HLS Brief

June 2011

At the end of May the Class of 2011 celebrated their HLS graduation with family and friends, and at Class Day they were treated to wonderful remarks from speaker Alec Baldwin, award winning actor and activist. He reminded the soon-to-be graduates: "There is truly no limit to what each of you can do in order to change the quality of peoples’ lives."

During the Harvard University Commencement exercises Ruth Bader Ginsburg was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws after having enrolled at HLS in 1956 where she was one of nine women in a class of over 500. Graduates, families and friends had the good fortune of listening to featured speaker Her Excellency Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the President of the Republic of Liberia as she urged Harvard graduates to be fearless when facing the future, to dream big, and to resist cynicism despite the difficulties and failures they will face in life.

As we graduated the class of 2011 I am reminded that this is a place with genuine global reach and international engagement. 350 members of the class of 2011 studied abroad in 50 countries. As HLS students become alumni and we recognize this incredibly talented and creative group of students, among their accomplishments is a collective commitment to give of themselves. The Class of 2011 surpassed the HLS record for pro bono hours, performing a total of 366,204, an average of 628 hours per student. This is the highest number of pro bono hours from one class since the inception of the HLS Clinical program.

We look forward to seeing all of you back on campus soon, in addition I urge you to take advantage of the tools to stay connected to each other and HLS through HLS Connect and the Harvard Law School Mobile App, an easy to use tool for HLS alumni and friends to stay connected with Harvard Law School. Nearly 4,000 alumni have already downloaded this tool getting access to alumni information and events, news, admissions resources, reunions, notable books, resources and videos with much more to come. I hope you will find these tools interesting and valuable. 

Best wishes for a wonderful summer.

Steven Oliveira

Steven Oliveira
Associate Dean and Dean for
Development and Alumni Relations


Harvard Law School Celebrates 2011 Commencement (Photos/Video)
Harvard Law School graduation festivities began on Class Day, Wednesday, May 25, and continued through Commencement Day on Thursday, May 26. This year, the law school conferred a total of 790 degrees—585 J.D.s, 195 LL.M.s, and 10 S.J.D.s.
Read More | Watch Video Coverage of Commencement
View Photo Slideshow
Watch Video Retrospective
Dean Martha Minow to the Class of 2011: 'Cherish and Cultivate Your Talent for Asking Good Questions' (Video)
In her address to the Class of 2011, Dean Martha Minow praised the students’ accomplishments at HLS and their vast array of skills and achievements. But as they prepared to receive their diplomas, she emphasized the importance of one skill in particular, urging them to “cherish your talent for asking good questions.”
Read More | Watch Video
Read Dean Minow's Remarks (PDF)
Actor and Activist Alec Baldwin Delivers 2011 Class Day Address at HLS (Photos/Video)
Alec Baldwin never intended to become an actor – he wanted to be a lawyer. From the age of 10, he bonded with his father by watching the evening news, absorbing great moments in American history; watching political leaders write the narrative of the 20th century. Read More
Watch Alec Baldwin's Speech (Video)
Watch Class Day 2011 Highlights (Video)
View Photo Slideshow
The Harvard Crimson: Alec Baldwin Speaks to HLS Grads
Class Day Remarks
Neil L. Chayet '63 Delivers Class Day Remarks on Behalf of the HLSA
On Wednesday, May 25, Neil L. Chayet '63 delivered remarks to the Class of 2011 on behalf of the Harvard Law School Association during Class Day festivities.  Read his remarks and view the 2011 Class Day Program. Read More

Sarah Min '11 Receives Inaugural William J. Stuntz Award
During Class Day exercises on May 25, Sarah Min ’11 received the inaugural William J. Stuntz Memorial Award for Justice, Human Dignity and Compassion, which recognizes a graduating student who has demonstrated an exemplary commitment to these principles while at Harvard Law School. Read More
Professor Jon Hanson Honored with Sacks-Freund Teaching Award
Professor Jon Hanson, the Alfred Smart Professor of Law, is this year's winner of the prestigious Albert M. Sacks-Paul A. Freund Award for Teaching Excellence, an honor bestowed each spring by the Harvard Law School graduating class. The award recognizes teaching ability, attentiveness to student concerns and general contributions to student life at the Law School. Read More
William Howell Wins Suzanne L. Richardson Staff Appreciation Award
William Howell, student programs manager in the Dean of Students Office at Harvard Law School, received the Suzanne L. Richardson Staff Appreciation Award during Class Day exercises on May 25. He was selected by the Class of 2011 for his work with student organizations and student journals, his creative problem solving, and his willingness to go the extra mile on behalf of students. Read More
A New Record: Class of 2011 Averages 628 Hours of Pro Bono Service Per Student
Elizabeth “Libby” Benton ’11 is the winner of the 2011 Andrew L. Kaufman Pro Bono Service Award, after performing over 2,300 hours of free legal services while at HLS.  The Class of 2011 surpassed the HLS record for pro bono hours, performing a total of 366,204, an average of 628 hours per student. Read More
Harvard University Confers Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree Upon Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (Video)
On commencement day in Cambridge, HLS graduates were treated to a surprise visit by Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg who stopped by the ceremony to offer a few words of encouragement. Earlier in the day President Drew Faust presented 9 honorary degrees during Harvard University's Commencement Morning Exercises, including a Doctor of Laws Degree to Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Read More | Watch Video

Reginald F. Lewis Foundation
Reginald F. Lewis Foundation Gifts $1.5 Million to Harvard Law School
The Reginald F. Lewis Foundation has made a gift of $1.5 million to Harvard Law School to continue the Reginald F. Lewis Fellowships, an 18-year-old program that has offered fellowships annually to law graduates who have demonstrated a strong interest in law scholarship and teaching. Read More
$1.5 Million Gift to Harvard Law School
Honorary Degrees
HLS Professors Receive Honorary Degrees, Deliver Commencement Addresses
Harvard Law School Dean Martha Minow and Professors Elizabeth Warren, Laurence Tribe ’66, Nancy Gertner, Noah Feldman and Annette Gordon-Reed '84 all received honorary degrees at college and law school commencement ceremonies this spring. Read More
Harvard Faculty and Fellows Contribute Most of the 'Top Ten Corporate and Securities Law Articles' of 2010
This year’s list of “Top Ten Corporate and Securities Articles” based on an annual poll of corporate and securities law academics includes six articles authored or co-authored by Harvard Law faculty and fellows. The top ten articles, selected from a field of more than 440 pieces, will be reprinted in an upcoming issue of the Corporate Practice Commentator. Read More
Professor Jonathan Zittrain '95 Announced as FCC Distinguished Scholar
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski '91 announced the appointment of Professor Jonathan Zittrain '95 as the agency’s Distinguished Scholar. He will be based in the Office of Strategic Planning & Policy Analysis and will work on a range of issues related to 21st century communications networks. Read More
Robert Greenwald Appointed Clinical Professor of Law at Harvard Law School
Robert Greenwald, director of Harvard Law School’s Health Law and Policy Clinic, has been promoted to full Clinical Professor of Law. Read More
Vicki C. Jackson Appointed Professor of Law at Harvard Law School
Vicki C. Jackson, a leading expert on U.S. constitutional law, comparative constitutional law and federal courts, will join the Harvard Law School faculty this summer as a tenured professor. She will be Harvard Law School’s first Thurgood Marshall Professor of Constitutional Law. Read More
Lawyering, Parenting and Writing About It - A 'Motherlode' of Perspectives (Video)
While she recently received an onslaught of attention for the strict parenting techniques depicted in her book “Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother,” during a recent panel discussion, Amy Chua ’87, promoted the idea that “there are so many ways of producing happy, healthy, strong children.” Chua joined novelist Julie Buxbaum '02 and Slate senior editor Emily Bazelon (who graduated from Yale Law School in 2000), to discuss their experiences as working mothers as part of a panel titled “Motherlode: Lawyering, Parenting (and Writing About It) in the Age of ‘Having it All.’” Read More
HBS's Mihir A. Desai Accepts Joint Tenured Professorship with HLS
Mihir A. Desai, who currently serves as the Mizuho Financial Group Professor of Finance, the Senior Associate Dean for Planning and University Affairs, and the Chair of Doctoral Programs at Harvard Business School, has accepted a joint appointment to the faculty of Harvard Law School as a tenured Professor of Law. Read More
Heyman Fellows
Heyman Fellows Profiled in Washington Post
Two HLS alums were recently profiled in The Washington Post as part of a series on federal workers who are making a difference. Irene Chan ’02 and Michael Bahar ’02 were selected for their contributions to public welfare.  Chan, assistant country director in the China office for the Food and Drug Administration, works to help ensure that food products imported from China meet the FDA’s standards of quality and safety. Bahar, deputy legal advisor to the National Security Council Staff, is one of five NSCS lawyers who advise the national security advisor, the White House staff and the president on national security legal issues. Read More
The late Harvard Law School Professor Gary Bellow
Emily Inouye '11 and Cynthia Chandler '95 Receive the Gary Bellow Public Service Award
Harvard Law School student Emily Inouye ’11 and alumna Cynthia Chandler ’95 have each received the Gary Bellow Public Service Award for their commitment to public interest and social justice work. The awards were presented at an April 13 ceremony by Jeanne Charn, Director of the Bellow-Sacks Access to Civil Legal Services Project and Senior Lecturer on Law, and Lecturer on Law Diane Rosenfeld.  Dean Martha Minow spoke about the commitment to public service at HLS and the leadership role that Gary Bellow played in challenging the school to create the clinical program. Read More
Harvard Mediation
Harvard Mediation Program Celebrates 30 Years of Students Resolving Conflicts
This year the Harvard Mediation Program (HMP), a Student Practice Organization, celebrates its 30th anniversary of training students and community volunteers to mediate disputes in small claims court and other settings. HMP, which has included more than 700 students over the years, was founded in 1981 by Karen Faulkenstein Green '81 with the encouragement of Judge John C. Cratsley, an associate justice in the Massachusetts Superior Courts who was her instructor in a clinical course on community courts that he continues to teach today. Read More


Karen Freeman-Wilson '85
Wins the Democratic Primary for Mayor in Gary, Indiana
Peter Edelman

Peter Edelman '61
Receives Justice Potter
Stewart Award


Ron McCray '83
Nominee for Member, Federal Retirement
Thrift Investment Board
Terri Sewell '92

Terri Sewell '92
Democratic Freshman Class President
of 112th Congress

Cluster Munitions
Upholding Ban on Cluster Munitions is Imperative, say Disarmament Experts at HLS (Video)
It is imperative that governments uphold their obligation to ban cluster munitions absolutely, which is laid out in a treaty that more than 100 countries have joined, said a panel of disarmament experts at HLS. Sponsored by the Harvard Law School Forum and the Harvard Human Rights Program, the panel described how the Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM) was formed, and the challenges its advocates are facing despite its progress thus far. Read More | Watch Video
Drug Cartels
HLS Conference Focuses on Mexican Drug Cartels
Reports of horrifying violence involving drug cartels in Mexico have become almost daily occurrences, prompting officials on both sides of the border to seek responses to a menacing problem. Harvard Law School Professor Philip Heymann contends that the crisis needs to be examined from the broader perspective of organized crime and its use of violence—not just as a drug-trafficking issue. Last year, Heymann and Mathea Falco, president of Drug Strategies in Washington, D.C., organized a "Working Group on Transnational Organized Crime" to do just that in a session at Harvard Law School. On April 14 and 15 of this year, a second working group was assembled to take the next step of addressing the issues in concrete detail. Read More
Earth Day
HLS Celebrates Earth Month at Harvard (Slideshow)
In April, Harvard Law School participated in festivities commemorating Earth Month at Harvard, an inaugural initiative featuring university-wide events and activities to raise awareness of environmental issues.  On April 22, HLS celebrated Earth Day on the Harkness Patio with live music and free food donated by local, sustainable vendors. Read More | View Slideshow

Harvard EdCast
Harvard EdCast: Lawyer and Teacher (Podcast)
Dean Martha Minow, "In Brown's Wake"
Dean Martha Minow shares her thoughts on the convergence of education and law, her most recent book, "In Brown’s Wake", and teaching a young Barack Obama in this Harvard EdCast. Harvard EdCast is a weekly series of podcasts, available on the Harvard University iTunes U page, that features a 15-20 minute conversation with thought leaders in the field of education from across the country and around the world. Read More
Joel Levine '66, "The Corruption of Michael Levitt"
"The Corruption of Michael Levitt" is a rollicking ride through the 1970s seen through the eyes of Michael Levitt - Harvard Law School graduate and survivor of his Long Island childhood. It's a story of a bright yet naive man who, while trying to make it in this world is, with the best of intentions, gradually corrupted by the universe in which he exists. Read More
Nancy Gertner, "In Defense of Women: Memoirs of an Unrepentant Advocate (Video)
In 1975 Gertner, an aggressive, dogged, and idealistic lawyer, began an illustrious career defending high-profile cases involving women's or civil rights issues just as those movements were being tested in the courtroom. Now a federal judge, Gertner tells familiar courtroom dramas along with the less familiar chronicle of how the legal culture responded to the growing number of women in the ranks and how the law changed in response to the gender-driven legal issues they raised. Gertner's story is a well-told reflection of the growth and growing pains of the legal system regarding women as advocates, educators, plaintiffs, and defendants. Read More | Watch Video

Summer Reading
Nine Faculty Share their Picks for Summer Reading
View a Summer Reading List compiled of picks from HLS Faculty members including Dean Martha Minow, Clinical Professor Robert Bordone ’97, Professor Charles Fried, Professor Michael Klarman, Professor Kenneth Mack ’91, Professor Mark Roe ’75, Professor Carol Steiker ’86, Professor Alan Stone and Professor Jeannie Suk ’02. Read More

Professor Noah Feldman Named Columnist for Bloomberg View
It was announced on April 29 that HLS Professor Noah Feldman will become a regular contributor to Bloomberg View, the new opinion section of Bloomberg News, which debuted in late May on Bloomberg.com. Feldman, who is a regular contributor to The New York Times, has been named as part of an expanded, 14-person roster of columnists that also includes Harvard University Professor of Economics Edward L. Glaeser and Meghan O’Sullivan, professor of international affairs at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. Read More
Professor Michael Klarman in Daedalus: Has the Court Been a Friend or Foe to African Americans?
Kirkland and Ellis Professor of Law Michael J. Klarman has published an essay titled “Has the Supreme Court Been More a Friend or Foe to African Americans?” in a recent volume of Daedalus, the Journal of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. The volume brings together 22 distinguished social scientists to examine “Race, Inequality & Culture” through issues such as education, family support, racial identity, politics, employment, immigration, and the influence of hip-hop. Read More
Professor Randall Kennedy in The New Republic Online: A Right of All Citizens
In light of the recent controversy over President Barack Obama’s birth certificate, Harvard Law School Professor Randall Kennedy espouses his views on the subject in the May 12 edition of The New Republic online. In Kennedy’s opinion, the Constitutional provision that excludes non-native citizens from holding the nation’s highest office “makes second-class citizens of naturalized citizens by suggesting that they are somehow not as American and not as trustworthy as ‘real’ Americans who are native-born.” Read More
Professor Charles Fried in the Washington Post: Torture Apologists Stain Triumph Over Bin Laden
In the Washington Post ‘Opinions’ section, Harvard Law School Professor Charles Fried and his son, Suffolk University Philosophy Department Chair Gregory Fried, discussed the killing of Osama bin Laden. The authors argued that torture apologists are undermining what the pair call a “great victory” for the U.S. by calling into question the circumstances under which bin Laden was felled during the firefight in his compound in Pakistan—a “risible” notion, by the authors’ standards. Read More
John Levi '72 LL.M. '73 Named Inaugural Recipient of the Abner and Zoe Mikva Corporate Citizenship Award
John Levi '72 LL.M. '73, a partner in the Chicago office of Sidley Austin LLP, was honored as the first recipient of the Abner and Zoe Mikva Corporate Citizenship award at the Mikva Challenge Spring Benefit on April 21. Mikva Challenge, an organization that promotes the development of civic leadership in underserved Chicago high school youth, is inaugurating the Civic Leadership awards to honor civic and political leaders who exemplify the kind of commitment to public service to which Abner and Zoe Mikva dedicated their lives. Read More
David I. Walker '98 Receives Metcalf Award for Excellence in Teaching from Boston University
Boston University recognized Boston University School of Law Professor David I. Walker '98 as a recipient of the Metcalf Award for Excellence in Teaching. Walker, a Boston resident who joined the Boston University School of Law faculty in 2002, teaches taxation, corporate law, law and economics, and the economic structure of deals. Read More
Lecturer on Law and Former National Security Adviser Juan Zarate '97 on Osama Bin Laden's Death: Are We Safe?
HLS Lecturer on Law Juan Zarate ’97 recently participated in a Live Q&A in the 'Conversations' section of the Washington Post online, discussing national security threats after Osama bin Laden's death. From 2005 to 2009, Zarate served as the deputy assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor for Combating Terrorism and was responsible for developing and implementing the U.S. Government’s counterterrorism strategy and policies related to transnational security threats. Read More
NPR: What Does A Post-Bin Laden Al-Qaida Look Like? (Audio)
Professor Yochai Benkler '94 and Bryan Stevenson '85 Named Ford Foundation 'Visionaries'
Harvard Law School Professor Yochai Benkler ‘94 and Bryan Stevenson '85 are two of 12 recipients of the Ford Foundation Visionaries Awards, chosen for their vision, leadership, and pioneering work toward social change. The award was created in recognition of the 75th Anniversary of the Ford Foundation to celebrate social innovators from a variety of fields. Read More
Ford Foundation Visionaries Awards
Felicia Cote '12 and Jessica Goldberg '13  Receive Rappaport Fellowships
Two HLS students, Felicia Cote ’12, a joint J.D./M.P.P. candidate at HLS and Harvard Kennedy School, and Jessica Goldberg ’13  have been selected as Rappaport Fellows in Law and Public Policy and will spend the summer working with top local policymakers on issues that affect residents of Greater Boston and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Read More
Presidential Fellowships
Alice Abrokwa '12 and Sean Driscoll '13 Named Presidential Public Service Fellows
Two HLS students, Alice Abrokwa ’12 and Sean Driscoll ’13, were recently selected as part of the inaugural group of ten Presidential Public Service Fellows. The program, created by Harvard President Drew Faust to facilitate public service work, provides grants of up to $5,000 for undergraduates and $10,000 for graduate students. The awards are funded by an anonymous donor, and will go toward projects ranging from government and community service, to arts and technology-related initiatives. Read More
Winners of the 58th Williston Competition
The winners of Harvard Law School’s 58th annual Williston Competition, Harvard’s annual contract negotiation and drafting competition for first-year law students, were announced on April 18. The Williston Competition presents participants with a complex business problem and charges them with representing a client in negotiations, trying to arrive at an agreement that they then reduce to writing. Read More
Andrew Childers '11 Receives Student Ethics Award
At an awards dinner in Boston on April 21, at which Judge William G. Young of the U.S. District Court in Massachusetts was keynote speaker, Andrew Childers ’11 and 10 other students from area law schools were lauded for upholding the highest ethical standards of the legal profession as student lawyers. Childers received a 2011 Law Student Ethics Award from the Association of Corporate Counsel—Northeast Chapter. Read More
São Paulo
Report Documents Role of State Violence and Corruption in Organized Crime in São Paulo
Harvard Law School’s International Human Rights Clinic and the leading Brazilian human rights group Justiça Global have released a comprehensive study of a series of coordinated uprisings and attacks in São Paulo in May of 2006 that left 43 state officials and hundreds of civilians dead and brought South America’s largest city and financial capital to a standstill. Read More

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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.

Celebration of Black Alumni - Sept. 2011

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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
Dean Martha Minow has traveled to cities around the globe to meet with alumni in a series of receptions hosted by local associations. View images and read more about the most recent reception with Dean Minow in Toronto, ON.

 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.

Upcoming Events:
June 23, 2011 - HLSA of the United Kingdom Dinner with Dean Martha Minow
July 7, 2011 - HLSA of Cleveland Reception with Dean Martha Minow

June 21, 2011
Various Locations

Global Networking Night
Please join the Harvard Alumni Association, regional Harvard Clubs, and Shared Interest Groups (SIGs) worldwide for Global Networking Night. This unique event brings alumni together on one night, in cities around the world.
Event Information
June 23, 2011
Chicago, IL

Harvard Law Society of Illinois Role Models Reception
5:30-7:30 p.m.
The Law Offices of McDermott Will & Emery LLP
227 W. Monroe Street (Monroe & Wells), Chicago, IL
RSVP: Latonia Haney Keith or (312) 984-7755
June 23, 2011
San Antonio, TX

HLSA of Texas Reception at State Bar Annual Meeting
5:30-7:00 p.m.
Grand Hyatt San Antonio Hotel
600 East Market Street, San Antonio, TX
RSVP: Laura Horton
June 23, 2011
Dallas, TX

Recent Graduates Council Dallas Region Networking Mixer
Classes 2000-2011

5:30-7:30 p.m.
AT&T Performing Arts Patio
2403 Flora St., Dallas, TX
Music by local artists and Winspear Opera House
RSVP on Facebook (Facebook login required)
June 28, 2011
Boston, MA

HLSA Recent Graduates Council Boston Socializing Event
Classes 2000-2011
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Alibi Lounge, Liberty Hotel
215 Charles Street, Boston, MA
MBTA Redline to Charles/MGH
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