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.



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  3. Ecosse says:

    And… consider the assistance of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (thefire.org).

  4. plmelton says:

    Congratulations on your work. What you’re doing is great and I wish you every success. The first thing that came to mind for me as I read your disclaimer is that your name “Harvard Law Unbound,” in using the word unbound, may be simply too close to that of the “Unbound” journal. I have no idea whether such usage could be successfully challenged legally. However, I’m guessing that the chance that it was so close to the name of the journal was sufficient to make the lefties see red and go to work obliterating your presence. Would a name such as “Harvard Law Unleashed” not be just as effective and close enough to draw an adequate parallel to your colleagues on the left? At any rate, best of luck with your endeavors.

    • You have to read our old and new “About” pages to follow the specifics, and to casual readers this is really “inside baseball,” but we think we’ve been pretty clear about why it’s so important for us to use the word “Unbound.” Part of our criticism on the blog is of the vast majority of members of the “Unbound” community on campus who, we believe, were too narrow in their scope of vision, and too timid in their tactics, in launching only the “Firmly Refuse” poster campaign, focused on attacking big, faraway law firms. Thus a very small group of us launched the 2nd poster campaign about the old Harkness Commons building being renamed for a cowardly tax cheat and then, after that campaign was suppressed, the 3rd poster campaign about the Harvard Law administration allowing Attorney General Eric Holder to speak on campus in the midst of an ethics scandal, when the last Attorney General to visit campus in the midst of an ethics scandal (in 2007) was heckled and harassed by students, without objection by the administration.

      Using the word “Unbound” in the campaigns is vital because this is our view of what the “Unbound” community should be doing. Of course, we’ve been careful to make clear that our small subgroup of the “Unbound” community does not speak for the much larger group as a whole. In fact, we’ve made clear we’ve hidden our identities even from the other members of the larger “Unbound” community (we’ll explain a bit more why, in future posts, regarding what happens to Law School students who express unpopular thoughts using their own names).

      • plmelton says:

        Thanks for the clarification and the explanation. In my (admittedly quick) overview of this site, it appeared to me that your inclinations might tend toward the libertarian rather than the “Legal Left.” That was one reason I thought those affiliated with the “Unbound” journal might have exerted pressure to have your protests disappear in the East German fashion. Regardless, keep fighting the good fight.

  5. Step back and reassess. Your obsession with the naming issue is confusing everyone else and distracting from your worthy goals. When readers like me have to spend 5 minutes unraveling the multiple explanations, before getting to the gist of your points, you have a problem.

  6. ChrisG says:

    It is indeed a sad commentary on the state of English writing when a reader feels compelled to reply to your disclaimer merely to laud the utter lack of typos and grammar errors in the same. Bravo, my good students! You have mastered the technicalities of written English to a level far above the vast majority of your contemporaries. The few paragraphs above shine like a beacon of hope along the rocky coast of the internet.

  7. soycaballero says:

    I understand exactly why you are operating this way! CARRY ON!!

  8. Brian Bruise says:

    I was drawn here by your (scandolous) exposure of Mr. Toobin’s extracurricular activities. Frankly, my dears I don;t give a damn. But his recent attack on Mr. Snowden should be an embarrassment to any man or woman of legal understanding, particularly when it comes to the Constitution. I’m not sure of their ages, but perhaps Mr. Toobin is the bastard child of Justice Scalia and Ayn Rand, secretly closeted in the halls of the New Yorker all these years.

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