New HLS Library Resource: Getting the Deal Through

The Harvard Law School Library announces subscription to a new legal resource: Getting the Deal Through (GTDT).

GTDT provides international comparative guides to law and regulation in 43 practice areas and more than 100 jurisdictions containing concise explanations to the most important legal and regulatory matters that arise in business deals and disputes worldwide.

Explore this new resource online or review testimonials.

Seminar on Poverty, Hunger and Climate Change: February 4

Poverty, Hunger and Climate Change: Addressing New Challenges in Agricultural Development

DATE:               Thursday, February 4

TIME:               11.30 am – 1.00 pm

LOCATION:      Weil Town Hall (Belfer L1) at the Harvard Kennedy School

As part of its NGO Leaders Seminar Series, the Humanitarian & Development NGOs Domain at the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations will host a senior leadership team from Heifer International on Thursday, February 4.  Led by Jo Luck, President of Heifer International, the team will conduct a seminar that explores new challenges in agricultural development, against the backdrop of poverty, hunger and climate change.

The seminar will discuss the context that Heifer International faces in developing countries – especially in rural communities that are dependent on agriculture and livestock – and how that context will increasingly be shaped by the threat of climate change and increasing food insecurity.  How does as an NGO like Heifer deal with these challenges?  How do programs respond to such challenges?  How are the policy and institutional dimensions of these challenges addressed by advocacy efforts?  How are Heifer’s education efforts trying to enhance awareness and mobilize action among the American public?

Jo Luck will frame and lead the seminar. Constance Neely, Vice President for Advocacy at Heifer International, will speak to the policy and advocacy dimensions of the issue.  Jim Rollings, Senior Director of Heifer Village, will speak to the public education aspect of the topic.

This seminar promises to bring together multiple angles of how a leading international NGO advances its own distinctive approach to poverty, hunger and climate change.  A substantial block of time will be devoted to Q&A and discussion.

More about Heifer International

Heifer International’s mission is to work with communities to end hunger and poverty while caring for the earth.  Its philosophy is that by giving families and communities a hand-up, rather than a hand-out, Heifer empowers its beneficiaries to turn lives of hunger and poverty into self-reliance and hope.  With gifts of livestock and training, Heifer helps families and communities improve their nutrition and generate income in sustainable ways.  Heifer is also unique in its “Passing on the Gift” practice: the animals, referred to as “living loans,” are given to families on the condition that they in turn agree to give one of the animal’s offspring to another family in need.  This practice – the cornerstone of Heifer’s mission – creates an ever-expanding network of hope and peace.

More about the Humanitarian & Development NGOs Domain of Practice

The Hauser Center’s Humanitarian & Development NGOs domain seeks to connect scholars and NGO practitioners – and catalyze reflection and exchange among them – in ways that enhance the impact of NGOs in the humanitarian and development spheres.  The domain: helps to convene the NGO Leaders Forum, a semi-annual retreat for chief executives of the major U.S.-based international relief and development NGOs; sponsors an NGO Leaders Seminar Series that brings leading NGO practitioners to Harvard; advances processes of research and inquiry into pressing issues faced by NGOs; convenes an NGOs & Development study group at Harvard; helps connect Harvard students with NGO practitioners and careers; and hosts a Humanitarian & Development NGOs blog.  For more information about the Humanitarian & Development NGOs domain, please contact Sherine Jayawickrama, Domain Manager, at

Job: Teaching Fellow at Extension School

Harvard Extension School Prof. is looking for a teaching fellow to handle one or two weekly discussion sections, along with grading of exams, for a course on International Organization. This position, which is for the current semester, would provide an excellent opportunity for someone seeking experience teaching in the field of international organization.  I’m unable to specify the amount of remuneration: that is determined by the Extension School and depends on the number of sections and enrollment therein.

To apply, please contact Prof. Babai at  babai at or call 617-620-8278.

Volunteers needed for Animal Law Competition

Interested in animal law or free meals this coming Saturday, Feb. 6?  SALDF is hosting the National Animal Law Competitions and we need volunteers to serve as timekeepers during Saturday, Feb. 6.

Vegan food will be available throughout the day and you’ll have the opportunity to meet key figures within the Animal Rights movement.  To sign up for a timekeeping slot, visit this link:… . I will send you an email confirming the times with you.

You can visit the Competition’s website here:…

Thanks so much!

Harvard Prison Legal Assistance Project Summer Internships

1Ls, 2Ls!


The Harvard Prison Legal Assistance Project (PLAP) is offering 3 or more positions for summer 2010.  These are SPIF-eligible positions, and these jobs satisfy the pro bono requirement.

Summer student attorneys at PLAP represent inmates at disciplinary hearings and parole hearings, and assist inmates with other issues such as lost property, outstanding warrants, or medical problems via hotline.  This is a GREAT experience: you pick the cases on which you work, and you work on them from start to finish.  This is a great way to learn valuable skills, including interviewing clients, arguing cases, and writing appeals when necessary.

No prior experience or coursework is necessary.  We are looking for dedicated individuals who have a strong interest in working closely with clients, managing their own cases, and are not afraid to learn.  A DRIVER’S LICENSE IS REQUIRED.

If you are interested, PLEASE SUBMIT A RESUME TO SARAH MORTON AT  smorton at BY MONDAY, FEBRUARY 15 .  We will then contact applicants for interviews.  Interviews will be fairly informal and will last for approximately 30 minutes.  Please email Stacey at  skennard at or Sarah at  smorton at or call 495-3969 if you have further questions regarding our program.

Current Outside Funding Resources

Student Financial Services maintains contact with organizations offering a wide variety of outside resources. We regularly post information about these on our website at…. Current outside resources with application deadlines in February and March include the:

Daniel H. Kossow Scholarship
Jewish Federation Scholarship
ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship
Porzio Diversity Scholarship
Black Women Lawyers Assoc. Scholarship
Thomas F. Black Jr. Memorial Scholarship

TPS Clinics for HLS students to help Haitians

If you are interested in helping with direct immigration service work with Haitian clients, and are available for a mandatory training by Greater Boston Legal Services from 4-5pm February 4 at HLS, please RSVP to Bonnie Rubrecht, Program Administrator for the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinic ( by this coming Friday, January 29.  You will work determining local Haitians’ eligibility for TPS (temporary protected status) immigration status and helping clients fill out the necessary forms, etc.  These services will be performed at public clinics held over the next few weeks by GBLS downtown and in the Greater Boston area in the evenings (dates to be determined).  Students with French or Creole speaking capability or immigration backgrounds especially encouraged.

Job: Research Assistant for Pro-Bono Federal Age Discrimination Case

A retired lawyer, member of the Massachusetts bar, has taken on a major pro-bono age discrimination case in the federal courts.  He is seeking research assistance, and is willing to pay $20.00 an hour for help.  If interested, please send your resume to Prof. Dan Coquillette’s faculty secretary, Tom Potter,  tpotter at with subject line: “RA Applicant for Pro-Bono Case.”

Job: Research Assistant Position

Prof. Bartholet is looking for research assistant for two projects, one on the significance of the U.S. ratifying the Convention on Rights of the Child (work needed in February to early March), and one on enforceable openness in adoption, as well possibly for other projects upcoming.

If interested, please send resumes, transcripts and statements of interest to  ebarthol at by email by 2/5/10 or asap.

Research Consultations for the Written Work Requirement

The Harvard Law School Library research librarians invite you to make an appointment to talk with one of us about your Written Work Requirement research strategy. We can direct you to sources you may not have considered, help you construct the best searches, and show you how to keep tabs on new materials on your topic.

E-mail Suzanne Wones ( swones at with your topic and she will arrange a consultation for you.

Chief Justice Edward F. Hennessey Fellowship Announced: March 15th Deadline

The Mental Health Legal Advisors Committee  invites applicants for the Chief Justice Edward F. Hennessey Fellowship. This summer Fellowship honors the former Chief Justice and perpetuates the memory of his many contributions to protect the due process rights of all citizens, including those involved with the mental health system.

Law school students in good standing, particularly those with a demonstrated commitment to public interest law and mental health advocacy, are encouraged to apply to serve as an Edward F. Hennessey Fellow. The fellow will receive a stipend of $6,000 to work for ten weeks during the summer with MHLAC or another Massachusetts legal service program to advance the rights of persons with mental illness and their families.

For more information, please see the call for applications.

Citizen Media Law Project Seeks Summer Interns

The Berkman Center’s Citizen Media Law Project is seeking summer interns for full-time work over the summer. Law students with media and/or cyberlaw experience, or a background in journalism, are especially encouraged to apply.

Applicants should have a demonstrated interest in and enthusiasm for journalism, social media, or technology-related legal issues, along with excellent research and writing skills and the initiative and energy to see projects through to completion in a fast-moving environment. Summer Public Interest Funding is a  must.

For more information on the position and how to apply, visit our Summer Interns page.

Applications are being reviewed on a rolling basis, but we recommend that interested students apply as soon as possible.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Service: February 1st

“A Service to Celebrate the Life of The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.”

Monday, February 1, 2010

5:00 – 6:00 p.m.

The Memorial Church

Harvard Yard

*Our Dynamic Keynote Speaker*: The Reverend Otis Moss III, Trinity United Church of Christ, Chicago, Illinois

*Performances by The Kuumba Singers*

This service is sponsored by the Harvard Chaplains, The Memorial Church, The Harvard Foundation for Intercultural and Race Relations, and The Black Students¹ Association.

Smith-Doheny Legal Ethics Writing Competition

Notre Dame Law School announces its 2010 Smith-Doheny Legal Ethics Writing Competition.

Eligibility: Any student currently enrolled at an American or Canadian law school.

Topic: Any topic related to legal ethics.

Requirements: Must be original, unpublished work. Co-authored essays are eligible.

Prize: A prize of $2,500 will be awarded to one (1) winner.

Deadline: 30 April 2010 at 5:00pm

For more information please visit the website or contact  sumption.1 at or call 574-631-6749.

Chayes International Public Service Fellowship Application Deadline: February 1

Chayes International Public Service Fellowship applications are due by 5:00 pm on Monday, February 1.  In addition to submitting an application, interested students must contact the Chayes Fellowship Program by January 29 at (617) 384-5284 or  ils at to schedule an interview that will occur February 5, 8 or 9.

The Chayes Fellowships provide HLS students with the opportunity to spend 8 weeks engaged in international public service within governments of developing nations and those making difficult transitions to peace, stability and democracy, as well as the inter-governmental and non-governmental organizations that support these efforts.  The exact nature of the Chayes Fellows’ projects may vary, but could include work in the areas of constitutional and legal issues in emerging democracies, reconstruction of war-torn societies, or development of legal, political, social and economic institutions, among others.  Chayes Fellows become part of a global network of academics and practitioners and are invited to attend periodic meetings at Harvard with prominent international guest speakers.

The Chayes Fellowship program is co-administered by the Bernard Koteen Office of Public Interest Advising, and International Legal Studies.  The Fellowship provides a stipend to supplement the amount provided by Summer Public Interest Funding.

For more information about the Chayes Fellowship and application procedures, see:…

Questions: contact Sara Zucker at  szucker at or 5-9030, or Ben Cook at  bcook at or 6-0899.

Job: Summer Law Clerk

MetLife is seeking a current law student to fill a Summer Law Clerk Position in its office located in Boston, Massachusetts.  The clerkship is for 10-weeks beginning May 24, 2010 and ending July 30, 2010.  The law clerk is expected to work 40 hours per week and will be compensated at a rate of $32.50 per hour.  Practice areas in the Boston office generally include: Insurance, Marketing, Advanced Sales and Securities Products and Regulations.

Please click here for more information regarding application for this position.