Inside HLS

  • Therese Rohrbeck ’08

    Taking Faith

    While in Guatemala this winter, Therese Rohrbeck touched what remains of The Dream of Pope Gregory IX.Continue Reading »

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    Greiner trains litigators to get the most from number crunchers

    Jim Greiner, an HLS assistant professor of law, created a unique course as a joint endeavor between HLS and the Harvard statistics department, where Greiner, who holds a Ph.D. in statistics, is an affiliate. The 13 law students will be taking and defending two depositions each, one involving a political redistricting hypothetical and the other involving an employment discrimination case.

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  • Alex Whiting and students

    War Crimes Through the Looking Glass

    This January, when the trial of former Liberian President Charles Taylor resumed in The Hague, much of the world was watching. So were 11 Harvard Law students—from about 20 feet away.

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  • The Slugfest, in Historical Perspective

    Kenneth Mack

    Some say the Clinton-Obama fight reflects a historical tension between blacks and women in the struggle for equality. A legal historian says the truth is not so simple—and far more interesting.

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  • Intermission

    Elena Kagan

    The past five years have brought remarkable growth and change to Harvard Law School. Here, the Bulletin takes a time-out for a brief recap and puts five questions to Dean Elena Kagan ’86.Continue Reading »

Writ Large: Faculty Books

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Mightier Than the S-word

Answering critics, Randall Kennedy pens new book on racial betrayal

Randall Kennedy knows what it’s like to be called a sellout. Throughout his 24-year career at Harvard Law School, Kennedy has developed a reputation as a professor who is not afraid to challenge orthodoxies—sometimes to the alarm of liberals and black Americans.Continue Reading »

Filling in the Gaps

From Einer Elhauge, a new approach to interpreting unclear legislation

Most judges, faced with the task of interpreting unclear statutes, want to do the right thing, says Harvard Law School Professor Einer Elhauge ’86. Unfortunately, it isn’t always easy.Continue Reading »

A Labor of Love on Love’s Labors

Forty years ago Charles Donahue found a passion that has lasted into middle age

As a 3L at Yale Law School in the mid-1960s, Charles Donahue studied a series of decisions by Pope Alexander III (1159-1181) that became the basis of marriage law in Western Europe for the next three centuries. At the time, he didn’t realize how they would come to rule his own life.Continue Reading »

Sharia as Backlash

Noah Feldman explains the rise of religious law

Professor Noah Feldman has done plenty of thinking about the intersection of religion and law, particularly in the Arab World.

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Alumni Notes and Newsmakers

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    For the Next Generations

    Last summer, in South Dakota, when Steve Emery ’89 was made chief of the Prairie Dwelling Lakota, he was given the name Naca Wamni Omni (Chief Whirlwind). The name was meant to reflect his power with words, and the honor was the culmination of a career spent advocating for the sovereignty of his people—a mission he has shared with his brother, Mark Van Norman ’86.

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  • Wanderlust for the Rule of Law

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    In rural Liberia, locals have a method for determining if someone is guilty of witchcraft. They administer poison to the suspect. If he survives, he’s innocent. That’s the sort of anachronism that vexes Deborah Isser ’96, a senior program officer at the U.S. Institute of Peace.

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  • Haitians cherish their rights, but the daily struggle is for survival

    Letter from Port-au-Prince: Can Human-Rights Law Feed Haiti?

    The graffiti started appearing in mid-February: “Aba Lavichè!” Lavi chè was Creole for la vie chère—the high cost of living. I should have realized. Rising prices for gas, basic foodstuffs and school fees had been the talk since I’d arrived last August to work for a small NGO that does human-rights law.

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  • Turf Wars and Muddy Waters

    Becca O’Brien ’05 and Ommeed Sathe ’06

    When Becca O’Brien ’05 and Ommeed Sathe ’06 returned to HLS last October to talk about building partnerships in post-Katrina New Orleans, they gave a painstaking account of what should, but doesn’t, work.

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  • Aiming for 55

    The Honorable Fernande Duffly ’78

    Nationwide, only 24 percent of all judgeships are held by women. In federal courts, women make up barely 20 percent of the bench. Massachusetts Appeals Court Judge Fernande “Nan” Duffly ’78 wants to see these numbers rise and is passionate about making it happen.

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  • A chat with H. Marshall Sonenshine ’85

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    H. Marshall Sonenshine ’85 is chairman and managing partner of Sonenshine Partners, a New York-based investment banking firm, which has completed billions of dollars in M&A and restructuring deals in a broad range of industries worldwide. Continue Reading »