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  • Samantha Power: The world in her rearview mirror

    Samantha Power: The world in her rearview mirror

    January 25, 2018

    F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote that there are no second acts in American lives. But clearly, he never met Samantha Power '99, who, after eight years in the White House, has returned to Harvard as the Anna Lindh Professor of the Practice of Global Leadership and Public Policy at HKS and professor of practice at HLS.

  • Nancy Gertner, senior lecturer on law at HLS and a retired federal judge in Massachusetts

    What Comey’s testimony means

    June 9, 2017

    Nancy Gertner, a retired federal judge in Massachusetts who is now a senior lecturer at Harvard Law School, spoke with the Gazette about the legal issues swirling around President Donald Trump and FBI Director James Comey's testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee.

  • Alex Whiting

    Whiting on the fallout from Comey’s firing

    May 11, 2017

    The abrupt firing of FBI Director James Comey has caused much consternation among Democrats and Republicans alike. Alex Whiting, professor of practice at the Law School, spoke with the Harvard Gazette about the ramifications of Comey's dismissal.

  • Cass R Sunstein in his office

    Danger in the internet echo chamber

    March 24, 2017

    In a new book, “#Republic: Divided Democracy in the Age of Social Media,” Harvard Law School’s Cass R. Sunstein argues that social media curation dramatically limits exposure to views and information that don’t align with already-established beliefs, which makes it harder and harder to find an essential component of democracy — common ground.

  • The writer behind the speeches

    March 17, 2017

    Over the last decade, Sarah Hurwitz ’04 has managed to produce some of the most memorable and important work as a speechwriter for one of the nation’s most gifted orators, Barack Obama, and two of the world’s most commanding and admired women, Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton.

  • Khizr Khan

    Khizr Khan, reluctant activist

    February 17, 2017

    Khizr Khan LL.M. '86, the Gold Star father who gained fame for his speech at the Democratic National Convention, joined HLS Professor Intisar A. Rabb, director of the Islamic Legal Studies Program at Harvard Law School, to discuss civil liberties and political action.

  • Andrew Crespo, Cass Sunstein, and Adrian Vermeule, Ralph S. Tyler, Jr. sitting at table with microphones

    Trump and the law

    November 28, 2016

    At a recent event, several HLS professors discussed the scope and limits of a president’s executive and judicial powers, the role the courts may play, and the ways in which Trump could reshape the authority and operation of an array of government agencies.

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    Ron Sullivan on changing the dynamics of confrontation

    July 11, 2016

    In a Q&A with the Harvard Gazette, Professor Ron Sullivan discusses the shooting deaths last week of two black men in Louisiana and Minnesota at the hands of police, and the subsequent killing of five Dallas officers by a retaliating sniper, events that shocked the nation and left many feeling like the country is unraveling.

  • Mark Wu promoted to professor of law

    World Trade Organization, front and center: A Q&A with Professor Mark Wu

    April 27, 2016

    Mark Wu ’96, an assistant professor at HLS who specializes in international economics and trade law, and lead organizer of the decennial academic conference of the World Trade Organization (WTO), spoke with the Harvard Gazette about the most pressing issues affecting trade and the WTO, and how he sees the future of trade policy.

  • Summer 2009

    Former national security adviser Juan Zarate on money laundering in real estate industry

    April 4, 2016

    Harvard Law School Visiting Lecturer Juan Carlos Zarate ’97, a former deputy national security adviser in the George W. Bush administration and a former assistant secretary of the U.S. Treasury for terrorist financing and financial crimes, recently spoke with The Harvard Gazette about the problem of money-laundering in the real estate industry—the scope of it, and what new oversight might portend.

  • Closeup of Sir Hilary Beckles speaking and pointing at the front of the courtroom

    Case for reparation gains international force

    February 26, 2016

    During a talk Monday at Harvard Law School, Sir Hilary Beckles, a distinguished historian, scholar, and activist from Barbados, made the case for reparations, a discussion that has been re-energized in the U.S. by the Black Lives Matter movement .

  • Jonathan Zittrain

    Apple bites back: Zittrain, Sulmeyer on the privacy-security showdown between the tech giant and FBI

    February 19, 2016

    Apple Inc.’s refusal to help the FBI retrieve information from an iPhone belonging to one of the shooters in the terrorist attack in San Bernardino, Calif., has thrust the tug-of-war on the issue of privacy vs. security back into the spotlight.

  • Illustration of a large man standing on top of a large bag of money, alongside a group of men standing on top of a small bag of money.

    Harvard Gazette: The costs of inequality — Increasingly, it’s the rich and the rest

    February 10, 2016

    Second in a Harvard Gazette series on what Harvard scholars are doing to identify and understand inequality, in seeking solutions to one of America’s most vexing problems.

  • Loretta Lynch standing behind a podium speaking

    During HLS visit, Attorney General Lynch makes the case for criminal justice reform

    January 19, 2016

    In a recent talk at Harvard Law School, U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch ’81, J.D. ’84 discussed criminal-justice reform “a transformative issue of our generation.”

  • Stephen Breyer

    Agreeing to disagree: Supreme Court Justice Breyer says rulings are strong but discourse thoughtful

    November 13, 2015

    U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Stephen Breyer made a recent appearance at Harvard Kennedy School to discuss his new book, “The Court and the World: American Law and the New Global Realities,” with HKS Professor David Gergen, and Nancy Gertner, a former U.S. District Court judge in Massachusetts and now a senior lecturer at HLS.

  • Don't Look Away: Images of Systematic Torture in the Syrian Regime panelists

    Torture through a viewfinder: Photo exhibit at HLS shines light on Syrian government

    October 26, 2015

    As the humanitarian crisis in Syria deepens, a panel at Harvard Law School explores the role of photography in documenting and raising international awareness about torture, mass killings, and other atrocities committed by the Assad regime.

  • Airing it out: Carfagna discusses legal battle over ‘Deflategate’

    August 21, 2015

    Peter Carfagna, lecturer on law and director of the Sports Law Clinic at Harvard Law School, recently spoke with the Harvard Gazette about the 'Deflategate' dispute and what impact the case may have on NFL players, and on the league.

  • Three women posing in front of an ornate door, one is waving

    The women who questioned Wall Street: Sheila Bair, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, and Mary Schapiro on holding financial industries accountable

    May 5, 2015

    After their warnings about excesses and corrupt practices on Wall Street went unheeded but proved accurate, former FDIC Chair Sheila Bair, former SEC Chair Mary Schapiro, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, formerly a bankruptcy professor at Harvard Law School, set about trying to institute meaningful financial reforms from inside federal agencies and through politics.

  • Noah Feldman speaking at a HLS podium

    Breaking down the Middle East: Feldman weighs in on widening chaos, conflict

    April 3, 2015

    In a recent interview in the Harvard Gazette, Harvard Law School Professor Noah Feldman, Harvard Kennedy School Professor Nicholas Burns, and Wall Street Journalist Farnaz Fassihi offer their analyses of the recent conflicts in the Middle East and the historic political, social, and military transformation taking place in the region.

  • Thomas Piketty among other presenters at the front of the room

    Explaining ‘Capital:’ In HLS visit, economist Thomas Piketty discusses his landmark text (video)

    March 18, 2015

    It’s been just a year since Thomas Piketty’s “Capital in the Twenty-First Century” turned the respected French economist from the University of Paris into an academic and publishing rock star. Piketty’s status showed little sign of fading during his March 6 visit to Harvard to speak about the book before an overflow crowd inside Austin Hall at Harvard Law School.

  • Attendees clapping in the audience

    After Ferguson, the ripples across Harvard

    March 5, 2015

    National concerns over racial justice lead to campus introspection, discussion, research, and action They are short, stark sentences, seared into the public consciousness in recent…