A six-member team comprised of
ringers representatives from the Cyberlaw Clinic (including Clinical Instructor Vivek Krishnamurthy, Clinical Fellow Andy Sellars, and Harvard Law School LLM student Viviana Ruiz Martinez), joined by friends from the Berkman Center and beyond (including Berkman Fellows Malavika Jayaram and Peter Hirtle and Jay Stanley from the ACLU) came in first place in last night’s EFF Cyberlaw Pub Trivia event at the Harvard Law School Pub. EFF’s Deputy General Counsel Kurt Opsahl served as emcee for the east coast installment of the trivia night, which EFF usually hosts in its hometown of San Francisco. Big thanks to EFF and especially to Kurt, along with HLS students Naomi Gilens and Kendra Albert, for their help in putting on the event and to all who turned out for this memorable evening!
Applications for the Harvard University-wide Digital Problem-Solving Initiative are currently live and will remain open through Tuesday, September 9th at 11:59 pm. DPSI brings together a diverse group of learners (including students, faculty, fellows, and staff) to work on real-world projects that address problems and opportunities across the University. Participants have the opportunity to enhance and cultivate competency in various digital literacies as teams engage with research, design, and policy work relating to the Harvard community. Students will work with (and be mentored by) Harvard faculty, fellows, and staff in collaborative teams that will build and shape the increasingly digital environment in which we live, learn, work, and create.
Our good friends and frequent collaborators at Cambridge Community Television are hosting their annual Back Lot BBQ on September 18, 2014. The event will feature great food and terrific music and will undoubtedly be an all-around good time. And, most importantly, proceeds go to support the outstanding work of CCTV and its Youth Media Program.
Congratulations to the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinic for its important advocacy efforts on behalf of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, which served as an amicus in Matter of A-R-C-G et al. HIRC’s brief supported a Guatemalan woman who had applied for asylum in the United States and had been found by an an Immigration Judge — along with her three minor children — removable. The Board of Immigration Appeals’ decision in the case described the lead respondent as a “member of a particular social group composed of ‘married women in Guatemala who are unable to leave their relationship’” and recognized that domestic violence can serve as a basis for asylum, remanding to the Immigration Judge for further proceedings. As HIRC Director Deborah Anker said, “[w]e have won many cases of women fleeing domestic violence at the immigration court and asylum office and changed the institutional culture at that level, but yesterday’s decision from the BIA finally establishes these principles as formal binding precedent.”
To say that we have had a whirlwind past few months at the Cyberlaw Clinic would be an enormous understatement. As we head into the homestretch of summer and prepare for the arrival of our new fall term students next Monday, September 8th, it seems like a good time to reflect on all of the changes that have taken place just since July.
Harvard Law School will offer the Counseling & Legal Strategy in the Digital Age seminar on Tuesday evenings this fall. Chris Bavitz and Dalia Topelson of the Cyberlaw Clinic will teach the course, and they encourage cross-registrants to apply. HLS has reserved a limited number of seats for graduate students from other schools at Harvard, including the Kennedy School, HBS, the GSD, HGSE, and SEAS.
Applications for the Harvard Innovation Lab‘s 2014 Venture Incubation program are live! The Program offers a great opportunity for current Harvard students (including students throughout the university, from the Law School and beyond) who are looking for space and related community resources as they try to build out a venture in the upcoming fall semester. Information about the program and the application process is available at the i-Lab website.
Our good friends at PRX have had quite a week! On Monday, May 19th, at a ceremony in New York, PRX and collaborators at the Center for Investigative Reporting picked up a prestigious Peabody Award for their work on “Reveal,” a new investigative public radio program “accompanied by web, mobile and social platforms that create a powerful level of content and audience engagement.” The winning story from Reveal’s pilot episode, reported by CIR’s Aaron Glantz, exposed opiate prescription abuse by the VA and the damage done to veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. That same night, PRX was awarded a Webby for its phenomenal Public Radio Player app, which won in the “Media Streaming Service” category. PRX’s Jake Shapiro delivered PRX’s version of the famous Webby Awards’ five word acceptance speech. Congratulations to the whole PRX team!
The Cyberlaw Clinic at Harvard Law School, based at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society, is hiring a Clinical Instructor! We are seeking an attorney with at least 3-5 years experience working w/clients on tech law issues. The Clinic’s practice is broad-based, and we welcome a wide variety of applicants. Our ideal candidate will have a strong background with issues at the heart of our work (including intellectual property, speech, privacy, and the like) while bringing a unique skillset and vision to the clinical teaching team.
Harvard Law School has appointed the Cyberlaw Clinic’s Managing Director, Christopher T. Bavitz a Clinical Professor of Law at HLS. Chris has been with the Clinic since 2008, when he joined as a Clinical Fellow. He oversees many of the Cyberlaw Clinic’s projects relating to copyright, trademark, online speech, and advising of mission-driven startups and entrepreneurs about their legal, business and strategic needs. He also works on issues relating to the use of technology to promote access to justice. “Chris brings imagination and deep experience in the digital and intellectual property worlds; his wide-ranging knowledge of media and IP law and his talent for creative problem-solving enable our students and colleagues to engage in exciting and meaningful advocacy and policy work,” said Harvard Law School Dean Martha Minow.