The Harvard Law Review is a journal of legal scholarship published by an independent student group at Harvard Law School.
According to the 2008 Journal Citation Reports, the Review is the most cited law review and has the second-highest impact factor in the category "law" after the Columbia Law Review. It is published monthly from November through June, with the November issue dedicated to covering the previous year's Supreme Court Term. The Review is also published online. In addition, it publishes the online-only Harvard Law Review Forum, a rolling journal of scholarly responses to the main journal's content.
The Harvard Law Review Association, in conjunction with the Columbia Law Review, the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, and the Yale Law Journal, publishes the Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation, a widely followed authority for legal citation formats in the United States.
The Harvard Law Review published its first issue on April 15, 1887, and is the oldest operating student-edited law review in the United States. The establishment of the journal was largely due to the support of Louis Brandeis, then a recent Harvard Law School alumnus and Boston attorney who would later go on to become a Justice on the Supreme Court of the United States. The first female editor of the Review was Priscilla Holmes (1953-1955, Volumes 67-68); the first woman to serve as the Review's president was Susan Estrich (1978) who went on to become active in Democratic Party politics and the youngest woman to receive tenure at Harvard Law School; its first minority president was Raj Marphatia (1987, Volume 101), who is now a partner at the Boston law firm of Ropes & Gray; its first African-American president was Barack Obama (1991); its first openly gay president was Mitchell Reich (2011).
The Harvard Law Review headquarters, Gannett House, is located on the Harvard Law School campus. It is a white building constructed in the Greek Revival style that was popular in New England during the mid-to-late 19th century. Before moving into Gannett House in 1925, the Harvard Law Review resided in the Law School's Austin Hall.
Fourteen editors (two from each 1L section) are selected based on a combination of their first-year grades and their competition scores. Twenty editors are selected based solely on their competition scores. The remaining editors are selected on a discretionary basis.
Volume 1 of the Harvard Law Review (1887–1888).
Prominent alumni of the Harvard Law Review include:
United States Presidents
- Barack Obama, served as President of Volume 104 - He was the law review's first black president.
Supreme Court Justices
- Michael Boudin, judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, served as President of Volume 77
- Henry Friendly, late judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, served as President
- Merrick Garland, judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
- Pierre Leval, judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, served as Notes Editor
- Debra Ann Livingston, judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
- James L. Oakes, late judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
- Learned Hand, late judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, served as an editor but later resigned.
- Richard Posner, judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, served as President of Volume 75
- Dean Acheson, Secretary of State
- Michael Chertoff, Secretary of Homeland Security and former judge on United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
- William Coleman, Jr., Secretary of Transportation, Brown v. Board of Education attorney, and first African-American Supreme Court clerk
- Elliot Richardson, Attorney General, Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare, Secretary of Defense, Secretary of Commerce, served as Law Review President (1947)
Other U.S. government officials
- Paul Clement, former U.S. Solicitor General, served as Supreme Court Editor
- Archibald Cox, late U.S. Solicitor General
- Christopher Cox, former Chairman of U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
- Viet Dinh, former Assistant Attorney General, served as Bluebook editor
- Michael Froman, deputy assistant to the president and deputy national security adviser for international economic affairs in the Obama Administration
- Julius Genachowski, chairman of the Federal Communications Commissions
- Erwin N. Griswold, a dean of the Harvard Law School and Solicitor General under presidents Lyndon B. Johnson and Richard M. Nixon
- Alger Hiss, former U.S. State Department Official and spy
- Michael Leiter, current Director of the U.S. National Counterterrorism Center, President of Volume 113
- Barry B. White, United States Ambassador to Norway
Other government officials
- Stephen Barnett, legal scholar at University of California, Berkeley School of Law who opposed the Newspaper Preservation Act of 1970
- Derek Bok, former Harvard University President
- Kingman Brewster, late Yale University President, served as Law Review Treasurer
- Charles Hamilton Houston, former Dean of Howard University Law School and NAACP Litigation Director
- Harold Koh, former Dean of Yale Law School
- David Leebron, President of Rice University, served as Law Review President
- William C. Powers, President of University of Texas, served as Managing editor
- Jamie Raskin, Constitutional Law Professor at Washington College of Law at American University and Maryland State Senator
- John Sexton, President of New York University
- John H. Garvey, President of Catholic University of America
Writers and journalists
- Brandeis, Louis; Warren, Samuel (1890). "The Right to Privacy". Harvard Law Review 4 (5): 193–220. DOI:10.2307/1321160.
- Thayer, James B. (1893). "The Origin and Scope of the American Doctrine of Constitutional Law". Harvard Law Review 7 (3): 129–156. DOI:10.2307/1322284.
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- Chafee, Zechariah (1919). "Freedom of Speech in Wartime". Harvard Law Review 32 (8): 932–973. DOI:10.2307/1327107.
- Fuller, Lon L. (1949). "The Case of the Speluncean Explorers". Harvard Law Review 62 (4): 616–645. DOI:10.2307/1336025.
- Bickel, Alexander M. (1955). "The Original Understanding and the Segregation Decision". Harvard Law Review 69 (1): 1–65. DOI:10.2307/1337652.
- Wechsler, Herbert (1959). "Toward Neutral Principles of Constitutional Law". Harvard Law Review 73 (1): 1–35. DOI:10.2307/1337945.
- Breyer, Stephen (1970). "The Uneasy Case for Copyright: A Study of Copyright in Books, Photocopies, and Computer Programs". Harvard Law Review 84 (2): 281–351. DOI:10.2307/1339714.
- Calabresi, Guido; Melamed, A. Douglas (1972). "Property Rules, Liability Rules and Inalienability: One View of the Cathedral". Harvard Law Review 85 (6): 1089–1128. DOI:10.2307/1340059.
- Brennan, William J. (1977). "State Constitutions and the Protection of Individual Rights". Harvard Law Review 90 (3): 489–504. DOI:10.2307/1340334.
- Unger, Roberto M. (1983). "The Critical Legal Studies Movement". Harvard Law Review 96 (3): 561–675. DOI:10.2307/1341032.
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- Powell, H. Jefferson (1985). "The Original Understanding of Original Intent". Harvard Law Review 98 (5): 885–948. DOI:10.2307/1340880.
- Kennedy, Randall L. (1989). "Racial Critiques of Legal Academia". Harvard Law Review 102 (8): 1745–1819. DOI:10.2307/1341357.
- Amar, Akhil Reed (1994). "Fourth Amendment First Principles". Harvard Law Review 107 (4): 757–819. DOI:10.2307/1341994.
- Kagan, Elena (2001). "Presidential Administration". Harvard Law Review 114 (8): 2245–2385. DOI:10.2307/1342513.
- Fineman, Martha (1988). "Dominant discourse, professional language, and legal change in child custody decisionmaking". Harvard Law Review 101 (4): 727–774. DOI:10.2307/1341172.
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