February 2014

I hope you have all survived this particularly cold and snowy winter. The weather has been challenging here in Cambridge but it has also provided us with wonderful campus scenes of beauty.

Public service, in all its forms, is a cornerstone of Harvard Law School, and we have begun 2014 with wonderful news that reminds us of the ongoing strength and impact of what Dean Minow recently called “the Law School’s legacy of expanding access to justice.”

Early in January, we announced that Sumner M. Redstone ’47, one of the nation’s pre-eminent media and entertainment entrepreneurs and a great friend of the Law School, would endow, through his foundation, the Sumner M. Redstone Fellowships in Public Service. This magnificent gift — the largest ever made to Harvard Law School in support of public service — will provide funding for HLS students who wish to work in the public interest after graduation, and we are profoundly grateful for Mr. Redstone’s vision and generosity.

I hope that you’ve had an opportunity to read Dean Minow’s New Year’s message to alumni. Drawing on the words and legacy of the late Nelson Mandela, she noted that “his example and his words remind us to measure our significance by the difference we make in the lives of others.” She provided many examples of how our students and faculty members are making a difference, and making history, and I am looking forward to bringing you more stories about their efforts in future issues of HLS Brief.
In other news, Dean Minow traveled to Texas in January to meet with alumni at receptions hosted by Elizabeth E. Mack '88 in Dallas and Rex D. VanMiddlesworth '80 in Austin. In February, New Yorkers in the Classes of 1984, 1989 and 1994 braved yet another winter storm to join Lesley Friedman Rosenthal '89 for pre-Reunion cocktails and a conversation with Todd  Rakoff, Byrne Professor of Administrative Law. (Our deepest thanks to our hosts, and their firms, for their gracious hospitality and ongoing support.) 

I know that Dean Minow, our faculty, and all of us welcome these chances to re-connect as much as you do, and plans are underway for more events like these during the coming year.

As always, please stay in touch. Let us know what you are doing and visit us on campus when you can.

Best regards,

 Steven Oliveira

Steven Oliveira
Associate Dean and Dean for
Development and Alumni Relations


Alumni in the News

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Class Notes


Sumner Redstone donates $10 million to Harvard Law School to support public service
Sumner M. Redstone ‘47, one of the nation’s pre-eminent media entrepreneurs and philanthropists, has announced a gift of $10 million to Harvard Law School to endow the Sumner M. Redstone Fellowships in Public Service. The gift — the largest ever made to Harvard Law School in support of public service — will provide funding for HLS students who wish to work in the public interest after graduation. Read more.
Harvard Law School students and alums awarded Skadden Fellowships
The Skadden Foundation recently announced the 2014 Class of Skadden Fellows: six current students and recent graduates who are dedicating the next two years of their professional careers to public interest work. Read more.
Justice Ginsburg and Justice Kagan, together in New York
Appearing together at a New York City Bar Association event, Supreme Court Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg ’59 and Elena Kagan ’86 spoke about each other with wit and praise. Watch video.
Shadowing the Supreme Court: Law School clinic gives students intense grounding in real-time cases
For the past several years, Harvard Law School students have spent their break time in Washington, D.C., parsing reams of heady data and crafting nuanced legal arguments to cases headed for the U.S. Supreme Court. Read more.
So, who owns the Internet?
Two HLS experts — Jonathan Zittrain '95, Professor of Law and Faculty Co-Director, Berkman Center for Internet and Society, and Susan Crawford, John A. Reilly Visiting Professor in Intellectual Property — weigh in on a lawsuit in federal court that may decide whether Web access remains open and neutral. Read more.
Connecting with HLS lawyers in a region of rapid change
Last June, a delegation from Harvard Law School led by Dean Martha Minow embarked on a 15-day, five-stop visit to East Asia and to the fore of fast-moving developments and challenges across the region. Read more.

Spring Reunion 2014
April 11-13, 2014
Classes of 1984, 1989, 1994, 1999, 2004 and 2009
Visit the Spring Reunion 2014 web page for hotel information, program updates and more. Register online until Sunday, April 6.

Save the date!
Fall Reunion 2014
October 24–26, 2014
Classes of 1954, 1959, 1964, 1969, 1974, 1979 and Emeritus Club
Registration opens June 6.

Kenneth I. Chenault ’76 elected to the Harvard Corporation
Chenault, the longtime chairman and chief executive officer of American Express Company, will begin his service on July 1. Read more.
Leading women
Four alumnae share their reflections on women in the law and the culture, and their own experiences effecting change and progress. Read more.
From a securities lawyer, a model for greater food security
After discovering that an invasive weed in her New Jersey yard was actually a delicacy, Tama Matsuoka Wong '83 has become a renowned forager who sells forgotten plants to Manhattan's top chefs. These weeds hold a key to the food system crisis, Wong says. Read more.
Haben Girma ’13 pursues her dream as disability rights lawyer
Girma, the first deaf-blind student at Harvard Law School, is a disability rights advocate who is thinking deeply about the ways people with disabilities move through the world. Read more.
HLS authors: selected alumni books
New books by alumni cover topics ranging from reframing a lawyer’s skills to law and medicine, workplace talent, capital punishment, the philosophy of judging, and the art of negotiation. Read more.

Newly released
Harvard Law School has just revamped its news and alumni magazine sites. Visit Harvard Law Today and the Harvard Law Bulletin for news updates, video, photos and feature stories in a new environment.
Neuroscience, poetry, China and more
The Harvard Alumni Association and HarvardX are pleased to introduce HAA1x: HarvardX for Alumni, an experimental HarvardX survey course exclusively for Harvard alumni. Launching on March 22, 2014, the course will feature faculty and subject matter in seven wide-ranging topics.

On the frontier of teaching torts
HLS  Professor Jon Hanson believes that the traditional casebook method employed in many law courses and classrooms has its limitations. Last year, Hanson, who is also the director of the Project on Law and Mind Sciences, came up with an alternative when he devised a project he called “Frontier Torts.” The response was so positive that he offered it again this past fall semester. Read more.
Lessons on studying security
In January, HLS Professor Cass Sunstein '78, member of a five-person advisory panel created by President Barack Obama ’91 to make a sweeping review of U.S. surveillance activities, discussed the group’s efforts and its 46 recommendations, including major reforms to the way the intelligence community does business. Read more and watch video.
Beyond Cambridge: two centuries of Harvard Law School faculty work in and on Africa
A new exhibit, on view until April 27 in the Law Library’s Caspersen Room, focuses on the experience of four HLS faculty members in Africa. Read more.
Back to the future:  CopyrightX’s data driven sequel
The free, online, noncredit course taught by Professor and Berkman Center for Internet and Society Faculty Director William Fisher '82 is being offered again this spring. Course leaders are expanding and improving on its unique format thanks to valuable student feedback and data from last year, which has helped refine teaching methods and materials. Read more.

Historian of human rights joins Harvard Law faculty
Samuel Moyn '01, a prize-winning author and teacher, has focused his recent scholarship on the origins and trajectory of human rights. He will join the HLS faculty as a professor of law in July. Read more.
'Inexcusable Wrongs:' John Goldberg marks appointment as Eli Goldston Professor of Law
The chair, established in 1978, is one of two professorships created through the bequest of the late Eli Goldston, A.B. 1942, M.B.A. 1946, LL.B. 1949, an advocate of corporate social responsibility, who served as the chairman of Eastern Gas & Fuel Associates. Read more.
  Going national: clinic places students in AGs’ offices across the country
Given the variety of opportunities it provides, Harvard Law School’s Attorney General Clinic has been one of the most popular in the clinical program since it was instituted in 2011. Read more.
Yogurt and microbrews, with HLS clinic help
Therese Rohrbeck ’08 recently launched a new venture, Saga Dairy, to produce Viking Icelandic Yogurt, applying skills and insights she gained as a Fellow with HLS’ Transactional Law Clinics. Students in these clinics are also helping four local entrepreneurs raise investment capital to start the first craft brewery of its kind in Somerville.
Women inspiring change
In honor of International Women’s Day (March 8), the Harvard Law & International Development Society and the Women's Law Association are arranging a photography exhibit featuring portraits of women, including 21 HLS alumnae, who inspire the students, faculty and staff at Harvard Law School. The installation can be seen in the public spaces of our new Wasserstein Hall from March 3 to March 14. Read more.
Restoring the immigrant community’s trust in local law enforcement
HLS students have won the support of 33 Massachusetts law professors for their work on an important legal opinion in support of the Massachusetts Trust Act. The bill seeks to limit the role of local police authorities in the deportation process. Read more.
Miller-Ziegler elected 128th president of the Harvard Law Review
The Harvard Law Review has elected Rachel Miller-Ziegler ’15 as its 128th president. She succeeds Gillian Grossman ’14. Read more.
Greiner, HLS students spearhead new Consumer Debt Relief project
Using statistical methods, a first-of-its-kind study aims to improve legal aid for people in financial distress. About 20 HLS students are participating in this project, led by HLS Professor Jim Greiner and supported by HLS’ Program on the Legal Profession. Read more.
Cravath Fellows, Chayes Fellows pursue law projects around the world
In January, 10 Harvard Law School students traveled internationally to pursue law-related projects with the support of the Cravath International Fellowships. In addition, another 23 HLS students worked in 18 nations last summer under the auspices of the Chayes International Public Service Fellowship program. Read more.

Elections open for Overseers and HAA directors
This spring, alumni can vote for a new group of Harvard Overseers and Harvard Alumni Association (HAA) elected directors.

Ballots will be mailed no later than April 1 and must be received in Cambridge by noon on May 23 to be counted. Results of the election will be announced at HAA’s annual meeting on May 29, on the afternoon of Commencement. All holders of Harvard degrees, except Corporation members and officers of instruction and government, are entitled to vote for Overseer candidates. The election for HAA directors is open to all Harvard degree holders.

HAA’s nominating committee has proposed the following candidates in 2014:

For Overseer:

Nicole S. Arnaboldi ’80, M.B.A. ’84, J.D. ’84
Vice chairman, Credit Suisse Asset Management
New York

Michael Brown ’83, J.D. ’88
CEO and co-founder, City Year

James E.K. Hildreth ’79
Dean, College of Biological Sciences, University of California, Davis
Davis, California

David W. Leebron ’77, J.D. ’79
President, Rice University
Houston, Texas

Jane Lubchenco, Ph.D. ’75
Wayne and Gladys Valley Professor of Marine Biology and Distinguished Professor of Zoology, Oregon State University
Corvallis, Oregon

Michael M. Lynton ’82, M.B.A. ’87
CEO, Sony Entertainment
Los Angeles

Sunshik Min, D.B.A. ’89
President, YBM Inc.
Seoul, Korea

Lesley Friedman Rosenthal ’86, J.D. ’89
Vice president, general counsel, and secretary, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
New York

For elected director:
Henry Parkman Biggs, ’86
Associate director, McDonnell International Academy, Washington University in St. Louis
St. Louis

Raphael W. Bostic ’87
Judith and John Bedrosian Chair in Governance and the Public Enterprise and director, Bedrosian Center on Governance, Price School of Public Policy, University of Southern California
Los Angeles

Peter Andrew Boyce II ’13
Associate, General Catalyst Partners; co-founder, Rough Draft Ventures
New York

Margaret Jay Braatz, Ed.M. ’93, Ed.D. ’99
Vice president for planning and presidential administration, DePaul University

Leea Nash Bridgeman ’00, M.B.A. ’05
Executive director and trustee, Bridgeman Family Foundation
Louisville, Kentucky

Jessica Gelman ’97, M.B.A. ’02
Vice president of customer marketing and strategy, The Kraft Sports Group (New England Patriots); co-founder, MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference
Wellesley, Massachusetts

Jay H. Hebert, J.D. ’86
General counsel, Keystone Group L.P.
Fort Worth, Texas

Vanessa W. Liu ’96, J.D. ’03
COO, Trigger Media Group
New York

Alvaro Rodriguez-Arregui, M.B.A. ’95
Co-founder and managing partner, IGNIA Partners, LLC; vice chairman of the board, Banco Compartamos
Mexico City

The 2014 HLS Public Interest Auction is here!
Since 1994, the auction (run by student volunteers) has helped support Summer Public Interest Funding (SPIF), which provides support for HLS students who pursue public interest work during the summer. The SPIF program was developed to make it possible for students to accept unpaid or underpaid summer public interest jobs in a non-profit, government, NGO, IGO, or private public interest firm setting. HLS offers the most comprehensive support for summer public interest work available. In 2013, 467 SPIF recipients worked in 31 states, the District of Columbia, and 32 countries.

Save the Date:
"All Bids on Deck"
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Austin Hall
Silent Auction: Faculty preview at 5:00pm, open to the public at 6:00pm
Live Auction: 7:00pm

Make a Donation:
Alumni can support the Auction with a monetary contribution or an item donation.

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If you have already registered for HLS Connect, but are not sure if you are an active advisor, login to www.hlsconnect.com/advisor and make sure your advising status is set to "active" so that our students can benefit from your wonderful career and life experiences.

To register for HLS Connect, visit www.hlsconnect.com/register.

March 4, 2014
Palo Alto, CA
Panel Discussion with HLS Alumni on Careers in the Startup World

Tuesday, March 4, 2014
6:30 p.m.

T.J. Duane '02, Stanford Graduate School of Business
Ben Levi '08, InCloudCounsel
Millie Tadewaldt '08, AngelList
Ryan Taylor '07, Palantir Technologies
Darby Wong '08, Clerky
Moderator: Greg Chin '99, Jones Day

Hosted and sponsored by:
Jones Day
1755 Embarcadero Road
Palo Alto, CA
Register now

Questions? Please contact Holly Hogan '05 or Lauren Malan '07

This event is in collaboration with the Harvard Law School Recent Graduates Council.

March 25, 2014
Cincinnati, OH
Harvard Law School Association of Cincinnati Luncheon

Tuesday, March 25, 2014
12:00 p.m.
The University Club
Fourth and Broadway
Cincinnati, OH
$15 per person

Guest speaker: David A. Singleton '91, Exective Director, Ohio Justice & Policy Center and Assistant Professor of Law, Northern Kentucky University, Chase College of Law

Speaking on: The Power of Redemption

To make a reservation, please make a check payable to HLSA of Cincinnati and send by March 21 to:
Ruth Rounding
Kohnen & Patton LLP
201 E. Fifth St., Ste. 800
Cincinnati, OH 45202

Questions? Contact Ruth Rounding at (513) 381-5823 or rrounding@kplaw.com.

May 29 - June 1, 2014
Madrid, Spain
Harvard Law School Association of Europe Annual Reunion

The Reunion headquarters and Saturday night gala dinner will take place at:

Westin Palace Hotel
Madrid, Spain

Register by April 12, 2014

For more information, visit the Harvard Law School Association of Europe website.
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