A Lawyer for Nothing Less than Freedom


In November, Norman Dorsen ’53 delivered the Harvard Law School Association of New Jersey’s 57th Vanderbilt Lecture. The topic was “Seeking Civil Liberties,” and that’s something the former president of the American Civil Liberties Union has done throughout his career.

Joy Covey ’89: 1963-2013


The legacy of an unconventional thinker Joy Covey ’89, former CFO of Amazon.com, died in September in a bicycling accident. A lover of the outdoors and a passionate advocate for the environment, she made it possible for numerous Harvard Law School students and graduates to begin their environmental law careers. Soon after leaving Amazon in […]

Detlev F. Vagts ’51: 1929-2013


An unwavering believer in international law Detlev Frederick Vagts ’51, a renowned international law scholar and an expert on transnational business problems and the laws affecting international commerce, died Aug. 20. Vagts began his career at Harvard Law School as an assistant professor in 1959, receiving tenure in 1962. He was named the Bemis Professor […]

HLS Authors: Selected alumni books


Brown uses her own example—after leaving a law partnership upon the birth of her daughter, she is now a professor of business law—and those of many others, from a jewelry designer to a nurse to a rabbi, to show the possibilities for those who are unhappy with the practice of law. Such a change is not easy, but a lawyer’s skills can be reframed and refreshed, she says, adding that she has never met a former lawyer who regrets having left the profession.

Editor and Counsel: A conversation with David Shribman and Fritz Byers ’81


In early November, David Shribman, the executive editor of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, sat down with his attorney, Fritz Byers ’81, before an audience at Harvard Law School, to discuss the relationships between journalists and their attorneys as they work together to tell interesting stories, publish the truth, provide a check on government and avoid liability. […]

Jessica Beess und Chrostin ’13 wins ABA writing award

Jessica Beess und Chrostin ’13

Recent Harvard Law School Graduate Jessica Beess und Chrostin ’13 won a major law student writing competition with her paper, “Mandatory Arbitration Clauses in Donative Instruments: A Taxonomy of Disputes and Type-Differentiated Analysis.” The contest was sponsored by the Real Property, Trust and Estate Law section of the American Bar Association.

Immigration Specialist Margaret Stock ’92 receives MacArthur Genius Award

Margaret Stock ’92

Harvard Law School alum Margaret Stock ’92 is one of 24 recipients of the 2013 MacArthur Fellowship, more commonly known as the MacArthur “Genius Award”. Stock is an immigration attorney with a focus on improving the immigration system through direct representation, policy-based advocacy and an emphasis on the idea that immigration does not threaten national security.

Harvard celebrates 60 years of women at the law school


Harvard Law School will host more than 600 alumnae this weekend as part of “Celebration 60,” a reunion event to mark the 60th anniversary of the first women graduates of Harvard Law School. The three-day event, which will be held Sept. 27 to 29 on the law school campus, is part of a worldwide women’s leadership summit of Harvard Law School alumnae, titled “Leaders for Change—Women Transforming our Communities and the World.”