Winter Term International Travel Grant Application Deadline

Applications for Winter Term International Travel Grants from all students doing Independent or Continuing Clinicals and JD students participating in Winter Term Writing must be submitted in hard copy to International Legal Studies in Lewis 231 by 5:00 pm on Monday, November 8, 2010. LL.M. students applying for the Winter Term Writing Program should submit their grant applications in hard copy by Friday, November 12, 2010 to International Legal Studies in Lewis 231.

More information on Winter Term International Travel Grants is available at:

http://www.law.harvard.edu/academics/degrees/special-programs/winter-term/winter-term-information.html

Questions may be directed to  ils at law.harvard.edu.

HLS-Cambridge Joint Degree Program Information Session

The HLS-University of Cambridge Joint Degree Program provides students an incredible opportunity to spend a year engaged in research and coursework in a foreign legal culture at one of the world’s oldest and most distinguished universities. The joint-degree program may be of particular benefit to students interested in public or private international law, British and European Union Law, or pursuing an academic career. Students who successfully complete program requirements earn a Harvard J.D. and a Cambridge LL.M. in a total of three-and-a-half years.

There will be an information session on Thursday, October 28, at 12:00 pm in Lewis 202. Come hear more about the program from HLS students who have spent a year at Cambridge as part of the joint degree program.

Lunch will be served.

The application deadline for the 2011-2012 academic year is Tuesday, January 4, 2011. Further information about the program, eligibility, and application requirements can be found at:

http://www.law.harvard.edu/academics/degrees/special-programs/study-abroad/joint-degree-program.html

Questions may be directed to Sara Zucker ( szucker at law.harvard.edu) or Ben Cook ( bcook at law.harvard.edu)

16th Annual National Juvenile Law Moot Court Competition

The Center for Children’s Rights and the Moot Court Honors Board Present

The 16th Annual National Juvenile Law Moot Court Competition!

The Early Registration deadline is fast approaching.

Please make sure to mark your calendar now and save these dates:

Early Registration Postmark Deadline: Saturday, October 30, 2010

Early Registration Fee: $450 per two-person team (Maximum of two teams per school).

Final Registration Deadline: Friday, November 12, 2010

Standard Registration Fee $500 per two-person team (Maximum of two teams per school).

Problem Released: Monday, November 15, 2010

This year’s moot court problem involves “sexting,” the growing trend among teenagers to send sexually explicit digital images of themselves to each other.  In this case, a high school student took pictures of his girlfriend that resulted in their transmission beyond the original intention.  Ultimately, he was convicted on charges involving child pornography and was required to register as a sex offender under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act.  The issues concern the appropriateness of those decisions.

The 16th Annual Whittier Law School National Juvenile Law Moot Court Competition will be held on Friday, February 4, 2011 and Saturday, February 5, 2011.

For details regarding the competition, please visit the competition website at:

http://www.law.whittier.edu/index/student-organizations/juvenile-law-moot-court-competition/

Competition Awards

$2,000 in Academic Scholarships will be awarded.

Additionally, the winning brief will be published in the Whittier Journal of Child and Family Advocacy.

Registration Information

To receive a registration form and to pay by credit card, please send an email to wls.juvi@gmail.com or download the forms from the Juvenile Law Moot Court Competition website.

For additional information, contact the Moot Court Honors board at (714) 444-4141, ext. 420 or wls.juvi@gmail.com.

Whittier Law School, the Moot Court Honors Board, and the Center for Children’s Rights look forward to welcoming your teams to our 2011 competition!

Publishing Opportunity!

Great publishing opportunity for law students!

Dear prospective authors, We are currently soliciting proposals for short articles (5-10 pages) to be published in the Recent Developments section of the Journal of Law, Medicine, & Ethics. All JD students are welcome to apply, and 1Ls are particularly encouraged. Proposals are due by November 6. A rough draft will be due near the end of November, with a final draft due December 8th. If you decide to make a proposal, please be sure you can commit to this timeline. Your proposal should include a brief personal introduction, a paragraph describing your topic and its significance, and a paragraph explaining your plan for researching and organizing the paper. Authors will receive comprehensive feedback from two editors during the writing process.
Please contact Faina Shalts at  fshalts at jd10.law.harvard.edu if you have any questions or would like to talk about a topic idea before submitting your actual proposal.

Assistant Professor Mark Wu Seeking Research Assistants

Assistant Professor Mark Wu is seeking research assistants with an interest in international trade and emerging markets.   The work will consist primarily of examinations of the institutional and legal elements of different countries’ trade regimes.   The initial work will focus on questions concerning China, India, and/or Brazil.   Please indicate which of these countries are of greatest interest or if you are flexible.   Interested students should send a short cover note (describing your interests, qualifications, language skills, and experiences), resume, and any other relevant materials to Professor Wu ( mwu at law.harvard.edu) and to his assistant, Alyssa Lary ( alary at law.harvard.edu).

“Opt In” Week with Students for Reproductive Justice

Harvard University Health Services has a policy of refunding, on request, the approximately $1.00 of the mandatory student health services fee that funds abortions, a process known as “opting out.” While the inclusion of abortion services in the university’s healthcare plan operates as recognition that such services are basic and fundamental health procedures, the opt out policy undermines women’s ability to obtain needed abortion services and contributes to the stigmatization of women seeking to exercise their legal right. The policy misunderstands both the idea of insurance pooling funds to cover the medical needs of individual subscribers when they arise-and the goal of a mandatory health plan-ensuring access to basic health services for all students. Additionally, the opt out policy sets out on a tenuous path that makes room for objection to medical services like STD testing and birth control, undermining the purpose of a comprehensive insurance plan. In response to the campaign urging students to opt out of contributing to funding for safe abortions, we are asking students to donate $1.00 to offset the effects of students opting out. HLS for Reproductive Justice will be tabling in the Hark this week from noon to 1 P.M. to collect donations. Donations will go to Planned Parenthood’s Advocacy Division and the Eastern Massachusetts Abortion Fund.

Fitness Fridays November

The Dean of Students Office and Hemenway Gym have organized another class for Fitness Fridays in November.  Mike Doyle and Megan Shirley will each be teaching classes in Total Body Conditioning.  This hour-long class focuses on strengthening all muscle groups using hand weights, your own body weight, and more. 

Exercise mats and basic equipment will be provided.  Class space is limited to 15 participants.  This class is open to HLS students only.  Email Tim Cusack to reserve a space.  tcusack@law.harvard.edu

Schedule:

Friday 11/5 12-1 p.m. in Pound 332
Friday 11/12 12-1 p.m. in Pound 335
Friday 11/12 12-1 p.m. in Pound 332

Opt-IN for Reproductive Justice!

Harvard University Health Services has a policy of refunding, on request, the approximately $1.00 of the mandatory student health services fee that funds abortions, a process known as opting out.  While the inclusion of abortion services in the university’s healthcare plan operates as recognition that such services are basic and fundamental health procedures, the opt-out policy undermines women’s ability to obtain needed abortion services and contributes to the stigmatization of women seeking to exercise their legal right. The policy misunderstands both the idea of insurance pooling funds to cover the medical needs of individual subscribers when they arise- and the goal of a mandatory health plan-ensuring access to basic health services for all students. Additionally, the opt-out policy sets out on a tenuous path that makes room for objection to medical services like STD testing and birth control, undermining the purpose of a comprehensive insurance plan. In response to the campaign urging students to opt out of contributing to funding for safe abortions, we are asking students to donate $1.00 to offset the effects of students opting out. HLS for Reproductive Justice will be tabling in the Hark this week from noon to 1 P.M. to collect donations. Donations will go to Planned Parenthood’s Advocacy Division and the Eastern Massachusetts Abortion Fund.

Research Consultations for the Written Work Requirement

The 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. Sign up for a research appointment at: http://www.law.harvard.edu/library/services/research-appointment.html.

Clinical Registration Closes on October 22

Clinical registration for winter and spring clinicals takes place October 19-22.  Make sure to enter your preferences on MyPlan before registration closes at 5:00pm EST on Friday, October 22.  To see a list of offerings, visit http://www.law.harvard.edu/academics/clinical/students/curriculum.html.  Students are also welcome to stop by the Clinical Office in Austin 102 for advising questions, or call 617-495-5202.  Results of clinical registration will be posted on MyPlan at 5:00pm on Monday, October 25.

Opt out from paying for elective abortions!

Monday-Friday, 10/25-29, Hark lobby!

The Harvard-sponsored Blue Cross Blue Shield insurance plan funds abortions for HLS students. If you object to funding abortions on the basis of conscience, University Health Services allows you to opt out and, on request, will refund the portion of your Blue Cross Blue Shield fee that would have funded abortions.

The Society for Law, Life, & Religion will be in the Hark every day this week, October 25-29, from 11:45 AM to 1:15 PM. If you would like to opt out of the portion of your Blue Cross Blue Shield fee that funds elective abortions, drop by our table to sign an opt-out card, and then we’ll deliver the card to UHS. If you waived HLS’s Blue Cross Blue Shield plan, you will still be able to fill out a form indicating your objection to the policy.

Contact  sllr at mail.law.harvard.edu if you would like to help out with tabling.

Harvard Law School Professor Hal Scott Seeks Finance-Oriented Research Associate for the Committee on Capital Markets Regulation

Professor Hal S. Scott, Director of the Committee on Capital Markets Regulation, is looking for a Research Consultant with a background in finance.  The Research Consultant will work up to 10 hours per work, at $20 per hour, on a variety of topics related to financial regulation.

The membership of the Committee on Capital Markets Regulation, an independent and nonpartisan 501(c)(3) research organization, comprises thirty-two leaders from the investor community, business, finance, law, accounting and academia: http://www.capmktsreg.org/committeemembers.html  In 2009, the Committee produced a definitive research study on the global financial crisis. For more information on the Committee please visit: http://www.capmktsreg.org/.

Qualifications: Experience in investment banking, investment management, or other finance-related field required.  J.D. or M.B.A. students or graduates preferred.

Interested students please email the Committee’s Assistant Director, Jennifer Grygiel at  jgrygiel at law.harvard.edu, attaching a resume.  Please refer to code CCMR-3 in your cover letter

Research Assistant

Urs Gasser, Executive Director of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society, seeks a strong assistant to join him in his research and teaching efforts.

Initially, the research assistant will  assist with the preparation of his spring course, Online Law and Business in a Globalized Economy (HLS course listing at: http://www.law.harvard.edu/academics/courses/2010-11/?id=8359), including updating the teaching syllabus, materials, and slides.  Additionally, research and writing on a number of issues, including but not limited to ICT interoperability and innovation, and youth and technology, will be required.

The position will start as soon as we find the right candidate.

Crucial qualifications are:

(a) Strong interest in conducting research in an interdisciplinary community of international researchers;
(b) Personal responsibility, willingness and ability to work hard, carefully, and independently;
(c) Flexibility and willingness to work on multiple projects in a highly dynamic environment;
(d) Background preferably in law and policy with strong interest in IT/communications and/or economics;
(e)  Previous work in one or more of our areas of interest is a plus, but not mandatory.

The work is substantively interesting and cutting-edge. We provide the opportunity to closely collaborate with us and our teams in an exciting, interdisciplinary and international environment.

To apply, please send:
* a cover note (describe your qualifications and relevant experience, as well as your substantive research interests);
* a copy of your CV and
* a paper that conveys your analytic competence

to Rebecca Tabasky at  rtabasky at cyber.law.harvard.edu.

Civil Rights in 2010 and Beyond: Tom Perez ’87 & the Future of Civil Rights Work

Civil Rights in 2010 and Beyond:  Tom Perez ’87, Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division, U.S. Department of Justice

Tuesday, October 26
6:30 p.m.
Austin East
Pizza provided

Please join Tom Perez ’87, Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division, U.S. Department of Justice for a talk on the future of civil rights work.

Thomas E. Perez, nominated by President Obama to serve as the Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division, was sworn in on October 8, 2009. Since then, Mr. Perez has worked to restore and transform the Division, in the spirit of its traditional role as the “conscience of the nation,” to further fulfill the promise of our nation’s most treasured laws – advancing equal opportunity, leveling the playing field, and protecting the rights of all.

Mr. Perez has spent his entire career in public service. Prior to his nomination, he served as the Secretary of Maryland’s Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation – an agency that safeguards critical consumer and worker protections – and was a principal architect of a sweeping reform package to address his state’s foreclosure crisis. In 2002, he became the first Latino elected to the Montgomery County Council, serving with distinction until 2006.

Earlier in his career, Mr. Perez spent 12 years in federal public service, mainly as a career attorney in the Civil Rights Division he now leads. In that role, he prosecuted, or supervised the prosecution of, some of the Division’s highest-profile civil rights cases, including a hate crimes case in Texas involving a group of white supremacists who went on a deadly, racially motivated crime spree. Mr. Perez later served as Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights under Attorney General Janet Reno, chairing the interagency Worker Exploitation Task Force, which oversaw a variety of initiatives designed to protect vulnerable workers. He also served as Special Counsel to the late Senator Edward Kennedy, acting as Senator Kennedy’s principal adviser on civil rights, criminal justice and constitutional issues. For the final two years of the Clinton administration, Mr. Perez served as the Director of the Office for Civil Rights at the United States Department of Health and Human Services.

Mr. Perez, who has been a law professor at University of Maryland School of Law and a part-time professor at the George Washington School of Public Health, received a Bachelor’s degree from Brown University in 1983, a Master’s of Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government in 1987, and a Juris Doctorate from Harvard Law School in 1987.  Mr. Perez lives in Maryland with his wife, Ann Marie Staudenmaier, an attorney with the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless, and their three children.

HLS Gets Crafty

We have a dozen tables reserved so far for this year’s Crafts Fair scheduled for November 3 from 12-2 in Ropes Gray.  Crafts for sale will range from jewelry and gingerbread houses to knit items and photographs.  It isn’t too late to sign up, simply email dos@law with your name, your email address, your Harvard Law School affiliation (student, faculty, staff, or family member) and your crafts for sale.

Student Help Needed for Foreclosure Outreach Project

Student Help Needed for Foreclosure Outreach Project
description: Project No One Leaves canvasses foreclosed homes in Boston to inform tenants and former homeowners of their legal rights.  Right now, we are looking both for more canvassers, as well as for one or more students to assist us in managing our mapping system.  Pro bono credit is available.  Please contact Marielle at  mmacher at jd11.law.harvard.edu for more information.

Westlaw 1L Open Memo: Constructive Eviction/Habitability

Learn tips for researching secondary sources and case law that will help you with your Open Memo assignment. Classes will be held in the large lab on the main floor of the library on Tuesday, 10/19. Classes are divided by topic.
12:00-12:30 (Constructive Eviction/Habitability)
12:30-1:00 (Internet Jurisdiction)
1:00-1:30 (Internet Jurisdiction)

HLS Exoneration Legal Project Accepting Applications

The HLS Exoneration Legal Project (HELP) is now accepting membership applications from interested students. 

HELP was formed to help exonerate wrongfully convicted persons in cases lacking biological evidence, as well as bring awareness to the wrongful conviction problem generally. This is the organization’s first year in existence, and we have recently received our first case!

To apply, please send a resume and a short statement of interest (a few paragraphs) to  exonerators at gmail.com.

If you have any questions, please contact Jeremy Glapion at  jglapion at jd12.law.harvard.edu.

Research Assistant

Research Assistant Needed. Senior Judge Levin H. Campbell (First Circuit Court of Appeals) seeks a research assistant for an article he is writing on an aspect of First Circuit court history. Work will focus on his case files, which are available in Langdell Library. Experience with archival research preferred. If interested, please submit a resume and brief statement of your research interests to Susannah Tobin at  stobin at law.harvard.edu.