On the Battlefield of Merit - Harvard Law School, The First Century

Event Start:
05/11/2017 5:30 PM
Event End:
05/11/2017 7:30 PM

When: Thursday, May 11, 2017 from 5:30 P.M. to 7:30 P.M.
Where: Social Law Library, Boston
What: Lecture, Reception, Book Signing

Daniel R. Coquillette
J. Donald Monan, S.J., University Professor at Boston College Law School and the
Charles Warren Visiting Professor of American Legal History at Harvard Law School, 2016-2017

Bruce A. Kimball
Professor in the Department of Educational Studies at The Ohio State University


Harvard Law School is arguably the most influential law school in the nation. U.S. presidents, Supreme Court justices, and foreign heads of state, along with senators, congressional representatives, social critics, civil rights activists, university presidents, state and federal judges and others have graduated from the school since its founding in 1817.

During its first century, Harvard Law School pioneered revolutionary educational ideas, including professional legal education within a university, Socratic questioning and case analysis, and the admission and training of students based on academic merit. But the school struggled to navigate its way through the many political, social, economic, and legal crises of the century, and it earned both scars and plaudits as a result. On the Battlefield of Merit offers a candid, critical, definitive account of a unique legal institution during its first century of influence.

Reservations required.

This program is made possible through the generosity of the William M. Wood Foundation, Bank of America, Trustee.

The views expressed are those of the author and not necessarily of the Library or the Wood Foundation. Registrants for this program acknowledge that during the program their photographic or videographic images may be incidentally taken; registrants agree that the submission of their registrations for this program constitutes their written consent to the Social Law Library’s use of any such image in print and online materials solely for promotion of the Library’s noncommercial CLE seminars and other educational events and activities.


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