Pete Davis is a civic reformer from Falls Church, Virginia and a member of the Harvard Law School Class of 2018. Email Pete at Pete@CivicIdeas.org.

From Despair, Work

What America needed more than anything from this election was solidarity: the feeling that we are all in this together, that we have a shared direction, that we have found common ground. Instead, the greatest threat in our lifetime to our national solidarity—to our neighborliness, to our decency, to our commitment to shared endeavors—has arrived. […]

Strike support video released in response to university-wide email

On October 11, Harvard’s Vice President of Human Resources emailed all university students with the administration’s perspective on the contract negotiations with Harvard dining hall workers– a negotiation which has led to a strike now entering its third week. In response, a group of undergraduates and law students supportive of the striking workers have released a […]

Dear 1Ls: Consider the Clock

Dear Harvard Law School Class of 2019, Welcome! I want to take my inches here to write to you a bit about Time. Time is frightening, because we do not have a lot of it. I probably have even less than you, because I drink too much Diet Coke, which I am told is melting […]

“All Rise!”, Episode 5: Tomiko Brown-Nagin

The Harvard Law Record’s podcast — All Rise! — has just released its fifth episode: an interview with Harvard Law professor and legal historian Tomiko Brown-Nagin. All Rise! is a longform interview podcast in which Harvard Law 1Ls Brady Bender and Pete Davis interview members of the Harvard community. You can subscribe to All Rise! on iTunes here and […]

“All Rise!”, Episode 4: Alex Whiting

The Harvard Law Record’s first podcast — All Rise! — has just released its fourth episode: an interview with Harvard Law professor and former International Criminal Court prosecutions coordinator Alex Whiting. All Rise! is a longform interview podcast in which Harvard Law 1Ls Brady Bender and Pete Davis interview members of the Harvard community. You can subscribe […]

“All Rise!”, Episode 3: Jonathan Zittrain

The Harvard Law Record’s first podcast — All Rise! — has just launched its third episode: an interview with Harvard Law professor, Library director and internet law scholar Jonathan Zittrain. All Rise! is a longform interview podcast in which Harvard Law 1Ls Brady Bender and Pete Davis interview members of the Harvard community. You can […]

“All Rise!”, Episode 2: Jeannie Suk

The Harvard Law Record’s first podcast — All Rise! — has just launched its second episode: an interview with Harvard Law professor, New Yorker writer and feminist legal scholar Jeannie Suk.  All Rise! is a longform interview podcast in which Harvard Law 1Ls Brady Bender and Pete Davis interview members of the Harvard community. You can subscribe to All Rise! on iTunes here and listen […]

The Moral Community in the Wake of Postergate

The first editorial published in the Harvard Law Record this year was entitled “We Owe Each Other a Moral Community.”  This project — of doing the hard work of turning spaces into places, strangers into neighbors, and a professional training ground into a moral community — has seen better weeks than this one.  It is strange to see […]

Follow Professor King’s Lead: Without Experience with Legal Realities, 1Ls Left Unprepared to “Think Like A Lawyer”

It is often said that the purpose of Harvard Law School’s 1L curriculum is to prepare each student to “think like a lawyer.”  It would be much more accurate to say that the present curriculum aims to prepare each student to think like an attorney. The distinction is rarely articulated to students: an attorney is […]

End OCS’ Complicity in D.C.’s Revolving Door Corruption

In his final State of the Union address, President Barack Obama (JD ‘91) reminded each American that “our collective future depends on your willingness to uphold your obligations as a citizen.” It echoes Harvard Law School’s mission statement, which is to “educate leaders who contribute to the advancement of justice and well-being of society.” Unfortunately, […]

A Mission in Winter

Dear Harvard Law School Class of 2018, Harvard Law School’s stated mission is “to educate leaders who contribute to the advancement of justice and well being of society.” Every January, when the sun sets early and corporate interest law firms flock to campus to wine and dine us, that mission can fade to the background. […]