HLS Brief

APRIL 2010

Greetings from Cambridge…where we know spring has arrived when we experience, in a matter of weeks, two 50 year storms, historic levels of rainfall, glorious days of sunshine, and temperatures reaching as high as 90 degrees. Mark Twain was right about New England weather.

The arrival of April is a reminder that the Spring term will be coming to a close for our students later this month. It is also a reminder that the reunion season is upon us—I hope that those of you who have reunions this month—the Classes of 1960,1970,1975,1985 & 2000 will return to campus to celebrate this milestone and take the opportunity to reconnect with classmates, faculty, and friends. We have a terrific program planned for our returning alumni, one in which you will have an opportunity to interact with students, faculty and Dean Martha Minow, who will discuss the first year of her deanship during the “Conversation With The Dean.”

For those of you who will not be back in Cambridge this month, there are many exciting things happening throughout the extended HLS community. This issue of HLS Brief highlights the many endeavors in and around HLS.

Steve Oliveira

Steven Oliveira
Associate Dean and Dean for
Development and Alumni Relations


Harvard Law Faculty Harvard Law Faculty Lead SSRN Rankings
Harvard Law School’s faculty earned the top ranking for the number of academic papers authored and downloaded on the Social Science Research Network (SSRN), according to cumulative statistics (SSRN user login required) recently released for 2009. Work by HLS faculty was downloaded 120,753 times over the course of the year – more than double the number of Columbia Law School’s faculty, which is in second place. Read More
Most Influential Lawyers National Law Journal Names Decade’s Most Influential Lawyers
The editors of The National Law Journal have identified 40 attorneys in 12 legal areas in its list of “The Decade’s Most Influential Lawyers” released at the end of March.  David Brown, editor in chief of The National Law Journal, called the group the “lawyers who defined the decade.” Read More
  HLS Alumni & Faculty on the List:
Morgan Chu’76 – Partner, Irell & Manella
H. Rodgin Cohen, LLB ’68 – Partner, Sullivan & Cromwell
Patrick Fitzgerald ’85 – U.S. Attorney’s Office, Northern District of Illinois
Professor Lawrence Lessig
John Payton '77 – President & Director – Counsel, Legal Defense Fund
Giovanni Prezioso ’82 – Partner, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
Jeffrey Rosen’78 – Partner, Debevoise & Plimpton
Elizabeth Warren, Leo Gottlieb Professor of Law
Ted Wells, Jr.’76- Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP


Bebchuk, Cohen, and Spamann in Project Syndicate: Paid to fail
The following op-ed was written by Lucian Bebchuk LL.M. ’80 S.J.D. ’84, the William J. Friedman and Alicia Townsend Friedman Professor of Law, Economics and Finance at Harvard Law School. It is the latest installment of his monthly column, which appears in Project Syndicate. Read More: Prof. Bebchuk’s blog -  rated as one of the top legal blogs.
In a report just filed with the United States court that is overseeing the bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers, a court-appointed examiner described how Lehman’s executives made deliberate decisions to pursue an aggressive investment strategy, take on greater risks, and substantially increase leverage. Were these decisions the result of hubris and errors in judgment or the product of flawed incentives? Read More


HLS Garners Top Awards at Massachusetts' 1st Annual Legal Food Frenzy
In a contest that put law schools, law firms and other legal organizations in competition with one another to collect food and funds for the Greater Boston Food Bank, Harvard Law School won top honors among law schools by collecting a combination of food and monetary donations, totally the equivalent of 21,728 pounds in donations. Approximately 16,714 meals will be served with HLS's donation. Read More
Grainne de Burca

Grainne de Burca, Noted Scholar in EU Law and Transnational Governance, Will Join HLS Faculty
Grainne de Burca, a leading expert in European Union law, European human rights law, and European and transnational governance, will join the Harvard Law School faculty as a tenured professor of law on July 1. Read More

Minow Levi, Minow Sworn in as Chair and Vice Chair of Legal Services Corporation
Harvard Law School Dean Martha Minow, John Levi ’72 LL.M. ’73, and four other presidential appointees to the Legal Services Corporation’s Board of Directors were sworn in to office on April 7. At the LSC’s inaugural Board meeting, the members elected Levi, a partner in the Chicago office of Sidley Austin, as chairman, and Minow as vice chair. Read More
Corporate Governance HLS Cited for Impact on Corporate Governance
Harvard Law School’s Program on Corporate Governance—and many individuals affiliated with HLS—are among the most influential leaders in the study of corporate governance, according to a recent review by Directorship magazine. Thirty-four HLS-affiliates made the Directorship 100 list – an annual list of the 100 most influential directors, professors, regulators, politicians, and advisers who have made a lasting impact on corporate governance. Read More



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The next edition of the Harvard Law School Alumni Directory will be published in 2011. This invaluable desk resource will contain information on more than 35,000 Harvard Law School alumni and will serve as a convenient reference to help you stay in touch with each other. Listed in alphabetical, geographical, field of work and chronological sections, the directory will contain a wealth of information including class years, e-mail addresses, business addresses, telephone numbers, as well as data on industry and occupation. You will be receiving a postcard or email from the Law School through our publisher, Publishing Concepts, Inc., asking you to update your personal information. Please note that to ensure the directory lists your current information, please respond as soon as possible after receiving PCI’s notice.
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Sheela Murthy LL.M. '87
Noted immigration lawyer
 and committed philanthropist

Ken Chenault '76
CEO, American Express

Richard Drooyan '75
Former assistant U.S. attorney appointed to LAPD oversight panel



On March 25th the Semi-Final Round of the Ames Moot Court Competition was held in the Ames Courtroom. The competition, established in 1911 as the result of a bequest by the late Dean James Barr Ames, is administered by the Board of Student Advisers. The Competition takes place in three rounds, beginning with the Qualifying Round (held in the fall of competitors’ 2L year), followed by the Semi-Final Round (held in the spring of competitors’ 2L year), and culminating in the Final Round (held in the fall of competitors’ 3L year). Read More

Ames Friends Meeting, Inc v. City of Ames & John Walker
WON: Appellants - The Honorable William Wayne Justice Memorial Team
BEST ORALIST: Jason Harrow – Oralist
United States v. Woodson
WON: Appellees - The Griffin Bell Memorial Team
BEST ORALIST: Lindsay See – Oralist

Ross E. Traphagen, Jr. '49


Established in 1996 to foster interaction between students and alumni, the Traphagen Distinguished Alumni Speakers Series (TDASS) invites Law School alumni back to campus to speak informally with students about their careers.

Over the past month, five distinguished alumni participated in gatherings as part of TDASS: Cynthia M. Clarke ’83, Senior Vice President, Partner, and General Counsel, Wellington Management Company, LLP on Thursday, March 25, Lesley Friedman Rosenthal ’89, Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York on March 29, Sarah Eaton Stuart ’91, Co-Leader of the Reebok Legal Department and Senior Counsel for Marketing, Sports Marketing, Entertainment and Intellectual Property on April 7, Strauss Zelnick ’82, Chairman, CEO and Co-founder of  ZelnickMedia on April 13 and  Nicholas J. Sakellariadis ’77, Managing Director, Citigroup Mergers & Acquisitions on April 14


  • Friday, April 16, 2010 - Kathryn L. Wheelbarger ’02, Deputy Chief of Staff and Counsel for the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce.
  • Tuesday, April 20, 2010 - Stanley Shuman ’59, Managing Director and Executive Vice President of Allen & CO., a privately held, 175-member NYC investment-banking firm.


On April 12, 2010, on the occasion of his appointment as the Kirkland & Ellis Professor of Law, Professor Michael Klarman gave a speech entitled "Racial Equality in American History".



Chicago, IL - March 17-18, 2010
On St. Patrick’s Day in Chicago, over 100 HLS alumni gathered for the inaugural Dean’s reception series. The evening, hosted by the Harvard Law School Society of Illinois, was a memorable event – with thanks to Sidley Austin for their incredible hospitality and spectacular views. Irene Reed '98, the President of the Harvard Law School Society of Illinois welcomed everyone followed by Chuck Douglas '74, Managing Partner at Sidley Austin and Bryan Cressey '76, Founder and Partner of Cressey & Company in Chicago. Harvard Law School’s Dean, Martha Minow – a native Chicagoan, discussed what an electrifying time this is in the legal profession. She outlined the transformations in the profession and the opportunity for HLS.  The discussion focused on HLS’ commitment to leading the way legal education anticipates change and prepares lawyers for entry into this fast-changing profession.
Photos: Harvard Law Society of Illinois Reception with the Dean

On March 18 an intimate group of HLS Fund donors and volunteers met for breakfast and discussed how teaching methods are changing and the impact this is having on HLS students.
Photos: Harvard Law School Fund Breakfast


Bordone: Health Care Reform
Negotiation Process has been Flawed

Negotiations between the White House and Congressional leaders of both parties have been undermined by mistakes that could have been avoided by using a better negotiation process, says Robert Bordone, Thaddeus R. Beal Clinical Professor of Law and Director of the Harvard Negotiation and Mediation Clinical Program at Harvard Law School. Watch the Video

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Leadership Spotlight

Denniston '73 Honored with Laurie D. Zelon Pro Bono Award

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and General Electric Co. General Counsel Brackett Denniston III '73 said that recent attacks on the Justice Department lawyers who represented Guantanamo Bay detainees while in the private sector were “unsettling.” Denniston’s remarks came at an awards ceremony hosted by the Pro Bono Institute at the National Museum of Women in the Arts. Denniston was honored with this year’s Laurie D. Zelon Pro Bono Award. Read More



Alumni Spotlight

Cramer '84  Picks Up 31% since Jan 1 vs. 21% for S&P

On Tuesday, March 16th at 6PM ET, CNBC’s "Mad Money w/Jim Cramer" celebrated its 5th anniversary in front of a live studio audience with fans from across the country, and more than 20 states represented. The program included feature messages from celebrities and some of the biggest names in finance as well as surprise appearances from some of Cramer’s favorite guests and of course, the fiery opinion of the program’s host. Read More

Professor Michael Klarman Delivers Address on the Supreme Court and Race at the American Academy of Arts & Sciences (Audio)

“The conventional wisdom is that the Supreme Court is a heroic defender of the rights of racial minorities … I want to argue to the contrary. The Supreme Court has been a foe, rather than a friend to racial minorities in general, and African Americans specifically.”

That was the opening message delivered by Michael Klarman, the Kirkland and Ellis Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, in a lecture titled “The Supreme Court and Race” at the American Academy of Arts & Sciences on March 10. Read More


Annette Gordon-Reed '84 Awarded National Humanities Medal (Video)

Annette Gordon-Reed ’84, who returned to the Law School for the Fall term of 2009 to teach a section on social life and law in Jeffersonian America, was awarded the National Humanities Medal in February for her significant and innovative research on Thomas Jefferson’s slaves and the life of Sally Hemings, and for illuminating a chapter in American history that had previously been given little recognition. Read More
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Jon Hanson (Video)

What is wrong with our legal system’s notion of human behavior? That was one of several questions addressed by Jon Hanson in an interview with Big Think, a website that provides a global forum for connecting people and ideas.

In his interview, Hanson, the Alfred Smart Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and Director of The Project on Law and Mind Sciences at Harvard Law School, delves into an exploration of psychology, ideology and law. Read More
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Faculty Spotlight
"Bargaining with the Devil: When to Negotiate, When to Fight," Professor Robert Mnookin '68

Robert Mnookin '68, the Samuel Williston Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and chair of its Program on Negotiation (PON), has authored “Bargaining with the Devil: When to Negotiate, When to Fight,” a book that analyzes some of history’s most tumultuous conflicts while offering invaluable guidance on everything from business disputes to messy divorces. Read More
Faculty Spotlight
"Negotiauctions: New Dealmaking Strategies for a Competitive Marketplace," Professor Guhan Subramanian '98

Guhan Subramanian '98, Joseph Flom Professor of Law and Business at Harvard Law School and H. Douglas Weaver Professor of Business Law at Harvard Business School, draws on his academic research and his teaching in his new book, “Negotiauctions: New Dealmaking Strategies for a Competitive Marketplace." Read More
Student Spotlight

New Harvard Law Review President:
No Threats, Only Opportunities Online

Following in the footsteps of President Barack Obama ’91 and many before him, Zachary Schauf ’11 was elected President of the Harvard Law Review. The Harvard Law Record made its way to Gannett House to discuss all things law review, past and future, with the new editor. Read More


In Boston, a Lender Steps in After Foreclosures

A counterintuitive solution — intervening after foreclosure rather than before — is the brainchild of Boston Community Capital, a nonprofit community development financial institution, and a housing advocacy group called City Life/Vida Urbana, working with law students and professors at Harvard Law School. Read More


April 23-25, 2010
Join us this spring as we celebrate the HLS Reunions for the Classes of 1960, 1970, 1975, 1985 and 2000.  Attendees will have an opportunity to meet Dean Minow, visit with classmates, friends and fellow graduates, attend great speaking events and stay connected to the School.

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April 23-24, 2010
Cambridge, MA
HLSA Spring Meeting
in conjunction with HLS Reunions
HLSA Council Business meeting - Friday, April. 23, 3:45-5:00 p.m.
April 23-25, 2010
Cambridge, MA
HLS Reunions
Classes of 1960, 1970, 1975, 1985, 2000
May 13-16, 2010
Graz, Austria

HLSA of Europe Annual Meeting
Randall L. Kennedy bio, Michael R. Klein Professor of Law

May 19, 2010
Washington, D.C.
HLSA of DC Reception with the Dean
Martha Minow bio, Dean of the Faculty and Jeremiah Smith, Jr. Professor of Law
6:00-7:30 p.m.
The Willard Hotel, 1401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Pierce Room
Washington, DC 20004

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