Anne Fleming ’05, a former HLS Climenko Fellow, a legal historian and a professor at Georgetown University Law Center, died suddenly Aug. 26 from an embolism. Her research interests included contract and commercial law, consumer finance, and American legal history, with a focus on the relationship between law and poverty.
The U.S. ambassador and lifelong civil rights activist passed away on August 11, 2020. He was one of only four Black students in his class at HLS. His work in Africa became his most enduring legacy – notably as ambassador to Senegal at the end of President Carter’s administration and, more dramatically, as President Clinton’s ambassador to Nigeria.
Jerome E. Hyman ’47 had a long and distinguished career at the firm that is now Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, focusing on corporate and securities matters. For many years he was the principal corporate counsel for leading companies including Pan American World Airways, Macy’s and Scientific American.
He also was a longtime philanthropist, a participant in civic affairs, and a public-spirited humanitarian. A supporter of Harvard Law School for more than 50 years, he served as a member of the HLS Visiting Committee and on the Advisory Board for the HLS dean.
Early in his career, Paul L. Perito ’64 served as an assistant U.S. attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, as chief counsel and later as staff director to the U.S. House of Representatives Select Committee on Crime, and as chief counsel and deputy director of the White House Special Action Office for Drug Abuse Prevention. He went on to a career in private practice as a partner at Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker and was an officer and member of the board of directors at Star Scientific Inc. From 2012 to 2014, Perito served as president of the Harvard Law School Alumni Association.
Vincent P. McCarthy ’65 began his career managing Bobby Kennedy’s Massachusetts presidential campaign and co-founded the Robert F. Kennedy Children’s Action Corps, a child welfare agency. In the early ’70s, after joining the law firm that became WilmerHale, he came out as one of the few openly gay partners at a major U.S. law firm, battled alcoholism and achieved permanent sobriety. He went on to co-found the Human Rights Campaign (today the nation’s largest advocacy group for LGBT people), the Mass. Lesbian and Gay Bar Association, and the Massachusetts Governor’s Advisory Committee on Gay and Lesbian Youth, and helped organize gay and lesbian alumni throughout Harvard (leading to a university-wide nondiscrimination policy in the early 1980s).
Lila Fenwick ’56 was a student at Harvard Law School in 1954 when the Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education came down. “I was delirious,” recalled Fenwick, one of only a handful of women students at HLS at the time and the only black woman among them. She went on to a career in the United Nations and in private practice. “I knew I was going to be a lawyer when I was a little girl,” she said. “It never occurred to me that there were going to be any obstacles.” With that determination, Fenwick, who died on April 4, helped tear down obstacles for generations of others.
John F. Cogan Jr. ’52, a legal leader, civic activist and dedicated supporter of Harvard Law School, has died. He was 93. Cogan was a longtime attorney of the Boston law firm Hale & Dorr, now WilmerHale, joining the firm in 1952. During his nearly 50-year career, he served as chairman of the firm’s corporate department and was a member of the executive committee. He was managing partner from 1976 to 1984 and was chairman from 1984 to 1996. After retiring as of counsel in 1999, Cogan remained connected to the firm.
A human rights lawyer in the Philippines, Fulgencio S. “Jun” Factoran LL.M. ’69 served as secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, appointed by President Corazon Aquino.