Harvard Law’s Petrie-Flom Center (video)

Petrie-Flom Center co-directors Benjamin Roin and I. Glenn Cohen

Founded five years ago as a think tank to respond to the need for leading legal scholarship at the intersection of medicine, science, and law, the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School tackles a wide range of issues, bringing together top scholars from a variety of fields in an interdisciplinary approach to some of the thorniest problems faced by society today.

Minow, four other law school deans urge Armed Services Committees to support ending "Don’t Ask Don’t Tell" policy

Dean Martha Minow

Harvard Law School Dean Martha Minow and four other law school deans have urged key lawmakers on Capitol Hill to end the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy. “The effects of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ are marginalization, exclusion, and denigration,” wrote the law school deans in a March 18 letter to the Armed Services committees in the House and Senate.

Dershowitz in NYT: Representing the despised

Professor Alan Dershowitz

In today’s New York Times, Alan M. Dershowitz, the Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, contributed a post, “Representing the Despised,” in response to the recent release of a video by a conservative advocacy organization, Keep America Safe, which takes aim at lawyers who have represented Guantánamo detainees and are now working in the Justice Department.Dershowitz’s post is one of four commentaries that appeared as part of the Times’ Room for Debate blog post “Attacking Lawyers from the Right and Left.” Dershowitz is the author of many books, including, “Rights from Wrongs: A Secular Theory of the Origins of Rights.”

Wilkins Receives Inaugural J. Clay Smith Award

Professor David Wilkins ’80

David Wilkins, the Lester Kissel Professor of Law and director of the Program on the Legal Profession at Harvard LawSchool, was selected to receive the first-ever J. Clay Smith Award from Howard University School of Law.  A member of the Harvard Law School faculty since 1986, Wilkins specializes in studying the structures, norms, and practices of the legal profession, as well as legal ethics.

In The New Republic, Lessig warns against too much transparency

HLS Professor Lawrence Lessig’s article “Against Transparency: The perils of openness in government,” appeared in the October 9, 2009 issue of The New Republic. In addition to his professorship at the law school, he is director of Harvard University’s Edmond J. Safra Foundation Center for Ethics, and the author most recently of “Remix: Making Art and Commerce Thrive in the Hybrid Economy” (Penguin). He is on the advisory board of the Sunlight Foundation and on the board of Maplight.org.