We've had a terrific few months at HLS, on-campus and off! 

In April, more than 700 alumni and guests from the classes of 1984, 1989, 1994, 1999, 2004, and 2009 returned to Cambridge for Spring Reunion 2014. The perfect spring weather was especially welcome, as classmates walked from Austin Hall to WCC for panel discussions and class symposia, played an international game of soccer on the Cambridge Common, enjoyed refreshments and conversation in the new Law School Courtyard, and reconnected with the Law School and each other.  A month later, we gathered on Holmes Field to celebrate the accomplishments of our newest alumni – the 750 members of the Class of 2014.

Speaking of gatherings on campus, plans are well underway for Fall Reunion 2014, October 24-26  (for the classes of 1954, 1959, 1964, 1969, 1974, 1979, and the Emeritus Club).

As much as we enjoy welcoming you back to campus, it has also been our privilege to bring HLS to you.  In May, Dean Martha Minow traveled to California; this was a great opportunity to meet and talk with alumni in San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, and points in between.  Receptions in these cities were hosted by the Harvard Law School Associations of Northern California, Los Angeles, Orange County, and San Diego, and we appreciate the efforts and energy of these groups and their leadership.  More recently, the Dean attended luncheons in Boston and New York with members of the Oliver Wendell Holmes Society, which recognizes alumni and friends who have included the Law School in their estate plans and/or established a planned gift to benefit the Law School.

As always, the campus has been alive with intellectual energy, with new faculty, wide-ranging scholarship, impactful clinical programs, and all of the great work undertaken by our faculty and students. As the academic year ends, we are also coming to the close of our fiscal year. If you haven’t already done so, please consider making a gift to the HLS Annual Fund before June 30. If you have already given, please accept our deepest thanks; your generosity allows Harvard Law School to support our students, to enhance financial aid, to innovate, and to continue to enhance the campus and the law school experience.

We’ll send our next update in September. In the meantime, 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



Happenings on Campus



Class Notes



Harvard Law School celebrates Commencement 2014
The Law School's Class Day on May 29 was rainy but high-spirited, and then the sun shone brightly on Cambridge for a joyful Commencement on Thursday, May 30. The Class of 2014 — 567 J.D.s, 187 LL.M.s, and 7 S.J.D.s — honored faculty and staff members, gathered for pomp and circumstance in Tercentenary Theater, received their diplomas on Holmes Field, applauded exemplary classmates, and celebrated with family and friends. The Alumni Center is proud and happy to congratulate and welcome our newest alumni.

Click here for extensive coverage of Class Day and Commencement 2014. You'll find videos of Class Day speeches by Dean Martha Minow, U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, and comedian and actress Mindy Kaling, "exit interviews" with graduating students, a photo gallery, and much more.


Spring Reunion 2014
More than 700 alumni and guests, from the HLS Classes of 1984, 1989, 1994, 1999, 2004, and 2009, gathered on campus on April 11-13, one of the first warm, sunny weekends of the year, to celebrate and reconnect at Spring Reunion 2014.

Reunion Weekend began with class visitations and tours of the new Wasserstein Hall, Caspersen Student Center, Clinical Wing building (WCC), followed by luncheon and a thought-provoking keynote address by Professor Annette Gordon-Reed ’84 on “Law, History and the Enslaved Family.” In the afternoon, alumni filled Austin Hall — as both panelists and audience members — for engaging sessions on corporate governance, contemporary careers in criminal justice, challenges in institutional investing, and choosing public service. They also attended open houses for the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau and Harvard Defenders (two venerable HLS programs celebrating milestones this year), as well as a champagne reception for the 25th Reunion Class of 1989, a gathering for alumni of the Graduate Program, a networking reception with students, and dinner, drinks, and music in the Milstein Conference Center.

On Saturday, Dean Martha Minow held a conversation with alumni on the current state of the Law School, noting with pride that she had known all of the Reunion classes during her teaching career here. Saturday’s keynote speaker, Professor Cass Sunstein ’78, spoke about "Constitutional Personae" before each class gathered for a class symposium and a class photo. The afternoon continued with panel discussions on creative entrepreneurship, international human rights, the future of litigation, and leadership in law firms.

With perfect timing, Reunion Weekend coincided this spring with one of the Law School’s Admitted Students Weekends, and alumni and future members of the class of 2017 connected in the refreshment tent on the Law School Courtyard. Later, after a special reception for members of the 1817 Society (honoring donors who have given to the HLS Annual Fund for five consecutive years), the Reunion classes enjoyed cocktails and class dinners at the Charles Hotel in Harvard Square.

View videos and photos from Spring Reunion 2014.


Fall Reunion 2014
Classes of 1954, 1959, 1964, 1969, 1974, 1979, and Emeritus Club

October 24-26, 2014

Join us this fall to meet Dean Minow, network with fellow classmates, renew friendships, attend great panels and festive celebrations, and reconnect with HLS. We look forward to seeing you in October!

Registration and Class Reunion Directory submissions are now open! Please visit our Fall Reunion 2014 web page for more information, to register, or to update your profile in your Class Reunion Directory (“Red Book”). Register by August 10 and enjoy a discount of $100 per couple with early bird pricing.

Please contact the Alumni Relations Office at reunions@law.harvard.edu or (617) 384-9523 with any questions or for more information.

  A conversation with Charles T. Munger '48
In March, the Vice-Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway, Inc. shared his insights into decision-making, business, and life itself with hundreds of students from HLS. Read more.
  Bertram Fields ’52 donates $5 million to Harvard Law School
Fields, one of the nation’s most renowned entertainment lawyers, has endowed the Bertram Fields Professorship of Law. Read more about this magnificent gift and meet Fields in this Bulletin profile.

(Photo: Amanda Friedman)
  At the Petrie-Flom Center’s annual conference, improving healthcare law by acknowledging how people behave
The two-day conference, organized by The Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School, drew nearly 200 lawyers, public health professionals, economists, and health policy analysts to the campus in May. Read more.

Changing the climate of environmental law
Through clinical work, innovative courses, and a new policy initiative, Harvard Law students and faculty demonstrate why the Law School’s Environmental Law and Policy Program (ELP) has become an international leader in its field. Read more about the ELP and its Emmett Environmental Law and Policy Clinic, and a Q&A with Professor Jody Freeman LL.M. ’91 S.J.D. ’95.

 Public Service Venture Fund Public Service Venture Fund "Seed Grant" recipients challenge debtors’ prison in Alabama
A federal judge has issued a preliminary injunction barring the imprisonment of three debtors for non-payment of fines, in a lawsuit filed on their behalf by Alec Karakatsanis ’08 and Phil Telfeyan ’08. Last year, Equal Justice Under Law, the nonprofit civil rights firm founded by the two alumni, was chosen as the first recipient of the Law School’s new Public Service Venture Fund Seed Grant Award. Read more.
 Transactional law clinics Taking care of business (and non-profits, too)
The Law School’s Transactional Law Clinics — which serve community development organizations, low- and moderate-income clients, and campus-grown innovators, with business, nonprofit, real estate, and entertainment law needs — recently sent student lawyers into the lab, the barbershop and the labyrinth of condominium governance. Read more.
 tudents Elissa Young ’15, David Gobaud ’15 and Lindsay Lin ’15 Crossing boundaries to enforce boundaries
HLS students Elissa Young ’15, David Gobaud ’15, and Lindsay Lin ’15 are working with the Berkman Center for Internet & Society on “Developing Big Data Analysis Tools,” one of five projects that are bringing together students, researchers, and staff from across Harvard University to focus on the challenges and opportunities posed by technology in educational settings. Read more.
  ABA Commission on Women in the Profession recognizes two members of the HLS community
Nancy Gertner, HLS Professor of Practice and retired judge, and Marissa C. Wesely '79/'80, Programming Co-Chair for Celebration 60, were honored with the 2014 Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award. Read more.

 Julian Castro '00 President Barack Obama ’91 nominates Julián Castro ’00 as next secretary of Housing and Urban Development
Castro is currently serving in his third two-year term as mayor of San Antonio, Texas. Read more.
 David J. Barron '94 Senate confirms David J. Barron ’94 for U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
At HLS, Professor Barron’s teaching and scholarship have focused on war powers, presidential power, the separation of powers, administrative law, constitutional law, federalism, and local government law. Read more.
 Siblings in the Struggle Siblings in the struggle
Civil rights activists Bishop Holifield ’69 and Marilyn Holifield ’72 have been honored by the ABA for their social justice work and pioneering spirits. Read more.
 Ralph Gants '80 Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick ’82 nominates Ralph Gants ’80 as the state’s chief justice
Gants, a former federal prosecutor and current member of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, will succeed Roderick L. Ireland ’74 LL.M. ’75, who is retiring in July. Read more.
 Tommy Koh LL.M. '64 Tommy Koh LL.M. ’64 receives 2014 Great Negotiator Award
Ambassador Koh was honored by the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School and the Harvard Kennedy School’s Future of Diplomacy Project at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. Read more.

 Cardinal Dolan Timothy Cardinal Dolan speaks on leadership and progress
In April, His Eminence, Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York, spoke at HLS as a guest of the Steven and Maureen Klinsky Professorship of Practice for Leadership and Progress. This new chair, endowed by Steven Klinsky J.D. ’81 M.B.A. ’79, and his wife, Maureen Klinsky, is designed to bring visiting leaders from a wide range of fields beyond law to campus to teach and bring inspiration and broad perspective to HLS and the University. Watch video.
 In honor of Nelson Mandela In honor of Nelson Mandela
A panel of scholars gathered at HLS in March to examine the legacy of Nelson Mandela with a discussion about the use of violence for political or social change. Read more.
 Industrial animal farming HLS students host a forum on industrial animal farming
On April 4, the Harvard Food Law Society hosted “The Meat We Eat: 2014 Forum on Industrial Animal Farming.” The forum, co-hosted with the HLS Student Animal Legal Defense Fund, explored the legal and policy aspects of industrial animal farming and related effects on public health, the environment, and animal welfare. Read more.
 Disruptive innovation Disruptive innovation in the market for legal services
At a recent conference sponsored by the Law School’s Program on the Legal Profession, presentations were followed by working groups considering topics such as innovations in access to legal services, legal analytics, and lawyers and technology. Read more.
 Day in the Life A day in the life of Harvard Law School
Because legal education demands rigorous discussion and exchange, legal imagination springs from bridging theory and practice, and Harvard Law School recruits and develops superb students from all over the world to pursue lives of leadership, the Law School has commissioned spaces designed precisely for these purposes. Take a look.

 Dean Martha Minow “My life was going to have to deal with issues of social injustice”
The Harvard Gazette recently spoke with HLS Dean Martha Minow for its Experience series: interviews with Harvard faculty covering the reasons they became teachers and scholars, and the personal journeys — missteps included — behind their professional success. Read more.
 Kristin Stilt Islamic Law scholar Kristen Stilt will join the HLS faculty in September
Stilt, a leading expert on Islamic Law and society, will join the faculty in September 2014, as a Professor of Law and co-director of the Islamic Legal Studies Program. Read more.
 Crystal Yang '13 Crystal Yang ’13, law and economics scholar, joins the Law School faculty
Yang will join the Law School faculty as an assistant professor in July. Her teaching and research interests center around empirical law and economics, particularly in the areas of criminal law and procedure and consumer bankruptcy. Read more.

HLS appoints Christopher T. Bavitz and Esme Caramello ’99 as clinical professors of law
Bavitz has concentrated his law practice and clinical activities on intellectual property and technology law, with an emphasis on music, media, and entertainment, and serves as the Managing Director of the HLS Cyberlaw Clinic. Read more.

Caramello joined the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau in 2009 as deputy director. As a clinical instructor at the WilmerHale Legal Services Center, she has worked with students to help protect the rights of low-income tenants and homeowners. Read more.

 Kenneth Mack '91 Kenneth Mack ’91 reappraises the sit-in cases, 50 years later
To mark his appointment as the inaugural Lawrence Biele Professor of Law, Mack, a leading scholar of the legal and constitutional history of American race relations, reflected on the sit-in movement. Watch video.
 Clinical & Pro Bono work 341,951 hours
As a condition for graduation, HLS requires all J.D. students to contribute at least 40 hours of legal pro bono work. But like its predecessors, the Class of 2014 gave many more. Read more.
 Spring break pro bono work Spring break road trips lead to the clinic, the delta, and the desert
In alternative spring break trips developed and sponsored by the Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs, teams of HLS students traveled across the US in March to work with humanitarians along the Arizona border, Bostonians trying to seal their criminal records, immigrants in Texas, and children in the Mississippi Delta. Read more.
 Public Interest Auction “All Bids on Deck” at the 2014 Public Interest Auction
On April 2, Professors Jonathan Zittrain ’95 and Jeannie Suk ’02 served as auctioneers for “All Bids on Deck,” Harvard Law School’s 20th annual Public Interest Auction. Lucky bidders brought home fantastic prizes, from live performances to rare collectibles to outings with faculty members, all in support of summer public interest funding. Read more.
 Kristin Fleschner '14 runs the Boston Marathon Running the Marathon: a blind HLS student takes on the challenge
Kristin Fleschner ’14 ran in this year’s Boston Marathon to fight back against the bombing that terrorized last year’s runners and spectators. She has worked in national security since 2008, and will continue her work for the federal government after graduation. Read more.
 Cravath Fellows Cravath Fellows explore robots in combat, international IP, and Aboriginal art
For recipients of the Cravath International Fellowship, winter term is a chance to immerse themselves in an academic project with an international, transnational, or comparative law focus. The experiences of three Fellows illustrate the range and depth of the students’ projects. Read more.
 Clinical Professor Tyler Giannini “The practice of social justice is not done alone.”
In accepting the prestigious Albert M. Sacks-Paul A. Freund Award for Teahing Excellence, Clinical Professor Tyler Giannini, co-director of Harvard Law School’s Human Rights Program and the International Human Rights Clinic, reflects on the importance of solidarity. Watch video.
 Deborah Anker Encouraging students to pursue a more generous immigration policy
As the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program celebrates its 30th anniversary, its founder, Professor Deborah Anker LL.M. ’84, reflects on how the Clinic’s cases have changed, her inspiring students, and the work that still needs to be done. Read more.
 Harvard Legal Aid Bureau Harvard Legal Aid Bureau takes Hague Convention case to trial
In a one-day trial in United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts, HLS student attorneys Nicholas Pastan ’15 and Breana Ware ’14 asked a judge to decline to enforce a petition brought against their client pursuant to the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction. Read more.
 Moakley Courthouse Clinical students contribute hundreds of hours to Massachusetts judicial system
In the Law School’s Judicial Process in Community Courts clinic, students pair with judges for an internship experience combined with classroom discussion of the issues judges face each day. The HLS students have provided hundreds of hours of research and drafting assistance to judges in the state and federal courts. Read more.
 Clinical & Pro Bono Programs newsletter Learning the law, serving the world
In its Commencement Newsletter, the Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs describes the inspiring accomplishments of the students and faculty participating in the Law School’s 27 clinics. Read more.

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Monday, June 30, 2014
New York, NY

The Harvard Law School Association of NYC presents
"HLS in the NFL: An Evening of Football and Cocktails"

Monday, June 30, 2014
6:30-8:30 pm

Generously Hosted By Proskauer

Panelists: Neil Glat '95, President of the New York Jets & former NFL executive
Megha Parekh '09, Vice President & General Counsel of the Jacksonville Jaguars
Daron Roberts '07, Founder and CEO of 4th and 1, Inc., Former Defensive Coach for the Cleveland Browns, Detroit Lions and Kansas City Chiefs, currently teaching "Leadership and Strategy in Sports" at the University of Texas
Rory Verrett '95, Vice President for Public Affairs, National Football League

Moderated by: Rob Freeman, Partner in Proskauer’s Sports Law Group, Cincinnati

Wednesday, July 16, 2014
San Francisco, CA

The Harvard Law School Association of Northern California Annual Summer Event

Wednesday, July 16, 2014
6:00-8:00 pm
With remarks by Leonard R. Stein, '81 Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Splunk, Inc.

Join fellow alumni for beverages and hors d’oeuvres as we welcome new HLS alumni and summer associates to the San Francisco Bay Area.

 View our events calendar for more information.

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