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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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