October 2010

October 2010

As fall has arrived in Cambridge, the leaves are beginning to change and the campus is a patchwork of color. With students fully immersed in the fall semester, the campus is alive with activity.

Given last year’s challenging job market, please note the piece Fellowship and Scholarship Winners from HLS. I am pleased to report that vital fellowships and scholarships continue to be an important part of the Harvard Law School experience. These grants allow students to pursue domestic and international opportunities in a variety of fields including public service, clerkships, the environment and many areas of advanced study. In addition, we have increased financial aid and expanded the Low Income Protection Plan, enabling critical support to our students during this economically turbulent time.

Last year we established HLS Connect as an on-line advising and mentoring network for our students and alumni who could greatly benefit from the wisdom and experience of our graduates. With the start of the new academic year, HLS Connect is seeking more mentors. Would you be willing to spend some time providing our students with advice and counsel on law school and career options? If so, please register at www.hlsconnect.com/register and take a step that can make a difference in the lives of our students.

We are looking forward to Reunions at the end of October (29-31) and to hosting many of you as we celebrate with the classes of 1950, 1955, 1965, 1980, 1990, 1995, 2005 and Emeritus Club.

We hope to see you in Cambridge soon.

Steven Oliveira

Steven Oliveira
Associate Dean and Dean for
Development and Alumni Relations



Elizabeth Warren, a Crusader for Fairness, Will Shape the New Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection
On September 17, President Barack Obama ’91 introduced Harvard Law School Professor Elizabeth Warren as his choice to head the steering committee of the newly created Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Warren will serve as an assistant to the president and as a special adviser to Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner. 
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President Obama's statement to the press
Elizabeth Warren's Bio

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Professor Elizabeth Warren speaks about the Consumer Financial Protection Agency

Gordon-Reed Professor Annette Gordon-Reed '84 Wins a MacArthur Fellowship (Audio)
The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation announced that Annette Gordon-Reed ’84, an award-winning historian, is one of 23 recipients of the 2010 MacArthur Fellowship, more commonly known as the MacArthur “Genius Award.”  Gordon-Reed—the recipient of the National Humanities Medal, the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award—was recognized for dramatically changing the course of Jeffersonian scholarship. Gordon-Reed joined the Harvard faculty in July 2010 as a professor of law at Harvard Law School, a professor of history in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, and the Carol K. Pforzheimer Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.  Read More

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NPR: What's Next For 'Genius Grant' Winner Gordon-Reed
Goldsmith Jack Goldsmith in The Washington Post: A Way Past the Terrorist Detention Gridlock
Jack Goldsmith, a professor at Harvard Law School and a member of the Hoover Institution's Task Force on National Security and Law, served as an assistant attorney general in the George W. Bush administration.  Nine years after Sept. 11 and 20 months into the Obama presidency, our nation is still flummoxed about what to do with captured terrorists. The Obama administration is stuck about where the Bush administration was, with little hope in sight for progress. 
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Public Service Venture Fund
Public Service Venture Fund Launches Website
Beginning in 2012, Harvard Law School’s Public Service Venture Fund will award $1 million in grants every year to help graduating Harvard Law School students pursue careers in public service. The first program of its kind at a law school, the fund will offer “seed money” for startup non-profit ventures and salary support to graduating J.D. students who hope to pursue post-graduate work at non-profits or government agencies in the United States and abroad.  Read More

Eleven Harvard Law Grads are U.S. Supreme Court Clerks for 2010-2011
Of the 39 law school graduates who are serving as clerks to the U.S. Supreme Court justices and retired justices in the 2010-2011 term, 11 hail from Harvard Law School—the highest number from a single law school this year. 
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PIAB Rita Hauser '58 and Roel Campos '79 Appointed to President's Intelligence Advisory Board
In 2010, President Barack Obama ’91 appointed Rita Hauser ’58 and Roel Campos ’79 to serve on the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board (PIAB). As members of the PIAB, Hauser and Campos provide the President with independent advice on the effectiveness of the U.S. intelligence community.  Read More
Breyer A Justice Explains the Mysteries and Mechanics of the High Court
Stephen Breyer '64 presents perhaps the best five-page description ever produced of how the Supreme Court works in his new book, “Making Our Democracy Work.’’  Breyer, who as a Supreme Court justice has an unusually acute appreciation for precedent, will surely agree that this is unprecedented: a review that urges readers to begin a book at the very end before plunging into the body of the text.  Read More

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ABC News: Stephen Breyer on 'Making Our Democracy Work'
Scott Scott Urges Major Federal Reserve Input to CFTC Rules on Conflicts of Interest in Derivatives Clearinghouses
The Commodities Future Trading Commission and the Securities Exchange Commission should closely consult the Federal Reserve on conflicts of interests affecting the nation's over-the-counter derivatives clearinghouses, wrote HLS Professor Hal Scott, director of the Committee on Capital Markets Regulation, in a letter to the chairman of the CFTC. According to Scott, the CFTC’s rules could have a direct bearing on the riskiness of the clearinghouses, and ultimately on that of their participants. 
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Read Scott's Letter to the CFTC Chairman
Minow Teacher of Law Finds Lessons of Wisdom in Literature
HLS Dean Martha Minow was recently interviewed for the ‘Bibliophiles’ column in the Boston Globe. In the Q&A, Minow talks about her own summer reading list, book groups with the President, and the relevance of fiction and poetry in advancing our national dialogue on ethnic and religious conflict. 
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Clinical Programs Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinic Wins Rehearing of Child Asylum Case in First Circuit
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit has granted a rehearing in Mejilla-Romero v. Holder, vacating its original published decision denying a child asylum applicant’s petition for review.  This new order represents a major victory for the Harvard Clinic at Greater Boston Legal Services and the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program at Harvard Law School (HIRC). 
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Gregory Baer ’87

Hired to Oversee Global Regulation and Corporate Legal Matters for JPMorgan

Douglas Berman ’93
Featured in The National Law Journal as a pioneer in the medium of law blogging


Michelle D. Greene ’94

Named as NYSE Euronext’s Vice President, Head of Corporate Responsibility, and Executive Director of NYSE Foundation


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.

Tuesday, October 26
Barton J. Winokur ’64
Chairman & CEO, Dechert LLP

Thursday, October 28
Sean M. Doherty ’97
Managing Director & General Counsel, Bain Capital

Mnookin Robert Mnookin '68 on PBS NewsHour: Bargaining with the Devil (Video)
Harvard Law School Professor Robert Mnookin ’68 appeared on PBS NewsHour in August. He spoke with economics correspondent Paul Solman about the rewards and challenges of negotiation. Mnookin is the author of “Bargaining with the Devil: When to Negotiate, When to Fight,” which was published by Simon & Schuster. 
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Islamic Law Richard A. Debs '58, "Islamic Law and Civil Code: The Law of Property in Egypt"
Richard Debs is an advisory director of Morgan Stanley, having been president of Morgan Stanley International and previously a Federal Reserve official. He is chairman emeritus of the American University of Beirut and a trustee of the Institute of International Education, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, the Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies, the Barenboim-Said Foundation, and Carnegie Hall. He is also cochair of the Advisory Board of Columbia University's Middle East Institute and has been decorated by the governments of Saudi Arabia and Lebanon.
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AUB Chairman Emeritus Releases New Book on Islamic Law
Scaramucci In the Echo of Gekko, A Rebuttal: Anthony Scaramucci '89 Explains Why 'Greed is Bad' (Video)
Anthony Scaramucci ’89 — author of "Goodbye Gordon Gekko: How to Find Your Fortune Without Losing Your Soul" and adviser to the movie Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps  — shared career advice with Harvard Law School students at an event cosponsored by the Traphagen Distinguished Alumni Speaker Series and the Office of Career Services on September 29. 
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The Decoder: What the Future Will Look Like When Digital Natives Rule
Harvard Law School Professor John Palfrey says his book "Born Digital: Understanding the First Generation of Digital Natives" was born out of a friendly disagreement with his wife. A specialist in early childhood education, she had concerns about the couple's two young children spending a lot of time staring at screens. Palfrey, 37, who says he has always been an early adopter of technology ("My mom got us a TRS-80 in about 1981"), wanted to introduce his kids to it in healthy ways. Writing the book, he says, was my homework.  Read More

Bebchuk Lucian Bebchuk in Project Syndicate:
Politics and Corporate Money

A recent decision issued by the United States Supreme Court expanded the freedom of corporations to spend money on political campaigns and candidates – a freedom enjoyed by corporations in other countries around the world. This raises well-known questions about democracy and private power, but another important question is often overlooked: who should decide for a publicly traded corporation whether to spend funds on politics, how much, and to what ends?  Read More
Neuman Elected to the Human Rights Committee
Harvard Law School Professor Gerald Neuman ’80 has been elected to the Human Rights Committee, the premier treaty body in the UN human rights system. The committee monitors compliance by 166 states parties with their obligations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which is part of the “International Bill of Rights.”  Read More
French and Feldman
French and Feldman Mine Supreme Court's Decision in Martinez Religion Case
In Christian Legal Society v. Martinez, the Supreme Court ruled 5-to-4 last June that a public law school did not violate the First Amendment by withdrawing recognition from a Christian student group that excluded gay students. In September, the Harvard Federalist Society sponsored a discussion of Martinez and its implications for religious freedom.  Read More
Fellowship and Scholarship Winners
Recent Fellowship and Scholarship Winners at Harvard Law School
View a list of fellowships and scholarships awarded this year to Harvard Law School students and recent graduates to pursue domestic and international work or educational opportunities. The list includes the names of the recipients, their grants, and the places where they will be working.  Read More
Lawyers in Summer
Lawyers in Summer, at Home and Abroad
Harvard Law School students share stories of their summer experiences, reflecting on the growth and challenge that they experienced. 
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HLS Connect
Class of 2013 Registers for HLS Connect
HLS Connect, the Law School's online networking tool, is a key resource for HLS alumni to reconnect, network and share career expertise.  You may not be aware that HLS students are also using the tool to locate mentors and ask for career advice.  With the start of a new school year, HLS Connect is looking for more mentors.  Would you be willing to answer a current student's questions about your law school experience or discuss choices that you've made in your career since HLS? 
Sign up for HLS Connect and register as an advisor!

Read More:
HLS Network Helps Student Secure Employment at Kemnitzer, Barron & Krieg

Langdell Dinner
On Thursday, September 23 Harvard Law School hosted its annual donor recognition event, the Langdell Dinner, at the Mandarin Oriental in New York City.  The dinner, held every year, recognizes donors who have given at the level of $10,000 and above in the previous fiscal year.  Harvard Law School Professor David Barron '94 delivered the keynote address Reflections on Washington: The First 18 Months, and Dean Minow took the opportunity to acknowledge and thank Langdell donors for their generous support.
Board of Student Advisers 100th Anniversary Celebration
The 2010-2011 year marks the 100th Anniversary of the Board of Student Advisers.  To celebrate this important milestone, the current Board is inviting all former Board members to return to Harvard Law School for a celebratory event from October 8-10, 2010.  BSA alumni have become leaders across various fields of law and other professions – they are federal judges, professors, private practitioners, authors, politicians, and reality TV stars.  This event is an opportunity to for these many esteemed alumni to celebrate their accomplishments over the past 100 years, to reconnect with old colleagues, and to share knowledge with one another.
Schedule of Activities
Panel Details and Participant Bios

October 8-10, 2010
Cambridge, MA
HLS Board of Student Advisers (BSA) 100th Anniversary Celebration
For BSA alumni and guests
October 14, 2010
Chicago, IL
Harvard Law Society of Illinois
Third Annual Harvard Business School/Harvard Law School Alumni Happy Hour
5:30-8:00 p.m.
Emil's Bar and Grille, 101 North Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL
Appetizers will be provided by the HBS/HLSI Alumni Clubs
November 15, 2010
New York, NY
HLSA of New York City Reception with Dean Martha Minow
Harvard Club of New York City
35 West 44th Street, New York, NY
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Harvard Law School Reunions
October 29-31, 2010 - Cambridge, MA

Classes of 1950, 1955, 1965, 1980, 1990, 1995,
2005 and Emeritus Club

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