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This Law School Is Making a New Seal

Harvard Law is developing a new seal, the Harvard Crimson reports.

Back in 2016, the law school retired its original seal in light of its ties to slavery. The original seal featured the crest of the former slave-owning Royall family, whose donation helped establish Harvard’s first law professorship in the late 18th century, according to the Crimson. The law school decided to replace the Royall crests with a crimson seal that featured “Harvard Law” written across the front.


In an email to the Harvard Law community, Manning wrote that the new seal will need to fit within Harvard’s current collection of seals.

“Working in conjunction with the University and the Harvard Corporation, we will move forward with the proposal of a new shield that fits within Harvard’s suite of shields and that represents the broad aspirations of Harvard Law School,” he wrote.

Harvard Law had dedicated a working group of faculty, staff, alumni, and two current students who will be responsible for developing the new seal. Faculty involved in the group include: Director of Facilities and Operations John Arciprete, Law School professor I. Glenn Cohen, Harvard Law School Association President Daniel E. Eaton, Associate Dean for Communications and Public Affairs Melodie L. Jackson, and Staff Attorney with the American Civil Liberty Union’s Racial Justice Program Amreeta S. Mathai.

The group is currently open to applications for students.

“This process will benefit greatly from the thoughtful and creative input of the HLS community,” Manning wrote. “As such, the Working Group will create a number of opportunities for community members to share their ideas and perspectives, and I want to thank you in advance for your input.”

Sources: Harvard Crimson, Harvard Crimson

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