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.


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 

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 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.

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 ( 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. 

1Ls – Sign Up for a 30-Minute Mock Interview

Several 30-minute spots remain for this Wednesday’s 1L Mock Interview Program (11/5 in Milstein West). Don’t miss this invaluable opportunity to practice and sharpen your interviewing skills with HLS alumni and other practicing attorneys in a short, low-pressure practice session. The first twenty minutes will be spent participating in the mock interview; during the last ten minutes the interviewer will provide feedback and pointers to enhance your interview skills.

To register, log into the CSM system here: Go to the “OCI” tab, then select “2014 Mock Interview Program” from the drop-down menu to book a time.

(Note: While public sector employer spots have mostly filled, several remain with private sector employers. Even if your search this summer is focused on the public sector, there is value in receiving general feedback on your interview style from any attorney.) 

Sign Up for the HLS Community Service Bulletin

The HLS Community Service Bulletin is a new weekly email featuring community service opportunities available for HLS students each week. We hope this will serve as a valuable resource this year and help you stay involved with the Cambridge and Greater Boston community.Sign up here to join our mailing list! Please contact Megan Marks at with questions.

Feature Your Event in the HLS Community Service Bulletin

If you are organizing an upcoming service opportunity and would like to have it featured in the HLS Community Service Bulletin, click here to submit your details. We are accepting submissions from all HLS students and would love to help you publicize your event! Please contact Megan Marks at with questions.

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 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 Eligible for HLS pro bono credit. HLS Supervision will be provided by Climenko Fellow Maggie McKinley. For more more information see:

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:



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

Winter Term Independent Clinical Opportunities at Rural Development NGO in India

The Sehgal Foundation ( ) 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 ( 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!



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 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.

Join the Financial Distress Research Project

In a world with finite legal aid resources, unscrupulous creditors can take advantage of people. The Financial Distress Research Project is designing and testing self-help packets — with cartoons — to help consumers defend themselves in court. If we prove these interventions work, we can apply them to other areas of the law.

To find out how to get involved, come to our info session on Thurs., Oct. 16 at 3:30 PM in WCC 3016. Cookies provided. 

Islamic Legal Studies Program Travel Grants

The Islamic Legal Studies Program invites Harvard Law School students to submit travel grant proposals to secure funding for proposed research trips related to work on or the study of Islamic law. All projects associated with Islamic law or with the legal systems of Muslim countries qualify, internships included.

The Program distributes a limited number of awards on a competitive basis, up to a maximum of $1,000 per student. Selected grantees may use ILSP travel grants to supplement an award from another source. The deadline for JD submissions is November 15 for January-term travel. There is no deadline for LLM and SJD grants, but applications must be submitted at least 30 days in advance of the proposed travel.

Please visit the student grants page of the ILSP website for additional information.