Harvard Law Bulletin

Spring 2015

Prosecutor with a Calling | Loretta Lynch '84 becomes the 83rd attorney general of the United States

The New Empiricists | In law’s new frontiers, data may be as important as precedent

Unbowed |Bryan Stevenson ’85 on race, poverty and the things worth fighting for

First Line of Defense | Students represent the indigent in courts where judges ask, ‘Is Harvard in the building?'

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Harvard Law School’s faculty portraits: A backdrop for daily life at HLS

The first and second floors of Wasserstein Hall feature over 180 photographs of Harvard Law School professors. Located at an apex of social activity on campus, the portraits are a backdrop for the daily routines and informal interactions of students and faculty members. Professors have come to appreciate the photographs as one of the honors of receiving tenure, and alumni often seek out photos of their favorite professors while on campus for reunions or other events.

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HLS faculty weigh in on the Boston Marathon bombing verdict

A selection of analyses and opinions from Harvard Law School experts.

A Death Sentence for Tsarnaev

An op-ed by Noah Feldman. In retrospect, it seems inevitable that Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev would get the death penalty. He’s a self-acknowledged terrorist who killed and maimed adults and children in the middle of a major American city, which happens to be my own. The jury that sentenced him was limited to citizens who apparently believed that capital punishment was justified under at least some circumstances. If he’s not going to be sentenced to death, who is? Yet I confess that, despite this ironclad logic, I still feel surprised and unsettled by the verdict — because here in Massachusetts, where I was born and have lived most of my life, the death penalty has over the last several generations come to seem distant, foreign and unfamiliar.Continue Reading at Bloomberg »

We all chose death for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

An op-ed by Nancy Gertner. We all chose death for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Make no mistake about it. The death penalty law was passed in our name. Attorney General Holder and US Attorney Carmen Ortiz are employed by the government we elected. They sought death for Tsarnaev for the victims, including the Richard family, whose tragedy they highlighted, even though the Richards were opposed to Tsarnaev’s death. The government sought it for Boston — also a victim — even though the majority of the citizens of the city opposed it. The verdict in the United States v. Tsarnaev was literally brought in our name.Continue Reading at The Boston Globe »

Boston Bomber Trial Verdict: Analysis (video)

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was convicted of 30 charges in the Boston Marathon bombing trial and may now face the death penalty. Harvard Law School professor Ron Sullivan offers analysis.Continue Reading at The Wall Street Journal »

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