HLS Brief

April 2011

More than 750 alumni and guests returned to Cambridge for Reunion Weekend earlier this month to enjoy a wonderful spring weekend with classmates and friends. During the weekend, alumni engaged in an exciting selection of lectures, panels, symposia, receptions, dinners, and tours. They heard from HLS professors who spoke about their research, learned more about exciting new initiatives on campus, and connected and reconnected with old friends. I hope that those of you who were able to attend enjoyed U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justices Anthony M. Kennedy ’61 and Elena Kagan ’86, back for their 50thand 25th Reunions respectively, sharing personal stories in a lively, special reunion event moderated by HLS Dean Martha Minow (view slideshow). The event included a presentation to Justice Kennedy of the Harvard Law School Association Award, established in 1992 to honor alumni who have shown exemplary service to the legal profession, society and HLS. It was a wonderful opportunity to honor this admired and influential justice who has shown tireless and distinguished commitment to public service at the highest levels.

Over the weekend, Dean Minow highlighted some of her key priorities at HLS including her commitment to strengthen ties between the law school and practice, new faculty appointments, the ongoing commitment of HLS to Public Service, and the explosion of clinical programs. She underscored the important role that alumni play in the life of the School.

I hope you had the opportunity to hear Jeffrey Toobin’s ’86 standing room only discussion on the Supreme Court in the Age of Obama, Professor Jonathan Zittrain’s '95 in depth view of the future of the internet, Dr. Lawrence Summers’ discussion on Law and Business, and Professor Michael Klarman’s keynote on Courts, Social Reform and Political Backlash.

It was great to see so many of you back on campus and we hope to see many more of you in the future.

In closing, I am pleased to announce the launch today of the Harvard Law School Mobile App, a new, powerful, and easy to use tool for HLS alumni and friends to stay connected with Harvard Law School. This new multi-platform app will give you access to alumni information and events, news, admissions resources, reunions, notable books, resources and videos with much more to come. As our alumni increasingly seek out opportunities to network with fellow alumni and HLS, we hope this mobile app will help to facilitate that interaction. I invite you to take a look here.

Steven Oliveira

Steven Oliveira
Associate Dean and Dean for
Development and Alumni Relations


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Reunion Weekend
Reunion Weekend
More than 750 alumni and guests from the classes of 1961, 1971, 1976, 1986, 2001 and 2006 enjoyed a wonderful spring weekend in Cambridge while hearing from HLS professors about cutting edge research, learning more about the exciting new initiatives on campus, connecting and reconnecting with old friends, and participating in cultural tours.
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Kennedy and Kagan
Justices Kennedy '61 and Kagan '86 Return to Harvard Law School for Reunion Weekend
In a relaxed and often-humorous conversation before a packed room of more than 750 of their fellow Harvard Law School alumni, U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justices Anthony M. Kennedy ’61 and Elena Kagan ’86 shared personal stories and offered a rare glimpse into the Court’s very private world, in this special reunion event moderated by HLS Dean Martha Minow. Read More | View Slideshow
HLSA Award
2011 Harvard Law School Association Award
The event, held in the ballroom of the Charles Hotel, began with a presentation to Justice Kennedy of the Harvard Law School Association Award, established in 1992 to honor alumni who have shown exemplary service to the legal profession, society and HLS. In presenting the award, whose former recipients include former HLS Dean Erwin Griswold 28, S.J.D. 29, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun 32, and President Obama, HLSA President Sharon E. Jones 82 called Kennedy an admired and influential justice.

In accepting the award, Kennedy took the opportunity to note that the law has a language of its own, with a peculiar grammar, aesthetic, formality and rationality that unites lawyers across generations and geography with a common purpose. He asked the audience to consider whether political discourse in the U.S. has become too fractious, and suggested that the Class of ’61 make it a special cause to ask everyone, including politicians, to behave in a more civilized manner so that the U.S. continues to serve as a model for principled democracy. Praising HLS Professor Noah Feldman’s new book, “Scorpions: The Battles and Triumphs of FDR’s Great Supreme Court Justices,” Kennedy said the book presents an object lesson on how justices should behave. He added that judges have an obligation to put aside personalities to do their jobs well, and urged HLS alumni to ensure that the law is exemplary and effective in underwriting a society that is compassionate, tolerant, strong, and free.

Richard J. Lazarus '79 Appointed Professor of Law at Harvard Law School
Richard J. Lazarus ’79, one of the nation’s foremost experts on environmental law and also a leading practitioner in the U.S. Supreme Court, will join the Harvard Law School faculty this summer as a tenured Professor of Law. Read More
Holger Spamann LL.M. '01 S.J.D. '09 Appointed as Assistant Professor of Law at Harvard Law School
Holger Spamann LL.M. ’01 S.J.D. ’09, an expert in corporate governance and finance, will join the Harvard Law School faculty in July as an Assistant Professor of Law. He is a former co-executive director of HLS’s Program on Corporate Governance, co-taught Corporate and Securities Law Policy with Professor Lucian Bebchuk as a Lecturer on Law in 2009, is a former Corporate Governance Research Fellow, and has given guest lectures on several occasions. Read More
Future Ed
Technology — and Action — Emphasized as Tools to Improve Legal Education
More than 100 lawyers, deans and law professors met in New York on April 15 and 16 for the last of three conferences dubbed "Future Ed." The conferences, spearheaded by New York Law School and Harvard Law School, were designed to swap ideas on how to update legal education, increase practical skills training, rein in costs and come up with ways to translate ideas into action. Read More
International Human Rights Clinic
HLS International Human Rights Clinic Lobbies for Humanitarian Restrictions on Weapons
For Joseph G. Phillips ’12, traveling to Geneva last month to lobby for stronger international restrictions on incendiary weapons has been a high point of his Harvard Law School education. Phillips and fellow clinical student Joanne Box LL.M. ’11 were in Geneva for a week in March to attend a U.N. disarmament conference, where they met with diplomats to urge adoption of stronger international laws regarding the use of incendiary weapons. Read More
Most Influential Lawyers List
Four Alumni Named to National Law Journal's "Most Influential Lawyers" List
Four Harvard Law School alumni are among the National Law Journal’s list of the “Most Influential Lawyers.” Thirty-four attorneys were recognized in 10 specific practice areas. The HLS alumni who are included on the prestigious list are: Dale Cendali ’84  (Media and Entertainment), Bertram Fields ’52 (Media and Entertainment), John Quinn ’76 (Law Firm Leadership), and Theodore Wells Jr. ’76 (White Collar Defense). Read More

Most Influential Lawyers List
Martha Minow
Martha Minow Named Co-Chair of Legal Services Corporation Pro Bono Task Force
Harvard Law School Dean Martha Minow, who serves on the board of directors for the Legal Services Corporation (LSC), was selected as co-chair of an LSC task force to develop additional resources to help low-income Americans facing serious civil legal problems.
Read More | LSC Press Release
Public Service
Making a Difference: Across the University, Public Service Programs are Thriving
Harvard’s service ethos is at the heart of its founding mission, which focused from the start in 1636 on educating ministers to serve their surrounding communities. Now, that service commitment extends across the modern University and includes students, faculty, alumni, and staff. Some efforts are embedded in altruism, and some in curriculum. But all aim to do good, as a rising focal point of Harvard life. Read More


Vincent D. Rougeau '88
New Dean of Boston College's Law School


Barbara Lenk '79
Nominated to the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court; May become Massachusetts’ First Openly Gay Justice


Kenneth Argentieri '81
Named Vice-Chair of Duane Morris Products Liability Division

OCS Alumni Webinar
Why People Keep Telling You Linked In is So Great 
Friday, May 20, 2011 at 11:00 AM (EST)
With Katie White, of KT White Law Careers
This interactive program is a “how to” session about utilizing LinkedIn to advance professional business goals, aide in job search and create a network for developing business. Katie White, of KT White Law Careers, has 25 years of experience in law school career development and law firm recruiting and professional development. She currently counsels clients on job search strategy, career transitions, relationship building and business development skills. Visit the Office of Career Services website for more information and log-in instructions. If you have questions, please contact the Office of Career Services.

Sidley Austin Professorship
Sidley Austin Professorship of Law Inaugurated at Harvard Law School
On March 29 the Sidley Austin Professorship of Law was inaugurated at HLS. This celebration memorably linked the law firm of Sidley Austin LLP, the HLS community, and the Chair holder - Professor William Rubenstein in a wonderful celebration. View Slideshow
Public Interest Auction
At Public Interest Auction, HLS Raises Money for Summer Public Interest Funding (Video)
Lunch with the NHL commissioner and general counsel. Dining in the U.N. delegates’ dining room. An Apple TV. New Bergdorf socks. These were just a few of the items auctioned during “Step Right Up! Bids Under the Big Top,” the 18th annual Public Interest Auction on April 7. The evening was auctioneered by Professors Randall Kennedy and Jonathan Zittrain '95. Read More | Watch Video
Learn Negotiation Skills at Harvard Law School this June
The Harvard Negotiation Institute (HNI) at the Program on Negotiation offers popular five-day and two-day negotiation workshops for lawyers and non-lawyers, taught by leading Harvard faculty and experts in the field of negotiation, mediation and conflict management. For over 25 years PON has taught people from around the world how to improve their skills as negotiators and how to create deals, solve problems and build strong relationships. Join participants from around the world from June 6-10 and/or June 13-17 to learn negotiation skills and practical theory on Harvard Law School’s campus. View Course Information
At Harvard Law School, Larry Summers Defends the Stimulus Response to the Financial Crisis of 2008 (Video)
Former Harvard President and recent director of the White House National Economic Council Lawrence H. Summers stressed the importance of reducing the nation’s unemployment rate and bringing government spending and revenue into greater alignment, at a talk hosted by the Harvard Law School Forum. Read More | Watch Video
HLS Professor Ashish Nanda Discusses Harvard Law School's Executive Education Programs (Video)
HLS Professor Ashish Nanda sat down to discuss Executive Education Programs at Harvard Law School, including the newly-established Milbank at Harvard program, a multi-year training program for Milbank associates. For the first time, a law firm will collaborate with HLS 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 and Harvard Business School faculty. Read More | Watch Video
‘The Wire’ Cast Discusses Poverty
Cast members and creators of HBO’s “The Wire” called for students to tackle the causes and consequences of poverty that are vividly portrayed in the television show at a panel at Harvard Law School. Law School Professor Charles J. Ogletree organized the event, the second such gathering of cast members at Harvard this academic year, in conjunction with a course he is teaching this spring at the Law School called “Race and Justice: The Wire.” Read More
HLS Symposium
At HLS Symposium, the 'Godfather of Grassroots Basketball' Decries Exploitation of College Athletes (Video)
With a mixture of storytelling about his groundbreaking role in amateur basketball and critiques of the NCAA and NBA, former sports marketing executive Sonny Vaccaro gave the keynote address at the third annual HLS Sports Law Symposium.
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Presidential Teacher
A Conversation with Dean Martha Minow
Phil Ponce of Chicago Tonight interviews Dean Martha Minow on her latest book, "In Brown's Wake."
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The Reality of Precaution
Jonathan Wiener '87, "The Reality of Precaution: Risk Regulation in the United States and Europe"
"The Reality of Precaution" offers a sweeping and rigorous look at the issue of risk regulation, examining this critical topic from a wide variety of issues and angles. It is a must read for anyone who wants to think seriously about how risk management choices are perceived and framed. Read More

Professor Annette Gordon-Reed '84 Elected Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Harvard Law School Professor Annette Gordon-Reed ’84 has been elected to membership in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. One of 212 new members, Gordon-Reed joins leaders from academia, business, public affairs, the humanities and the arts among the ranks of the Academy. The 2011 class of scholars, scientists, writers, artists, and civic, corporate, and philanthropic leaders include winners of the Nobel, Pulitzer, and Pritzker Prizes; the Turing Award; MacArthur and Guggenheim fellowships; and Kennedy Center Honors, Grammy, Golden Globe, and Academy awards, according to the AAAS announcement. Read More
In Chair Lecture, Professor Henry Smith Explores Relationship Between Law and Equity
On March 31, Professor Henry Smith delivered his Chair Lecture in honor of his appointment as Fessenden Professor of Law. His lecture, entitled Equity Revisited, explored the relationship between law and equity. He examined, through the lens of economic analysis, equity as a solution to opportunism on the part of those who exploit bright-line law, with a focus on equitable maxims, defenses, and remedies. Read More
Professor Hal Scott in WSJ: Capital Market Regulations Needs an Overhaul
In an article published in the April 20 Opinion section of The Wall Street Journal, Harvard Law School Professor Hal S. Scott takes a look at the overregulation of private offerings by the Securities and Exchange Commission, following a recent statement by SEC Chair Mary Schapiro that the agency is investigating ways to reduce regulatory burdens on small-business capital formation. According to Scott, this should prompt a review of the regulation of offerings in both private and public markets. Read More
Professor Jed Shugerman Receives the Charles Fried Federalist Society Award
The Federalist Society and the Journal of Law & Public Policy presented the Charles Fried Intellectual Diversity Award to Professor Jed Shugerman at the Federalist Society’s annual banquet on April 14. Read More
Professor Yochai Benkler '94 in The New York Review of Books: Private Manning's Humiliation
In an open letter published recently in The New York Review of Books, Harvard Law School Professor Yochai Benkler ’94 and co-author Bruce Ackerman, professor at Yale Law School, detail the detention of Bradley Manning, a US soldier charged with providing government documents to Wikileaks, and call on President Obama and the Pentagon to document grounds for what the authors describe as “illegal and immoral” confinement. Read More
The New York Review of Books: Private Manning's Humiliation
Professor Laurence Tribe '66 in The Boston Globe: Take it to Climate Court?
In an op-ed in the April 16 edition of The Boston Globe, Harvard Law School Professor Laurence Tribe ’66 assesses the attempted use of the judiciary branch to establish global warming policy in light of a lawsuit that has recently come before the Supreme Court.  The suit seeks a judicially imposed cap on power companies’ emissions. Read More
A Dollar Is a Dollar: Elena Kagan’s '86 Style
When Elena Kagan '86 was nominated by President Obama to be an associate justice of the Supreme Court, some observers speculated that she might be the long-sought liberal counterweight to Antonin Scalia, noted for his intelligence, his wit and his prose style. Of course it’s too early to tell, but Kagan’s dissent (her first) in Arizona Christian School Tuition Organization v. Winn would seem to give those distressed by the Court’s current direction some hope. Read More
Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen '80 Discusses Hot Button Issues Facing Attorneys General (Video)
Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen '80 and Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley sat down with Harvard Law School students to discuss challenges they face in office. Coakley and Jepsen shared their experiences working with the governor’s office, state legislators and the federal government in a panel discussion moderated by Harvard Law School lecturer and former Maine Attorney General Jim Tierney. Read More | Watch Video
Fernande Duffly '78 and Asian Pacific American Judges Honored at HLS
Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court appointee Fernande R.V. Duffly ’78 was joined by six other Asian American judges at an event hosted by the Harvard Asian Pacific American Law Students Association. During the discussion moderated by Harvard Law School assistant professor Mark Wu, the judges shared their experiences fighting cultural stereotypes and community pressures in pursuing their trailblazing career paths. Read More
Warrior Spirit
Warrior Spirit: Student-Veteran, Andrew Kinard '12 Completes the 2011 Boston Marathon
Andrew Kinard '12 lost his legs in Iraq but made a promise to himself that the wounds he suffered in battle wouldn’t control his life.
“It’s a decision I have to make every day, he said. “It never goes away, but it’s a commitment that I made.”  He is currently pursuing a joint Harvard Law School/Harvard Business School degree and completed the Boston Marathon on April 18. Read More
Nesson and Harrow
Professor Charles R. Nesson '63 and Jason Harrow '11
Jason Harrow '11 Argues Appeal of Music-Sharing Fine
Jason Harrow '11 appeared before the First Circuit Court of Appeals as the lead lawyer in an illegal downloading and sharing lawsuit brought against a Boston University student by the music recording industry. This is the first case of its kind to reach the federal appellate level.  Defense attorneys, Harrow and Professor Charles R. Nesson ’63 faced-off against a team of lawyers representing the Recording Industry Association of America that included former Solicitor General Paul Clement ’92. Read More

Student Fights Music-Sharing Fine
Latham & Watkins LLP
Adrienne Bradley '12 Named Latham & Watkins Diversity Scholar
Latham & Watkins LLP announced the recipients of awards under the Latham & Watkins Diversity Scholars Program for 2011, including Adrienne Bradley '12. In its sixth year, the program awards four $10,000 scholarships to second-year students attending ABA-accredited law schools in the United States and who intend to practice law in a global firm. The scholarship program is among several firm initiatives designed to promote diversity and equal opportunity in the legal profession. Read More
Government Officers
Harvard Law School Elects New Student Government Officers
Skyler F. Cho ’12, a second year at Harvard Law School, and Rachna Shah '13, a first year, have been elected as the new President and Vice President of Harvard Law School Student Government. Since starting at the Law School, both Cho and Shah have been active in student government. As the 1L representative from her section, Shah was promoted last winter to the Director of Faculty Engagement. Cho, who was also a 1L representative his first year, has since served as the Director of Internal Affairs. Read More

HLS Connect
Become an Alumni Advisor in HLS Connect
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.

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State and Local Government
Do You Work in State or Local Government?
We Need Your Help!
The Bernard Koteen Office of Public Interest Advising and the Harvard Urban Law Association are seeking to strengthen our alumni network in state and local government in anticipation of several new initiatives. These initiatives may include mentoring students who are interested in state and/or local government careers and assisting students in developing project collaborations with state and local entities. If you have worked in either state or local government, we would love to hear from you. Please contact sfort@jd12.law.harvard.edu and update your information in HLS Connect.
Student/Alumni Success Story
Stacy Clark '12 and Clint Hermes '01
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
When Stacy Clark '12 visited the Bernard Koteen Office of Public Interest Advising in the fall of 2009 to discuss possible internship opportunities for the summer of 2010, she left with a list of alumni, 2L's and 3L's that would be possible contacts for guidance and advice. One of the alums, Clint Hermes '01, Senior Vice-President and Chief Legal Officer of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee was uniquely aligned with Stacy's interest and would turn out to be an incredible resource and mentor to Stacy in the coming months. 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
 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

May 11, 2011 - HLSA of Northern California Reception


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
RSVP Information (PDF)
MCLE credit approved
May 9, 2011
Chicago, IL

Harvard Law Society of Illinois Second Annual Service Event
with Just The Beginning Foundation

Volunteer with other Harvard Law alumni in the Chicago area at the law offices of Jenner & Block
353 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Volunteers will discuss their journey to Harvard and life after Harvard with approximately 75 high school students involved with the JTBF in either a round table or panel format. A pizza dinner will be provided.
RSVP to Hanna Stotland at stotland@post.harvard.edu
May 11, 2011
New York, NY

HLSA Recent Graduates Council Happy Hour
Classes of 2000-2010
7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Papillon Bistro
22 East 54th Street
New York, NY
May 23, 2011
New York, NY

HLS Law & Arts Initiative Panel
MOTHERLODE:  Lawyering, Parenting (and Writing About It) in the Age of “Having it All”
Three prominent law school graduates-turned-writers examine the bottomless, sometimes heart-wrenching choices that working mothers face in the increasingly complex world of child-rearing. Amy Chua HLS '87, Emily Bazelon Yale Law School '00, Julie Buxbaum HLS '02; Moderated by Theresa Park HLS '92, The Park Literary Group LLC, and Co-Chair HLS Law & Arts Initiative
Event Information and Panel Bios (PDF)
6:30 p.m.
New York City Bar Association
42 West 44th Street, New York, NY
RSVP: www.nycbar.org

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