DISCLAIMER: “Harvard Law Unbound,” the name under which various Harvard Law School students have chosen to operate this blog and affiliated poster campaigns, is not recognized or authorized in any way by Harvard Law School, nor by Unbound — Harvard Journal of the Legal Left.
“Harvard Law Unbound” is not a student organization. There is no entity at Harvard Law School bearing this name (indeed, the unwillingness of the “Unbound” community to follow the Law School rules required to register a student organization was joked about recently in the Drama Society’s annual Parody show). Rather, this is simply the name chosen by a small subset of the students who, using a general “Unbound” heading, anonymously launched the “Firmly Refuse” campaign in the Spring of 2012, criticizing several of the major law firms which interview on campus, and urging students to think hard about whether or not to interview with them.
For general information on the “Firmly Refuse” campaign, see here and here. (For those who might be critical of the decision of the larger, original, group and of our own, smaller group, to act anonymously, please think hard about how reasonable it is to expect law students to criticize powerful law firms, law school administrators, and public officials, using their own names, thereby basically foreclosing future employment opportunities at law firms and law schools, and in government.)
After careful deliberation, our small subgroup of the larger “Unbound” group decided that the “Firmly Refuse” campaign was too limited in its scope, and too timid in its tactics. As explained in greater length on our original “About” page (copy posted here), meeting only among ourselves, and without involving the remainder of the larger group, we decided to launch new poster campaigns, and a new blog, under the name “Harvard Law Unbound,” a name which had never previously been used by anyone at Harvard Law School. The remaining members of the larger “Unbound” group have no involvement in our activities; indeed, they have no knowledge even of who we are (at least two of us, asked to our face whether we were involved, denied any knowledge of who might be involved in the smaller group).
We thought it was necessary to take this step as a means of publicizing problems with corruption and conflict of interest at the Law School which neither the broader “Unbound” community, nor Unbound — Harvard Journal of the Legal Left, had any apparent interest in addressing .
Thus, we launched what we made clear up front was a criticism blog, critical of both of Harvard Law School for the problems of corruption and conflict of interest it is not addressing, and critical of the larger “Unbound” community that was only willing to criticize large, faraway law firms for their ethical choices, and has not been willing to directly criticize the Harvard Law School administration for its own ethical choices.
We are using the words “Harvard Law” and “Unbound” not to suggest, in any way, that we are speaking on behalf of Harvard Law School, the “Unbound” journal, or members
of the “Unbound” community who launched the original “Firmly Refuse” campaign. Indeed, we have expressly disclaimed any such suggestion. We identify ourselves as “Harvard Law Unbound”as an aspirational reference — we sincerely believe that we are the ones who are most authentically speaking for a vision of what Harvard Law School can become, an institution unbound of the corruption and conflict of interest that we currently find operating at its core.