HLS Deans

Founded in 1817, Harvard Law School is the oldest continuously operating law school in the United States. Since its founding, 11 people have officially served as Dean. They are:

 
1870 – 1895, Christopher Columbus Langdell1895 – 1910, James Barr Ames1910 – 1915, Ezra Ripley Thayer
1916 – 1936, Roscoe Pound1937 – 1946, James McCauley Landis1946 – 1967, Erwin Nathaniel Griswold
1968 – 1971, Derek Curtis Bok1971 – 1981, Albert Martin Sacks1981 – 1989, James Vorenberg
1989 – 2003, Robert C. Clark2003 – 2009, Elena KaganJuly 1, 2009 –, Martha Minow
Several individuals have also served as acting dean at one time or another. They are: Samuel Williston (1909-10), Austin Wakeman Scott (1915-16), Edward Henry Warren (1921-22), Joseph Warren (1925-26 and 1929), Joseph Henry Beale (1929-30), Edmund Morris Morgan (1936-37, 1942-45), Robert Amory, Jr. (1948), Livingston Hall (1959), Andrew James Casner (1967-68), and Howell E. Jackson (2009).
Last modified: February 26, 2014

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