February 15 Deadline to Submit Applications for Fall 2010 Semester Abroad

The Semester Abroad Program is a wonderful opportunity for Harvard Law School students to receive a semester of ungraded credit towards the Harvard J.D. degree for study at a law school overseas. HLS J.D. students may study abroad in either semester of their second year or in the first semester of their third year.

Students who would like to participate in a semester abroad program fall term 2010 must submit an application by Monday, February 15, 2010 to: Sara Zucker, Director of International Legal Studies Programs and Events, in Lewis 231, or by e-mail to  szucker at law.harvard.edu.

Application instructions are available on the International Legal Studies (ILS) website:


General information about the study abroad programs available to HLS students can be found on the ILS website: http://www.law.harvard.edu/academics/deg…

Please feel free to direct any questions about study abroad to Sara Zucker ( szucker at law.harvard.edu) or Ben Cook ( bcook at law.harvard.edu).

Commencement Speech Competition

Each year at the Harvard Commencement, three graduating students speak to approximately 32,000 students, faculty, parents, alumni/ae, and guests.  As soon as the first anthem concludes, a senior strides to the microphone and announces, Salvete omnes! What follows is one of the oldest of Harvard traditions – an oration in Latin.  Then a graduating senior, followed by a representative from one of the graduate or professional schools, deliver orations in English.  The original purpose of these orations was to defend one’s thesis but, over time, topics have broadened and may now address important issues, current events, or lessons learned from personal experiences at Harvard or in the wider world.

Students wishing to represent Harvard on Commencement morning are asked to view the Commencement Office website at www.commencementoffice.harvard.edu for guidelines on speeches and for details about entering the competition.  The deadline for students to submit speeches electronically is no later than noon, Wednesday, March 31, 2010.  Students whose speeches have been selected by the judges will be notified of the time and place of the preliminary auditions, scheduled on Wednesday, April 14.  Final auditions will take place on Wednesday, April 21.

Speeches should be no longer than five minutes in length.  Submissions will be judged for intelligence, wit, originality, and general significant.  Candidates for the Latin oration should consult Professor Richard Tarrant of the Classics Department, at 617-496-3611.  Please include an English translation with your electronic submission.

There will be an Orators’ Workshop on Thursday, March 4, at 5:00pm in Boylston Hall 110 (Fong Auditorium).  Students interested in learning more about the competition are encouraged to attend.

Prize in each category: $1,000

Spring Break Pro Bono Trips

The Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs offers students the opportunity to conduct pro bono work during spring break through organized group trips. This year, there are three trips.  HLS will cover the cost of hotels and rental cars for the group. Students may need to contribute to airfare costs.

We’ll hold an information session on Monday, February 1 at 12:00pm on Pound 201.  Redbones lunch provided.

Please see http://www.law.harvard.edu/academics/cli… for more information and the application form.

Applications are due by by Sunday, February 7.

Immigration Symposium: En/Countering Stereotypes

Join some of the nation’s leading academic experts on immigration law and policy who will be gathered at the University of La Verne College of Law. Clinicians, scholars, and practitioners will grapple with a wide range of cutting edge immigration issues. In coordination with the live event, the University of La Verne Law Review is publishing a Symposium Issue on Immigration Law, and will be accepting submissions through February 1, 2010.

The Keynote speaker will be Hiroshi Motomura, Professor of Law University of California, Los Angeles School of Law.  He will be speaking on the topic: What Is “Comprehensive Immigration Reform”? Hiroshi Motomura is the Susan Westerberg Prager Professor of Law at UCLA. He is an influential scholar and teacher of immigration law whose publications include two immigration-related casebooks and Americans in Waiting: The Lost Story of Immigration and Citizenship in the United States, a comprehensive study of U.S. immigration policy.

“En/Countering Stereotypes” has been approved by the State Bar of California for both general MCLE credit and Legal Specialty Education in the area of Immigration Law. CLE credit can be obtained in the following specialty areas:
• Immigrant Visas (1.25 hours)
• Removal/Deportation/Exclusion Procedures (1.5 hours)
• Administrative and Judicial Review (1.25 hours)

For further information:


Or call (909) 460-2080 or e-mail Olen Guiab, Law Review Editor-in-Chief, at  lawreveic at laverne.edu.

Job: Research Assistant

Visiting Assistant Professor Anne Joseph O’Connell would like to hire a Research Assistant for the Spring 2010 semester. The RA would collect information on a set of top-level appointees who served under President George W. Bush from 2005 to 2009. Interested students should email a short statement of interest, resume, and unofficial transcript to  aoconnell at law.harvard.edu by February 7.