About Martha Minow

Martha Minow, Morgan and Helen Chu Dean and Professor of Law, has taught at Harvard Law School since 1981, where her courses have included civil procedure, constitutional law, family law, international criminal justice, jurisprudence, law and education, nonprofit organizations, and the public law workshop. An expert in human rights and advocacy for members of racial and religious minorities and for women, children, and persons with disabilities, she also writes and teaches about privatization, military justice, and ethnic and religious conflict.
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Dean Minow: Recent Perspectives and Scholarship

 2013 Message to Alumni
"These challenges—for law firms, law schools, and the justice system itself—can be tackled more effectively if they are approached together. Efforts to revamp the business models of law firms and law schools could promote collaborations that improve access to justice." [Continue reading.]
  Points of Inflection
"Although historians will surely devote much ink—or bytes—to the financial crisis, I believe that this time will be known as an inflection point in world history because of huge revolutions under way in the world—changes that make this an electrifying time to be in the legal profession."  [Continue reading.] 

In Brown’s Wake: Legacies of America’s Educational Landmark
In her new book (Oxford University Press, 2010), Dean Minow explores the wide-ranging impact of Brown v. Board of Education — on everything from school choice in the U.S. to legal challenges to the treatment of Roma children in the Czech Republic.  

"In some ways it’s been a life’s project," she told the Harvard Law Bulletin. "After graduate work and research in education during the Boston desegregation struggles, I pursued law school in hopes of advancing the efforts for equal education opportunity. I had the privilege of clerking for Justice Thurgood Marshall and discussing with him the unfinished business of Brown v. Board of Education. I lived through fights over the treatments of gender, class, religion, disability, and sexual orientation in schools and elsewhere. When the 50th anniversary of Brown came around, I was dismayed by how much of the public discussion and scholarly debate stressed the failures of the decision. I decided to write a book acknowledging disappointments while tracking the unexpected legacies of the decision."

Dean Minow: In The News

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