852 RARE: Phillip E. Areeda Papers now Open for Research

852 RARE: Phillip E. Areeda Papers now Open for Research

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Phillip Areeda, 1986 Harvard Law School Yearbook
Phillip Areeda (1930-1995) taught contracts and antitrust law at the Harvard Law School from 1961 until 1995. During that time he developed a reputation as an expert on antitrust law, which was the focus of his teaching and scholarship. His 11-volume set Antitrust Law is generally considered the definitive treatise on the subject.

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From folder 46-2, Phillip E. Areeda Papers, 1930-1995
Professor Areeda was a dedicated and excellent teacher and, in1994, he was honored with the Sacks-Freund Award for Teaching Excellence.

In addition to being a scholar, Areeda was politically active, serving a few stints in the White House for the Eisenhower, Ford and Nixon administrations. For Presidents Eisenhower and Ford, Areeda acted as legal counsel. Under President Nixon, he was the executive director of the President’s Cabinet Task Force on Oil Import Control, and served on his presidential transition team. A portion of his papers held by the Law School represent his time in Washington, though the Eisenhower Library has a small collection of Areeda’s records as Assistant Legal Counsel.

Areeda’s love for antitrust law was equaled by his love for good company, good food, and especially, good wine. Known as an oenophile, Areeda had a wine cellar that was rumored to be world-class, and he doled out advice on wine almost as frequently as advice on legal matters.

Phillip Areeda navigated a successful career as a lawyer and professor, and managed to balance it with a fun, and sometimes unexpected, personal life.

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From folder 48-21, Phillip E. Areeda Papers, 1930-1995
Areeda’s life is well-documented in the collection of papers he left to the Harvard Law School Library. Now open to the public for research these papers will undoubtedly provide insight to antitrust scholars. Along with research and drafts for his publications, the Areeda Papers contain personal and professional correspondence, lecture outlines, and notes from his many years working with the Harvard Law School’s Program of Instruction for Lawyers.

For a full description of the Phillip Areeda Papers, see the finding aid for the collection.

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