Saturday, November 23, 2019
Following up on my previous post, Harvard Law School Ditches Its Seal Modeled On Family Crest Of 18th Century Slaveholder After Student Protest: Harvard Law Record, A Few Humble Suggestions for Harvard Law School’s New Shield:
Harvard Law School is in the midst of a search for a new shield, having retired the previous one in 2016 due to the Royall family’s involvement with slavery. While Dean Manning has assured Student Government that the working group tasked with selecting the new shield is making steady progress, its operations have generally been opaque. To remind the school that the search for a new shield is indeed underway and to inject some much-needed life into the discussion of what symbol we ought to pick to represent ourselves, I’ve taken the liberty of suggesting a few designs that seem fitting.
At first glance this [left] might appear to be nothing more than a shameless rip-off of the YLS shield [right]. But that is far from true. Because merely ripping off our rival’s shield would be the kind of pettiness that the noble students of HLS are supposed to be above. It would be unoriginal. It would be sophomoric. It would be precisely the kind of conduct that one would expect of a YLS student.
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