Harvard Law School Brief

April 2013

As we start to see the first signs of spring here in Cambridge, we turn our attention to Reunion Weekend on April 19-21, 2013, when we will celebrate the classes of 1983, 1988, 1993, 1998, 2003 and 2008. The weekend will highlight the innovation, leadership and service discussions happening here on campus.

Over the past several months HLS has had the pleasure of hosting two pairs of current and former Supreme Court Justices –
Justice Thomas, known as the quiet presence, but at a recent event at HLS he spoke with great humor and warmth; Justice Ginsburg, who reflected on her career during a discussion with Dean Martha Minow; and retired Supreme Court Justices David Souter and Sandra Day O'Connor, who interacted with members of the Harvard community on Civics Education: Why It Matters to Democracy, Society, and You.

In addition, HLS has hosted a number of groundbreaking and cutting edge conversations about
Law and Justice in the Digital Age, issues surrounding gun violence and a newly announced cross-school collaboration between HLS, Harvard Medical School and other parts of the University to help the National Football League (NFL).

Dean Minow
’s message of the New Year outlined, the Law School continues to focus on the essential elements of its core mission as we forge new tools for teaching and learning, enhance teamwork in the global setting, and harness the potential of digital platforms. All of these initiatives strengthen the ties to practice and empower students to pursue social justice and entrepreneurship.

I hope you will find many articles in this issue of the HLS Brief informative, and we hope to see you back on campus soon.

Steven Oliveira

Steven Oliveira
Associate Dean and Dean for
Development and Alumni Relations



Alumni in the News

Happenings on Campus

Faculty/Alumni Books



Alumni Events

In Memoriam

Class Notes


Souter, O'Connor Join Conversation on Importance of Civics
Retired Supreme Court Justices David Souter and Sandra Day O’Connor joined former solicitor general Kenneth Starr, Carl M. Loeb University Professor Laurence Tribe, and HLS Dean Martha Minow for a daylong symposium titled “Civics Education: Why It Matters to Democracy, Society, and You.” Read More
Panel Discusses Food Labeling Improvements
The Harvard Food Law Society held a two-day presentation called "Forum on Food Labeling: Putting the Label on the Table." The forum, which addressed the battle over labeling food products, brought together representatives from the Center for Science in the Public Interest, the Food and Drug Administration, and food industry giant Coca-Cola. Read More | Watch Panel Discussion Video | Watch Michael Jacobson Video
Roy L. Furman Professor of Law and Leadership Chair Lecture
'Aaron's Laws - Law and Justice in a Digital Age' (video)
Lawrence Lessig marked his appointment as Roy L. Furman Professor of Law and Leadership at Harvard Law School with a lecture titled "Aaron's Laws: Law and Justice in a Digital Age." The lecture honored the memory and work of Aaron Swartz, the programmer and activist who took his own life on Jan. 11, 2013 at the age of 26. Swartz spent the last two years fighting federal charges that he violated the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. Read More
Cass Sunstein
Sunstein Named a University Professor
Cass Sunstein '78, widely regarded as one of the most influential legal scholars of his generation, has been named a University Professor, Harvard's highest honor for a faculty member. One of the nation's most-cited legal scholars, and one of the world's most prolific, Sunstein is the author of hundreds of publications whose impact has extended beyond law into the social sciences and the public sphere in many nations. Read More
Justice Clarence Thomas
Justice Thomas Speaks at Harvard Law
Justice Clarence Thomas has become known as a quiet presence on the Supreme Court. But in January, members of the Harvard Law School community got to hear him speak – and he did so with great humor and warmth – as part of the Herbert W. Vaughan Lecture series. Read More
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg Talks of Career and Cases
Legal scholar and tireless defender of equal rights Ruth Bader Ginsburg reflected on her career during a discussion with Harvard Law School Dean Martha Minow earlier this month before a packed room in Wasserstein Hall. Read More
Guhan Subramanian J.D./M.B.A. ’98, program director and professor of law and business and HLS/HBS
Jointly Held: A Harvard Program Immerses Students in Legal and Business Training
In 1969, when Harvard Law School Dean Derek Bok '54 initiated a joint-degree program with Harvard Business School, there were no other joint programs available at Harvard. Today there are about 20, about a quarter of them involving HLS. The impetus for the joint J.D./M.B.A. program, according to Professor Emeritus Detlev F. Vagts '51, who ran the program from its inception until 2005, was to draw the Law School closer to the University, and to help keep the Law School grounded in real-world issues. Read More
Story Professor of Law Daniel Meltzer
Meltzer Appointed Next Director of the American Law Institute
Daniel J. Meltzer '75, the Story Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, has been appointed as the next director of the American Law Institute, a leading independent organization in the United States that produces scholarly work to clarify, modernize and otherwise improve the law. Read More
Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. When Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Came to Harvard
Martin Luther King Jr., the martyred civil rights icon whose national day of commemoration was celebrated on Jan. 21 this year, was no stranger to Harvard University. His visits included participation in classes and preaching at Harvard's Memorial Church. And just over 50 years ago, in 1962, he spoke at Harvard Law School on "The Future of Integration."
Laurence Tribe, professor of constitutional law at HLS
Gun Violence as a Public Health Issue
The Harvard School of Public Health and Reuters sponsored a forum on "Gun Violence: A Public Health Crisis" in early January. The panel included David Hemenway, professor of health policy and management (HSPH); Felton Earls, professor of child psychiatry (HMS); David King, senior lecturer on public policy (HKS); and Laurence Tribe '66, professor of constitutional law at HLS. Tribe has been a voice on the Senate debates and participated in a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on gun violence. Read More

Justice Anthony M. Kennedy

Justice Anthony M. Kennedy '61
Delivered Joseph Story Distinguished
Lecture for the Heritage Foundation's
"Preserve the Constitution Series"
Kevin J. Martin '93

Kevin J. Martin '93
Former FCC chairman named to Corning
Board of Directors

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. Schedule subject to change.

Wednesday, April 10
John R. Monsky '84
Partner, Oak Hill Capital Partners

Friday, April 12
James P. Scopa JD/MBA '85
Managing Director, MPM Capital

Tuesday, April 16
Paul T. Cappuccio '86
Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Time-Warner, Inc.

See the event calendar
Save the Date: Thursday, April 11, 2013
Harvard Law School Public Interest Auction
'Bids on the Big Screen'

Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Austin Hall
Questions: auction@mail.law.harvard.edu.

Each year, the Public Interest Auction funds hundreds of Harvard Law students seeking to serve the community by volunteering with non-profit organizations, government agencies, and international NGO's. Last summer, 476 students tackled issues ranging from environmental protection to financial regulation to capital defense.
More details to come
Narrative sketch from HLS Library Exhibit on "A Tale of True Crime"
Exhibit: HLS Library Tells 'Tale of True Crime'
The Harvard Law School Library announced the opening of a new exhibit titled "Extra! Extra! Read All About It: A Tale of True Crime" in January. Featuring materials from the library's Historical & Special Collections, the exhibit examines a short chapter in the United States' history of true crime narratives, covering topics such as serialized true crime literature, crime photography in newspapers, and new angles on the media coverage of the Sacco and Vanzetti case.
Read More

Russell Pens First Novel 'Raising Redemption'
R.A. Russell '74, a practicing business-law attorney in Los Angeles, has written his first novel, "Raising Redemption." The book chronicles four generations of the Tilman family as they search for things that will relieve the pain of the past after a family secret is revealed. Rooted in 1975, "Raising Redemption" addresses the shame, secrets, sacrifice, and struggle of the African-American family who worked to bring respect, honor, and dignity to their name. Read More
Professor Kenneth W. Mack and his book cover for "Representing the Race"
Radio Smart Talk: 'Representing the Race' Author Kenneth W. Mack
"Representing the Race - The Creation of the Civil Rights Lawyer," written by HLS Professor Kenneth W. Mack '91, tells the stories of several black attorneys throughout history, including the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, who worked in a legal system dominated by whites, but found ways to make their own significant mark. Read More
Harvard Law Professor Tomiko Brown-Nagin
'Courage to Dissent' Wins Numerous Awards
"Courage to Dissent: Atlanta and the Long History of the Civil Rights Movement" by Harvard Law Professor Tomiko Brown-Nagin has received numerous awards and has been cited for offering an important new perspective on the civil rights movement. Read More
Thomas Jefferson scholar Annette Gordon-Reed
Annette Gordon-Reed on Thomas Jefferson
One of the foremost scholars of Thomas Jefferson, Annette Gordon-Reed '84 has been writing about Jefferson since 1995, establishing herself as a historian, although her academic training is in law. She wrote her bestselling book, "The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family," for which she won the Pulitzer Prize. And she's currently working on a book about Jefferson's intellectual development, "The Most Blessed of Patriarchs: Thomas Jefferson and the Empire of Imagination." Read More
HLS Professor Jeannie Suk
Harvard Law Professor Jeannie Suk Publishes Book in Korea
Jeannie Suk '02 is the first Asian-American woman to receive tenure at Harvard Law School, which happened in 2010 when she was 37. Her story of growing up in the U.S. as a daughter of a Korean immigrant, and of achieving stellar academic success, has become widely known in Korea, where educational zeal is always strong. She decided to write a book, "A Light Inside," for a Korean audience about her life story. Read More

U.S. Needs a Rulebook for Secret Warfare
Jack Goldsmith, the Henry L. Shattuck Professor of Law, wrote an opinion piece in "The Washington Post" arguing that the new – and changing – form of warfare needs a firmer political and legal foundation. Read More
HLS professor Lucian Arye Bebchuk
Fewer Shareholder Proposals, Greater Board Outreach Seen
The proxy season opens with the biggest number of shareholder proposals corporations confront coming from a group of investors representing $428.1 billion in combined assets and led by a Harvard University initiative, filing 74 resolutions calling for annual elections for directors. Lucian Arye Bebchuk '84, professor of law, economics and finance at Harvard Law School, leads the initiative as part of the Shareholder Rights Project he directs.
Read More

The Role of Law School and the Chief Executive
Professor Morton Horwitz '67 contributes an essay on law and leadership, addressing the question: Does legal training prepare one for the presidency? Since 1900, there has been a dramatic decline in the number of lawyers who ascended to the presidency. And of the 24 U.S. presidents who served before 1900, 18 were lawyers, but only two attended law school. Read More
Professor Christine Desan
Desan Discusses Leadership by Design
In this essay on law and leadership, Professor Christine Desan looks at examples in history of design leadership, in which law training has impacted the design of a future world. She points to examples from 12th century treatise writers to the self-taught legal expert John Locke, and to the framers of the Constitution. Read More
How to Resolve Disputes, Maybe Even Gridlock
Both minimalism and trimming – two solutions to disagreements – played a big role in the fiscal-cliff deal, according to an opinion piece by Professor Cass Sunstein. They are likely to prove relevant to negotiations over budget cuts, gun control and immigration reform, and other coming battles as well, he said.
Read More

Sonenshine's 'The Loving Story' wins Peabody Award
Marshall Sonenshine '85, executive producer of the documentary film 'The Loving Story,' is one of 39 recipients to receive a Peabody Award, representing the best in electronic media for 2012. The film, shown on HBO, tells the story of a couple infamously arrested in 1958 for daring to marry across racial lines. The Peabody Awards honor work by radio and television stations, networks, webcasters, producing organizations and individuals. Read More
Professor Peter Barton Hutt
Peter Barton Hutt: Celebrating 20 years at Harvard Law (video)
A group of scholars gathered in January at HLS with Peter Barton Hutt '59 to discuss and celebrate his career, including "20 years (thus far)" teaching an influential course at Harvard Law on food and drug law. Read More | Watch Video
Standing Room Only at PLAP Solitary Confinement Panel
Solitary confinement in prison, a practice under scrutiny for hundreds of years, continues to be widespread in Massachusetts and across the U.S. The Harvard Prison Legal Assistance Project (PLAP), along with several co-sponsors, hosted a panel in February on solitary confinement, bringing together experts that encompassed several sides of the opposition to this practice. Read More

Newly elected Harvard Law Review President Gillian Grossman
Grossman Elected 127th President of Harvard Law Review
The Harvard Law Review has elected Gillian Grossman JD '14 as its 127th president, succeeding Conor Tochilin JD '13. Grossman earned an A.B. in Social Studies from Harvard College in 2010 and previously worked for a microfinance company in Mumbai, India.
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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
 Langdell Dinner guests
Langdell Dinner - New York
Harvard Law School hosted a Langdell Dinner at the Pierre Hotel in New York on a rescheduled date in February. Guests were treated to a talk by Guhan Subramanian '98, an expert on corporate governance, with a particular emphasis in corporate finance, dealmaking, mergers and acquisitions, and negotiation.
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 AOL pre-reunion event
Spring Reunion Event Hosted by AOL in NYC
About 48 attendees from the classes of 1983, 1988, and 1993 attended a pre-reunion event in New York City this month. The event was hosted by Chief People Officer of AOL, John Reid-Dodick '88, who also is Vice Chair of the 25th Reunion Gift Committee for his class.
 HLSWA-NY reception
HLS Women's Alliance - New York Chapter Alumnae Reception
The newly formed New York Chapter of the Harvard Law School Women's Alliance ("HLSWA") held a reception for HLS alumnae in the New York area honoring distinguished current and retired alumnae judges. The event was highlighted by remarks from Dean Minow and reflections from Judge Sondra Miller '53 (first class of women at HLS), and honoring of 13 alumnae judges in attendance.
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Former HLS professor Kathleen Sullivan
Kathleen Sullivan '81, HLSA of San Diego, Presentation
In January, the Harvard Law School Association of San Diego and the Stanford Law School San Diego Alumni Chapter jointly hosted a talk by Kathleen Sullivan, HLS '81, partner at Quinn Emmanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, and former dean of Stanford Law School (1999-2004) and professor at Harvard Law School (1984-1999). The presentation addressed the topic, "What Works - and What Doesn't - in Oral Argument: Lessons from the Front Line."

April 11, 2013
Boston, MA
HLS Women's Alliance of Boston

Non-Traditional Career Path Lunch

12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
The Met Back Bay (279 Dartmouth St., Boston, MA 02116)

Do you work in a non-traditional job? We'd love for you to share your story with us!

Thinking about transitioning? Come out for some tips on how to make it work.

Please RSVP to Bridgette Hylton by April 4th if you plan to attend and let us know if you are in a non-traditional job or looking to change directions.

April 11, 2013
Washington, DC
HLS Women's Alliance of DC

Please join us for a panel presentation by the HLS Women's Alliance of DC on the role of inside corporate counsel. Topics will include the route to the inside counsel job, the internal and external challenges of the position, and interaction with and expectations of outside counsel. A reception will immediately follow.

Featured panelists include:
  • Andrea Charters, '89, Vice President and Associate General Counsel, Rosetta Stone
  • Micki Chen, '90, Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, Network and Technology, Verizon
  • Judith Dunn, '81, Senior Vice President and Principal Deputy General Counsel, Fannie Mae
  • Tangela Richter, '97, Associate General Counsel, Capital One
  • Anita Cooke Wells, '83, Vice President and Corporate Secretary, RLJ Lodging Trust
Additional event details and registration
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Bernard Koteen '40, Telecommunications Lawyer, Philanthropist and a Strong Supporter of Public Interest Law
Bernard Koteen '40, a telecommunications lawyer and partner at Holland and Knight, died in Washington D.C. on February 22, just three days after his wife of 70 years, Sherley Koteen, died. A major benefactor of Harvard Law School, he named the Bernard Koteen Office of Public Interest Advising (OPIA) at HLS and was a strong supporter of public interest law. He served in the Navy in World War II, and he later served on the boards of Corcoran Gallery of Art and the National Symphony Orchestra. He was 97. Read More
Ronald Dworkin
Ronald Dworkin '57, Legal Scholar and Philosopher
Ronald Dworkin '57, a renowned legal scholar and philosopher, the Frank Henry Sommer Professor of Law and Philosophy at New York University, and Emeritus Professor of Jurisprudence at University College London, died February 13. He was 81. Read More

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