Senator Elizabeth Warren to speak at Harvard Law School’s special opening

U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.)

Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts will join Harvard Law School’s special launch for the Classes of 2020 and 2021 on Sunday, May 29, to recognize and help celebrate their accomplishments. The two classes, whose official graduation ceremonies were held remotely amid the COVID-19 pandemic, have been invited back to campus for a long-awaited in-person launch celebration to be held at Harvard Yard. and at Harvard Law School.

She will participate in a conversation with Harvard Law School Dean John F. Manning ’85 about the important role lawyers play in society and how she has used the law to advance justice and good public throughout his career.

As a guest speaker at last year’s class day, Warren urged graduates to find the courage to step out of the traditional legal path to make a meaningful difference in the world.

“A law degree,” especially one from Harvard Law School, Warren said, “is a powerful tool. How you use it is up to you. You can choose to use it very profitably by helping customers who are already rich and powerful to become richer and more powerful. … But my own advice is to respectfully ask you to consider other avenues where the need is great.

Recognized as one of the nation’s top bankruptcy experts, Warren is currently Leo Gottlieb Professor of Law Emeritus at Harvard Law School. The former presidential candidate and longtime professor joined Harvard Law School in 1992. In 1997 and 2009, she received the Sacks-Freund Teaching Award in honor of her teaching ability, its openness to student concerns and its contribution to student life. Before coming to Harvard, she taught law at the University of Pennsylvania, University of Michigan, University of Texas, University of Houston, and Rutgers University.

Throughout her time at Harvard, Warren was highly critical of predatory lending practices in the mortgage and credit card industries, as well as government policies that she said benefited Wall Street but not ordinary consumers. In a 2007 article in Democracy, “Unsafe at Any Rate,” she outlined her ideas for creating a consumer financial protection agency, modeled on the Consumer Product Safety Commission. During the Obama administration, Warren was named assistant to the president and special adviser to the secretary of the treasury at the Office of Consumer Financial Protection, helping to set up the new federal authority she had helped design. In 2008, Warren was also named to a five-member bipartisan congressional oversight committee to oversee the Treasury’s economic bailout — a $700 billion economic bailout, known as the Troubled Asset Relief Program. of the Treasury Department, or TARP.

After teaching at Harvard Law School for nearly two decades, Warren launched a bid for the U.S. Senate seat for Massachusetts in 2012. The first political candidate, she presented herself as a middle-class fighter, economic activist and a champion. women’s causes. She won the elections and took office in January 2013. She was re-elected to the Senate in 2018, obtaining 61% of the vote.

Warren is a member of the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committees; Finance; Armed forces; and the Special Committee on Aging.

In February 2019, Warren announced his candidacy for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States. When she finally suspended her campaign in March 2020 after a series of hard-fought primary contests, she vowed to “stay in the fight for hard-working people across the country.” And Harvard law students left post-its on her faculty’s portrait in Wasserstein Hall, thanking her for her campaign and sharing her impact on them: “You inspire me to push for policy for the people! ” says a note. “You are my heroine,” said another.

Warren has written more than 100 scientific articles and 12 books, including bestsellers “The Two-Income Trap” and “All Your Worth”, both co-authored with her daughter Amelia Warren Tyagi. His latest book, “Persist,” examines the triumphs and frustrations of his bid for president and delves into the perspectives that shaped his career and political views. Time Magazine named her one of the 100 Most Influential People of the Year three times, and the National Law Journal recognized her as one of the “Most Influential Lawyers of the Decade.”

A native of Oklahoma, Warren received his JD from Rutgers Law–Newark and his BS from the University of Houston.

Jon J. Epps