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handle is hein.journals/hlrec115 and id is 1 raw text is: TUITION HIKE:
LS hits students with the
largest tuition increase
since 1995. See p.3

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CAMBRIDGE GUIDE:
The RECORD's annual
guide to all you need to
know about Cambridge.
See INSERT

Harvard Law School's Independent Weekly Newspaper
AMERICA'S FIRST LAW SCHOOL NEWSPAPER     VOLUME II 5, NO, I             THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER -12, 2002

Law Review
posts more

HLS allows U.S. military

low temale.
numbers, tries to use OCI for first time

again to find
out why
by KRISTEN NELSON
When the Class of 2004 Law
Review members congregated as
a group for the first time this
August, they found that a sur-
prising three-quarters of them
shared a common characteristic
- they were men. Despite a
double-blind selection process
and recruitment efforts geared
towards women, only 11 of the
43 successful 2L applications
this year were those of women.
The percentage of incoming
women this year is the lowest it
has been since 1995, when the
numbers also stood at 11 out of
43. In the years between, the fig-
ure has hovered between 30 and
50 percent. In 2001, 17 out of 46
editors chosen were women; in
2000, the numbers were 18 out
of 41.
These dramatic figures -
especially given that women
make up 44 percent of the class
of 2004 - have led Review
members to question why the
numbers turned out the way they
did. However, the very mecha-
nisms that are intended to ensure
anonymity and fairness during
the selection process inhibit
efforts to unearth the root of the
problem: Whether women are
simply self-selecting out of the
Please see LAW REVIEW, p. 4

since 'don't ask, don't tell.'
Fearing loss of government funds, Clark decided not to challenge in court.

by MIKE WISER
Responding to a threat by the
federal government to withhold
$328 million in funds from
Harvard University, Dean Robert
Clark decided in late August to
allow military recruiters to par-
ticipate in the on campus recruit-
ing process. Clark's decision
reversed a policy that had pre-
vented JAG recruiters from using
the Office of Career Services
(OCS), because the military's
don't ask, don't tell policy,
which prohibits individuals who
are openly gay from joining the
military, prevented the military
from signing the Law School's
non-discrimination pledge.
U-Turn
Dean Clark's reversal came
after a letter from the Air Force in
late May said that the Air Force
believed the Law School was
violating the provisions of the
1996 Solomon Amendment by
not allowing military recruiters to
participate in on campus inter-
viewing. Under the provisions of
the Amendment, all federal fund-
ing to a university could be with-

held unless the degree of access
by military recruiters is at least
equal in quality and scope to that
afforded to other employers. For
Harvard University, almost 16
percent of its annual operating
budget could be withheld.
While allowing the military to
visit the school to recruit at the
invitation of the student HLS
Veterans Association (HLSVA)
had satisfied military recruiters in
the past, an Air Force inquiry that

(ourlet3 of U S Air Force
began in December of 2001
determined that the Law School
was not in compliance with the
Solomon Amendment.
With hundreds of millions of
dollars in the balance, Clark
decided to allow recruiters to use
OCS resources and to recruit
through its interview process.
'I think the difference is more
symbolic than anything else,
because the reality was they were
recruiting here and recruiting

effectively on campus for the last
several years, Assistant Dean for
Career Services Mark Weber told
the RECORD.
Jason Watkins, president of the
HLSVA, also agreed that the
change probably would not make
much difference for military
recruiters. Watkins, who said he
was a results oriented person,
told the RECORD, I'm not sure
how much there is to be gained
from   official or publicized
changes in policy.
A Difficult Decision
Whether or not the change N iII
make it easier for military
recruiters. Weber said that the
school's decision came only after
months of agonizing about how
to respond. During that process
administrators consulted mem-
bers of Lambda (the gay and les-
bian student group) as well as
students on the placement com-
mittee for input. In the end, the
administration finally decided
that they would not win in a bat-
tle with the Air Force.
I think we made a judgment
Please see JAG, p. 4

Five win Sears Prize

by LEA SEVCIK
In a couple of unusual twists, this year's Joshua
Montgomery Sears, Jr. prize went to five recipients
rather than four, and all five of the recipients are on
the Harvard Law Review. Together, the five have
pretty impressive resumes: starting an equity fund,
pursuing Ph.Ds, even an attested interest in profes-
sional skiing.
The prize is awarded annually to two IL and two
2L students with the highest grade point averages,
which at HLS means over an A average. This
year, three ILs received the prize due to a tie. The
2L recipients are Michael Shah and Michael
Gottlieb, and the IL recipients are David Landau,
Christian Pistilli and Jared Kramer.
Despite their academic similarities, this year's
recipients differ in many surprising ways. They
range in age from 22 to 27, they all study in differ-
ent ways, and their paths to HLS could not have
been more diverse.
A Closer Look: The 2Ls
Michael Shah has the unusual distinction of hav-
ing won the Sears prize twice, and is thus likely to
graduate at the top of his class. Yet Shah is not

eagerly embracing an illustrious legal future. He
will not be clerking next year, and after a summer
split between Wachtell in New York and Susman
Godfrey in LA, Shah says he is still considering
investment banking.
When Shah finished his pre-med major at
Harvard University, he wanted to get started in
life rather than pursuing a lengthy medical degree.
He spent a year at the London School of Economics
getting his Masters in finance and economics, and
immediately put his skills to use. Together with two
other LSE students, Shah started a private equity
fund that raised over $2 million. It was only when
the equity markets crashed that Shah decided to go
to law school.
Today, Shah is still keeping involved as an
investor and a financial and legal advisor in his
friends' startups. One of his current projects is an
artificial sweetener called Sucraslim, which has no
calories and is safe for baking. We'll be rolling
out the infomercials in the next couple of months,
he said.
When it comes to class, Shah says, I try to take
things that are useful if I don't end up practicing
law, like secured transactions and real estate.
Michael Gottlieb graduated from Northwestern
Please see SEARS PRIZE, p. 5

Harvard Commemorates 9/11
see Story, p. 5

Erin BemsteinRECORD I

Wine is Fun: Our new     Bagging on JAG:
wine critic Josh Solomon  Lindsay Harrison argues
argues that wine isn't just  that students should
for pretentious people.  actively resist JAG
See p.8    recruiting.   See p.7

The 1L Experience: If    Letters: Believe it or
you have a bank account  not, we got mail over the
here, you've probably had  summer. And boy was it

a run-in with the Fleet

interesting.

See p.7          See p.6

Inside:

Bank Man.

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