HLS Brief

February 2011

Spring semester is well underway at HLS, promising welcome relief from the mounds of snow we have experienced in Cambridge this winter. We had a very successful Winter Term in January, featuring the second year of the new Problem Solving Workshop for 1Ls, significant international experience for our students, and an unexpected Shaq Attack in an HLS classroom. Read the stories about the remarkable experiences of our students, the commitment to their work around the globe, and the creativity that makes this such an extraordinary group.

We recently announced the appointments of Nancy Gertner and Stephen Shay to the newly created faculty position of Professor of Practice. In this issue you can learn more about how this type of position will strengthen the Law School’s ties to the legal profession. These appointments of extraordinarily accomplished legal practitioners will bring expertise and real-world experience to our classrooms thereby bridging theory and practice.

The past few weeks have also marked the passing of several remarkable graduates of Harvard Law School. We mourn the loss of Joseph H. Flom '48, Jerold Solovy '55, Justice Leroy R. Hassell Sr. '80 and Henry A. Hubschman '72, all brilliant lawyers, and great friends and advisers to the School. Our deepest sympathy is with their families at this sad time.

As February turns to March, we look forward to the return of spring.

Steven Oliveira

Steven Oliveira
Associate Dean and Dean for
Development and Alumni Relations


Winter Term Courses
At Harvard Law School, the academic year consists of a fall, a winter and a spring term. Winter Term is a three-week period in January each year. In order to graduate, J.D. students must complete three Winter Terms. LL.M. students must complete Winter Term during the year they spend at HLS. 
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View a listing of Winter Term 2011 Courses
First Hand Accounts of Four HLS Students Who Spent Winter Term in Distant Lands
Read the accounts of Katie Fischl '12 who spent Winter Term taking a 20-person class called "Doctrine and Practice of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights" in San Jose, Costa Rica while Jason Gross '12, Parker Zangoei '12 and Gaurav Toshniwal '12 all discuss their varied experiences during a fascinating Winter Term in Brazil. Read More  |  Winter Term Abroad - 2011 Slideshow
Winter Term: Food and Drug Law
HLS Admissions Blog entry by Elizabeth Zamora '11
I have to admit that when the enormous textbook arrived in the mail I was dreading the arrival of Winter Term. However, this has turned out to be one of the more interesting classes that I have taken at HLS. As my professor put it, “food and drug law affects everyone.”  Read More

Sports and the Law: Representing the Professional Athlete 
Since signing with the Boston Celtics in August 2010, Shaquille O’Neal has posed as a statue in Harvard Square, sang the “Cheers” theme song at the Cheers bar in Boston, and conducted the Boston Pops at Symphony Hall. He can now add “helped teach a class at Harvard Law School” to that list.  Read More

HLS Admissions Blog: Shaq Attack!

Harvard Law School Appoints Nancy Gertner and Stephen Shay as Professors of Practice
Harvard Law School has announced the appointments of U.S. District Judge Nancy Gertner and Stephen Shay, Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Tax Affairs in the U.S. Department of the Treasury, as Professors of Practice. Read More

Boston.com - We're Losing Gertner
Executive Education
Harvard Law School Announces New Professional Development Program with Milbank
Milbank and Harvard Law School have announced the launch of a new multi-year training program for Milbank associates. For the first time, a law firm will collaborate with Harvard Law School to provide executive education over the course of an associate’s career, on-site at Harvard, focusing on business, finance and law, utilizing Harvard Law School and Harvard Business School faculty. Through this program, Milbank associates will develop the multifaceted expertise and skills that general counsels expect their legal advisors to possess.  Read More
Scott Testifies before House Committee on Financial services
HLS Professor Hal Scott testified before the US House of Representatives Committee on Financial Services in a hearing entitled “Promoting Economic Recovery and Job Creation: The Road Forward.”  In his testimony, Scott, who is the president and director of the Committee on Capital Markets Regulation, focused on the process of the regulatory implementation of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank).  Read More
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Jim Rosenthal ’82

Named Chief Operating Officer
of Morgan Stanley
Tim Wu

Tim Wu '92
Looks at the Rise and Fall of
Information Empires in New Book (Video)

Roy Hammer

Roy Hammer '60
Receives 2011
Robert F. Drinan Award


Traphagen Distinguished Alumni Speaker Series
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.  Schedule subject to change.

Tuesday, March 8
Kenneth Lipper ’65
Chairman and CEO, Lipper LLC

Wednesday, March 30
H. Rodgin Cohen ’68
Managing Partner, Sullivan & Cromwell

Thursday, March 31
James L. Amine ’84
Co-Head, Global Investment Banking Department, Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC

Monday, April 4

Adebayo Ogunlesi M.B.A. ’78/J.D. ’79
Global Infrastructure Partners

Harvard's Program on Negotiation Announces New Executive Training Course: Creating a World-Class Negotiating Organization
The Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School (PON) announces a new Author Session on March 31, as part of its executive education series of courses.  Professor Lawrence E. Susskind will lead an interactive course on Creating a World-class Negotiating Organization, which is based on his book "Built to Win."  The Author Session immediately follows a three-day executive education course for senior executives at The Charles Hotel in Cambridge on March 28-30. Read More
| Event Details
Public Interest Auction
Save the Date - 2011 Public Interest Auction
"Step Right Up! Bids Under The Big Top"

April 7, 2011 - Austin Hall
Silent Auction: 5:30 - 7:45 p.m.
Live Auction: 8:00 p.m.

All proceeds benefit summer public interest funding (SPIF). 
In the summer of 2010, 515 HLS students were awarded SPIF to pursue public interest work.

If you would like to make a donation or leave a comment,
please visit: http://tinyurl.com/auctionalum2011

Amy Chua '87, "Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother"
Amy Chua '87 wrote in the WSJ, “A lot of people wonder how Chinese parents raise such stereotypically successful kids. They wonder what these parents do to produce so many math whizzes and music prodigies, what it's like inside the family, and whether they could do it too. Well, I can tell them, because I've done it.” In her book, “Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother“ Chua discusses Chinese parenting. "The Chinese believe that the best way to protect their children is by preparing them for the future, letting them see what they're capable of, and arming them with skills, work habits and inner confidence that no one can ever take away.” Read More
Compass Rose
John Casey LL.B. '65, “Compass Rose”    
John Casey LL.B. ‘65, was born in 1939 in Worcester, Massachusetts, and educated at Harvard College, Harvard Law School, and the University of Iowa. His novel "Spartina" won the National Book Award in 1989. In the sequel, “Compass Rose” John Casey writes with skill and charts the entanglements, convergences, repulsions, and compromises of life in a close-knit community. The Boston Globe notes that, “perhaps the greatest achievement of Casey’s unadorned, clear, and flexible writing is its setting of rare moments of individual displacement and transcendence within a narrative that dramatically relates the complex procedures of human relations both public and intimate.” Casey lives with his wife in Charlottesville, Virginia, where he is a professor of English literature at the University of Virginia. Read More
Quicker Blood
Susan Alexander '67, “A Quicker Blood”
Susan Alexander is a graduate of Harvard Law School who has devoted her career to working as a lawyer in the public interest, along with serving as a federal judge's law clerk, an arbitrator, a law school professor, and a consultant on legal writing. She has worked at three Chicago law firms, but now focuses primarily on writing. Her writing has appeared in a wide array of publications and her short story "Neglect" was a winner in Chicago Lawyer Magazine's first annual fiction competition. Susan Alexander lives in San Francisco. "A Quicker Blood" is her first novel. Read More

Wilkins Awarded Outstanding Scholar Award from the Fellows of the American Bar Foundation
Harvard Law School Professor David B. Wilkins has been awarded the Outstanding Scholar Award from The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation. The award is given annually to a member of the academy who has engaged in outstanding scholarship in the law or in government. Read More
Harvard Professor Announces Launch of Project to Study Impact of Emerging Economies on Lawyers
Fried, Dellinger Testify on the Constitutionality of the Healthcare Law
Earlier in February the Senate Judiciary Committee chaired a hearing on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act and the provision that requires, beginning in 2014, every American to maintain health insurance coverage. The law requires all citizens without work-based insurance to purchase plans in the private market. The hearing comes in the wake of a Florida court ruling that the healthcare law, championed by President Barack Obama ’91, is unconstitutional. Read More
Boston.com: Analysts Say Supreme Court Ruling on Health Care is Anybody’s Guess
Tribe in NYT: On Health Care, Justice Will Prevail
The Supreme Court will judge the constitutionality of the health care law based on precedent, not politics, writes Harvard Law School Professor Laurence H. Tribe ’66 in an op-ed in The New York Times. “There is every reason to believe that a strong, nonpartisan majority of justices will do their constitutional duty, set aside how they might have voted had they been members of Congress and treat this constitutional challenge for what it is — a political objection in legal garb,” he writes in his op-ed “On Health Care, Justice Will Prevail.”  Read More

Counsel for the Situation: Celebrating the Career of William T. Coleman Jr. '43 (Video)
William T. Coleman Jr. ’43 ('46), the venerable civil rights lawyer who served on the Brown v. Board of Education case, as counsel to the Warren Commission and as secretary of transportation in the Gerald Ford Administration, was a guest speaker at Harvard Law School this winter. Read More
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"Counsel for the Situation: Shaping the Law to Realize America's Promise"
Stephen Gates '72 Reflects on a Career as General Counsel for 'Fortune 10' Companies (Video)
Stephen F. Gates ’72 (M.B.A. ’72) spent more than 30 years as in house counsel with multinational energy and chemical companies, most recently as senior vice president and general counsel at ConocoPhillips. It’s a career path that offers enormous potential for growth, he told a Harvard Law School audience, but the growth has to happen fast, because the job requires that a lawyer become “an instant expert” on the issue (and the crisis) of the moment. Read More
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Tom Campbell
Tom Campbell '76, Named Dean of Chapman University School of Law
Following a rigorous national search, Chapman University's Board of Trustees has approved the appointment of Tom Campbell '76, former U.S. Congressman from California's 12th and 15th Districts and former California State Senator, as the new dean of the Chapman University School of Law. Read More

Kap-You Kim
Kevin Kim LL.M. '92 - Bae Kim & Lee
Since its founding in 2002 by HLS alumnus Kap-You (Kevin) Kim (LL.M., 1992) and his colleague, John P. Bang, Bae Kim & Lee's international arbitration team, the first dedicated international arbitration practice group in Korea, has rapidly earned the respect and recognition of its international and domestic peers through its forceful and uncompromising representation of clients in international arbitration cases worldwide.  In the short space of eight years, the team’s roster has grown to 15 lawyers dedicated solely to arbitration, making it the largest team of dedicated international arbitration lawyers in Asia. Read More
Jeffery Smisek '82 Named CEO of United Continental Holdings Inc.
Former Continental Airlines CEO Jeffery Smisek '82, will lead United Continental Holdings Inc., a company formed as a result of the United and Continental Airlines merger that was completed this past fall. Read More
Ames Moot Court Competition
Mock Trial Fever Sweeps the HLS Community:  
Celebrating a Century: The Ames Moot Court Competition (Video/Slideshow)
In the 2010-11 academic year HLS has been celebrating the centennial of the Ames Moot Court Competition, established in 1911 in honor of Dean James Barr Ames LL.B. 1872. Each year standing-room-only crowds fill Ames Courtroom to watch and hear two 3L teams compete in the final round, in front of an illustrious panel of distinguished jurists. Read More | View Historical Images and Video | View Slideshow

HLS Sweeps the Northeast BLSA Trial Advocacy Competition
Mitchell Reich '12 Elected President of the Harvard Law Review
The Harvard Law Review has elected Mitchell Reich ’12 as its 125th president. “Mitch has proven himself as an outstanding editor — insightful, hardworking, and deeply committed to the Review and its community,” said outgoing President Zach Schauf ’11. “He will make a superb president, and I look forward to seeing him guide the Review in the year ahead.” Read More
HLS Connect
Volunteer to be an Advisor
Please register for HLS Connect, our online networking and advising tool where HLS alumni can search for and connect with other alumni. In addition, HLS Connect provides an opportunity for alumni to serve as Alumni Advisors to current HLS students and other alumni sharing career advice and expertise. You can make a difference in the lives of our students. Please register to be an advisor at www.hlsconnect.com/register, so that our students can take advantage of your wonderful career and life experiences.
Corporate Work and Fashion Law
Corporate Work and Fashion Law
Katherine Petti '13 and Sarah Kessler '09

Katherine Petti, a 1L at HLS, registered for HLS Connect and began using the Advising Network as a way to locate alumni who were willing to share advice and expertise about course selection and the transition to law school.  Katherine, who is interested in corporate work and fashion law in New York, also used HLS Connect as a way to locate alumni in New York with common interests and career goals.  Read about the mentor connection she made with Sarah Kessler '09 and their unique shared interest of fashion law. Read More

Celebration of Black Alumni - Sept. 2011
On September 16-18, 2011, Harvard Law School will pay tribute to our black alumni at the 3rd Celebration of Black Alumni in Cambridge. Building on the great successes of our 2nd Celebration of Black Alumni, we look forward to a fabulous weekend of educational programming, thought-provoking keynote sessions and renewed friendships.  We sincerely hope that you will be able to return to Cambridge for this historic event. Read More
 Events with the Dean Events with the Dean
View images and read more about events that have been hosted in cities across the country, including the most recent reception with Dean Minow in Miami, Florida.

February 7, 2011
Dean Martha Minow Delivers Ginsburg Lecture at New York City Bar (Video)

February 15, 2011
HLSA of Florida Reception with Dean Minow - Miami

Upcoming Events
May 11, 2011 - HLSA of Toronto Reception

March 4, 2011
Cambridge, MA

HLS Alumni invited:
HBLSA and HBS African Student Union Joint Alumni Mixer
in conjunction with HBLSA Spring Conference
7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Charles Hotel, Harvard Square
Invitation (PDF)
RSVP: HBLSAAlumniAffairs@gmail.com
Conference Details: www.harvardblsa.com/conference
March 4 - 6, 2011
Cambridge, MA
The Harvard Black Law Students Association's
28th Annual Spring Conference
Empowerment: Effective Leadership Within and Outside Our Communities
Conference Details: www.harvardblsa.com/conference
Registration: www.harvardblsa.com/conference/about/register/
March 26, 2011
Frankfurt, Germany

HLSA of Germany Annual Meeting
David Kennedy '80, Professor of Law and Director, Institute for Global Law and Policy (Bio)
Location: Hengeler Mueller
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Harvard Law School Reunions
April 8-10, 2011 - Cambridge, MA

Classes of 1961, 1971, 1976, 1986, 2001 and 2006

Register Online

Visit the Reunion Weekend Website to register, learn more about the weekend's activities and submit your Class Directory entry online.

Joseph H. Flom '48
Joseph H. Flom ’48, the last living named partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom and a leader in the field of mergers and acquisitions, died February 23 in New York City. He was 87. Flom helped transform a small New York firm into one of the most powerful legal institutions in the world, and he was also a dedicated philanthropist and supporter of Harvard Law School. Read More

Jerold Solovy
Jerold Solovy '55
Jerold Solovy '55, a renowned Jenner & Block leader celebrated for his litigation and boardroom skills, his pro bono representation of prison inmates and the unfailing charm and courtesy with which he treated everyone from the titans of industry to elevator and newsstand operators, died January 19 at the age of 80. Read More
Justice Leroy R. Hassell Sr. '80
Virginia Supreme Court Justice Leroy R. Hassell Sr. '80, a Norfolk native and Harvard Law School graduate died February 9 in Richmond, Virginia. Hassell was never keen on being labeled the first black this or the youngest at that. Work hard and have faith to achieve your dreams, he would say. "I don't think you should let the fact that you are young or the fact that you are black inhibit your goals in life."
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Henry A. Hubschman '72
Henry A. Hubschman '72, who had a distinguished career in law, government and business, died of cancer at the age of 63 in his Greenwich, Connecticut home on February 9. He was revered by all as a person of the highest intellect, character and integrity, as a caring and steadfast friend, and as a loving and devoted husband and father who put his family first. Read More

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