The Gary Bellow Public Service Award was created in 2001 to recognize excellence in public interest work at HLS and to honor Professor Bellow (’60). The awards are given annually by the student body of Harvard Law School to a student and alumnus/a for their commitment to social justice.
The three student finalists for the 2013 Gary Bellow Public Service Award are all HLS clinical students. Their involvement spans a range of HLS clinics and SPOs.
Gary Bellow was the founder and former faculty director of Harvard Law School’s Clinical Programs, and a pioneering public interest lawyer. His career was dedicated to providing legal services to the poor and to teaching law students practical skills. Commenting about his time from 1962-1965, when he was serving as deputy director of the Legal Aid Agency for the District of Columbia, and when he and his colleagues faced an enormous caseload with no job training, Professor Bellow told the Harvard Law Bulletin, “We discovered the best legal education America had to offer didn’t teach us how to get someone out of a cell block.”
Professor Bellow co-founded the WilmerHale Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School, the school’s major legal clinic, located in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood of Boston.
Apply today for the 2013 Semester in Washington Program
The 2013 Semester in Washington Program is now accepting applications! Students spend the entire Spring semester (except for Spring break) in Washington, D.C. working as legal interns in a variety of federal offices while taking an evening course on government lawyering. Placements are principally in federal government offices where lawyers conduct research and provide legal advice and assistance on policy, legislative or regulatory matters, rather than investigating and litigating cases.
Placements are coordinated by the clinic director, Jonathan Wroblewski, in consultation with students and the Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs.
To apply, submit the following information by Aug 17, 2012 via an online form:
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.