August 2010

August 2010

Our heartfelt congratulations to Elena Kagan ’86 on her confirmation as the 112th Supreme Court Justice of the United States. Kagan becomes the 20th HLS alumnus to serve on the Court in our nation’s history. We wish Justice Kagan the very best as she assumes this remarkable responsibility.
With the closing days of August, students have been arriving on campus for orientation and the beginning of classes on September 1. With their return, we are learning about the fascinating and terrific work they have engaged in over the summer. Despite the pressures of the economy, HLS students found meaningful and challenging work thanks, in part, to fellowships made possible by alumni as well as alumni mentors who facilitated student employment through HLS Connect.

With the help of alumni mentors, students gain perspective on their chosen fields and organizations, learn tips about the legal market in a particular geographic area, and receive advice on course selection, judicial clerkships and job search strategies. As advisors to the next generation of HLS graduates, you can take advantage of the opportunity to network and reconnect with alumni from around the country and the world, as well as with Harvard Law School itself. I think you will find mentoring an HLS student very rewarding—we are grateful to those of you who have already joined the advising network for your commitment to the HLS community. We hope that more of you will join this year—to make a difference in the lives of HLS students, please register at

We hope to see many of you in the coming year at an HLS event or on campus. Best wishes to you and your families for the balance of the summer.

Steven Oliveira

Steven Oliveira
Associate Dean and Dean for
Development and Alumni Relations


August 2010

Kagan Kagan is Confirmed as Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (Video/Slideshow)
The Senate confirmed former Harvard Law School Dean and Solicitor General Elena Kagan ’86 to succeed Justice John Paul Stevens on the Supreme Court by a vote of 63-37 on August 5. Kagan becomes the first former Dean of the Law School to serve on the Court. Read More
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View Timeline:
Harvard Law School's Transformation

A Longstanding Legacy: Harvard and the Supreme Court

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President Obama Speaks on the Confirmation of Elena Kagan
White House Reception in Honor of Kagan's Confirmation
Associate Justice Elena Kagan Swearing-in Ceremony
Minow in The Boston Globe:
"Also Confirmed: Marshall's Legacy"
Harvard Law School Dean Martha Minow’s op-ed, entitled “Also confirmed: Marshall’s legacy,” appeared in the August 8 edition of The Boston Globe. According to Minow, the appointment of Elena Kagan ’86 to the Supreme Court serves as a reminder of Justice Thurgood Marshall’s enduring legacy and most significant contribution to American law: his successful argument of Brown v. Board of Education.  Read More
In Brown's Wake
Dean Minow Examines the Legacies of Brown v. the Board of Education in New Book
Dean Martha Minow’s new book, “In Brown’s Wake,” which examines the legacies of Brown v. the Board of Education, was released this summer by Oxford University Press. In an interview on ScotusBlog, Minow discusses the book and the reverberations of Brown in American schools. Read More
Faculty Appointments Appointments: Gordon-Reed, de Burca and Wu Join HLS Faculty
Annette Gordon-Reed ’84, an award-winning historian, Grainne de Burca, a noted scholar in European Union law, and Mark Wu, an expert in international trade and intellectual property have just joined the HLS faculty.  Read More
Warren New York Times Editorial: Elizabeth Warren
NYTimes Editorial encouraging President Barack Obama to nominate Elizabeth Warren to head the new Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection.  Read More

Read More: Former Students Send Letter to White House in Support of Elizabeth Warren

Bebchuk Corporate Governance Network Debuts New E-Journal
The Social Science Research Network recently announced the distribution of a new e-journal on Bankruptcy, Financial Distress, & Reorganization provided by Corporate Governance Network (CGN).  CGN is an online community interested in the expanding area of corporate governance research. CGN is directed by members of the Corporate Governance Program and Lucian Bebchuk, the William J. Friedman and Alicia Townsend Friedman Professor of Law at Harvard Law School.  Read More
Public Service Paid by Big Firms, Young Lawyers Turn to
Public Service
With offers of employment made in August 2008 and the full force of the recession hitting in October, many big law firms had to re-evaluate the job offers made to members of the class of 2009. As a way to keep their costs down while holding on to promising associates, many offered the graduates the chance to take up to a year off before starting as associates, complete with a stipend of $60,000 to $75,000. They could travel, do research, or choose — as many did — to work in the public sector.  Read More
Lazarus Richard Lazarus '79 Named Executive Director of National Oil Spill Commission
Environmental law expert Richard Lazarus ’79 has been appointed the executive director of a new bipartisan commission created by President Barack Obama ’91 to examine the causes of the ongoing oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.  Read More
Olin The Olin Advantage: HLS Fellowship Helps Train Future Academics
Lisa Bernstein ’90 knew from her first day of law school that she wanted to be a professor, though as time went on, she wondered whether that would be possible without top grades or law review credentials. What helped to set her apart from other applicants, she says, was the paper she wrote—and mentoring she received—as an Olin Fellow during law school.  Read More

Stevens Ted Stevens '50, Longtime Alaska Senator,
Dies at 86
Ted Stevens '50, the former United States senator who was killed August 9 in a plane crash at the age of 86, helped shape modern Alaska with federal laws and billions in federal dollars.
Read More


Lucy Koh '93

Wins Senate Confirmation;
First Korean-American Federal District Court Judge

John H. Garvey '74
Named Next President
of The Catholic University
of America 

David Golden '83

Nominated to
Barnes & Noble's
Board of Directors


Ross E. Traphagen, Jr. '49

Traphagen Distinguished Alumni Speaker Series
Established in 1996 to foster interaction between students and alumni, the Traphagen Distinguished Alumni Speakers Series (TDASS) invites Law School alumni back to campus to speak informally with students about their careers.

Thursday, September 16 
The Honorable Diarmuid F. O’Scannlain ‘63
U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit

Wednesday, September 29
Anthony Scaramucci ’89
SkyBridge Capital; author, "Goodbye Gordon Gekko: How to Find Your Fortune Without Losing Your Soul"

Tuesday, October 5  
Scott A. Nathan J.D./M.B.A. ’94
The Baupost Group LLC

A Conversation with John F. Cogan Jr. '52
Jack Cogan jokes that he resides “in the shadow of Harvard,” having moved back to the Square after living in Lexington for years. A graduate of Harvard College ’49 and Harvard Law School '52, he’s had a long engagement with the law school and the university.  Mr. Cogan is a member of the Harvard Law School Visiting Committee and several Harvard University Visiting Committees.  Read More
Harvard Law School Fund Welcomes Marshall Sonenshine '85 as Chair of the HLS Fund
The Harvard Law School Fund is pleased to welcome Marshall Sonenshine '85 as the new Fund Chair. The HLS Fund provides financial stability to HLS through unrestricted gifts — for 60 years generous alumni have provided essential support, year in and year out, enabling generations of students to receive the finest legal education in the world.  HLS Fund Website
Palfrey Q&A: Rumors, Cyberbullying and Anonymity
John Palfrey, Harvard Law School professor, co-director of Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet & Society, and author of "Born Digital: Understanding the First Generation of Digital Natives" is interviewed on the issue of Internet rumors by New York Times' personal-technology columnist, David Pogue.  Read More
Whiting Whiting to Join International Criminal Court
Alex Whiting, an assistant clinical professor of law at Harvard Law School, will join the International Criminal Court (ICC) as the investigation coordinator this December. Serving as the deputy to the chief of investigations, he will be responsible for managing and providing legal guidance and direction to all of the ICC’s investigations in this new post.  Read More

Whiting Interviewed on WBUR Radio about New ICC Post (Audio)

Zittrain Zittrain Wins Broadcast Debate Arguing for Realities of a Cyber Threat (Audio)
In a debate broadcast from Washington, D.C., HLS Professor Jonathan Zittrain ’95 argued that the “Cyber War Threat” is a real and present danger. Zittrain was teamed up with former Director of National Intelligence Mike McConnell.
Read More
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Zittrain in NYTimes: "An Impenetrable Web of Fees"

Zittrain in Newsweek: Google-Verizon Net Neutrality Proposal
Massachusetts Enacts Landmark Foreclosure Protections Drafted by Harvard Law School Students
Groundbreaking legislation originally drafted by students from the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau (HLAB) to protect tenants from losing their homes after foreclosure was signed into law on August 7 by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick ’82, former president of HLAB.  Read More

HLS Connect
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HLS Connect is an online networking and advising tool where alumni can register, search and connect with other alumni. The information can be searched and shared by name, location, class year, current or past employment, practice area or type of work, just to name some of the categories. HLS Connect also provides an opportunity for alumni to serve as advisors to current students and other alumni sharing career advice and expertise.
Register  |  Search  |  Update Your Profile  |  Become an Advisor
Advice and Guidance from HLS Alumni Help Students Secure Summer Internships
This summer many HLS students experienced the benefits of reaching out to HLS alumni for career guidance and expertise.  Read about two alumni whose simple words of advice and actions helped two students from the Class of 2012 secure their ideal summer internship.  Read More
Carolyn Stafford Stein
Carolyn Stafford Stein '85
Assistant Director for
Alumni Advising, OPIA

Need advice or guidance locating public interest work?
The Bernard Koteen Office of Public Interest Advising is pleased to welcome Carolyn Stafford Stein '85 in her new role as Assistant Director for Alumni Advising.  Carolyn will provide individual counseling for alumni interested in public sector opportunities; plan, develop, and implement comprehensive career programs, workshops and alumni-tailored initiatives; and develop online and print communications for alumni seeking public interest work.  Carolyn has long been involved with OPIA as a term-time student and alumni advisor.  Please note that this is a part-time position and alumni may experience a wait in obtaining advising appointments.  Read Carolyn's Full Bio 
Office of Career Services  Office of Career Services - Alumni Advising
The Office of Career Services will also be expanding their advising capabilities for alumni this fall.  Stay tuned to learn more about additional career advising opportunities from OCS in the coming months.

Dean's Reception Series
Over the past several months, Dean Martha Minow visited alumni at receptions in Boston, Chicago, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles and London.  Read more about these events and view photos below.

Boston  |  Chicago  | 
Washington, DC  |  Los Angeles  |  London

September 27, 2010
San Diego, CA
HLSA of San Diego General Counsel Series
Luncheon Discussion with Alan Tse '97
VP & General Counsel, LG Electronics MobileComm USA Inc.
11:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m., $40 per person
University Club Atop Symphony Towers
750 B Street, Suite 3400, San Diego, CA 92101
RSVP: Download PDF
Approved for one hour California State Bar MCLE credit
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Fall Reunion

October 29-31, 2010

Cambridge, MA
Harvard Law School Reunions
Classes of 1950, 1955, 1965, 1980, 1990, 1995,
2005 and Emeritus Club

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