The Harvard Law Record is the oldest law school-affiliated newspaper in the United States. An independent and nonpartisan paper, it has been published since 1946, and its contributors have included President Barack Obama, Supreme Court justice William Rehnquist, presidential candidate Ralph Nader, notable law professors such as Alan Dershowitz and Charles Nesson, and writers who have gone on to win Pulitzer, O. Henry, and PEN Prizes. The newspaper has been the recipient of several American Bar Association journalism awards over the last decade. Its current editor-in-chief is Michael Shammas ’16.
On a law school campus that already has an official news organization, Harvard Law Today, as well as ideological journals such as the Journal of Law & Public Policy and Unbound, The Record serves two crucial roles: First, The Record provides a space for law students and professors to write investigative news stories that are not sanctioned by the law school administration. Second, The Record supplies a space for students to debate opinions spanning the entire political spectrum, and thus to engage in a true Socratic dialectic that goes beyond abstract law. The only criterion to be published in The Record is quality, not ideology.
All staff, officers, and directors are currently-enrolled students at Harvard Law School and volunteers who do not receive academic credit for their work. The Harvard Law Record (ISSN 0017-8101) is a publication of the Harvard Law School Record Corporation, a non-profit, independent, student-owned and run corporation of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
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Michael Shammas, Law ’16
Lindsay Church, Law ’16
Alejandro Leone, Law ’16
Alene Anello, Law ’16
Pete Davis, Law ’18