Harvard Law Record

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The Harvard Law Record
Type Online newspaper
Owner(s) The Harvard Law School Record Corporation
Publisher Sarah Gonski
Editor-in-chief Michael Shammas & Sima Atri
Managing editors Daniella Adler
Jonathan Nomamiukor
Founded 1946
Headquarters Cambridge, Massachusetts
Official website www.hlrecord.org

The Harvard Law Record is an independent student-edited newspaper based at Harvard Law School. Founded in 1946, it is the oldest law school newspaper in the United States.

Characteristics[edit]

The Record, an online publication, includes law school news, world and national news, and scholarly articles and op-eds written by Harvard Law School students and professors, as well as outside contributors. It should not be confused with the Harvard Law Review, which is limited to publishing scholarly academic articles exclusively.

Although it is student-run, the Record is owned by the Harvard Law School Record Corporation, an independent non-profit organization funded primarily through donations. It does not receive funding or substantial support from the law school.

The Record is home to fictional law student Fenno, who since the 1950s has satirically chronicled the adventures of an anonymous law student, and has lampooned prominent members of the Harvard Law School community in the process. It also publishes an annual April Fool's Day issue, renowned for its satire.

History[edit]

The Record was founded in 1946 by a group of returning World War II veterans who were unhappy with conditions at the School, particularly a lack of student housing. The three primary founders of the Record were Charles O. Porter, who later served as a U.S. Congressman from Oregon, Charles Sweet, later a judge, and Paul Hellmuth, who became managing partner of the Boston law firm Hale & Dorr (now WilmerHale).

Among the former editors of the Record is Ralph Nader, who published his first article on unsafe conditions in the auto industry entitled, American Cars: Designed for Death, in the Record in 1958. The article was later expanded into Nader's seminal work on the subject, Unsafe at Any Speed.

In 1959, Nader and co-editor David Binder traveled to Cuba to report on the Cuban Revolution in the Record, which coverage included an exclusive interview with Fidel Castro.

Also in 1959, William H. Rehnquist, then a young Arizona lawyer, wrote an editorial in the Record entitled "The Making of a Supreme Court Justice," in which he criticized the U.S. Senate for not questioning the judicial philosophy of Supreme Court nominees. The article was later cited by members of the Senate Judiciary Committee when he refused to answer questions during his confirmation hearings.

In April 1971, the New York Times reported that Harvard Law School professors Alan Dershowitz and Paul Freund had quit after picking up the story from the Record's April Fool's Day issue.

In the last decade the Record has won several awards from the American Bar Association Law Student Division for outstanding writing, including the 2007 awards for Best Editorial and Best Feature Article.

The Record had been a weekly publication since its founding, but low advertising revenue coinciding with the onset of the global economic recession in 2008 forced the editors to cut the paper's frequency to biweekly. In 2011, the paper ceased the print version and became an exclusively online publication. The print edition of the paper has been recently resurrected, which the Record operates in addition to a website, a feed on Twitter, and a Facebook page. Michael Shammas '16 and Sima Atri '15 are the current serving editors-in-chief.

Notable editors and contributors[edit]

Actor Tom Cruise poses with a poster of the Record front page and with Record editor Jessica Corsi during a visit to Harvard Law School on October 5, 2009

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