Joan Miró, untitled ceramic mural, 1960

When Harvard Went Modern

The understated art of the Bauhaus at Harvard Law

Following World War II, American universities faced a crucial housing shortage, as veterans returned to their studies. In 1948, Harvard Law Dean Erwin Griswold turned to Walter Gropius, German architect and founder of the Bauhaus school, commissioning him to create the first Harvard graduate residence center, radically expanding what many saw as the Harvard style. Continue Reading

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A Precarious State

A new book warns that institutional corruption is corroding our nation

Think of an honest used car salesperson. The very idea might seem like an oxymoron. That’s not because no honest people ever sell cars. It’s because the profession as a whole is not considered trustworthy by the public. What if that sense of mistrust were not limited to the used car lot but had spread to institutions the public relies on every day? It has, according to Harvard Law School Professor Lawrence Lessig. Continue Reading

The Price Is Right

Sunstein details how government can best spend money to benefit the public

HLS Professor Cass Sunstein ’78 argues that for all their differences, every president since Ronald Reagan has agreed on one fundamental principle of government. That is, “No action may be taken unless the benefits justify the costs.” Sunstein identifies President Reagan as the main architect of this concept, and he credits the president he served under, Barack Obama ’91, with cementing what he calls “the cost-benefit revolution,” which is also the title of Sunstein’s new book. Continue Reading

Faculty Books in Brief: Winter 2019

From organized crime to 'butterfly politics' to constitutional democracies in crisis

With the increased use of a massive volume and variety of data in our lives, our health care will inevitably be affected, note the editors of a new collection, one of the recent faculty books captured in this section. Continue Reading

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"We can't recover from this history until we deal with it."

Bryan Stevenson ’85 discusses the legacy of slavery and the vision behind creating the National Memorial for Peace and Justice and The Legacy Museum in Montgomery Alabama.

Alumni Notes and Newsmakers

  • Patti B. Saris ’76

    A Conversation with Patti B. Saris ’76

    A trailblazing career leads Patti Saris '76 to cutting-edge science and criminal justice reform.

  • Portrait of Yuko Miyazaki LL.M. '84

    A Pioneer’s Logic

    As soon as Yuko Miyazaki LL.M. ’84 joined the Supreme Court of Japan in January 2018, she made history and international headlines. The sixth female justice on Japan’s high court, Miyazaki announced she’d be the first to issue opinions under her maiden name—an option not available to female judges in Japan until 2017.

  • Norm Eisen with Vaclav Havel

    The Last Palace and the Next Battle

    Norman Eisen ’91 tells the epic story of democracy’s long victory in Europe through a house’s history—and his mother’s life.

  • Outside the Community Legal Assistance Office, 1967

    A ’60s Experiment with a Ripple Effect

    During an event at Harvard Law School last year celebrating its 40 clinics and student practice organizations, Van Lanckton ’67 was delighted to hear about so many opportunities for students to work in the public interest today. But he also felt a sense of pride and nostalgia as he recalled the legal services experiment he and hundreds of other students had been part of more than 50 years earlier—at a time when clinical education did not exist at the school and change was in the air.

  • Dan Eaton at podium

    Empowered and Supported

    HLSA President Dan Eaton ’89 wants to share the benefits of a remarkable experience.

  • Noah Purcell and Adam Unikowsky

    A High Court Reunion

    Noah Purcell and Adam Unikowsky first met in the fall of 2004 as 1L sectionmates. Fourteen years later, they met again as adversaries arguing before the U.S. Supreme Court. In between, they served together as Harvard Law Review editors and clerked on the D.C. Circuit and Supreme Court before beginning their careers in Washington, D.C.

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    HLS Authors: Selected Alumni Books Winter ’19

    Alumni explorations, from the blockchain, to marriage counseling, to Guantanamo Bay

1982 Sandra Day O’Connor Ames on the bench

Supreme Viewing: A Deep Bench

17 SCOTUS justices can be viewed presiding over the Ames Moot Court Competition

Although arguments in the U.S. Supreme Court are not video-recorded, you can watch many of its justices questioning oralists and presiding over cases—within the State of Ames. Visit Harvard Law School’s archive of video recordings of the final rounds of the Ames Moot Court Competition. Continue Reading