HLS in the Community, April 2018

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    Convening for the common good

    Around the world, Harvard Law School alumni, students, faculty, and staff are using their skills and talents to transform communities. On April 20, hundreds of them gathered at HLS to take a closer look at the school’s local and global contributions of service during HLS in the Community, the final installment in the series of events in celebration of the school’s bicentennial.

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    HLS 200 finale celebrates clinics

    On April 20, HLS in the Community wrapped up a year-long celebration of Harvard Law School's bicentennial by highlighting the contributions made by HLS clinics and students practice organizations (SPOs).

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    HLS faculty and staff join in ‘Week of Service’

    During Spring Break, Harvard Law School staff and faculty volunteered as part of HLS in the Community Week of Service. Together they contributed over 175 volunteer hours at three local service organizations—Community Servings, Cradles to Crayons, and Daily Table.

Special Editions

Looking Back and Looking Forward

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    Blue sky thinking and beyond at Harvard Law hackathons

    As part of the “HLS in the Community” bicentennial event, HLS brought the hackathon concept to the legal space. Instead of writing code, alumni and other professionals worked together on April 20 to hack out legal solutions to social and political issues.

  • Ben Ferencz Videos

    Documenting the Nuremberg Trials

    The Harvard Law School Library uniquely owns and manages approximately one million pages of documents relating to the Nuremberg Trials: thirteen trials conducted just after World War II to prosecute leaders of the Nazi regime. To preserve the contents of these documents—which include trial transcripts and full trial exhibits—the library has undertaken a multi-stage digitization project to make the collection freely accessible online.

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    On a clear, windy afternoon in early September at the opening of its bicentennial observance, Harvard Law School unveiled a memorial on campus.

  • Interview with a new dean

    Interview with a new dean

    John Manning ’85 on getting advice, giving it and “doing disagreement right.”

  • Looking back at the founding of Harvard Law School

    Looking back at the founding of Harvard Law School

    To officially open Harvard Law School’s Bicentennial celebration, a panel of Harvard Law School faculty members gathered on Sept. 5 to discuss the law school’s early history.

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    A welcome 200 years in the making

    Last week, HLS welcomed a new class of J.D., LL.M. and S.J.D. students to campus. Orientation included an ice cream social, section photos and a visit from U.S. Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan ’86.

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    Two professors, six students, three rooms

    "Notice is hereby given that a law school is established at the University to commence on the first Wednesday in October next,” began the Aug. 9, 1817, advertisement in Boston’s Columbian Centinel, one of many newspapers and journals that touted the opening of a new law school, in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

  • Martha Minow on the legacies of Brown v. Board of Education

    Martha Minow’s next chapter

    Martha Minow’s 8-year tenure as dean of Harvard Law School has been nothing short of transformative: She has overseen the expansion of clinical programs and public service initiatives at the school; engendered diversification of faculty, staff and the student body; and supported the pursuit of innovative and entrepreneurial ventures.

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    Picturing Harvard Law School

    In this collection of photos selected from the Harvard Law School’s Historical & Special Collections, the Harvard University Archives and the Harvard Law Bulletin, threads of continuity are woven throughout the Law School experience, no matter which decade—or even which century—you arrived.

  • Harvard Law’s First Century

    For a deep, detailed, compellingly written, unstintingly transparent view of Harvard Law School as it was from the fall of 1817 (six students) to the spring of 1910 (765 students), look to “On the Battlefield of Merit”—the first of two volumes intended to mark the school’s bicentennial in 2017.

Harvard Law School celebrated its bicentennial year with events, festivals, and a summit that focused on the school’s history and future.