HLS Brief

March/April 2011

Spring Reunions are almost upon us. The 5th, 10th, 25th, 35th, 40th and 50th reunions will be back to campus on April 8-10 for an exciting program featuring outstanding members of our faculty and some of our most prominent alumni. Attendance is high but there is still an opportunity to join your friends and classmates in Cambridge and to experience the HLS of today. We look forward to seeing many of you next month.

This month’s issue contains a range of interesting topics that reflect the debates currently taking place in the classrooms at HLS. From discussions on the constitutionality of both health care reform and the Libyan campaign to Cross-School Collaboration: Law Students Cross the Bridge to Negotiate with HBS you can learn how our students are tackling the issues of the day and developing the skills to be the leaders of the future. You will also see that in the first-ever ranking of law schools by hiring officials at the country's top law firms, Harvard Law School was ranked number one in the attached U.S.News & World Report survey.

Have you ever thought of volunteering to judge the 1L Ames Moot Court Competition (April 11-14)? If you have, now is your opportunity to do so. Also, join us, on April 7, 2011, for one of the year’s most exciting events, the Public Interest Auction, Bids Under the Big Top. This is a fun evening for a great cause--all proceeds from the auction benefit summer public interest funding (SPIF), a program that supports students pursuing public interest positions. If you have a chance to do either, we would love to see you back on campus.

Our hearts go out to all of our alumni and friends who have been touched by the recent tragedy in Japan. More information is available through the Harvard for Japan website, a cross-Harvard alliance created in response to the Great Tohoku Earthquake that struck Japan on March 11.

On a sad note, I am sorry to report that William Stuntz, a beloved member of the HLS faculty, lost his gallant fight with cancer earlier this month. Bill was an extraordinary scholar, teacher, and human being--his wisdom and compassion touched the lives of many in the HLS community and beyond. His passing is a great loss.

Steven Oliveira

Steven Oliveira
Associate Dean and Dean for
Development and Alumni Relations


Harvard Law School Ranked First by U.S. News & World Report Survey of Law Firm Recruiters
Harvard Law School has been rated number one in the first-ever ranking of best law schools based on a survey of hiring partners and recruiters at the country's top law firms, U.S. News and World Report announced March 7. Read More

Law Firm Recruiters Rank Best Law Schools
Jacob Gersen Will Join the Harvard Law School Faculty
Jacob E. Gersen, a leading expert in administrative law, legislation and constitutional theory, will join the Harvard Law School faculty as a tenured Professor of Law this summer. He is currently on the faculty of the University of Chicago Law School, where he teaches environmental law, administrative law, legislation, executive branch design and torts. Read More
Jack Goldsmith in Slate: The President's Campaign Against Libya is Constitutional
In a recent op-ed in Slate, Professor Jack Goldsmith makes the case for why President Obama's campaign of air and sea strikes against Libya is constitutional. Goldsmith says that while he agrees with "many of the arguments from critics of the intervention that  President Obama acted imprudently in committing American forces to a conflict with an ill-defined national security justification,"  he does not believe that the military action is unconstitutional. Read More
Is the Obama Health Care Reform Constitutional? Fried, Tribe and Barnett Debate the Affordable Care Act (Video)
Debating what Harvard Law School Dean Martha Minow called “one of the most important public policy issues and one of the most important constitutional issues,” three law professors offered different perspectives on whether the individual mandate portion of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) violates the commerce clause of the Constitution and infringes on personal liberties. Read More | Watch Video
Cross-School Collaboration: Law Students Cross the Bridge to Negotiate with HBS
On a raw and rainy winter day in Boston, in a small room at Harvard Business School, two teams of students sit facing each other across a conference table. Each team includes two HBS students playing the roles of corporate executives at major drug companies, and an HLS student acting as their corporate attorney. Read More
Zittrain on American Public Media's Marketplace Tech Report: Does the Internet Have an Off Switch? (Audio)
Harvard Law School Professor Jonathan Zittrain appeared on the March 9 edition of American Public Media’s Marketplace Tech Report to discuss the Cybersecurity and Internet Freedom Act of 2011, introduced last year by Senators Joe Lieberman, Susan Collins, and Thomas Carper. Read More  |  Listen to Audio

Scott Blake Harris

Scott Blake Harris '76
Named EVP Legal and
External Affairs of Neustar

Young Global Leaders

April Rinne ’04 and
Kala Mulqueeny LL.M. '01, S.J.D. '08

Named Young Global Leaders by the World Economic Forum

Rebecca Sharpless

Rebecca Sharpless '94
Leads Effort to Suspend
U.S. Deportations to Haiti

William Stuntz
William Stuntz, a renowned scholar of criminal justice at Harvard Law School, an evangelical Christian and a teacher much beloved by students and colleagues, died March 14 after a long battle with cancer. Stuntz, 52, joined the HLS faculty in 2000 and was named the Henry J. Friendly Professor of Law in 2006. His influential scholarship over the past three decades addressed the full spectrum of issues related to criminal justice and procedure, from the overcrowding of prisons and racial disparities in incarceration to the appropriate role of faith, emotion and mercy in the penal system. Read More

An Examined Life of Thoughtfulness and Grace
NY Times Editorial: William Stuntz

The Harvard Law School Board of Student Advisers Invites You to Judge the 2011 First-Year Ames Moot Court
The first-year Ames Moot Court is a required part of the 1L experience.  In their second semester of Legal Research and Writing, first-year students write appellate briefs and participate in oral arguments in support of their briefs.  Each oral argument is judged by a three member panel, ideally comprised of one practitioner, one faculty member, and one upper-level student. This year’s oral arguments will be held on April 11-14.  Alumni volunteers can judge as few as one evening or for all evenings. Read More

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.

Monday, April 4
Adebayo Ogunlesi M.B.A. ’78/J.D. ’79
Chairman and Managing Partner of Global Infrastructure Partners

Wednesday, April 6
Michael R. Klein LL.M. ’67
Chairman, CoStar Group, Inc., and Chairman and CEO of The Sunlight Foundation

Monday, April 11
W. Ralph Canada, Jr. ’79
Partner, Canada Ridley, LLP

Friday, April 15
Joseph Magliocco ’82
President, Chatham Imports, Inc.

Former Visiting Professor Michael McConnell Delivers Vaughan Lecture at HLS: What Would Hamilton Do? (Video) 
Giving the biennial Vaughan Lecture at Harvard Law School, former federal appeals court judge Michael McConnell contemplated the question "What would Hamilton do?" McConnell, a distinguished scholar who held numerous academic posts before serving as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit until 2010, is a former visiting professor at Harvard Law School. He is now on the faculty at Stanford Law School, where he is director of the Stanford Constitutional Law Center. Read More
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Brian Burke '81, Toronto Maple Leafs President and General Manager, Speaks at HLS
Toronto Maple Leafs President and General Manager Brian Burke '81 hosted a conversation at Harvard Law School, telling a crowd of students and hockey fans that concussions were an inevitable “occupational risk” in hockey but that the National Hockey League was “ahead of the curve” in dealing with them. Read More

Public Interest Auction
2011 Public Interest Auction:
Bids Under The Big Top

April 7, 2011 - Austin Hall
Silent Auction: 5:30 - 7:45 p.m.
Live Auction: 8:00 - 10:00 p.m.
Event Website

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, please visit: http://hlsorgs.com/auction/

Donations can be sent to the auction care of the Bernard Koteen Office of Public Interest Advising, Pound Hall 329,
1563 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138

Adrian Vermeule '93 and Eric A. Posner '91, "The Executive Unbound: After the Madisonian Republic"
Where should the line be drawn on executive power? Harvard Law School Professor Adrian Vermeule ’93 and University of Chicago Law Professor Eric A. Posner ’91 examine the current state and the future of the U.S. presidency and Constitution through the context of historical authorities in their new book, “The Executive Unbound: After the Madisonian Republic." Read More

Rebecca Hamilton '07, "Fighting for Darfur:
Public Action and the Struggle to Stop Genocide"
Rebecca Hamilton '07 passionately narrates the six-year grassroots campaign to draw global attention to the plight of Darfur's people. From college students who galvanized entire university campuses in the belief that their outcry could save millions of Darfuris still at risk, to celebrities such as Mia Farrow, who spurred politicians to act, to Steven Spielberg, who boycotted the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, Hamilton details how advocacy for Darfur was an exuberant, multi-billion dollar effort. Read More

Race in America, Made Personal: Gordon-Reed Unravels the Complex Jefferson-Hemings Family Ties
In a talk at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard's Annette Gordon-Reed discussed the plans for another volume of her award-winning work that will follow Sally Hemings and her descendants from 1830 through the early 20th century. Exploring history as well as social and cultural dynamics, Gordon-Reed said she was trying to “re-create the world of Charlottesville and the Hemingses, and to go deeper than people had done up until this point.” Read More
Palfrey Named One of Library Journal's 2011 Movers and Shakers
On March 14, the Library Journal announced 50 new inductees to their Movers & Shakers list, including John Palfrey ’01. Movers & Shakers is a distinguished annual award given to those who are shaping the future of libraries and communities across the United States. “They are innovators who take service to the next level and technology leaders who build bridges between libraries and users. They create positive change during these rapidly changing times.”  Read More
Professors Smith and Goldberg Reinvigorate the Study of Private Law at HLS 
When John Goldberg was a law student, he had a problem in classes like contracts, torts, and property. The problem wasn’t with the subject matter, but with the fact that some professors didn’t seem to take it seriously enough. Now a professor himself, Goldberg is working with Professor Henry Smith to reinvigorate the study of such traditional law school subjects with the new Private Law Workshop, which they co-teach as part of the Project on the Foundations of Private Law at Harvard Law School. Read More
Mitt Romney '75 Addresses Health Care, Not Authenticity
During a speech to New Hampshire Republicans, Mitt Romney '75 delivered what will likely be his most durable rejoinder to critics of the universal health care program he signed into law while governor of Massachusetts. Still remaining, though, is a lingering, fundamental question about his authenticity that has only been perpetuated by recent appearances. Read More
Samuel Pisar LL.M. '55, S.J.D. '59 Narrates Bernstein's Symphony No. 3 "Kaddish" with the National Symphony Orchestra
Samuel Pisar LL.M. '55, S.J.D. '59 will narrate Bernstein's Symphony No. 3 "Kaddish", in John Axelrod's conducting debut with the National Symphony Orchestra at The Kennedy Center, June 2-4, 2011. Read More about Samuel Pisar  |  Event Details
Lazard Executive, Jeffrey Cohen '88, Discusses his Journey from Law School to Investment Banking
In a lunch with Harvard Law School students, Jeffrey Cohen ’88, Managing Director and Global Head of Retail at Lazard, discussed his journey from law school and legal training to investment banking. Read More
Laurence Tribe '66 Receives Doctorate from Mexico's National Institute of Criminal Science
Harvard Law School Professor Laurence H. Tribe ’66 will receive an honorary doctorate on March 29 from Mexico’s Instituto Nacional de Ciencias Penales (INACIPE), or National Institute of Criminal Science. He will be the first American to receive the annual “honoris causa” doctorate since its inception in 1998. Read More
J-term Class in Costa Rica Immerses Students in Doctrine and Practice of the Inter-American Human Rights System
For years, Clinical Professor Jim Cavallaro tried to teach the ins and outs of the Inter-American system from his office in Cambridge. “But at some point, given how much work our Clinic does before the Commission and Court, I realized Harvard should have a structured means of studying the broad jurisprudence and practice of the Inter-American system,” said Cavallaro, executive director of the Human Rights Program. “And where better than Costa Rica, the seat of the Inter-American Court?” Read More
Hope, Hardship in Mortgage Battle: Mother Put Up a Rare Fight in Foreclosure
Marie Cacoa thought she had found a refuge for her four children when she bought the yellow wooden house on a dead end in Dorchester, financing the purchase with a high-interest, subprime mortgage. Instead, it became a foreclosure nightmare that would threaten her family’s fragile stability. Read how Harvard Law School’s legal aid bureau and other groups assisted Cacoa in her fight to buy back her home. Read More
Russell Simmons, Def Jam Creator, Speaks at HLS
Russell W. Simmons and two other record industry executives credited religion and God as the keys to their success in the entertainment industry at a discussion at Harvard Law School. The Harvard Black Law Students Association and the Hip Hop Entertainment Law Project hosted the event. Read More

HLS Connect
HLS Connect Experiences Large Increase in Alumni Advisors
The month of March brought a large increase in Alumni Advisors to HLS Connect with over 200 new volunteers signing up to serve as active advisors in the alumni advising network.  If you have already registered for HLS Connect, but are not sure if you are an active advisor, login to www.hlsconnect.com/advisor and make sure your advising status is set to 'active' so that our students can benefit from your wonderful career and life experiences.

To register for HLS Connect visit www.hlsconnect.com/register
Nick Smyth '09 and Mary Catherine Blanton '12
Nick Smyth '09 is a member of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Implementation Team at the United States Department of the Treasury. Second-year student, Mary Catherine Blanton '12 was eager to spend her Winter Term in Washington, DC, working on financial oversight issues. Read about Nick's career since graduating from HLS and how he helped Mary Catherine design an internship at the CFPB for the recent January term. Read More


Spring Reunion 2011
April 8-10, 2011 - Cambridge, MA

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

Register Online

Visit the Reunion Weekend Website to learn more about the weekend's activities.
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
 HLSA Celebrating the 125th Anniversary
2011 marks the 125th Anniversary of the Harvard Law School Association. The Association serves to engage 37,000 members worldwide by supporting and sponsoring programming, events and activities, providing a vital link between Harvard Law School and its alumni body. To mark this event, the Association will host a number of receptions and dinners worldwide. 

Upcoming Events
May 11, 2011 - HLSA of Toronto Reception

April 5, 2011
Chicago, IL

HL Society of Illinois Brown Bag Lunch Series
Inaugural Event: The Healthcare Industry

Donna Weltzer '75 (General Counsel at Children's Memorial Hospital) and Laura Keidan Martin '89 (National Chair, Health Care Practice Group, Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP)
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Sidley Austin LLP, 1 S. Dearborn, Chicago, IL
Space is limited. RSVP by April 4 to hlsillinois@gmail.com
Additional Lunch and Registration Details
April 6, 2011
Chicago, IL

HL Society of Illinois Spring Happy Hour
5:30 pm
China Grill, 230 North Michigan Avenue
Appetizers will be served. Cash bar.
RSVP to hlsillinois@gmail.com
April 8-9, 2011
Cambridge, MA

HLSA Spring Meeting
Current HLSA Executive Committee and Council members will convene in conjunction with the Spring Reunion Weekend.
HLSA Volunteers: Visit the Spring Meeting Information Page for details and registration.
April 9, 2011
Cambridge, MA

HLSA Senior Advisory Network Formation Meeting
All invited - in conjunction with reunion weekend
7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
Austin Hall, East Classroom, Harvard Law School
Neil Chayet '63 and Michael A. Cooper '60, Co-chairs
RSVP not required. Download information flyer (PDF)
April 17, 2011
Boston, MA

Film Screening & Discussion:
War Don Don by Rebecca Richman Cohen '07
Discussion with director follows screening
(2010, 83 min, video)
1:00 p.m. - 2:25 p.m.
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Remis Auditorium, 161
Avenue of the Arts, 465 Huntington Avenue
Admission: $8 (members), $10 (non-members)
Event Details
April 27, 2011
Providence, RI

HLSA of Rhode Island Annual Dinner
I. Glenn Cohen '03 (Bio), Assistant Professor of Law and Co-Director, Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics
6:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Brown Faculty Club
One Magee Street, Providence, RI
Save the Date - Additional details to follow
May 4, 2011
San Diego, CA

HLSA of San Diego General Counsel Series Luncheon Event
An Interactive Conversation with San Diego Chargers Special Counsel Mark Fabiani, '82 (Bio)
Interactive Luncheon Conversation
The University Club Atop Symphony Towers
750 B Street, San Diego, CA
Save the Date - Additional details to follow
MCLE credit approved
May 23, 2011
New York, NY

A Special Presentation of the Harvard Law School
Law & Arts Initiative and the New York City Bar Association
MOTHERLODE:  Lawyering, Parenting (and Writing About It) in the Age of “Having it All”
Organized by Theresa Park ’92
Event Information and Panel Bios (PDF)
NYC Bar Association
42 West 44th Street, New York, NY
Save the Date - Additional details to follow
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