Looking ahead to the 2010-2011 school year, the Student Public Interest Network (SPIN) is excited to announce its launch and seeks six dedicated students to carry out its three major philanthropic programs: L-STAR, One Day’s Work and the new Post-Graduate Student-Funded Fellowship. Going forward, SPIN will devote its efforts to these three programs, which rely on the involvement of students working in both the public and private sectors.
The Post-Graduate Student-Funded Fellowship is a newly launched fellowship that aims to support the public interest work of HLS graduates with funds raised entirely from donations by students, and in the process, to foster a greater sense of community and philanthropy on campus. 3Ls can choose to donate through the Class Gift, while all classes can participate through fund-raising events held on campus, ranging from bake sales to section competitions and through One Day’s Work. Given the brand new nature of this program, Board members would have lots of room to bring their own creativity and ideas to ensure its success in future years.
L-STAR (Law Student Travel and Accommodations Reimbursement Program) is a national fund-raising initiative that runs in conjunction with law school on-campus interviewing programs. If a law student stays with family or friends instead of in a hotel during a callback interview, the interviewing law firm(s) agrees to donate the funds saved to SPIF or other HLS public interest funding organizations. Running the L-STAR program involves a relatively small time commitment with major returns in terms of supporting HLS student public interest work.
One Day’s Work seeks to promote a culture of giving by increasing charitable contributions among young professionals. HLS students as well as our peers at other schools across the country are asked to commit to donating the equivalent of One Day’s Work to a charitable cause that interests them, including, but not limited to, the student public interest funding on campus. The program makes every effort to assure the dependability and fiscal responsibility of all the charities with which it associates so that the money is efficiently and effectively employed.
We are planning to elect two chairs to run each program. Interested applicants should send a resume and statement of interest to Alison Welcher at awelcher at jd10.law.harvard.edu by March 1, 2010.
Please indicate the position(s) you are interested in along with your ideas for how that program can be improved or expanded.