The World at HLS

A gathering for the history books

At the end of October, some 3,000 members of the HLS community participated in Harvard Law School’s Bicentennial Summit: HLS in the World. If you attended, you were in the company of HLS legislators, governors, judges, public interest leaders, entrepreneurs, financiers and journalists from around the globe.

It began with a spirited conversation among six members of the U.S. Supreme Court, all HLS alumni, moderated by Dean John Manning ’85. During the event in Sanders Theatre, the justices shared memories, humor and even a little advice for advocates. The summit continued the next day with an abundance of offerings, including panel discussions with HLS senators and representatives, a forum on national security and privacy, and a highly entertaining reargument of Marbury v. Madison by two eminent Supreme Court advocates—to name just a few of the 62 events. In between sessions, you might have run into the founder of the Equal Justice Initiative, a governor or three, or the president of the EU’s highest court, and have lifted a glass to the next 100 years.

Soundbites from the Summit

“This afternoon underscores … the notion that graduates of this school should be citizen-lawyers.”
—David Gergen ’67

“To be able to have people trust you with [their] pain or their story means a great deal.”
—Loretta Lynch ’84

“It takes restraint to listen rather than speak, to consider rather than dismiss, to follow new wisdom rather than familiar doctrine.”­
—Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. ’79

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