During the Cold War, Gerhardt Bubník LL.M. ’69 Learned to Skate on Thin Ice

Tonya Harding

Gerhardt Bubník LL.M. ’69 still likes the ice. The former competitive skater hung up his skates years ago but has kept his edge, as a skating judge and then a legal adviser to the International Skating Union—all while building a law practice that spanned three political regimes.

For John Matteson ’86, Biography Beckoned—and Proved to be Fertile

John Matteson

Louisa May Alcott once described a philosopher as “a man up in a balloon” tethered to the earth by his family. In his Pulitzer Prize-winning biography, “Eden’s Outcasts: The Story of Louisa May Alcott and Her Father” (Norton, 2007), John Matteson ’86 chronicles the tension and affection in that vertical relationship.

How One Lawyer Went From Being a Shark at the Blackjack Table to a Shark In the Courtroom

Jane Willis and Kate Bosworth

Although she is now a partner at Ropes & Gray in Boston, Jane Willis ’94 credits much of her success as a litigator to a simple strategy she learned outside the law firm and the courtroom—at the blackjack table.

Supreme Foresight: Issac Lidsky ’04, U.S. Supreme Court clerk

U.S. Supreme Court Clerk Isaac Lidsky ’04

The first time (or two) Isaac Lidsky ’04 was denied a Supreme Court clerkship, he didn’t sweat it. He had overcome other challenges and wouldn’t let a few rejection letters get in the way of a dream he’d held since boyhood. “I used to joke that my rule for myself was that I’d continue applying until I was older than the youngest justice,” he says.

A Conversation with Finn Caspersen ’66


Finn M.W. Caspersen ’66 is chairman of the board and CEO of Knickerbocker Management, a private management firm that oversees the assets of various trusts, foundations and individuals.