Harvard Law School Welcomes the Class of 2021!

For more than two centuries, thousands of students have been shaped by — and have shaped — a great tradition of rigorous legal reasoning and analysis at Harvard Law School. The Class of 2021 joined that long tradition last week as they gathered in Cambridge with their fellow classmates for J.D. Orientation.

Manning elected to American Law Institute

The American Law Institute has elected John Manning ’85, Harvard Law School Morgan and Helen Chu Dean and Professor of Law, as a member. Manning and four Harvard Law School graduates were five of 34 new members elected this year.

Rachel Viscomi named assistant clinical professor of law and director of the Harvard Negotiation and Mediation Clinical Program

Rachel A. Viscomi ’01 has been appointed assistant clinical professor of law at Harvard Law School and named director of the Harvard Negotiation and Mediation Clinical Program. She was formerly a lecturer on law at HLS and the acting director of HNMCP.

Hats Off!

Members of the Class of 2018 gathered in May with family and friends for Commencement festivities, which featured an address from U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.); the presentation of awards to students, staff, and faculty; and a send-off from Dean John F. Manning ’85.

Minow named University Professor

Renowned human rights expert Martha Minow, the Carter Professor of General Jurisprudence at Harvard Law School and a Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor, has been named a University Professor, Harvard’s highest faculty honor. Minow, who was dean of Harvard Law School from 2009 to 2017, will begin her appointment on July 1.

Dean Manning shares ‘canons of construction for life’

Building on lessons learned ‘by making good and bad decisions, by accumulating successes and failures and mistakes, and by watching lots of other people do the same,’ Dean John F. Manning related five pieces of advice for new lawyers–what he described as ‘canons of construction for life’–during his first commencement address as dean of Harvard Law School.