Constitutional lawyer Menaka Guruswamy LL.M. ’01 successfully argued against a colonial-era law that criminalized gay sex in India. The ruling by India’s Supreme Court last year went beyond decriminalizing gay sex to acknowledge the individual rights of LGBTQ people and apologize for past mistreatment.
As a 2L, Toby Merrill ’11 was enrolled in a Harvard Law School consumer clinic litigating against predatory lenders of subprime mortgages. There she fought for the rights of individuals who had hoped to fulfill the American dream of home ownership. Now Merrill has a new mission, no less urgent: to bring a measure of fairness to people affected by the predatory lending practices of some for-profit colleges that are alleged to provide worthless degrees in exchange for thousands of dollars in government-backed loans.