December 2013

The end of the year is typically a time to look back, and this has been a very exciting year at HLS. The School conferred its first grants from our Public Service Venture Fund, a unique program which will award up to $1 million each year to help graduating seniors and recent graduates obtain their ideal jobs in public service. We launched a new Veterans Legal Clinic, watched our Food Law and Policy Clinic’s work on food expiration labels gain national attention, and celebrated the 100th anniversary of the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau. HLS celebrated the 50-year teaching career of Professor Alan Dershowitz with an afternoon of panels recognizing his accomplishments. The Law School also added new professors of practice and visiting professors to its stellar faculty. Many of these appointments were made possible through the generous support of our alumni. Thank you.

In September, more than 600 alumnae and friends gathered on campus for Celebration 60, three days of panel discussions, keynotes, receptions and dinners honoring the 60th anniversary of the first women graduates at HLS. A month later, we welcomed 750 attendees to our unique Reunion Weekend 2013, which brought together members of 12 HLS classes. Although it was necessary to cancel our Spring Reunion after the tragic events at the Boston Marathon, many of our alumni returned in October, and it was wonderful to see so many of you back on campus. If you were unable to join us, we hope to see you in Cambridge soon.

The finishing touches have been completed on our new outdoor spaces, connecting all of the Law School’s buildings, old and new, for the first time. The Law School Courtyard has truly become a crossroads and another lively meeting place for students, faculty and visitors.

December is also a time to look ahead. Dean Minow has already announced that two new professors will join the faculty in 2014, and our clinics and research centers are engaged in new projects that will advance legal scholarship and strengthen our society. We will tell you more about this important work in future editions of HLS Brief. We’re also looking forward to welcoming the classes of 1984, 1989, 1994, 1999, 2004 and 2009 to Spring Reunion 2014 in April, and the classes of 1954, 1959, 1964, 1969, 1974, 1979 and Emeritus Club to Fall Reunion 2014 in October.

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


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More than 600 alumnae, students and friends — from the Class of 1953 to the Class of 2016 — joined us in September for Celebration 60: Women Transforming Our Communities & The World, Harvard Law School's celebration of the 60th anniversary of our first women graduates. Over the weekend, attendees enjoyed engaging panel discussions and heard dynamic keynote speakers, including Susan Cain ’93, best-selling author of QUIET, Senator Elizabeth Warren, and Professor David Wilkins '80 of the HLS Program on the Legal Profession, who presented preliminary results from the groundbreaking Harvard Law Career Study. They also gathered at receptions and a gala dinner, and welcomed the opportunity to share experiences, learn from each other, and reconnect.

During Celebration 60, HLS paid tribute to the more than 30 HLS alumnae judges present at the event.


Over 750 alumni and guests returned to Cambridge October 25-27 for our unique Reunion Weekend 2013, bringing together 12 Harvard Law School classes — 1953, 1958, 1963, 1968, 1973, 1978, 1983, 1988, 1993, 1998, 2003, 2008 and the Emeritus Club — to celebrate with classmates and friends.

Reunion Weekend began with class visitations and tours of the new Wasserstein Hall, Caspersen Student Center, Clinical Wing building (WCC), followed by a thought-provoking talk by Professor Lawrence Lessig on “The Obligation of Citizens” and reflections and humor from Professor Alan Dershowitz on “A Half Century of Change — Mostly for the Better.” Saturday featured individual class symposia, an overview by Dean Martha Minow on the current state of the law school and legal education in general, and the Dean’s spirited conversation with Lloyd C. Blankfein ’78, Chairman and CEO of The Goldman Sachs Group. The Saturday afternoon plenary session, “Law and National Security: Counterterrorism and the Rule of Law,” offered perspectives from HLS faculty and alumni who are leaders in this field. Attendees also enjoyed class dinners, class photos, a gathering of the 1817 Society, and the opportunity to celebrate and reconnect with old friends. On both days, alumni listened to wide-ranging panel discussions with HLS faculty and alumni leaders in law, public service, estate planning, entertainment and business.

View videos, photos and posters from Reunion 2013.

Upcoming Reunions: Save the Date!

Spring Reunion 2014
April 11-13, 2014

Classes of 1984, 1989, 1994, 1999, 2004, 2009
Registration opens January 9.

Fall Reunion 2014
October 24-26, 2014

Classes of 1954, 1959, 1964, 1969, 1974, 1979 and Emeritus Club

Find more information and updates on our Reunions page.

The Harvard Legal Aid Bureau at 100
This year marks 100 years since the founding of our first clinic, the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau, a law firm run by Harvard Law School students that has helped countless people in the Boston area unable to afford legal representation. Read more and watch video from the celebration.
The 2013 Ames Moot Court competition
The 2013 Ames Moot Court competition was held at HLS on Oct. 23. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg '56-'58 presided at the final round, joined by Judge Merrick B. Garland '77 of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and Judge Ilana Diamond Rovner of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit. Read more.
Alan Dershowitz: 'Never boring'
After five decades as one of the most visible and vocal presences at Harvard Law School, Alan M. Dershowitz is in his final semester of teaching and will retire at the end of the academic year. Read the Gazette's profile.

On Oct. 7, HLS hosted a celebration of Professor Dershowitz’s 50-year career with an afternoon of panels recognizing his accomplishments and the influence he's had on law, teaching, scholarship and society. Read more and watch video.
HLS Food Law and Policy Clinic co-authors groundbreaking report on food date labeling and food waste
According to a new report co-authored by HLS’ Food Law and Policy Clinic and the Natural Resources Defense Council — a project that received extensive coverage in the national media — U.S. consumers and businesses throw out billions of pounds of food every year due to confusion caused by America’s food expiration date labeling practices. Read more.
Sullivan & Cromwell endows visiting professorship at Harvard Law School
With students and faculty members joining in the celebration, a delegation from Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, a leading international law firm, came to Harvard Law School on Sept. 18 to formally announce the establishment of the Sullivan & Cromwell Visiting Professorship of Law at HLS. Read more.
Oren Bar-Gill, an expert on law and economics, to join HLS faculty
Oren Bar-Gill LL.M. '01 S.J.D. '05, a leading expert on the law and economics of contracts and contracting, will join the HLS faculty in July as a Professor of Law. Read more.
Intisar A. Rabb, expert on Islamic Legal Studies, to join HLS Faculty
Intisar A. Rabb, a leading expert on Islamic law and legal history, will join the faculty of Harvard Law School in spring 2014, with an appointment as a tenured Professor of Law. Read more.


Margaret Stock '92
Immigration specialist receives
MacArthur "Genius Award"
Samantha Power '99
Confirmed as U.N. Ambassador


A reflective Justice Breyer explains inner workings of the Supreme Court
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of his appointment to the United States Supreme Court, Associate Justice Stephen Breyer visited HLS on Oct. 1 for an informal chat with Dean Martha Minow, and a panel discussion with several HLS professors examining his tenure and some of his most notable opinions. Read more and watch video.
Back at Harvard Law, Justice Kagan reflects
During a visit to Harvard Law School in early September, Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan '86 reflected on her career and her current role on the Court in a conversation with Dean Minow. During the event, Kagan fielded questions on topics ranging from her experience arguing before the Court as solicitor general, to the social aspects of serving on the Supreme Court (including hunting with Justice Scalia), to Supreme Court cases she thinks should get more public attention. Read more and watch video.
Human Rights Program symposium on civilian harm caused by armed conflict
In November, "Acknowledge, Amend, Assist: Addressing Civilian Harm Caused by Armed Conflict and Armed Violence," a two-day summit organized by HLS Senior Clinical Instructor Bonnie Docherty, gathered policy experts, fieldwork leaders and government officials from around the world to try to develop a framework to increase collaboration on assistance to conflict victims. Read more.
HLS hosts annual meeting of Special Olympics board of directors
In November, the Harvard Law School Project on Disability hosted the fall meeting of the Special Olympics International (SOI) Board of Directors, under the direction of board member and HLS Professor William Alford, who has worked for more than two decades with SOI. Read more.
Marriage Equality: A retrospective and a way forward
A colloquium on Oct. 18, sponsored by HLS Lambda and the Harvard Journal of Law & Gender, celebrated 35 years of LGBT activism and posed the question of where the movement will go next. Read more and watch video.
Restoring justice: the legacy of Edward Levi
On Oct. 29, legal scholars and experts discussed the legacy and ideas of Edward H. Levi, who assumed the role of U.S. attorney general in 1975, at a time of depleted civilian trust in the executive branch following the Watergate scandal and the resignation of President Nixon. Read more and watch video.
HLS hosts International Bar Association panel on the Global Legal Profession
As part of the International Bar Association's 2013 Annual Conference in October, HLS' Program on the Legal Profession hosted "Preparing for the Future — Changes in Structures, Technology & Regulation," a keynote address and panel discussions focusing on the future of the global legal profession. Read more and watch video.

Jackson on “Proportionality and Judging in American Constitutionalism”
Professor Vicki Jackson marked her appointment to the Thurgood Marshall Professorship of Constitutional Law with an Oct. 3 chair lecture, titled "Proportionality and Judging in American Constitutionalism." Read more and watch video.
HLS names civil rights lawyer Maya L. Harris visiting scholar
Maya L. Harris, a leader in civil and human rights law, advocacy and philanthropy, has been named a Visiting Scholar beginning in 2014. Read more.
Mack delivers Supreme Court lecture as part of historical series
On Oct. 23, Professor Kenneth Mack ‘91 delivered a lecture at the U.S. Supreme Court as part of the Supreme Court Historical Society’s 2013 Leon Silverman Lecture Series. Read more.
Former FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski '91 is first Klinsky Professor of Practice for Leadership and Progress
Genachowski, who served as chairman of the Federal Communications Commission from 2009 until May 2013, is teaching “Running a Federal Agency: Lessons from Business, Technology and Game Theory” at Harvard this fall. He is the inaugural holder of the Steven and Maureen Klinsky Professorship of Practice for Leadership and Progress. Read more.
Harvard report finds Canada, U.S. failing in refugee protection
On Nov. 26, the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinic released "Bordering on Failure: Canada-U.S. Border Policy and the Politics of Refugee Exclusion," a comprehensive report examining Canadian border measures designed to intercept and deflect "undesirable travelers," including asylum seekers, before they make a claim for refugee protection. Read more.
A case for veterans
In October, three HLS students, working in the School’s new Veterans Legal Clinic, stood before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims to argue for the rights of their client, a decorated U.S. Army veteran. Read the Gazette's story.

Clinic students develop workbook to help navigate Affordable Care Act
For people living with HIV/AIDS and other chronic health conditions, finding the optimal insurance plan under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will be easier, thanks to a new assessment tool created by the Harvard Law School Center for Health Law & Policy Innovation, a longtime national leader in addressing the health care needs of low-income people. Read more.

Gannett House: Everything old is new again
The oldest building on Harvard Law School’s campus underwent a major transformation this year. Gannett House, the porticoed Greek Revival structure that has housed the Harvard Law Review since the 1920s, has been brought into the 21st century. Read more.
Enlisting at Harvard Law School — a look at this year's service members
At Harvard Law School this year, there are two Navy JAG Corps officers — Stephen C. Reyes LL.M. '14 and Jacob W. Romelhardt LL.M. '14 — both with distinguished legal careers in the military. This year's 1L class includes nine military veterans, including A. Zoe Bedell '16, a former U.S. Marine. Read more.


The Reginald F. Lewis Fellowship for Law Teaching, 2014 - 2015
Harvard Law School is offering the Reginald F. Lewis Fellowship for Law Teaching, with appointment expected to commence August 1, 2014. The fellowship is designed to support a recent law school graduate who has demonstrated a strong interest in legal scholarship and who is preparing for a career in law teaching.

The Lewis Fellowship program particularly supports the training of prospective law teachers who will enhance the diversity of the profession. The Fellowship is made available through a gift from Reginald F. Lewis ‘68 and his wife, Loida Nicolas-Lewis. Shortly before his death in 1993, Mr. Lewis, founding CEO of TLC Beatrice Foods International, gave the largest grant in the law school's history at that time. Harvard Law School’s International Law Center was renamed in his honor.

Applications are due February 14, 2014. Find more information here.

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January 22, 2014
Maplewood, NJ
HLSA of New Jersey

57th Annual Arthur T. Vanderbilt Lecture

Delivered by:
Norman Dorsen, '53
Stokes Professor of Law, NYU School of Law and Counselor to the President of New York University

Topic: "Seeking Civil Liberties"

Wednesday January, 22, 2014
6:00 p.m.

Download the Registration Form and RSVP.

January 28, 2014
Los Angeles, CA

HLS Alumni Networking cocktail reception with Michael S. Dukakis ‘60

The HLSA of Los Angeles invites you to mark your calendars and join us for a conversation with the former Governor of Massachusetts, Democratic Party Nominee for President of the United States, Distinguished Professor of Political Science at Northeastern University and Visiting Professor of Public Policy at UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs.

Mr. Dukakis will join us to share his thoughts on the Affordable Care Act (and the Supreme Court’s decision relating to the Act) and other relevant topics and to address your questions.

Date: Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Time: 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Location: Houlihan Lokey, 10250 Constellation Blvd., 5th Floor, Los Angeles, CA

Please save the date. Invitations and additional details to follow.
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