RA position available on contracts/economics

The project is a paper on ‘Legal Evolution, Contract Evolution, and Standardization.’ The part we need RA work for concerns the joint evolution of contracts and contract law with imperfect enforcement. We model a framework of incomplete contracts that are enforced with some judicial discretion.

The evolution of precedents reduces judges’ leeway, but still allows for the introduction of new evidence. Thus, litigation and case law underpin a stochastic process of gradual improvement in contracts and their enforcement.

We’re looking for an RA with legal knowledge to help us find and develop concrete examples of: 1) judicial discretion in contract cases; 2) the evolution of contract law through precedents; 3) changes in contract terms inspired by case law. Our own contractual details are that we can pay € 20 per hour (currently $25 but we pay in euros) with 24.75% tax withholding from Spain.

Timing is flexible to accommodate the RA’s schedule, though the work has to be done in 2014 and I’m here only until December 21. The number of hours would be flexible, but I don’t think this should take very long. Please contact Prof. Giacomo Ponzetto (visiting at Harvard Econ) if interested at gponzetto@crei.cat 

Health Care Policy Research Assistants Needed

Harvard Law School’s Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation (CHLPI) is seeking several research assistants to work on a time-sensitive and critical analysis of health care policy implementation in private insurance markets and the health insurance exchanges. These positions are paid and will last until the New Year, with an option to extend.

Work/study eligibility is not a requirement. Applicants should provide a brief statement of interest and background, if any, in health care, health law or health policy.

If interested please apply by email to Carmel Shachar at cshachar@law.harvard.edu

Get Certified to Help Low-Income Taxpayers with Tax Returns!

Do you enjoy helping people and earning pro bono credit toward graduation?

If so, consider joining TaxHelp, an HLS student-run organization that provides tax advice and prepares returns for low-income individuals. We operate primarily from February to April and are open to all HLS students, 1Ls included. No prior tax knowledge is required. We provide all the training required for you to become an IRS certified tax preparer.

If you have any questions or would like to join the e-mail list, please e-mail us at hls.taxhelp@gmail.com

5K to Finals – Join the HLS Team

5ktofinalsVisixKick start Fall Finals with an adrenaline rush, and join the HLS team in the Winter Classic 5k, to benefit the Cambridge Family & Children Services!

All running levels are welcome and encouraged to join the fun – whether you’re a marathon runner or a couch potato.

Enjoy the beautiful sights of Cambridge in the winter on a 3.1 mile run this December - The HLS 5k to Finals team is open to any HLS affiliate to join – students, faculty and staff!

Sign up here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/5ktoFinals


December 7, 2014


See race course here: http://classic5k.com/winter_classic/course.php
The Dean of Students Office will provide T-passes to and from the race.
Directions: http://classic5k.com/winter_classic/directions.php


All HLS affiliates are welcome!
While we are not allowing non-HLS affiliates to use the HLS team promo code, we encourage your friends and family to still run the race


$15 for everyone on the HLS 5k to Finals team!
Sign up today at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/5ktoFinals

How to get ready:

Join the Running Club for some warm up runs, or or head to Hemenway Gym before the 5k to get back in shape!

Team member perks:

  • Discounted race fee* – $15 instead of $37
  • Long sleeve T-Shirt or Fleece hat (from the Classic 5k)
  • HLS 5k to Finals Swag
  • Post-Race VIP team tent to hang out and socialize after the run
  • The race organizers also give prizes to the top finishers in each age group!

*The HLS Promo code is for HLS affiliates only. Please do not share the code with the non-HLS community.
We encourage your family and friends to run the race and join us in the VIP post-race tent!

Winter Term International Travel Pre-Departure Sessions

Winter Term International Travel Pre-Departure Sessions

Wednesday, November 19 and Thursday, November 20

12 – 1 p.m.

Wasserstein Hall, Milstein East B

Required for students traveling with HLS funding or for HLS credit. Open to other students traveling abroad.

HLS requires ALL students who are receiving funding for winter term international travel to attend one of these information sessions. They will provide information about health, safety, and other travel considerations, as well as facilitate interaction among students who are going to, and have traveled to, particular regions.

Drinks and dessert will be provided; feel free to bring your lunch.

To RSVP, or for more information to determine which session will focus on particular regions, email Alicia Clemente. Please indicate which session you will attend.


Translator Needed, English-French, for Paper Abstracts

The Islamic Legal Studies Program will be holding a workshop on Islamic family law in mid-February 2015. Participants have been asked to submit a one-page abstract of their paper, which will be translated from English to French. The abstracts will be available shortly after Dec. 15, the paper submission deadline. We anticipate that we will need 10-12 one-page abstracts translated. The translator will have to complete the translation by Jan. 10, 2015.

If you are interested in being considered for this work, please send a brief email outlining your language qualifications to Dörthe Engelcke  by Dec. 1. Native speakers of French are preferred.


Considering a Joint Degree?

If you are considering applying for a joint degree program with HBS, HKS, HSPH, or GSD, you are invited to join Jessica Soban, Assistant Dean and Chief Admissions Officer, for “Office Hours.” Jessica can help you think through the academic and professional benefits of a joint degree, as well as your strategy for presenting the most compelling application.

Please call the J.D. Admissions Office at 617-495-3179 to set up a specific appointment time. Joint degree applicant office hours: Friday November 21, 9:30 am – 11:30 am Tuesday December 2, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm.

Volunteer Student Guides needed for International Finance Conference on Latin America

The Program on International Financial Systems (PIFS) and Professor Hal Scott are looking for a few students who are willing to lend a hand with directing conference participants from room to room for our upcoming U.S.-Latin America Symposium.

The day we are looking for the most assistance is Thursday, November 13th. Volunteers who are able to help with guiding conference participants would also be allowed to sit in on the conference sessions if you would like. Sessions run all day but students may offer whatever blocks of time they may have available.

To find out more about the symposium, visit http://www.law.harvard.edu/programs/about/pifs/symposia/brazil/index.html.

If interested, email Whitney Grace at wgrace@law.harvard.edu

Holiday Market Call For Artists

Holiday Market


Participate in our upcoming Holiday Craft Fair! Happening on December 9th, 11am-2pm, all the faculty, staff or friends of are welcome!

Photographers, Knitters, Painters, Carvers, Bakers, Screen Printers, Jewelry Makers, Designers, Potters, Basket Weavers and EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN!!!

Register for a table now by stopping at the Dean Of Students Office, or emailing dos@law.harvard.edu 

RA Work for Prof. Samuel Moyn

Prof. Samuel Moyn is looking for an RA, working ten hours per week or fewer, mainly to do some textual formatting for various upcoming publications. The job might also involve other, more interesting research tasks.

If you are interested, submit a note and one page resume to Thompson Potter at tpotter@law.harvard.edu

Daily student-run meditations in WCC

The HLS Mindfulness Society has recently been restarted and is back in action! Or rather, inaction. Come meditate with us! All are welcome, especially beginners.

Why meditate? Meditation strengthens willpower, focus, memory, and resilience to stress. Justice Breyer spoke about how meditation helps him write the best opinions in the greatest number of cases: “[T]he practice of law is like attempting to drink water from a fire hose. And if you are under stress, meditation – or whatever you choose to call it – helps. [Meditation] makes me feel more peaceful, focused and better able to do my work.” Be pragmatic. Sit with us. Note: students of all religious and jurisprudential backgrounds are welcome.

Email hlsmindfulness@gmail.com for information about our daily meditation sits or to join our listserv.

Overcoming adversity at HLS? Join Supero!

Overcoming adversity does not stop when you get your HLS admissions letter. If you are from a low-income background, a first-generation college student, or living with a disability (learning or physical) –you’re not the only one!

Fill out the form below for more information on Supero Law Students Association. A new student organization that aims to bring community, discussion, and support for students overcoming adversity while at HLS. http://goo.gl/forms/zyKM4uBbha

Apply for the HLS Spring Break Trip to Israel! (Deadline November 16th)

Apply now to go on the HLS subsidized spring break trip to Israel! The annual trip, organized by JLSA, offers students a special opportunity to explore the wonders and complexities of modern Israel. The trip includes visits to major historical, religious and cultural sites, as well as meetings with Israeli officials, activists, journalists and more.

This year’s trip is scheduled for March 11 – 22, 2015. All HLS students (regardless of religious affiliation) are encouraged to apply! E-mail Eric (eneidle@jd15.law.harvard.edu) to request an application or for more information.

Application requests must be received by November 16th at 5:00 PM. Completed applications are due on November 16th at 11:59 PM. 

Research Assistant

Climenko Fellow Benjamin Levin seeks one or two research assistants to work on a project involving the relationship between the War on Drugs and criminal regulation of gun possession. The project focuses on racial and civil libertarian critiques of the War on Drugs and the possible application of such critiques to criminal firearm regulation. At least a portion of the work will involve research into crime statistics, so statistical experience would be useful, but is not required.

Applicants should provide: (1) a brief statement of interest no longer than one paragraph; (2) a resume or CV; and (3) an unofficial HLS transcript. Contact: blevin@law.harvard.edu