Harvard Law Record

Harvard Law Record

Infobox_Newspaper
name = The Harvard Law Record


type = Weekly newspaper
caption =
owners = The Harvard Law School Record Corporation
format = Berliner
foundation = 1946
headquarters = Cambridge, Massachusetts
website = [http://www.hlrecord.org/ www.hlrecord.org]

The "Harvard Law Record" is the independent newspaper of Harvard Law School.

Characteristics

The "Record", a weekly publication, includes law school news and gossip, world and national news, and scholarly articles and op-eds written by law professors, lawyers, and students. The "Record" is an independent nonprofit corporation, funded through advertising, and does not receive student organization funding from the law school.

The "Record" is home to fictional law student Fenno, who since the 1950s has satirically chronicled the adventures of an anonymous law student, and has lampooned prominent members of the Harvard Law School community in the process.

History

The Record was founded in 1946 by a group of returning World War II veterans who were unhappy with conditions at the School, particularly a lack of student housing. The three primary founders of the Record were Charles O. Porter, who later served as a U.S. Congressman from Oregon, Charles Sweet, later a judge, and Paul Hellmuth, who became managing partner of the Boston law firm Hale & Dorr (now WilmerHale).

Among the former editors of the "Record" is Ralph Nader, who published his first article on unsafe conditions in the auto industry entitled, "American Cars: Designed for Death", in the "Record" in 1958. The article was later expanded into Nader's seminal work on the subject, "Unsafe at Any Speed".

In 1959, Nader and co-editor David Binder traveled to Cuba to report on the Cuban revolution in the "Record", which coverage included an exclusive interview with Fidel Castro.

Also in 1959, William Rehnquist, then a young Arizona lawyer, wrote an editorial in the "Record" entitled "The Making of a Supreme Court Justice", in which he criticized the U.S. Senate for not questioning the judicial philosophy of Supreme Court nominees. The article was later cited by members of the Senate Judiciary Committee when he refused to answer questions during his confirmation hearings.

In April 1971, the "New York Times" reported that Harvard Law School professors Alan Dershowitz and Paul Freund had quit after picking up the story from the "Record"'s April Fools Day issue.

In the last decade the Record has won several awards from the American Bar Association Law Student Division for outstanding writing, including the 2007 awards for Best Editorial and Best Feature Article.

Notable editors and contributors

*Jeremy Blachman, author of the Anonymous Lawyer blog and books
*Alexander Boldizar, novelist and art critic
*Ruben Bolling, aka Ken Fisher, cartoonist and creator of "Tom the Dancing Bug"
*Debra Dickerson, author and commentator
*Ricardo Hinojosa, federal court judge
*Murad Kalam, O. Henry Award winning novelist
*Johanes Maliza, professional soccer player
*Ralph Nader, consumer advocate and U.S. presidential candidate
*Barack H. Obama, Senator from Illinois and Democratic Presidential Candidate
*Charles O. Porter, U.S. congressman from Oregon
*William Rehnquist, former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court
*Jerome Shestack, former President of the American Bar Association
*James B. Stewart, journalist and Pulitzer Prize winning author

ee also

*"The Harvard Crimson", Harvard's undergraduate newspaper
*"Harvard Law Review", a student-edited academic journal

External links

* [http://www.hlrecord.org/ Harvard Law Record website]


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