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.
When she was a girl, Megha Parekh’s parents expected her to come home with all A’s on her report card. And she did. Her mother also wanted her to play the flute. And she did … pretty much the exact opposite, banging on a drum set while listening to Metallica. She has been meeting and defying expectations ever since.
During an event at Harvard Law School last year celebrating its 40 clinics and student practice organizations, Van Lanckton ’67 was delighted to hear about so many opportunities for students to work in the public interest today. But he also felt a sense of pride and nostalgia as he recalled the legal services experiment he and hundreds of other students had been part of more than 50 years earlier—at a time when clinical education did not exist at the school and change was in the air.