Join the LIDS Symposium/Events Committee

This year, the Law and International Development Society (LIDS) has a number of exciting events lined up! On October 31st, we’ll have our annual LIDS Symposium, titled: “Post-Conflict Reconstruction: Rebuilding from Emergency to Development.” In the spring, we’ll hold our International Women’s Day event, a portrait exhibit showcasing inspiring women leaders around the world. We will also have a series of other exciting events throughout the fall and spring to highlight a range of issues at the intersection of law and development. But we need your help to make it happen! Join the Symposium/Events Committee to help us organize and publicize the events. This is a great way to get more involved with LIDS, have a say in the events we hold, and get to know other students interested in law and development. Fill out this form by Monday September 29th if you’re interested in joining! 

Volunteer for (mock) Jury Duty!!!

Volunteer for Harvard Law School’s (Mock) Jury Duty! Calling all who are interested in serving as jurors in the mock trials for Harvard Law School’s Fall 2014 Trial Advocacy Workshop!

Trials will be held: Wednesday, September 24 9:00am-1:00pm & 2:00pm-6:00pm Harvard Law School, Cambridge Thursday, September 25 2:00pm-6:00pm Suffolk Superior Court, Boston Moakley Federal Court, Boston Friday, September 26 from 2:00pm-6:00pm Suffolk Superior Court, Boston Moakley Federal Court, Boston.

The attorneys in these trials are 2nd and 3rd year Harvard Law students who would benefit greatly from feedback on their performances. We are hoping to have 10-15 people per jury to deliberate and to give their judgments on whether the students have convinced them or not in the individual cases.

Please contact Amy Soto at if you are able to serve during one or more of these afternoons! 

Join the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Pro Bono Honor Roll

The Mass. Supreme Judicial Court’s Pro Bono Honor Roll acknowledges the commitment to pro bono legal work by law firms, solo practitioners, in-house corporate counsel offices, government attorney offices, non-profit organizations, law schools and LAW STUDENTS which certify that in the prior calendar year they have met specific criteria. Those which so certify will receive a letter of acknowledgement and appreciation for their commitment to pro bono legal work, will be listed on the Pro Bono Honor Roll on the SJC website, and, if the certification is submitted by October 3, 2014, will be invited to the October 21, 2014, 4pm recognition event at the John Adams Courthouse. Law students at Massachusetts law school can certify that they performed at least 50 hours (50) of pro bono legal services between January 1, 2013 and December 31, 2013. Legal work for pay or for credit may not be counted toward the fifty (50) hours. Please note that this is different and separate than the HLS JD pro bono graduation requirement. For more info and the certification form, see

Research Assistant (Japan) – Program on International Financial Systems / Professor Scott

Professor Hal Scott and the Program on International Financial Systems seek a research assistant to help prepare for their 17th annual U.S.-Japan Symposium which will be held on October 24-26. Research Assistants will help Professor Scott and his team prepare for the symposium, with specific focus on the capital markets and regulatory issues. LLMs and other HLS students with interest and/or experience in Japanese capital markets are encouraged to apply. Experience in financial services or capital markets preferred. Interested students should send a short statement of interest and CV to : James Apostol, Deputy Director Program on International Financial Systems, Harvard Law School 

Teaching 2 sections of SOW34 Caribbean Societies

Societies of the World 34. The Caribbean: Globalization, Socio-Economic Development & Cultural Adaptation Catalog Number: 6357 Orlando Patterson (Sociology) Half course (fall term). Tu., Th., at 11, and a weekly section to be arranged. EXAM GROUP: 15

Caribbean societies are largely the economic and political creations of Western imperial powers and are among the earliest products of globalization. Though in the West, they are only partly of it, and their popular cultures are highly original blends of African, European and Asian forms. The course examines the area as a system emerging through genocide, piracy, plantation slavery, colonialism and globalization, from a situation of great social and cultural diversity to the present tendency toward socio-economic and cultural convergence. Patterns of underdevelopment and government are explored through national case studies (Puerto Rico, Cuba, Jamaica & Haiti) and selected, region-wide modern issues (hurricanes, earthquakes and other natural disasters; migration & transnationalism; crime & drug trafficking), as are cultural adaptations through studies of Afro-Caribbean religions, folkways, and music. America’s special role in the region is emphasized.

Note: This course fulfills the requirement that one of the eight General Education courses also engage substantially with Study of the Past. APPLICATION PROCESS Email Professor Patterson and cc: Ethan Fosse Indicating your year in your program, and 2 or 3 sentences why you are qualified to teach this course. 

Research Assistant

Climenko Fellow Monica Bell is seeking two research assistants. One will work on a short-term project for an interdisciplinary review piece (mostly sociology and law) on U.S. mass incarceration, poverty, and the family. For this project, there is a strong possibility of co-authorship. The other research assistant will work on a longer-term project on criminal probation in the United States. Here, co-authorship is unlikely, at least in the immediate term. Strong candidates will be strongly interested in the criminal justice system and inequality. Background knowledge of sociology and/or criminology would be ideal, though this is not required. Pay is $11.50/hour. Please contact with your resume attached and, in the body of the email, a couple of sentences (not more than a paragraph!) expressing your interest. 

1L Information Session

Come to the Harvard Business Law Review’s 1L information session to meet the board and learn about opportunities to get involved this Fall. Transfer students and LLMs are welcome! Chipotle and Insomnia Cookies will be served. Thursday, September 18, 12:00-1:00pm in Wasserstein 2012 

1L Admissions Town Hall

The JD Admissions Office invites all 1Ls to a town hall-style discussion about the HLS admissions process. Assistant Dean and Chief Admissions Officer Jessica Soban will talk about ways to get involved with our office and answer your questions about our admissions cycle!

The event will be held on Thursday, September 25th, in Austin North at noon. Lunch will be served. We hope to see you there!

Support group for grieving Students

Students of AMF at Harvard is a university-wide organization that offers a peer-led support group for students grieving the loss of a loved one. It is part of the non-profit, National Students of AMF, which is committed to supporting and helping bereaved students to keep Actively Moving Forward. Join us for AMF’s kick-off meeting at 7:30pm on Tuesday, September 23rd in Wasserstein 3008 to learn more about the organization and help plan for the year ahead. Students from across all Harvard schools are welcome. Snacks will be provided. Please don’t hesitate to contact with any questions or concerns!

Professor Rabb Seeks Research Assistant for ILSP project on Islamic Law & Legal Education

Professor Intisar Rabb and the Islamic Legal Studies Program are seeking an HLS student to help research issues on Islamic law in higher education. In part, this work will consist of surveying the use of Islamic law syllabi and materials used in American law schools and graduate programs. The person chosen for the position will need to interact with and correspond with professors, identify relevant information to overall project, and organize the information for public presentation. Good interpersonal and communications skills, orientation to detail, and working knowledge of Excel preferred. The position will be range from 5-10 hours per week through the Fall semester (with possible extension into Spring). To apply, please send a cover letter and C.V. to

Red Sox Tickets on Sale!

The Dean of Students Office has tickets to the Tuesday, September 23rd against the Tampa Bay Rays game starting at 7:10pm at the historic Fenway Park.  Tickets are $20 (Center and Right Field Bleachers).  They will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis.  We accept credit cards (AmEx, Visa and MasterCard) or check.

If you want to sit with your classmates, you should come to the DOS Office together to purchase your tickets.  Spouses and guests are welcome, and we will check student IDs.  Resale of tickets is strictly prohibited.  Purchase your tickets in the DOS Office (WCC 3039).

A link to the Fenway Park seating chart is included below.

Join the Inaugural Season of the HLS IM Ultimate Frisbee League

Sign up now for the co-ed HLS Intramural Ultimate League, available for the first time ever! Games will be played on Saturdays, starting September 27, at Radcliffe Quad (located at 10 Garden St., a couple of blocks west of Mass Ave behind the Starbucks). HLS IM Ultimate will be 6 on 6, with a minimum of 2 females a side playing at any time, and games will last one hour each. We understand that IM Flag Football will also be holding games on Saturdays, and are in communication with that league to ensure that scheduling conflicts are minimized. Please do not feel that you must choose between the two leagues if each is of interest to you. The league is aimed at players of any and all skill levels, including none at all, so do not hesitate to register if spending a couple of hours on the weekend outdoors tossing a Frisbee around, and away from studying, appeals to you at all!

If you have any questions or concerns, please direct them to

To register as a team (minimum 2 females and 8 players total), please go to:

To register as an individual player to be placed on a team, please go to: DEADLINE: Tuesday, September 23rd 

Research Assistant

Dan Farbman, Climenko Fellow, is seeking a research assistant to work on a legal history project. The project looks at state constitutions written during Reconstruction and requires research into the records of the constitutional conventions as well as contemporary news and opinion. The work is both interdisciplinary and historical, and so the ideal candidate would be someone with a strong background in historical research who has a substantive interest in American literary and legal history. contact: 

Apply to be on Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot Team!

Every year, HLS sends one team to each Vis Moot (Vienna and Hong Kong) and is currently recruiting for this year’s teams. Please join us from 10-10:30 am or from 6-6:30 pm in WCC 3053 on Thursday, September 18th to learn more about the team and the tryout process. For information about the competition, please check out (Vis Vienna) and (Vis Hong Kong). Historically, the Harvard team has done exceptionally well. Last year, three oralists won honorable mention awards and all of the briefs received awards (including the Eric Bergsten Award for Best Claimant Memorandum in Hong Kong).

This year the team will be composed of 8-10 2Ls/3Ls/LLMs who will travel to either Vienna or Hong Kong, as well as 1-3 1Ls who are interested in helping with research and writing and participating in practice moots in New York and DC. To apply, please email your resume/CV and a writing sample to Lauren Richburg at Applicants will also need to sign up for a tryout time the weekend of Sept. 27-28 or Mon, Sept. 29. Further instructions, including the tryout question, are available at Feel free to email Lauren with any questions as well! 

Apply now for an empirical legal studies workshop!

The SJD Empirical Legal Studies group is hosting Professor Michael Heise from Cornell, amongst the nation’s leading empirical legal scholars, for a unique workshop on how to conduct quantitative research in law. The workshop will cover basic statistical methods and apply them to questions like how to run quantitative analysis of judicial decisions and jury awards, how to explore the relationship between punitive and compensatory damage awards in civil litigation, and more. Participants in the workshop will also participate in an introductory session to statistical software (Stata) that will set the foundations for the workshop. The Stata session will be held on 10/2, 1-4pm, and the workshop on quantitative research in law will be held on 10/10, 9am-3pm. Prior statistical knowledge and/or experience in empirical research is an advantage, but not a perquisite. All students are invited to apply! Interested students should submit a resume and a brief (not more than one page) statement of interest, explaining why they want to participate and whether they intend to pursue empirical research in their future work, to Netta Barak-Corren and Kobi Kastiel at and Applications are due September 23, 2014. 

Seeking Students for the Clinical and Pro Bono Programs Student Advisory Committee – Deadline 9/15

The Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs (OCP) is seeking students from all class years (including LLM) to sit on its Student Advisory Committee and contribute their ideas and suggestions regarding curriculum, new projects and legal practice placements, policies, and law firm pro bono among other things. Members of the Committee serve as liaisons, facilitating communication between the Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs and students, clinical faculty, and the law school administration. The Committee helps the Office identify and address current needs, serves as a sounding board as the Office implements program changes, and assists in strategizing about future programming. The Committee will meet approximately three times a semester, and lunch and treats will be served. Interested students should send a resume and a brief email expressing interest and availability to Ina Spaho at by Monday, September 15th, 2014.