This year I had the pleasure of serving as an interviewer for the Public Service Venture Fund. The PSVF will award up to $1 million each year to HLS grads to help them obtain their ideal jobs in public service. The recipients of the fund identified unmet legal needs and are developing new initiatives to meet those needs.
I hope you read the whole article but I want to give you a few highlights.Recipients will be working both domestically and internationally on projects that range fromincreasing availability of healthy foods for low income populations to documenting civilian experiences in armed conflict. One recipient will work in the public school system while another provides legal services to survivors of domestic violence. The work they plan to do is admirable – from exploring international digital rights to working with immigrants and refugees.
The Public Service Venture fund is also the first fund at any law school to offer seed grants to social entrepreneurship ventures. Two PSVF seed grant recipients partnered to found Equal Justice Under the Law, a nonprofit civil rights law firm. A third recipient is expanding on the news site Tea Leaf Nation, which analyzes the Chinese internet to gauge Chinese citizen sentiment.
In my role in the admissions office, I get the first look at the students who are coming to HLS. It’s very cool when I hear about the things they accomplished before arriving at HLS, but it’s really AMAZING to see how they plan to use their HLS education to effect change in the world!