We realize that many will be traveling abroad over the course of the winter term and wish to remind you of the required procedures and the resources available through Harvard University. If you will be traveling internationally this winter term please do the following: 1. register the trip in the Harvard Travel Registry www.travelregistry.harvard.edu). This enables the University to locate you quickly and provide assistance in the event of an emergency (i.e. natural disaster, civil unrest, etc). Travelers should create a profile in the Travel Registry and then record their specific travel information and make sure the information stays up-to-date. Harvard University requires ALL students who are traveling under university auspices (that is, receiving either credit or funding) to enter their information in the travel registry, and highly recommends the same for all international travelers affiliated with Harvard University. 2. Obtain a Harvard Travel Assist membership card and review the program’s services (available at the travel registry) 3. All students traveling under university auspices should also review, sign and return the appropriate Assumption of Risk and General Release (available in the International Travel section of the ILS website: www.law.harvard.edu). In addition, HLS students should review Harvard’s Global Support Services’ travel risk ratings www.globalsupport.harvard.edu). Students who are considering travel to an area that is categorized as high-risk must contact International Legal Studies (ils at law.harvard.edu) regarding the appropriate steps prior to travel. This is necessary for travel in conjunction with courses or clinics as well as independent travel. Please be aware that HLS may advise against — and may even withhold support for — travel that is deemed to pose excessive risk. For more information on each of these steps, and traveling abroad in general, please be sure to visit our International Travel section of the ILS webpage www.law.harvard.edu). If you have questions, you may contact Sara Zucker, Director of International Legal Studies Programs (szucker at law.harvard.edu). We wish you the best for safe and productive travels.
Law and Rhetoric reading group, Spring 2014, with Prof. Martha Minow and Prof. Adrian Vermeule (W 5-7 pm) This reading group will explore topics in law and rhetoric, meaning the study and uses of language as it is used to coordinate behavior, organize and maintain social groups, construct meanings and identities, and persuade varied audiences. Admission is by application only. Please submit a CV and statement of interest to Melinda Eakin ( eakin at law.harvard.edu) by Wednesday, January 15, 2014. The group will meet on Wednesdays from 5-7 pm on February 5, February 19, March 5, March 26, April 9, and April 23
Supreme Court Decisions seminar, Spring 2014, with Prof. Martha Minow (W 5-7) This reading group will select recent constitutional and statutory cases to examine with a focus on judicial reasoning. Opinions from the U.S. Supreme Court will be central, and some from other high courts will also be considered. Admission is by application only. Please send a CV and statement of interest to Melinda Eakin ( eakin at law.harvard.edu) by January 8, 2014. The class will meet on Wednesdays 5-7 pm on January 29, February 12, March 12, April 2, and April 16.
Professor Hal Scott is looking for 2-3 Harvard Law School JD Candidates to work on his International Finance textbook, beginning as soon as possible. Please send a resume and statement of interest to Professor Scott’s assistant, Whitney Grace, at wgrace at law.harvard.edu.
The Harvard Law School and the University of Cambridge J.D./LL.M. Joint Degree Program provides an efficient avenue to earn two degrees by enabling Harvard J.D. candidates to earn a Cambridge LL.M. and a Harvard J.D. in a total of three-and-a-half years. Up to six Harvard 2Ls are selected annually to spend their 3L year reading for the LL.M. degree in Cambridge, England. The deadline to apply for study at Cambridge in the 2014-2015 academic year is Friday, January 10, 2014 Further information about the program, eligibility, and application requirements can be found at: www.law.harvard.edu or by contacting International Legal Studies: ils at law.harvard.edu
The Criminal Justice Section of the American Bar Association and the John Marshall Law School are sponsoring the Twenty-Fourth Annual National Criminal Justice Trial Advocacy Competition in Chicago on March 20 – 23, 2014. Harvard has participated in the competition since its inception and has been the champion, a finalist and semi-finalist in past years. Four HLS students will compete against teams from nineteen other law schools trying a criminal case. Each team will participate in three preliminary mock trials, after which the highest-scoring teams will proceed to the semi-finals and then to the championship round. Students on the team will act as counsel and/or witnesses for their teammates in each round. All students will have the opportunity to serve as counsel in at least one round. Clinical instructors from the Criminal Justice Institute (CJI) will serve as coaches for the trial team. Interested students should pick up tryout materials from the CJI office located on the fifth floor of WCC (Clinical Wing, Suite 5116) and select a tryout time slot on the posted schedule in the office. The trial team will be selected after “tryouts.” Tryouts will be held on Tuesday, January 7 and Friday, January 10, 2014. Complete an application and submit it at the time you sign up for a time slot. Tryout materials and a sign-up sheet for trying out will be available on Wednesday, December 11 at 4pm in the CJI office. Please feel free to call CJI at 6-8143 if you have questions.
The Journal on Legislation is now accepting student submissions for the upcoming spring/summer issue. A description of what we’re looking for in student submissions is below. Submissions are due by the end of Monday, January 6, the first day of J-term. If you are thinking about submitting a piece, please send me a message to Daniel Lorme, the JOL Student Writing Editor, at dlorme at jd14.law.harvard.edu. Also, please don’t hesitate to contact him with any questions about what we are looking for in a piece. What is JOL looking for? (1) Recent Developments: We’re especially interested in student-written Recent Developments (RDs) on significant recently enacted legislation or a recently introduced legislative proposal. We’ve published RDs as short as eight journal pages and as long as thirty. The motivating audience of RDs (and of the journal as a whole) is members and staff of Congress, so you should write with that audience in mind. We would like to publish RDs that contain both a descriptive element and an argument of some kind. The descriptive section would most likely include a summary of the bill/statute’s major provisions and also something about its legislative history. The argument could be either a policy argument or a legal argument. Note that the argument section will probably not be all that long—the description of the statute and the legislative history will probably be at least half the total length of the RD. (2) Notes: Notes are typically longer pieces that focus on a somewhat broader topic, but still address a concrete piece of legislation or make a concrete legislative proposal. Notes often begin their lives as writing projects or papers written for classes or credit. We tend to favor student writing with an integral legislative element as opposed to writing on a general topic with a two-to-three paragraph legislative proposal tacked on at the end. What topics is JOL interested in? Legislation and the legislative process. We have a strong preference for pieces that interact with a particular concrete bill or statute, or make a detailed legislative proposal. We also like writing on bills or statutes that are both significant (related to a topic of significant popular and/or scholarly debate) and current (related to bills or statutes that have been introduced or passed within approximately the last year).
The Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs offers students the opportunity to conduct pro bono work during spring break through organized and subsidized group trips. Info session Thursday, Dec 5 12 pm WCC 3016 Come find out more about this year’s three trips: 1) Voting Rights with Mexican American Legal Defense Fund (San Antonio, Texas): 2) Transactional work with Delta Directions in Clarksdale, Mississippi and 3) Immigration Border Work with No More Deaths (Tucson, Arizona) Application deadline is Wednesday, January 15, 2014. More info and application http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/adup/2013/12/02/spring-break-pro-bono-trips-3/
Prof Brown-Nagin seeks a winter-term research assistant to work on projects related to constitutional law, constitutional history, and healthcare, and education law and policy. Send resume, grade report, and statement of interest. Send all applications to Wendy Moore at wmoore at law.harvard.edu with subject line “Brown-Nagin RA Application.”
Apply to participate on a client project team working with clients nationally and internationally to provide negotiation coaching and training, design systems for dealing with internal disputes, and conduct conflict assessments of complex real-life situations. Projects range across industries and environments. Specific project details to be released later in the process. Representative past projects are: -Analyzing violent conflicts in Latin America -Conducting an evaluation of dispute resolution processes at the National Institutes of Health -Designing negotiation training for FAIR Fund, youth organization working to fight human trafficking and domestic violence Time commitment varies but averages 1-3 hours a week for client project team members and 3 to 5 hours a week for client project team leaders Apply by 12/8 at 5 PM at: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1TgUnLWj… Thanks!
Lecturer Michael Morley is seeking a research assistant, to help with articles involving executive discretion, and the use of injunctions against government officials to protect constitutional rights. Work would start immediately and go throughout the J-term. Please email at mmorley at law.harvard.edu
In conjunction with the MBTA, Harvard Law School offers students the opportunity to sign-up for the MBTA Semester Pass Program at a discount of 25%. The program runs from February 1 – May 31, 2014. This program is only available to HLS students.
To sign up for the Spring 2014 pass, complete this form and turn it in along with payment (cash or check) to the Dean of Students Office (located in Suite 3039 in WCC) by December 19, 2013. Paper copies of the form are available in the Dean of Students Office. Checks may be made out to Harvard University.
- If you find yourself using the train or bus at least 6 times a week then this program is for you.
- To learn more about Greater Boston’s Public Transportation System or purchase passes for a single month, visit the MBTA website.
- Contact the Dean of Students Office (617-495-1880) with any questions.
The biennial competition to design and construct a site-specific installation for prominent display in Radcliffe Yard is open to all Harvard students currently enrolled in a degree program.
The Radcliffe Institute Public Art Competition invites a registration of intent by December 13, 2013, followed by a proposal submitted by January 31, 2014.
Designs can be submitted individually or in teams. We seek designs that highlight the potential of public art, and the visual arts in general, to contribute to intellectual conversations at Harvard and beyond. Design submissions will be judged by a jury of Harvard faculty, who encourage bold, provocative designs. Winning entries receive a $40,000 construction budget and the winning student or team of students will receive a $10,000 honorarium.
Register your intent to participate by Friday, December 13, 2013.
Deadline for entries: January 31, 2014.
Questions: firstname.lastname@example.org or call (617) 495-8185.
The WLA Volunteer Committee is hosting a toiletries drive to benefit the men and women at the Harvard Square Homeless Shelter. The section that donates the most toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, soap, deodorant, etc.) will win an ice cream party! 2l and 3ls from that section will also be included, and LLMs and SJDs have their own box as well! Boxes are located on the first floor of the WCC near the Hark ramp, and will remain there until Friday, December 6.
Professor Freeman is accepting applications for Teaching Fellows for her Energy and Climate Law and Policy Class to be taught this Spring on Th and F afternoons. Fellows should have a background in energy and environmental law, be comfortable with agencies like EPA and FERC, and topics such as electricity policy, renewable energy, fracking and the shale gas boom, and biofuels. Fellows will be expected to assist professor Freeman in collecting and editing materials, review weekly student comment papers and discuss them with Professor Freeman prior to class, sit in on all classes, and hold Q&A sessions for students. Please send CV, transcript and short statement of interest to curley at law.harvard.edu.
Jay Youngdahl, Network Fellow at the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, needs a Research Assistant. For more on this, see his working paper on Investment Consultants and Institutional Corruption http://ssrn.com/abstract=2255669 The project is directed at re-imagining this important, but troubled area of the financial and investment architecture. Tasks will include research of current activities of investment consultants and their clients, hoping to identify best practices. It is anticipated that the project will involve 80 hours of work for the R.A., who will be a graduate student or upper level undergraduate. The R.A. should possess an understanding of financial vocabulary, have creative research and investigative skills, and have sufficient time to give to the project over the first quarter of 2014. The final product will include a paper, for which the R.A. will receive appropriate credit. Please send a cover letter and resume to email@example.com.
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In January 2014, the City of Boston will inaugurate a new mayor. During the mayoral race, candidates have raised many ideas about new policies to improve the city. The Rappaport Center invites law students at any law school in Massachusetts to write a five-page memorandum on this topic:
Identify an innovation that would improve the quality of life in the City of Boston. Explain how the law could be applied or amended to implement that innovation.
The winning entry will receive a $3,000 prize. Two runners-up will receive prizes of $1,000 each. The deadline for entries is January 31, 2014.
For more information, click here.
Links to current outside scholarship applications are posted on the HLS Student Financial Services website at: http://www.law.harvard.edu/current/sfs/m… Now available: The Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fellowship which offers full tuition and an annual living expense stipend of $18,000.