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  • Elliot Schwab in library

    A man of many talents

    May 30, 2014

    Law School graduate Elliot Schwab multitasks, from music to real estate to Talmudic studies

  • Illustration of a basketball goal with a dollar bill as the backboard

    Pay for Play

    May 15, 2014

    Suddenly, the N.C.A.A. is forced to play defense in more than one court.

  • Bert Fields

    A conversation with Bertram Fields ’52

    May 5, 2014

    There is no one in Hollywood—indeed, throughout the entire entertainment industry—who doesn’t know the name Bert Fields.

  • HLS’s Party Central

    April 27, 2014

    Credit: Tony Loreti T.J. Duane ’02 (far left), party organizer and founder of the informational Web site, joins classmates (left to right) Taryn Fielder,…

  • Michael Weiner speaks at a press conference

    In Memoriam: Michael Weiner ‘86

    April 16, 2014

    In a tribute to his colleague and HLS classmate, Dave Prouty '86, general counsel of the Major League Baseball Players Association, described Michael Weiner ‘86 as the “most beloved man in baseball.”

  • Paychecks for college athletes? New legal inroads challenge strictures

    April 1, 2014

    The following post originally appeared in the Harvard Gazette on March 27, 2014. As the men’s basketball tournament known as March Madness edges closer to crowning…

  • Bertram Fields donates $5 million to Harvard Law School to create professorship

    April 1, 2014

    Harvard Law School has announced that Bertram Fields, one of the nation’s most renowned entertainment lawyers, has made a gift of $5 million to Harvard Law School to endow the Bertram Fields Professorship of Law. Fields, a native of Los Angeles, California, received his law degree from Harvard Law School, magna cum laude, in 1952.

  • Paul Weiler at Fenway

    Sports Law students honored with Weiler Awards

    March 25, 2014

    On February 21st, four Harvard Law School students – Michael McGregor '15, Daniel McMann '14, Daniel Loveland '14, and Russell Yavner '14 – were honored with the Weiler Awards presented at the Committee on Sports and Entertainment Law’s 2014 Symposium.

  • Wrestling with choices: David Otunga ’06

    February 28, 2014

    Professional wrestler David Otunga '06 was the keynote speaker at the Harvard Law School Committee on Sports and Entertainment Law’s 2014 symposium, which also include panel discussions with practicing lawyers, a presentation of student awards, and a recognition of Paul C. Weiler, LL.M. ’65, the Henry J. Friendly Professor of Law, Emeritus.

  • Clinic brings young hip-hop artists to Harvard

    December 20, 2013

    In November, the Harvard Transactional Law Clinics (TLC) welcomed seven middle and high school students from Studio Heat to Harvard Law School as…

  • HLS Boat Club sets new team record at 49th Head of the Charles Regatta

    November 21, 2013

    [L-R] Mira Mehta (Coxswain) HBS ’14, Brandon Farwell HBS ’14, Andreas Jaegle HBS ’14, Alexander Simmonds ’16, John DiCola HBS ’15, Jonathan Garrity HBS…

  • A Conversation with Roy L. Furman ’63

    December 6, 2012

    Roy L. Furman ’63 is vice chairman of Jefferies & Company and chairman of Jefferies Capital Partners. He has also produced five Tony Award-winning plays and musicals on Broadway and currently has five shows running.

  • Paul Pierce with Jeff Schwartz

    ‘We’re all in it together’: Paul Pierce discusses the business of basketball

    May 3, 2012

    Exactly how far does an agent need to go to keep a professional athlete happy? Just ask Jeff Schwartz, who represents Boston Celtics all-star player Paul Pierce. “[Paul] sometimes calls me at 4 in the morning, just to see if I’ll answer my phone, which I don’t do anymore,” Schwartz recently told Harvard Law School students. “First thing in the morning, I call him back and he says, ‘too late, I’m dead.’ ” Harvard Law School students enjoyed this and other behind-the-scenes tidbits from the world of professional athlete representation in a recent two-hour Q&A hosted by HLS Lecturer Peter Carfagna ’79 for his class, “Sports and the Law: Representing the Professional Athlete.”

  • Keynote speaker David G. Feher

    Sports Law Symposium examines aftermath of collective bargaining

    April 10, 2012

    Two years after considering the possibility of work stoppages in major league sports, the annual Harvard Law School Sports Law Symposium this year examined unresolved issues in the aftermath of collective bargaining agreements, as well as the ongoing problems of concussions and performance-enhancing drugs.

  • Lesley Rosenthal '89

    Good counsel from Lincoln Center’s General Counsel

    March 22, 2012

    In early March at Harvard Law School,  Lesley Rosenthal ’89, author of the new book "Good Counsel: Meeting the Legal Needs of Nonprofits," discussed the career path that has led her to be vice president, general counsel and secretary of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City.

  • Football

    Representing the NFL Players Association: a Harvard Law School panel discussion

    October 25, 2011

    In a panel discussion sponsored by HLS Lecturer on Law Peter Carfagna ’79 and Harvard Law School's Committee on Sports and Entertainment Law, “Negotiating with The League: Representing the NFLPA,” Peter Kendall, a retired NFL player who was involved in the league’s summer contract renegotiations offered an insider’s account of the collective bargaining victory that preserved this fall's season.

  • Alums share their expertise at Sports Law Symposium

    April 4, 2011

    On Friday, March 25, 2011, Harvard Law School’s Committee on Sports and Entertainment Law hosted the 2011 Sports Law Symposium, focusing on the legal and business issues surrounding intercollegiate athletics and the National Collegiate Athletic Association.

  • Sonny Vaccaro

    At HLS symposium, the ‘godfather of grassroots basketball’ decries exploitation of college athletes (video)

    April 4, 2011

    With a mixture of storytelling about his groundbreaking role in amateur basketball and critiques of the NCAA and NBA, former sports marketing executive Sonny Vaccaro gave the keynote address at the third annual HLS Sports Law Symposium on March 25.

  • Holding Court: Inside the classroom with Shaquille O’Neal

    January 19, 2011

    Since signing with the Boston Celtics in August 2010, Shaquille O’Neal has posed as a statue in Harvard Square, sang the “Cheers” theme song at the Cheers bar in Boston, and conducted the Boston Pops at Symphony Hall. He can now add “helped teach a class at Harvard Law School” to that list.

  • Daron Roberts ’07

    How Daron Roberts ’07 went from HLS to the NFL

    January 1, 2011

    In the spring of 2007, HLS Professor David Wilkins ’80 asked the members of his seminar to envision their futures. One student foresaw a federal judicial appointment. Another wanted to make partner at a prominent law firm. Also in the class was Daron Roberts ’07, who had a different sort of answer. He wanted to be head coach at a national football powerhouse.

  • Chris Nowinski, Alan Schwarz, and Peter Carfagna

    Former athletes share experiences in efforts to reduce head injuries

    November 4, 2010

    As a spate of head injuries in football made national headlines in October, students in a Sports Law class at Harvard Law School got a firsthand account of the dangers—and consequences—of head trauma in the NFL.

  • Jeannie Suk ’02

    Suk gains tenure as professor of law at Harvard

    October 28, 2010

    Jeannie Suk ’02 has gained tenure as a professor of law at Harvard. The faculty voted to grant tenure on Oct. 14 and Harvard University approved it immediately thereafter.

  • Ramer’s List

    July 1, 2010

    Bruce Ramer ’58 divides his time between entertainment giants and pro bono causes.

  • Sports superagent Ron Shapiro ’67 on the secret to successful negotiation

    May 4, 2010

    Sports agent Ronald M. Shapiro ’67 has a dream roster of clients that includes more baseball Hall of Famers than any other agent, including Cal Ripken Jr., Brooks Robinson, Eddie Murray, Kirby Puckett, and such future Hall of Fame probables as 2009 American League MVP Joey Mauer, for whom Shapiro recently negotiated a $184 million contract with the Minnesota Twins.

  • Sports law symposium brings officials from NFL, NBA and MLB to HLS

    April 8, 2010

    As the three most popular sports leagues in the United States all confront the end of their collective bargaining agreements in 2011, industry representatives previewed the key issues affecting negotiation, during the second annual Sports and the Law Symposium held on March 26.

  • Q & A with Lecturer on Law Peter Carfagna ’79: Sports law requires ‘careful lawyering’

    February 16, 2010

    Credit: Rick Zaidan Lecturer on Law Peter Carfagna ’79 Lecturer on Law Peter Carfagna ’79 has been a practicing sports law attorney for nearly

  • Student Spotlight: Ashwin Krishnan ’10

    February 16, 2010

    Ashwin Krishnan ’10 When he was a student at Harvard College, Ashwin Krishnan ’10 wrote about sports for the Crimson. This year, as a…

  • Representing the athlete: Through a course at HLS, students get a behind-the-scenes look at sports law

    February 16, 2010

    This January, Cleveland Browns Quarterback Brady Quinn brought his expertise to the Harvard Law School classroom as a guest in Lecturer on Law Peter Carfagna’s course “Representing the Professional Athlete.” Through a frank two hour question-and-answer session, students got an inside look at the numerous behind-the-scenes negotiations that are a part of every athlete’s career.

  • HLS Mens Crew Team

    HLS men’s crew dominates law school competition at the 45th Head of the Charles

    October 20, 2009

    On Saturday, Oct. 17, the Harvard Law School men’s crew raced in the 45th Head of the Charles, securing its position as the dominant law school on the river. The Head of the Charles is the world’s largest two-day rowing event, involving more than 7,500 athletes and 300,000 spectators from around the world. The HLS crew deftly navigated the three-mile course in 17 minutes and 47 seconds.

  • Baseball, Football

    HLS students launch new Journal of Sports and Entertainment Law

    August 25, 2009

    This fall, a group of Harvard Law School students – Ashwin Krishnan ’10, Josh Podoll ’11, and Ryan Gauthier ’10 – will officially launch a new journal called the Harvard Journal of Sports and Entertainment Law.

  • Professor Alan Dershowitz

    Dershowitz in Boston Globe: Major League Baseball needs tougher penalties for ‘beaning’

    August 24, 2009

    HLS Professor Alan Dershowitz wrote “Baseball errs with lax penalty on pitchers who take aim at hitters,” an op-ed that appeared in the Aug. 19, 2009, edition of The Boston Globe.

  • Boston Marathon Runners

    HLS students run the 113th Boston Marathon

    April 22, 2009

    On Monday, April 20th, several Harvard Law School students ran in the 113th Boston Marathon, competing with more than 23,000 other athletes from around the world.

  • Winter 2008

    Where Every Day Is Gospel Season

    December 1, 2008

    For Paul Butler ’94, it’s been gospel music 24/7—ever since he joined the Gospel Music Channel in 2006, as vice president of business affairs and development.

  • HLS Crew team

    HLS Crew breaks team record at 44th Head of the Charles Regatta

    October 21, 2008

    On Saturday, October 18th, the Harvard Law School crew raced in the 44th Head of the Charles Regatta, competing against over 60 club eights from around the country.

  • Jane Willis and Kate Bosworth

    How One Lawyer Went From Being a Shark at the Blackjack Table to a Shark In the Courtroom

    October 1, 2008

    Although she is now a partner at Ropes & Gray in Boston, Jane Willis ’94 credits much of her success as a litigator to a simple strategy she learned outside the law firm and the courtroom—at the blackjack table.

  • Tonya Harding

    During the Cold War, Gerhardt Bubník LL.M. ’69 Learned to Skate on Thin Ice

    October 1, 2008

    Gerhardt Bubník LL.M. ’69 still likes the ice. The former competitive skater hung up his skates years ago but has kept his edge, as a skating judge and then a legal adviser to the International Skating Union—all while building a law practice that spanned three political regimes.

  • 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.

  • The natural

    September 1, 2006

    Peter Carfagna '79 has negotiated for Tiger Woods and other marquee athletes. As sports law has become increasingly diversified, so has he. He now owns two baseball teams.

  • The connection between law and mind sciences: A Q&A with Jon Hanson

    Hanson examines downsides of athlete worship

    August 28, 2006

    An op-ed co-written by Professor Jon Hanson: To sports fans, it probably wasn't a surprise to learn that former Ohio State University football star Maurice Clarett was arrested again the other week. The evasive running back who had carried the Buckeyes to the 2002 National Championship was unsuccessful in evading the police in a car chase that occurred near the home of a witness in his upcoming robbery trial.

  • Honorable Richard Owen ’50

    Courtrooms and Dramas: Richard Owen ’50 has a noteworthy career in both

    July 23, 2006

    The Honorable Richard Owen ’50 once penned an order for a “cursed Quaker” woman to be tied to a cart and driven through several towns where she was to be whipped “10 stripes.”

  • Diana Daniels ’74

    A Lawyer at her Post

    July 23, 2006

    Diana Daniels ’74 was a Cravath, Swaine & Moore associate doing project finance in 1978 when she heard The Washington Post needed a lawyer.

  • Professor Guhan Subramanian

    Designing the deal

    September 1, 2005

    Some of the biggest deal makers put the world on hold while they teach in a class led by Professor Guhan Subramanian '98. But they're also there to learn a thing or two about negotiation.

  • Hands in handcuffs, treble cleffs dropping out of the hands

    When Sharing Is a Crime

    April 1, 2004

    Imagine a world without copyrights on songs or movies. Instead, government tax revenue would compensate entertainers in proportion to how much consumers listened to or watched their products.

  • June Grasso '77

    The Sound of Money

    April 1, 2004

    When Court TV went on the air in 1991, June Grasso ' 77 anchored one of the first reports live from the field: a negligence case in Massachusetts involving the manufacturer of an all-terrain vehicle.

  • Leonardo DiCaprio holding up papers, pretending to be a lawyer

    The Great Pretender

    July 1, 2003

    If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then Harvard Law School should be honored. For when Frank Abagnale decided to be a lawyer--in addition to an airline pilot, doctor and professor--he knew exactly which degree would open the door.

  • Dean Blackwood with records

    Aural Fixation

    July 1, 2003

    Rest assured, Dean Blackwood '95 is not demanding a 45-foot trailer filled with cardamom incense sticks and candy bowls with all the green M&M's removed.

  • This Story Brought to You by the Letters HLS

    April 24, 2003

    Daniel Victor ' 79 and Valerie Mitchell '93 are in the entertainment industry. They work around actors, rock musicians, larger-than-life characters, grouches, monsters and even one guy who speaks incessantly in the third person.

  • Smile and the World Smiles with You

    April 24, 2003

    Of course, working for a toy company doesn't mean that you play "Heart and Soul" on a huge floor piano at FAO Schwarz, like Tom Hanks did in the movie "Big."

  • The Old Man and the Mountain

    April 1, 2003

    With persistence, passion and a little bit of luck, Alex Cushing '39 created a ski resort for the ages. But he's not going to rest until it's the best it can be.

  • Colorful dragapella performers

    A Night at the Dragapella

    September 24, 2002

    They say you can be anything you want with a Harvard Law degree.