The Harvard Law Forum is the longest-running American law school speaker series. For 50 years, the Forum has been dedicated to bringing interesting speakers to Harvard Law School to discuss a wide range of cultural, legal, social and political issues. Over the years, the Forum has hosted President John F. Kennedy, President Jimmy Carter, Justice Thurgood Marshall, Ralph Nader, and Fidel Castro.
Learn more at: orgs.law.harvard.edu/hlsforum. Email Pete Davis at PeDavis@jd18.law.harvard.edu to get in touch. Information on past and future forum events stream below.
Sister Simone Campbell, SSS has served as Executive Director of the NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice since 2004. She is a religious leader, attorney and poet with extensive experience in public policy and advocacy for systemic change. In Washington, she lobbies on issues of economic justice, immigration reform, and healthcare. .
On March 22, 2017, Sr. Campbell came to Harvard Law School to speak about moral vocation building and advancing Catholic social justice values in the Trump era. The video is below:
Two decades ago, in his book Democracy’s Discontent, Michael Sandel warned that, absent a stronger civic republican spirit, liberalism would collapse, giving way to “those who would shore up borders, harden the distinction between insiders and outsiders, and promise a politics to ‘take back our culture and take back our county.'”
On February 22, 2017, the Harvard Law School Forum hosted Sandel to give his take on politics in the age of Trump. Below is the audio:
The Harvard Law Forum and the Modern Monetary Network hosted “But Can We Afford It?” on December 2, 2016.
“But Can We Afford It?” This is the question posed to every candidate who has ever had an idea for any government program ever. Following one of the most polarizing and contentious electoral cycles in modern memory, it’s time to discuss what that question really means. Together, two former D.C. insiders — Stephanie Kelton (former Chief Economist, U.S. Senate Budget Committee; economic advisor to Bernie Sanders 2016 Presidential Campaign; recognized as a member of the 2016 Politico 50) and Amar Reganti (former Deputy Director of the Office of Debt Management, U.S.Treasury; Strategist, GMO, LLC.) — interrogate the public understanding of the federal budgeting process.
On February 19, Harvard Law hosted “Beyond Sanders and Clinton: Visionary Futures for Democratic Economics,” an event that brought three economic visionaries to challenge Harvard students to imagine beyond today’s policy fights and envision how an inclusive economy could function 50 years from now. Their three speeches are below:
Gar Alperovitz was legislative director for Rep. Gaylord Nelson and is now a Professor of Political Economy at the University of Maryland. He is the co-founder of the Democracy Collaborative, which aims to develop practical, policy-focused and systematic paths towards ecologically sustainable, community-oriented change and the democratization of wealth. He has spent recent decades aiming to answer the question: “If you don’t like corporate capitalism and you don’t like state socialism, what do you like?”
Greg Watson is the former Commissioner of Agriculture of Massachusetts and now the Director of Policy and Systems Design at the Schumacher Center for New Economics. He has been a public voice for sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, new monetary systems, equitable land tenure arrangements, neighborhood planning through democratic processes, government policies that support human-scale development, cooperative structure, and import replacement through citizen financing of new enterprises.
Juliet Schor is a Professor of Sociology at Boston College. She is the co-founder of the Board of the Center for a New American Dream and the author of many influential books, including: The Overworked American: The Unexpected Decline of Leisure; The Overspent American: Why We Want What We Don’t Need; and Plenitude: The New Economics of True Wealth.
Ralph Nader ’58, in a speech hosted by The Harvard Law Record, exhorted Harvard Law students to use their law degrees for justice. He advised, among other things, that “the bar exam is imminently crammable — in more than one way.” The full video is reproduced below: