New head of VA looks to put system’s troubles behind

Robert McDonald

At the inaugural Disabled American Veterans Distinguished Speaker Series at Harvard Law School, U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald said the troubled agency is making progress in getting its house in order, citing more — and more timely — appointments and authorizations to see private doctors for veterans who live far from VA hospitals.

A conversation with Bryan Cressey

Bryan Cressey (HLB-Fall 2014)

When Bryan Cressey J.D./M.B.A. ’76, a native of Seattle, was putting himself through the University of Washington by working at a conveyor-belt company, he grew intrigued by the “go-go era of the ’60s,” as he puts it, when business innovators such as James J. Ling were creating giant conglomerates. Cressey decided he wanted to build companies and applied to the J.D./M.B.A. program at Harvard. From his first job in 1976 with a venture capital firm in Chicago; to four years later co-founding Golder, Thoma & Cressey (later Golder, Thoma, Cressey, Rauner); to the present, Cressey’s leadership in industry consolidation with a particular expertise in the health care and medical services fields has been recognized by Fortune and Time magazines, among many other publications.

Obamacare, back on trial: Elhauge on new challenges to the ACA

Einer Elhauge

In a move that caught many observers off guard, the U.S. Supreme Court last week announced it would review one of four cases currently challenging provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). Currently, qualified consumers can receive tax subsidies to help them purchase health insurance through the federal- or state-run exchanges. But the plaintiffs […]

A Recipe for Innovation

A Recipe for Innovation–Food Challenge (HLB Fall 2014)

This fall, Harvard Law School Dean Martha Minow and Julio Frenk, dean of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, issued the “Deans’ Food System Challenge” (one of several competitions held by the Harvard Innovation Lab and sponsored by Harvard Schools), encouraging students across the university to come up with fresh ideas for solving complex problems facing our food system.

Humanitarian and NBA All Star Dikembe Mutombo tells HLS students: ‘We need you to become a leader in your generation’

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As an NBA All Star, Dikembe Mutombo battled Hakeem Olajuwon on the court. These days, his opponents, malaria and Ebola, are requiring much more than an emphatic block and his trademark “not in my house” finger waggle. Mutombo now uses his considerable stature to address his lifelong goal of improving the health, wellbeing, and future of the people of his home country, the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Harvard Law and International Development Society builds global law school network

LIDS Global group

One year ago, Co-vice Presidents of Harvard Law & International Development Society Maryum Jordan ’14 and Elizabeth Nehrling ’15 reached out to law schools around the world. Their question was simple: Are faculty and students at your institution interested in starting a law and international development student organization?

UCLA, Harvard Law Schools launch joint annual conference on food law and policy

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UCLA School of Law and Harvard Law School have announced the inauguration of the UCLA-Harvard Food Law and Policy Conference, a joint annual conference that will focus on issues in the food system from a legal perspective. The conference will alternate each year between Los Angeles and Cambridge. The conference is intended to provide a […]