Harvard Law School Dean John F. Manning ’85 today announced a new law school shield, which was researched and developed over the past year by a working group of faculty, students, alumni, and staff led by Professor Annette Gordon-Reed ’84. The new design features Harvard’s traditional motto, veritas (Latin for truth) displayed in crimson across the top, resting above the Latin phrase lex et iustitia, or law and justice. The bottom three quarters of the new shield display a series of eight overlapping, curved lines inspired by architectural details found in Austin and Hauser halls.
The new shield was the result of an extensive community outreach process and is designed to represent the broad character and values of Harvard Law School while also working well within the University’s larger suite of shields. Manning endorsed the Working Group’s recommendation and commended the shield to the Harvard Corporation, which approved the new shield last month.