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  • Deval Patrick with Dean Martha Minow, both wearing commencement gowns speaking to eachother.

    Deval Patrick ’82 returns to Harvard to deliver Commencement Address

    June 1, 2015

    Deval Patrick `82, who recently concluded two terms as the 71st governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, was Harvard’s 2015 commencement speaker.

  • Still from the video showing a woman speaking to the camera

    Voices from the Class of 2015 (video)

    June 1, 2015

    In this video, first shown during HLS Commencement ceremonies on May 28, 2015,  students look back on their unique experiences and shared journey at Harvard Law School.

  • Martha Minow in blue gown speaking at commencement

    ‘You will be the counsel for the situations to come,’ says Minow (video)

    May 29, 2015

    Dean Martha Minow applauded the many accomplishments of Class of 2015 and she praised their activism against injustice: “You led teach-ins, die-ins, and active mobilization in response to police shootings and racial injustice, and participated in criminal justice reform work. Your work changes lives,” she told the graduates.

  • Martha Minow and presenter during the event

    GALLERY: Harvard Law School Class Day 2015

    May 28, 2015

    Harvard Law School’s 2015 Class Day ceremony featured speeches by Gabrielle Giffords, former U.S. Representative from Arizona, and her husband Mark Kelly, a Navy pilot and NASA astronaut, and Harvard Law School Professor Jon Hanson, winner of the 2015 Albert M. Sacks-Paul A. Freund Award for Teaching Excellence. A number of Harvard Law students from the Class of ’15 received special awards for their outstanding leadership, citizenship, compassion and dedication to their studies and the profession.

  • Students honored at class day ceremony

    May 28, 2015

    A number of Harvard Law students from the Class of ’15 received special awards this year during the 2015 Class Day ceremony on May 27. The students were recognized for their outstanding leadership, citizenship, compassion and dedication to their studies and the profession.

  • ‘Be courageous,’ Giffords tells HLS grads

    May 28, 2015

    Four years ago, then-Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, D-Arizona, was shot in the head and gravely wounded by a gunman in a mass shooting outside a Tucson supermarket. Most people who suffer such an injury don’t survive, as her husband, Mark Kelly, pointed out. But Giffords fought back. On Wednesday, taking the podium to a standing ovation at Class Day exercises for Harvard Law School, she urged the students to action.

  • Closing arguments

    May 27, 2015

    This year, more than 750 students will receive degrees from Harvard Law School. Each brought unique experiences to law school and all have tailored their academic careers while at HLS to explore their individual interests. As they prepare to graduate, several members of the Harvard Law School Class of 2015 reflect on the interests they brought to law school and the experiences they will take from their time at Harvard Law.

  • Chad Baker ’15 wins Kaufman Pro Bono Award

    May 27, 2015

    This year’s Andrew L. Kaufman Pro Bono Service Award was presented to Chad Baker, honored for demonstrating an extraordinary commitment to improving and delivering high quality volunteer legal services to disadvantaged communities. Baker contributed over 2000 pro bono hours working with the Tenant Advocacy Project, the Prison Legal Assistance Project, and the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau.

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

    CLEA Award recognizes Christopher Melendez ’15 and his service to veterans

    May 27, 2015

    Christopher Melendez ’15 received the Outstanding Clinical Student Award from the Clinical Legal Education Association. The award is presented annually to one student from each law school in recognition of outstanding clinical coursework and contributions to the clinical community.

  • Seth Hoedl ’15 and Seth Packrone ’15 win Exemplary Clinical Student Award

    May 27, 2015

    Harvard Law School’s Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs has recognized graduating students Seth Hoedl ’15 and Seth Packrone ’15 for exemplifying putting theory into practice through clinical work.

  • Closing argument: Victoria White-Mason ’15, taking action against injustice

    May 26, 2015

    In a way, the seeds of Victoria White-Mason’s activism were planted long before she was born. Her grandfather was the first black man to graduate from Duke University, where he faced prejudice and discrimination. Her great-grandfather operated a business in Durham, N.C.’s Hayti district, a thriving African-American community during a time of segregation. Her family history helped raise her awareness of racial injustice and also the strength of black people in the face of adversity.

  • Sean Morrison '15

    Closing argument: Sean Morrison ’15, merging a passion for tax law and a penchant for politics

    May 26, 2015

    Growing up in Montana with a mother who owned a horse farm, Sean Morrison ’15 found his tax attorney father’s line of work a bit dull by comparison. So Morrison is a little surprised to find himself, years later, graduating from law school with the intent to specialize in tax law and policy.

  • Closing argument: Lor Sok LL.M. ’15, making an impact at home

    May 22, 2015

    As he prepares to finish his LL.M. year at Harvard Law, Lor Sok recalls all the benefits the experience has provided him. But the real test of the experience, he says, is what it will mean for Cambodia, his homeland.

  • Closing argument: Antonia Domingo ’15, dedicated to social justice

    May 21, 2015

    At a time when right-to-work laws, which severely threaten the viability of workers’ unions, seem to be gaining in popularity, Antonia Domingo ’15 is something of a rare creature: a fervently pro-union loyalist.

  • Closing argument: Innovation, teamwork drive Romeen Sheth ’15

    May 21, 2015

    Romeen Sheth ’15 is a team player who works well with others--not because he has to, but because he prefers to, and he wishes more lawyers felt the same way.

  • Gabrielle Giffords and Mark Kelly smiling together

    Gabrielle Giffords and Mark Kelly are Harvard Law School’s 2015 Class Day Speakers

    March 24, 2015

    Gabrielle Giffords, former U.S. Representative from Arizona, and her husband Mark Kelly, a Navy pilot and NASA astronaut, will be this year’s speakers for the Class Day ceremonies at Harvard Law School. Class Day will take place on Wednesday, May 27, 2015.

  • Exit interview! Voices from the Class of 2014 (video)

    June 4, 2014

    In this 2014 commencement video, graduating law students reflect on how they "found heart" at Harvard Law School.

  • Martha Minow in ceremony robes speaking at podium

    Dean Minow to grads: ‘Use your powers of imagination’

    May 29, 2014

    “We searched the world for each and every one of you—and you have exceeded our hopes,” Minow told the Class of 2014, which included 576 J.D.s; 167 LL.M.s; and 7 SJDs.