The Legal Beat
Student Found Dead On Campus At T14 Law School
Posted on Monday March 27, 2017
Today we have some sad news to report from one of the best law schools in the country. A Harvard Law student was found dead on campus, and the law school community is grieving his loss.
Will Zhang, 23, was a first-year student at the elite school. His LinkedIn profile states that he graduated from the University of Toronto in 2016, and classmates say he was a member of the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association. According to the Boston Globe, police were called to the scene and found his lifeless body in his Story Street dorm room on the afternoon of March 23. A representative from the Middlesex County District Attorney’s Office said that Zhang’s death was “not considered suspicious.”
Dean Martha Minow sent a school-wide email about Zhang’s death, noting that the “circumstances of Will’s death have not been fully determined.” The Harvard Crimson has information about how the law school community is dealing with Zhang’s death:
“This is an exceptionally difficult time for those who knew Will, especially his family and friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with each of them,” Minow wrote. “I ask that you each offer comfort to those around you who may be grieving or in distress and need a shoulder to lean on.” …
More than 50 people attended a session the Dean of Students’ Office held for students to reflect on the news. Additionally, Minow’s email provided a number of resources for student coping with grief. Minow wrote that the school would be looking for ways to commemorate Zhang.
“This is a time for each of us to cherish our community and to offer caring and consolation,” Minow wrote.
We here at Above the Law would like to extend our thoughts and sympathies to Will Zhang’s family, friends, and colleagues during this difficult time.
Most colleges and universities have counseling and psychological services resources that students and graduates can turn to if they are in crisis or would like counseling, even after hours. If these services are not available at your school, and if you’re depressed and in need help, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255) or a lawyer assistance program in your state. Remember that you are loved, so please reach out if you need assistance, before it’s too late. Don’t become a statistic — seek help.
In ‘Heartbreaking’ Loss, First Year Law Student Dies [Harvard Crimson]
Harvard Law School mourning death of student [Boston Globe]
Staci Zaretsky is an editor at Above the Law. She’d love to hear from you, so feel free to email her with any tips, questions, or comments. You can follow her on Twitter or connect with her on LinkedIn.