- Harvard Law Record
name = The Harvard Law Record
type = Weekly
owners = The Harvard Law School Record Corporation
format = Berliner
headquarters = Cambridge,
website = [http://www.hlrecord.org/ www.hlrecord.org]
The "Harvard Law Record" is the independent newspaper of
Harvard Law School.
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.
The Record was founded in
1946by a group of returning World War IIveterans 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".
1959, Nader and co-editor David Bindertraveled to Cubato report on the Cuban revolutionin the "Record", which coverage included an exclusive interview with Fidel Castro.
Also in 1959,
William Rehnquist, then a young Arizonalawyer, 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 Committeewhen he refused to answer questions during his confirmation hearings.
1971, the " New York Times" reported that Harvard Law School professors Alan Dershowitzand Paul Freundhad quit after picking up the story from the "Record"'s April Fools Dayissue.
In the last decade the Record has won several awards from the
American Bar AssociationLaw Student Division for outstanding writing, including the 2007awards 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 Awardwinning 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 Prizewinning author
The Harvard Crimson", Harvard's undergraduate newspaper
Harvard Law Review", a student-edited academic journal
* [http://www.hlrecord.org/ Harvard Law Record website]
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