Harvard Law School Brief

December 2012

What an exciting fall it has been at Harvard Law School. Two HLS graduates concluded their battle for the presidency of the United States. Another graduate, Ted Cruz '95, became the first Hispanic to be elected to the U.S. Senate from Texas joining Tim Kaine '83 of Virginia as newly elected members of the Senate. And of course a member of our own faculty, Elizabeth Warren, became the first woman elected to the Senate from Massachusetts. They join five other HLS graduates who are currently in the Senate as well as a number of other graduates who serve in the House.

At the end of October, we welcomed back the classes of 1952, 1957, 1962, 1967, 1972, 1977 and the Emeritus Club to celebrate their Reunion Weekend. Many alumni participated in plenary panels and enlightening keynote speeches from David Gergen '67 and Mort Zuckerman '62. Dean Minow held a fascinating conversation with alumni, updating them on recent additions to the HLS faculty, curricular innovations, and changes to the student experience. In addition, HLS faculty spoke on topics ranging from Globalization in Legal Education to Negotiation and Mediation while alumni leaders spoke about public service, business, and corporate governance.

In September, HLS was proud to host the second Celebration of Latino Alumni. This historic event boasted the largest gathering of Harvard Law School Latino alumni in history. The committee, led by Andrés W. López '95, assembled a truly impressive roster of speakers comprised of the brightest Latino lights in this country.

Please join me in extending a warm welcome to Karen Chance who joins us as our new Director of Alumni Relations. Many of you have already met Karen; she comes to HLS from the University of Pennsylvania where she worked for the last ten years managing Penn’s Global Alumni Network. We look forward to the addition of Karen’s experience and leadership to our team.

Best wishes for a wonderful Holiday Season
and a Happy New Year.

Steven Oliveira

Steven Oliveira
Associate Dean and Dean for
Development and Alumni Relations


Fall Reunion 2012

CLA Weekend


Alumni in the News




Alumni Events

In Memoriam

Class Notes



Fall Reunion 2012
Classes of 1952, 1957, 1962, 1967, 1972, 1977, emeritus
Over 500 alumni and guests returned to Cambridge for Reunion Weekend on October 26-28, 2012 to enjoy a celebration with classmates and friends. Over the weekend alumni engaged in an exciting selection of lectures, panels, symposia, receptions, dinners and tours. Read More

Conversation with the Dean
A Conversation with the Dean (Video)
Martha Minow, Dean of the Faculty of Law and Jeremiah Smith, Jr. Professor of Law

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Reunion Weekend Slideshow
Reunion Weekend Slideshow
A selection of photos from Reunion Weekend for the Classes of 1952, 1957, 1962, 1967, 1972, 1977, emeritus.
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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
Lectures and Presentations (Video)
Watch a sampling of the lectures and presentations that took place over Reunion Weekend. Watch Video

Celebration of Latino Alumni Weekend
Read more, view pictures and watch videos of the exciting panels and discussions that occurred over the Celebration of Latino Alumni Weekend.
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Celebration of Latino Alumni Latino Leadership: Our Time is Now (Video)
San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro graduated from Harvard Law School in 2000 planning to run for city council back home, already inspired by mentors like Henry Cisneros, San Antonio’s first Latino mayor. His experience taught him to take responsibility for helping young Latinos trying to get ahead. Castro shared his thoughts in a keynote address celebrating Latino alumni at Harvard Law School. The second Celebration of Latino Alumni, held at Harvard Law School from Sept. 27 to 30, drew about 200 alumni and guests to the school to share their experiences and reflect on the path of social change. Read More
Mario Baeza '74: ‘An American success story’ (Video)
One of the highlights of the Second Celebration of Latino Alumni, was a gala dinner Saturday night that featured a presentation of the Harvard Law School Association (HLSA) Award to Joaquin Avila '73, a nationally recognized expert on Latino voting rights, and a keynote address by Mario L. Baeza '74. Read More | Watch Video
Voting Rights Activist Joaquin Avila '73 Receives HLSA Award
Joaquin G. Avila '73 was honored with the Harvard Law School Association (HLSA) Award at a ceremony during the Harvard Law School Celebration of Latino Alumni on Sept. 29. A nationally recognized expert on Latino voting rights, Avila is the distinguished practitioner in residence and director of the National Voting Rights Advocacy Initiative at Seattle University School of Law. Read More

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
Holmes’ Suite Home: Law Library Launches Massive Database on Famed American Jurist
The Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. Digital Suite, which went live on the Web on December 11, was the culmination of years of teamwork at the Harvard Law School Library. Who are the expected users? “Anybody with a computer who comes to this site,” said Stephen Chapman, project manager in the library’s digital lab. Holmes A.B. 1861, LL.B. 1866, a former US Supreme Court Justice, pioneered the concept of legal realism, believing law was “a practical weapon,” and legal cases are best judged according to realities rather than abstractions.
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Joseph Story
Evidence of Greatness: HLS Showcases Life and Work of Joseph Story in Exhibit, Digital Suite
Former Dane Professor of Law Joseph Story was reported to have helped save Harvard Law School from an early demise. His historic intervening is celebrated in the Joseph Story Digital Suite, an exhibit of 126 items totaling 3,534 pages from the Historical and Special Collections of the Harvard Law School Library. Read More
John Palfrey and Urs Gasser
A Theory of Connectivity: Gasser and Palfrey on the Opportunities and Pitfalls of Our Increasingly Interconnected World
In “Interop: The Promise and Perils of Highly Interconnected Systems,” John Palfrey '01 and Urs Gasser LL.M. '03 draw on their work at the HLS Berkman Center for Internet & Society, analyzing the benefits and potential costs associated with the highly connected world we live in. Gasser, executive director of the Berkman Center, and Palfrey, a former Berkman faculty director and HLS professor, spoke with the Harvard Law Bulletin about their book. Read More
Jonathan Zittrain
Zittrain Named One Of Foreign Policy's Top 100 Global Thinkers
Harvard Law School Professor Jonathan Zittrain '95 has been named among the 100 Foreign Policy Global Thinkers for 2012. The editors of the annual list from Foreign Policy (FP), a print and online source for international politics and global affairs, noted that "more than anyone, Zittrain has asked who the Internet's public and private gatekeepers are, how they're acting, and what that means for the future of the open web." Read More
David Souter
Souter, Back on the Bench
David Souter '66 hung up his judge’s robes more than three years ago, after nearly two decades on the nation’s highest court. But on November 15, the retired Supreme Court justice seemed as sharp as ever as he directed his easy going, often droll, always astute wit at the Harvard Law School (HLS) students arguing before his bench at the final round of the 102nd Ames Moot Court Competition. Read More
Lucian A. Bebchuk Letting Shareholders Know How Their Money Is Spent
Lucian Bebchuk LL.M. '80, S.J.D. '84 the director of the Program on Corporate Governance writes that even in the most expensive presidential election in history may be over, and shareholders of public companies are still in the dark about whether and how their money was spent on politics. But the Securities and Exchange Commission is beginning a process that may bring this lack of transparency to an end. Read More
Election 2012 at Harvard PHOTOS: Election 2012 at Harvard
On election night, Harvard Gazette staff writers and photographers fanned out across the university to capture Harvard students, faculty and staff as they awaited election results.  They were at the law school and business school, and were present when David Axelrod, senior adviser to Obama, called into the Harvard Kennedy School’s John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum. View Photos
President Barack Obama and Family Barack Obama '91 Wins Second Term as President of the United States
Barack Obama '91 has won election to the presidency of the United States for a second term. First elected the 44th President of the United States on Nov. 4, 2008, Obama is the second Harvard Law School grad to serve as president. Obama’s wife, Michelle, Harvard Law School Class of '88, is the first HLS alumna to serve as First Lady. Read More
Massachusetts Elects Elizabeth Warren to Senate Massachusetts Sends Warren to U.S. Senate
Harvard Law School Professor Elizabeth Warren—bankruptcy expert, Wall Street reformer and consumer watch dog—has won a hard-fought race for the U.S. Senate. The Democratic nominee defeated her Republican opponent, incumbent Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown. Read More
 Martha Minow Pro Bono Task Force Report: ‘If we don’t do it, who will?’
Harvard Law School Dean Martha Minow and John Levi '72, LL.M. '73, the chairman of the Legal Services Corporation, presented the report of the Corporation’s Pro Bono Task Force in Harvard Law School's Wasserstein Hall on Oct. 3, at an event hosted by HLS Professor David Wilkins '80, director of the Law School’s Program on the Legal Profession. Established in 1974 by President Nixon, the LSC, a private, nonprofit corporation, is the nation’s largest funder of legal aid providers for low-income Americans. Read More
Harvard Law School Announces Expansion of J.D. Admissions Interview Process
Harvard Law School announced that it will move to video conferencing technology to conduct interviews of candidates for admission to its J.D. program. The school’s Admissions Office will also offer interview opportunities to more applicants than in the past, said Assistant Dean and Chief Admissions Officer Jessica Soban '07. Read More
New Survey Reveals Top Law School in U.S.
Business Insider surveyed its readers regarding which law schools they consider to be the best in the country. The results found that Harvard Law School is considered the top law school in the United States. Of the respondents, 60 percent of them hold J.D.s and 69 percent had experience in hiring. Read More
Public Service Venture Fund
HLS Launches Public Service Venture Fund; Grants will be Awarded in May '13
Harvard Law School has launched a unique program to help students obtain their ideal first jobs in public service – even if those jobs don’t yet exist. The HLS Public Service Venture Fund, officially launched on Sept. 25, will award $1 million in grants each year to Harvard Law graduates pursuing careers in public service. The Fund supports two kinds of post-graduate fellowships: “seed grants” for startup public interest ventures, and, through “existing organization-based fellowships,” salary support to graduating HLS students to work at nonprofits or government agencies in the U.S. and abroad. Read More
Public Interest
Don't Be Daunted By Public Interest
Recent stories at HLS have focused—understandably—on the challenges facing law students seeking public service jobs in a difficult economy. But in emphasizing the challenges, these stories largely missed an important fact:  there are jobs, and talented, committed students can get them. Alexa Shabecoff, Assistant Dean for Public Service in Harvard Law School’s Bernard Koteen Office of Public Interest Advising, shares her thoughts on this issue.  Read More
Innovation Lab
HLS Appoints Four 2012-2013 Innovation Lab Experts-in-Residence
Harvard Law School Dean Martha Minow has appointed Michael Fertik '05, Neil Flanzraich '68, Anthony Scaramucci '89 and John Williams '79 as Harvard Law School’s Experts-in-Residence (EIRs) for the 2012-2013 academic year, in partnership with the University-wide Harvard Innovation Lab (i-Lab).
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Paper Chase 
‘The Paper Chase’ at 40: Law School Audience Reflects on Iconic Film about Earning Degree
I am a ‘Paper Chase’ fan. It influenced my life, my career — here I am,” said Harvard Law School Dean Martha Minow, who asked author John Osborn '70 a series of questions, including why he wrote a novel while balancing the strenuous workload of a third-year law student. Read More

Harvard Law School Faculty Announcements

Harvard Law School Professor Annette Gordon-Reed '84 has
been appointed to the Charles Warren Professorship of American Legal History

Harvard Law School Professor John C.P. Goldberg has been appointed to the Eli Goldston Professorship of Law

Cass Sunstein '78 to Rejoin Harvard Law School Faculty

Benjamin Sachs Gains Tenure as Professor of Law at Harvard

D. James Greiner Promoted to Professor of Law at Harvard

Giannini and Neuman
Giannini and Neuman '80 Appointed Co-Directors of Human Rights Program
Tyler Giannini, Clinical Professor of Law, and Gerald L. Neuman '80, J. Sinclair Armstrong Professor of International, Foreign and Comparative Law, have been appointed co-directors of the Human Rights Program (HRP) at Harvard Law School. Read More
Case Studies
Case Studies Developed at HLS Available Through New Website
Harvard Law School has launched a new program to develop and distribute case studies, role plays, hypothetical problems and other experiential tools for the classroom. The centerpiece of the program is a website designed as a one-stop-shop for all participant-centered teaching tools developed and sponsored by HLS. 
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Harvard Law School Case Studies Program Newsletter
The Harvard Law School's new Case Studies Program is launching a quarterly newsletter. It includes information on how case studies are being used in the classroom and executive education programs, new cases and role plays developed by HLS faculty, new courses that highlight participant-centered learning in legal and professional education, and efforts that HLS is making to further experiential education. 
Read the Summer 2012 Newsletter
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Stephen W. Preston

Stephen W. Preston '83
Leading candidate for General Counsel
of the US Defense Department
Millie Tadewaldt

Millie Tadewaldt '08
Co-founder of fashion startup
CakeStyle.com, recently raising $1 million
in funding from Sandbox Industries

Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels
At Harvard Law, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels Promotes a Model for Secondary Education Reform (Video)
At a Nov. 29 talk co-sponsored by the Harvard Federalist Society, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels shared his experience in leading the charge for a new law that enacted a series of secondary education reforms in Indiana last year—reforms which many observers have called the most far-reaching changes yet adopted by any state.   Read More | Watch Video
Cooper v. Aaron
Looking Back at Little Rock: At HLS, Justice Breyer '64 and Nine Appellate Justices Revisit Cooper v. Aaron (Video)
The U.S. Supreme Court ruling mandating school desegregation in Brown v. Board of Education in 1954 is considered one of the Court’s landmark decisions. In October, the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice sponsored a two-day conference looking back at Cooper v. Aaron and the impact it’s had on law and education over the course of 55 years. Read More | Watch Video
Kagan '86 Offers a View of a Justice's Working Life (Video)
In September, U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Elena Kagan '86 joined Dean Martha Minow for a conversation on life as a Supreme Court Justice. The former and current deans spoke before an overflow audience in the Wasserstein Hall, Caspersen Student Center, Clinical Wing building. Read More | Watch Video

Kenneth Mack
"Representing the Race: The Creation of the Civil Rights Lawyer" by Professor Kenneth Mack ‘91 Chosen by Washington Post as one of 2012's 50 Best Nonfiction Books
Kenneth Mack's tough-minded book goes beyond heralding the triumphs of early civil rights lawyers and argues that they succeeded by being as “white” as possible, forming a kind of fraternity of men whose “professional norms” allowed them passage across the color line. Read More
Professor Michael Klarman Examines the Legal Fight for Same-Sex Marriage
Michael Klarman’s scholarship has focused on the effect that court rulings have on social reform movements. He argues that when courts get ahead of public opinion, political backlash often follows. In his new book, “From the Closet to the Altar: Courts, Backlash, and the Struggle for Same-Sex Marriage, the HLS professor explores whether the same effect has taken place when it comes to same-sex marriage litigation. Read More
Joanna Crispi '81, "The Guilty Ones"
Joanna Crispi '81 learned a very important lesson at the outset of her legal career: Innocent people are sometimes convicted of crimes they did not commit. She also saw firsthand that "lawyering" makes a difference. A trial is about what can be proven in court. Guilt and innocence remain the province of a higher authority. Her novel, The Guilty Ones, stems from this premise. The book draws from both sides of the line that criminal defense lawyers walk, the line between what constitutes a crime and guilt. Read More

Annette Gordon-Reed
Annette Gordon-Reed '84 Discusses Law, Culture, and the Legacies of Slavery at Annual Derrick Bell Lecture
Gordon-Reed, the Charles Warren Professor of American Legal History at Harvard Law School and author of "Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings: An American Controversy" and "The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family," spoke about how the law shapes historical understanding, particularly in the case of the family history of Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings.
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A Radical Fix for the Republic
This fascinating profile on Lawrence Lessig, the Roy L. Furman Professor of Law and Leadership at HLS and director of Harvard’s Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, examines ideas on how to stop corruption in Congress. Lessig is also the author of “Republic, Lost: How Money Corrupts Congress—and a Plan to Stop It,” an exhaustively researched and passionately argued indictment of Capitol Hill and the money-centered daily dance between lawmakers and lobbyists. Read More
Jeffrey Toobin '86: Inside the Supreme Court
In October, Political pundit, author, and U.S. Supreme Court watcher Jeffrey Toobin offered an inside look at the nation’s top judicial body, which he described as divided politically but cordial personally, during a discussion at Harvard’s Sanders Theatre. Toobin has traced the court’s evolution over the past 40 years from a liberal body to one deeply divided along partisan lines with “five Republicans and four Democrats.” Read More
The Sacks Club
Ames Moot Court Competition 1959: Remembering a Signature Accomplishment
On a sunny day in June, seven members of the Sacks club, the team that won the  Ames moot court competition in 1959, met on the steps of Langdell library to reminisce over what they called their “unlikely” victory, and to talk about where their lives had taken them in the fifty years since. Read More
Theodore V. Wells Jr. '76 Elected to Harvard Corporation
Theodore V. Wells Jr. '76, a graduate of Harvard Law School and Harvard Business School and one of the nation’s leading trial lawyers, has served since 2000 as co-chair of the litigation department at the New York-based firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP. He was elected in September to become one of the newest members of the President and Fellows of Harvard College (the Harvard Corporation). Read More
Military Service Members at HLS
From 'Hurt Locker' to 'Paper Chase': A Look at the Newest Military Service Members at HLS
This year’s 1L class at HLS includes 16 military veterans. There are also nine 2Ls, six 3Ls, and three LL.Ms at HLS with records of military service. Thirteen are attending through the Yellow Ribbon program, through which the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs matches what a law school offers to pay for a veteran’s tuition and expenses. HLS is one of very few schools making the maximum commitment—50 percent—which means, with the V.A.’s match, these veterans attend for free.
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HLS Student Jesse Reising
Reising '15 Serves Those Who Serve
Harvard Law School student Jesse Reising '15 was medically disqualified from the Marines (he’d attended Officer Candidates School during college), but decided to serve those who serve in the military. Read More
A Diverged Family Converges at Harvard Law
It wasn’t inevitable that Harvard Law School graduate students Erum Khalid Sattar LL.M. '10, SJD '17 and Rebecca Zaman LL.M. '13 would meet so soon, or even at all. Sattar has been at the law school for three years, pursuing a doctorate in juridical science (S.J.D.); Zaman arrived in August to begin a year of study for a master of laws (LL.M.). Sattar is from Pakistan, and studied law in London; Zaman grew up, earned her law degree and completed a judicial clerkship in Australia. Then again, they’re about the same height, with the same dark brown hair, and that might not be just a coincidence. Read More
The Chayes International Public Service Fellowship: Snapshots From This Summer
During the summer of 2012, hundreds of Harvard Law School students benefited from the largest pool of guaranteed funding offered by a law school for the broadest range of public interest summer work. A select group of 26 students worked in 19 countries under the aegis of the Chayes International Public Service Fellowships, dedicated to the memory of Professor Abram Chayes, who taught at Harvard Law School for more than 40 years. These five brief portraits reflect some of their experiences. Read More
Students Devise an Appeals Process for the New Consumer Watchdog Agency
Last year, after Rory Van Loo '07 left the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau implementation team to become assistant director of the Harvard Negotiation & Mediation Clinical Program, he asked his former colleagues how HLS students might assist the new agency. It had been created by Congress in 2010 largely thanks to the vision of HLS Professor Elizabeth Warren, and its mission included examining certain consumer financial services companies and large banks and credit unions. But the legislation creating it did not establish an appeals process for examining findings. Read More

Scholarship Fund
Emanuel and Pearl Greenwald Scholarship Fund
The Greenwald family has endowed a scholarship fund at HLS in honor of their parents Emanuel and Pearl Greenwald. The Emanuel and Pearl Greenwald Scholarship Fund was established in loving memory by their children, Lawrence S. Greenwald, LL.B. 1964, Dr. Gerald Greenwald and Mrs. Judith Greenwald Neches. The fund will benefit HLS students.

HLS Connect
HLS Connects: Alumni Network Provides Students and Alums with the Opportunity to Connect and Network
By her 2L year, Regina Fitzpatrick ’08 was dead set on working for the U.N. on a peacekeeping mission. She’d come to HLS with a master’s in human rights after a stint with the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. The U.N.’s “legitimacy and access to hot spots,” she says, made it her goal. She is now working in Juba, South Sudan, living her dream. Much credit, she says, goes to Alexa Shabecoff, head of the HLS Bernard Koteen Office of Public Interest Advising, who in the fall of 2010 called her attention to the U.N.’s National Competitive Recruitment Exam. “If you pass it and are placed in a post,” Fitzpatrick says, “you get a career contract, which is a bit like the Holy Grail within the U.N. system.” Read More
HLS Connect
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Reunion Weekend
Spring Reunion Weekend 2013
Classes of 1983, 1988, 1993, 1998, 2003, 2008

Learn more about Reunion Weekend and make plans to return to campus April 19-21, 2013. Learn More

January 25, 2013
Cincinnati, OH
HLSA of Cincinnati - Discussion Group Meeting
12:00 p.m.
Blank Rome LLP
Fifth and Main
201 East Fifth Street, 17th Floor
Cincinnati, OH

Topic: Equal Access to Civil Justice (reading materials)
Discussion Facilitator: Paul Tobias, AB ’51;  LLB ’58
RSVP: Lori Nuckolls, '86 (email) or phone: 513-362-8726

Note: Bring your own brown bag lunch - drinks and dessert provided. Business casual attire.
February 12, 2013
New York, NY
HLS Women's Alliance of New York - Inaugural Event
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, LLP
Four Times Square
New York, NY

RSVP: (email) by January 15, 2013

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Emeritus Professor Roger Fisher '48 (1922-2012)
Roger Fisher '48, a pioneer in the field of international law and negotiation and the co-founder of the Harvard Negotiation Project, died on August 25, 2012. A professor at Harvard Law School for more than four decades, Fisher established negotiation and conflict resolution as a single field deserving academic study and devoted his career to challenging students and colleagues alike to explore alternative methods of dispute resolution. Read More
Remembering a pioneer of the win-win solution
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