HLS Brief: Reunion Edition

November 2010

As we enjoy a relatively mild fall here in Cambridge, it was wonderful to see so many alumni return for Reunion Weekend last month. For those of you in attendance, I hope you had the opportunity to reconnect with friends and classmates and experience firsthand some of the discussions going on at the Law School today. It was inspiring to hear about the diverse accomplishments of our alumni. Congratulations to the Class of 1980 for setting a 30th Reunion record for attendance as well as having a lot of fun. All of the classes provided us with a great reminder of the deep and lasting friendships that exist between HLS alumni.

Senator Mark Warner ‘80 gave a powerful keynote speech at the opening reunion luncheon in which he candidly discussed the challenges and opportunities facing us as a nation. This was followed the next day by Professor Jonathan Zittrain ‘95’s remarkably revealing keynote on the future of the internet. In between there were panels and sessions on the current trends in the entertainment industry, the future of the large law firm, and on corporate governance. In addition, Dean Martha Minow and members of the faculty discussed many of the topics and challenges that HLS and legal education are facing at this pivotal point in history.

Most importantly we were once again reminded that the tremendous intellectual breadth and depth of Harvard Law School is unmatched. A Harvard Law School education is certainly the best preparation for leadership during a time when the global community needs leaders.

Please visit the Reunion Webpage to view videos, photos and to learn more about the weekend.

I hope to see many of you in Cambridge or at events over the coming months. With Thanksgiving around the corner, happy and healthy wishes to each of you and your families.


Steven Oliveira

Steven Oliveira
Associate Dean and Dean for
Development and Alumni Relations



Feldman, Minow
Feldman and Minow in the Harvard Gazette: The Supreme Court's New Dynamic
In a recent interview with the Harvard Gazette, Harvard Law School Dean Martha Minow and Professor Noah Feldman surveyed the future of the Supreme Court in light of the succession of retired associate justice John Paul Stevens by former HLS Dean Elena Kagan ’86. Read More
 Roberts Chief Justice Roberts Returns to HLS to Judge Ames Competition
Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr. ’79 presided over the final round of Harvard Law School’s 2010 Ames Moot Court Competition on November 16 in Ames Courtroom. He was joined by Judge Julia Smith Gibbons of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit, and Judge Diana Murphy of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit. Read More
Palfrey in The New York Times on Cyberbullying: Solutions Beyond the Law
In an opinion piece in the Room for Debate section of The New York Times, Harvard Law School Professor John Palfrey discusses whether the death of Tyler Clementi, a Rutgers student, calls for tougher laws against malicious acts online. Palfrey is the Henry N. Ess III professor of law at Harvard Law School and the faculty co-director of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society. Read More
Goldsmith in The Washington Post: Our Nation's Secrets, Stuck in a Broken System
Harvard Law School Professor Jack Goldsmith wrote an op-ed for the October 21 edition of The Washington Post titled “Our nation’s secrets, stuck in a broken system.” The piece addresses Bob Woodward’s book, “Obama Wars,” in which ostensibly classified information – presumably obtained from senior White House officials – is disclosed regardless of the “grave damage” that could result from its release. Read More
Q&A with Elizabeth Warren: The Changes are Starting Now
Elizabeth Warren, a Harvard Law School professor appointed to set up the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, sat down with The Times to discuss her priorities and the financial issues facing consumers.  Read More

Len Elmore

Len Elmore '87

Former NBA Athlete Changed
Careers and Attended Law School

Bruce Ramer '58
Elected Chairman of the Board of the Corporation For Public Broadcasting

Sandy Alderson '76

New General Manager
of the New York Mets

Traphagen Distinguished Alumni Speaker Series
Established in 1996 to foster interaction between students and alumni, the Traphagen Distinguished Alumni Speakers Series (TDASS) invites Law School alumni back to campus to speak informally with students about their careers.

Wednesday, February 23
Adebayo Ogunlesi M.B.A. ’78/J.D. ’79
Global Infrastructure Partners

Fall Reunion Reunion Weekend
More than 600 alumni and guests from the Classes of 1950, 1955, 1965, 1980, 1990, 1995 and 2005 returned to campus and enjoyed a beautiful fall Reunion Weekend. Alumni heard from HLS professors about their cutting edge research, learned more about the exciting new initiatives on campus, reconnected with old friends, and participated in cultural tours.
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A Conversation with Dean Martha Minow
Introduction: Jerold S. Solovy ’55, Chairman Emeritus, Jenner & Block LLP
Martha Minow, Dean of the Faculty of Law and Jeremiah Smith, Jr. Professor of Law

Reunion Luncheon Keynote
Introduction: Sharon Jones '82, HLSA President
Mark R. Warner ’80, United States Senator, Commonwealth of Virginia

Let us Entertain You:  Current Trends in the Entertainment Industry
Gary M. Barkin ’93, Partner, Barkin & Smith and Co-Founder of Sidekick Entertainment
Bruce Campbell ’93, Chief Development Officer General Counsel, Discovery Communications
Marla P. Grossman ’93, Entertainment Industry Lobbyist and Movie Producer
Joseph M. Titlebaum ’89, Internet Executive, former General Counsel of XM Satellite Radio

The Future(s) of the Large Law Firm
Moderator: David B. Wilkins ’80, Lester Kissel Professor of Law and Director, Program on the Legal Profession
Miles J. Alexander '55, Co-Chairman, Kilpatrick Stockton LLP
Elliot Brown ’90, Managing Partner, Irell & Manella LLP
Jay S. Zimmerman ’80, Chairman, Bingham McCutchen

The Corporate Governance Landscape
Moderator: Lucian A. Bebchuk ’80, William J. Friedman and Alicia Townsend Friedman Professor of Law, Economics, and Finance and Director, Program on Corporate Governance
Ricardo Anzaldua ’90, Senior Vice President and Associate General Counsel, Director of Commercial and Consumer Markets Law, The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc.
Robert A. Case ’80, Managing Director, JP Morgan Securities Inc.
Scott C. Collins ’90, Managing Director, Summit Partners
Richard P. Swanson ’80, Partner, Arnold & Porter LLP

Reunion Luncheon Keynote: The Future of the Internet: Minds for Sale
Jonathan Zittrain ’95, Professor of Law, Harvard Law School and John F. Kennedy School of Government; Professor of Computer Science, Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences; Faculty Co-Director, Berkman Center for Internet and Society

Why Brown v. Board was a Hard Case: The Justices’ Internal Deliberations
Michael Klarman, Kirkland & Ellis Professor of Law

Spring Reunion
Save the Date: April 8-10, 2011
Classes of 1961, 1971, 1976, 1986, 2001 and 2006

To learn more about the program and activities being planned for Spring Reunion Weekend 2011, please visit the Reunion Weekend website.

Spring Reunion Weekend Website

In Brown's Wake
Panelists Discuss Dean Minow's Latest Book "In Brown's Wake: Legacies of America's Educational Landmark" (Video) 
The continuing debate over Brown v. Board of Education's effects was forcefully illustrated by a panel discussion of Harvard Law School Dean Martha Minow’s new book, “In Brown’s Wake: Legacies of America’s Educational Landmark.” The panel was the first in a series of events on faculty-authored books sponsored by the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice and HLS. Read More | Watch Video
Laws, Outlaws and Terrorists: A Panel Discussion (Video)
Prominent legal and political scholars explored the relationship between terrorism, diplomacy and law in a panel discussion in light of “Laws, Outlaws, and Terrorists” (2010), a book written by Harvard Law School Professor Philip Heymann ’60 and Associate Professor Gabriella Blum LL.M. ’01 S.J.D. ’03. The conversation took place after the authors recently received the 2010 Chicago-Kent College of Law/Roy C. Palmer Civil Liberties Prize. Read More | Watch Video
Ogletree Discusses the Implications of the 2009 Gates Arrest in New Book (Video)
In an interview on the National Public Radio program Talk of the Nation, HLS Professor Charles Ogletree discusses his new book, “The Presumption of Guilt,” which argues that the arrest of Harvard University professor Henry Louis Gates was representative of the racial and socioeconomic tensions inherent in the American law enforcement system. Read More | Watch Video
Great Minds That Did Not Think Alike: Feldman on the Battles of FDR's Justices (Video)
In “Scorpions: The Battles and Triumphs of FDR’s Great Supreme Court Justices,” Professor Noah Feldman focuses on four men with remarkably diverse resumes, who, despite shared links to Roosevelt, often found themselves at odds once they joined the Court. While much scholarship has focused on the justices of the Warren Court of the 1960s, Feldman says, “it seems to me many of the most important ideas we think of as our constitutional ideas were actually created in the years of the Roosevelt Court.” Read More | Watch Video
Stuart Diamond
"Getting More: How to Negotiate to Achieve Your Goals in the Real World"
Stuart Diamond '90, a Harvard trained-attorney with an MBA from Wharton, has published a new book.  In "Getting More", Diamond uses the negotiation experiences of the 30,000 people he has taught to show exactly how to get more in the world as we live it. That includes dealing with irrational people, overcoming power imbalances and finding the pictures in the heads of other people to better persuade them. Read More
"Law of Attraction"
"Law of Attraction" is the debut legal thriller by Allison Leotta '98, a federal sex-crimes prosecutor and graduate of Harvard Law School. The novel tells the story of a strong, smart female prosecutor who fights to protect women from domestic violence.  But it’s more than a courtroom drama—it’s part love story, part murder mystery. And when the prosecutor’s love life collides with her professional life, she learns she may be just as vulnerable as the victims she works to protect. Read More
Rebecca Onie '03: A Prescription for Change (Video)
It all started with a simple question: If doctors had no limits on what they could offer their patients, what would they give them? The answer, then-Harvard sophomore Rebecca Onie heard again and again, was food, housing, child care, and help finding a job. Not the traditional tools of health care, these lifelines are no less essential to health. If a family is living in a car, she explains, prescribing an antibiotic for a child’s ear infection can’t begin to cure the deeper ills that family is suffering. Read More | Watch Video
Coates Examines Costs of Corporate Political Activity to Shareholders 
Professor John C. Coates published “Corporate Governance and Corporate Political Activity: What Effect Will Citizens United Have on Shareholder Wealth?” as part of the HLS Working Paper series. In his article, Coates focuses on the relationship between corporate governance and corporate political activity. In Citizens United, the Supreme Court relaxed the constraints on corporations to spend money on elections, rejecting a shareholder-protection rationale for restrictions on spending.  Coates, wanting to predict the effect of Citizens United on shareholder wealth, analyzes both the governance and the performance of corporations with different levels of political activity in the S&P 500. Read More
Suk Gains Tenure as Professor of Law at Harvard
Jeannie Suk ’02 has gained tenure as a professor of law at Harvard. The faculty voted to grant tenure on October 14 and Harvard University approved it immediately thereafter. Suk—whose research interests include criminal law and procedure, family law, art law, and entertainment law—joined the law school faculty as an assistant professor in 2006. She currently teaches courses on criminal law and on performing arts and law. Suk is the first tenured Asian-American woman at the law school. Read More
Tyler Giannini Appointed as Clinical Professor of Law
Tyler Giannini has been appointed as a clinical professor of law at Harvard Law School. He was formerly a lecturer on law at HLS. Giannini – who teaches in the fields of business and human rights, Alien Tort Statute (ATS) litigation, as well as the link between human rights and the environment – is also clinical director of the Human Rights Program. Read More
Project No One Leaves
Project No One Leaves on PBS NewsHour (Video)
The efforts of students in the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau and the WilmerHale Legal Services Center to keep Boston residents in their homes after foreclosure were recently featured in a major story on the PBS NewsHour. Students in Project No One Leaves, which provides legal aid to tenants and homeowners facing eviction, were highlighted along with HLAB Director and Clinical Professor David Grossman, for their innovative work advising tenants of legal rights and remedies to help stave off impending foreclosures.
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HLS Connect
Register for HLS Connect
HLS Connect is an online networking and advising tool where alumni can register, search and connect with other alumni. The information can be searched and shared by name, location, class year, current or past employment, practice area or type of work, just to name some of the categories. HLS Connect also provides an opportunity for alumni to serve as advisors to current students and other alumni sharing career advice and expertise.
Register  |  Search  |  Update Your Profile  |  Become an Advisor
NRDC HLS Network Helps Former Student Secure Employment at Natural Resources Defense Council
Nancy Marks ’83 is a Senior Attorney with the Natural Resources Defense Council in New York. When Nicholas Morales ’10 was a second year student at HLS he was interested in environmental law and had spent the previous summer in the Environment and Natural Resources Division at the Department of Justice. He was considering whether to spend his second summer at a private firm or an environmental non-profit. The Bernard Koteen Office of Public Interest Advising Office put Nick in touch with Nancy Marks for advice. Read More
Orietta Barletta
Office of Career Services - Alumni Advising
The Office of Career Services is delighted to welcome Orietta Barletta in her new role as Assistant Director for Alumni and J.D. Advising.  Orietta will provide individual counseling for alumni interested in private sector opportunities.  She will plan and implement career programs and develop online content and resources for alumni seeking work in the private sector.  Orietta has been involved with OCS as a Visiting J.D. Advisor since 2008.
Read Orietta's Full Bio

New York City - November 15, 2010
The Harvard Law School Association of New York City hosted a reception for Dean Martha Minow on Monday, November 15 at the Harvard Club of New York City. The reception is part of the Dean's Reception Series which has the following upcoming events:

December 6 - Dallas, TX
December 7 - Houston, TX
December 8 - San Francisco, CA
December 9 - Menlo Park, CA

Read More and View Pictures from the New York Reception

November 19, 2010
Los Angeles, CA
Asian Pacific American Alumni Reception
at NAPABA Convention
5:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
National Asian Pacific American Bar Association
November 19, 2010
Cambridge, MA
Harvard Law and International Development Society Symposium
Rebuilding After the Storm: The Role of Law in Post-Disaster Development
Professor Amartya Sen, Nobel Prize Laureate
Michele Pierre-Louis, Former Prime Minister of Haiti
12:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
Harvard Law School, Ropes Gray Room, Pound Hall
Information and RSVP
December 1, 2010
Chicago, IL
Harvard Law School Women’s Alliance of Chicago
Cocktails and Conversation
5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
China Grill, 230 N. Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL
RSVP to Stacey Austin c/o hlswachicago@gmail.com
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