Fixing Price Fixing

Louis Kaplow ’81 seeks to upend the academic debate and to suggest important reforms to legal practice in his latest book, which addresses the law and economics of price fixing. The Harvard Law School professor describes the law prohibiting this practice as “incoherent, its practical reach uncertain, and its fit with fundamental economic principles obscure.” And that’s just in the first paragraph.

Briefs: Some memorable moments, milestones and a Miró

In October 1962, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke at Harvard Law School on “The Future of Integration.” It was six months before he would be imprisoned in a Birmingham jail, 10 months before the March on Washington, almost two years before the signing of the Civil Rights Act and almost six years before his assassination. “It may be that the law cannot make a man love me,” he said, “but it can keep him from lynching me.”

Bebchuk, Shavell, Kaplow, Fried, and Cohen Make SSRN’s Top Ten List

Harvard Law School’s faculty and fellows earned the top ranking for the total number of citations of their work on the Social Science Research Network (SSRN), according to cumulative statistics released for 2011. HLS faculty members captured five out of the top 10 slots – including the number one slot – among law school faculty in all legal fields.

The Olin Advantage

Lisa Bernstein ’90 knew from her first day of law school that she wanted to be a professor, though as time went on, she wondered whether that would be possible without top grades or law review credentials. What helped to set her apart from other applicants, she says, was the paper she wrote—and mentoring she received—as an Olin Fellow during law school.

Tax Policy, Writ Large

In a new book, Professor Louis Kaplow ’81 “steps back and considers the relationships among the parts.” The book — “The Theory of Taxation and Public Economics” (Princeton 2008) — stands to secure him a place in the firmament of public economists and scholars in public finance.

Recent Faculty Books – Summer 2008

In “Finding Jefferson: A Lost Letter, a Remarkable Discovery, and the First Amendment in an Age of Terrorism” (Wiley, 2007), Professor Alan Dershowitz contemplates modern-day First Amendment dilemmas—such as government censorship of imams whose preaching might incite terrorism—through the lens of Jefferson’s stated beliefs about religious and political speech. * * * In “Is There a Right […]

Tough Books

No one puffed on a Gauloises or sipped red wine, but people in the room had things to say about Kant.