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.

Yochai Benkler on whistleblowers, the news ecosystem and self-organizing in the commons

Yochai Benkler

Yochai Benkler, who has written extensively on the “networked public sphere,” including his influential book “The Wealth of Networks,” recently spoke about his proposal for a defense of whistleblowers, his testimony in a trial of a well-known leaker of military documents, and a problem he calls a growing crisis in the country.

U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy visits HLS

Justice Kennedy

During a conversation Thursday with Harvard Law School Dean Martha Minow at Wasserstein Hall, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy LL.B. ’61 addressed a wide variety of topics, including the American criminal justice system, teaching law abroad, and his opinion on being described as the high court’s swing vote on major issues.

Honored ‘ambassadors for Harvard Law School’ reflect on long friendship


The Harvard Law School Association presented its highest award this past spring to William P. Alford ’77 and Charles J. Ogletree ’78 —two of Harvard Law School’s most distinguished professors, mentors to generations of jurists, advisers to senators, presidents and world leaders, and celebrated doers of good works—and longtime friends.