Alumni Notes and Newsmakers

  • A Matter of Principle

    Avery Dulles ’40–’41 knows that the law is important. But throughout his life he has focused on something even more important to him.

  • A Judge for Human Rights

    Not many people attend an event in Cambridge and end up in Tanzania. But that is precisely what happened to Gerald Gillerman ’52, a Massachusetts Appeals Court judge.

  • Food Obsession

    “The inability to enjoy every type of food is as debilitating as the inability to enjoy sex,” says Jeffrey Steingarten ’68, who has written a food column for Vogue magazine since 1988.

  • A Renaissance Man

    Philip Lader ’71 jokes that he has “spent 25 years doing almost anything to avoid practicing law.” And everyone from Australian university students to the president of the United States has benefited from his alternative choices.

  • A Duty and Mission

    She never saw herself as a politician. Indeed, she never thought she would even have the chance to lead. But now Hsiu-Lien Annette Lu LL.M. ’78, author, cancer survivor, former political prisoner, and founding member of Taiwan’s Democratic Progressive Party, has become the newly elected vice president of Taiwan.

  • On Top of the World

    As the recently appointed executive director of Los Angeles World Airports, Lydia Kennard ’79 oversees four airport facilities, 3,000 employees, and an annual budget of nearly $1 billion. But her greatest concern is the growing number of passengers overburdening the second-largest system of airports in the world.

  • A Connection to the Lockerbie Trial

    Donna Arzt ’79 remembers exactly where she was in 1988 when she heard that Pan Am Flight 103 had exploded over Lockerbie, Scotland. It was Arzt’s first year as a law professor at Syracuse University, and with 35 Syracuse undergraduates on board Flight 103 the knowledge that the blast left no survivors cast a pall over the campus.

  • Bicultural Biography

    Ana Maria Salazar ’89 always notices the surprised looks. Salazar, deputy assistant secretary of defense for drug enforcement policy and support, gets that reaction often on the job.

  • In Defense of Disobedience

    When police tear-gassed the giant sea turtle outside the World Trade Organization meeting last November, Katya Komisaruk ’93 sprang into action.

  • Unconventional Wisdom

    In her new memoir, An American Story (Pantheon Books, September 2000), Debra Dickerson offers her analysis of the HLS experience and its students as a coda to an autobiography filled with determination, hurt, achievement, and struggle.