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  • Mihir A. Desai portrait

    Getting a handle on inversion: A Q&A with Mihir Desai

    August 15, 2014

    Harvard Law School Professor Mihir Desai recently spoke with the Harvard Gazette about the factors driving the practice of tax inversion, a maneuver by which U.S.-based corporations with significant international holdings shift their headquarters overseas in an attempt to lower their tax bills.

  • Elliot Schwab in library

    A man of many talents

    May 30, 2014

    Law School graduate Elliot Schwab multitasks, from music to real estate to Talmudic studies

  • Noah Feldman speaking in a courtroom

    The politics of money: Feldman on the Court and campaign finance

    April 7, 2014

    The U.S. Supreme Court has struck down aggregate campaign contribution limits, in a ruling that frees individuals to donate to as many candidates as they wish. Harvard Law School’s Noah Feldman, Bemis Professor of International Law, spoke with the Harvard Gazette about the ruling, and what it means for elections and for the future of campaign-finance reform.

  • Defending Snowden: Revelations key to reform push, says ACLU lawyer (video)

    March 27, 2014

    On March 25, Ben Wizner, director of the ACLU Speech, Privacy & Technology Project, came to Harvard Law School to discuss his experience as Edward Snowden's legal advisor at an event sponsored by the Harvard Journal of Law and Technology, Harvard National Security Law Association, Harvard Law School National Security Journal, Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review, Unbound: Harvard Journal of the Legal Left, the HLS American Constitution Society and the HLS American Civil Liberties Union.

  • Sergei Golubok and Anton Burkov

    Russia and rights

    March 14, 2014

    Two leading Russian human rights attorneys visited Harvard Law School on Tuesday to discuss the country’s legal system and offer long-term hope that steps can be taken toward democratic reforms.

  • Lily Cole speaking at Harvard

    Help you? Love to: Wish-list website launches at HLS

    March 10, 2014

    Lily Cole’s brainchild, the altruistic website and app, is based on an almost impossibly simple premise: the conviction that people can and should help each other, for free.

  • HLS student Maria Parra-Orlandoni and General General Dana Born

    Inspiring women: HLS exhibit features portraits of influential policymakers, lawyers

    March 10, 2014

    Some of the faces are well known, others are familiar to only a few, but all of the pictures in the display inside Harvard Law School’s Wasserstein Hall are of women lawyers, policymakers, and others from around the globe who have made a difference and inspired others to do the same.

  • David Barron: a Q&A on electronic communications policies

    February 28, 2014

    Last year, Harvard President Drew Faust asked Harvard Law School Professor David Barron ’94 to lead a 14-member task force that would make forward-looking recommendations regarding Harvard’s policies on electronic communications. Barron, who was acting assistant attorney general for the Office of Legal Counsel in the U.S. Department of Justice from 2009 to 2010, discussed the task force’s recently-released report and proposed policy with the Harvard Gazette.

  • Shadowing the Supreme Court: Law School clinic gives students intense grounding in real-time cases

    February 14, 2014

    For the past several years, Harvard Law School students have spent their break time between semesters in Washington, D.C., parsing reams of heady data and crafting nuanced legal arguments to cases headed for the U.S. Supreme Court.

  • Cass Sunstein speaking in front of an HLS backdrop

    Lessons on studying security: Sunstein discusses his work with panel tasked with reviewing U.S. surveillance (video)

    January 31, 2014

    On Tuesday, Harvard Law School Professor Cass Sunstein, a member of a five-person advisory panel created by President Obama to make a sweeping review of U.S. surveillance activities, discussed the group’s efforts and the 46 recommendations it released last month, including major reforms to the way the intelligence community does business.

  • Deval Patrick speaking at the podium

    The Harvard Legal Aid Bureau at 100

    November 21, 2013

    Inside an unassuming yellow house on Everett Street in Cambridge, a warren of offices makes up a law firm run by Harvard Law School students…

  • Chris Melendez and Brad Hinshelwood sitting at a table together talking

    Harvard Law students help argue appeal over benefits before U.S. court

    November 8, 2013

    The average week for a typical law school student involves poring over a list of daunting cases and deconstructing complicated arguments. But on Oct. 30, the work of three Harvard Law School students included something else: an appearance in federal court. The students, who are part of the School’s Veterans Legal Clinic, stood before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims last Wednesday to argue for the rights of their client, a decorated U.S. Army veteran.

  • HLS Student Lillian Langford

    Lillian Langford, on the path to fighting injustice

    June 6, 2013

    Lillian Langford’s life could have turned out much differently. Instead of graduating now with two Harvard degrees, she could have been on a remote island in the South Pacific, or on a stage playing the harp with a classical orchestra. But a series of inspiring mentors, starting with her parents, helped guide her to her life’s passion: fighting injustice.

  • Souter, O’Connor join Civics Education conversation (video)

    April 5, 2013

    It’s a common refrain that immigrants taking the U.S. citizenship test know more about the workings of the federal government than the average holder of a U.S. birth certificate. A group of experts dedicated to grappling with the themes outlined in the Constitution gathered Monday at Harvard Law School (HLS) to explore that disturbing trend and the importance of civics.

  • Discussion about the war in Iraq

    Human Rights panel discusses cost of Iraq invasion, 10 years after

    March 28, 2013

    On March 26, representatives of a number of human rights organizations gathered at Harvard Law School to reflect on the lasting impact of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and to discuss their efforts to hold the U.S. government accountable for problems there during the occupation and ongoing to this day.

  • Lawrence Lessig

    Lessig remembers Swartz (video)

    February 27, 2013

    Lawrence Lessig, director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, remembered the late Internet luminary and social activist Aaron Swartz during remarks that were part moving eulogy and part urgent call to curb “extremism in prosecuting computer laws.” Lessig addressed a capacity crowd in Austin Hall on Feb. 19 at Harvard Law School in a lecture titled “Aaron’s Laws: Law and Justice in a Digital Age.” The talk marked Lessig’s appointment as Roy L. Furman Professor of Law and Leadership at the School.

  • Ginsburg holds court at HLS (video)

    February 7, 2013

    Legal scholar and tireless defender of equal rights Ruth Bader Ginsburg reflected on her career during a discussion with Harvard Law School Dean Martha Minow on Monday Feb. 4 before a packed room in Wasserstein Hall.

  • Dean Martha Minow and John Osborn

    ‘The Paper Chase’ at 40

    October 3, 2012

    Many readers and viewers wonder if John Osborn Jr. had someone special in mind when he created the imperious professor in his 1971 hit novel “The Paper Chase,” based on his Harvard Law School years. With a careful reply, the author told HLS Dean Martha Minow and a crowd gathered at Austin Hall Thursday for a discussion about his book that the character was actually a composite of several people. But, he added, “It wasn’t like it was hard to find role models.”

  • New HLS complex pulls offshoots together, promotes interaction

    May 26, 2012

    Last fall the Harvard Law School opened its newest building, 250,000 square feet aimed at bringing faculty and students closer. Its design, developed in close collaboration with HLS community residents and neighbors and realized by the architectural firm Robert A.M. Stern Architects, grew out of a strategic plan crafted in 2000, with the primary goal of improving the overall student experience.

  • Barney Frank speaking at a podium

    Barney Frank ’77 addresses Harvard College graduates during Class Day (video)

    May 24, 2012

    This year, Harvard’s time-honored tradition of Class Day included an interesting twist: For the first time in years, two speakers—actor, writer, and comedian Andy Samberg, and U.S. Rep. Barney Frank ’61, J.D. ’77—took turns at the outdoor dais to offer the seniors parting words of wit and wisdom.

  • Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

    Law School dedicates new building

    April 26, 2012

    Harvard Law School’s (HLS) alumni reunion this past weekend reconnected friends from near and far in the School’s newest addition, the 250,000-square-foot Wasserstein Hall, Caspersen Student Center, Clinical Wing Building on the campus’ northwest corner.