In keeping with the bicentennial theme of “Why Law Matters,” this session is a conversation between former governors representing various perspectives on the school and the challenges of governing. Governors Dukakis, Granholm, and Weld attended Harvard Law School in different periods of its recent history, and each faced different challenges in governing. Each also offers differing perspectives on the challenges of governing under law today. Through conversations among the panel and with the audience, we examine a number of topics: What are the past connections and present opportunities that link Harvard Law School with the challenges of governing? What might we learn from the unique contexts and challenges that each of the panelists faced in government? How might those challenges seem different from the perspectives–represented by the experiences of the panelists–of a legislator, a government lawyer, and a governor? Most importantly, the conversation among the governors and with the audience focuses on how the Harvard Law School community should respond to the unique challenges of governing in our present moment.
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