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HLS faculty size up Gorsuch on style, substance

Credit: AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster President Donald Trump shakes hands with 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Neil Gorsuch, his choice for Supreme Court Justice in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017.
Much of the response to President Donald Trump’s nomination of Judge Neil M. Gorsuch for the Supreme Court has centered on the […]

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Harvard Law Review elects 131st president

ImeIme Umuna ’18
The Harvard Law Review has elected ImeIme Umana ’18 as its 131st president. Umana succeeds Michael Zuckerman ’17.
“ImeIme is one of the most brilliant, thoughtful, and dedicated people I’ve ever met, and the Law Review is in phenomenally good hands,” said Zuckerman. “Like many others around campus, I’ve been blown away by ImeIme since she was an undergraduate […]

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In the wake of Executive Orders restricting immigration, HLS clinic provides legal support and advocacy

In the wake of the presidential election in November and after last week’s Executive Orders by President Donald Trump restricting immigration, the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program has been addressing the related legal concerns of Harvard students, faculty, staff, and affected individuals in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The clinic is also focusing on policy questions through litigation and legislative advocacy.
Days […]

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Neil M. Gorsuch ’91 nominated to the U.S. Supreme Court

Credit: Associated Press Neil M. Gorsuch ’91
Neil M. Gorsuch, a 1991 graduate of Harvard Law School, is President Donald Trump’s pick as the next justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.
Gorsuch currently serves as judge on the U. S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit. President George W. Bush nominated him to that court in 2006.
Martha Minow, dean of Harvard […]

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U.S. communications at a crossroads?

Last month, the Berkman Klein Center for Internet Society at Harvard University hosted Tom Wheeler to discuss his tenure as the 31st chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. In a conversation with Harvard Law School Clinical Professor Susan Crawford, Wheeler outlined some of the most important successes and failures of his administration.
Credit: Daniel Dennis JonesOutgoing Chair of the Federal […]

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Top seeds: Harvard Law School entrepreneurs launch new ventures of service

It all started with a germ of an idea: Create opportunities for careers in public service by investing in entrepreneurial lawyers with a passion for social and economic justice.
In 2012, inspired by Harvard Law School alumni who have used their degrees and experience to pursue innovative methods of social change, Dean Martha Minow and the Bernard Koteen Office of Public Interest […]

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2016 Public Service Venture Fund ‘seed grant’ recipients advocate for climate justice, sustainable development and transgender issues

Photo courtesy of Jonathan Kaufman Jonathan Kaufman ’06, founder of Advocates for Community Alternatives, meets with women at Donkro Nkwanta settlement in Ghana. ACA was founded to help West African communities pursue sustainable development alternatives, and build expert networks to represent them.
This year, several Harvard Law School graduates received grants from the Public Service Venture Fund, a unique program that […]

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A custom-tailored course

Credit: Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer Harvard Law School students Tshidiso Ramogale ’17 (left), and Sydney Montgomery ’18, examine the difference between counterfeit and original designs.
They could be onto something. Fashion is a $1.2 trillion global industry, and lawsuits over knockoffs and counterfeits don’t show any signs of abating, which suggests the need for more attorneys. In 2010, Fordham Law School […]

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The promise and peril of emerging reproductive technologies

Harvard Law School Professor Glenn Cohen, faculty director of the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology and Bioethics, recently co-authored an article with George Q. Daley, dean of Harvard Medical School, and Eli Y. Adashi, professor of medical science and former dean of medicine and biological sciences at Brown University, for the journal Science Translational Medicine.
The article looks at legal […]

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HLS faculty maintain strong presence in SSRN rankings

Statistics released by the Social Science Research Network (SSRN) indicate that, as of the end of 2016, Harvard Law School faculty members have continued to feature prominently on SSRN’s list of the 100 most-cited law professors. HLS faculty captured 12 slots — including the number one and two slots — among the top 100 law school professors in all legal areas in terms […]

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Español para abogados (Spanish for lawyers)

Credit: Jon Chase/Harvard Staff Photographer Harvard Law School graduate Joey Michalakes teaches a Spanish course for HLS students who need legal Spanish concepts and terminology to deal with their clients, most of whom speak only Spanish.
An asylum applicant from El Salvador who was extorted by gangs back home is reluctant to share those stories in court for fear of retaliation […]

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Zittrain appointed to National Museum and Library Services Board

Credit: Martha Stewart
On Jan. 5, President Barack Obama ’91 announced several key administration posts, including Jonathan Zittrain ’95 as appointee for member of the National Museum and Library Services Board (NMLSB). “These fine public servants bring a depth of experience and tremendous dedication to their important roles,” said President Obama of the appointees. “I know they will serve the American people well.”
Zittrain is the […]

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Sugar stands accused

Gary Taubes (center), author of The Case Against Sugar, delivers a talk for the Food Law and Policy Clinic. He signs books following the talk in the Wasserstein Building at Harvard Law School. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer
Sugar was in the dock at Harvard Law School last week, accused of a prime role in the twin epidemics of obesity and diabetes sweeping […]

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Berkman Klein Center and MIT Media Lab to collaborate on the ethics and governance of artificial intelligence

The Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University and the MIT Media Lab will serve as the founding anchor institutions for a new initiative aimed at bridging the gap between the humanities, the social sciences, and computing by addressing the global challenges of artificial intelligence from a multidisciplinary perspective.
Initially funded with $27 million from the Knight Foundation; LinkedIn co-founder […]

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Forging a path to debt cancellation for former ITT Tech students

Credit: Shiho Fukada Project on Predatory Student Lending Director of Litigation Eileen Connor, left, and Director Toby Merrill, are representing a group of former ITT Tech students in a class action lawsuit.
On Jan. 3, the Project on Predatory Student Lending of the Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School filed a 7.3 billion dollar class action lawsuit in the bankruptcy proceedings of […]

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Deputy Attorney General says criminal justice reform likely to continue in Trump Administration

Credit: Martha StewartPrior to a talk at HLS, Deputy Attorney General Sally Q. Yates spoke with students involved in the Clemency Initiative of the HLS Criminal Justice Policy Program (CJPP). Yates later addressed an audience of HLS students and faculty, speaking on the topic of criminal justice reform in the new presidential administration.
With 11 days left in the presidency of […]

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Harvard Law Review president on publishing Obama

On Jan. 4 the Harvard Law Review published The President’s Role in Advancing Criminal Justice Reform, an article by President Barack Obama ’91 who was president of the Law Review during his time as a student at Harvard Law School. Current Law Review President Michael Zuckerman penned the following reflection for Medium (published on the official White House channel) on the president’s piece — […]

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Message from Dean Martha Minow to Harvard Law School Community

Dear Friends and Colleagues:
As we welcome the new year, I write to let you know that I plan to conclude my service as dean of Harvard Law School this summer. Leading this institution for the last eight years has been an extraordinary honor and opportunity for daily learning (inspiring me to serve well beyond my initial intention of five years!).
I […]

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Harvard Law School Dean Martha Minow to step down at the conclusion of the academic year

Credit: Ken Richardson
Martha Minow — the legal scholar and human rights expert who has served as dean of Harvard Law School since 2009 and has led the diversification of its faculty, staff, and student body, significant growth in its clinics and research programs, and record fundraising — announced today that she will step down as dean at the end of […]

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Harvard Law School: 2016 in review

A look back at 2016, highlights of the people who visited, events that took place and everyday life at Harvard Law School.
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‘Born Digital’ Redux

Credit: Alba Sophia Hancock Urs Gasser and John Palfrey onstage at a recent event celebrating the release of an updated version of their book, ‘Born Digital.’
Earlier this year, John Palfrey ’01, head of school at Phillips Academy and co-director of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet Society at Harvard, and Urs Gasser LL.M. ’03, Harvard Law School professor of […]

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Henry Steiner: Eyeing the World

Read CaptionLong-abandoned British whaling station, Antarctica
Read CaptionVillagers, Rajasthan, India, 1970’s
Read CaptionKids having fun in village west of Hanoi, Vietnam
Read CaptionFreight expressway, Everest region, Nepal
Read CaptionVillage life, Rajasthan, India
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For Latin American legal scholar returning to teach at HLS, “academia is activism”

Clean white walls frame a large window in the living room of Professor Helena Alviar’s Cambridge apartment. Not a bit of clutter disturbs the room’s simple, almost spartan look. Only the volumes filling a bookcase hint at Alviar’s life and personality. But the place feels familiar to her, suffused with nostalgia’s warmth — she lived in this building from 1996 until […]

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Negotiation and Mediation Clinical Program celebrates 10th anniversary and growing impact

Dispute Systems Design panel photo
Credit: Tom FitzsimmonsLecturer on Law Rachel Viscomi ’01 (left) moderated the day’s first panel, “Dispute Systems Design: Expanding Horizons.” Panelists included Seanan Fong, HDS ’16, consultant and founder of Cylinder Project and a solo ombudsman to a major tech company; Stacie Nicole Smith, senior mediator and director of Workable […]

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HLS symposium focuses on transparency and freedom of information in the digital age

Berkman Klein fellow Nani Jansen Reventlow (Doughty Street Chambers), and Berkman Klein affiliate Andy Sellars (Boston University School of Law)
Credit: Daniel Dennis Jones Berkman Klein fellow Nani Jansen Reventlow, associate tenant at Doughty Street Chambers in London, and Berkman Klein affiliate Andy Sellars, director of the BU/MIT Technology and Cyberlaw Clinic at […]

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Diversity and U.S. Legal History

Credit: Martha Stewart Beginning with Joseph Singer’s (above) lecture on Native Americans in U.S. law, speakers in the fall 2016 “Diversity and U.S. Legal History” lecture series included seven Harvard professors (Law School professors Singer, Randall L. Kennedy, Tomiko Brown-Nagin, Annette Gordon-Reed, Michael Klarman, and Kenneth W. Mack, and Divinity School professor Diana L. Eck) and three guests (John S.W. […]

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Should states call a convention to amend the Constitution? Lessig debates live tonight

It seems tempting to invoke Article V to amend the Constitution—to “fix” it, or “restore” it, or “improve” it. But is it worth the risk?  Should the states call a convention to amend the Constitution?
On Wednesday, Dec. 7 at 6:45 pm, Harvard Law School Professor Lawrence Lessig will participate in a debate hosted by Intelligence Squared U.S. on whether or not states should […]

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Hunger for change: Panelists focus on a fix for a broken food system

Credit: Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer “Transforming Our Food System” was the focus at a Harvard Law School discussion with panelists Mark Bittman (from left), Union of Concerned Scientists Fellow; Ricardo Salvador, Union of Concerned Scientists Food and Environment program director; Emily Broad Leib, HLS director of the Food Law and Policy Clinic; and Kat Taylor, co-CEO of Beneficial State Bank.
At […]

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Hon. Robert Russell reflects on the founding and future of Veterans Treatment Courts

Credit: Martha StewartJudge Robert Russell founded the first Veterans Treatment Court in Buffalo in 2008 after he noticed an increase in the number of veterans appearing on his Drug Court and Mental Health Court dockets.
“It is not often that one gets to sit in and listen to a pioneer. Today we are going to have that opportunity,” said senior Disabled […]

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Minow elected a fellow of the American Academy of Political and Social Science

Credit: Ken Richardson
Harvard Law School Dean Martha Minow was recently named a fellow of the American Academy of Political and Social Science (AAPSS), one of
the nation’s oldest learned societies. Minow was one of five distinguished scholars elected as fellows of the Academy in 2017.
Minow, an expert in human rights and advocacy for members of racial and religious minorities and for women, children, […]

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Human Rights Clinic releases report on Syrian refugees and documentation of legal status

In November, the International Human Rights Clinic at Harvard Law School and the Norwegian Refugee Council Jordan launched Securing Status: Syrian refugees and the documentation of legal status, identity, and family relationships in Jordan, a 45-page report that details the challenges Syrian refugees living outside refugee camps encounter obtaining official documents from the Government of Jordan that allow them to access services, […]

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Hard time gets a hard look

Credit: Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer(From left) Harvard Sociology Professor Bruce Western, Vincent Schiraldi, HKS senior research fellow, and Nancy Gertner, senior lecturer on law relate their experience with criminal justice policy in a seminar aimed at reducing the country’s bloated prison population. “This was, and is, happening to real people,” said Schiraldi. “We should never forget that.”
In a recent afternoon […]

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Architect of the Breakthrough

Two decades of work by Todd Stern ’77 to combat climate change was about to come to fruition last December in suburban Paris, where 195 countries had reached a landmark agreement to curb greenhouse gas emissions.
Then Stern, at the time the State Department’s chief climate change negotiator, started reading the final agreement text and noticed something was wrong. A key […]

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Conference and festschrift celebrate Charles Donahue

Credit: Amy Wheeler John Witte Jr. ’85, left, presents HLS Professor Charles Donahue with the collection of articles celebrating Donahue’s work over the past half century.
This fall, Harvard Law School held a conference in celebration of the career of legal historian and HLS Professor Charles Donahue. Scholars came from around the country and around the world and spoke on topics […]

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Trump and the law

Credit: Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer Andrew Crespo, (from left) Assistant Professor of Law, Cass Sunstein, the Robert Walmsley University Professor, and Adrian Vermeule, Ralph S. Tyler, Jr. Professor of Constitutional Law, speak about judicial and executive power for the Donald Trump administration. The panel was moderated by Daphna Renan, Assistant Professor of Law.
As President-elect Donald Trump prepares to take office […]

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Mack, Rubenstein elected members of the American Law Institute

The American Law Institute has elected HLS Professors Kenneth Mack ‘91 and William Rubenstein ’86 as members.
The leading independent organization in the United States producing scholarly work to clarify, modernize, and improve the law, the ALI drafts, discusses, revises, and publishes Restatements of the Law, Model Codes, and Principles of Law that are influential in the courts and legislatures, as […]

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Noah Feldman on HLS’s new Program on Jewish and Israeli Law

Thanks to a gift from Mitchell R. Julis ’81, HLS has established the Julis-Rabinowitz Program on Jewish and Israeli Law, which held its inaugural event on November 8 (see video below). The program, which will host visiting scholars and fellows and feature courses and conferences, is led by Noah Feldman, the Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law. He spoke recently about […]

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Fair Punishment Project’s new Legal Advisory Council issues brief on sentences for juveniles

The Harvard Law School Fair Punishment Project’s newly formed Legal Advisory Council for Amicus and Issue Briefs, has issued an issue brief arguing that a sentencer may impose a life without parole sentence upon a juvenile only after concluding that the child is “the rare juvenile offender who exhibits such irretrievable depravity that rehabilitation is impossible.” The question was at […]

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Another ‘Angry Granny’ for Climate Justice

Mary Robinson
Credit: Heratch PhotographyMary Robinson, former president of Ireland, former U.N. High commissioner for human rights, and current president of the Mary Robinson Foundation—Climate Justice, framed climate change as an “existential threat” that requires a coordinated, inclusive and urgent response.
A few years ago, when Mary Robinson, the former president of Ireland, joined thousands […]

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Student exhibit shines a light on diversity in the law

Crystal Yang
Harvard Law School Professor Crystal Yang is one of several scholars whose portraits are featured in a new exhibit of images intended to highlight diversity within the legal profession. The photos will be on display in Harvard Law School’s Wasserstein Hall from Nov. 17-22.
A photo exhibit featuring portraits of legal scholars who represent […]

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Freeman on what’s next for climate change policy

Professor Jody Freeman LL.M. 91, S.J.D. 95
Credit: Martha Stewart Professor Jody Freeman LL.M. ’91, S.J.D. ’95
Regulations to fight climate change likely will be casualties of the incoming Trump administration, but environmental experts taking stock of the changing American political landscape said that work in the field will continue elsewhere and that a broad-based […]

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

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.
footballstudyThe newly released […]

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

Rebecca Tushnet
Credit: Georgetown University Law Center
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.
Tushnet is a professor of law at Georgetown University Law Center, where she has taught since 2004. Her work currently focuses on copyright, trademark, and […]

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Blind Ambition for Universal Accessibility: A screening and discussion with Kristin Fleschner

In October, Kristin Fleschner ’14 returned to the Harvard Law campus to share with current students her work in disability rights and her experiences as a blind lawyer. Her talk was followed by a showing of “Blind Ambition,” a documentary that she produced as a 2L with the support of the Dean of Students Office and the Harvard Law Documentary […]

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Gallery: HLS gathers for Election Day 2016

At Harvard Law School’s Wasserstein Hall, Tracey Daley, the School’s student activities coordinator, wanted to ensure that the night brought the community together, whatever the electoral outcome.
Students, faculty, and guests entering Wasserstein’s ground-floor lounge Tuesday evening were greeted by two large sheet cakes decked out with red, white, and blue balloons, along with stars made of frosting. The end tables […]

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Gallery: Harvard Law School Election Day 2016

At the Law School, a party either way
At Harvard Law School’s Wasserstein Hall, Tracey Daley, the School’s student activities coordinator, wanted to ensure that the night brought the community together, whatever the electoral outcome.
Students, faculty, and guests entering Wasserstein’s ground-floor lounge Tuesday evening were greeted by two large sheet cakes decked out with red, white, and blue balloons, along with […]

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Election 2016: A look back, the road ahead

An op-ed by Lecturer on Law Heather Scheiwe Kulp:You roll out of bed, seeking coffee and your morning news. Groggily, you realize it’s Wednesday morning, November 9—the day after the presidential election. S/he’s won.
You may be thrilled. You may not be. Either way, you have to go to work/the dinner table/a church potluck/your kid’s soccer game today with people who […]

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Election 2016

An op-ed by Lecturer on Law Heather Scheiwe Kulp:You roll out of bed, seeking coffee and your morning news. Groggily, you realize it’s Wednesday morning, November 9—the day after the presidential election. S/he’s won.
You may be thrilled. You may not be. Either way, you have to go to work/the dinner table/a church potluck/your kid’s soccer game today with people who […]

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Harvard Law School Election Day 2016

At the Law School, a party either way
At Harvard Law School’s Wasserstein Hall, Tracey Daley, the School’s student activities coordinator, wanted to ensure that the night brought the community together, whatever the electoral outcome.
Students, faculty, and guests entering Wasserstein’s ground-floor lounge Tuesday evening were greeted by two large sheet cakes decked out with red, white, and blue balloons, along with […]

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Perspectives on military service: Two from HLS reflect on their Marine Corps duty

With Veterans Day approaching, Harvard Law Today presents the following profiles of two current students, both marines balancing life and service.

Tony Garofano LL.M. ’17: An Accidental Marine
By Lewis Rice
Anthony Garofano
Credit: Heratch Photography
Most Americans may not yearn for the chance to work in a sparsely populated area of Afghanistan where danger could arise at […]

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