinical trial recruitment

    February 6, 2015

    The Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School and the Regulatory Foundations, Ethics, and Law Program of Harvard Catalyst | The Harvard Clinical and Translational Science Center convened an international panel of experts at the Brocher Foundation in Switzerland for a workshop entitled “Clinical Trial Recruitment: Problems, Misconceptions, and Possible Solutions,” on Jan. 19-21.

  • Center For Health Law and Policy Innovation files amicus brief calling for preservation of federal subsidies under the ACA

    January 29, 2015

    The Harvard Law School Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation has spearheaded the filing of an amicus brief in the U.S. Supreme Court, requesting that the Court affirm a court of appeals decision upholding the nationwide provision of federal subsidies under the Affordable Care Act.

  • From politics to pop music: A look back at fall 2014 at HLS

    December 23, 2014

    A former NBA All Star turned humanitarian. Supreme Court justices. Student protests. Take a look at some highlights of the people who visited and events that took place this semester at Harvard Law School.

  • New head of VA looks to put system’s troubles behind

    November 26, 2014

    At the inaugural Disabled American Veterans Distinguished Speaker Series at Harvard Law School, U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald said the troubled agency is making progress in getting its house in order, citing more — and more timely — appointments and authorizations to see private doctors for veterans who live far from VA hospitals.

  • Bryan Cressey

    A conversation with Bryan Cressey

    November 24, 2014

    When Bryan Cressey J.D./M.B.A. ’76, a native of Seattle, was putting himself through the University of Washington by working at a conveyor-belt company, he grew intrigued by the “go-go era of the ’60s,” as he puts it, when business innovators such as James J. Ling were creating giant conglomerates. Cressey decided he wanted to build companies and applied to the J.D./M.B.A. program at Harvard. From his first job in 1976 with a venture capital firm in Chicago; to four years later co-founding Golder, Thoma & Cressey (later Golder, Thoma, Cressey, Rauner); to the present, Cressey’s leadership in industry consolidation with a particular expertise in the health care and medical services fields has been recognized by Fortune and Time magazines, among many other publications.

  • Certain Change: How the Roberts Court is revising constitutional law

    November 24, 2014

    Laurence Tribe discusses some of the implications of the decisions of nine men and women with regard to gay marriage, gun rights, N.S.A. surveillance, health care, emerging threats to privacy, immigration and more.

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    For the Children Who ‘Fell Through the Cracks’

    November 24, 2014

    From the statehouse to the schoolhouse, an HLS initiative changes the paradigm for educating young people who have experienced trauma.

  • Obamacare, back on trial: Elhauge on new challenges to the ACA

    November 14, 2014

    In a move that caught many observers off guard, the U.S. Supreme Court last week announced it would review one of four cases currently challenging provisions

  • A Recipe for Innovation

    November 13, 2014

    This fall, Harvard Law School Dean Martha Minow and Julio Frenk, dean of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, issued the "Deans' Food System Challenge" (one of several competitions held by the Harvard Innovation Lab and sponsored by Harvard Schools), encouraging students across the university to come up with fresh ideas for solving complex problems facing our food system.

  • Humanitarian and NBA All Star Dikembe Mutombo tells HLS students: ‘We need you to become a leader in your generation’

    October 31, 2014

    As an NBA All Star, Dikembe Mutombo battled Hakeem Olajuwon on the court. These days, his opponents, malaria and Ebola, are requiring much more than an emphatic block and his trademark “not in my house” finger waggle. Mutombo now uses his considerable stature to address his lifelong goal of improving the health, wellbeing, and future of the people of his home country, the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

  • LIDS Global team members

    Harvard Law and International Development Society builds global law school network

    October 16, 2014

    One year ago, Co-vice Presidents of Harvard Law & International Development Society Maryum Jordan ’14 and Elizabeth Nehrling ’15 reached out to law schools around the world. Their question was simple: Are faculty and students at your institution interested in starting a law and international development student organization?

  • ‘Food Better’ week kicks off at Harvard

    September 26, 2014

    Individuals and communities can improve the food system, according to members of the Harvard Law School Food Law and Policy Clinic, which has launched a year-long, university-wide focus on how to make food distribution more equitable, sustainable, and nutritious.

  • UCLA, Harvard Law Schools launch joint annual conference on food law and policy

    August 8, 2014

    UCLA School of Law and Harvard Law School have announced the inauguration of the UCLA-Harvard Food Law and Policy Conference, a joint annual conference that…

  • Tushnet analyzes Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby ruling

    July 1, 2014

    In Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores Inc., the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 decision that closely held, for-profit corporations have a right to exercise the religious beliefs of their owners and therefore cannot be required by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to provide contraception coverage to employees if it conflicts with those views. The Gazette spoke with Harvard Law School Professor Mark Tushnet  about the decision and what it means for future corporate challenges to the Affordable Care Act.

  • Harvard Law Thinks Big! A series of short talks on big ideas (video)

    June 19, 2014

    Five Harvard Law School professors presented a sampling of their innovative ideas in late May at the 2014 Harvard Law School Thinks Big lecture, an annual event that challenges faculty to explain those big ideas in short talks.

  • ‘Choosing not to choose’: improving healthcare law by acknowledging how people behave (video)

    June 18, 2014

    Cass Sunstein opened the 2014 Behavioral Economics, Law, and Health Policy Conference with a keynote address called “Choosing Not to Choose.” His talk set the tone for the two-day conference organized by The Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School, which drew nearly 200 lawyers, public health professionals, economists, and health policy analysts to the campus from May 2-3.

  • ‘Food is Medicine’: Health reform should support nutritional counseling, medical meals, says HLS report

    June 12, 2014

    The Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation (CHLPI) of Harvard Law School released the report “Food is Medicine: Opportunities in Public and

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    HLS report illustrates pervasiveness of Type 2 diabetes epidemic in NJ

    April 17, 2014

    The Harvard Law School Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation (CHLPI) recently released an insightful and action-oriented report on the landscape of type 2 diabetes in New Jersey. The report serves as a resource for diabetes advocates and offers detailed policy recommendations for the prevention and management of the disease.

  • Petrie-Flom Center Announces New Journal of Law and the Biosciences

    April 4, 2014

    The first volume of the Journal of Law and the Biosciences (JLB) was recently published by Oxford University Press. The new peer-reviewed, open access,…

  • First lady Michelle Obama in the White House Kitchen Garden with local elementary school students

    Victory Gardener

    January 1, 2014

    First Lady Michelle Obama ’88 on cultivating a healthier future for children.

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    Food for Thought

    January 1, 2014

    The HLS Library collection includes books and documents that highlight some of the historical rules and regulations surrounding everything comestible.

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    Thought for Food: Contemplating new regulations in a global economy

    January 1, 2014

    With more and more people deeply concerned about what they’re eating and what it means for our health, the economy, the environment, social justice, and even national security, Harvard Law School has created a new focus on food law.

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    HLS Authors: Selected alumni books

    January 1, 2014

    Brown uses her own example—after leaving a law partnership upon the birth of her daughter, she is now a professor of business law—and those of many others, from a jewelry designer to a nurse to a rabbi, to show the possibilities for those who are unhappy with the practice of law. Such a change is not easy, but a lawyer’s skills can be reframed and refreshed, she says, adding that she has never met a former lawyer who regrets having left the profession.

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    Destination: Asia

    January 1, 2014

    In June, a delegation from Harvard Law School led by Dean Martha Minow embarked on a 15-day, five-stop visit to East Asia and to the fore of fast-moving developments and challenges across the region.

  • Petrie-Flom Center Announces New Journal of Law and the Biosciences

    December 20, 2013

    The Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology and Bioethics at Harvard Law School has joined with Duke University, Stanford University and Oxford University Press to launch and publish a new peer-reviewed, open access, online journal in 2014: Journal of Law and the Biosciences (JLB).

  • Petrie-Flom Center to collaborate with Harvard Catalyst on second Clinical and Translational Science Award

    December 4, 2013

    Harvard Law School's Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics will launch a novel Ethics and Law initiative as part of the Regulatory Foundations, Ethics, and Law Program of Harvard Catalyst | The Harvard Clinical and Translational Science Center.

  • Professors at “HLS Thinks Big”

    Four HLS professors ‘think big’ at annual event (video)

    July 11, 2013

    “HLS Thinks Big,” an event inspired by the global TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) talks and modeled after the university's “Harvard Thinks Big” event, was held at Harvard Law School on May 28. Four professors—Daniel Nagin, Glenn Cohen '03, Jeannie Suk '02, and James Greiner—presented on some of their recent work and research.

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    Patients Without Borders

    July 1, 2013

    As Americans travel to other countries for medical care, Professor Glenn Cohen looks at the implications at home and abroad.

  • Obamacare’s Point Guard

    July 1, 2013

    Nancy-Ann DeParle, director of the White House Office of Health Reform from 2009 to 2011, answers questions about the Affordable Care Act.

  • Glen Cohen

    Cohen in JAMA: The looming threat of liability for accountable care organizations

    June 21, 2013

    “The Looming Threat of Liability for Accountable Care Organizations and What to Do About It,” a new article by Harvard Law School Assistant Professor I. Glenn Cohen ’03 and Dr. H. Benjamin Harvey ’09, was published recently in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

  • Glenn Cohen on animals, AI and morality

    Cohen files amicus brief in gene patent case before the Supreme Court

    March 28, 2013

    Harvard Law School Professor I. Glenn Cohen ’03 and Gideon A. Schor ’89 recently filed an amicus brief on behalf of Dr. Eric S. Lander in a pending Supreme Court case that will address whether human genes are patentable.

  • Professor Elhauge with MIT Professor Jonathan Gruber

    P/Review of Health Law at Petrie-Flom Center (video)

    March 18, 2013

    The past year was a historic one for health law, with the Supreme Court issuing the final word on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act alongside a host of other critical developments. In February, the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics, in partnership with the New England Journal of Medicine, held its first annual Health Law Year in P/Review event.

  • Glenn Cohen on animals, AI and morality

    Cohen promoted to professor of law at Harvard

    March 8, 2013

    Following a vote of the Harvard Law School faculty, I. Glenn Cohen, a leading expert on the intersection of health care, bioethics and the law, will be promoted from assistant professor to tenured professor of law, effective July 1. Cohen has served as an assistant professor since 2008, and as co-director of the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics since 2009.

  • NFL Players Association partners with HMS; Petrie-Flom Center will be involved

    January 29, 2013

    The National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) has granted Harvard Medical School a $100 million grant to create a transformative 10-year initiative⎯the Harvard Integrated Program to Protect and Improve the Health of NFLPA Members. The program will marshal the intellectual, scientific, and medical expertise throughout Harvard University to discover new approaches to diagnosing, treating, and preventing injuries and illnesses in both active and retired players. Members of the Petrie-Flom Center at Harvard Law School will help address ethical, legal and policy issues relevant to the health of current, future and retired players.

  • Faculty Sampler: From medical tourism to the system of the Constitution

    December 6, 2012

    “Medical tourism—the travel of patients who are residents of one country (the ‘home country’) to another country for medical treatment (the ‘destination country’)—represents a growing and important business," writes Assistant Professor I. Glenn Cohen ’03 in a recent article.

  • Glenn Cohen on animals, AI and morality

    Cohen in the Harvard Gazette: The rise of medical tourism (audio)

    October 18, 2012

    The intersection of medical tourism and ethical and legal questions are at the heart of I. Glenn Cohen's new book, “Patients with Passports: Medical Tourism, Law, and Ethics,” the focus of his year as a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.

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    HLS Authors: Selected alumni books

    October 1, 2012

    “Client Science: Advice for Lawyers on Counseling Clients through Bad News and Other Legal Realities,” by Marjorie Corman Aaron ’81 (Oxford). No one likes to deliver bad news—attorneys included. But oftentimes providing honest and difficult advice is a crucial part of the job, and Aaron offers her own advice on how best to do it.

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    Carrying the Tea Party Banner

    October 1, 2012

    U.S. Senate candidate Ted Cruz calls for a “return to the framers’ vision of a constitutionally limited government”

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    Recent Faculty Books – Fall 2012

    October 1, 2012

    Professor Einer Elhauge ’86 is author of the e-book “Obamacare On Trial” (Edward Elgar), focused on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act case decided by the Supreme Court in June. Elhauge raises points that were not aired in the courtroom, including the fact that the constitutional framers themselves had approved mandates to buy health insurance.