The Purity of the Strain

Since presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama ’91 launched his campaign earlier this year, some have questioned whether Americans are ready to elect a black president.

In legal scholarship, what defines staying power?

What does it mean to ‘think like a lawyer’ – in particular, an American lawyer? After wrestling with that question for years, Harvard Law Professors David Kennedy ’80 and William W. Fisher III ’82 have given us an anthology of the law review articles they believe yield the answer.

The New 1L

For the first time in decades, HLS has changed the basic structure of its first-year experience, and students and faculty are singing the praises of The New 1L.

A Word of Trouble

A hypothetical: A reporter is going to interview Professor Randall Kennedy. The reporter says to a group of coworkers: “That is one righteous nigger.” A colleague complains. The reporter, whose intent was to compliment the professor, is fired for using grossly offensive language.