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Welcome 1Ls!

August 3rd, 2009 · Comments Off on Welcome 1Ls!

Dear 1Ls,

The Harvard Legal Theory Forum welcomes you to HLS!

What is the Harvard Legal Theory Forum?
The Harvard Legal Theory Forum is an organization that was founded last fall to provide a venue to discuss legal theory and philosophy of law. The Harvard Legal Theory Forum provides a venue for students at Harvard Law School, graduate students at other schools in Harvard, and other scholars, to discuss legal theory and provide feedback to each other on their ideas about legal theory. The Forum provides a home for legal theory that does not fit neatly within other legal fields and is open to anyone interested in discussing or learning about legal theory.
“Legal theory” is an ecumenical term. The terminology of law and philosophy is often used in Anglo-American academia to connote a very methodologically narrow field. Many people are not particularly interested in “philosophy of law” in this sense but are interested in meta-accounts of law that draw from Continental philosophy, feminist or queer theory, literary theory and criticism, history, political science, economics, or of other fields. The Forum accommodates these approaches to legal theory, as well as “law and philosophy.”
Therefore, the Harvard Legal Theory Forum promotes the study of legal theory at Harvard Law School by holding regular meetings of reading groups to discuss texts on legal theory and hosting colloquia for students and/or professors to present works in progress on legal theory.

Who we are:
The organization represents students at the law school interested in legal theory and philosophy of law, including JDs, LLMs, and SJDs. We provide a venue for any students who wish to do so to workshop their work on legal theory.

What we do:
• Reading Groups: We meet biweekly to discuss law review articles on legal theory. These meetings are open to the entire Harvard community. Last year, we read articles from David Kennedy and Terry Fisher’s The Canon of American Legal Thought.
• Workshopping Papers: We provide a venue for researchers or students to workshop papers that they are working on that are related to legal theory. Two authors did so last spring, and many more students will have the opportunity to do so this year.
• Faculty Speakers: We arrange talks by faculty members on topics in legal theory. Cass Sunstein gave a talk last fall, and and Christine Desan gave one in the spring. We also co-sponsored a panel on proportionality with HELA last fall. This year, in addition to arranging talks by HLS faculty members, we plan to bring speakers from other universities to campus to deliver talks on legal theory.

Want more information?
You can join or mailing list by emailing, or find more information on our website, at

Jonathan Gingerich
Chair, Harvard Legal Theory Forum

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Do you have a paper on legal theory that you would like to workshop?

March 3rd, 2009 · Comments Off on Do you have a paper on legal theory that you would like to workshop?

If anyone has a paper that they would like to workshop (or will have something written later this semester), please let me know, and I’m happy to arrange dates for discussions of such papers. Anyone who has a piece on legal theory that they’d like to present is welcome.

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Faculty Speakers on Legal Theory

February 23rd, 2009 · Comments Off on Faculty Speakers on Legal Theory

Martha Minow mentioned that she would be able to talk later this semester, possibly in April. In the meantime, we decided to ask Chris Desan, Mark Tushnet, and Joe Singer about giving talks.

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New Website!

February 17th, 2009 · Comments Off on New Website!

This is the new website of the Harvard Legal Theory Forum. We also have a new email address,, and a new listserv,
I’ve moved all the content here from my personal blog, where it was previously located.

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HLTF Constitution

October 9th, 2008 · Comments Off on HLTF Constitution


Here is the constitution that I have prepared. I submitted this constitution, along with a list of members, to the Dean of Student’s office today, and Duncan Kennedy will send an e-mail to the Dean of Students indicating that he will be our faculty advisor.

Our next Legal Theory Reading group meeting will be on Wednesday, October 29.



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