HLS Brief

December 2011

The close of the calendar year is a time to reflect on a year of great achievement at HLS. Samplings of these accomplishments are captured in this month’s edition of HLS Brief.

Particularly noteworthy is the fact that student life at Harvard Law School is about to experience a remarkable transformation. On January 3, 2012, the new Wasserstein Hall, Caspersen Student Center, and Clinical Wing building (WCC) will open featuring smaller, interactive classrooms that encourage discussion, teamwork and creativity; a clinical wing that brings together 28 clinics and 10 student practice groups which will meet local, national and global needs; the student center will provide a home for student-led journals and organizations as well as spaces for discussion and social life. While providing remarkable new space for teaching and learning, the WCC sets a high standard for sustainability achievements with an expected Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Certification from the United States Green Building Council.

Another important new achievement this year is the new University-wide Harvard Innovation Lab (i-lab). To take advantage of this new resource, Boston entrepreneur John Williams ’79 has been appointed as the Law School’s inaugural Expert in Residence (EIR). The Expert-in-Residence program will invite entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, lawyers and other experts to the HLS campus and the i-lab in Allston to mentor and advise students from the Law School and the broader Harvard community on career and business matters. As we continue to create greater linkages between legal theory and practice John Williams will be a welcomed addition to the HLS team.

Many thanks to all of you who supported the school throughout the year by advising students, serving as volunteers, informing us of job opportunities for students and alumni, and providing generous support to the school; without this we would not be able to continue to provide financial support for HLS students and offer the innovative programs that are the hallmark of this Law School.

Your generosity is deeply appreciated.

Best wishes for a wonderful holiday season and a very Happy New Year.

Steven Oliveira

Steven Oliveira
Associate Dean and Dean for
Development and Alumni Relations


Marshall Sonenshine
Marshall Sonenshine '85, HLS Annual Fund Chair
As Chair of the Harvard Law School Annual Fund I take enormous pride in our institution’s role in creating innovation, impact and leadership domestically and around the globe. The remarkable initiatives at HLS are a crucial part of the ever changing law school experience and are only possible because of the support that you and others provide to the Harvard Law School Annual Fund. Tuition covers only part of the cost of a Harvard Law School education. Your contributions to the Annual Fund are critical to enabling students to attend HLS regardless of their own financial need.

Over the past year HLS has established a number of crucial programs and curricula strengthening the ties between practice and theory. This edition of the Brief outlines a few of these and highlights the ongoing expansion of clinical programs offering students invaluable practical experiences under the supervision of its wonderful faculty.

It is donations to the Harvard Law School Annual Fund that provide the much needed bridge between tuition revenue and the actual cost of operating the School, offering relief to the budget and directly affecting students, faculty and numerous programs. Most importantly, unrestricted gifts, regardless of the size, allow the Dean to respond to pressing financial concerns and fund student support programs such as financial aid and clinical programs.

I am truly grateful for the leadership and support of so many HLS alumni. HLS would not be what it is today without this active involvement. The engagement of alumni allows the School to support its students and ensure that the excellence of the Harvard Law School experience continues to be available to current and future students.

HLS Annual Fund Website

2011 Langdell Society Dinner
On Tuesday, November 1 Harvard Law School hosted its annual donor recognition event, the Langdell Dinner, at the Loeb Boathouse in New York City. The dinner, held every year, recognizes Langdell Society donors. Harvard Law School Professor Noah Feldman delivered a riveting keynote address on Scorpions: The Battles and Triumphs of FDR's Great Justices, and Dean Minow took the opportunity to acknowledge and thank Langdell donors for their generous support.  Read More | View Photos

A New Building for Teaching, Learning and Serving Communities
Because legal education demands constant and rigorous discussion and exchange, because legal imagination springs from bridging theory and practice, and because Harvard Law School recruits and develops superb students from all over the world to pursue lives of leadership, the School commissioned—and will soon open—a new space designed precisely for these purposes. Read More
Six from Harvard Law School Win Skadden Fellowships
Six Harvard Law School students and recent graduates have been chosen to receive Skadden Fellowships to support their work in public service. The Harvard Law School recipients are Bradford Adams ’12, Marielle Macher ’11, Toby Merrill ’11, Ben Polk ’12, Rachel Rosenberg ’12 and Julie Wimmer ’11. Read More
Tomiko Brown-Nagin Appointed Professor of Law
Tomiko Brown-Nagin, a leading expert on legal history, education law, and civil rights, will join the Harvard Law School faculty as a tenured Professor of Law this summer. She will also serve as an affiliate of the History Department in Harvard University’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Read More
Daniel Nagin Appointed Clinical Professor of Law
Daniel Nagin, a tireless advocate for low-income communities, will join the Harvard Law School faculty as a Clinical Professor of Law this summer. He will direct community-based lawyering at HLS’s WilmerHale Legal Services Center. Read More
Occupy Wall Street
Occupy Wall Street: HLS Faculty Offer Insights and Comments
Occupy Wall Street has captured the attention of many this fall and many of the HLS faculty have offered their insights and comments in conjunction with the coverage; here is a cross section of the comments:

October 5 - Occupy K Street and Main Street Too: Unions and Progressive Organizations Catching Up; Taking Up Arms Against The Assad Regime

Has a Harvard Professor Mapped Out the Next Step for Occupy Wall Street?

Occupy Wall Street and Democrats Remain Wary of Each Other

Protesters Look for Ways to Feed the Web


Jim Koch '78
Founder of America's Largest Craft Brewery, Boston Beer Co.


Robert Zoellick '81
President of World Bank Discusses Europe's Debt Crisis

Preeta D. Bansal '89

Appointed by President Obama
to Top Post in the U.S. Administration

At HLS, Jack Abramoff Talks About Corruption in Washington
Appearing at Harvard Law School a year and a half after being released from federal prison, a contrite Jack Abramoff expressed a desire to thwart the political corruption he once infamously practiced. The event on December 6 was sponsored by the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, whose director, HLS Professor Lawrence Lessig the Roy L. Furman Professor of Law, interviewed Abramoff, a former lobbyist who pleaded guilty in 2006 to charges of fraud, tax evasion, and conspiracy to bribe public officials. “His experience,” said Lessig, “has an enormous amount to teach us.” Read More
Veterans Share Their Experiences in the Military and at HLS
Among this year’s entering class at Harvard Law School are 10 U.S. Marines and Army soldiers, all of whom served in the wars in Iraq or Afghanistan – or both. Dean Martha Minow, who hosted a dinner for a dozen HLS veterans on November 10, said: “The HLS students with military service experience are, to a person, superb individuals; we are so lucky to have the benefit of their talent, values, and experiences and to participate in their professional development.” Read More

Minow's Book "In Brown's Wake" Receives Education Law Association Award
Dean Martha Minow’s most recent book, “In Brown’s Wake: Legacies of America’s Educational Landmark,” recently received The Steven S. Goldberg Award for Distinguished Scholarship in Education Law. The award is given annually by the Education Law Association “in recognition of an outstanding article, book, book chapter, or other form of scholarly legal writing in the field of education law.” Read More

A Conversation with Roy L. Furman '63
Roy L. Furman ’63 is vice chairman of Jefferies & Company and chairman of Jefferies Capital Partners, a group of private equity funds. In 1973, he co-founded Furman Selz, an international investment banking, institutional brokerage and money-management firm, where he served as president and CEO until 1997, when the firm was sold to ING. Among his other positions, he is vice chairman of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and chairman emeritus of the Film Society of Lincoln Center. He has produced five Tony Award-winning plays and musicals on Broadway and currently has five shows running. He served as national finance chairman for the Democratic National Committee in 1992-1993 and is former chairman of the HLS Fund. Furman established a professorship at HLS this year, which is held by Lawrence Lessig. Read More
Professor Jonathan Zittrain in Technology Review: The personal Computer is Dead  
The following op-ed by Harvard Law School Professor Jonathan Zittrain appeared in the November 30 edition of the Technology Review.
The PC is dead. Rising numbers of mobile, lightweight, cloud-centric devices don't merely represent a change in form factor. Rather, we're seeing an unprecedented shift of power from end users and software developers on the one hand, to operating system vendors on the other—and even those who keep their PCs are being swept along. This is a little for the better, and much for the worse.
Read More
Law School Appoints John Williams as its First Innovation Lab Expert in Residence
Dean Martha Minow has appointed Boston entrepreneur John Williams ’79 as the Law School’s inaugural Expert in Residence (EIR). The EIR program has been created in partnership with the new University-wide Harvard Innovation Lab (i-lab), a new initiative that fosters team-based and entrepreneurial activities and deepens interactions among Harvard students, faculty, entrepreneurs, and members of the Allston and Greater Boston communities. Read More
John Palfrey on Intellectual Property Strategy (Video)
According to John Palfrey, businesspeople are often insufficiently attentive to the ways that intellectual property rights can be acquired and exercised. His new book, “Intellectual Property Strategy” (MIT Press), is thus written with businesspeople in mind. Palfrey, Vice Dean for Library and Information Resources and Faculty Co-Director of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society, argues for leaders of businesses and non-profit organizations to adopt IP policies that go beyond the traditional, highly restrictive “sword and shield” approach, and that instead focus on flexibility and creativity. Read More | Watch Video
Suzanne Nossel '96 Selected as New Executive Director of Amnesty International
Amnesty International USA announced its new executive director, Suzanne Nossel '96, a human rights lawyer and activist, with executive experience in the private sector and government. She will begin the role on January 2, 2012, and will be based in the organization's New York office. Read More
Exploring Innovative Responses to Foreclosures (Video)
As the groundbreaking anti-foreclosure work by HLS students continues to land significant victories for homeowners in Massachusetts, a November conference to spread the Harvard model was attended by more than 150 lawyers, law students and community organizers from around the country who want to halt foreclosures in their own communities. Read More | Watch Video
Students Address Critical Access to Care Issues at Conference on AIDS
Students working in the Harvard Law School Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation launched a new training series at the United States Conference on AIDS in Chicago last month. The trainings are part of a new initiative that the Center is implementing to help state government officials, health and social service providers and advocates prepare for healthcare reform (as created in the Patient Protection Affordable Care Act). Read More

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Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained:
An Israeli Fosters West Bank Entrepreneurship
Daniel Doktori '13 and Yadin Kaufmann '84
Daniel Doktori ’13 knew he wanted to work in the venture capital field during his first summer in law school; an interest in “emerging companies practice” had brought him to HLS. Thanks to a connection he made after consulting the alumni database HLS Connect, Doktori got both the exposure he was seeking and the opportunity to contribute to what he sees as a “visionary project.” After reaching out to Israeli venture capitalist Yadin Kaufmann ’84, he spent the summer in Israel and the West Bank working on the first fund aimed at investing exclusively in Palestinian high-tech startups. Read More

HLSA of the District of Columbia Reception - November 29, 2011
HLS Alumni and guests gathered at the Washington, DC National Press Club for a conversation with Dean Minow and the Honorable Elena Kagan '86. This was the largest reception to date in celebration of the Harvard Law School Association’s 125th Anniversary. Read More | View Photos

January 11, 2012
Various Locations Worldwide

Harvard Global Networking Night - All Alumni Invited
Please join the Harvard Alumni Association, regional Harvard Clubs, and Shared Interest Groups (SIGs) worldwide for Global Networking Night on Wednesday, January 11, 2012.

This unique event brings alumni together on one night, in cities around the world. It is a special opportunity to connect with fellow alumni and current students from across the University. Build new connections, reconnect with classmates, share your experiences with students, and welcome recent graduates to your city.

Event Details and Registration
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Eugene N. Hamilton (1933-2011)
Eugene N. Hamilton, a Harvard Law School Lecturer on Law and former chief judge of the D.C. Superior Court, who was revered as a great trial advocacy teacher, mentor and advocate for children, died Saturday, November 19. Hamilton lectured at Harvard Law School for nearly 30 years, most recently teaching in HLS’s Trial Advocacy Workshop. Read More

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