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  • Assistant Attorney General John Carlin ’99

    Quiet Intelligence

    May 10, 2016

    For more than seven years, John Carlin ’99 has been at the center of the most sensitive counterterrorism cases, which have often involved tricky technological questions—first as an adviser to FBI Director Robert Mueller and then at the National Security Division.

  • Facing Down Discrimination

    May 10, 2016

    Raheemah Abdulaleem ’01 was standing on a Washington, D.C., street corner in 2009 on her way to work at the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division when a man yelled at her from his car to “go back to your country.” An African-American who grew up in Philadelphia in a family whose roots in the United States are nearly as old as the country, Abdulaleem was wearing a hijab, the traditional headscarf worn by some Muslim women.

  • Bert Rein ’64

    A Senior Rookie

    May 10, 2016

    Bert Rein '64 came to Supreme Court advocacy later in life and has ­focused on litigation challenging race-based protections.

  • Supreme Court Workings

    Pulling Back the Curtain

    May 4, 2016

    It is the rare law review article that directly leads the Supreme Court to change how it does business. But that’s exactly what happened after the Harvard Law Review published an article in 2014 by Richard Lazarus, revealing how Supreme Court opinions get changed after issuance, with little public notice.

  • A Leader on National Security

    A Leader on National Security

    October 5, 2015

    After 15 years in Congress, Adam Schiff has emerged as a leading Democratic voice on national security.

  • Yas Banifatemi

    Tenacity Rewarded

    October 5, 2015

    The Yukos case—with its largest-ever arbitration award—was the culmination of Yas Banifatemi's career in international arbitration, which took root at Harvard.

  • Jorge Elorza

    Trust in Providence

    May 4, 2015

    Jorge Elorza wins the battle to lead the city where he fought for social justice

  • Tom Cotton

    Politics and Service

    May 4, 2015

    For Freshman Senator Tom Cotton, politics and patriotism are nothing new.

  • Prosecutor with a Calling

    April 23, 2015

    Loretta Lynch ’84 becomes the 83rd attorney general of the United States.

  • Illustration of silhouettes pushing a ball up a hill, with a large hand pushing back

    In It Together?

    November 24, 2014

    Do recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions on class actions mean less security in numbers?

  • Becket Fund counsel Eric Rassbach ’99, Lori Windham ’05 and Mark Rienzi ’00

    Keeping FAITH

    November 24, 2014

    A nonprofit law firm whose clients have ranged from Hobby Lobby to a Santeria priest

  • Illustration of two hands tied together and holding dice

    Ruling out Risk?

    May 15, 2014

    Banks can no longer make bets with their own money. Some say the reform makes us safer; others say it simply transfers the risk.

  • Illustration of a human silhouette on a flight of stairs with caution signs on the steps

    Cautious about the Precautionary Principle

    May 15, 2014

    When writing laws, trying to prevent official abuse can actually create or exacerbate the very risks they are intended to avoid, argues Professor Adrian Vermeule ’93 in his new book, “The Constitution of Risk.”

  • Judge Jed S. Rakoff '69

    Main Injustice

    May 9, 2014

    Without prosecutions, the risk of another financial crisis is greater,says a prominent federal judge.

  • HLS’s Party Central

    April 27, 2014

    In a theater district alley in downtown Boston, dozens of Harvard Law students line up to get into the New Orleans-themed Big Easy club. At…

  • Adrian Vermeule at a desk smiling

    In his latest book on constitutional decision-making, Vermeule exposes the risks of risk-aversion (video)

    April 15, 2014

    When writing laws, trying to prevent official abuse can actually create or exacerbate the very risks they are intended to avoid, argues Professor Adrian Vermeule ’93 in his new book, “The Constitution of Risk.”

  • Rachel Lu and David Wertime

    Reading the Tea Leaves

    January 1, 2014

    Shortly after graduating from HLS, David Satterthwaite Wertime ’07 and Rachel Lu ’07 launched Tea Leaf Nation, an e-magazine focusing on Chinese social media. The site had become a go-to destination for Western journalists, academics and decision-makers seeking insights into what average Chinese people are thinking.

  • Standing Up for Gideon’s Mandate

    Standing Up for Gideon’s Mandate

    January 1, 2014

    In 2007, Corey Stoughton ’02 began a long, serpentine journey through New York courts when she filed a class-action lawsuit on behalf of 20 criminal defendants claiming the state’s public defender system had failed them. If all goes as scheduled, Stoughton, a lawyer with the New York Civil Liberties Union, will be in an Albany courtroom in March, when the case finally goes to trial.

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    Salving the Wounds

    January 1, 2014

    Randall Kennedy has tackled plenty of controversial issues in his five previous books, ranging from interracial marriage to the intersection of race, crime and the law. The Harvard Law professor comes to the defense of affirmative action in his latest book, “For Discrimination.” In an interview with the Bulletin, Kennedy described his own evolution on the issue and the impact of the Supreme Court’s ruling in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, which was announced after his book went to print.

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    Fixing Price Fixing

    January 1, 2014

    Louis Kaplow ’81 seeks to upend the academic debate and to suggest important reforms to legal practice in his latest book, which addresses the law and economics of price fixing. The Harvard Law School professor describes the law prohibiting this practice as “incoherent, its practical reach uncertain, and its fit with fundamental economic principles obscure.” And that’s just in the first paragraph.

  • Rachel Brand, during Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr.’s confirmation hearings

    Committed to government service but not to big government

    July 1, 2013

    Rachel Brand ’98 is leading the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s campaign to roll back government regulations while also serving as a charter member of a government Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board.