Constitutional lawyer Menaka Guruswamy LL.M. ’01 successfully argued against a colonial-era law that criminalized gay sex in India. The ruling by India’s Supreme Court last year went beyond decriminalizing gay sex to acknowledge the individual rights of LGBTQ people and apologize for past mistreatment.
As a 2L, Toby Merrill ’11 was enrolled in a Harvard Law School consumer clinic, litigating against predatory lenders of subprime mortgages. Her new mission is no less urgent: fighting for people affected by the predatory lending practices of some for-profit colleges, alleged to provide worthless degrees in exchange for thousands of dollars in government-backed loans.
In the wake of Celebration 65, a commemoration of the 65th anniversary of HLS’s first class with female students, five participants—a former head of state and other successful alumnae in law, government, politics and business—share what they’ve learned about women’s leadership challenges, and how to bring change to their industries, the nation, and the world.
Noah Purcell and Adam Unikowsky first met in the fall of 2004 as 1L sectionmates. Fourteen years later, they met again as adversaries arguing before the U.S. Supreme Court. In between, they served together as Harvard Law Review editors and clerked on the D.C. Circuit and Supreme Court before beginning their careers in Washington, D.C.