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HLS Library Book Talk | Cass Sunstein, "Look Again: The Power of Noticing What Was Always There"
On March 19, the Harvard Law School Library welcomed Robert Walmsley University Professor Cass Sunstein '78 for a talk on his latest book, co-authored with neuroscientist Tali Sharot, titled "Look Again: The Power of Noticing What Was Always There." ...

2024 Scalia Lecture | Aditya Bamzai, "Statutory Interpretation and the Separation of Powers"
On March 27, Harvard Law School welcomed Aditya Bamzai, Martha Lubin Karsh and Bruce A. Karsh Bicentennial Professor of Law at the University of Virginia, as the 2024 Scalia Lecturer. Bamzai's talk was titled "Statutory Interpretation and the Separat...

Andrew Manuel Crespo, "Root and Branch: Lawyers, Movements, and The End of Mass Incarceration"
On March 21, to mark his appointment as Morris Wasserstein Public Interest Professor of Law, Andrew Manuel Crespo '08 delivered a lecture titled "Root and Branch: Lawyers, Movements, and The End of Mass Incarceration." Professor Crespo's research and...

2024 Francis Biddle Memorial Lecture: Equality, the Polity, and Immigration
On March 25, Cristina M. Rodriguez, Leighton Homer Surbeck Professor of Law at Yale Law School, delivered the Francis Biddle Memorial Lecture at Harvard Law, titled "Equality, the Polity, and Immigration." Rodriguez' fields of research and teaching...

Berkman Klein Center presents (Deep) Learning From the Bench: A Conversation on Algorithmic Fairness
As algorithmic decision-making becomes increasingly pervasive, it raises challenging issues pertaining to equality and equity. This timely discussion on fairness and technology is grounded in Professor Minow’s forthcoming article about Justice Abel...

Transform: Justice — Carl Malamud, founder of Public.Resource.Org | Library Innovation Lab
On March 8, the Library Innovation Lab is hosted a conference titled “Transform: Justice” at Harvard Law School. A celebration of the full, unqualified release of the data from the Caselaw Access Project anchored the event, focused on the future ...

Transform: Justice — The Future with Open Legal Data | Library Innovation Lab
On March 8, the Library Innovation Lab is hosted a conference titled “Transform: Justice” at Harvard Law School. A celebration of the full, unqualified release of the data from the Caselaw Access Project anchored the event, focused on the future ...

Transform: Justice — The Story of the Caselaw Access Project | Library Innovation Lab
On March 8, the Library Innovation Lab is hosted a conference titled “Transform: Justice” at Harvard Law School. A celebration of the full, unqualified release of the data from the Caselaw Access Project anchored the event, focused on the futur...

HLS Beyond presents: Why I Changed My Mind 2024
On March 6, the third iteration of the popular "Why I Changed My Mind" panel featured moderator Jonathan Zittrain in conversation with Professors Janet Halley, Juliette Kayyem, and Ruth Okediji, each of whom shared stories of professional moments of ...

Harvard Law School Library Book Talk: Randall Kennedy, "Say It Loud!"
On Feb. 27 the Harvard Law School Library hosted Randall Kennedy, Michael R. Klein Professor of Law, for a discussion of his book, "Say It Loud!: On Race, Law, History, and Culture." Prof. Kennedy was joined in conversation by Martha Minow, 300th Ann...

Harvard Law Students Take On Faculty and Staff in Basketball
Harvard Law students pulled off a 45-31 victory against faculty and staff – including Noah Feldman, Phil Torrey, and Stephen Ball – in the annual Courtroom Classic.

Antitrust, Labor, and Economic Opportunity: A Conversation with FTC Chair Lina Khan | HLS CLJE
The Center for Labor and a Just Economy at Harvard Law School recently hosted Lina Khan, chair of the Federal Trade Commission, for a discussion with CLJE Executive Director Sharon Block on how efforts to promote healthy market competition and a vibr...

Environmental Constitutionalism with Nepal Supreme Court Justice Ananda Mohan Bhattarai
Recent constitutional cases in Nepal have elaborated on the right to a healthy and clean environment in the context of natural resource protection, climate change, and wildlife conservation. Nepalese jurisprudence has also interacted with internation...

Valentine's Day 2024
HLS staff and students share what they love most on February 14th, 2024.

Harvard Law School Rappaport Forum: Rule by One Judge — The Question of Universal Injunctions
On Feb. 7, Harvard Law School hosted a discussion titled "Rule by One Judge: The Question of Universal Injunctions," featuring Sam Bray, John N. Matthews Professor of Law, Notre Dame Law School; Mila Sohoni, Associate Dean of Faculty and Herzog Resea...

Harvard Law Library Book Talk | Daniel Medwed, "Barred: Why the Innocent Can't Get Out of Prison"
On Jan. 31 the Harvard Law School Library hosted author and Harvard Law Visiting Professor Daniel Medwed '95 for a discussion with Alexandra Natapoff, Lee S. Kreindler Professor of Law at HLS, on his book "Barred: Why the Innocent Can't Get Out of Pr...

HLS Rappaport Forum: Trump v. Anderson: Does the 14th Amendment Disqualify Trump from Public Office?
On Jan. 25, Harvard Law School hosted a discussion titled "Trump v. Anderson: Does the Fourteenth Amendment Disqualify Trump from Office?", featuring Akhil Amar, Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science, Yale Law School and Michael Mukasey, of...

Making Acceptance Calls to the Harvard Law Class of 2027
Take a look behind the scenes as the Harvard Law School J.D. Admissions team make their first acceptance calls to the future Class of 2027.

2023 Klinsky Lecture: Sherrilyn Ifill, "Reimagining American Democracy: Becoming Founders & Framers"
On November 29, civil rights lawyer and scholar Sherrilyn Ifill, Steven and Maureen Klinsky Visiting Professor of Practice for Leadership and Progress at Harvard Law, delivered a lecture titled "Reimagining American Democracy: Becoming Founders & Fra...

A Conversation with Viet D. Dinh ’93, Chief Legal and Policy Officer, Fox Corporation | CLP
On October 16, Viet D. Dinh ’93, chief legal and policy officer at the Fox Corporation, joined David B. Wilkins, faculty director of the Harvard Law School Center on the Legal Profession, in conversation about Dinh’s career, including what it is ...

Ames Moot Court Competition 2023
On November 15, 2023, the Ames Moot Court Competition Final Round took place in Ames Courtroom at Harvard Law School. The competition was presided over by Hon. Sonia Sotomayor, associate justice of the United States Supreme Court; Goodwin Liu, Suprem...

A Conversation with D. Y. Chandrachud LL.M. ’83, S.J.D. ’86, Chief Justice of India’s Supreme Court
On October 21, the Harvard Law School Center on the Legal Profession hosted a conversation between D. Y. Chandrachud, chief justice of India’s Supreme Court, and David B. Wilkins, Lester Kissel Professor of Law and Faculty Director of the Center on...

HLS Library Book Talk: "1/6: The Graphic Novel"
This discussion features author and Harvard Law School Professor of Practice Alan Jenkins in conversation with illustrator and cartoonist Peter Kuper on the history of comic book culture. "1/6: The Graphic Novel" asks and answers the question: “Wha...

Stephen Sachs Chair Lecture: "Life After Erie"
On November 1, Professor Stephen Sachs marked his appointment as the inaugural Antonin Scalia Professor of Law with a lecture titled "Life After Erie," in which he presented an argument for overturning the Court's 1938 decision in Erie Railroad Co. v...

Alexandra Natapoff Chair Lecture: "Redistributing Law: A View From Below"
On the occasion of her appointment as the Lee S. Kreindler Professor of Law, criminal justice expert Alexandra Natapoff delivered a lecture on inequalities in the criminal justice system titled "Redistributing Law: A View From Below."

Countdown to Ames 2023 | Meet the Patsy Takemoto Mink Memorial Team
Team members Derek Choi, Kunal Dixit, Daniel Flesch (oralist), Phoebe Kotlikoff, Yusuke Tsuzuki and Monica Wang (oralist) will serve as counsel for the petitioner in this year's competition. The Ames Moot Court Competition is one of the most prestig...

Countdown to Ames 2023 | Meet the the Judge Laurence H. Silberman Team
Team members Max Alvarez, Eric Bush, Richard Dunn (oralist), Hayley Isenberg (oralist), Jessica Flores, and Brandon Sharp will serve as counsel for the respondent in this year's competition. The Ames Moot Court Competition is one of the most prestig...

Harvard Law School Rappaport Forum: "Intellectual Property and the Dawn of Generative AI"
On October 30, Harvard Law School hosted a discussion on “Intellectual Property and the Dawn of Generative AI,” featuring Justin Hughes '86, the Hon. William Matthew Byrne, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Law at Loyola Law School, and Pamela Samue...

Jazz Night in the Harvard Law School Library
The Harvard community gathered in Langdell Hall for an evening of warm apple cider, jazz music, and jazz education led by Harvard Law students. #Harvard #Jazz #Music #Fall

The Resurgence of Child Labor and the Rights of the Child in the United States | Harvard Law HRP
On October 17, the Human Rights Program at Harvard Law School sponsored an event titled “The Resurgence of Child Labor and the Rights of the Child in the United States,” a moderated discussion featuring experts on labor, human rights, and child w...

HLS Library Book Talk: When Misfortune Becomes Injustice
On October 4, the Harvard Law School Library hosted a book talk and discussion on "When Misfortune Becomes Injustice: Evolving Human Rights Struggles for Health and Social Equality" by Alicia Ely Yamin, lecturer on law and the Senior Fellow on Global...

The Supreme Life of Rosalie Abella: Film Screening and Discussion with Justice Rosalie Abella
On October 5, Harvard Law School hosted a film screening and discussion of "Without Precedent: The Supreme Life of Rosalie Abella," a film about the life and career of Rosalie Abella, a former member of the Supreme Court of Canada. The screening wa...

Director General of International Atomic Energy Agency Rafael Mariano Grossi on nuclear energy
On September 21, Rafael Mariano Grossi, the Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency, delivered a talk at Harvard Law School titled "Whatever Happened to Atoms for Peace?" In his talk, Director General Gross addressed the major g...

Harvard Law School Rappaport Forum | Censorship, Content Moderation, and the First Amendment
On Friday Sept. 22, Harvard Law School hosted a panel discussion "Censorship, Content Moderation, and the First Amendment" as part of the Harvard Law School Rappaport Forum, an ongoing series of discussions designed to promote and model full, vigorou...

Harvard Law School Library Book Talk | John Coates' "The Problem of Twelve"
On September 20, author John Coates, John F. Cogan, Jr. Professor of Law and Economics, was joined for a discussion of his new book "The Problem of Twelve: When a Few Financial Institutions Control Everything," by panelists Guy-Uriel Charles, Charles...

Harvard Law School Library Book Talk: How to Interpret the Constitution
On September 12, author Cass Sunstein was joined by Steven Pinker and Richard Fallon for a discussion of his latest book, "How to Interpret the Constitution." The event was part of a regular series of talks hosted by the Harvard Law School Library th...

Sama ElBannan honored by the Class of 2023 with the Suzanne L. Richardson Staff Appreciation Award
Sama ElBannan, program manager for the Harvard Defenders, accepted the 2023 Suzanne L. Richardson Staff Appreciation Award during Harvard Law School’s Class Day exercises on Wednesday, May 24. The award is given each year to a staff member who demo...

Class Day & Commencement 2023
A short recap of Class Day and Commencement at Harvard Law School (May 24 - May 25 2023)

Reflections of the Class of 2023
Members of the Class of 2023 reflect on the meaning of commencement as they look ahead to a new chapter, and look back on the moments of camaraderie, community, and hard work they’ll carry with them as they embark on their journeys.

Crystal Yang '13 accepts the Sacks-Freund Award for Teaching Excellence
Crystal S. Yang ’13, the 2023 recipient of Harvard Law School’s Albert M. Sacks-Paul A. Freund Award for Teaching Excellence, brought a personal message to graduating students when she accepted her award on Class Day: “I hope that you will embr...

Michelle Yeoh addresses the Harvard Law School Class of 2023
On May 24, Michelle Yeoh, Academy-award winning actress, advocate, and United Nations Development Programme Goodwill ambassador, offered the HLS Class of 2023 some advice during the Class Day celebration on Wednesday as they were poised to dive into ...

Intramural Sports at Harvard Law School
Under the leadership of FAS Athletics, and in partnership with the Office of the Provost, the Deans of Students, and the Harvard Graduate Council (HGC), the first-ever Graduate Intramurals Sports Committee (GISC) was formed last year to create and su...

HLS Library Book Talk | The Making of Environmental Law
On April 12, the Harvard Law School Library hosted Richard Lazarus, the Howard and Katherine Aibel Professor of Law, for a lecture on his book, "The Making of Environmental Law." Following the talk, Lazarus was joined in discussion by Martha Minow, 3...

Clinics in Action | Semester in Washington
In the Semester in Washington clinic at Harvard Law School, students spend the entire Spring Term in Washington, D.C. working as legal interns in a variety of federal offices while taking a course on government lawyering and policymaking.

2023 Last Lecture Series | Alexandra Natapoff
The Last Lecture Series at Harvard Law School, sponsored annually by the 3L and LL.M. class marshals, is an HLS tradition in which selected faculty members impart insight, advice, and final words of wisdom to the graduating class. The faculty selec...

A Retrospective Look at HIRC and the Impact of Co-Founder Deborah Anker
On March 30 and 31, the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program welcomed attendees to honor Clinical Professor Emerita Deborah Anker, co-founder of HIRC, at their spring 2023 “Emerging Issues in Immigration Law” conference. The confere...

A Conversation with Andrew Leon Hanna on "25 Million Sparks"
At a recent event at Harvard Law, author and entrepreneur Andrew Leon Hanna '19 sat down for a discussion about his book, "25 Million Sparks: The Untold Story of Refugee Entrepreneurs" (Cambridge University Press). "25 Million Sparks" tells the stor...

2023 Last Lecture Series | Alexander Chen
The Last Lecture Series at Harvard Law School, sponsored annually by the 3L and LL.M. class marshals, is an HLS tradition in which selected faculty members impart insight, advice, and final words of wisdom to the graduating class.

2023 Last Lecture Series | Michael Klarman
The Last Lecture Series at Harvard Law School, sponsored annually by the 3L and LL.M. class marshals, is an HLS tradition in which selected faculty members impart insight, advice, and final words of wisdom to the graduating class. The faculty selec...

Fifty Years After Furman: The Death Penalty in America
On March 22, Carol Steiker '86, Henry J. Friendly Professor of Law, moderated a discussion about the history and present state of capital punishment in America, with scholars Mugambi Jouet (USC Law), Corinna Lain (Richmond Law), and Michael Meltsner ...

2023 Francis Biddle Memorial Lecture with Sherrilyn Ifill
Sherrilyn Ifill, civil rights lawyer and the president and director-counsel emeritus, NAACP Legal Defense & Education Fund, delivered the 2023 Francis Biddle Memorial Lecture, “Leave No Power on the Table,” at Harvard Law School on March 24. Name...

John C.P. Goldberg Chair Lecture: On Being a Nuisance
On the occasion of his appointment as Carter Professor of General Jurisprudence, John C.P. Goldberg, an expert in tort law, tort theory, and political philosophy, delivered a talk titled "On Being a Nuisance," in which he explored nuisance law and it...

HLS Library Book Talk | The Bonobo Sisterhood: Revolution through Female Alliance
On March 23, the Harvard Law School Library presented a talk with Diane Rosenfeld, the founding director of the Gender Violence Program and a Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School, on her book "The Bonobo Sisterhood: Revolution Through Female Allianc...

The Supreme Court in a Constitutional Democracy | Teaching the Roberts Court
In its most recent years the Supreme Court has decided cases that have reached new understandings of fundamental constitutional rights (Dobbs, Bruen), put pressure on the administrative state (the major questions doctrine) and otherwise deeply change...

Developing Professionalism in Students
What is professionalism for a lawyer? How can we as teachers help students develop professional identities in ways that honor their diversity and commitments? Norms of professionalism can be exclusionary, even when our students adapt consciously and ...

Laura Weinrib Chair Lecture: Money, Politics, and the Constitution in the “Golden Age” of Capitalism
On the occasion of her appointment as the Fred N. Fishman Professor of Constitutional Law, Professor Laura Weinrib delivered a lecture titled "Money, Politics, and the Constitution in the “Golden Age” of Capitalism." A legal historian, Professor...

Learning, to Learn from History | A Conversation with Géraldine Schwarz
On March 7, the Human Rights Program hosted a book talk at Harvard Law School with acclaimed author Géraldine Schwarz about her memoir "Those Who Forget: My Family’s Story in Nazi Europe".

HLS Library Book Talk | Wesley Hohfeld: A Century Later
On March 8, the Harvard Law School library featured a discussion on the book "Wesley Hohfeld: A Century Later," with editors Harvard Law School Professor Henry E. Smith; Shyamkrishna Balganesh, a professor at Columbia Law School; and Ted M. Sichelman...

Scholars and Artists Discuss the Death Penalty
On March 7, Martha Minow, the 300th Anniversary University Professor and former dean of Harvard Law School, moderated a conversation about capital punishment with scholar John Bessler, photographer Lou Jones, and artist Antonio Martorell. This event...

Teaching First-Generation Law Students
First-generation students face unique challenges. Anthony Abraham Jack’s The Privileged Poor recently highlighted many of the invisible-to-professors barriers such students, especially first-generation students of color, face in college. What about...

Hon. Sondra Miller ’53 | 'We've come a long way'
2023 marks 70 years since the first women graduated from Harvard Law School. In this video, Sondra Miller ’53 — former associate justice of the Supreme Court of New York and current chief counsel at Goldschmidt & Genovese in White Plains, New Yor...

Courtroom Classic: Charity Basketball Game
On March 1, 2023, HLS Student Government and the Dean of Students Office hosted a charity basketball game, including a parody halftime show performance, generating support and awareness around relief efforts for the recent catastrophic earthquakes in...

Guy-Uriel Charles: "The Future of Racial Equality in the Twilight of the Civil Rights Consensus"
On the occasion of his appointment as the Charles J. Ogletree, Jr. Professor of Law, Guy-Uriel E. Charles delivered a lecture titled, "Identity Crisis: The Future of Racial Equality in the Twilight of the Civil Rights Consensus." Professor Charles, ...

HLS Beyond presents: Why I Changed My Mind
Back by popular demand, a second iteration of the faculty panel "Why I Changed My Mind" features three Harvard Law School faculty members’ stories of professional moments of reckoning when ideas they had previously thought settled in their worldvie...

2023 Scalia Lecture | William Baude: "Beyond Textualism?"
The 2023 Scalia Lecture was delivered by William Baude, professor of law at the University of Chicago Law School. The Scalia Lecture Series, which was established by an anonymous donor in 2013 in honor of former Supreme Court Justice Antonin G. Scal...

Valentine's Day at HLS: What do you love?
What do you love most? Family, friends, pets, tater tots from the cafeteria? In honor of Valentine's Day, we asked the Harvard Law School community to share what they love.

Daphna Renan Chair Lecture | "Federal Authority Without Judicial Supremacy"
On the occasion of her appointment as the Peter B. Munroe and Mary J. Munroe Professor of Law, Professor Daphna Renan delivered a lecture titled "Federal Authority Without Judicial Supremacy." Professor Renan's work focuses on the U.S. presidency and...

Center for Labor and a Just Economy | A New Dialogue on Worker Power
The Center for Labor and a Just Economy (CLJE) is an evolution and growth of the Labor and Worklife Program that demonstrates our commitment to helping foster the future of worker power. This special discussion of the state of organized labor and po...

HLS 2022: Year in Photos
A look back through 2022 at HLS, in photos.

Laurence Tribe on Larkin v. Grendel's Den, Inc. 40 years later
In this installment of “Cases in Brief,” Laurence Tribe ’66, Harvard University professor and expert on constitutional law, recounts Larkin v. Grendel's Den, Inc., a case he argued on Grendel's behalf before the Supreme Court in 1982. Grendel'...

Incorporating Online Learning into Law Teaching: Insights from Successful Adopters
HLS alums and law school faculty Jessica Erickson (University of Richmond School of Law), Michael McCann (University of New Hampshire Franklin Pierce School of Law), and Leah Plunkett (Harvard Law School) take a deep dive discussion of the online tea...

Change from Within: A New Vision for the 21st Century Prosecutor
Cosponsored by The Bernard Koteen Office of Public Interest Advising (OPIA) at Harvard Law School and Fair and Just Prosecution (FJP), this event features a panel of experts discussing the critical role of prosecutors and the unique moment we find ou...

Harvard Law Rappaport Forum | Who Cares About Tradition? Constitutionalism After Dobbs and Bruen
In October Term 2021, the Supreme Court repeatedly considered, relied on, and distinguished traditions going back to the Middle Ages and extending well beyond the time of the ratification of relevant constitutional amendments. How does this use of tr...

Fall Reunion 2022: Together Again
Fall Reunion 2022 welcomed back the classes of 1957, 1962, 1967, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1977, 1982 and 1987 for a weekend full of reconnection, celebration, and conversation. For Reunion photos, class photos, and red books visit https://hls.harvard.edu/...

Belinda Sutton Distinguished Lecture: What’s So Hard About Hard Histories?
Professor Martha S. Jones delivered the inaugural Belinda Sutton Distinguished Lecture at Harvard Law School, titled “What’s So Hard About Hard Histories?” Jones is the Society of Black Alumni Presidential Professor, Professor of History, Profe...

Death Penalty Defense Work
The Harvard Law School Library Presents "Death Penalty Defense Work: Prof. Carol Steiker in conversation with recent HLS graduates." This event is part of the Library’s year-long series of programming connected with its exhibit: “Visualizing Capi...

HLS Library Book Talk | Constitutionalism and a Right to Effective Government?
This event features a discussion on "Constitutionalism and a Right to Effective Government?" with co-editors Vicki C. Jackson and Yasmin Dawood, and panelists Mark Tushnet, Gerald Neuman, and David Law.

The Supreme Court in a Constitutional Democracy | Reforming the Supreme Court
Does the Supreme Court need reform? If so, of what kind? The past few years have seen renewed calls for court reform, with proposals ranging from adding new Justices to limiting their terms to reshaping the Court’s jurisdiction. Why has the issue c...

Ames Moot Court Competition 2022
This year’s Ames Moot Court Competition teams sparred over Article III judicial power in the hypothetical case, Ames County Board of Commissioners v. Energon U.S.A. This year's presiding judges were Sri Srinivasan of the United States Court of App...

HLS Library Book Talk | Bounded Rationality: Heuristics, Judgment, and Public Policy
This event features a discussion on "Bounded Rationality: Heuristics, Judgment, and Public Policy" with authors Sanjit Dhami and Cass Sunstein.

Countdown to Ames 2022 | Meet the Lani Guinier Memorial Team
In anticipation of the 2022 Ames Competition Final Round, meet the the Lani Guinier Memorial Team, petitioner. Team members are Daniel Ergas ’23, Gillian Hannahs ’23, Emily Hatch ’23, Samantha Neal ’23, Sierra Polston ’23 and Natalie Tsang...

Countdown to Ames 2022 | Meet the Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Memorial Team
Team members Pauline Esman ’23, Justin Fishman ’23, Connor Haaland ’23, Samantha Ilagan ’23, Nikolas Paladino ’23 and Lincoln Plews ’23 will serve as counsel for the respondent in this year's competition. The Ames Moot Court Competition ...

Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Distinguished Lecture Series | Sebastian Junger, "Bridging the Gap"
The 2022 Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Distinguished Speaker Series features a discussion about the military-civilian divide with noted author and filmmaker Sebastian Junger. Hosted by the Veterans Legal Clinic at the Legal Services Center of Harv...

HLS Library Book Talk | Missing the Target: Why Stock-Market Short-Termism Is Not the Problem
This event features a discussion on "Missing the Target: Why Stock-Market Short-Termism Is Not the Problem" with author Mark Roe and panelists Holger Spamann and Jesse Fried.

Klinsky Lecture | Julián Castro: Building Equitable Cities in a Post-Pandemic America
To mark his appointment as the 2022 Steven and Maureen Klinsky Visiting Professor of Practice for Leadership and Progress, Julián Castro ’00, former mayor of San Antonio, Texas, secretary of Housing and Urban Development, and 2020 presidential can...

Adrian Vermeule on "The Original Scalia" | Herbert W. Vaughan Academic Program
Harvard Law Professor Adrian Vermeule, the Ralph S. Tyler, Jr. Professor of Constitutional Law, delivered a lecture, "The Original Scalia," on October 19, 2022, as part of the Herbert W. Vaughan Academic Program. Following Vermeule's remarks, Lawrenc...

Zoom Room to the Classroom: Lessons From Pandemic Teaching
This virtual monthly event series hosted by Professor Rebecca Tushnet features online panels of HLS graduates sharing their insights to strengthen our community as teachers. This first webinar will offer lessons learned from the changes that the pan...

Reflections on Interpretation and Serving in the Judiciary
A discussion with Justice Stephen G. Breyer, U.S. Supreme Court (retired); Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah, Supreme Court of Pakistan; and Intisar Rabb, Professor of Law, Professor of History, and Director of the Program in Islamic Law at Harvard Law S...

Power and Alliances: The Trans-Atlantic Partnership in a Changing World
A speech and conversation with Valdis Dombrovskis, the European Commission’s Executive Vice-President and highest ranking official responsible for Economy & Trade. EVP Dombrovskis presented his perspectives for strengthening EU-U.S. bilateral relat...

Holger Spamann examines the myths and reality of common and civil law
What are the real differences between common and civil law systems? Probably not the ones lawyers typically think about, said Harvard Law School Professor Holger Spamann S.J.D. ’09 in a recent lecture commemorating his appointment as Lawrence R. Gr...

The Supreme Court in a Constitutional Democracy | Stare Decicis and the Roberts Court
The doctrine of stare decisis is deeply contested in the Roberts Court. Although all of the Justices profess to respect stare decisis, some commentators describe the actual force of the doctrine as vanishingly weak in the Supreme Court. Others believ...

The Supreme Court in a Constitutional Democracy | Law and Politics in the Roberts Court
What is the relationship between law and politics in the Supreme Court? And has it changed in our current moment? Does the Roberts Court break from prior judicial understandings or popular expectations about the role of law and of politics in judicia...

A conversation with Justice Stephen Breyer
In his first Harvard event since retiring from the Supreme Court in June, Associate Justice Stephen Breyer spoke to incoming Harvard Law students about his time on the Court, the job that most shaped his career as a jurist, and why his questions at o...

Alumni Focus | Honoring a Lifelong Friendship
Even though nearly six decades have passed, Jim Bailey ’73 can vividly recall the first time he met his lifelong friend the late Honorable Sidney Barthwell Jr. ’90. With the loss of Barthwell in 2020, Bailey saw an opportunity to honor the legacy...

Cases in Brief | Furman v. Georgia with Carol Steiker (Part 2)
Watch part one here: https://youtu.be/U4G_O_Z55fQ In this installment of “Cases in Brief,” Harvard Law Professor Carol Steiker ’86, an expert on capital punishment and the U.S. Supreme Court, discusses Furman v. Georgia, a 1972 landmark Suprem...

Cases in Brief | Furman v. Georgia with Carol Steiker (Part I)
In this installment of “Cases in Brief,” Harvard Law Professor Carol Steiker ’86, an expert on capital punishment and the U.S. Supreme Court, discusses Furman v. Georgia, a 1972 landmark Supreme Court decision that declared the death penalty un...

Dobbs v. Jackson: Understanding the Post-Roe Landscape | Petrie-Flom Center
The Supreme Court decision for Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization has shocked the country. The United States is now living in a post-Roe world, and the right to abortion has lost its constitutional protection. In this discussion, panelist...

Harvard Law School Special Commencement Class of 2021
On Sunday, May 29, 2022, the Harvard Law School Class of 2021 celebrated a special Commencement on Holmes Field.

Harvard Law School Special Commencement Class of 2020
On Sunday, May 29, 2022, the Harvard Law School Class of 2020 celebrated a special Commencement on Holmes Field.

The Harvard Law School Student Experience
Students share their perspectives on life at Harvard Law School, the caliber and diversity of its supportive community, the many benefits of the school’s Zero-L, mentorship, and clinical programs, and the role financial aid plays in making an HLS e...

Conversation with Senator Elizabeth Warren
U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren at Harvard Law School's Commencement celebration for the Classes of 2020 and 2021 on May 29, 2022. Warren, who is also the Leo Gottlieb Professor of Law, Emerita at Harvard, spoke with Elizabeth Papp Kamali, the Austin W...

Year in Pictures, 2021-2022
A look back through the academic year at Harvard Law, in pictures.

Reflections of the Class of 2022
Graduating J.D.s and LL.M.s reflect on their law school experience and share their hopes for the future.

Jon Hanson accepts the 2022 Sacks-Freund Award for Teaching Excellence
Jon Hanson, the Alan A. Stone Professor of Law, the Faculty Director of The Systemic Justice Project, was chosen by the Harvard Law School Class of 2022 as the winner of the 2022 Sacks-Freund Award for Teaching Excellence. He delivered remarks at the...

Harvard Law School Association President Chris Mann
Chris Mann '89, president of the Harvard Law School Association, addressed the Class of 2022 at the Class Day ceremony on May 25, 2022.

Kristi Jobson accepts the Suzanne L. Richardson Staff Appreciation Award
Kristi Jobson '12, assistant dean for admissions, delivered remarks upon receiving the Suzanne L. Richardson Staff Appreciation Award at the 2022 Class Day ceremony on May 25, 2022.

Loretta Lynch delivers Class Day remarks
Loretta Lynch '84, former U.S. Attorney General, was chosen by the Harvard Law School Class of 2022 to deliver remarks at the Class Day ceremony on May 25, 2022.

Harvard Law School Class Day 2022 - Full Ceremony
The 2022 Harvard Law School Class Day ceremony took place on May 25, 2022 on Holmes Field. The ceremony included a keynote address by Class Day Speaker Loretta Lynch, former U.S. Attorney General, as well as remarks by Professor Jon Hanson, recipient...

Cases in Brief | Lujan v. Defenders of Wildlife with Richard Lazarus
In this installment of “Cases in Brief,” Harvard Law Professor Richard Lazarus ’79, an expert on environmental law and the Supreme Court, discusses Lujan v. Defenders of Wildlife, a landmark citizen-suit case. The case, decided in a 6-3 ruling ...

2022 Last Lecture Series | Jon Hanson
The Last Lecture Series at Harvard Law School, sponsored annually by the 3L and LL.M. class marshals, is an HLS tradition in which selected faculty members impart insight, advice, and final words of wisdom to the graduating class. The faculty selec...

Poetry Month | Jessica Fjeld reads a poem by Terrance Hayes
In this video, celebrating National Poetry Month, Harvard Law School Lecturer Jessica Fjeld reads a poem from Terrance Hayes' 2018 volume “American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin.” She also discusses her spring 2022 poetry reading group,...

2022 Last Lecture Series | Niko Bowie
The Last Lecture Series at Harvard Law School, sponsored annually by the 3L and LL.M. class marshals, is an HLS tradition in which selected faculty members impart insight, advice, and final words of wisdom to the graduating class. The faculty selec...

2022 Last Lecture Series | Stephanie Robinson
The Last Lecture Series at Harvard Law School, sponsored annually by the 3L and LL.M. class marshals, is an HLS tradition in which selected faculty members impart insight, advice, and final words of wisdom to the graduating class. The faculty selec...

Democracy: A Harvard Law School Lecture Series | Session 6: Gerrymandering
In this final session of the Democracy Lecture Series, Professor Nicholas Stephanopoulos moderates a discussion with Jason Torchinsky (Holtzman Vogel Josefiak PLLC), Michael Li (Brennan Center), and Deuel Ross (NAACP LDF). The decennial redistricti...

Herbert W. Vaughan Memorial Lecture | Reflections on the Commission on Unalienable Rights
Dr. Peter Berkowitz, the Tad and Diane Taube Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institute at Stanford University, delivered the 2022 Vaughan Lecture titled “Reflections on the Commission on Unalienable Rights.” The event was moderated by Jack Goldsmith,...

HLS Library Book Talk | Mental Health, Legal Capacity, and Human Rights
A discussion on "Mental Health, Legal Capacity, and Human Rights" with co-editors Michael Ashley Stein and Vikram Patel and panelists. More about the book from Cambridge University Press: “Since adoption of the Convention on the Rights of Persons ...

2022 Last Lecture Series | Molly Brady
The Last Lecture Series at Harvard Law School, sponsored annually by the 3L and LL.M. class marshals, is an HLS tradition in which selected faculty members impart insight, advice, and final words of wisdom to the graduating class. The faculty selec...

HLS Library Book Talk | The Hughes Court From Progressivism to Pluralism, 1930 to 1941
A discussion on "The Hughes Court From Progressivism to Pluralism, 1930 to 1941" with author Mark Tushnet and panelists Nikolas Bowie, Richard Fallon, Kenneth Mack, and Adrian Vermeule. More about the book from Cambridge University Press: The Hughe...

Cases in Brief | Powell v. Alabama with Dehlia Umunna
In the first of the series, “Cases in Brief,” Harvard Law Professor Dehlia Umunna discusses the infamous “Scottsboro Boys” case, Powell v. Alabama (1932), in which the U.S. Supreme Court ruled for the first time that defendants in capital cas...

Fighting Climate Change with Human Rights Law – Advantages and Disadvantages | Human Rights Program
International environmental law and human rights law have evolved quite rapidly. While the two represent separate branches of international law, they have also intersected and intertwined. The UN and regional human rights mechanisms, civil society ac...

Frederica Brenneman ’53 | A trailblazer at HLS and in the field of juvenile justice
The late Frederica Brenneman ’53 shares her Harvard Law experience as a member of the first HLS class to admit women. Brenneman went on to a long career in the Connecticut judiciary focused on child welfare. In 1967 she was working as a law clerk...

Democracy: A Harvard Law School Lecture Series | Session 5: Living with Money in Politics
The Supreme Court continues to strike down regulation after regulation of money in politics, so much so that any attempts to prevent the influence of big money over election outcomes can at times seem hopeless. In this session we ask what can be done...

Center on the Legal Profession | Black Lawyers Matter: Race, Obligation, and Professionalism
Harvard Law School Professor David Wilkins ’80, faculty director of Harvard Law School's Center on the Legal Profession, gave a talk in late February titled "Black Lawyers Matter: Race, Obligation, and Professionalism from the Civil Rights Movement...

HLSL Book Talk | Vice Patrol: Cops, Courts, and the Struggle over Urban Gay Life before Stonewall
On March 8, the Harvard Law School Library hosted a discussion on “Vice Patrol: Cops, Courts, and the Struggle over Urban Gay Life before Stonewall” with author Anna Lvovsky and panelists Janet Halley, Jill Lepore, and Ari Waldman. More about t...

Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison speaks at Harvard Law School
During a talk at Harvard Law School, Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison, who led the prosecution of Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd, reflected on the trial, outlining the factors that went into his prosecution of the case and notin...

Petrie-Flom Center | Should Alexa Diagnose Alzheimer’s?: A Health Policy and Bioethics Consortium
Technology is now part of our lives in ways that were not possible only 10–20 years ago. Smart devices, like watches, phones, and speakers, can gather vast amounts of information about their users, often without the user’s knowledge or consent. A...

Democracy: a Harvard Law Lecture Series | Session 4: Are ballot initiatives good for democracy?
In recent years, dozens of pro-democracy ballot initiatives have won, enabling the enfranchisement of millions of formerly incarcerated people in Florida, and delivering independent, citizen-led, redistricting commissions in a number of states. Yet, ...

HLS Library Book Talk | Lakefront: Public Trust and Private Rights in Chicago
On Feb. 15 the Harvard Law School Library hosted a discussion on "Lakefront: Public Trust and Private Rights in Chicago" with authors Joseph Kearney and Thomas Merrill, and panelists Henry Smith, Richard Lazarus, and Carol Rose. “Lakefront” exp...

Toxic Legacy: Seeking Justice for Military Servicemembers and Veterans Harmed by Burn Pits
For the 2022 Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Distinguished Speaker Series on February 17, the Legal Services Center hosted a virtual panel discussion on the toxic effects of military burn pits experienced by thousands of servicemembers and veterans ...

Byron Allen in conversation with Stephanie Robinson
In a candid conversation and Q&A, Harvard Law School Lecturer on Law Stephanie Robinson joined media mogul Byron Allen to discuss media ownership, the associated relevance of race, his purchase of The Weather Channel and major media affiliates, and h...

Petrie-Flom Center | Countering COVID-19 Misinformation: The Impact on Health Care Providers
The COVID-19 pandemic has sparked debates about a number of public health measures, including social distancing, masks, and vaccines. Social media has been the outlet for much of this conflict, and health care providers have, in many cases, been at t...

Book Talk | Civil Rights Queen: Constance Baker Motley and the Struggle for Equality
As part of a Feb. 8 HLS Library Faculty Book Talk, a group of panelists discussed "Civil Rights Queen: Constance Baker Motley and the Struggle for Equality," with author and HLS Professor Tomiko Brown-Nagin, dean of Harvard Radcliffe Institute, Danie...

Harvard Law Bulletin Winter 2022
The Winter 2022 issue of the Harvard Law Bulletin is now online! Faith in the Law, Randall Kennedy, space law, news from campus, and more! Read it here: http://hvrdlaw.me/TGQm50HKyBn

Petrie-Flom Center | SCOTUS Revisits Abortion: Legal Strategies in Dobbs Oral Arguments
On December 1, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, a case involving a Mississippi law that would ban abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy. The Court’s ruling in this case has the potential t...

Winter break
Sending good cheer and warm wishes for a relaxing holiday season. See you in January!

Fall 2021 Review
From orientation (and re-orientation) to the final round of Ames and year-end social gatherings, a look back at the semester.

HLS Human Rights Program | UN IE SOGI Reports on Gender: Virtual Launch Event
Victor Madrigal-Borloz, the United Nations independent expert on sexual orientation and gender identity, shared his views at a virtual event last month hosted by the HLS Human Rights Program that focused on his year-long investigation into incorporat...

Harvard Law School Rappaport Forum | Stare Decisis and Roe v. Wade
On December 1, the Supreme Court heard oral argument in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. The question presented requires the Court to determine whether to reaffirm or overrule, in whole or in part, its decisions in Roe v. Wade and Plan...

Book Talk | Six Faces of Globalization
A Nov. 17 book talk and discussion in celebration of the recent publication of "Six Faces of Globalization: Who Wins, Who Loses, and Why It Matters" by Anthea Roberts and Nicolas Lamp. Anthea Roberts, a former visiting professor at Harvard Law School...

Ames Moot Court Competition 2021
This year’s hypothetical case, Charles Artiss v. Westlake Pharmaceuticals, Inc., asked the teams to address one of the foremost hurdles in a lawsuit: personal jurisdiction. This year's presiding judges were Elena Kagan ’86, associate justice of ...

Democracy: a Harvard Law School Lecture Series | Session 3: Social Media and Democracy
A Nov. 15 panel on Social Media and Democracy featuring Nate Persily (Stanford Law), Jamal Greene (Columbia Law), and Tristan Harris (Center for Humane Technology), moderated by Harvard Law School Professor Lawrence Lessig. In the last few years, po...

Countdown to Ames 2021 | Mooting for Oral Argument
In the days leading up to oral argument, the four oralists from the two finalist teams practice in the Ames Courtroom. The 2021 Ames Competition Final Round event will take place on November 16, 2021. The Ames Competition is one of the most presti...

HLS Library Book Talk | The Broken Constitution
A discussion on "The Broken Constitution: Lincoln, Slavery, and the Refounding of America" with author and HLS Professor Noah Feldman and panelist and HLS Professor Nikolas Bowie. More about The Broken Constitution from Farrar, Straus and Giroux: ...

Crisis Lawyering | Case Studies in Crisis Lawyering
Building off of the recent publication of "Crisis Lawyering: Effective Legal Advocacy in Emergency Situations" (NYU Press 2020) and the latest issue of The Practice, the flagship publication of the Harvard Law School Center on the Legal Profession, "...

Crisis Lawyering | How to Prepare Lawyers for 21st Century Crises?
Building off of the recent publication of "Crisis Lawyering: Effective Legal Advocacy in Emergency Situations" (NYU Press 2020) and the latest issue of The Practice, the flagship publication of the Harvard Law School Center on the Legal Profession, "...

HLS Library Book Talk | Saving the News
On November 8 the Harvard Law School Library hosted a discussion about Martha Minow's latest book "Saving the News: Why the Constitution Calls for Government Action to Preserve Freedom of Speech" with the author and panelists and HLS Professors Vicki...

Countdown to Ames 2021 | Meet the Carrie E. Buck Memorial Team, petitioner
In anticipation of the 2021 Ames Competition Final Round meet the Carrie E. Buck Memorial Team (petitioner). The event will take place on November 16, 2021 The Ames Competition is one of the most prestigious competitions for appellate brief writin...

Countdown to Ames 2021 | Meet the Lila A. Fenwick Memorial Team, respondent
In anticipation of the 2021 Ames Competition Final Round meet the Lila A. Fenwick Memorial Team (respondent). The event will take place on November 16, 2021 The Ames Competition is one of the most prestigious competitions for appellate brief writi...

HLS Library Book Talk | The American Journal of Law and Equality
A discussion with co-editors and HLS Professors Randall Kennedy and Martha Minow on their newly-launched American Journal of Law and Equality (with co-editor Cass Sunstein ’78). From the editors: “[W]e feel an urgent need to create a new forum f...

Democracy: a Harvard Law School Lecture Series | Session 2: The Future of the Voting Rights Act
The Voting Rights Act of 1965, which some commentators have called the crown jewel of the Second Reconstruction, is in peril. In the 2013 case of Shelby County v. Holder, the Supreme Court enjoined the application of one important provision of the st...

Harvard Law School Library Book Talk | Accessible Technology and the Developing World
When digital content and technologies are designed in a way that is inaccessible for persons with disabilities, they are locked out of commerce, education, employment, and access to government information. In developing areas of the world, as new tec...

Harvard Law School Library Book Talk | Say it Loud! On Race, Law, History, and Culture
In "Say it Loud! On Race, Law, History, and Culture," Harvard Law School Professor Randall Kennedy gives us twenty-nine provocative essays — some previously published, others written for this occasion — that explore key social justice issues of o...

Introducing POPLAR: The Future of Psychedelics Law and Regulation | Legislation and Regulation panel
In “Psychedelics Legislation and Regulation,” panelists discussed emerging state and federal psychedelics legislation, drug policy reform, and the oversight of psychedelics research and development by administrative agencies. Dr. Mason Marks, sen...

Introducing POPLAR: The Future of Psychedelics Law and Regulation | Advocacy and Expertise
A panel on Psychedelics Advocacy and Expertise focused on the history of psychedelics, the rapidly evolving research and cultural landscape, and how to advocate for consumer and health care provider education and access. Dustin Marlan, assistant prof...

Introducing POPLAR: The Future of Psychedelics Law and Regulation | Rick Doblin keynote
Rick Doblin, Ph.D., founder and executive director of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), delivered a keynote address at an Oct. 6 event commemorating the launch of a new research initiative, the Project on Psychedelics ...

HLS Library Book Talk | Power to the People: Constitutionalism in the Age of Populism
The Harvard Law School Library presents a discussion of "Power to the People: Constitutionalism in the Age of Populism" with co-authors HLS Professor Mark Tushnet and University of Sheffield School of Law Professor Bojan Bugarič, and panelists Profe...

Welcome to HLS Campus!
Welcome to Harvard Law School, one of the nation’s preeminent centers of legal education, research, and service. Home to historic buildings and the world's largest academic law library, the Harvard Law School campus is located in Cambridge, Massach...

Democracy in Peril
September 20, 2021, panel discussion with Esosa Osa, research and policy director at Fair Fight Action; journalist and author Evan Osnos; Rep. John Sarbanes ’88 (D-Md.); and Harvard Law School Professor and discussion moderator Nicholas Stephanopou...

HLS Orientation 2021
As Harvard Law students settle into life on campus, here’s a look at some highlights from move-in, registration, and orientation activities. See Less

New Harvard Law School Shield
On August 23, 2021, Harvard Law School Dean John F. Manning ’85 announced a new law school shield, which was researched and developed over the past year by a working group of faculty, students, alumni, and staff led by Professor Annette Gordon-Reed...

Summer 2021 Harvard Law Bulletin
Now online: The Summer 2021 issue of Harvard Law Bulletin! Read it here: https://today.law.harvard.edu/bulletin/issue/summer-2021/

Daniel Ellsberg draws parallels between Pentagon Papers and WikiLeaks
Daniel Ellsberg, the former military analyst responsible for leaking the Pentagon Papers in 1971, visited Harvard Law School in 2011 for a discussion in which he drew parallels between the Pentagon Papers and WikiLeaks, the organization that publishe...

Year in Pictures, 2020-2021
Despite being remote for the 2020 – 2021 academic year, the Harvard Law School community managed to stay connected though a host of online activities, including lectures, student Zoom theme nights, global snack exchanges, and an occasional virtual ...

Reflections of the Class of 2021
As this academic year comes to a close, graduating J.D.s and LL.M.s reflect on their law school experience and share their hopes for the future.

Paula Garvin accepts the the Suzanne L. Richardson Staff Appreciation Award
The Harvard Law School Class of 2021 selected Paula Garvin, the front desk and program coordinator in the Office of Career Services , for the Suzanne L. Richardson Staff Appreciation Award. In her remarks, Garvin thanked the Class of 2021 for “be...

Class Day 2021 Speaker: Senator Elizabeth Warren
Elizabeth Warren, U.S. senator from Massachusetts and the Leo Gottlieb Professor of Law, Emerita at Harvard Law School, spoke at the Harvard Law School Class Day ceremony on May, 26, 2021. In her remarks, Warren outlined what she views as the great...

Nikolas Bowie accepts the Sacks-Freund Award for Teaching Excellence
Assistant Professor of Law Nikolas Bowie ’14 was chosen by this Class of 2021 to receive the Albert M. Sacks-Paul A. Freund Award for Teaching Excellence. Bowie accepted the award during the Class Day ceremony on May 26, 2021, with a personal spee...

Faculty Voices | Emily Broad Leib ’08 on food insecurity and the need for a national food strategy
Emily M. Broad Leib ’08, Clinical Professor of Law, Faculty Director of the Harvard Law School Food Law and Policy Clinic, and Deputy Director of the Harvard Law School Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation, talks about food insecurity and a ...

HLS in the Movies
From the iconic scene of Professor Kingsfield in “The Paper Chase” to scenes from “Love Story,” “The Firm” and “On the Basis of Sex”, Harvard Law School has played a part in many popular movies over the years. Here’s a look at sev...

Harvard Law School Rappaport Forum | Should Congress Enact H.R. 1?
Two experts in voting rights, political campaigns, and election law debated the merits of H.R.-1., which was recently passed by the U.S. House of Representatives and is headed soon to the Senate. Guest Speakers: Benjamin L. Ginsberg, Republican Elec...

The Biden Administration’s First 100 Days: Undoing the Undoing of Environmental Protection Law
Harvard Law Professors Jody Freeman and Richard Lazarus discussed how the Biden Administration has started to reverse the Trump Administration’s “undoing” of environmental regulation. This presentation is co-sponsored by the Harvard Law School ...

Countdown to Ames
Over the course of three months, two teams of six third-year students prepared for the Ames Moot Court final round on March 10, 2021 (rescheduled from Fall 2020). This video tracks their progress from the coin toss — which determined who was going ...

Roundtable on Islamic Legal History and Historiography
The growing field of Islamic law was the focus of the recent Roundtable on Islamic Legal History and Historiography, a discussion organized by Harvard Law School Professor Intisar Rabb, director of the school’s Program in Islamic Law. The roundtabl...

Klinsky Lecture | Technology and the Public Interest: Teaching and Learning in the Time of COVID-19
John Palfrey, President of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation; Steven and Maureen Klinsky Visiting Professor of Practice for Leadership and Progress Opening remarks by John F. Manning, Morgan and Helen Chu Dean and Professor of Law C...

Scalia Lecture | Justice Stephen G. Breyer, “The Authority of the Court and the Peril of Politics”
At Harvard Law School’s annual Scalia lecture on April 6, 2021, Stephen G. Breyer ’64, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, warned against alterations to the nation’s highest Court that could erode the public’s longsta...

Policing in America | Activism and Engagement: What Can Lawyers Do?
In the yearlong Policing in America lecture series, Harvard Law School faculty members Andrew Manuel Crespo and Alexandra Natapoff bring together an interdisciplinary group of scholars in conversation with police, prosecutors, activists, and other le...

Harvard Law School Rappaport Forum: Reform of the Supreme Court?
Is the Supreme Court in crisis, and if so, how can it be fixed? Three distinguished Court-watchers from across the ideological spectrum debated these questions at the Harvard Law School Rappaport Forum, a recurring speaker series established last yea...

COVID-19 and the Law | What Have We Learned? COVID-19, Law, and Lessons for the Future
The session delved into discussion and thoughts on what policies or legal changes we have seen emerge in response to the pandemic that might actually present opportunities for the future. Like the fall 2020 series, this session has a particular focus...

Ames Moot Court Competition 2020
The case, Laura Tanner v. State of Ames, was argued on March 10, 2021 at the Ames Moot Court Competition. The presiding judges were Stephen G. Breyer, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States ; Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar , Assoc...

HLS Goes Remote
Last March, like countless others around the globe, Harvard Law School faculty faced a once-in-a-generation moment. With the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and the closure of the HLS campus, faculty had to forgo daily in-person interactions with students ...

Policing in America | The Economics of Policing
In the yearlong Policing in America lecture series, Harvard Law School faculty members Andrew Manuel Crespo and Alexandra Natapoff bring together an interdisciplinary group of scholars in conversation with police, prosecutors, activists, and other le...

Presidential Accountability Reform
A conversation with award-winning Journalist Bob Woodward and DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz ’87, moderated by Professor Jack Goldsmith. The event was hosted by the Law and Government Program of Study at Harvard Law School. Before the even...

Faculty Voices | Alexandra Natapoff on how our massive misdemeanor system makes America more unequal
Alexandra Natapoff, Lee S. Kreindler Professor of Law at HLS, is an award-winning legal scholar and criminal justice expert who writes about criminal courts, public defense, plea bargaining, wrongful convictions, and race and inequality in the crimin...

Ames Moot Court Competition 1994
The case Bottomless Beer Company v. Rosebud Sioux Tribal Court, Rosebud Sioux Court of Appeals, Rosebud Sioux Tribe, and Estate of Tasunke Witko a.k.a. Crazy Horse was argued in November 1994, at the Ames Moot Court Competition. The presiding judges ...

Harvard Law School 2020
From on-campus events to remote learning and year-end Zoom gatherings, a look back at 2020 at Harvard Law School.

Online Courts: Gants Award and Keynote Address Harold Kuh
On Nov. 20, Harvard Law School’s Center on the Legal Profession hosted a virtual conference titled “Online Courts: Perspectives from the Bench and the Bar. The event was dedicated to the late Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Ra...

Online Courts: Jim Greiner, transforming law into a science
On Nov. 20, Harvard Law School’s Center on the Legal Profession hosted a virtual conference titled “Online Courts: Perspectives from the Bench and the Bar. In the final discussion of the day, Harvard Law School ProfessorJim Greiner, the Honorab...

Online Courts: Perspectives from the Bench
A panel titled “Perspectives from the Bench” was presented by Sir Geoffrey Vos, the current chancellor of the High Court of England and Wales, who will be taking over as master of the rolls in January. Having worked both in both civil and inter...

Online Courts: Perspectives from the Bar
On Nov. 20, Harvard Law School’s Center on the Legal Profession hosted a virtual conference titled “Online Courts: Perspectives from the Bench and the Bar. In a panel titled “Perspectives from the Bar,” practitioners looked at lawyers’ expe...

Online Courts: Keynote address by Richard Susskind on the future of justice
On Nov. 20, Harvard Law School’s Center on the Legal Profession hosted a virtual conference titled “Online Courts: Perspectives from the Bench and the Bar. During this special webinar event, legal experts, practitioners and judges explored how th...

Disabled American Veterans Distinguished Lecture Series: Race, the Military, and Veterans
The Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Distinguished Speaker Series at Harvard Law School presents "Race, the Military, and Veterans," a panel moderated by Will Gunn ’86, Former General Counsel for Department of Veterans Affairs. Panelists: - Delphi...

Noam Chomsky at HLS
On Nov. 20, Noam Chomsky, Laureate Professor of Linguistics at the University of Arizona and Institute Professor Emeritus at MIT, spoke to first-year students at Harvard Law School about prospects for a better tomorrow. In a conversation moderated by...

HLS Library Book Talk | Human Rights in a Time of Populism: Challenges and Responses
The November 18 book talk was co-sponsored by the Harvard Law School Library and the Harvard Law School Human Rights Program. The book talk discussion included: César Rodríguez-Garavito, Director of the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice, ...

COVID-19 and the Law | New Developments; Reflections
The November 18 session of the COVID-19 and the Law series (the final session of the semester) was moderated by series co-organizers Martha Minow and Emily Broad Lieb, and featured - Professor Kristen Stilt, faculty director of the Animal Law and P...

An Ames Moot Court Tribute to Ruth Bader Ginsburg ’56-’58
In the history of Ames, eight teams of advocates have had the unique privilege of making arguments before the iconic Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg ’56-’58. She first presided over the Ames Competition in 1982 while she was serving as a judge for th...

Detecting Dementia: Technology, Access and the Law
“Detecting Dementia: Technology, Access, and the Law,” was hosted on Nov. 16 as part of the Project on Law and Applied Neuroscience, a collaboration between the Center for Law, Brain and Behavior at Massachusetts General Hospital and the Pet...

HLS Library Book Talk | Fault Lines in the Constitution: The Graphic Novel
Children’s book author Cynthia Levinson and her husband Sandy Levinson, a constitutional scholar and a Visiting Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, have recently published “Fault Lines in the Constitution: The Graphic Novel,” based on their...

COVID-19 and the Law | Access to Justice and Legal Innovation
The November 11 session of the COVID-19 and the Law Colloquium focused on Access to Justice and Legal Innovation. Featured experts: - Jon Hanson, Alan A. Stone Professor of Law and director of the Project on Law and Mind Sciences - Dan Nagin, Clinic...

Policing in America | Police Unions and Politics
In the yearlong Policing in America lecture series, Harvard Law School faculty members Andrew Manuel Crespo and Alexandra Natapoff bring together an interdisciplinary group of scholars in conversation with police, prosecutors, activists, and other le...

HALB Dream Big Speaker Series with Mark Cuban
On Nov. 2, the Harvard Association for Law and Business (HALB) hosted Mark Cuban for a conversation with Eric Zilber ’22, HALB treasurer, and Elisabeth Lopez ’22, HALB vice-president, as part of its Dream Big Speaker series. Cuban is a lifelong...

Nudging Organ Donation: Tools to Encourage Organ Availability
Organ donation saves and improves lives every day, but there are not nearly enough organ donors to meet the demand for transplantation. In 2019, 19,267 U.S. donors made possible a record-setting 39,718 transplants, but more than 109,000 Americans rem...

COVID-19 and the Law | Immigration and Detention Centers/Comparative and International Issues
On November 4, the ninth session of the COVID-19 and the Law Colloquium featured the following discussants on the subject of Immigration and Detention Centers/Comparative and International Issues. - Moderator: Bill Alford, Jerome A. and Joan L. Coh...

COVID-19 and the Law Colloquium Series | Prisons and Incarcerated Populations
Session eight of the COVID-19 and the Law Colloquium Series dealt with Prisons and Incarcerated Populations. - Moderator – Alan Jenkins – Professor of Practice - Adriaan Lanni – Touroff-Glueck Professor of Law - Nancy Gertner – Senior Lectur...

Election 2020 Debrief
On Nov. 5, HLS faculty members gathered to discuss the election process and results, and to reflect on the election season. Moderated by professor and former HLS Dean Martha Minow, the panel examined the mixed blessing of an election that went relati...

In Honor of Chief Justice Gants: Eradicating Racial Disparities in the Criminal Justice System
The late Chief Justice Gants was deeply concerned about the great disparity in the rates of imprisonment among Whites, African-Americans and Latinos in Massachusetts and sought to root out the inequities in the system that led to these disparate rate...

Election Day Primer
Election law and voting rights experts Professor Nick Stephanopoulos and Lecturer on Law Ruth Greenwood, director of the Voting Rights Litigation and Advocacy Clinic, discuss the 2020 Election in advance of Election Day, November 3.

Fall 2020 Harvard Law Bulletin: An Election for the History Books
Now online! The Fall 2020 Harvard Law Bulletin, with features on the 2020 election, reforming the presidency, threats to representative democracy, COVID-19, and more. Read it here: http://hvrdlaw.me/OiMt50C6uIZ

In Honor of Chief Justice Gants: A Tribute
On October 27, members of the Harvard Law community joined together for a tribute to the life and work of Ralph Gants ’80, the late Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court who passed away in September. In a discussion moderated by...

COVID-19 and the Law Colloquium Series | Money, Finance, and Consumers
Session seven of the COVID-19 and the Law series on Oct. 21 was a session on Money, Finance, and Consumers, moderated by Todd Rakoff, and featuring - Christine Desan, Leo Gottlieb Professor of Law; - Toby Merrill, lecturer on law and director of th...

HLS Ideas Book Talk | Catherine Grace Katz in conversation with Scott Turow
On October 20, the Harvard Law School Library hosted Catherine Grace Katz and Scott Turow for a discussion of her new book “Daughters of Yalta.” Catherine is a rising 2L at HLS and graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College. Her first book, ...

HLS Library Book Talk | “Liberal Legality: A Unified Theory of Our Law”
On October 14, the Harvard Law School Library welcomed Lewis Sargentich, Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, for a panel discussion with Duncan Kennedy, Carter Professor of General Jurisprudence at Harvard Law School, and a founding member of the...

Policing in America | The Problem & the Moment: Diagnosing the American Penal System
In the yearlong Policing in America lecture series, Harvard Law School faculty members Andrew Manuel Crespo and Alexandra Natapoff bring together an interdisciplinary group of scholars in conversation with police, prosecutors, activists, and other le...

COVID-19 and the Law Colloquium Series | Elections
The fourth session of the COVID-19 and the Law series was a discussion on Elections, moderated by Charles Fried, Beneficial Professor of Law, and featuring - Professor Nicholas Stephanopoulos; and - Ruth Greenwood, lecturer on law and co-director of...

COVID-19 and the Law Colloquium Series | Housing and Food Law
This third session of the COVID-19 and the Law series was focused on Housing and Food Law. The discussion was moderated by David Harris, managing director of the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice at Harvard Law School. Panelists...

HLS Library Book Talk | Too Much Information: Understanding What You Don’t Want to Know
How much information is too much? Do we need to know how many calories are in the giant vat of popcorn that we bought on our way into the movie theater? Do we want to know if we are genetically predisposed to a certain disease? Can we do anything use...

Honoring and Remembering Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s influence on Harvard Law School runs deep. On Thursday, September 24, a star team of Harvard deans and HLS professors remembered Ginsburg as a teacher, boss, colleague, inspiration and friend. In a virtu...

COVID-19 and the Law Colloquium Series | Health Law and COVID-19
The topic of the second session of the COVID-19 and the Law Colloquium Series was Health Law and Covid-19. Clinical Professor Emily Broad Leib, faculty director of the Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic (FLPC) and colloquium co-organizer (with Martha...

COVID-19 and the Law Colloquium Series | Governmental Powers
For years, public health experts have been warning of a global pandemic so contagious that it would lead to massive devastation. Few nations across the globe heeded these warnings and every community now has to address both the ongoing effects of the...

Student Voices | Why law?
Students from the incoming J.D. and LL.M. classes talk about their inspirations for pursuing a legal education.

Orientation 2020 | Welcome to HLS!
Faculty and staff welcome incoming J.D.s, LL.M.s, and S.J.D.s to Harvard Law School.

Radio Diary | Professor Crespo Explains Why Federal Officers' Tactics In Portland Are Unlawful
This radio segment was produced by Meghna Chakrabarti and Dorey Scheimer for On Point Radio and NPR. The original broadcast can be found here: https://wbur.fm/3hvLpZp.”

HLS2020 | A Year in Pictures, 2019-2020
A look back at the 2019-2020 academic year, from summer orientation for incoming students and campus events and celebrations, through the changes brought on by a global pandemic, sending everyone away from campus. But still keeping everyone together ...

HLS2020 | Reflections of the Class of 2020
As we close an unprecedented year, graduating J.D.s and LL.M.s reflect on their law school experience and share their hopes for the future of Harvard Law School.

2020 Last Lecture Series | Dehlia Ummuna
The Last Lecture Series at Harvard Law School, sponsored annually by the 3L and LL.M. class marshals, is an HLS tradition in which selected faculty members impart insight, advice, and final words of wisdom to the graduating class. The faculty select...

2020 Last Lecture Series | Ruth Okediji
The Last Lecture Series at Harvard Law School, sponsored annually by the 3L and LL.M. class marshals, is an HLS tradition in which selected faculty members impart insight, advice, and final words of wisdom to the graduating class. The faculty select...

Faculty Voices | Christopher T. Bavitz on the Cyberlaw Clinic’s 20th Anniversary
Christopher T. Bavitz is the WilmerHale Clinical Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and Managing Director of the Cyberlaw Clinic at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society. He discusses the Cyberlaw Clinic's 20th anniversary, changes in...

Clinics in Action | Judicial internship at the U.S District Court of Massachusetts
As a judicial intern at the U.S. District Court of Massachusetts, Harvard Law School student Caitlin Hoeberlein ’20 design an independent clinical placement with the Hon. F. Dennis Saylor IV ’81. Camera/Editing: Lorin Granger Interviews: Jill Cr...

Clinics in Action | Child Advocacy Clinic internship with the Children's Law Center of Massachusetts
Through Harvard Law School's Child Advocacy Clinic, students are placed with nonprofit organizations, governmental agencies, juvenile courts, and more, either around the Boston/Cambridge area or around the country. Here, Mikayla Harvey ’21, a stu...

Clinics in Action | Criminal Prosecution internship at the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office
Students in the Criminal Prosecution Clinic at Harvard Law School represent the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in local District Attorneys’ offices. Students help prosecute criminal cases in district court, and they handle a range of responsibilitie...

Tour the Harvard Law School Library
The Harvard Law School Library connects the Harvard community to its vast collections, including the law of every jurisdiction in the world. Over the past 200 years, Harvard Law School has built a collection of primary and secondary law unsurpassed b...

The 19th Amendment centennial and the Equal Rights Amendment conversation
To commemorate International Women's Day, panelists Vicki Jackson, Michael Klarman, and Julie Suk discuss the 19th Amendment and the history Equal Rights Amendment in a discussion moderated by Jill Lepore.

HLS Human Rights Program | The International Court of Justice Case on Genocide in Myanmar
On February 25, 2020, the Human Rights Program at Harvard Law School hosted an expert panel to discuss the International Court of Justice case on genocide in Myanmar. In November 2019, The Gambia filed a case with the ICJ alleging that Myanmar mil...

HLS Library Book Talk | Recognizing Wrongs
In a new book, "Recognizing Wrongs" (Harvard University Press, Feb. 4, 2020), John Goldberg and Benjamin Zipursky explain the distinctive and important role that tort law plays in our legal system: it defines injurious wrongs and provides victims wit...

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