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The following article, "Disclosure Is the Best Kind of Credit Regulation," co-written by Harvard Law School Professor Cass Sunstein '78 and University of Chicago Professor Richard Thaler, was published in the Wall Street Journal on August 13, 2008.
Vanderbilt University Law School Professor John Goldberg, an expert in tort law, tort theory, and political philosophy, will join the Harvard Law School faculty as a tenured professor this fall.
As presidential candidates Barack Obama '91 and John McCain prepare for their parties' nominating conventions, rumors are swirling around two Harvard Law graduates as likely vice presidential candidates.
Harvard Law School Professor Elizabeth Bartholet '65 testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee today about mandatory pre-dispute arbitration, a practice often used in workplaces and by credit card companies to ensure that employees and consumers agree to resolve all conflicts through arbitration instead of through the court system.
Navanethem Pillay LL.M. ’82 S.J.D. ’88 is expected to become the next United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon will announce Pillay’s nomination, which requires the approval of the General Assembly, early this week.
As the campaign season heats up, Democrats and Republicans are giving their party leaders the spotlight at the presidential nominating conventions. Several Harvard Law School alumni are playing key roles in the Democratic convention, which is taking place this week, and at least one HLS alum will be at the forefront of the Republican convention next week.
Harvard Law School welcomed 629 new students to Cambridge this week. They hail from Alaska to Zimbabwe, and from Fenway Park to Wimbledon.
The following article, “The Empiricist Strikes Back,” by Harvard Law School Professor Cass Sunstein ’78, was published in the September 10, 2008 issue of The New Republic.
Yale Law Professor Henry E. Smith, an expert in property, intellectual property, natural resources, and taxation, will join the Harvard Law School faculty in January 2009, Dean Elena Kagan '86 announced today.
This weekend, leaders from the United States and China will gather in Shanghai to examine challenges facing the financial sectors of the two countries. The "Symposium on Building the Financial System of the 21st Century: An Agenda for China and the United States," is organized by Harvard Law School's Program on International Financial Systems (PIFS) and the China Development Research Foundation (CDRF).
Beginning this spring, Harvard Law School students will be able to participate in Government Lawyering -- Policy and Practice: Semester in Washington, the the school’s first-ever semester-away program for academic and clinical credit.
In a panel discussion on how the Supreme Court will handle issues in the upcoming term last week, Harvard Law School Lecturer Tom Goldstein predicted that future decisions will continue to support increased executive power.
Four members of the Harvard Law School community were recently named to Directorship Magazine's second annual Directorship 100 list for their influence on corporate governance.
The following op-ed, "Let's get the bank rescue right," was co-authored by Harvard Law School Professor Hal Scott, Dean of Columbia Business School R. Glenn Hubbard, and University of Chicago Graduate School of Business Professor Luigi Zingales. It appeared in the September 24, 2008 edition of the Wall Street Journal.
Four days before the first 2008 presidential debate takes place in Mississippi, a panel discussion at HLS looked at past, present and future presidential debates.
Christo and Jeanne-Claude—the artists whose notable projects include “The Gates” in New York City’s Central Park—received the Great Negotiator Award from HLS’s Program on Negotiation.
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia ’60 will give the inaugural Herbert W. Vaughan lecture tomorrow afternoon at 4:30 p.m. The event will be open to members of the Harvard community.
Four individuals with Harvard Law School connections have been named to Esquire Magazine’s list of the 75 most influential people of the 21st century: Professor Noah Feldman, Samantha Power ’99, Barack Obama ’91, and Supreme court Justice John Roberts ’79.
Staff and students from the WilmerHale Legal Services Center’s Health Law Clinic attended this year’s United States Conference on AIDS last month, where they introduced and described their new program to educate the public about the current state of health care law.
In an op- ed “Fight for the Family Home” published in the October 10, 2008 edition of The New York Times, Eric Nguyen ’09 argues for reform of bankruptcy laws.
Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa were honored this weekend at a conference at Harvard Law School sponsored by the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race & Justice.
HLS Assistant Clinical Professor of Law Alex Whiting moderates a HLS special event: How a CEO and a Lawyer Became Felons: Two Inside Stories of White Collar Crime; A Talk with Former Prosecutors and Offenders.
On Saturday, October 18th, the Harvard Law School crew raced in the 44th Head of the Charles Regatta, competing against over 60 club eights from around the country.
Harvard Law School and Stanford Law School jointly hosted the inaugural Harvard-Stanford International Junior Faculty Forum on October 17 and 18. Held on the Stanford campus this year, the annual conference seeks to bring together leading younger scholars from throughout the world beyond the US.
Justice Richard J. Goldstone, the Learned Hand Visiting Professor of Law at Harvard Law School this semester, was honored with the prestigious MacArthur Award for International Justice yesterday. Goldstone is a former chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunals for Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia.
The following essay, “Protect Financial Consumers,” was co-written by Professor Elizabeth Warren and her daughter Amelia Warren Tyagi. It will appear in the November 7, 2008, edition of Harper’s Magazine and is part of a special forum in the magazine entitled, “How to save capitalism.”
Harvard Law School’s “Setting the Standard” campaign has raised $476,475,707, making it the most successful fund-raising drive in the history of legal education.
Finn M.W. Caspersen ’66 and Peter Krause ’74 were honored for their service to Harvard Law School at this year’s annual fall reunions, which took place on October 24-26 at HLS.
Celebrated filmmaker Ken Burns was joined by writer and collaborator Geoffrey C. Ward, cultural critic Stanley Crouch and Harvard Kennedy School professor Edward Schumacher-Matos in a panel discussion on the role of race in Burns’ documentaries.
On an election day that saw record voter turnout numbers in states across the country, Harvard Law School graduates awaited their electoral fates. Aside from Barack Obama’s ’91 historic victory in the Presidential election, six HLS alumni are currently headed to the Senate and 12 to the House, with a few elections still too close to call.
Two days after winning the election, the Obama team has quickly set to work putting together a transition team which will coordinate the move to the White House in January. Yesterday, Obama appointed three of his HLS classmates and one former HLS professor and alumnus to top transition team posts.
Several members of the Harvard Law School faculty knew both Barack and Michelle Obama during their time as students, and have stayed in touch with them over the years. Here, some of them react to the election.
Andrew Klaber JD/MBA ’10 has been selected as one of 160 emerging leaders from 30 countries in the Asia-Pacific region for the Asia Society’s Third Annual Asia 21 Young Leaders Summit.
Former U.S. Rep. Louis Stokes, who represented Ohio’s 21st district in Congress from 1969 to 1999, spoke at HLS on November 12, at the invitation of Harvard Law School’s Charles Hamilton Institute for Race and Justice.
During its 40th anniversary celebration, the Council on Legal Education Opportunity (CLEO) recognized Professor Emeritus Frank E.A. Sander ’52, and Harvard Law School as a whole, for historic efforts to increase the numbers of minority students in law schools.
To mark the 60th anniversary of the ratification of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), Facing History and Ourselves and Harvard Law School convened some of the world’s leading human rights scholars, practitioners, and educators for an international conference entitled, “Universal Rights in Societies of Difference."
Craig Newmark, noted philanthropist and founder of the wildly successful no-frills website Craigslist, visited HLS in a Berkman Center-sponsored informal discussion on November 14.
Deborah Anker, director of the HLS Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program and a clinical professor of law, has received an award from the Central American Refugee Center (CARECEN) in New York recognizing her pioneering work in humanitarian protection for immigrants fleeing protection.
On Friday November 14, Harvard Law School Professor Elizabeth Warren was appointed to a five-member congressional oversight panel that will monitor the Treasury’s economic rescue plan and report back to Congress. Warren was one of three experts nominated by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to the bi-partisan panel.
Annette Gordon-Reed ’84 won this year’s National Book Award for nonfiction for “The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family,” which examines three generations of a slave family owned by Thomas Jefferson.
Amalia Amaya LL.M. ’00 S.J.D. ’07 has been awarded the European Award for the Best Doctoral Dissertation in Legal Theory. The award is given every three years by the European Academy of Legal Theory in Brussels.
HLS Professor Jack Goldsmith and University of Chicago Law Professor Eric Posner ‘91 wrote “Does Europe Believe in International Law?” an op-ed published in the Nov. 25, 2008, edition of The Wall Street Journal.
After an election that mobilized legions of diverse voters, what can be expected from the 44th president? Three weeks after the victory of Barack Obama ’91, panelists considered the question at an event moderated by Professor Charles Ogletree ’78, director of the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice.
There has been much speculation about how the Obama administration will deal with what many view as the Bush administration's harsh, abusive and illegal interrogation program.
Four authors of articles in the November Supreme Court issue of the Harvard Law Review offered an in-depth look at the Court’s 2007-8 term in a panel discussion on November 18.
IS THERE a legal basis for the International Criminal Court to issue an arrest warrant for President Omar al-Bashir of Sudan for genocide?
The following article written by HLS Professor Noah Feldman, “Fighting the last war,” was published in the Nov. 30, 2008, edition of The New York Times Magazine. He is a fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations.
The Economist magazine has included the books of two Harvard Law Professors on its list of 2008 “Books of the Year.”
Harvard Law School Professor Charles Ogletree ’78 will be awarded the 2009 Spirit of Excellence Award from the American Bar Association Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession.
Poltico.com, a website with a devoted following of leading politicians and those who watch them, offers a revealing look at the role played by President-elect Obama's network of Harvard Law School friends during the campaign and now the transition.
The following article by HLS Professor Jonathan Zittrain ’95, “The Internet is Closing,” was published in the Dec. 8, 2008, edition of Newsweek. The author of “The Future of the Internet—And How to Stop It” (Yale University Press, 2008), he is the founder and faculty co-director of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at HLS.
Oliver Oldman ‘53, Learned Hand Professor of Law Emeritus, died on December 5, 2008, at the age of 88. Educated at Harvard College (S.B. 1942) and the Harvard Law School (LL.B. 1953), Oldman taught at the Law School from 1959 to 1993.
As part of her work on a Congressional panel overseeing the Treasury Department’s economic bailout plan, Harvard Law School Professor Elizabeth Warren is testifying before the House Financial Services Committee today. Staff members predict that Warren will testify after noon today.
Harvard Law School Professor Adrian Vermeule has published a new book entitled “Law and the Limits of Reason,” describing how limitations on human reasoning affect governing bodies.
Professor Emeritus Lloyd E. Ohlin, an expert in criminal justice who was widely known for his academic work and public service, died on December 6, 2008, at the age of 90.
Renowned legal scholar Lawrence Lessig has been appointed to the faculty of Harvard Law School, and as the faculty director of Harvard University’s Edmond J. Safra Foundation Center for Ethics.
W. Mark Lanier, the plaintiffs attorney who won a $253 million judgment against pharmaceutical giant Merck & Co. over the fatal effects of its painkiller Vioxx, spoke to Professor Jon Hanson’s Torts class on November 19 at the law school.
On Tuesday, December 2, the Harvard Law School Forum sponsored a lecture by Valerie Caproni, General Counsel to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Antony Loewenstein, author of the bestselling book “My Israel Question” and more recently “The Blogging Revolution,” visited the Berkman Center to discuss political transformation, internet censorship and the role of dissident bloggers around the world.
Harvard Law School student Clara J. K. Long ’11 and her Boston-based film crew won a new international media award for their documentary series “Border Stories,” which strives to show the “human face” of the U.S.-Mexico border region.
For the second straight year, six Harvard Law School students and recent graduates have been chosen to receive Skadden Fellowships to support their work in public service. This marks the seventh consecutive year that HLS students and recent graduates have won more of the prestigious Skadden fellowships than their competitors from other law schools.
Harvard Law School Professor Cass Sunstein ’78 is featured amongst the top three public intellectuals for 2008 in the Christmas/January issue of Prospect magazine. Sunstein earned the “bronze” placement on the list, along with Nudge co-author Richard Thaler.
The following op-ed, “How to give banks confidence to lend to businesses,” was co-written by Harvard Law School Professor Lucian Bebchuk LL.M. ’80, S.J.D. ’84 and Italy Goldstein, a professor at the Wharton School of Business. It appeared in the December 19, 2008, edition of the Financial Times.
The Green Bag, a quarterly journal dedicated to good writing about the law, has announced its annual list of outstanding legal writing from the past year. Five Harvard Law School faculty members are among this year’s honorees.
Harvard Law School Professor Cass Sunstein ’78 is highlighted in the Jan. 5, 2009, issue of Newsweek magazine as one of four thinkers “whose philosophies seem to have captured the intellectual moment.”
During a recent conference on collective wisdom organized by Professor Jon Elster of the College de France in Paris, Harvard Law School Professor Adrian Vermeule ’93 presented a working paper debunking the idea that several minds are always better than one in legal decision-making.
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