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James Vorenberg

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James Vorenberg
9th Dean of Harvard Law School
In office
Preceded byAlbert Sacks
Succeeded byRobert C. Clark
Personal details
Born(1928-10-01)October 1, 1928
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
DiedApril 12, 2000(2000-04-12) (aged 71)
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
EducationHarvard University (BA, JD)

James Vorenberg (October 1, 1928 – April 12, 2000) was the Roscoe Pound Professor of Law and Dean of Harvard Law School, former Watergate Associate Special Prosecutor, and first chair of the Massachusetts State Ethics Commission.[1]


Born in Boston, Massachusetts,[2][3] Vorenberg attended Harvard College, from which he graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1948, and Harvard Law School, from which he earned the Juris Doctor degree in 1951. In his first year at Harvard Law, he achieved the highest grades in his class and was awarded the Sears Prize.[1] He served as the president of the Harvard Law Review while attending the school.[1] In 1953, he clerked for Justice Felix Frankfurter at the U.S. Supreme Court.

Vorenberg became a professor at Harvard Law School in 1962. In 1973, he served as principal assistant to Archibald Cox in the Watergate Special Prosecutor's Office.[4] He served as chairman of the Massachusetts State Ethics Commission from 1978 to 1983.[5] In 1981, he was elected to the Common Cause National Governing Board. He was named associate dean at Harvard Law in 1977, and was named dean and Roscoe Pound Professor of Law in 1981.[6] He retired at the end of June 1989.[7] "I've tried to encourage students to follow diverse, varied patterns out of law school," Vorenberg told The New York Times in 1989.[1]

Vorenberg and Jack Greenberg, Dean of Columbia College, wrote Dean Cuisine, a cookbook that The New York Times reviewed in 1991, saying: "a modest tome that should be required reading for all those tiresome people who say they never cook anymore.[8]

Vorenberg suffered from Parkinson's disease during his final 14 years.[9] He died of cardiac arrest in Boston on April 12, 2000.[1][10]

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  1. ^ a b c d e "Professor James Vorenberg, ninth Dean of Harvard Law School". Harvard Law School. April 12, 2000. Archived from the original on October 6, 2008. Retrieved February 20, 2014.
  2. ^ Taft foundation reporter, Volume 2, by Taft Group, 1980, accessed February 10, 2010. February 6, 2008. Retrieved March 17, 2010.
  3. ^ Vorenberg, James. - Social Networks and Archival Context
  4. ^ Glaberson, William (April 13, 2000). "Glaberson, William, "James Vorenberg, Watergate Prosecutor's Right-Hand Man, Dies at 72", The New York Times, April 13, 2000, accessed March 10, 2010". The New York Times. Retrieved March 17, 2010.
  5. ^ Hogarty, Richard A. (August 13, 1946). Massachusetts politics and public policy: studies in power and leadership, Richard A. Hogarty, Univ of Massachusetts Press, 2002, ISBN 1-55849-362-X, accessed February 10, 2010. ISBN 9781558493629. Retrieved March 17, 2010.
  6. ^ Seth, Ishaan (February 2, 1994). "Seth, Ishaan, "Heymann Resigns Post Of Deputy Atty. General; Law Professor Cites Lack of 'Chemistry' With Reno", The Harvard Crimson, February 2, 2004, accessed February 10, 2010". Thecrimson.com. Retrieved March 17, 2010.
  7. ^ "HARVARD LAW DEAN LEAVING WITH SADNESS, DESPITE DISPUTES," The Boston Globe, June 29, 1989, accessed February 10, 2010
  8. ^ Jenkins, Nancy Harmon, "KITCHEN BOOKSHELF; Spring Offerings to Enthrall Armchair Cooks and Travelers," The New York Times, March 27, 1991, accessed February 10, 2010
  9. ^ Bernstein, Adam, "James Vorenberg Dies; Joined Watergate Probe," The Washington Post, April 14, 2000, accessed February 10, 2010
  10. ^ James Vorenberg, Watergate Prosecutor's Right-Hand Man, Dies at 72 - The New York Times

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