Following World War II, American universities faced a crucial housing shortage, as veterans returned to their studies. In 1948, Harvard Law Dean Erwin Griswold turned to Walter Gropius, German architect and founder of the Bauhaus school, commissioning him to create the first Harvard graduate residence center, radically expanding what many saw as the Harvard style.
It was Thursday night and the Ames Courtroom was decked out for a Hollywood-style awards ceremony–1Ls and their dates arrived in tuxes and ball gowns while a jazz combo played, and anticipation was in the air. The winter’s first snow was falling outside, but in Austin Hall, the Tortys had come to town.
The service and unique perspective of the veterans currently enrolled at Harvard Law School enrich the entire HLS community, elevating awareness about the legal and policy issues affecting veterans and the significance of law in contemporary warfare; three military veterans in this year’s entering class shared their experiences in the military and at HLS.
“Tough Cases,” a new book in which 13 trial judges from criminal, civil, probate, and family courts write candid and poignant firsthand accounts of the trials they can’t forget, was the subject of a lively discussion at a panel sponsored by the Harvard Law School Library, which drew a packed house at Wasserstein Hall in October.
A new book from researchers at the Berkman Klein Center, with its origins in a 3-year study of the media ecosystem surrounding the 2016 U.S. presidential election, disrupts the traditional narrative—invoking “fake news,” Russian interference, data breaches and social media—around what contributed to the divisive outcome.