Lead your section to green glory as a 1L Green Cup Captain!

Want to lead your section? Represent your section in this year’s 1L Green Cup competition! THE 1L GREEN CUP

Who: You! And your section classmates, following your cues
What: An annual competition in which sections compete through a series of 5 sustainability challenges to accrue the most points
When: November – March Why: You will win not only the magnificent 1L Green Cup trophy (an upcycled sports trophy turned lamp, currently held by last year’s winning section leader, Section 7′s Professor Rakoff) but also $500 towards a zero-waste event to celebrate a job well done, with minimal impact on the planet Will Section 7 hold onto its title? Or will a new champion emerge? Captains from Sections 1 & 5 and the LL.M.s (participating for the first time this year) are already on board.

Make sure your section isn’t left behind! Sign up by contacting sustainability@law.harvard.edu 

Election Protection Volunteers Needed

Election Protection – led by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law – is seeking non-partisan legal volunteers (lawyers, law students and paralegals) this November to answer questions from voters who call the 1-866-OUR-VOTE hotline or who need on-the-ground support.

Election Protection helps ensure eligible voters are able to participate in our democracy while collecting data for meaningful reform so that our elections are free, fair, and accessible. Go to volunteer.866OurVote.org and click the option to sign up as a legal volunteer. After submitting your information, sign up for a training and a volunteer shift. Eligible for HLS pro bono credit. 

The Native Amicus Briefing Project Pro Bono Opportunity

The Native Amicus Briefing Project (NAB) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering a greater understanding of federal Indian law and tribal law in the federal courts as well as in the legal community at large. Law students play an essential role in NAB’s Tracking and Briefing Programs.

The Tracking Program is run by dedicated law student groups under the direction of supervisory attorneys. These law student groups, or Tracking Teams, track cases in the lower federal courts that are pertinent to Indian Country. Each Tracking Team is assigned a region of the United States to monitor so as to allow more focused work and a better understanding of federal Indian law in that region. By participating in the Tracking Program, law students develop familiarity with the litigation process while assisting NAB with identifying cases for briefing. Law students who are interested and have demonstrated a commitment to NAB are afforded the opportunity to support the Briefing Program in the preparation of briefs. Assignments will range from drafting memoranda on research questions to drafting portions of a brief.

The Native Amicus Briefing Project runs throughout the year. Involvement in the project is offered at Harvard Law School in the Fall, Winter, and Spring semesters. Students involved in the Tracking Program should expect to spend approximately 10-12 hours per semester researching and writing. Students who show an interest and whom NAB selects to take part in the Briefing Program should expect to work additional hours per semester.

Students interested in the program should email our listserv with a brief statement of interest at nativebrief@gmail.com. Eligible for HLS pro bono credit. HLS Supervision will be provided by Climenko Fellow Maggie McKinley. For more more information see: http://nativebrieforg.powweb.com/

International Finance Research Assistant Needed – Latin America

Professor Hal Scott and the Program on International Financial Systems seek a research assistant to help prepare for upcoming U.S.-Latin America Symposium which will be held on November 12-14 in Cambridge.

Research Assistants will help Professor Scott and his team prepare for the symposium, with specific focus on capital markets and regulatory issues. LLMs and other HLS students with interest and/or experience in Latin American 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 at japostol@law.harvard.edu

Public Speaking Class: The Arts of Communication Class at Fletcher

If you are interested in public speaking, the Fletcher school is offering a compelling “Arts of Communication” module (half semester) course. The course meets beginning this week until December 9, Tuesday and Thursdays at 12:30 – 1:45. Many previous HLS students have taken the course and enjoyed it tremendously.

If you are interested, please immediately email Professor Mihir Mankad, mihir.mankad@tufts.edu. Description of the course is below. The Arts of Communication: Today’s leaders must have the ability not only to analyze thoughtfully but also to communicate clearly and persuasively. This full semester course is intended to turn you into a significantly more persuasive and effective public speaker―someone who speaks with the ease, confidence, clarity, and modes of persuasion that are critical in today’s corporate, nonprofit, policy, and diplomacy worlds. We will cover a range of speaking scenarios, from podium speeches on values to simulations of a press conference or media interview on camera.

The course is intended to help you develop your own personal style by deepening your understanding of the persuasive tools, recommendations, refutations, modes of analysis, and variations in audiences that motivate listeners to turn business, policy and diplomacy ideas into action. 

SOLD OUT-Boston Ballet Tickets

We are sold out of Swan Lake Tickets.

 

Come see the world premier of Mikko Nissinen’s “Swan Lake” at the one and only Boston Opera House!

New Swan Lake header

Tickets go back on sale at the DOS office (WCC 3039) for $30.00 a piece on Tuesday, October 21st beginning at 8:30am.  Please bring your Harvard ID and each person may purchase up to 2 tickets.  Get yours ASAP, as we have a limited supply.

 

Date: Thursday, November 6th

Time: 7:30pm

Location: Boston Opera House, 539 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02111.

 

“Boston Ballet presents the world premiere of Mikko Nissinen’s Swan Lake, the classic fairytale of the Swan Queen Odette, Prince Siegfried, and the sorcery, betrayal and love, that unites them for all eternity.  The production features magnificent new costumes and sets, with choreography that captures the flare and heart of Tchaikovsky’s romantic score.”  Check out the website for more info!

 

 

LAST CALL for Student Writing Submissions

The Harvard Journal on Legislation is issuing a last call for student submissions for Volume 52.2. JOL will consider articles at any stage in the writing process on any policy or legislation-related issue. Past topics have included drug policy, social security, climate policy, congressional reform, etc. If your final paper from that J-term or spring semester seminar is still floating around in your computer, now’s a great opportunity to turn it into a published work! Please email our Student Writing Editor, Marissa Benavides, at mbenavides@jd16.law.harvard.edu with submissions and/or questions.

 

International Bar Association’s Interview Series in Human Rights

Do you have an interest in media, human rights issues, and international organizations? We might have the perfect opportunity for you! The International Bar Association’s (IBA) Human Rights Committee is looking for an assistant to help prepare an interview series with prominent human rights lawyers and advocates, to highlight the challenges of protecting human rights in the 21st Century. Among the topics we will cover: Human Rights and Education, Human Rights in the Digital Age, Human Rights and Business, Human Rights Monitoring and Civilian Protection in Peacekeeping Operations, Human Rights and Humanitarian Intervention, How to Effectively Advocate Human Rights in Worlds Politics and Diplomacy, Human Rights in Transitional Justice Contexts, Human Rights and Legislation Drafting in Post-Conflict Situations, Human Rights and International Crimes Prosecutions, and Human Rights and Security. 

The interview series comprises of 10 single interviews of 30 minutes each, to be uploaded on the IBA website on our human rights page. Each interview is a one to one conversation between IBA Human Rights Officer Federica D’Alessandra (who is also a Harvard Carr Center for Human Rights Policy Fellow in Transitional Justice) and the interviewee. Ben Ferencz, Dean Minow, Ruti Teitel, Michael Scharf, Simon Adams, and Alberto Mora are but a few of the people we plan to interview. The project is to take place between November 2014 and March 2015. The first interview will be shot on November 6, with former Nuremberg Prosecutor Ben Ferencz. The assistant will help us put together the interview questionnaire for each of the topics above. Research tasks include background research on the interviewee and their work on the subject of the interview, as well as the drafting of potential questions to discuss during the interviews. This will require the RA to look through outstanding legal and policy issues related to each topic, as well as writing a short summary of the history (specifically its history within relevant human rights provisions), development, and open questions that the topic has left. The research represents a great opportunity to get in touch with the International Bar Association, learn how to develop legal interviews questionnaires, meet the interviewees (for the interviews shot on campus), and learn about relevant human rights issues from prominent professionals engaged in the front-lines of their practice.

 If you are interested, please contact ASAP: Federica D’Alessandra, LLM: federica_dalessandra@hks.harvard.edu

 

 

Professor Stephenson Seeks Research Assistants

Professor Stephenson is seeking several research assistants to help with a project on comparative standing doctrine, in the specific context of suits brought by civil society groups and/or victims against allegedly corrupt government officials in different countries. The project would run through the end of the Fall semester, with hours per week to be arranged. If you are interested, please email a statement of interest, CV, and transcript (unofficial is fine) to Professor Stephenson at mstephen@law.harvard.edu

Winter Term Independent Clinical Opportunities at Rural Development NGO in India

The Sehgal Foundation (http://www.smsfoundation.org/ ) works with rural communities to create sustainable programs for managing water resources, increasing agricultural productivity and strengthening rural governance, with an emphasis on gender equality and women’s empowerment.

They are seeking two Winter Term students for the following projects:

1. Analyzing the roles of institutions and citizens in delivery of subsidized food grain delivery programs in two villages of Mewat district, Haryana.

2. Identifying gaps in English language legal research resources for law students in legal aid clinics and lawyers working with rural people eligible for civil legal services under the Legal Services Authority system in India and preparing a recommendation for a coordinated effort to fill those gaps by law schools and others.

 

For additional information, please contact Jill Crockett (jcrockett@law.harvard.edu) in the Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs.

SOLD OUT- Boston Ballet Tickets

Come see the world premier of Mikko Nissinen’s “Swan Lake” at the one and only Boston Opera House!

New Swan Lake header

Tickets go on sale at the DOS office (WCC 3039) for $25.00 a piece on Wednesday, October 15th beginning at 8:30am.  Please bring your Harvard ID and each person may purchase up to 2 tickets.  Get yours ASAP, as we have a limited supply.

 

Date: Thursday, November 6th

Time: 7:30pm

Location: Boston Opera House, 539 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02111.

 

“Boston Ballet presents the world premiere of Mikko Nissinen’s Swan Lake, the classic fairytale of the Swan Queen Odette, Prince Siegfried, and the sorcery, betrayal and love, that unites them for all eternity.  The production features magnificent new costumes and sets, with choreography that captures the flare and heart of Tchaikovsky’s romantic score.”  Check out the website for more info!

 

 

Environmental Law Moot Court

Are you interested in environmental law or appellate advocacy? We are currently forming a team for the 2015 National Environmental Moot Court Competition. The competition takes places over both semesters, with a written portion in the fall and oral arguments in the spring. The competition is a fantastic opportunity to develop skills in appellate brief writing and oral advocacy.

To apply for the team or for questions, please email Ryland Li (sli@jd15.law.harvard.edu) with a short paragraph describing your background and interest in the competition by Monday, October 6.

 

Case Study Prototypes – Humanitarian Emergencies in Armed Conflict

In collaboration with the Case Studies Program, the HLS Program on International Law and Armed Conflict (PILAC) is developing prototypes of three real-world-based case studies. We are seeking students to help test each of these three prototypes this fall. Each prototype exercise will ask students to act as senior-level decision-makers regarding legal and policy issues that arise with respect to humanitarian emergencies in situations of armed conflict, using the 2011 famine in Somalia as the backdrop. Each prototype will consistent of two Monday-night sessions and will be run independently of the other prototypes. Students who meet the criteria to register for more than one case study prototype exercise are welcome to do so, but are not required to sign up for more than one. — Humanitarian NGO General Counsel Dilemma (10/20 and 10/27) — International Court of Justice Exercise (11/3 and 11/10) — National Security Advisor Dilemma (11/17 and 11/24)

See this web site for more information about and to register for each of the three case study prototypes: < http://pilac.law.harvard.edu/case-studies >. ** Please note: Pre-event registration required. Registration limited as indicated on the event web site. **

 

Spanish for Public Interest Lawyers – Fall 2014

Spanish for Public Interest Lawyer – Fall 2014 Spanish for Public Interest Lawyers is a non-credit class this fall semester that offers HLS students involved in clinical law practice the opportunity to learn Spanish language skills in a legal context, emphasizing language most commonly used in civil and criminal legal services practice. Students participating in clinicals, especially those working directly with Spanish-speaking clients this semester, are encouraged to apply.

The application deadline is Wednesday, October 15. The first class will meet the week of October 20. For more information about the class and how to apply, visit the OCP blog: http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/clinicalprobono/2014/10/08/spanish-for-public-interest-lawyers-fall-2014/

 

Thank you,

The Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs

 

 

Research Assistant for Human Rights and Islamic Law

Professor Kristen Stilt is seeking a Research Assistant to help with a project at the intersection of international human rights law and Islamic law during the fall semester. The applicant should have taken at least an introductory course to human rights law but does not need to have any background in Islamic law.

Send cover e-mail, unofficial academic transcript, and resume by Tuesday, October 14 to Marina Apostol at mapostol@law.harvard.edu.

HLS Dems GA campaign volunteers

HLS Democrats is looking for volunteers to campaign for Michelle Nunn in Georgia! If you want to help turn Georgia blue, either as a poll observer or a get-out-the-vote volunteer, sign up to travel to Georgia to campaign on the ground. HLS Dems is helping volunteers travel to Atlanta from October 31-November 4.

If you’re interested in volunteering for any part of those dates, please email alewis@jd17.law.harvard.edu for more information. 

Apple Picking!!

Apple picking at the  Honey Pot Hill Orchards in Stow, MA. Space is limited and it is first come first serve. Saturday, October 11, 2014. Leaving at 10:30 (Meet in the WCC-lobby) and returning at 3pm. The cost is $10.00. Presented by the Dean of Students Office.