• Harvard, Law Schools, Quote of the Day

    Quote of the Day: Humility Is Overrated

    Harvard and Yale are, by any standard, great educational institutions, but it is not one of their strengths to instill in their students a sense of humility. — Jerome Karabel, a sociology professor and author of The Chosen: The Hidden History of Admission and Exclusion at Harvard, Yale, and Princeton, commenting on the high number […]

    38 Comments / / May 12, 2010 at 1:16 PM
  • Email Scandals, Harvard, Racism, Rank Stupidity

    Harvard Law School BLSA and the Banality of Evil

    Elie here: just wanted to make sure you all know what’s coming. Few things embarrass me like the Harvard Black Law Students Association. It could be the most credible foil to systemic racism against black law students. It has instead become a convenient tool to be used by those who wish to ignore the racial […]

    650 Comments / / Apr 29, 2010 at 6:07 PM
  • Email Scandals, Harvard, Harvard Law Review, listserv, Racism

    The Harvard Law School ‘Racist’ Email Controversy:
    Corrections and More Commentary

    So what is Eliot Spitzer, former attorney general (and governor) of this great state of New York, up to these days? Spitzer is not the type to be idle for long. After all, he’s famed for his stamina. Could he possibly run for office again? As it turns out, it seems that the man formerly […]

    23 Comments / / Apr 20, 2010 at 10:09 AM
  • Bad Ideas, Harvard, Law Schools, Money, Student Loans

    Debt: The Silent Killer

    I graduated law school in 2003, owing Harvard University just under $150,000. At the time, I had no idea what starting my professional career $150K in the hole would do to my life. I figured I’d work hard, make money, and pay my loans out of my general non-disposable income funds — kind of like […]

    424 Comments / / Jan 6, 2010 at 6:01 PM
  • Eliot Spitzer, Harvard

    Client #9 to Speak at Harvard’s Center for Ethics

    Fact: Eliot Spitzer had sex with prostitutes. Fact: Eliot Spitzer is a hypocrite. Fact: David Paterson has been a horrible Governor. Conclusion: Having sex with prostitutes and being a total hypocrite isn’t the worst thing in the world? And so, the rehabilitation of Eliot Spitzer continues. He’s on T.V., he’s writing, he’s teaching a class. […]

    57 Comments / / Nov 12, 2009 at 12:14 PM
  • Abortion, Cardozo Law School, Gay, Gay Marriage, Harvard, Immigration, Lavi Soloway, New York Times, Shopping, Weddings

    Legal Eagle Wedding Watch 10.11: Five Guys

    Warning: The penis-to-vagina ratio in this week’s column is quite high. If you’re already on the mailing list for Rick Santorum 2012, you may want to avert your eyes — or go make fun of sissy-boy John Kerry for helping plan his daughter’s wedding. Our fabulous finalist couples: 1. Sebastian Dungan and Lavi Soloway 2. […]

    / Oct 16, 2009 at 3:33 PM
  • Harvard, Law Schools, Money

    Hard Up For Cash, Harvard Sells Naming Rights

    There has been quite a bit of coverage on how the recession is affecting the august Harvard University. For example, the undergraduates aren’t getting hot breakfast anymore. Meanwhile, over at Harvard Law School, things have gotten so bad that HLS is looking to sell off some naming rights to wealthy donors. Tax Prof Blog reports: […]

    44 Comments / / Oct 12, 2009 at 2:42 PM
  • Harvard, New York Times, Old People, Weddings

    Legal Eagle Wedding Watch 10.4: Meet Packer

    Commenters often complain that we feature too many Biglaw associates in this space — uninspiring young people who’ve drifted through college and law school and are now drones at soulless firms. We’re delighted that this week, Biglaw associates make up only one-third of our couples. Rounding out the field are a soulless-drone partner and a […]

    / Oct 9, 2009 at 3:46 PM
  • Boalt Hall, Harvard, Laurence Silberman, New York Times, Weddings

    Legal Eagle Wedding Watch 9.27: 31 Flavors

    The stalk-and-eventually-marry-your-doorman phenomenon continues to enthrall the NYT weddings editors. This week they shine the spotlight on yet another bride — this time a producer at CNN — who found love in the lobby. LEWW encourages female Biglaw associates to embrace this trend. You’re in and out of office buildings all day, ladies — open […]

    / Oct 2, 2009 at 3:09 PM
  • Blogging, Harvard

    Those Who Can’t Mass Email, Blog

    Law firm mass emails can be a bitter pill to swallow. Nobody wants to be publicly accused of, say, taking craps on the bathroom floor. In that instance, a simple multiple-choice survey on bathroom habits followed by a marksmanship competition would have sufficed. One legal administrator recently learned the hard way that sending inflammatory mass […]

    62 Comments / / Sep 16, 2009 at 2:47 PM
  • Harvard

    Harvard Law School: An Ivory Recession

    The Harvard Law Record reports that HLS will be cutting back on perks: On September 4, an email by Dean of Students Ellen Cosgrove detailed the reduction in perks students would begin to notice at HLS, where, under the tenure of former Dean (and now Solicitor General) Elena Kagan ’86, free food for events and […]

    61 Comments / / Sep 11, 2009 at 12:07 PM
  • Education / Schools, Harvard, Money

    Can Harvard Turn Things Around?

    Oh, how times have changed. Back in May 2008, Massachusetts was contemplating an excise tax on university endowments. This proposed tax law change would have imposed a 2.5% annual assessment on Massachusetts colleges with endowments over $1 billion. (Cough cough, Harvard.) Alas, Harvard doesn’t need any help from the government when it comes to dissipating […]

    / Aug 6, 2009 at 8:25 AM
  • Harvard, Lawsuit of the Day, Racism

    Lawsuit of the Day: Bananas Cop Sues Police

    What’s better than a Boston cop emailing a newspaper specifically to call a black man a “banana eating jungle monkey”? Well when that same cop turns around and sues the police department for a civil rights violation. The Boston Globe reports: Justin Barrett, the Boston police officer suspended from the force for his e-mail likening […]

    99 Comments / / Aug 4, 2009 at 3:30 PM
  • Harvard, Police, Racism

    Gatesgate: Lucia Whalen Speaks

    At a press conference today, Lucia Whalen spoke out about her 9-1-1 call and her role in the Gatesgate fiasco. She said that she supports the Cambridge police and respects Professor Gates. She’s happy that the police released the actual tapes of her call to the police. She also clarified that she only spoke to […]

    134 Comments / / Jul 29, 2009 at 12:25 PM
  • 2nd Circuit, Harvard, Harvard Law Review, Securities and Exchange Commission, Weddings

    Legal Eagle Wedding Watch 7.19: Editorial Indiscretion

    The current online front page of the NYT weddings section is worth a click. The head blurb leads with “Despite their differences in age . . . ” underneath a picture of a 20-something bride embracing a “groom” who appears to be about nine years old. “Differences in age,” indeed. Somebody alert Morality in Media! […]

    / Jul 28, 2009 at 3:05 PM
  • Harvard, Tax Law

    Gatesgate: Tax Troubles

    All the attention recently showered upon Harvard celebrity professor Henry Louis Gates since his arrest earlier this month has resulted in the discovery of tax problems at a foundation he created and oversees. Read more and comment over at Going Concern. Henry Louis Gates Can’t Catch a Break [Going Concern]

    / Jul 28, 2009 at 1:48 PM
  • Harvard, Racism

    Gatesgate: Caller Disputes the Police Report

    The Cabbed Caller, who reported Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. to the police, now disputes the police report about what she told them in her 9-1-1 call. Instead, the caller — who has now been repeatedly identified as Lucia Whalen — contends that she did not know the race of the two people attempting to […]

    200 Comments / / Jul 27, 2009 at 3:09 PM