A room that was meant to offer a respite from the rigors of the Harvard Law School curriculum became a portal to exploring some of the most important issues in American law.
In July, John Manning ’85 became the 13th dean of Harvard Law School. A scholar of public law, Manning has taught courses on administrative law, federal courts, legislation and regulation, separation of powers, and statutory interpretation. He joined the Harvard Law faculty in 2004, after a decade at Columbia Law School. Early in his career, Manning clerked for Judge Robert H. Bork on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and for Justice Antonin Scalia ’60 on the U.S. Supreme Court. He also worked in the U.S. Department of Justice as an attorney-adviser in the Office of Legal Counsel and as an assistant to the solicitor general, as well as in private practice.In late September, as the school had begun to celebrate its bicentennial, Manning spoke with the Harvard Law Bulletin in the dean’s office in Griswold 200 on a range of topics, including getting advice, giving it and “doing disagreement right.”
Since the doors of College House Number 2 opened to the first six students in the fall of 1817, almost everything at Harvard Law School has changed. But in this collection of photos selected from the school’s Historical & Special Collections, the Harvard University Archives and the Harvard Law Bulletin, you will see threads of continuity, no matter which decade—or even which century—you arrived.