HLS Brief
February 2010

I am pleased to unveil the inaugural issue of HLS Brief - - the place to reconnect with HLS and fellow HLS alumni. In this issue you will learn about the launching of the Law School’s new Public Service Venture Fund and hear from our faculty on topics as diverse as an innovative new problem solving course, the representation of professional athletes, the economy and issues facing the Presidency. Please direct your attention to HLS Connect, the Law School’s online alumni directory. To date more than 8,000 alumni have registered and I encourage each of you to register and reconnect with the Law School community. HLS Connect creates the unique opportunity for alumni to serve as advisors to current HLS students sharing valuable career advice and expertise. HLS Brief is designed to capture the essence of Harvard Law School and to highlight news of our global alumni community.

Steve Oliveira

Steven Oliveira
Associate Dean and Dean for
Development and Alumni Relations

February 2010




Harvard Law School Launches New Public Service Venture Fund

Harvard Law School recently announced the creation of the Public Service Venture Fund, which will start by awarding $1 million in grants every year to help graduating students pursue careers in public service. Read More



David Souter to Speak at 359th Commencement

David H. Souter, '61, LL.B. '66, who served nearly two decades on the U.S. Supreme Court, will be the principal speaker at the Afternoon Exercises of Harvard’s 359th Commencement. Read More


An Innovative New Course Teaches Students to Solve Problems Right from the Start

David Wilkins ’80, professor of law and director of the Program on the Legal Profession at HLS, is one of seven instructors who taught a new workshop on problem solving that puts students in the position of real-life attorneys. Over a three-week period, it presents them with seven very different clients, from a multinational corporation with child-labor issues to a tenant facing eviction after the landlord has lost her home in foreclosure. Read More


Goldsmith in The New Republic:
The Accountable Presidency

In the following essay that appeared in the Feb. 1, 2010, edition of The New Republic, HLS Professor Jack Goldsmith reviews two recent books on the presidency of George W. Bush: Crisis and Command: A History of Executive Power from George Washington to George W. Bush, by John Yoo, and Bomb Power: The Modern Presidency and the National Security State, by Garry Wills. Goldsmith, who served as an assistant attorney general in the Bush administration, is the author of The Terror Presidency.



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New Strategies for a Changing Job Market

In the public and private sectors, Harvard Law students are facing a tougher job market than in recent memory. This year's graduating class will see only 80 percent of the firms that participated in the on-campus recruitment process last year return, according to Mark Weber, assistant dean for career services. Read More
New Strategies


Alumni are encouraged to share opportunities for students and graduates pursuing public interest and/or private sector positions.

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All internship, job and fellowship announcements in the public sector should be emailed to pia@law.harvard.edu. The announcements will then be posted in the public interest job search database. To look for a public sector job please visit the Office of Public Interest Advising job board.



Stanley M. Kuriyama JD '77  
Stanley M. Kuriyama Appointed Chief Executive Officer of
Alexander & Baldwin


Adebayo O. Ogunlesi JD '79
Adebayo Ogunlesi '79,
acquires London Gatwick

Julian Castro JD '00
Julian Castro, 35, is the mayor of San Antonio and the youngest mayor of a top 50 American city


Friday, February 26, 2010, 12-1pm, Pound 335

Friedman Julis
Joshua Friedman JD '82/MBA '80 & Mitchell Julis JD '81/MBA '80
Created ten years ago to foster interaction between students and alumni, the Traphagen Distinguished Alumni Speakers Series (TDASS) invites Law School alumni back to campus to speak about their careers informally with students. All events are open to Law School students and generally last one hour.

Joshua S. Friedman JD’82, MBA ’80, Founding Partner, Co-Chairman and Co-CEO of Canyon Capital Advisors LLC and Mitchell Julis JD ’81, MBA '80, Founding Partner, Co-Chairman and Co-CEO of Canyon Capital Advisors LLC, will participate in a joint TDASS on Friday, February 26. Canyon Capital Advisors LLC is a leading alternative asset manager; Canyon and its affiliates currently manage investment funds and separate accounts with approximately $16.9 billion in assets with a staff of 195. Learn More

Thursday, April 8, 2010, 7-10pm, Austin Hall

Public Interest Auction

The Public Interest Auction is the largest annual event at HLS and is run entirely by members of the 1L class. The Auction celebrates the public interest community at HLS and raises money to fund a portion of Summer Public Interest Funding (SPIF). Last year, over 1,000 individuals and organizations played a role in the success of the 2009 Auction through volunteer work, donations and attendance. Please join us this year for this wonderful event. "It'll be swell!" Learn More



Watch Professor Lawrence Lessig's entertaining and stimulating talk on institutional corruption, given during the Fall 2009 Reunion Weekend. Harold Hope, HLSA President, introduces Professor Lessig and provides a brief overview of the Harvard Law School Association.

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Leadership Spotlight

H. Rodgin Cohen '68

When the U.S. financial system came excruciatingly close to collapse in the fall of 2008, Rodge Cohen was suddenly the man to call.

On September 5, 2008, H. Rodgin Cohen ’68 took a telephone call that set in motion the most intense, high-stakes chapter of an already eventful career. The nation’s leading banking lawyer and chairman of Sullivan & Cromwell was summoned to Washington for emergency talks with then Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke and other government regulators. Read More
'Trauma Suregon of Wall Street,' The New York Times Profile


Alumni Spotlight

David Eun '93

AOL Names David Eun President of AOL Media and Studios
David Eun has been named President of AOL Media and Studios, effective March 1, 2010. As AOL's chief content executive, Eun will be responsible for the company's more than 80 content sites, its new SEED.com publishing platform, as well as the newly acquired StudioNow video platform and AOL's NYC and LA studios.
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Faculty Spotlight

HLS Lecturer on Law, Peter Carfagna '79

This January, Cleveland Browns Quarterback Brady Quinn brought his expertise to the Harvard Law School classroom as a guest in Lecturer on Law Peter Carfagna’s course “Representing the Professional Athlete.” Through a frank two hour question-and-answer session, students got an inside look at the numerous behind-the-scenes negotiations that are a part of every athlete’s career. Read More

Additional Sports Law Spotlights:
Alumni Spotlight: Q&A with Peter Carfagna '79
Student Spotlight: Ashwin Krishnan ’10

Student Spotlight

Ames Moot Court Competition

Richard A. Posner, of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, presided as chief justice. Joining him on the panel were Diane P. Wood of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and Barrington D. Parker of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Watch the Webcast


Join us this spring as we celebrate the HLS Reunions for the Classes of 1960, 1970, 1975, 1985 and 2000.  Attendees will have an opportunity to meet Dean Minow, visit with classmates, friends and fellow graduates, attend great speaking events and stay connected to the School.

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February 27, 2010
Cambridge, MA

APALSA Reception for APAAC Alumni: "HLS APALSA Then and Now"
in conjunction with annual National APA Conference on Law and Public Policy

When: 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Where: Harvard Faculty Club, 12 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

March 17, 2010
Chicago, IL

Harvard Law Society of Illinois Reception with the Dean
Martha Minow, Dean of the Faculty and Jeremiah Smith, Jr. Professor of Law

When: 5:00 -7:00 p.m.
Where: Sidley Austin LLP, One South Dearborn, Chicago, Illinois 60603
RSVP: HLSAlumniEvents@law.harvard.edu or (617) 495-4698

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