Friends of Henry Hubschman Establish Joint Fellowship at Harvard Kennedy School and Harvard Law School

Contact: Doug Gavel
Phone: (617) 495-1115
Date: November 28, 2011

Cambridge, MA — Friends of Henry Hubschman HLS 1972 MPP 1973 have set up a fellowship in his memory at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) and Harvard Law School (HLS). Established shortly after Hubschman’s death in February 2011, the fellowship has received more than $550,000 in contributions and is now permanently endowed. It will provide financial assistance to students beginning in the academic year 2012–13.

Hubschman had a distinguished career in law, government and business before succumbing to cancer at age 63. After graduation, he served as a law clerk in the U.S. District Court for Massachusetts. He was an associate and then nationally recognized litigation partner at the law firm of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver and Jacobson in Washington, D.C. He took time out from his private practice to serve as executive assistant to Patricia Harris, the Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development during the Carter administration, and became a member of the board of the Federal National Mortgage Association. He subsequently served as general counsel of GE’s Aircraft Engines Division from 1992 to 1997, when he became president and CEO of GE Capital Aviation Services, the commercial aircraft financing and leasing business of General Electric, where he grew the company’s fleet to 1,800 aircraft placed with nearly 250 airlines in more than 75 countries, making it the largest aircraft leasing business in the world.

HKS and HLS created the Joint Degree Program in Law and Government because many public problems have a legal component and many legal issues affect the policy arena. The program permits students to pursue a JD at HLS and either a Master in Public Policy (MPP) or in Public Administration in International Development (MPA/ID) at the Kennedy School in an integrated way in a reduced time period. The program has been a formal joint degree program since 2006.

“Educating students about the issues at the intersection of law and public policy is key to the Kennedy School’s mission of training exceptional public leaders,” said David Ellwood, dean of HKS and Scott M. Black Professor of Political Economy. “This gift will help us attract and engage the very best students to Harvard.”

“The solutions to critical problems increasingly demand knowledge of institutions, law, policy, and politics, so it is terrific to see this wonderful gift offer talented students the chance to pursue learning across all these fields,” said Martha Minow, dean and Jeremiah Smith Jr. Professor at Harvard Law School. “We are enormously grateful that this fellowship honors an individual whose own studies and career so effectively united law and policy.”

“This fellowship is a perfect tribute to Henry," said longtime friend Ben W. Heineman Jr., who is distinguished senior fellow at HLS’s Program on the Legal Profession and senior fellow at HKS’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. “He had a brilliant professional career at the intersection of law, policy, politics and business, and was always grateful for the skills and perspectives he developed as a joint degree student almost 40 years ago.”

Harvard Kennedy School maintains an abiding commitment to advancing the public interest by training skilled, enlightened leaders and solving public problems through world-class scholarship and active engagement with practitioners and decision makers. The school offers the depth, reflection, insight, and excellence of ideas and teaching that can shape future leaders, affect public policies, and make an impact on people and their daily lives.

Harvard Law School is one of the preeminent centers of legal education in the world.  Led by a diverse and dedicated group of faculty and legal scholars, HLS provides unmatched opportunities to study law and related disciplines in a rigorous and collaborative environment. The school's curriculum is unparalleled in its breadth and depth, with more than 400 courses, and nearly 30 clinics that make up the largest clinical department in the country.  Harvard Law School supports a wide array of research programs, and offers students and alumni resources supporting both public and private careers.  The school's network of distinguished alumni spans the globe, and its diverse student body is drawn from every U.S. state and more than 70 countries.

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