Are you a JD 2L or 3L interested in counterterrorism policy, prosecution, and related national security matters? If so, you may be interested in a independent clinical opportunity to perform research and analytical work with the Counterterrorism Section and the Office of Law and Policy of the National Security Division of the Department of Justice. Professors Heymann and Rosenberg act as faculty sponsors. The terms for the 2012-2013 program are detailed in the program’s Memorandum of Understanding. This is an extraordinary opportunity for both public service (satisfies the pro bono requirement) and professional training!
Students perform clinical work during the Fall and Spring, and possibly in the Winter term in the unlikely event of an emergency project (only if work does not conflict with other Winter Term obligations). Admission is selective and based on a student’s academic performance, relevant experience, professional recommendations, and interest in the subject matter. Enrollment is limited to no more than five students. All students must satisfy the security clearance requirements for the Department of Justice Volunteer Internship Program, sign a confidentiality agreement, and attend a mandatory orientation session in Cambridge at the beginning of the Fall semester.
Two clinical credits (1 Fall credit + 1 Spring credit) are awarded through the Independent Clinical Work Program. Grading is Credit/Fail. Due to the highly confidential nature of this program, students have the independent clinical final paper and weekly emails waived. Students can only take one clinical per term. Review additional information about this program by reading the Memorandum of Understanding.
To apply, submit your most recent academic transcript and resume to Kim Peterson ( kpeterso at law.harvard.edu), Assistant to David Rosenberg, on or before 4 p.m. on June 22, 2012.
Wednesday was a whirlwind of Class Day festivities! Under bright skies and a canopy of trees, graduates in the Class of 2012 and their families enjoyed remarks by Dean Martha Minow, Meg Demarco (Suzanne L. Richardson Staff Appreciation Award), Professor Bill Rubenstein (Sacks-Freund Teaching Award), and United States Attorney General Eric Holder. The program also acknowledged recipients of the HLS student awards, including several from the clinical community:
Sarah Poppy Alexander – Dean’s Award for Community Leadership
Yonina Alexander – Dean’s Award for Community Leadership
Meredith Boak – Frank Righeimer, Jr. Prize for Student Citizenship
Allison Canton – Dean’s Award for Community Leadership
Whitney Fogle – Dean’s Award for Community Leadership
Ayirini Fonseca-Sabune – William J. Stuntz Memorial Award for Justice, Human Dignity, and Compassion
Ronnie Gosselin – Dean’s Award for Community Leadership
Kristi Jobson – Dean’s Award for Community Leadership
Mai Li – Dean’s Award for Community Leadership
William Abram Orlansky – Dean’s Award for Community Leadership
Victoria Rojas – Dean’s Award for Community Leadership
Daniel Saver – Frank Righeimer, Jr. Prize for Student Citizenship
Joshua Sekoski – Dean’s Award for Community Leadership
Rajan Sonik – Andrew L. Kaufman Pro Bono Service Award
Corinne Snow – Dean’s Award for Community Leadership
Ayirini Fonseca-Sabune receives the William J. Stuntz Memorial Award for Justice, Human Dignity, and Compassion
Meredith Boak and Daniel Saver jointly share the Frank Righeimer, Jr. Prize for Student Citizenship
Rajan Sonik is presented with the Andrew L. Kaufman Pro Bono Service Award
Are you a rising 2L, 3L, or LLM who is interested in learning about corporate governance, the relationship between internal and external stakeholders, and the role of shareholders? The HLS Shareholder Rights Project (SRP) is a clinical program through which faculty and students assist public pension funds and charitable organizations to improve corporate governance at publicly traded companies in which they are shareowners. With supervising attorneys, students conduct research, draft memos and reports, and participate in meetings with company and pension fund representatives.
The Shareholder Rights Project seeks participants for its 2012-2013 clinical program, which includes a fall-spring clinic and a spring seminar. To apply, submit a statement of interest (maximum 200 words), resume, and academic transcript (unofficial or official). You may also opt to include a writing sample of no more than 15 pages (one sample only). Applications should be addressed to the instructors, Lucian Bebchuk and Scott Hirst, but submitted to Emily Lewis ( emlewis at law.harvard.edu). Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. Interested students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible, as only a few spots remain.
Today’s “Clinical Voices” comes from Jonathan Wroblewski, who runs the Semester in Washington program at Harvard Law School. Here is his note to his students at the end of the semester:
The 2012 edition of the Harvard Law School Semester in Washington has ended, and it has been a wonderful semester in so many ways!
We’ve explored what policy making is and the building blocks that make up rigorous and thoughtful policy making. We’ve met fascinating people, including Senator Tom Udall, National Security Staff Deputy Counsel Michael Bahar, Cabinet Secretary Chris Lu, White House Human Rights Director Samantha Power, policy entrepreneur Jeanne Smoot, Sentencing Commission General Counsel Ken Cohen, Professor Doug Berman, and many more. We visited the Facebook policy shop and wrestled with issues of privacy and commerce. We’ve worked on some critical writing skills and heard some pretty good “Elevator Pitches,” including ones to revamp foreign aid, reform defense spending, and make a change at the top of the FHFA. We visited the Supreme Court and watched as the Solicitor General defended the Stolen Valor Act. We’ve set goals for ourselves; met some (maybe most); and missed a few, too. We’ve worked hard at our placements and shared and learned from each other’s experiences. We’ve thought about the ethical responsibilities of the government lawyer and picked apart how government bureaucracies work. We ventured outside of the Washington of tourists and monuments and served some of the people who call Washington home. We shared a few meals together and gotten to know one another a lot better. For each of us there were expectations met, expectations missed, and some surprises.
Most gratifying is that we were able to create a small community of learning away from Cambridge and in this strange city of Washington, D.C. I have enjoyed getting to know all of you and sharing some of your experiences over the past three months. Please don’t hesitate to call on me if there is ever anything I can do for you. I will be in Cambridge in the fall to recruit for our Semester in Washington Class of 2013. I hope to see some of you there. And if you are ever near the Main Justice Building, please drop me a line and let’s find time to catch up.
From L-R: Kristin Muniz, Andrew Roach, Justine Goeke, Ieshaah Murphy, Richard Young, and Dehlia Umunna
Criminal Justice Institute (CJI) Clinical Instructors Dehlia Umunna and Kristin Muniz coached HLS students Ieshaah Murphy (JD ’12), Andrew Roach (JD ’13), Richard Young (JD ’13), and Justine Goeke (JD ’13) to a second place finish in the 22nd Annual National Criminal Justice Trial Advocacy Competition. Read all about it on HLS News.
And read more about Ieshaah Murphy’s recent win in Dorchester Division Court as a student attorney with CJI on the OCP blog.
“Starting next year, New York will become the first state to require lawyers to perform unpaid work before being licensed to practice, the state’s chief judge announced on Tuesday, describing the rule as a way to help the growing number of people who cannot afford legal services.”