HLS debuts first edX course
Harvard Law School launched its first- ever online course this spring, opening up Copyright, a class taught by Professor William W. Fisher ’82, to 500 people from around the world. The class, chosen for its “readily grasped cultural importance,” is modeled closely on one Fisher has been teaching since 1994. The course is offered through edX and lays the groundwork for future online classes to be taught by HLS professors.
$100 million grant from NFL Players Association
Professor I. Glenn Cohen ’03 and Holly Fernandez Lynch of the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at HLS will work with colleagues at Harvard Medical School and other parts of the university to help the National Football League usher in a new era of safety. Using a $100 million grant from the NFL Players Association, the program will marshal the intellectual, scientific, and medical expertise to discover new approaches to diagnosing, treating, and preventing injuries and illnesses in both active and retired players.
Meltzer named ALI director
Professor Daniel J. Meltzer ’75 has been appointed the next director of the American Law Institute, a leading organization that produces scholarly work to clarify, modernize and otherwise improve the law. A scholar in the fields of federal court jurisdiction and criminal procedure, Meltzer recently served as principal deputy counsel in the Office of the White House Counsel, where he advised President Barack Obama ’91 on a wide range of issues, including terrorism, health care reform and preparation for the confirmation hearings for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.
Free legal help for enterprising students
Working to provide free legal research and analysis for student-founded startups at Harvard and MIT, the Harvard Law Entrepreneurship Project, established in spring 2011, is the newest of 11 student practice organizations at HLS. Research is conducted by teams of HLS students supervised by leading startup attorneys from firms including WilmerHale, Gunderson Dettmer, Cooley and Charles River Ventures. Founders from throughout the university have pursued ventures in improving vaccine transport and clean-energy battery technology, among others.
Peter Barton Hutt: Celebrating 20 years at Harvard
A group of scholars gathered with Peter Barton Hutt ’59 at HLS on Jan. 17 to celebrate his career, including 20 years (thus far) teaching an influential food and drug law course. Hutt also served as chief counsel for the Food and Drug Administration and is the co-author of a food and drug law casebook. Panelists included Dean Martha Minow, HLS Professor I. Glenn Cohen ’03, University of Pennsylvania Law School Professor Theodore Ruger ’95 and Lewis Grossman ’90, a law professor at American University.
World of words contributors
In commemoration of Black History Month, Professors Lani Guinier and Charles Ogletree ’78 were recognized by the Maynard Institute for Journalism Education as two of 28 noteworthy African-Americans who have contributed to the “world of words.” Among the honorees were Pulitzer Prize winner Gwendolyn Brooks, CNN anchor Soledad O’Brien and award-winning author and illustrator Jerry Pinkney.
Gillian Grossman ’14 elected president of The Harvard Law Review
The Harvard Law Review has elected Gillian Grossman ’14 as its 127th president. Grossman, a Connecticut native, graduated from Harvard College in 2010 with an A.B. in social studies. Before attending HLS, she worked for a microfinance company in Mumbai, India. She succeeds Conor Tochilin ’13.