HLS Brief

June 2012

At the end of May, the Class of 2012 celebrated their HLS graduation with family and friends, and at Class Day they were treated to remarks from the 82nd Attorney General of the United States, Eric H. Holder. He reminded the soon-to-be graduates: "you must put your skills to use in helping to define our future."

During the Harvard University Commencement exercises President Drew Faust spoke of the influence of HLS on legal education, “Harvard’s history instills both expectations and responsibilities as it challenges us to inhabit this legacy. One cannot study law without thinking of the 18 Harvard Law School alumni who have served as Supreme Court justices, including the 6 currently on the bench – not to mention the graduate in the White House and the seven presidents with Harvard degrees who have preceded him. In these domains and so many others, we have the privilege of living alongside a remarkable heritage of predecessors.”

As we celebrated the class of 2012, a number of Harvard Law students received special awards this year during the 2012 Class Day exercises on May 23. The honored students were recognized for their outstanding leadership, citizenship, compassion and dedication to their studies and the profession.

This edition of the Brief highlights many of the accomplishments of HLS students, faculty and alumni.

With a new class of graduates entering the world, and a diverse and engaged network of alumni, I urge you to stay connected to each other and HLS through HLS Connect and the Harvard Law School Mobile App. The HLS mobile app is an easy to use tool for HLS alumni and friends to stay connected with Harvard Law School. Nearly 15,000 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 this interesting and valuable.

Best wishes for a wonderful summer.

Steven Oliveira

Steven Oliveira
Associate Dean and Dean for
Development and Alumni Relations



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Harvard Law School Celebrates 2012 Commencement
Harvard Law School graduation festivities began on Class Day, Wednesday, May 23, and continued through Commencement Day on Thursday, May 24. Read More
Watch the full Class Day ceremony (video)
Read Dean Minow's remarks to the Class of 2012 (pdf)
Watch the full Commencement ceremony (video)
Students Honored at Class Day Ceremony
A number of Harvard Law students received special awards this year during the 2012 HLS Class Day exercises on May 23. The honored students were recognized for their outstanding leadership, citizenship, compassion and dedication to their studies and the profession. Read More
  • The Stuntz award was presented to Ayirini Monica Fonseca-Sabune. The award recognizes a graduating student who has demonstrated an exemplary commitment to the principles of justice, human dignity and compassion while at Harvard Law School. The award is given in honor of the late William Stuntz, a renowned scholar of criminal justice at Harvard Law School, an evangelical Christian and a teacher much beloved by students and colleagues. Sabune is the second person to receive this honor since it was established last year.
  • This year’s Andrew L. Kaufman Pro Bono Service Award was presented to Rajan Sonik. Sonik was recognized for performing the highest number of pro bono service hours in the Class of 2012. During his time at Harvard Law School, Sonik provided over 2,500 hours of free legal services.
  • The Righeimer Prize was presented to Meredith DeLancey Lynn Boak and Daniel Bender Saver. Established in memory of Frank S. Righeimer, Jr. ’32, the prize is awarded annually to a graduating student to recognize exceptional citizenship.
  • The Westfall Award was presented to Laura Christine Bishop and Krystyna Noel Wamboldt. Named in honor of the late Professor David Westfall, who taught at HLS for more than 50 years, the award is presented annually to recognize student contributions to creating community within the first-year section and class.
  • Grant Strother was the recipient of this year’s Roger Fisher and Frank E.A. Sander Prize for his paper “Resolving Cultural Property Disputes in the Shadow of the Law” (PDF). The prize is awarded annually to the best student paper on a topic related to negotiation, dispute systems design, mediation, dispute resolution, or ADR.
  • The Dean’s Award recognizes a number of graduating students who have contributed time and energy to making the HLS community a better place through involvement in student organizations, community service groups, and individual efforts.
    This year's winners were:
    Sarah Pascal Alexander
    Yonika Etke Alexander
    Allison Nina Canton
    Whitney Patrice Fogle
    Ronnie Alexandra Gosselin
    Alexander Georg Horstmann
    Kristi Lynn Jobson
    Mai Li
    William Abram Orlansky
    Victoria Burt Rojas
    Matthew Jesse Schoenfeld
    Joshua Keith Sekoski
    Corinne Virginia Snow
'Put your skills to use to define our future,' Attorney General Tells Class (video)
The 82nd Attorney General of the United States, Eric H. Holder Jr., addressed the 2012 graduating class at Harvard Law School, urging the newly-minted lawyers to continue the tradition of service encouraged at Harvard Law School and to use their skills to define the country’s future. Read More
Professor William Rubenstein '86 wins Sacks-Freund Award for Teaching Excellence (video)
Professor William Rubenstein ’86, the Sidley Austin 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

Rulemaking Petition on Political Spending Attracts Massive Support from over 250,000 Comments Filed with the SEC
Last July, Professor Lucian Bebchuk LL.M. ’80 S.J.D. ’84, the William J. Friedman and Alicia Townsend Friedman Professor of Law, Economics, and Finance, and Columbia Law School Professor Robert Jackson, Jr. co-chaired a committee of ten corporate and securities law experts that submitted a rulemaking petition to the Securities and Exchange Commission urging the Commission to develop rules to require public companies to disclose their political spending. As of the end of May 2012, the petition has attracted massive support from a record number of comments filed with the SEC. Read More
Harvard Law Dean, Inter-American Development Bank Executive Join MacArthur Board
Julie T. Katzman, Executive Vice President of the Inter-American Development Bank, and Harvard Law School Dean Martha Minow have been elected to serve on the MacArthur Foundation Board of Directors. Read More
Harvard, MIT Online Learning Portal to Help Web, Classroom Learning
An online education organization backed and funded by MIT and Harvard University will use open-source technology to offer free classes over the Internet. Read More


Rebecca Weiner '05
Named New York City Police Department's New Director of Intelligence

Paul Butler '94
  Named GM of Magic Johnson's Aspire
, a new African-American-targeted Comcast Network

Mary Lu Bilek '80
Named UMass Dartmouth Law School Dean

HLS Celebrates Justice John Paul Stevens' 35 Years of Service on the Supreme Court (video)
Earlier this spring, Harvard Law School celebrated Justice John Paul Stevens’ 35 years of service on the Supreme Court with an event honoring his work and his contributions to the fields of environmental, energy, and natural resources law.
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Rebecca Onie '03: What if our healthcare system kept us healthy? (video)
Rebecca Onie '03 asks audacious questions: What if waiting rooms were a place to improve daily health care? What if doctors could prescribe food, housing and heat in the winter? At TEDMED she describes Health Leads, an organization that does just that -- and does it by building a volunteer base as elite and dedicated as a college sports team. Read More | Watch Video

“Collaborate or Perish!” Bratton Addresses Police Union Leaders at HLS
William Bratton, former Commissioner of Boston and police chief of Los Angeles, and current police commissioner of New York, discussed his new book, “Collaborate or Perish! Reaching across Boundaries in a Networked World” (New York: Crown Business, 2012), at the 13th annual Police Union Leadership Seminar hosted by the Labor & Worklife Program at Harvard Law School. The seminar brings together labor leadership from the nation’s 50 largest cities and connects them with the latest thinking on public safety and labor organizing. Read More
The Future of Human Subjects Research Regulation
Leading experts in the fields of law, science, and medicine gathered at Harvard Law School May 18 and 19 to discuss the future of human subjects research regulation. The topic for the conference, sponsored by HLS’s Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics, was prompted by a July 2011 advanced notice of proposed rulemaking from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services proposing to amend the rule that has governed this research for more than 20 years. Read More

The Balancing Act: Professor Kenneth Mack '91 Reframes the Story of America’s Civil Rights Lawyers
In 1932, in a Philadelphia courtroom, a defense attorney representing a man accused of murder cross-examined a police officer. There was nothing unusual about this scene, except that the defense attorney, Raymond Pace Alexander ’23, was black, and the officer he was aggressively questioning was white. This scene is one of many dramatic moments in the new book by HLS Professor Kenneth Mack ’91, “Representing the Race: The Creation of the Civil Rights Lawyer,” published by Harvard University Press. Read More
Joann Crispi '81, "Soldier in the Grass"
In the book "Soldier in the Grass," by Joann Crispi '81, the Congo is in civil war and Brazzaville is under siege. During a mission to evacuate French nationals, Lt. Vincent Chavanne is separated from his unit and left for dead. "Soldier in the Grass" records his journey with the woman who saves his life as they escape across the country to the safety of the ocean port, Pointe-Noire. Adversity strips them of their defenses. Cut off from the rest of the world, overwhelmed by violence and fear, they find something that transcends suffering, hatred and superstition—devotion to one another. Read More
Professor John Coates, “The Hour Between Dog and Wolf”
During his 12 years at Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (GS), Merrill Lynch & Co. and Deutsche Bank AG, John Coates, Harvard Law School's John F. Cogan, Jr. Professor of Law and Economics, began to wonder whether testosterone and other hormones were impairing the judgment of traders -- and fueling bubbles and busts. So he retrained as a neuroscientist and conducted tests on trading floors. He synthesizes his findings in this highly speculative and absorbing book. Read More
The Art and Science of Working Together: John Palfrey '01 and Urs Gasser '03 on Interoperability
Can high levels of interoperability lead to greater innovation? What would a theory of interoperability look like? That's the question posed in "Interop: The Promise and Perils of Highly Interconnected Systems," the latest book by John Palfrey '01, Harvard Law School's Henry N. Ess III Professor of Law and faculty co-director of the Berkman Center, and Urs Gasser '03, Berkman Center's Executive Director. Read More

Professor Noah Feldman in Bloomberg: China’s Blog Censorship Rules Have U.S. Parallels
What’s the opposite of free speech? If you answered, “totalitarian censorship,” you are right -- and you are old. In the Internet age, censorship is all about allowing partial, temporary free speech, then shutting it down once enough has been said. The innovator, as usual these days when it comes to nondemocratic governance, is China, where the leading microblog site, Sina Weibo, unveiled its modified censorship model this week. Read More
Professor Jonathan Zittrain '95 to lead Open Internet Advisory Committee
The Federal Communications Commission has named the members of an advisory committee responsible for analyzing controversial rules and making recommendations designed to preserve the openness of the Internet.  Led by Harvard Law School Professor Jonathan Zittrain '95, the Open Internet Advisory Committee is comprised of representatives from a broad range of interests. Read More
Professor Mary Ann Glendon Appointed to Commission on Religious Freedom
In May, Harvard Law School's Learned Hand Professor of Law, Mary Ann Glendon, who served as the former U.S. ambassador to the Holy See, was appointed to the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, an independent, bipartisan federal body that is principally responsible for reviewing the facts and circumstances of violations of religious freedom internationally and making policy recommendations to the president, secretary of state, and Congress. Read More
Professor Elizabeth Bartholet '65 - Child Advocacy Program Hosts Workshop on Child Welfare
In May, the HLS Child Advocacy Program held a Prevention & Protection Brainstorming Workshop, which brought together researchers, advocates, and practitioners in the field from around the country to discuss strategies to prevent maltreatment and protect vulnerable children. The event followed last year’s CAP conference that examined race and child welfare. The founder and faculty director of the program, Elizabeth Bartholet ’65, Morris Wasserstein Public Interest Professor of Law, spoke about the workshop and her longtime efforts to improve the child welfare system. Read More
On its 100th Anniversary, Paramount Pictures Honors Sumner Redstone '47
On the 100th anniversary of Paramount Pictures, studio employees and a handful of dignitaries gathered on Friday, June 1, 2012 to salute Sumner Redstone '47, the 89-year-old executive chairman of Viacom Inc., parent company of Paramount. The occasion included the naming of a major building on the Paramount lot after Redstone. Read More
A Conversation with Jody LaNasa '94
In 2007, Joseph “Jody” LaNasa ’94 launched Serengeti Asset Management, an opportunistic hedge fund that focuses on value investments in the debt and equity of public and private companies. In the nine years prior, LaNasa was at Goldman Sachs, where he was elected a managing director in 2002 and a partner in 2004. There, he headed the Multi-Strategy Investing Business that focused on a broad range of opportunistic and fundamental value investments, primarily in equity and debt securities, including distressed debt. A member of the Dean’s Advisory Board and a generous supporter of the Environmental Law Program at HLS, LaNasa lives in Greenwich, Conn., with his wife, Stephanie, and their children, Ajax, 3, and Maxima, 1. Read More
Jeffrey Toobin '86 in The New Yorker - The Real Stakes in the Health-Care Case: A Guide
No, I do not know what day the Supreme Court will decide the heath-care case. (Best guess: June 25th.) No, I have not “heard anything” about how the Justices will rule on the challenge to the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act. (The Court remains one of the few leak-proof institutions in Washington.) Still, based on the briefs, the oral arguments, and the history of the Court, it’s possible to offer a guide to what to look for when the decision comes down. Read More
Student Article Named One of 2011's Ten Best Corporate and Securities Articles
An article by Harvard Law School S.J.D. graduate Andrew Tuch LL.M. '99 S.J.D. '12, has been voted by the nation’s corporate and securities law professors as one of the top ten corporate and securities law papers of 2011. The article, "Multiple Gatekeepers," was originally published in the Virginia Law Review. Read More
HLS Students are Finalists at ABA Criminal Justice Competition
Students from Harvard Law School took second place in the 22nd Annual National Criminal Justice Trial Advocacy Competition, held March 29-31, in Chicago. The competition, which brought together teams from 18 law schools across the United States and from Ateneo de Manila School of Law in the Philippines and Interamerican University of Puerto Rico School of Law, is sponsored annually by the Criminal Justice Section of the American Bar Association and the John Marshall Law School in Chicago, which hosted the event. Read More
59th Annual Williston Negotiation & Contracts Competition winners Announced
The winners of Harvard Law School’s 59­th annual Williston Competition, Harvard’s annual contract negotiation and drafting competition for first-year law students, were announced earlier this spring. Read More
HLS Students Take Honors at Vis Moot Court in Vienna and Hong Kong
Nine Harvard Law School students recently participated in the 2012 Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot Competitions in Vienna and Hong Kong. Nearly 400 law school teams from around the world participated in the Vis Competition, which aims to train future leaders in methods of alternative dispute resolution. Read More
Crystal Redd '13 and Angela Chuang '13 Named 2012 Presidential Fellows
The Presidential Public Service Fellowship Program aims to provide funding to students interested in pursuing public service work during the summer. Ten fellowships are awarded on a competitive basis each year to a cohort of undergraduate and graduate students participating in a broad range of activities, including government and community service, non-governmental organization and non-profit work, and innovative projects that serve the common good. Crystal Redd '13 and Angela Chuang '13 are two of the students chosen as 2012 Presidential Fellows. Read More
Daring to Be a Doer:
Clara Long '12, who has worked many jobs in many lands, will use her law degree to aid others
While in college, Clara Long '12 spent a spring semester in Belém, Brazil. “That totally changed the trajectory of my life,” she said, and turned a passion for tending the environment into “something that was much more about people.” Now graduating from Harvard Law School, Long is interested in human rights, and views her education at Harvard as a way of acquiring “tools for dealing with injustice.” Read More
Matthew Schoenfeld '12 in Bloomberg: AIG Could Happen Again Without Dodd-Frank Fix
The near-failure of insurance firm American International Group Inc. (AIG) in 2008 was arguably the most perilous moment of the global financial crisis. Unfortunately, something similar could easily happen again. Read More

LIPP Works: Andrea Saenz '08
The following Letter to the Editor by Andrea Saenz '08 appeared in an April edition of The Harvard Law Record.
As a 2008 graduate who never interviewed with a large law firm, I am still employed, still in my chosen field, immigration and still paying my loans, thanks to availing myself fully of the Low Income Protection Program.  More importantly, so are dozens of my classmates. It can be done. And since I recently heard that the Kaufman Dinner for public-interest bound 3Ls was one of the largest ever, I am optimistic that it is being done. Read More

The Loving Story
The Loving Story
In April, over 100 alumni and guests gathered at Harvard Law School for a screening and discussion of the film, 'The Loving Story'.  Panelists included Dean Martha Minow, Director Nancy Buirski, Executive Producer Marshall Sonenshine ’85, Elizabeth Holtzman ’65 and Rebecca Richman Cohen ’07, HLS Lecturer and filmmaker. The film tells the story of the Lovings, who fought back and changed history after being thrown into rat-infested jails and exiled from their hometown for 25 years. Using rare archival footage, home movies, photographs, interviews with witnesses, friends and family, and poetic visual and narrative sequences, the documentary builds a complex portrait of the couple at the heart of marriage equality in this country. Read More
Oliver Wendell Holmes
Oliver Wendell Holmes Society Event
Members of the Oliver Wendell Holmes Society and other Law School alumni and friends met on May 30 for breakfast at the Willard Hotel in Washington, D.C. and for a presentation by the Law School's Bemis Professor of Law Noah Feldman. The Holmes Society is the Law School's way of thanking and recognizing those that have included the School in their estate and financial planning.

Professor Feldman spoke about his new book "Scorpions: The Battles and Triumphs of FDR's Great Justices," and how many factors, including personalities and individual alliances, influence judicial decision making. A lively question and answer session drew parallels to and distinctions from today's Supreme Court and political climate.
Reunion Weekend
Fall Reunion Weekend 2012
Classes of 1952, 1957, 1962, 1967, 1972, 1977 and Emeritus

Learn more about reunion weekend, view photos and videos from previous celebrations and make plans to return to campus for Fall Reunion 2012. Learn More

The Harvard Law School Celebration of Latino Alumni - September 27-30, 2012
Latino Leadership: Our Time is Now
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. The preliminary program will be posted shortly. Registration will open on July 11. Join us in Cambridge and we guarantee you will be inspired by what you see.
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Class of 1950
Four octogenarian members of the Class of 1950 gathered in Miami, Florida for a mini reunion earlier this spring. Pictured: J. Shepard Bryan, Atlantic Beach, Florida; Honorable G. Thomas Eisele, Federal District Judge, Little Rock, Arkansas; Honorable William M. Hoeveler, Federal District Judge, Miami, Florida; and Frank Howard, Miami, Florida. Bryan, Eisele, and Hoeveler were roommates and lived in #1 Hastings Hall while at HLS. The 4 HLS classmates have remained close friends and have always enjoyed similar gatherings in the years since graduation.

June 21, 2012
Harvard Alumni Association, Regional Harvard Clubs and Shared Interest Groups (SIGs):
Global Networking Night - June 2012
Various Locations Worldwide
Locations, details and to RSVP
June 21, 2012
Cincinnati, OH
HLSA of Cincinnati Luncheon
Speaker: Prof. Stephanie Hunter McMahon, U of Cincinnati College of Law (bio)
12:00 noon
The University Club
401 E. 4th Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Registration for this event has closed.
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
Registration for this event has closed.
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
Registration for this event has closed.
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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