A Question of History

On March 14, the Harvard Corporation voted to retire the Harvard Law School shield, following the recommendation of an HLS committee. The shield is modeled on the family crest of Isaac Royall, whose bequest endowed the first professorship of law at Harvard. Royall was the son of an Antiguan slaveholder.

David Kennedy on ‘How Power, Law, and Expertise Shape Global Political Economy’

In his latest book, ‘A World of Struggle: How Power, Law, and Expertise Shape Global Political Economy,’ Professor David Kennedy points to widespread uncertainty and ambivalence about the world and explores ‘the role of expertise and professional practice in the routine conflicts through which global political and economic life takes shape.’

Law School committee recommends retiring current shield

A committee of Harvard Law School faculty, students, alumni, and staff established in November by Dean Martha Minow has recommended to the Harvard Corporation that the HLS shield — which is modeled on the family crest of an 18th century slaveholder — no longer be the official symbol of Harvard Law School.