Harvard Law School Brief

September 2011

It is an exciting time as we welcome the students back to campus. This year’s incoming 1L class is an exceptionally accomplished and diverse group of men and women, hailing from 42 states plus DC and 17 countries. The Class of 2014 includes three Rhodes, two Marshall, one Truman, and 11 Fulbright Scholars, as well as 27 Teach for America alumni and four former Peace Corps volunteers. Eight members of the incoming class have served in the military. The class also represents our most experienced student body in recent history with over 75% taking some time off before law school and over half the class being two or more years out of college. This includes 59 students who worked on political campaigns, 68 congressional staff or interns and 149 former paralegals, legal assistants or legal interns.

We have a number of exciting events planned and I hope you will be able to join us. In addition to the fall Reunions which will highlight many faculty and alumni we are pleased to host the 3rd Celebration of Black Alumni on September 16-18. Information about these and other events are highlighted in this issue.

With the start of this new academic year, HLS Connect is once again seeking new mentors. I hope you will take a moment to consider registering for HLS Connect the on-line advising and mentoring network for our students and alumni. 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 Reunion Weekend at the end of October (29-30) and to hosting many of you as we celebrate with the classes of 1951, 1956, 1966, 1981, 1991, 1996 and the Emeritus Club.

We hope to see you back in Cambridge soon.

Steven Oliveira

Steven Oliveira
Associate Dean and Dean for
Development and Alumni Relations


Celebration of Black Alumni
Celebration of Black Alumni: September 16-18
On September 16-18, 2011, Harvard Law School will pay tribute to our black alumni at the 3rd Celebration of Black Alumni in Cambridge. Building on the great successes of our 2nd Celebration of Black Alumni, we look forward to a fabulous weekend of educational programming, thought-provoking keynote sessions and renewed friendships. Learn More

New Faculty
Seven New Professors Join HLS Faculty
Harvard Law School is proud to welcome seven professors to the faculty with the arrival of the 2011-2012 academic year.
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In Interview, Minow Discusses the Future of Legal Education and the Legal Services Corporation
In an interview for the Spindle Law Blog, Harvard Law School Dean Martha Minow discussed her experience teaching, her work with the Legal Services Corporation, and the future of legal education. Read More
Professor Richard Lazarus '79 Honored with ABA Award for Distinguished Achievement in Environmental Law and Policy
In August, Professor Richard Lazarus '79 was honored at the ABA annual meeting in Toronto with the association’s Award for Distinguished Achievement in Environmental Law and Policy. Established to recognize outstanding accomplishments in environmental law or policies, the award was given to Lazarus for his significant leadership in improving environmental protection and sustainable development. Read More
Committee Co-chaired by Professor Lucian Bebchuk LL.M. '80 S.J.D. '84 Submits SEC Rulemaking Petition on Political Spending
The Committee on Disclosure of Corporate Political Spending, co-chaired by Harvard Law School Professor Lucian A. Bebchuk LL.M. ’80 S.J.D. ’84 and Robert J. Jackson, Jr. ’05, associate professor at Columbia Law School, submitted a rulemaking petition to the Securities and Exchange Commission. The petition urges the commission to develop rules to require public companies to disclose to shareholders the use of corporate resources for political activities. Read More
Lobsang Sangay LL.M. '96, S.J.D. '04 Sworn in as Dalai Lama's Political Successor
Lobsang Sangay LL.M. '96, S.J.D. '04, a 43-year-old Harvard scholar, was sworn in as head of the Tibetan government-in-exile, replacing the Dalai Lama as the movement's political leader.  In a historic shift from the dominance of Tibetan politics by religious figures, the new prime minister will assume the temporal duties relinquished by the Dalai Lama in May. Read More

Harvard Legal Aid Bureau
Massachusetts’ Supreme Judicial Court Expands Right to Challenge Bank Seizures
Massachusetts’ highest court has ruled that people fighting eviction from homes they lost to foreclosure can challenge the validity of a property seizure in housing court after the fact, a decision that housing rights advocates are calling a major victory.  The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court’s unanimous ruling, involved KC Bailey of Mattapan, whose home was taken back by his lender through foreclosure in 2007.  Bailey was represented by the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau, a branch of Harvard Law School that provides free representation to low-income clients. Read More
Justice Breyer Offers Perspective as Tunisia Prepares to Design a Constitution
Waving a pocket-sized copy of the U.S. Constitution, U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Stephen G. Breyer ’64 discussed the foundations of American democracy with Tunisian scholars at a conference hosted by NGO Almadanya in the Amphitéâtre César in Yasmine-Hammamet. Read More

Conversation with Associate Justice Elena Kagan (Video)
In an August interview at the Aspen Institute, Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan ‘86 spoke about life as a Supreme Court justice, cameras in the courtroom, and interpreting the law. She was interviewed by Elliot Gerson, a former law clerk to former Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart. Read More | Watch Video


Daniel Rodriguez '87
New Dean of
Northwestern Law School


Viet Dinh '93
Murdoch’s Well-Connected Point Man on the News Corp.
Hacking Probe


Matan A. Koch '05
Nominated by President Obama to the National Council on Disability


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.  Schedule subject to change.

Monday, September 19
Marvin Yontef ’71
Senior Partner, Stikeman Elliott LLP

Thursday, October 6
Thomas A. Barron ’82
Chairman, CEO, Evergreen Management Corporation

Thursday, October 13
Scott Turow ’78
Writer and Attorney

Friday, October 14
Joshua R. Floum ’83
Executive VP, General Counsel, Visa USA Inc.

Monday, October 24
Theresa Park
Literary Agent, The Park Literary Group, LLC

Kenneth Richman
Managing Partner, Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman, Newman, Warren, Richman, Rush & Kaller, LLP

Tuesday, October 25
Susan Cohen Levy ’82
Managing Partner, Jenner & Block LLP

Alumni Invited to Review and Preview High Court’s Environmental Docket
Each October the U.S. Supreme Court begins a new term. And each year, the Environmental Law Institute (ELI) convenes an Associates Seminar with some of the pre-eminent experts on environmental law and the Court to examine the docketed cases, changes in the Court, and the implications of recent decisions. This year, ELI President John C. Cruden will join Harvard Law School Professors Jody Freeman and Richard J. Lazarus and Willkie Farr & Gallagher partner E. Donald Elliott for a panel discussion, September 28 in Austin Hall. Read More
Wasserstein Hall, Caspersen Student Center, Clinical Wing Project (Video)
Perhaps no group is better equipped to argue the merits of Harvard Law School's Wasserstein Hall, Caspersen Student Center, Clinical Wing Project (WCC Construction Project) than today's students. These articulate and passionate advocates know firsthand how the project will enhance the student experience. Watch this video to learn how the WCC Construction Project -- with its dramatic improvements to the school's educational, clinical and social spaces -- will bring legal education at Harvard into the 21st century. Watch Video
Legal Scholars Examine Franco-American Legal Influence
The American and French legal systems share a common origin, each arising from 18th-century movements aspiring to create democratic government. But both nations have taken largely different approaches to the development of their legal systems. In June, a panel of American and French legal scholars gathered at Harvard Law School for a conference, "Franco-American Legal Influence, Then and Now," to examine the similarities and dissimilarities between French and American legal institutions and jurisprudence. Read More

Professor Charles Fried Awarded the 2011 Bruce K. Gould Book Award
Harvard Law School Professor Charles Fried and his son, Suffolk University Professor Gregory Fried, have been awarded the 2011 Bruce K. Gould Book Award for “Because it is Wrong: Torture, Privacy, and Presidential Power in the age of Terror” (W.W. Norton & Company 2010). Read More

Professor Randall Kennedy on The Takeaway: on 'The Persistence of the Color Line' (Audio)
Harvard Law School Professor Randall Kennedy appeared on the radio program “The Takeaway” to discuss his new book “The Persistence of the Color Line: Racial Politics and the Obama Presidency” (Pantheon Books). Read More | Listen to Audio
Hill Harper
Hill Harper '92, "Wealth Cure" for the Owe-verwhelmed
Actor and author Hill Harper '92 dispenses can't-buy-happiness philosophy in his new book "The Wealth Cure: Putting Money in Its Place" (Gotham/Penguin). At its heart is advice for avoiding the predicaments that pile up when we obsess about material gain. Read More

Mervyn Hecht '63, "Great Cases I Lost: Thirteen Legal Cases Which Taught Me Humility"
A sometimes humorous, sometimes heart aching account of cases Mervyn Hecht '63, a lawyer in Pacific Palisades, California remembers from his 40 years of law practice. Read More

In a New Book, Professor Mary Ann Glendon Looks to History to Inspire Graduates Considering a Career in Public Life
In her long career as a law professor, Mary Ann Glendon has seen students struggle to stay idealistic in an imperfect world. Will they lose their moral compass if they choose a life in politics? Risk irrelevance if they stick to academia? Glendon, a former U.S. ambassador to the Vatican, who teaches subjects ranging from comparative constitutional law to political philosophy, has explored how great statespersons and philosophers grappled with similar questions. Their stories inform a new book, which Glendon discussed with the Bulletin this spring, “The Forum and the Tower: How Scholars and Politicians Have Imagined the World, from Plato to Eleanor Roosevelt” (Oxford University Press). Read More
Marc Pallemaerts LL.M. '85, "The Aarhus Convention at Ten: Interactions and Tensions Between Conventional International Law and EU Environmental Law"
On October 30, 2011, it will be exactly ten years ago that the Convention on Access to information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters, signed by representatives of 35 States and the European Community at a pan-European ministerial conference in the
Danish city of Aarhus in 1998, entered into force. The contributions assembled in this book focus on various aspects of the relationship between the provisions of the Convention and the development of EU environmental law. Read More
Ben Shapiro '07, "Primetime Propaganda: The True Hollywood Story of How the Left Took Over Your TV"
Liberal Hollywood has been taking a beating in recent days thanks to the fallout from a provocative new expose called "Primetime Propaganda: The True Hollywood Story of How the Left Took Over Your TV". Written by Ben Shapiro, a 27-year-old Harvard Law School grad who is an executive at a conservative talk-show radio network, the book is a sensation in the conservative media world, earning admiring coverage from virtually every corner of the Fox News realm as well as right-wing blogs such as Andrew Breitbart's Big Hollywood. Read More
John F. Dobbyn LL.M. '69, "Black Diamond"
The newest Boston-based blockbuster from critically-acclaimed novelist John F. Dobbyn, Black Diamond is an intense, lightning-paced legal thriller set against the backdrop of the high-stakes horse racing world. Read More

Former HLS Visiting Scholar, Young-Hill Liew, Appointed as a Nongovernmental Member of the National IP Committee
This summer, former HLS Visiting Scholar Young-Hill Liew, of Yulchon Law Firm, was appointment by the President of Korea as a nongovernmental member of the National IP Committee, which has recently been established under the newly enacted Framework Act on Intellectual Property. Read More
Leonard F. Joy '56 on Representing the Infamous and the "Truly Good" 
At the reins of New York’s federal public defender office for two decades, Leonard F. Joy ’56 represented notorious defendants in cases involving international intrigue, terrorism plots and arms trafficking. But Joy’s favorite case will always be one that reminds him why he transitioned into public defense as a young corporate lawyer. The case was particularly satisfying for Joy, not just because he won but because it offered the rare thrill of defending someone “who was truly good.” Read More
In the New Republic: Professor Adrian Vermeule '93 Reviews "Machiavellian Democracy"
In a recent review in the New Republic, HLS Professor Adrian Vermeule ’93 examines the book “Machiavellian Democracy” (Cambridge University Press, 2011) by John P. McCormick. Vermeule suggests that McCormick’s book, which postulates that Machiavelli was more of a populist than previous analysts have allowed, “offers a plausible new interpretation of Machiavelli’s democratic theory.” Read More
Project of Disability
Professor William Alford '77 and Visiting Professor Michael Stein '88, Co-founders of the Harvard Law School Project on Disability
The Harvard Law School Project on Disability is on a fast track toward changing the treatment of people with disabilities around the world. Co-founded in 2004 by HLS Professor William P. Alford ’77 and Visiting Professor Michael Stein ’88, professor at William & Mary Law School, HPOD has huge ambitions. “We want to transform things entirely,” says Stein, now the project’s executive director. Stein first began to work with Alford, an expert on Chinese law and disability rights, after they were introduced by now-Dean Martha Minow, who herself has written and worked on disability law. Read More
Professor Noah Feldman Writes for the Bloomberg View: Debt-deal Disaster Shows Genius of U.S. Democracy
In his August op-ed, the latest in a series for Bloomberg View, HLS Professor Noah Feldman discusses the perception of U.S. democracy in light of the government’s recent debt crisis. Read More

Professor Mark Roe in Project Syndicate: America's First Debt Crisis
In an op-ed written for Project Syndicate, HLS Professor Mark Roe looks at the current U.S. debt crisis through the lens of what he calls ‘America’s first debt crisis': the one following the Revolutionary War. Roe argues that the U.S. needs leaders “with the authority and willingness to repeat a modern version of the deal-making example set by Hamilton, Jefferson, and Madison 200 years ago.” Read More
Professor Charles Fried in Scotus Blog: The Constitutional Arguments Against the Healthcare Mandate are Utterly Without Merit
In August, Scotus Blog published an op-ed by Beneficial Professor of Law Charles Fried on the constitutionality of the healthcare mandate. In the piece, Fried argues that the attack against President Obama’s Affordable Care Act is pure politics and ignores established legal principles. Read More
Ben Ferencz
Jackson Center Honors Nuremberg Prosecutor, Ben Ferencz '43
On August 28, the Joshua Heintz Award for Humanitarian Achievement was bestowed on Nuremberg prosecutors Ben Ferencz and H.W. William Caming at the Robert H. Jackson Center. The ceremony was held at a dinner that kicked off the Jackson Center's fifth annual International Humanitarian Law Dialogs, hosted at Chautauqua Institution from August 28-30. The dialogues honor the legacy of Robert Jackson and the Nuremberg Trials as the genesis of international criminal law as it is known today. Read More
David Rubenstein '98 Named CEO of BlueMountain Europe
BlueMountain Capital Management, a private investment firm specializing in the global credit markets with $7 billion in assets under management, announced today it has named David Rubenstein '98 CEO of BlueMountain Europe. Mr. Rubenstein, who joined the firm in 2006, will also continue in his roles of both CFO and General Counsel on a global basis. Read More
Lawyers Weekly
Lawyers Weekly to Honor Harvard Law School Alumnae
Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly has chosen six Harvard Law School alumnae to be honored as “Top Women of Law” this September in Boston.  The award seeks to highlight the work of women who are trailblazers, educators and role models in their fields and who have demonstrated outstanding accomplishments in social justice, advocacy and business. Read More
Eleven from HLS Named to Inaugural Fastcase 50
This summer, Fastcase, a legal research service that provides a comprehensive online national law library, honored 50 leaders in the world of law, scholarship, and legal technology. From lawyers and judges to librarians and government servants, the inaugural list recognized the law’s “smartest, most courageous innovators, techies, visionaries, and leaders.” Read More

Summer Advantage
Earl Martin Phalen '93: A Summer of Learning
Summer can offer tremendous learning experiences for children. Camps, academic programs, sports and even summer travel with family to interesting places can enhance and supplement the lessons taught during the school year. But not all children have opportunities. For some, summer amounts to wasted time when academic skills wane with little practice and young minds give in to distractions and laziness. That's where Summer Advantage comes in. Launched in 2009 by Earl Martin Phalen '93, Summer Advantage is a five-week program, offered in schools with high percentages of impoverished children, and focuses on academics in the morning and fun activities in the afternoon. Read More
Nina Sankovitch '87, Allaying Grief Through Books
For three years after the death of her adored eldest sister, Anne-Marie, Nina Sankovitch mourned by staying relentlessly busy. She felt a guilt-strafed survivor’s obligation to live life enough for two.  But in her increasingly frantic efforts to taste joy for herself and her sister, she tasted only ashes. She would still wake in the night, sobbing. Finally, she jettisoned almost all her commitments in favor of the one pursuit that had always given her special pleasure. She committed herself to reading a book a day for an entire year. Read More
How They Spent Summer
Harvard Gazette: How They Spent Summer
Harvard Law School Student Nicolette Boehland '13 was one of several Harvard students and instructors recently profiled in a feature story in the Harvard Gazette. The article,"How they spent summer," by Corydon Ireland, Alvin Powell and Colleen Walsh appeared in the September 1 edition of the Harvard Gazette. Read More
Law on the Home Front
Law on the Home Front
Read how the student-run Harvard Legal Aid Bureau and two teaching clinics at the school’s WilmerHale Legal Services Center—the Post-Foreclosure Eviction Defense Housing Clinic and the Predatory Lending/Consumer Protection Clinic—are working together to use activism, community lawyering, bankruptcy to help redirect the path of the foreclosure wave in Boston. Read More
HLAB Wins Major Victory for Homeowners in Massachusetts High Court
In the latest victory for the HLS Clinical Programs’ anti-foreclosure work, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled against lenders in a case argued by Harvard Legal Aid Bureau student Jennifer Tarr ’11. Read More

Allison Lukas '11 Interns with Associate Judge Sabita Singh of the Massachusetts District Court: How Judges Decide
Arraignments on drug charges. Restraining orders in cases of domestic violence. Default judgments on overdue credit card payments and appeals on speeding tickets. When Judge Sabita Singh, an associate justice on the Massachusetts District Court, presides over these and a wide range of other civil and criminal matters, Allison Lukas ’11 is there. Lukas is a student in Judicial Process in the Community Courts, a clinical course in which HLS students are placed in internships with judges in the Boston area—including in district court, municipal court, juvenile court and housing court, and the federal district court in Boston—and meet each week for a seminar that integrates their experiences with discussion about major themes in community courts. Read More
Capital Markets
Committee on Capital Markets Regulation Offers Students the Chance to Whisper in the Treasury Secretary’s Ear
Since the financial crisis hit, HLS Professor Hal Scott and the Committee on Capital Markets Regulation, an independent research organization which he directs, have been working double time making recommendations on financial regulatory reform through white papers, major reports and testimony before Congress. Supporting Scott and the committee is a team of dedicated student research assistants. For some of those students, the work has been an education in its own right—and one that couldn’t be more relevant to their past or future careers. Read More

HLS Connect
Become an Alumni Advisor in HLS Connect
If you have already registered for HLS Connect, but are not sure if you are an active advisor, login to www.hlsconnect.com/advisor and make sure your advising status is set to 'active' so that our students can benefit from your wonderful career and life experiences.

To register for HLS Connect visit www.hlsconnect.com/register
Success Story: Kathie Soroka '05 and Damon Smith '02
After graduating from HLS in 2005, Kathie Soroka went to work in private practice on affordable housing finance and development. While she enjoyed her job, she was also interested in the opportunity to work in the federal government, an interest she had shared with Alexa Shabecoff, assistant dean for public service at HLS’s Bernard Koteen Office of Public Interest Advising.  Read about the advice and mentorship that Soroka received after connecting with Damon Smith ’02, then special assistant to Department of Housing and Urban Development General Counsel Helen Kanovsky ’76. Read More
State and Local Government
Do You Work in State or Local Government?
We Need Your Help!
The Bernard Koteen Office of Public Interest Advising and the Harvard Urban Law Association are seeking to strengthen our alumni network in state and local government in anticipation of several new initiatives. These initiatives may include mentoring students who are interested in state and/or local government careers and assisting students in developing project collaborations with state and local entities. If you have worked in either state or local government, we would love to hear from you. Please contact sfort@jd12.law.harvard.edu and update your information in HLS Connect.


Fall Reunion 2011: October 28 - 30, 2011
Cambridge, MA

Classes of 1951, 1956, 1966, 1981, 1991, 1996 and Emeritus Club

Register Online

Visit the Reunion Weekend Website to register, learn more about the weekend's activities and submit your Class Directory entry online.
 Martha's Vineyard Martha's Vineyard Alumni Event (Photos)
On August 11 alumni and guests gathered at the home of Albert and Sylvia Cohn ’51 in Martha’s Vineyard.  The beautiful views and gorgeous sunset, coupled with a performance by the Vineyard Sound, made for a memorable evening of conversation and good company.
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 HLSA Celebrating the 125th Anniversary
2011 marks the 125th Anniversary of the Harvard Law School Association. The Association serves to engage 37,000 members worldwide by supporting and sponsoring programming, events and activities, providing a vital link between Harvard Law School and its alumni body.

Upcoming Events:
October 6, 2011
Chicago, IL

Harvard Law Society of Illinois Annual Meeting
and Celebration of the HLSA 125th Anniversary:
Honorable Richard A. Posner
12:00 - 2:00 p.m.
The Standard Club
320 South Plymouth Court, Chicago, IL 60604
Event Information
RSVP by October 3
November 19-21, 2011
Doha, Qatar

HLSA of Arabia Inaugural Dinner and commemorating the HLSA 125th Anniversary
Martha Minow, Dean and Jeremiah Smith, Jr. Professor of Law

September 28, 2011
Cambridge, MA

The Environmental Law Program and ELI Present:
Supreme Court Review and Preview

12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
Harvard Law School
Austin West, located on the first floor of Austin Hall
1563 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA
Event Information

RSVP:To reserve, e-mail mcmurrin@eli.org. Please reserve by September 23, 2011. There is no charge to attend or to participate by live webcast, but you must RSVP. RSVPs should include: name of registrant, email address, and whether they wish to attend in person or participate via webcast. Webcast information will be emailed two business days prior to the event.
November 8, 2011
West Orange, NJ

HLSA of New Jersey 55th Annual Vanderbilt Lecture
Martha Minow, Dean and Jeremiah Smith, Jr. Professor of Law
Reception: 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Dinner: 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
The Manor 111 Prospect Avenue, West Orange, NJ
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 Bernard Wolfman Bernard Wolfman, 1924 - 2011: Magnificent Teacher, Beloved Mentor and Renowned Scholar
Bernard Wolfman, a renowned scholar of tax law and the Fessenden Professor of Law Emeritus at Harvard Law School, died on August 20, 2011. One of the preeminent tax professors in the United States, Wolfman clarified the world of tax law for generations of lawyers through his teaching and scholarship. He was also a leading expert in the ethics and rules of professional responsibility for lawyers. Read More

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