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  • Anna Fecker and Michael Admirand

    Far and wide: Three spif-fy summers

    November 19, 2008

    This year, Summer Public Interest Funding enabled HLS students to explore public service in 27 states and 35 countries around the world. More than $1.8 million Summer Public Interest Funding was awarded to 373 students this summer. Here’s a look at what four students did with their summer funding.

  • Michael Chertoff '78

    Q&A with Michael B. Chertoff ’78

    October 31, 2008

    Michael B. Chertoff ’78, who will be stepping down as secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security next January when a new Presidential administration takes office, took time following a panel presentation in October to answer questions about his experiences on the job and his plans for the future.

  • Panel of experts on terrorism

    Experts discuss striking a balance in an age of terror

    October 28, 2008

    Is the war on terror succeeding? That was the question for an all-star panel of experts at Harvard Law School on Oct. 24. (View webcast)

  • Dershowitz

    Dershowitz says indictments should not be politicized

    September 12, 2008

    The following op-ed, "Indictments are not the best revenge," written by Professor Alan Dershowitz was published in the September 12, 2008, edition of the Wall Street Journal.

  • Professor Jack Goldsmith and Seth Waxman

    Goldsmith and Waxman survey the post-9/11 terrain of constitutional law

    September 11, 2008

    At a Dean’s Forum moderated by HLS Dean Elena Kagan ’86, Seth Waxman was joined by Professor Jack Goldsmith for a wide-ranging discussion of Boumediene v. Bush and the three earlier cases in which the Court has addressed post-9/11 constitutional and statutory questions.

  • Heymann, Harman, Leiter and Goldsmith

    Panelists discuss the laws of fighting terrorism

    September 2, 2008

    Experts on terrorism were on hand for a panel discussion titled “Dealing with Terrorism: What Congress and the President Should Do.” The panelists discussed what changes they think should be adopted to better deal with the legal issues that have become controversial in dealing with the war on terror, including interrogation techniques, detention facilities, surveillance, and torture.

  • Adam Szubin

    The Money Trail

    September 1, 2008

    There’s a saying: Do what you love, and the money will follow. For Adam Szubin ’99, it’s a little different: With some early help from a Heyman Fellowship, he’s been able to do what he loves—and follow the money.

  • Gabriella Blum

    Needed: A Regional Approach to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

    September 1, 2008

    Assistant Professor Gabriella Blum LL.M. ’01 S.J.D. ’03, an international law scholar, is a native of Israel, where, as a young officer in the Israel Defense Forces International Law Department, she was involved in Israeli-Arab peace negotiations.

  • Professor Noah Feldman discusses the possibility of a war with Iran

    August 21, 2008

    The following article, Buildup to the next war, written by Harvard Law School Professor Noah Feldman, was published in the New York Times Magazine on August 8, 2008.

  • Erik Swabb '09

    In dispatches from Iraq, Erik Swabb ’09 describes dramatic changes in security situation

    August 21, 2008

    Iraq war veteran Erik Swabb ’09 recently returned to Iraq and was embedded with a U.S. combat unit, hoping to gain an informed assessment…

  • Military checkpoint in Fallujah

    HLS students who served in Iraq give their perspectives on the war

    July 25, 2008

    Last week, five current Harvard Law School students who have served or are currently serving in the U.S. armed forces spoke to a packed audience about their experiences in Iraq. Panelists Robert Merrill '08, Geoff Orazem '09, Erik Swabb '09, Hagan Scotten '10, and Kurt White '10 each drew upon their varied military posts during the invasion, the Second Battle of Fallujah, and counterinsurgency operations, to explain what it is like to serve as a junior officer in Iraq.

  • Dershowitz

    Dershowitz argues for post-9/11 paradigm shift in latest book

    May 8, 2008

    In his new book, “Is There a Right to Remain Silent? Coercive Interrogation and the Fifth Amendment After 9/11,” (Oxford University Press 2008), Professor Alan Dershowitz examines the status of the Fifth Amendment privilege in a post 9/11 “preventive” state.

  • Iraq is a vanishing issue in the presidential election, Professor Noah Feldman says

    January 14, 2008

    The following article, Vanishing Act , written by Harvard Law School Professor Noah Feldman, was published in the New York Times Magazine on January 13, 2007.

  • A Free Town Captured

    July 1, 2007

    How should societies deal with the aftermath of cataclysmic war and mass atrocities? It’s a question documentary filmmaker Rebecca Richman Cohen ’07 has asked former Nuremberg prosecutors.

  • First to Arrive

    July 1, 2007

    Perched on the 21st floor of an office building next to the Statehouse on Boston’s Beacon Hill, Juliette Kayyem ’95 has a spectacular view of the city’s waterfront. But when you’re the person in charge of Massachusetts’ homeland security, that view prompts vigilance more than anything else.

  • Professor David Kennedy ’80

    Law in the arsenal

    September 22, 2006

    International law professor David Kennedy was a conscientious objector during the Vietnam era, but during his early years teaching at Harvard Law School he realized it was time to rethink his position on the valid use of military force.

  • Letter from Baghdad

    September 1, 2006

    The news from Baghdad this month tends to make me share Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.’s famous preference for “not so much where we are, but in what direction we are moving.”

  • Recent Faculty Books – Summer 2006

    July 23, 2006

    In “Who Controls the Internet? Illusions of a Borderless World” (Oxford University Press), Professor Jack L. Goldsmith and Tim Wu ’98 describe the Internet’s challenge to government rule in the ’90s and some ensuing battles over Internet freedom around the world.

  • Sabin Willett '83

    A Bankruptcy Lawyer at Gitmo

    July 12, 2006

    Sabin Willett leads a double life as a lawyer. Most days, he works on bankruptcy litigation in the Boston office of Bingham McCutchen. He likes the work. Really, he says, sitting in a conference room with a sweeping view of Boston harbor.

  • Dershowitz on confusing the causes and effects of terrorism

    January 17, 2006

    The following op-ed by Professor Alan Dershowitz, "Terrorism: Confusing cause, effect," was published in The Boston Globe on January 16, 2006: Whatever anyone might think of the artistic merits of Steven Spielberg's new film ''Munich," no one should expect an accurate portrayal of historical events.

  • Professor Dershowitz forecasts on Alito as a justice

    January 13, 2006

    The following essay by Professor Alan Dershowitz, What Kind Of Justice Will Alito Be?, appeared in Forbes on January 13, 2006: Almost all justices vote almost all of the time in accordance with their own personal, political and religious views. That is the reality, especially on the Supreme Court, where precedent is not as binding, and where cases are less determined by specific facts than by broad principles.

  • Michael Chertoff '78

    The guardian

    July 1, 2005

    Can a veteran prosecutor whip the Department of Homeland Security into shape? Michael Chertoff '78 has already started.

  • Capt. Nick Brown '02

    Letter from Baghdad

    April 1, 2005

    Nick Brown '02 gained fame as a contestant on the reality show "Survivor." Today his reality is the Green Zone in Baghdad, where he carries a laptop and a rifle as a U.S. Army JAG officer.

  • Jane Harman talking on phone at desk

    Code red

    April 1, 2005

    Christopher Cox '76 ('77) and Jane Harman '69 sit on different sides of the aisle, but the urgent threat of terrorism unites them.

  • Col. Will Gunn in uniform

    Honor Bound

    September 1, 2004

    In a nondescript building in suburban Virginia, two subway stops from the Pentagon, a team of a half dozen or so defense lawyers works on what is perhaps the toughest--and most controversial--legal assignment in America.

  • Steven Wax

    Defending One, for All

    September 1, 2004

    Last spring, an Oregon attorney named Brandon Mayfield was arrested by the FBI and jailed for two weeks. He was suspected of being linked to the Madrid train bombings, thanks to the FBI's mistaken match of a fingerprint to a print found on a bag of detonators near the scene.

  • Frederick P. Hitz

    I Spy

    September 1, 2004

    In his recent book, "The Great Game: The Myth and Reality of Espionage," Frederick P. Hitz '64 gives credence to the saying that truth can be stranger than fiction.

  • Jamie Gorelick '75

    Inside out

    September 1, 2004

    It was December 2002 when House Minority Leader Richard Gephardt called Jamie Gorelick '75 to offer her the last Democratic slot on the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States.

  • Juliette Kayyem '95

    Legislative proposals headed for Congress

    September 1, 2004

    Professor Philip Heymann '60 and his colleague from Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government Juliette Kayyem '95 say Congress should provide much-needed legislation to deal with a number of issues that have emerged in the last three years in the fight against terrorism.

  • Getting real

    September 1, 2004

    Ever since Professor Philip Heymann '60 began teaching a class on terrorism in the winter of 1988, it's drawn a crowd.

  • Philip Heymann sitting at his desk

    Talking about terror

    September 1, 2004

    A Harvard Law School professor says a unilateral war on terror will not succeed. His solution: contain and isolate extremists by repairing frayed alliances and finding common ground with mainstream Islam.

  • Law in a time of terror

    September 1, 2004

    Four HLS professors consider whether the old rules apply when the enemies don't wear uniforms and are willing to die with their victims.

  • Terry Lenzner '64

    Corporate Sleuth

    July 1, 2004

    Attorney Terry Lenzner '64 has made investigation his business.

  • Professor Goodman at the chalkboard

    The Laws of War

    July 1, 2004

    In April, during one of the most violent periods of fighting in Iraq since the fall of Saddam Hussein's regime, Assistant Professor Ryan Goodman's Public International Law class struggled to determine when the use of force is legal and what to do when force may be illegal yet legitimate.

  • Nazi defendants in the first of the 13 Nuremberg war crimes trials on Nov. 11, 1945.

    Documenting Nuremberg

    April 1, 2004

    HLS Library digitizes more than 1 million pages of Nuremberg Trial documents

  • Philip B. Heymann

    Video Q & A: Professor Phil Heymann on Terrorism

    October 14, 2003

    Harvard Law School Professor Phil Heymann's new book, Terrorism, Freedom, and Security: Winning Without War, examines the United States' response to the September 11 attacks and concludes that the "War on Terrorism" is the wrong approach to combating global terrorism. Instead, Heymann argues, the U.S. needs to put more focus on diplomacy, intelligence and international law. In this video Q&A, Heymann discusses the administration's response to September 11 and the dangers of the current U.S. strategy.

  • Jim Haynes

    For the Defense

    September 1, 2002

    War has a way of finding Jim Haynes '83. Just six months after President George Bush appointed him general counsel of the Army in 1990, Iraqi President Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait, sparking the Persian Gulf War.

  • David Erne with fugitive Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic

    Freelance Diplomat

    September 1, 2002

    In 30 years of practicing law, corporate bankruptcy attorney David Erne '68 had been in many negotiations--but none like this one.

  • Juan Manuel García-Passalacqua

    Talking About a Revolution

    September 1, 2002

    Radio talk show host Juan Manuel García-Passalacqua '62 is urging his listeners--again--to go out and demonstrate. This time it's to stop the U.S. Navy from testing weapons on the Puerto Rican island of Vieques.

  • A Roommate with a View

    July 1, 2002

    When he was a college student, Michael Kleinman '03 shared a room in Yemen for five weeks with a fellow American. But they never had the "what's your major, do you have a girlfriend, where are you from, what music do you like" chat.

  • Congresswoman Jane Harman

    ‘A Critically Important Role’ Against Terrorism

    April 1, 2002

    Congresswoman Jane Harman '69 had long been fearful that America would become a target for terrorists.

  • Frank Vogel

    The New World of Islamic Legal Studies

    April 1, 2002

    "We ordinarily don't try to respond to the news of the hour," said Frank Vogel, director of the HLS Islamic Legal Studies Program. But for Vogel, like for so many other people, everything changed on September 11.

  • Call to Arms

    October 1, 2001

    The attack on Pearl Harbor impelled many Harvard Law School students to join the fight of their generation. Those who came back were changed men who had changed the world.

  • A Novel Idea

    July 18, 2000

    Most law school papers don't get glowing reviews from the New York Times Book Review. But most law school papers aren't like Mohsin Hamid's.

  • The Soldier’s Secretary

    April 25, 2000

    Ever on the move, Louis Caldera ’86 (’87), the 17th Secretary of the Army and its top communicator, lends his ear to enlisted men and women worldwide, communicating the changing mission of an Army in transformation.