Ten Stories That Shaped 2022
In 2022, Harvard saw a multitude of transitions. The school finally lifted most of its last Covid-19 mandates and held in-person Commencement ceremonies for not one, not two, but three Harvard College classes. Across the top ranks of Harvard’s leadership, familiar faces exited the stage, including University President Lawrence S. Bacow, who will be succeeded by Claudine Gay, the first person of color and second woman to be named to Harvard’s top post. Here, The Crimson looks back at the 10 stories that shaped 2022 at Harvard.
Harvard Law Professor Asks Judge to Unseal Sidebars from Admissions Trial
A Harvard Law School professor is asking the federal judge who presided over the high-profile 2018 Harvard admissions trial to release currently-sealed transcripts of courtroom discussions from the proceedings.
In 84th Supreme Court Appearance, Harvard Lawyer Seth P. Waxman ’73 Commands the Courtroom
Though the court appears poised to strike down affirmative action, legal experts praised Seth P. Waxman’s performance at the lectern, commending his ease and confidence before the bench.
Judge Rejects Harvard’s Lawsuit Against its Insurer Over Legal Fees in SFFA Suit
Harvard, on the apparent edge of Supreme Court defeat, won’t be getting any help on its legal fees.
Harvard Team Exits Supreme Court
Harvard's legal team and administrators exited the Court at 3 p.m. on Monday after nearly five hours of oral arguments.
Harvard Delegation Attends Oral Arguments
From left, former Harvard President Drew G. Faust, Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid William R. Fitzsimmons '67, Dean of the College Rakesh Khurana, and former Harvard Corporation Senior Fellow William F. Lee ’72 exit the Supreme Court on Monday.
Members of the Public Enter Supreme Court
Members of the public who waited in line to attend the arguments walk across the plaza on their way to the Courtroom.
Seth P. Waxman ’73 Exits the Supreme Court
Former U.S. Solicitor General Seth P. Waxman ’73, who represented Harvard during oral arguments on Monday, exits the Supreme Court just after 3 p.m.
Seth P. Waxman ’73 at the Supreme Court
Seth P. Waxman ’73 represented Harvard in oral arguments on Monday.
Ed Blum at the Supreme Court
Students for Fair Admissions President Edward J. Blum, right, has orchestrated eight lawsuits that have made it to the Supreme Court.
Pro-affirmative Action Demonstrator Holding Sign
A pro-affirmative action demonstrator holds up a sign during a rally in front of the Supreme Court on Monday.
Live Updates: Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments in Harvard, UNC Affirmative Action Cases
Supreme Court oral arguments concluded just prior to 3 p.m. Monday in a pair of lawsuits seeking to strike down affirmative action in American higher education. Read our live coverage from Washington.
Hundreds Rally in D.C. as Supreme Court Prepares to Hear Harvard Affirmative Action Case
Students and advocates on both sides of the affirmative action debate descended on the nation’s capital on Sunday for dueling rallies ahead of Supreme Court oral arguments in a pair of lawsuits that could end race-conscious admissions in American higher education.
SCOTUS Preview: Affirmative Action on the Brink
With oral arguments for the Harvard admissions case set to take place in Washington, D.C., next week, the fate of affirmative action in higher education lies in the Supreme Court's hands — again.
SFFA Funded by Large Conservative Trusts, Public Filings Show
Students For Fair Admissions, the anti-affirmative action group suing Harvard for its consideration of race in its admissions, is largely funded by conservative trusts, according to public filings since 2017.
Emboldened by Conservative Court, Ed Blum Seeks to Close Out ‘Long Game’ Against Affirmative Action
Anti-affirmative action activist Edward J. Blum is headed back to the Supreme Court for the first time since 2016. He will be greeted by a 6-3 conservative majority that is set to consider his most far-reaching argument yet.
Meet the Harvard Students Rallying to Save Affirmative Action
Roughly 100 Harvard undergraduates are set to travel to Washington, D.C., this weekend to rally in support of affirmative action at the United States Supreme Court.
Meet the Lawyers Arguing Before the Supreme Court in the Harvard Admissions Lawsuit Next Week
The Supreme Court will hear lawsuits challenging race-conscious admissions policies at Harvard and the University of North Carolina next week. The verdicts have the potential to end race-conscious admissions at colleges across the country.
The Supreme Court Will Hear Arguments for the Harvard Admissions Lawsuit Monday. Here’s What You Need to Know.
Following eight years of litigation, the Supreme Court will hear on Monday a pair of lawsuits brought against Harvard and the University of North Carolina by an anti-affirmative action group.
Harvard Student Group Hosts Pro-Affirmative Action ‘Teach-In’ with Legal Defense Fund Lawyers
Lawyers from the Legal Defense Fund spoke to Harvard affiliates at a pro-affirmative action “teach-in” hosted by a student group on Tuesday.
Harvard Says Insurance Company Knew of Affirmative Action Lawsuit, Should Cover Legal Fees
Harvard told a federal judge last week that its insurance company was aware of a high-profile lawsuit challenging its race-conscious admissions process, saying the firm, Zurich American Insurance Company, should have to cover the University’s legal fees.
Supreme Court to Hear Arguments in Harvard Affirmative Action Case on Oct. 31
The Supreme Court is set to hear arguments next month in a high-stakes affirmative action lawsuit brought against Harvard that could end race-conscious college admissions in the United States.
Top Corporations, Universities Ask Supreme Court to Uphold Affirmative Action in Harvard Case
Hundreds of top American corporations and universities including Apple, Google, and seven Ivy League schools asked the Supreme Court to uphold affirmative action in amicus briefs filed this week as justices prepare to hear lawsuits challenging race-conscious admissions at Harvard and the University of North Carolina.
Harvard Asks Justices to Uphold Affirmative Action in Supreme Court Brief
Harvard offered a full-throated defense of the Supreme Court’s past rulings upholding affirmative action in a brief submitted to the court on Monday, asking justices to reject a lawsuit that seeks to ban race-conscious admissions.
Supreme Court to Hear Harvard, UNC Affirmative Action Cases Separately
The Supreme Court will hear challenges to affirmative action at Harvard and the University of North Carolina separately, a procedural change that will allow newly seated Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson ’92 to rule on the UNC case.