Dean Martha Minow, NU honorary degree recipient
On a hot day in Evanston last Friday, Northwestern University awarded an honorary doctorate in law to Dean Martha Minow of the Harvard Law School. This was just the latest award in a life in the law well lived by Dean Minow. Martha Minow has served as a consummate scholar, influential teacher, able administrator, and extraordary public servant for three decades. In sixteen books and scores of articles, she has influenced how we think about injustice and difference in law and society. Through her teaching, she has influenced thousands of law students (including, perhaps most famously, Barack Obama and Elena Kagan). And, during her long stint at Harvard, she was a powerful force in reshaping the curriculum and in bringing various factions together to common, constructive ends.
Martha was a teacher of mine during my time at Harvard. I have always been grateful for her support and guidance to my academic career and this makes this honorary degree especially meaningful to me as I begin my service as Northwestern’s dean.
I should also note that Dean Minow has a significant connection to Northwestern beyond this honorary degree. She grew up near Evanston and her parents, Jo and Newt Minow, are important friends of our law school and university.