Experts-in-Residence appointed at HLS
Dean Martha Minow appointed Michael Fertik ’05, Neil Flanzraich ’68, Anthony Scaramucci ’89, and John Williams ’79 as Harvard Law School’s Experts-in-Residence for the 2012-2013 academic year, in partnership with the university-wide Harvard Innovation Lab (i-lab). EIRs mentor and advise students from the law school and the broader Harvard community on entrepreneurship, innovation and career options. Williams, a partner at Bridgespan Group, served as inaugural EIR last year and has been reappointed to a second term. Fertik is the CEO and founder of Reputation.com. Flanzraich is the executive chairman of two biotech companies, Kirax Corp. and ParinGenix; and Scaramucci is a managing partner of SkyBridge.
Virtual interviews for J.D. candidates
HLS announced in October that it will move to videoconferencing technology to conduct interviews of candidates for admission to its J.D. program. The Admissions Office will offer interviews to more applicants than in the past, said Assistant Dean and Chief Admissions Officer Jessica Soban ’07. Telephone interviews of applicants have been part of the J.D. admissions process for six years.
UN investigator announces probe of drone attacks
In a talk at HLS, Ben Emmerson, U.N. Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Counter-terrorism, announced plans to launch an investigation into the use of drone attacks that have caused civilian deaths—including those carried out by the U.S. In his remarks, Emmerson took aim at the Obama administration for neither confirming nor denying the existence of the U.S. drone program—while publicly trying to justify the legality of drone strikes. “In reality, the administration is holding its finger in the dam of public accountability,” he said in a talk held Oct. 25 at HLS. The talk was sponsored by the Human Rights Program and the Harvard National Security and Law Association.
Greenwalds establish scholarship fund
Lawrence S. Greenwald ’64, Dr. Gerald Greenwald and Mrs. Judith Greenwald Neches have endowed a scholarship fund at HLS in memory of their parents, Emanuel and Pearl Greenwald. The Emanuel and Pearl Greenwald Scholarship Fund was established to benefit HLS students.
Zittrain named ‘Top Global Thinker’
Professor Jonathan Zittrain ’95, vice dean for Library and Information Resources and faculty co-director of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society, was named one of Foreign Policy’s Top Global Thinkers of 2012. Recognized for his standout contributions to the intellectual debate over the last year, Zittrain joins 99 others who have shaped the global conversation in 2012. Last year’s honorees ranged from Arab Spring revolutionaries to Nobel Prize winners to best-selling authors and leading politicians.
A white tie and tails event
Stockholm University conferred an honorary doctoral degree on Professor David Wilkins ’80, director of the Program on the Legal Profession and vice dean for Global Initiatives on the Legal Profession. Wilkins was recognized for his groundbreaking scholarship on the legal profession in a global context, focused in particular on corporate law firms, including studies of the experience of women and minority attorneys in those firms. Held on Sept. 28 in Stockholm City Hall, where the Nobel Prize banquets take place, the ceremony was attended by more than 1,000 people, with the men in white tie and tails and the women in elegant gowns.