Via the Food Law and Policy Clinic Blog
Public institutions in Mississippi, including schools, hospitals and prisons, are increasingly recognizing the benefit of purchasing fresh, locally grown foods to serve in meals to people under their care. To support growers interested in selling to these institutions, we are pleased to announce the release of our new guide: “Farm to Institution: A Step-by-Step Guide to Selling Products to Local Institutions for Mississippi Growers” (Growers’ Guide).
Selling to local institutions helps to increase the economic viability of small and medium-sized growers in Mississippi, as they earn revenue that would otherwise be spent on food shipped in from other states and countries. These growers in turn strengthen the local economy by reinvesting that revenue into the community through hiring more workers and purchasing equipment and supplies, as well as scaling up their food enterprises and making fresh, local food more available. In addition to the economic benefits, serving fresh, locally grown products in institutional meals can lead to increased fruit and vegetable consumption for Mississippians eating those meals, and thus improving public health.
Via the Cyberlaw Clinic Blog
The Cyberlaw Clinic is excited to be a part of an innovative collaboration launched by Fordham Law School’s Center on Law and Information Policy (“CLIP”). CLIP has developed and released a curriculum for privacy education geared toward middle-school students and has teamed up with institutions at law schools nationwide (including Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society) to implement it. The Clinic — in collaboration with Berkman’s Youth and Media Lab – will be helping to adapt and roll out the curriculum to middle-schoolers next spring.
The project builds on the Clinic’s long and growing docket of projects relating to privacy, including a suite of activities that concern the scope of legal protections for kids’ private information under the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act and Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act. More information about the initiative is available at the CLIP website and the Berkman Center website.
Via the Cyberlaw Clinic Blog
On Monday, the Cyberlaw Clinic filed an amicus brief in the Supreme Judicial Court on behalf of the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Massachusetts, the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation, and the Electronic Frontier Foundation in the case of Commonwealth v. Gelfgatt, SJC No. 11358. In the brief, we argue that the Fifth Amendment and article 12 of the Massachusetts Declaration of Rights prohibit the government from compelling a defendant to decrypt their electronic data for use against them in criminal proceedings because it involves the kind of testimonial acts protected by constitutional protections against self-incrimination.
This is the Cyberlaw Clinic’s third brief filed in a series of cases before the Supreme Judicial Court addressing updates to constitutional protections in light of new technologies. Prior filings on behalf of the Electronic Frontier Foundation concerned warrant requirements for GPS tracking of suspects (Commonwealth v. Rousseau) and historical cell phone location records (Commonwealth v. Augustine).
Photo courtesy of Equal Education Law Centre
By: Melissa Shube, JD ’15
After soliciting feedback from hundreds of South African students and parents, Equal Education (EE) and Equal Education Law Center (EELC) have submitted comments on the South African Minister of Basic Education’s second draft of minimum regulations for public school infrastructure. While the submission recognizes that the Minister’s draft represents important progress, EE and EELC raise significant concerns with respect to the draft’s long timeline for implementation. As Moto Singulakka, a Grade 10 learner at Oscar Mpetha High School in the Western Cape, asked, “What about now? Where are the learners going to learn?”
The legacy of Apartheid is still palpable in South Africa’s education system, where many rural and township schools lack basic infrastructure to provide students with a safe environment conducive to learning. Binding norms and standards will help promote equality in education for South Africa’s historically disadvantaged students by requiring all public schools to meet minimum thresholds in relation to physical facilities.
Please read the full story on the Human Rights Program Blog.
LLM Brown Bag
Tuesday, December 3, 12 noon
Staff from the Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs will be available to answer questions about clinical opportunities, student practice organizations, and pro bono opportunities.
Spring Break Trip Info Session
Thursday, December 5, 12 noon
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. Application deadline is Wednesday, January 15, 2014. Come find out more about this year’s trips: 1) Voting Rights with Mexican American Legal Defense Fund in San Antonio, Texas; 2) Transactional work with Delta Directions in Clarksdale, Mississippi; 3) Immigration Border Work with No More Deaths in Tucson, Arizona; and 4) Local Legal Services in Boston/Cambridge.
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Via the Harvard Law School New
The Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinic (HIRC) has released a comprehensive report titled “Bordering on Failure: Canada-U.S. Border Policy and the Politics of Refugee Exclusion.” The result of extensive research and fact-finding investigations led by HIRC affiliates Dr. Efrat Arbel S.J.D. ’12 and Alletta Brenner J.D. ’14, the report finds that Canada is systematically closing its borders to asylum seekers, and failing in its refugee protection obligations under domestic and international law.
“This report points to an alarming trend,” said Deborah Anker, Clinical Professor at Harvard Law School and Director of the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinic. “For decades, Canada was known for its generosity in refugee protection and served as a model that raised the standards of refugee protection worldwide, especially in the United States. This report shows a deteriorating trend in Canada, and is quite disturbing.”
Read the full article on the Harvard Law School News
© Photo by Alex Horn
Studio Heat students with Brett Heeger ’14 and Amanda Kool, back right
By: Amanda Kool
Clinical Fellow Transactional Law Clinic
Upon first meeting his new client Javon, aka “Yung Fresh,” clinical student Brett Heeger ’14 asked if Javon’s recent performance to over one hundred corporate leaders from Converse was his biggest performance. “No,” Javon casually replied, “at the Boston Urban Music Festival, I performed to about 50,000 people.” At the time of the Festival, Javon was fourteen years old.
Javon is the senior member of Studio Heat, a group of young Boston musicians that have grown out of the Music Clubhouse at the Blue Hill Chapter of the Boys and Girls Club in Boston. Ranging in age from pre-teen to 18, some of these students have already achieved measures of success that many adults will never obtain. A recent visit to the group’s facilities in Dorchester found students engaged in music lessons, songwriting sessions and laying down tracks, led primarily by senior students in Studio Heat and volunteers. …continue reading the full article here.
L-R: Mr. and Mrs. Winokur of the Winokur Family Foundation and Christopher Masingill, Co-Chairman of the Federal Delta Regional Authority
By: Ona Balkus
Clinical Fellow at the Food Law and Policy Clinic
Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation
The 5th Annual Harvard Mississippi Delta Celebration is an annual celebration of the work students and faculty from schools around Harvard University are doing to improve economic, health, and social conditions in the Delta region of the United States. Student organizations and faculty focus their efforts towards this region because it has historically faced high rates of unemployment, poverty, and less access to higher education. The Celebration, in its 5th year, is made possible annually with the generous support of the Winokur Family Foundation and hosted by the HLS Mississippi Delta Project and the Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation.
This year’s celebration, held at Harvard Law School on Wednesday, November 20th, highlighted a wealth of projects members of the Harvard community have engaged in over the past year, including: the HLS Mississippi Delta Project’s pro bono legal and policy work for its partners in the Delta; the HLS Spring Break Pro Bono trip to improve food access in Clarkdale, MS; the Harvard Water Security Initiative’s project to study flood control and environmental issues related to the Mississippi River; Harvard Kennedy School’s Community Development Project’s community engagement work in Greenwood, MS; students assisting state legislators through Mississippi Policy Partners, a partnership between Harvard and the Mississippi NAACP/One Voice; Harvard Advanced Leadership Initiative Alumnus Raymond Jetson’s urban civic engagement project Metromorphosis, based in Baton Rouge; and the impressive efforts of the Harvard Law School/Mississippi State University Fellow, Desta Reff, and the first ever Harvard School of Public Health/Mississippi State University Fellow, Maya McDoom, both supported by the Winokur Family Foundation.
Continuing in its success from past years, the event was a great opportunity for students and faculty to meet, network, and build relationships for future collaboration. The Co-Chairman of the Federal Delta Regional Authority, Christopher Masingill, was a guest of honor at the event this year. He closed the celebration by thanking the Harvard community for all of its work, emphasizing the significant impact these projects are making to improve quality of life in the Mississippi Delta region.
Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick ’82, an alum of the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau, delivered the keynote address during the bureau’s 100th Anniversary Celebration.
During the weekend of November 8-10, the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau hosted a series of 100th anniversary events, including class reunions, meetings, an afternoon keynote address by Patrick, and an evening gala. One guest was the oldest alumnus from the bureau, Judge Robert A. Behrman from the HLS Class of ’50.
“The Legal Aid Bureau was really the only [group] that dealt with the practical, day-to-day life of a lawyer,” said Behrman, 91, who after graduation went into private practice in general law, and then became a judge for 23 years.
Please read the full article by Colleen Walsh on the Harvard Law School News.
L-R: Kate Bargerhuff, Keron Morris, Daniyal Iqbal, Benjamin Litman and Sacha Litman
This Fellowship was established in 2012 and dedicated to the memory of Jack T. Litman, HLS LL.B. ’67, a renowned New York criminal defense attorney who was a member of Harvard Defenders during his time at the law school. In his introductory remarks, Benjamin Litman said “My dad really wanted to afford people the opportunity to get their feet wet.” This years fellows did just that.
Keron Morris, Kate Bargerhuff, and Daniyal Iqbal spent the summer representing indigent clients in criminal show cause hearings in Boston area courts. In addition, they conducted research on legal issues they conducted in their work. At the 2nd Annual Jack T. Litman Fellowship Symposium, on November 18th, 2013, they presented their findings to a large audience of students, clinicians, and the Litman brothers.
Keron researched issues related to representing clients with mental illness. Kate explored the collateral consequences of criminal charges and Daniyal researched the challenges that attorneys face when rebutting damaging character evidence.