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Book Event: In Defense of Women: Memoir of an Unrepentant Advocate

In Defense of Women: Memoir of an Unrepentant Advocate (Beacon Press)
by Nancy Gertner

A panel discussion of women and the law with

Judge Nancy Gertner (Ret.), Professor of Practice, Harvard Law School

Martha Minow, Dean and Jeremiah Smith, Jr. Professor of Law, Harvard Law School

Carol Steiker, Henry J. Friendly Professor of Law and Special Adviser for Public Service, Harvard Law School

Martha Coakley, Massachusetts Attorney General

Robin Young, National Public Radio (NPR)

In connection with this event, the Harvard Journal of Law & Gender has published 3 reviews of the book.

Tuesday, February 21st, 6:00pm
Austin Hall West 111
Harvard Law School

Refreshments will be available.

Free and open to the public.

Co-sponsored by the Harvard Law School Library, Harvard Women’s Law Association, Harvard Journal of Law & Gender and the Harvard American Constitution Society

Book Event: A Panel Discussion about Connecting Democracy: Online Consultation and the Flow of Political Communication

A Panel Discussion about Connecting Democracy: Online Consultation and the Flow of Political Communication


Peter Shane, Jacob E. Davis and Jacob E. Davis II Chair in Law at the Ohio State University and Visiting Professor of Law at Harvard Law School Library (co-editor of the book)

David Lazer, Associate Professor, College of Computer and Information Science, Northeastern University

Ethan Zuckerman, Director of the Center for Civic Media at MIT

Matthew Baum, Marvin Kalb Professor of Global Communications, Professor of Public Policy, Shorenstein Center, Harvard Kennedy School of Government

John Palfrey, Berkman Faculty Co-Director, Henry N. Ess III Professor of Law, Vice Dean, Library and Information Resources, Harvard Law School

Austin 111 West
Harvard Law School
Tuesday, February 7th

Free and open to the public.

RSVP requested.

Sponsored by the Harvard Law School Library and the Berkman Center for Internet & Society

Faculty Book Event: Republic, Lost: How Money Corrupts Congress–and a Plan to Stop It

Republic, Lost: How Money Corrupts Congress–and a Plan to Stop It

A conversation between Lawrence Lessig and David Gergen


Tuesday, November 1, 5:00 pm
Ames Courtroom, Austin Hall, Harvard Law School

Free and Open to the Public
Co-hosted by the Harvard Law School Library, Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics,  HKS Center for Public Leadership, and the Berkman Center for Internet & Society

Professor David Gergen,  Director of the Harvard Kennedy School’s Center for Public Leadership converses with Professor Lawrence Lessig about his new book,  Republic, Lost: How Money Corrupts Congress—and a Plan to Stop It.

Updates and (optional) RSVP on Facebook

LIVE STREAMING: This event will also be streamed live. (QuickTime player version 7.6.2 or more recent is required to view or listen to HLS streaming media. (Older versions might not work.) The player is available for download at no cost from the Apple Web site.

About Professor Lawrence Lessig:

Lawrence Lessig is the Roy L. Furman Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, and director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University. Prior to rejoining the Harvard faculty, Lessig was a professor at Stanford Law School, where he founded the school’s Center for Internet and Society, and at the University of Chicago. He clerked for Judge Richard Posner on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals and Justice Antonin Scalia on the United States Supreme Court.

Lessig serves on the Board of Creative Commons, MAPLight, Brave New Film Foundation, The American Academy, Berlin, AXA Research Fund and and on the advisory board of the Sunlight Foundation. He is a Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical Association, and has received numerous awards, including the Free Software Foundation’s Freedom Award, Fastcase 50 Award and being named one of Scientific American’s Top 50 Visionaries.

Lessig holds a BA in economics and a BS in management from the University of Pennsylvania, an MA in philosophy from Cambridge, and a JD from Yale.

About Professor David Gergen:

David Gergen is a senior political analyst for CNN and has served as an adviser to four U.S. presidents. He is a public service professor of public leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School and the director of its Center for Public Leadership. In 2000, he published the best-selling book, Eyewitness to Power:The Essence of Leadership, Nixon to Clinton.

Gergen was born in Durham, North Carolina, where his father taught mathematics at Duke University. He graduated with honors from both Yale College (1963) and Harvard Law School (1967), and served as an officer in the U.S. Navy for nearly three and a half years, posted to a ship in Japan.

Gergen joined the Nixon White House in 1971, as a staff assistant on the speech writing team, a group of heavyweights that included Pat Buchanan, Ben Stein, and Bill Safire. Gergen went on to work in the administration of Gerald Ford and as an adviser to the 1980 George H.W. Bush presidential campaign. He served as Director of Communications for Ronald Reagan and as adviser to Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Warren Christopher on domestic and foreign affairs.

In his private life, Gergen works as a political journalist and analyst. From 1985-1986 he worked as an editor at U.S. News & World Report, where he also served as editor-at-large. Gergen’s career in television began in 1985, when he joined the MacNeil/Lehrer News Hour for widely praised Friday night discussions of politics. Today, he appears frequently on CNN as a senior political analyst and contributes a monthly column to Parade Magazine.

Gergen joined the Harvard faculty in 1999. He is active as a speaker on leadership and sits on many boards, including Teach for America, the Aspen Institute, and Duke University, where he taught from 1995-1999. He is a member of the Washington D.C. Bar and the Council on Foreign Relations, and holds 19 honorary degrees.

Faculty Book Event: The Penguin and the Leviathan: How Cooperation Triumphs over Self-Interest

The Berkman Center and the HLS Library invite you to join us for a special book launch for HLS Professor Yochai Benkler, taking place Tuesday (10/18) at 6pm on the campus of the law school. Prof. Benkler will be discussing his new book, The Penguin and the Leviathan: How Cooperation Triumphs over Self-Interest, which addresses the dynamics of human cooperation, informed by research undertaken by the Berkman Center.

The Penguin and the Leviathan: How Cooperation Triumphs over Self-Interest
Yochai Benkler, Berkman Center Faculty Co-Director Penguin and the Leviathan

Tuesday, October 18, 6:00 pm — Austin West Classroom, Austin Hall, Harvard Law School
Free and Open to the Public
Co-hosted by the Harvard Law School Library and the Berkman Center for Internet & Society
Reception to follow

Harvard Professor Yochai Benkler (The Wealth of Networks) is one of the world’s top thinkers on cooperative structures. In his new book, The Penguin and the Leviathan: How Cooperation Triumphs over Self-Interest, he uses evidence from neuroscience, economics, sociology, biology, and real-world examples to break down the myth of self-interest and replace it with a model of cooperation in our businesses, our government, and our lives.

About Yochai

Yochai Benkler is the Berkman Professor of Entrepreneurial Legal Studies at Harvard, and faculty co-director of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society. Since the 1990s he has played a part in characterizing the role of information commons and decentralized collaboration to innovation, information production, and freedom in the networked economy and society. His work can be freely accessed at

More information at:
About the book:

An Update on the Peer Reviewed Scholarship Marketplace

A couple of years ago, we posted about an exciting new endeavor called the Peer Reviewed Scholarship Marketplace (“PRSM”). I was wondering how the project was going, so I contacted the PRSM administrator to find out. Mark Ingram and Justin Bagwell, the current and former Administrators, were happy to provide an update on the progress of the endeavor.

Et Seq.: How many faculty do you have serving as reviewers now? Are they mostly from law schools, or do you have people from other disciplines (e.g. to deal with non-law or interdisciplinary scholarship)? Do you have people specifically qualified for empirical studies work?
Mark: As for reviewers, currently we have ~60 reviewers from law schools across the nation who have expressed interest through our website in serving as reviewers. We have 10 reviewers who work in government or private practice, and there are a handful of reviewers from medical schools, as well. Only one of our potential reviewers indicated that his expertise is “quantitative/empirical methods.” We keep a list of all “Reviewer Requests” received through the website, and, of course, we may also contact authorities in a particular field if we are unable to retain an adequate number of qualified reviewers from our list for a particular article.

Et Seq.: What do you think incentivizes reviewers to join? What do you think motivates authors?
Mark: I think reviewers as well as authors are motivated by their support for peer review within legal scholarship. In addition to the “Reviewer Requests” that we receive through the website we also receive “Author Requests” from authors seeking more information about submitting an article to PRSM. These authors usually indicate their willingness to serve as reviewers on this form, as well. Both of the reviewers who reviewed our latest submission expressed their support for PRSM (“PRSM is a great endeavour.”) and their appreciation of our effort to integrate peer review into the article selection process (“I think it is great that you are doing peer review.”).
Justin: I think that reviewers most often join PRSM just out of a desire to contribute to the profession. Reviewers perform a vital function by giving journals guidance in selecting their articles. I think it would be fair to say that they perform a type of “gate keeping” function by commenting on the novelty and substantive quality of the article. I think that an author’s motivation is somewhat different from a reviewer’s. Most often I think authors seek to have their article given a heightened degree of credibility by having their peers comment on it. Also, I think many of the authors that have submitted articles through PRSM have chosen to do so because they recognize the need for a peer review element in legal scholarship. They may see their submissions as a step in the direction that they believe legal scholarship should go.

Et Seq.: How has the author experience been? What is their feedback?
Justin: For the most part, authors have been very complimentary of the peer review process. They have generally been understanding of the extended timeline that is necessary for finding reviewers and completing reviews. All have been grateful for the opportunity to have their articles reviewed. Even when an author has not had their article selected for publication, they have been grateful for the experience and the opportunity to receive feedback.

Et Seq.: Have any of the other member journals ( published issues using the service?
Justin: As far as I know, no other journal has published an entire issue using the PRSM service. However, I didn’t have any contact with either the author or the journals after the review process was complete so it is possible that some articles may have been published without my knowledge.
Mark: To my knowledge, our latest submission received offers from some of our members and should appear in one of our member journals soon. It’s up to the member journals whether to indicate that a particular article has been peer reviewed, but keep your eyes peeled for the newest peer-reviewed article in the coming months.

Et Seq.: Do you have any new journals joining?
Mark: Our newest members are Nevada Law Journal and Fordham Law Review, which brings the total number to thirteen. I am currently in contact with new Editors-in-Chief across the nation in an effort to add more members to our consortium. Our long-term goals have always been to add more members and to secure more article submissions.

For those interested in peer review (and other issues) in law reviews, you might want to take a look at a series “law review review” at the PrawfsBlawg. This week, there is an interview with an editor at the Stanford Law Review about its experimentation with peer review.

An Interview with Jeff Dunn, creator of HLS Journals

Last year, you might have noticed some major changes to the websites for our law journals with the launch of HLS Journals, a great new platform for looking at aggregated content for most HLS journals.   We recently interviewed Jeff Dunn (Web Coordinator for the Dean of Students Office), responsible for the care and maintenance of the law journal websites.

Et Seq.: When did you launch the new aggregated service? Why did you decide to do it?
Jeff: I launched in the fall of 2010. Like most projects, it was born out of the need for me to quickly see what each journal is writing about without having to navigate to individual sites. By automatically pulling in information, I was also able to promote articles on a journal’s behalf with minimal effort. For example, HLSJournals automatically populates Facebook and Twitter and has an RSS feed all its own that users can subscribe to.

Et Seq.: What are the statistics like on it?
Jeff: Even though the site has never been promoted by HLS or any student journal, it figures prominently in search results for student journals and articles. Since it publishes articles at the exact same time as the regular journals, the web crawlers see it as a timely and authoritative source with lots of backlinks. This has led to us seeing about 2,000 pageviews/day on average. When journals are covering something more topical that people are searching for, that number has risen to nearly 10,000 pageviews/day.

Et Seq:. I know that you are also experimenting with mobile technology, including Kindle eBooks on Amazon. Do you have some preliminary download statistics, and why you decided to do it?
Jeff: The Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policyhas been the first test case for the Student Journals in the world of Kindle publishing. Thanks to the more than 300 downloads per volume, we have decided to start pushing all student journals onto the platform. This is being done alongside another big push toward other mobile apps as well.

Et Seq.: You have done a lot of major redesign on the journal websites individually. Could you share some of the enhancements, changes?
Jeff: The biggest change has to be the increase in online-only content. When I first started in 2008, most journal websites were simply lists of journal articles with some PDF links here and there. That type of site wouldn’t be tolerated by today’s typical web user. Nearly all HLS Student Journal websites are dynamic and engaging sites that are frequently updated by the students. Most enhancements over the past year have now been for a step beyond simply making nicer-looking websites. Students now want private wikis, document sharing systems, polling systems, payment systems, and more. My office is always up to the challenge and it’s always exciting when a student comes up with an innovative idea that we implement. The best part is the time when other journals see this new feature and want it for themselves as well. It just shows you that there’s a purpose to all the crazy requests you get from students. The most recent request was to “recreate LinkedIn but just for our journal” which was a bit beyond our scope. I won’t name the journal but it’s actually not a bad idea…

Et Seq.: Why do you like using WordPress as a platform for the journals?
Jeff: It’s open source and always on the cutting edge of security, optimization, and user experience. As one of the most well-regarded publishing platforms, I started using WordPress in 2007 and was glad to see that it was the victor in the publishing wars. Joomla and other platforms have simply been left in the dust by the WordPress community. As a platform for the journals, WordPress is by far the most robust and easy-to-use for the students. They are not necessarily as tech-savvy as me and my office (some students are, however) so having a relatively simple UI and UX is crucial. I certainly tested and considered other options but the WordPress ecosystem (premium theme websites, plugins, WordCamps, support forums, etc.) means WordPress will be around for a very long time, barring any sudden changes to the WordPress mission.

Et Seq.: Any other plans you can share?
Jeff: We’re jumping with both feet into the world of mobile apps. We are currently developing and testing iPad, iOS, and Android apps that aggregate and make all journal content a lot easier and more fun to find and enjoy. We also have a couple of other projects that aren’t quite ready to be made public just yet.

If you want to hear more about Jeff’s work with WordPress as a journal publishing platform, you might want to check out his remarks during October’s Implementing the Durham Statement: Best Practices for Open Access Law Journals at Duke Law School.

Introducing LATCamp

Interested in using technology to ease the pain of creating end-of-semester outlines?  Want to share library resources with law students and professors in a completely new way?  Looking for a way to finally illustrate a case in class through the use of technology?  Or are you just plain curious about the intersection of legal information and technology?  If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you should come to LATCamp!

LATCamp (Law and Technology Camp) is a one-day unconference hosted by the Harvard Law School on May 16.  We welcome everyone who is involved with legal education throughout New England – students, professors, librarians, technologists.  It promises to be an exciting day of lively discussions, brainstorming, and forming new ideas.  See the About page for more information.

Applying to LATCamp couldn’t be easier!  Just fill out the registration form with a little bit of information about yourself and why you want to come to LATCamp.  Applications are due by April 18, 2011, and all participants will be notified by April 25 of their acceptance.  Due to space constraints, we will be capping attendance at 75.

Once you’re accepted, you are encouraged to submit session proposals and to comment on others.  Lively discussions before the day begins help to shape the discussion topics and to set the participatory tone for the day.  You can also sign up for a Dork Short!  Dork Shorts are 2-minute mini-presentations on projects you may be working on.  They are presented before the whole group, and you can show off a web-based project, or just get up and talk, prop-free.

Law Teaching Colloquium panel on getting published

In addition to the library’s classes being held this week, those of you interesting in getting published might also want to check out the Law Teaching Colloquium’s Getting Published panel discussion featuring Harvard Law Professor Glenn Cohen and Fellow Rebecca Haw.  The event will be noon-1:30pm, Wednesday, March 30th, in Hauser 102.

Just in time for law review submission season

It is law review submission season and and Allen Rostron and Nancy Levit of the University of Missouri at Kansas City – School of Law have revised their paper Information for Submitting Articles to Law Reviews & Journals. It includes information about how individual journals accept submissions, format requirements and contact information for expedited review and withdrawals. (Hat tip, Law Librarian blog.)

If you are interested in learning more about getting published, sign up for one of the Library’s two sessions on the topic:

Tools and Tips for Getting Published
Thinking about trying to publish in a law journal? Many law students have! Join the library in exploring the tools you can use to make the process of submitting an article for publication easier. Contact: Michelle Pearse,

Thurs 3/31 4:00 – 5:00 or Fri 4/1 3:00 – 4:00
Location: L233 (Library 2nd Floor – Computer lab)

Sign up is available at:

You could also take a look at our research guide Getting Published in Law Reviews and Journals.

Primo Central Trial Extended through February

A few weeks ago, we told you about Harvard’s trial of Primo Central a new way to search our vast array of e-resources. The trial has been extended through February. You might want to test it out if you are working on a paper, especially if it is on an interdisciplinary topic. Be sure to let us know what you think of it!

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