Steiker, Whiting launch new Criminal Justice Program of Study, Research and Advocacy at HLS

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At a time when policing, prosecutorial discretion, the death penalty, and criminal justice as a whole are under tremendous scrutiny in the United States, a new initiative at Harvard Law School seeks to analyze problems within the U.S. criminal justice system and look for solutions. Carol Steiker ’86, the Henry J. Friendly Professor of Law, […]

Jane Harman on the evolving threat of terrorism (video)

Jane Harman

Former Congresswoman Jane Harman ’69 was the keynote speaker at Harvard Law School on Nov. 6, at an event sponsored by HLS Democrats and HLS Republicans. In a question-and-answer session with Dean Martha Minow, Harman reflected on her political career and discussed a range of issues from the fallout from the midterm elections to U.S. intelligence, foreign policy and the evolving threat of terrorism.

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.

Fighting Unequal Justice

Alec Karakatsanis ’08 (left) and Phil Telfeyan ’08 (HLB Fall 2014)

Until last spring, scores of destitute people—virtually all of them African-Americans—were locked up in the city jail of Montgomery, Alabama, for traffic tickets they couldn’t pay, sentenced to a day in jail for every $50 they owed. They could earn a $25 credit daily by providing free labor, scrubbing blood and feces off jail floors and cleaning buildings.

Origin Story

Profile: Tim Kiefer ’98 (HLB Fall 2014)

On the second floor of the City-County Building in Madison, Wisconsin, there now hangs the portrait of a man named Nathan Dane. The same steady gaze examines visitors 1,100 miles away as they step off the elevator on the fourth floor in Langdell Hall at Harvard Law School.