Alumni Feature

The Wordsmith

Sarah Hurwitz has quietly helped craft some of the first lady's most memorable speeches

Sarah Hurwitz began working with Michelle Obama on her speech to the 2008 Democratic convention in Denver. Eventually she would go on to work with the first lady almost exclusively for nearly six years.

“The defining truth about working with the first lady is this: She always knows what she wants to say—period,” Hurwitz told the Bulletin. “She has an unwavering sense of who she is and exactly what points she wants to make.”

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  • Making History

    Harvard Law School has produced plenty of senators, Supreme Court justices and two presidents, but no graduate has ever served as vice president. This election has presented the first opportunity in decades to end that drought with both Democrat Tim Kaine ’83 and Libertarian William Weld ’70 on the ballot as vice presidential candidates.

  • A Citizen’s Constitution

    On the stage of the Democratic National Convention, one Gold Star father invoked the words of the Founding Fathers, and just like that, a Pakistani-born Muslim American lawyer inspired more Americans to buy pocket U.S. Constitutions from Amazon than ever before. His life has not been the same since.

  • Harvesting Progress

    Carol Wang ’13 spent two years before law school crisscrossing Afghanistan helping nascent small businesses. Now, she and three military veterans who served there are building their own small business designed to boost the nation’s long-troubled economy.

  • Collegial Counselor

    Throughout his career, James O. Bass Sr. '34 has engendered confidence in leadership circles as the ultimate counselor.

  • Gaining Ground in Ghana

    As a child, Raymond Atuguba was regularly confronted by the harsh realities of poverty in Ghana. His father, a civil servant posted to rural areas, owned the only car for miles around. “Every emergency was brought to our door. If the car was not functioning, people died—on a daily basis—because they could not get to the hospital,” recalls Atuguba. “When I grew up, I said, ‘No, this has to change.’”

  • Will Power

    Terry Franklin ’89, a trusts and estates litigator, knows the importance of wills to those left behind. Recently he has focused on a will executed 170 years ago with enormous bearing on his ancestors’ survival and his own existence.

  • Peter Krause ’74

    Sparking Engagement

    As the new Harvard Law School Association president, Peter C. Krause ’74 has set a goal to engage international alumni across the globe.

  • The Road Less Traveled

    When Kelly Shapiro ’05 started her own entertainment law practice last year after stepping down as VP of a real estate investment trust, she had no intention of working on a TV show.

  • On Cape Cod

    Don Krohn's long career has taken him around the world, but in his new new collection of photographs Krohn '87 turns his focus to his home on the coast of Massachusetts.

  • HLS Authors

    A father’s fight for justice, a modern-day Beowulf, an American heiress