Faith in the Law

Four HLS programs pursue research and address current topics at the intersection of religion and law
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Writ Large

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Bad News

Martha Minow contends that the current digital media environment is responsible for a crisis that should be addressed through government action

With the rise of social media and the decline of traditional news outlets, especially local news, “constitutional democracy itself is in the balance,” writes Minow in her new book. Continue Reading

Preserve, Protect, and Defend

In his new book, Noah Feldman reveals Lincoln’s role in breaking — and remaking — the U.S. Constitution

In his new book, Noah Feldman offers a fresh perspective on the decisions Abraham Lincoln made regarding the U.S. Constitution — many of which he describes as legally indefensible. Continue Reading

Faculty Books in Brief: Winter 2022

A wide range of books by faculty, from a collection of essays on the ethics of consumer genetic testing to a look at the fate of constitutional institutions in populist regimes to a delightful children's book by a legal philosopher. Continue Reading

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Letter from the Dean

Looking to the Future

I am grateful to students, staff, and faculty for their adaptability, resilience, and hard work, and to you, our alumni, for your unflagging support as we have navigated this shape-shifting pandemic. Like so many around the world in this moment, people here at HLS are tired; we have pushed this boulder up the hill again and again, with the hill a little different each time. And yet there has been something invigorating about the way our community has pulled together to fulfill our Law School’s important mission, even in hard times. It has been vital, throughout these challenging times, to keep a steady focus on the future and on the ways this Law School can best contribute, and best prepare our students to contribute, to a world that badly needs great lawyers to advance truth, law, and justice — the ideals that emblazon our new shield and inspire our work together. Continue Reading

Alumni Notes and Newsmakers

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    Race and Place

    Caste is alive and well in the United States — and it starts with the very neighborhoods we call home. That’s the uncomfortable truth Sheryll Cashin asks us to confront in her new book.

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    To Infinity and Beyond

    Since 2007, Gabriel Swiney has served in the State Department’s Office of the Legal Adviser. His work in space law, he says, has allowed him to merge his experience and his passion to help future generations chart a safer, fairer path to the stars.

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    Home Court

    “There aren’t a lot of jobs where your only job is to figure out what the law is and apply it to the facts without anybody from the outside pressuring you to take a certain position or view it in a certain way,” says Jonathan Papik.

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    A Position of Authority

    In his book “The Authority of the Court and the Peril of Politics,” Justice Stephen Breyer explored how the Court can continue to maintain its vital role as a check on the rest of the government.

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    HLS Authors: Selected Alumni Books Winter 2022

    When Tibor Várady began looking through more than 100 years of files of his family’s law firm in a Serbian city in Eastern Europe, he found not only client information. He uncovered a history of the people of the region during world wars and under control of multiple states.

Class Notes Sampler

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For the Love of Jazz

January 31, 2022

Allan Berland ’63, a retired lawyer, produces classic jazz radio program. Continue Reading

A World of Choices

January 31, 2022

Anna Spain Bradley ’04 writes on the process of decision-making in international law. Continue Reading

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To Pittsburgh with Love

January 31, 2022

Ken Gormley ’80, president of Duquesne University, writes his first novel. Continue Reading


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Portraits in Leadership

From the late 1800s to today, artists have created portraits of Harvard Law School's deans — a visual history of the school's leaders

From the late 1800s to today artists have created portraits of Harvard Law School's deans, preserving a visual history of the school's leaders. Continue Reading

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Be careful what you wish for

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I have several comments on Lincoln Caplan’s article on whether the press can be held liable for publishing material obtained illegally (“The Pentagon Papers Case Today,” Summer issue). True, as Caplan points out, under current law, the press cannot be punished for publishing information that comes into its possession even if that information was obtained […] Continue Reading

The missing question

It is unfortunate that Elaine McArdle, in her cover article entitled “Oh, What a Tangled Web We Weave,” failed to ask the crucial question, “How do we determine what is ‘disinformation’?” As a 1979 HLS graduate privileged to have learned constitutional law from Laurence Tribe ’66, alongside (now Chief Justice) John Roberts ’79, I cherish […] Continue Reading

A privilege to serve the nation in their company

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Thank you for the fine story about my colleague Gregory Maggs ’88 in the Summer issue (“Salute to Justice”). Greg is a superb example of the best the Law School produces, having excelled as academic, as soldier, and as judge. It is also good to see coverage of the military justice system in the Law […] Continue Reading

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