On Oct. 14, HLS Professor Elizabeth Warren, an expert on consumer and bankruptcy law, received the 2009 Lelia J. Robinson Award from the Women’s Bar Association of Massachusetts. The Robinson Award, named after the first woman admitted to the Massachusetts bar, recognizes women who are engaged in groundbreaking work in the legal profession, and who have served as mentors and role models for other female attorneys.
The Harvard Law School Library announced that its inaugural Morris Cohen Fellowship in American Legal Bibliography and History will go to Sara Mayeux, who is pursuing a joint J.D. and Ph.D. in history from Stanford University.
The following op-ed, “Trial by Firefighters,” co-written by HLS Professor Lani Guinier and Columbia Law Professor Susan Sturm, was published in the July 11, 2009, edition of The New York Times. They are also the co-authors of “Who’s Qualified: A New Democracy Forum on the Future of Affirmative Action” (Beacon Press, 2001).
In the 1950s, the HLS Bulletin asked for alumni updates just as it does today. “Please send us news about yourself, your classmates and other alumni—anything interesting for the Harvard Law School Bulletin,” read the form from Harrison S. Dimmitt ’25, the Bulletin editor. Among those who replied was Benjamin J. Davis ’28, a leading figure in the American Communist Party, who was also a civil rights attorney and a former New York city councilman.
In June, HLS Professor Bruce H. Mann, was elected to the Council of the Omohundro Institute for Early American History and Culture in Williamsburg, Va., for a three-year term. He is a legal historian who studies the relationship between law, economy and society in early America and also teaches Property and Trusts and Estates.
In an April 29 lecture, Harvard Law School Professor Robert H. Sitkoff discussed the causes and consequences of revolutionary changes in American trust law. The talk, entitled “Lawyers, Banks, and Money: The Quiet Revolution in American Trust Law,” was part of an event honoring Sitkoff on his appointment as the John L. Gray Professor of Law. (Watch a webcast of the event.)