HLS Brief

May 2012

It was great to see all of you who returned to campus last month for the dedication of the Wasserstein Hall, Caspersen Student Center, Clinical Wing building (WCC) and for Spring Reunion Weekend. This was a remarkable moment in our history as the new building continues to transform the student experience at HLS. With the participation of Dean Martha Minow, President Drew Faust, Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan, former Dean Bob Clark and the donors and their families as well as an audience of students and alumni, the dedication weekend provided an opportunity for the HLS community to experience the energy and excitement that is prevalent on campus. For those of you who were here, I hope you had an opportunity to enjoy all of the festivities, renew friendships and reconnect with friends, faculty, classmates and your alma mater. This issue of the Brief includes videos and photos of the celebration as well as a recap of the Reunion Weekend program.

I would also like to take a moment to recognize and thank our outgoing Harvard Law School Association President, Sharon Jones ’82, for her service in successfully leading the Association. The HLSA has achieved a great deal during Sharon’s tenure and we are grateful for her leadership, particularly the celebration of the HLSA’s 125th Anniversary around the world. We look forward to welcoming Paul L. Perito ’64 as the new President of the HLSA.

Finally, this is Commencement Week; congratulations to the 758 students who will receive their degrees on Thursday and join one of the world’s most remarkable alumni networks.

Steven Oliveira

Steven Oliveira
Associate Dean and Dean for
Development and Alumni Relations


WCC Dedication

Spring Reunion 2012

Alumni in the News




Alumni Events

In Memoriam

Class Notes


New Building
Law School Dedicates New Building
Harvard Law School’s alumni reunion reconnected friends from near and far in the School’s newest addition, the 250,000-square-foot Wasserstein Hall, Caspersen Student Center, Clinical Wing Building on the campus’ northwest corner. Read More

Robert A.M. Stern Architects Announcement
Law School Dedicates New Building
HLS Complex
New HLS Complex Pulls Offshoots Together, Promotes Interaction
Last fall Harvard Law School opened its newest building, 250,000 square feet aimed at bringing faculty and students closer. Its design, developed in close collaboration with HLS community residents and neighbors and realized by the architectural firm Robert A.M. Stern Architects, grew out of a strategic plan crafted in 2000, with the primary goal of improving the overall student experience. Read More
Dedication Dinner
Student Reflections WCC - April 19, 2012 (Video)
On the evening of Thursday, April 19, alumni, guests and students gathered in Wasserstein Hall, Caspersen Student Center, Clinical Wing Building for a celebratory dinner in honor of the building's dedication. J. Joel Alicea JD ’13, and W. Reese Fogle JD ’12 provided student reflections as a part of the evening's program.  Watch Video
Student Reflections - 2008 (Video)
HLS students reflect on the dream of a new building and how it would change and influence their lives.
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Dedication Ceremonies
“We are enormously grateful to all of our supporters, whose vision and commitment made this transformative building possible, and to the superb and generous alumni and friends whose aspirations and generosity are now translated into soaring spaces for our students and for generations of students to come.” - Martha Minow, Dean and Jeremiah Smith, Jr. Professor of Law.
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WCC Dedication Photo Slideshow
A selection of photos from the Wasserstein Hall, Caspersen Student Center, Clinical Wing building dedication.
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WCC Receives LEED Gold Certification
Harvard Law School’s Wasserstein Hall, Caspersen Student Center, Clinical Wing building (WCC) has received the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design – New Construction (LEED-NC) Gold Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. The WCC—a new facility that houses approximately 250,000 square feet of innovative classrooms and student space—is a model of a “green” building, and is part of the Law School’s and Harvard’s commitment to reducing environmental impact and creating healthy buildings. Read More

Reunion Weekend
Classes of 1982, 1987, 1992, 1997, 2002, 2007
Over 600 alumni and guests returned to Cambridge for Reunion Weekend in April to enjoy a celebration with classmates and friends. During the reunion, alumni engaged in an exciting selection of lectures, panels, symposia, receptions, dinners, and tours. They witnessed history as the Wasserstein Hall, Caspersen Student Center, Clinical Wing Building (WCC) was officially dedicated.  Over the weekend attendees heard from HLS professors who spoke about their research, learned more about exciting new initiatives on campus, and connected and reconnected with old friends. Read More
A Conversation with the Dean
Martha Minow, Dean of the Faculty of Law and Jeremiah Smith, Jr. Professor of Law
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Reunion Weekend Slideshow
A selection of photos from Reunion Weekend for the Classes of 1982, 1987, 1992, 1997, 2002, 2007.
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Class Photos
Class Photos
View class photos for the classes that celebrated reunion and see who returned to campus for the event.
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Lectures and Presentations (Video)
Watch a sampling of the lectures and presentations that took place over Reunion Weekend.
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Dick Moss '55
Receives Sports Lawyers Association 2012 Award of Excellence

Marvin Ammori '03
New America Foundation Announces 2013 Schwartz Fellows


John Kroger '96
Attorney General to
Lead Reed College

A Look at Harvard Law School’s History Through Its Buildings and Leaders
Daniel R. Coquillette ’71, Charles Warren Visiting Professor of American Legal History
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Wasserstein Hall, Caspersen Student Center,Clinical Wing Building Dedication
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Watch the Ribbon Cutting Video
Watch the full WCC Dedication Ceremony

HLS Alumni Story: Raj Banerjee '11
"Harvard Financial Aid Initiative makes it possible for me, and a bunch of other international students, to come to this university."

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Wise Negotiator: At Harvard Law School for Honor, Baker Recalls Service as Secretary of State
At Harvard to receive the Great Negotiator Award, James A. Baker III talked to James K. Sebenius and R. Nicholas Burns about his time with the State Department, including a period of tense maneuvering after the fall of the Berlin Wall.  The annual honor, created by the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School, recognizes individuals whose “lifetime achievements in the field of negotiation and dispute resolution have had a significant and lasting impact.” Read More
Friday Reunion Luncheon: U.S. Energy and Climate Policy- A View from the Trenches
Welcome and Introduction: Martha Minow, Dean and Jeremiah Smith, Jr. Professor of Law
Speaker: Jody Freeman LL.M ’91 S.J.D. ’95, Archibald Cox Professor of Law; Director, Environmental Law Program
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Saturday Reunion Luncheon: Invisible Threats- Drones on the Battlefield and at Home
Welcome and Introduction: Martha Minow, Dean of the Faculty of Law and Jeremiah Smith, Jr. Professor of Law
Speaker: Gabriella Blum LL.M. ’01 S.J.D. ’03, Rita E. Hauser Professor of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law
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Harvard's Great Teachers: Jonathan Zittrain (Video)
Jonathan Zittrain, professor of law in the faculty of Law and the Kennedy School of Government and professor of computer science in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, was featured as one of Harvard’s great teachers in a video series created to mark the 375th anniversary of the founding of Harvard College. Read More
Power and Constraint
Professor Jack Goldsmith, "Power and Constraint: The Accountable Presidency after 9/11"
"Power and Constraint: The Accountable Presidency after 9/11" argues that constitutional checks and balances deeply constrain the national security presidency, and that these checks and balances are the key to understanding Barack Obama’s continuation of George W. Bush’s counterterrorism policies, as well as the broad national consensus in support of those policies. Read More
Benjamin B. Ferencz '43: The Inaugural Benjamin B. Ferencz Essay Competition
The Whitney R. Harris World Law Institute is pleased to announce the Inaugural Benjamin B. Ferencz Essay Competition in honor of former Nuremberg Prosecutor Benjamin B. Ferencz '43 in conjunction with the International Criminal Court at Ten international conference being held at Washington University School of Law on November 12, 2012. Read More
The Long Road for Prison Justice: Prison Legal Assistance Project’s (PLAP) Lasting Impact
Greg Bialecki ’85, Massachusetts Secretary of Housing and Economic Development
Sharon Dolovich ’98, Visiting Professor of Law, and Professor of Law, UCLA School of Law
Sandra D. Grannum, Esq. ’86, Managing Partner of Davidson & Grannum, LLP
Benjamin Holtzman ’12, PLAP Co-executive Director
Kristina M. Jones ’99, Associate at Rogers & Hardin LLP
Bill Leahy ’74, Director of the Office of Indigent Legal Services for New York State
Joel Thompson ’97, Staff Attorney, Prisoners’ Legal Services

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Making A Difference: Gabriel Ravel '09
Before coming to law school, Gabriel Ravel ’09 volunteered at a health clinic in rural Washington State. Over the course of a year, Ravel wore a myriad of hats, from interpreting Spanish to taking vital signs. It was a harrowing experience. Ravel watched firsthand as patients--most of whom were migrant workers without access to care--died from treatable illnesses. The year in Washington changed his life forever. “Usually I would have to go into private practice after finishing school to pay everything off. The LIPP program has allowed me to do what I really want to do. I think it’s a very important program for schools to have. It really allows people to help make a difference.” Read More
Spring Break 2012: Where in the World were HLS Students?
During the third week in March, a number of Harvard Law students traveled around the world and to remote areas in the U.S. to offer their legal services. With funding from the Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs, teams of students worked with farmers in the Mississippi Delta, immigrants in Alabama and patients living with HIV/AIDS in New Orleans. Read More

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Latino Alumni
September 28-29, 2012 - The Harvard Law School Celebration of Latino Alumni
The Celebration of Latino Alumni will convene in September to honor those who have come before us and to pave the way for those who will succeed us. Join us in Cambridge and we guarantee you will be inspired by what you see.
Hotel Information
Sponsorship Opportunities

June 6, 2012
Chicago, IL
HLS Women's Alliance of Chicago Leadership Dinner
Kirkland & Ellis LLP, 300 N. LaSalle St., Chicago
Save the date
June 11, 2012
Hartford, CT
HLSA of Connecticut Organizational Meeting
in conjunction with Connecticut Bar Association annual meeting
8:00-9:00 a.m.
Connecticut Convention Center,
100 Columbus Blvd # 400  Hartford, CT 06103
RSVP by May 31: email Nick Lundgren '00
June 22, 2012
Phoenix, AZ
HLSA of Arizona Breakfast Meeting
in conjunction with State Bar Convention

7:30 a.m.
Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa
2400 East Missouri Avenue, Phoenix, Arizona 85016
Speaker: Richard Lustiger '82, General Counsel, Harkins Theatres
RSVP by June 15 by sending a check for $15 to:
Jeffrey B. Molinar, President
Harvard Law School Association of Arizona
Osborn Maledon P.A.
2929 North Central Ave., Suite 2100
Phoenix, Arizona 85012 
June 27, 2012
San Diego, CA
HLSA of San Diego A Midsummer's Night Cocktail Mixer
5:30-7:00 p.m.
Foley & Lardner LLP
402 W. Broadway, Suite 2100, San Diego, CA 92101
RSVP - Please send check for $20 payable to HLSA by June 13 to:
Dan Eaton, '89 (email)
Seltzer Caplan McMahon Vitek
750 B Street, Suite 2100
San Diego, CA 92101
June 29, 2012
San Francisco, CA
HLSA Recent Graduates Council Presents HLS Night at the Opera: The Magic Flute
Prior to the performance join your fellow alums for a casual no-host networking reception at the Dress Circle North Promenade in the  San Francisco Opera.
Details and RSVP Instructions
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John Payton '77, Lawyer and Civil Rights Leader (1946-2012)
John Payton ’77, a leading civil rights lawyer who defended the University of Michigan's affirmative action policy before the Supreme Court and led the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, died March 22. He was 65. Read More

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