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  • Man smiling, holding a baseball and baseball glove, wearing a Boston Red Sox hat and t-shirt. Behind him is a palm tree and fence..

    Play ball!

    March 16, 2022

    Sports law expert  Peter Carfagna discusses Major League Baseball's new collective bargaining agreement and the impact it will have on the game of baseball.

  • Portrait of a man sitting at a desk in an office

    ‘Life Can Change at the Snap of a Finger’

    February 9, 2022

    A second-year law student on second chances, building community, and trying to find his place in the grand scheme of things

  • Brian Flores

    Brian Flores vs. the NFL

    February 9, 2022

    Two Harvard Law experts say the suit filed by former Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores faces many challenges, but that if he can get it heard in court, Flores has ‘a good story.’

  • Illustration a man at a podium in front of six microphones with a social media logo or a social media response attached to each mic.

    Bad News

    January 31, 2022

    With the rise of social media and the decline of traditional news outlets, especially local news, “constitutional democracy itself is in the balance,” writes Minow in her new book.

  • Black and white photo of a man wearing a suit with academic buildings in the background

    To Pittsburgh with Love

    January 31, 2022

    Ken Gormley ’80, president of Duquesne University, writes his first novel.

  • Portrait of a man sitting on a chair in a radio studio

    For the Love of Jazz

    January 31, 2022

    Allan Berland ’63, a retired lawyer, produces classic jazz radio program.

  • a photo of adult twin brothers sitting against a wall next to a second photo of adult twin brothers standing in front of a building.

    Family matters

    December 14, 2021

    Harvard Law Today caught up with two pairs of identical twins on campus to find out what life is like with a double.

  • Woman wearing a black and white fur dress leaning on the floor with two pigs by her side

    Finding her voice

    August 22, 2021

    From her early years to the formation of her opera company, Cerise Lim Jacobs ’81 has charted an unexpected path.

  • The new world of college athletics

    August 3, 2021

    A landmark Supreme Court decision and an extension of Name, Image and Likeness rights to student athletes usher in a summer of change for the NCAA, says sports law expert Peter Carfagna ’79.

  • Weiler

    Paul C. Weiler LL.M. ’65, 1939–2021: North America’s foremost labor law scholar and the founder of ‘sports and the law’

    July 22, 2021

    Paul C. Weiler LL.M. ’65, the Henry J. Friendly Professor of Law, Emeritus at Harvard Law School, renowned as North America’s foremost labor law scholar and the founder of sports law, died July 7 after a long illness.

  • Minow named University Professor

    ‘We’re on a collision course with sanity’

    June 22, 2021

    Harvard University Professor and former Harvard Law School dean Martha Minow argues for a new Fairness Doctrine and other reforms in a National Constitution Center panel on free speech and media.

  • Bears, Bulls and the fusion of stocks and sports

    April 29, 2021

    First-year Harvard Law Student Deven Hurt introduces Wall Street to the world of fantasy sports through his company PredictionStrike.

  • Hollywood, Los Angeles street scene at night

    Hollywood’s next act

    April 22, 2021

    As Hollywood comes together to commemorate the Oscars, Harvard Law Lecturer and entertainment law expert Tara Kole '03 discusses the pandemic’s effect on the industry, the state of diversity in filmmaking, and what the current trajectory portends for the future.

  • Frederica Brenneman

    Frederica Brenneman ’53:  A trailblazer at HLS and in the field of juvenile justice

    April 2, 2021

    Frederica Brenneman ’53, a member of the first Harvard Law School class to include women, went on to a long career in the Connecticut judiciary focused on child welfare. She was the inspiration for the television show “Judging Amy."

  • Moot Court Madness

    Harvard team takes top spot in Moot Court Madness

    March 30, 2021

    Representing Harvard Law School in the inaugural NOCAP Sports Moot Court Competition, Eli Nachmany ’22 and Kit Metoyer ’22 took home the championship, besting a field of the nation’s top law schools. 

  • NCAA headquarters

    Amateurism under scrutiny as the NCAA comes before the Supreme Court

    March 30, 2021

    Is the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) violating antitrust law by limiting whether and how student-athletes can profit from their own labor, or are the organization’s long-established guardrails necessary to protect amateurism?

  • Gus Hauser Headshot

    Gustave M. Hauser: 1929 – 2021

    February 22, 2021

    Gustave Hauser ’53 was a cable television pioneer and, with his wife Rita Hauser ’58, a dedicated supporter of Harvard Law School.

  • RAP headphone logo

    At the intersection of music and the law

    December 16, 2020

    The music industry is no stranger to legal dispute. From high-profile cases involving Napster, Inc. to the many legal trappings that accompany artists throughout the creative process, the law has continued to evolve along with music. That's Student Practice Organization the Recording Artists Project (RAP) come in.

  • basketball in empty arena

    HLS sports law journal tackles publicity rights in college sports

    September 15, 2020

    The Harvard Journal of Sports and Entertainment Law publishes special edition focused on the NCAA and the rights of student-athletes to profit from their own name, likeness or image.

  • Baseball on Grass Field

    ‘It was a titanic struggle to make this happen’

    July 23, 2020

    HLS Lecturer Peter Carfagna ’79 discusses Major League Baseball’s return to play during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Australian 400m dash champion Morgan Mitchell

    ‘Game Changers’ puts muscle behind its message at HLS

    February 14, 2020

    The old-fashioned notion that tough guys—and tough women—must eat meat was challenged by a panel of athletes and experts at Harvard Law School, following a screening of the popular documentary “The Game Changers.”

  • Melissa Joy Reilly, Michelle Kwan, Bill Alford

    Celebrating Special Olympics

    April 10, 2019

    To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Special Olympics, HLS presented an inspiring conversation with Olympic medalist Michelle Kwan and Special Olympics medalist Melissa Joy Reilly.

  • Megha Parekh

    Tackling a Big Job

    January 31, 2019

    Megha Parekh ’09 is in charge of all legal matters for the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars.

  • 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.

  • NFL group joins Harvard huddle on criminal justice

    NFL group joins Harvard huddle on criminal justice

    March 29, 2018

    A group of current and retired NFL players shared personal reasons for their activism and outreach in a conversation Friday at Harvard Law School, part of “Changing the Conversation to Change Criminal Justice,” a symposium sponsored by the School’s Bernard Koteen Office of Public Interest Advising, the Fair Punishment Project, and the Players Coalition.

  • New England Patriots players seated at table

    On the way to the Super Bowl, a visit to Harvard Law

    February 1, 2018

    On Jan. 5, New England Patriots Defensive Captain Devin McCourty, teammates Johnson Bademosi, Matthew Slater and Duron Harmon, and team president Jonathan Kraft participated in a 'Listen and Learn' event at HLS, organized by the Fair Punishment Project and the Office of Public Interest Advising, featuring panel discussions on inequities in the criminal justice system.

  • Mike Zarren ’04, Jeff Pash '80 and Dan Halem '91

    In a league of their own

    November 2, 2017

    Executives representing the three most popular major sports leagues in the U.S. offered insights into the business and legal maneuvering behind the games, during the HLS 200 panel “A View from the Top.”

  • Dariusz Mioduski

    A conversation with Dariusz Mioduski ’90

    August 4, 2017

    Polish-born lawyer and businessman Darius Mioduski ’90 applied to Harvard Law School not having known English five years earlier. That hopeful step led him on an adventurous career path, from starting out in international M&A and project finance, to his present role as part owner of Poland’s top football club.

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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.

  • Alex Spiro

    Basketball Stars’ Go-To Guy

    July 28, 2017

    Alex Spiro '08 has emerged in short order as the go-to lawyer for professional basketball players who get in trouble with the law in New York--just one slice of Spiro’s clientele, summarized by sports and culture website The Ringer as “the rich, the famous, and the restless.”

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • A custom-tailored course

    January 25, 2017

    Co-taught by HLS Professor Jeannie Suk Gersen and Nana Sarian, general counsel of Stella McCartney, “Fashion Law Lab,” a nine-day course offered at Harvard Law School during the January term, gave students the opportunity to role-play simulations of scenarios faced by general counsel working in the fashion industry.

  • New Harvard report addresses legal and ethical factors affecting players’ health

    November 17, 2016

    The Football Players Health Study at Harvard University today released a set of legal and ethical recommendations to address a series of structural factors that affect NFL player health. The Football Players Health Study is a research initiative composed of several ongoing studies examining the health and wellbeing of NFL players.

  • Rebecca Tushnet

    Rebecca Tushnet joins Harvard Law faculty as Professor of First Amendment Law

    November 14, 2016

    Rebecca Tushnet, a leading First Amendment scholar, will join the faculty of Harvard Law School as the inaugural Frank Stanton Professor of First Amendment Law.

  • A Time for Action

    October 21, 2016

    HLS hosted the fourth Celebration of Black Alumni in September, featuring the theme “Turning Vision into Action.” The actions of alumni who attended have resonated in courtrooms and classrooms, in elected office and the corner office, in communities and in the culture. The Bulletin spoke with five CBA participants about where their vision has led them and where they hope to yet go.

  • Kelly Shapiro ’05

    The Road Less Traveled

    October 21, 2016

    When Kelly Shapiro ’05 started her own entertainment law practice last year after stepping down as VP of a real estate investment trust, she had no intention of working on a TV show.

  • HLS Drama Society presents 'Law Wars: Attack of the Loans'

    HLS Drama Society presents ‘Law Wars: Attack of the Loans’

    March 3, 2016

    The force was with the 2016 Harvard Law School Parody, "Law Wars: Attack of the Loans." The Parody is an annual production of the Harvard Law School Drama Society.

  • A Writer in the Spotlight

    February 29, 2016

    Being an in-demand Hollywood screenwriter was not something Josh Singer '01 expected when he was at Harvard Law School.

  • Inside baseball: MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred ’83 on rules, rulings and marketing ‘the American pastime’

    February 4, 2016

    Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred '83 recently spoke with Harvard Law Today reporter Jonathan Topaz ’18 about his time at HLS and some pressing issues facing the MLB.

  • Panel on ‘Spotlight’ film explores priest sex abuse scandal, institutional cover-up and advocacy for victims

    December 1, 2015

    A recent panel discussion of the movie "Spotlight" at Harvard Law School touched on legal issues, secrets and shame, and even a potential lawsuit against the filmmakers.

  • Lasting Laughs

    October 5, 2015

    Jonathan Goldstein’s unconventional path helped propel him to success in the entertainment industry.

  • Airing it out: Carfagna discusses legal battle over ‘Deflategate’

    August 21, 2015

    Peter Carfagna, lecturer on law and director of the Sports Law Clinic at Harvard Law School, recently spoke with the Harvard Gazette about the 'Deflategate' dispute and what impact the case may have on NFL players, and on the league.

  • From Radio Berkman: Pay the Musician

    August 17, 2015

    The latest episode of the Radio Berkman podcast looks into the payment structure of streaming music services in light of the release of a Rethink Music Initiative report on "Transparency and Money Flows in the Music Industry".

  • At HLS, panelists discuss the future of digital media in sports marketing

    December 5, 2014

    At a December 2 event sponsored by Harvard Law School's Brazilian Studies Association and its Committee on Sports and Entertainment Law, experts convened at to discuss digital media's place in the future of the global sports business model.

  • Clive Davis and Martha Minow

    The man with the ‘golden ear’: Star-maker Clive Davis shares his six-decade journey with Dean Minow

    November 17, 2014

    It’s not often that Harvard Law School Dean Martha Minow gets rattled. But then, it’s not every day that Clive Davis, the legendary record label executive, producer, and talent nurturer, stops by Wasserstein Hall to reminisce about his illustrious, six-decade career in the music industry.

  • Running the show: a conversation with MLB commissioner-elect Rob Manfred ’83

    August 22, 2014

    In one of the first interviews since his election as Major League Baseball's 10th commissioner, Rob Manfred '83 recently spoke with the Harvard Gazette about the challenges facing baseball and his vision for the future of the game.