The plight of Roma


Taking a leaf out of the American Civil Rights Movement’s book, Roma rights activists undertook a legal battle in European courts to challenge the pervasive discrimination that has kept them living on the fringes of society. Roma right activists filed a complaint in 1999 before the European Court of Human Rights saying that Roma students […]

In Scalia lecture, Kagan discusses statutory interpretation


On Nov. 17, Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court Elena Kagan ’86, former dean of Harvard Law School, discussed statutory interpretation in a conversation with Professor John Manning ’85 as part of the Scalia lecture series at Harvard Law School. The lecture is named in honor of Kagan’s colleague Associate Justice Antonin G. Scalia ’60. […]

Jacqueline Berrien ’86, former EEOC chair: 1961- 2015

Jacqueline Berrien ’86, a leading civil rights lawyer and former chair of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, died on Nov. 9, 2015. She was 53. Berrien, a native of the District of Columbia, led the EEOC during a four-year term, from 2010 to 2014. “She fought hard every day to make real our nation’s promise of […]

Remembering Jackie Berrien: Stephanie Moore ’85 recalls the civil rights attorney who was her lifelong friend

On November 9, 2015, the world lost a warrior for justice with the death of Jacqueline Ann Berrien. I lost a lifelong friend, confidante and sister. Jackie was diagnosed with Stage 4 metastatic cancer Labor Day weekend. And although we knew that she faced an uphill battle, we could not have foreseen that the cancer would […]

For law students, a cautionary tale

Anatomy of a Wrongful Conviction

Carrying scales and wearing a blindfold, the image of justice has long symbolized judgment delivered without bias or prejudice. That was not the case for Victor Rosario. “The blindfold meant something different for me: that sometimes justice closes her eyes to the truth,” said Rosario, who served 32 years in prison for a crime he […]

Reforming criminal justice: New HLS program aims to influence national policies


Larry Schwartztol, executive director of Harvard Law School’s Criminal Justice Program of Study, Research and Advocacy, recently spoke with the Harvard Gazette about the HLS program, his role in it, and a conference sponsored by the new initiative on how the media helps shape the criminal justice narrative.