Judges Needed for New England Regional Intercollegiate Mock Trial Tournament – Clark University


Interested in helping local college students while networking with legal professionals?  Volunteer to act as a mock trial judge!

The New England Regional Intercollegiate Mock Trial Tournament hosted at Clark University is searching for lawyers, or law students, to serve as mock trial judges.

The 2011 tournament will be held Friday, February 25th through Sunday, February 27th

For more information, or to register, e-mail Tracey West ( twest at clarku.edu) or visit the Tournament Website:  http://www.clarku.edu/departments/prelaw…

Judges Needed for BU/AMTA Regional Mock Trial Tournament

I know this is late notice but we could really use judges. It is a great opportunity and a wonderful thing to put on your resume. Please consider judging.

I am writing on behalf of the Mock Trial Organization at Boston University. We are an undergraduate organization dedicated to learning about trial advocacy, critical thinking skills, public speaking skills and teamwork. We are part of a larger organization called the American Mock Trial Association (AMTA). AMTA is an organization run by volunteers to provide legal education through direct practice for undergraduate students interested in law. Hundreds of team across the United States compete in mock trial competitions every year. Tournaments run at the invitational, regional, championship, and national levels. I hope you seriously consider volunteering as it would mean a lot to the students.

This year, Boston University will be hosting one of the American Mock Trial Association’s regional tournaments at the Suffolk County Courthouse in the heart of downtown Boston on February 4th, 5th, and 6th, 2011. Twenty-four talented teams from colleges and universities in the New England area will be competing for a spot at the championship level of competition.

An organization completely built on volunteers requires volunteer judges at our tournaments. I would like to extend the invitation to you to attend our tournament as a judge. A judge’s responsibilities are quite easy: simply attend a three-hour trial session and score the performance of the plaintiff and defense teams for the round.

I hope you volunteer as a judge for our tournament, as we need roughly around one hundred and twenty volunteers for our tournament to be successful. The students work hard all year round, hoping to have the chance to make it to the national competition in Iowa this year. Your help will make it possible for them. Also, this experience will allow you to share your expertise with talented future lawyers from around the region. It’s a great opportunity to make connections with other legal professionals who will be serving as judges as well.

Below is the summary of the year’s AMTA trial and the judges’ schedule. If you should decide to attend as a judge, you are welcome and even encouraged to participate in as many round as you would like. Additionally, if you know anyone else who might be interested in participating as a judge, we encourage you to invite him or her as well.

If you are interested in being a judge, please RSVP using the attached form. If you have any other questions about the event, do not hesitate to contact me. I can be reached by email at buregionalmocktrial@gmail.com

AMTA 2010-2011 Case

This year, Midlands is dealing with a civil case involving the Davis family and HappyLand Toy Company. Andy Davis lost his/her son, Joey Davis, after Joey swallowed some beads from HappyLand’s new toy, The Princess Beads. The Davis family can pursue a claim of negligence per se or strict liability.

On August 8th, 2009, Brett Miller, the babysitter for the Davis Family, was babysitting Joey and Hillary Davis. S/He left the room to make some lunch for Joey. When s/he arrived, Joey Davis was on the ground, not moving. After rushing to the hospital, Joey Davis died later that day from respiratory arrest. The cause of his respiratory arrest appears to be GHB poisoning.

The Princess Beads, a make your own jewelry set, was a toy intended for children ages nine and up. However, the beads contained a chemical on them called 1-4 Butanediol, which metabolizes into GHB upon ingestion. However, Joey Davis was not the healthiest child. In fact, he suffered from breathing problems and never went to the doctor for treatment. Andy Davis, his parent, and Brett MIller, his babysitter, may be more at fault for the death of Joey Davis than HappyLand Toy Company.

Judges’ Schedule (refreshments will be provided at all meetings)

Friday: February 4th

Judges’ Meeting 5:30-6:00pm

Round 1 6:00-9:00pm

Saturday: February 5th

Judges’ Meeting 9:30-10:00am

Round 2 10:00am-1:00pm

Judges’ Meeting 2:30-3:00pm

Round 3 3:00-6:00pm

Sunday: February 6th

Judges’ Meeting 8:30-9:00am

Round 4 9:00am-12:00pm

Brittni Wipper
Tournament Director
Mock Trial Organization
Boston University

Teach a Trial Court class at Milton Academy

Milton Academy is looking for a person to teach a Trial Court/Law class for 12-16 fifth and sixth graders for their Saturday Course Program.  

Classes run Saturdays 8 am -1 pm for six weeks:  February 26, March 5, 12, 19, 26, April 2

The pay is $900 for the overall session.  If you or someone you know is interested, please contact dos@law.

Accounting for HLS Students & Affiliates who may be in Egypt

In light of the ongoing protests across Egypt, we are trying to identify any Harvard affiliates who may be in Egypt or have plans to travel there.

International SOS has advised heightened awareness but it and the State Department have NOT issued travel warnings.  However, there are reliable reports that the Egyptian government has cut off cell phone and internet service.  If you are a student planning current or future travel to Egypt, please contact dos@law immediately.

Berkeley Exchange Program- deadline Friday, February 4

The Berkeley Exchange Program was designed for the purpose of enhancing the educational opportunities available to law students at both Harvard and Berkeley by providing them with exposure to a different faculty and student body. Each year, the program allows up to five Harvard Law School students to spend their third year studying at Berkeley’s Boalt Hall School of Law. In return, up to five students from Berkeley can spend their third year here at Harvard.

HLS students who wish to be considered for the Exchange Program should submit an application to the Administrative Board via the Dean of Students (send email to dos@law.harvard.edu) by Friday, February 4 at 5pm. The application should be in the form of a letter indicating why you wish to participate in the program. Special attention will be given to academic reasons for wishing to go to Berkeley such as a desire to work with a particular faculty member there, or to take courses not available at Harvard. In any event, the application should include a proposed course of study at Berkeley. Courses at Boalt Hall are listed on their website www.law.berkeley.edu/courses.

 Additional information can be found at: www.law.harvard.edu/current/student-services/student-life/academic-life/berkeley-exchange-program.html

 Any questions about the Program may be raised with the Dean of Students Office.

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 years trips include working with musicians in the Mississippi Delta and migrant farm workers in Nashville. HLS provides partial funding.

Applications due February 6.

Information session: Tuesday, February 1
7:15 -8:00 pm
Pound 100
Light dinner provided

See http://www.law.harvard.edu/academics/clinical/news/springbreak.html for more information and application.

Harvard Course in Reading & Study Strategies

Harvard Course in Reading and Study Strategies

Cost: $150

Feb 7 – Mar 3 (4 wks),  M-W-Th-F,  4-5 p.m.
Feb 14 – Mar 4 (3 wks),  M-T-W-Th-F,  8-9 a.m.

Each year the Bureau of Study Counsel at Harvard University offers the Harvard Course in Reading and Study Strategies that is open to the wider public.  It is the longest continuously running, non-credit course at our university.  Taught since the 1940s with constant updating, the Reading Course is designed for people who are faced with the need to read more materials, more critically and who find themselves overwhelmed or disengaged.  It is based on the premise that our learning depends upon both what we read, as well as how critically we read.  This course helps students read strategically, selectively, and actively and is directed for those engaged in undergraduate and graduate studies.

Full details of the course can be accessed by going to the link: http://bsc.harvard.edu/rc.html.

Bureau of Study Counsel  617-495-2581  bsc.harvard.edu

International Course on “Living Realities of Legal Pluralism” – Cape Town, South Africa

An International Course on ‘Living Realities of Legal Pluralism’
4-7 September, 2011, Cape Town, South Africa


In September 2011 the International Commission on Legal Pluralism, in cooperation with the Centre for Legal and Applied Research (CLEAR), the Research Chair in Customary Law and the Chair for Comparative Law in Africa, University of Cape Town, South Africa, will organize a course in Cape Town, South Africa, about theories, knowledge and methodologies of legal pluralism. The purpose of the 3½-day course is to familiarize the participants with the current international debates and insights in socio-legal studies and legal pluralism and to offer them a comparative perspective that allows them to rethink their own research and practical work. At the centre of the discussion will be issues of rights protection, gender, natural resource management and land tenure, and dispute management, in the context of globalising economic, political and legal developments. These issues converge in the theme of living realities of legal pluralism.

Participation is limited to 25 persons, to allow for maximum discussion. A balanced participation is sought which includes a strong presence from South Africa, but also attracts scholars or practitioners from the region, other developing countries and a limited number from western countries. The participants are academics and/or practitioners, e.g. NGO activists or government officials, who deal with issues related to legal pluralism and social justice in their academic or practical work. During this intensive training the participants will be able to build a national and international network both with other participants and with the teaching staff. As in past courses (held amongst others in Wellington (New Zealand), Accra (Ghana), Williamsburg (USA), Moscow (Russia), Chiang Mai (Thailand), Fredericton (Canada), Jakarta (Indonesia) and Zurich (Switzerland)) the teaching team will consist of senior academics of various backgrounds drawn from the Commission of Legal Pluralism and of colleagues from the region, in this case from South Africa. The course is followed by the Commission’s biennial international conference. The conference covers the same topics and themes as the course. Students will be given the opportunity to present their work at the conference and directly engage with leading scholars and practitioners in their fields, allowing them to become part of a regional and international network.

Proposed topics for the course are:

1. Theoretical and methodological aspects of legal pluralism
This session provides an introduction to theoretical and methodological aspects of legal pluralism, one of the most interesting and controversial concepts in the anthropology and sociology of law and legal theory. The session will sensitize the
participants to the complexity of the coexistence of legal orders and the empirical and theoretical challenges it raises.

2. The living realities of legal pluralism in South Africa
Prominent South African researchers in the field of legal pluralism discuss the current realities of legal pluralism in South Africa, and the challenges this poses for lawmakers, judges, activists, and researchers.

3. Dispute management and social control
The session introduces the legal anthropology of disputing and social control in plural legal settings and draws attention to ongoing processes of disputing and social control in a global or transnational environment.

4. Natural resources management
In most countries, the access-rules to natural resources as well as the corresponding rights of disposal are subject of different normative sets, which might influence each other or which might stay in a permanent competition for social recognition and public legitimacy. This topic will include a mock stakeholder meeting

5. Legal empowerment, gender and human rights
In this session attention will be paid to legal empowerment, the gendered dimensions of law, its impact on women’s and men’s access to resources, including legal institutions, and the human rights aspects involved. It will be discussed how gender is socially and legally constructed and the consequences that this has for people’s access rights. This topic will include both an academic debate and a practitioners’ panel focusing on their experiences and possible practical solutions.

6. Field trip: (half-day)

Selection, Fee, and Funding

Prospective students should be either young scholars studying for a JD or PhD degree or having just finished one, or more senior scholars who are relatively new to the field of legal pluralism, or they should be practitioners whose work is directly related to topics discussed in the course. Students should be able to demonstrate an English language ability that allows them to read and actively discuss relevant academic literature. Students will be selected based on their motivation to join the course. Such selection will also be based on a balanced regional participation as outlined above.

The course fee is 200 USD. Other costs include accommodation, food and beverages, which will be arranged at prices as low as possible. The course organizers are currently working on securing some funding for the non-Western participants. It is hoped that in this way for certain students the costs can be covered by the organization. However as such funding is not yet certain and will not cover all students applicants are encouraged to also seek their own funding.

Application, Contact and More Information

Scholars and practitioners interested in and qualified to partake in this course are warmly welcomed to apply before March 10, 2011. The application should include a motivation letter, a resume, information about their level of English, and an estimation of their travel costs to Cape Town. Applications are to be sent to Janine Ubink:  j.ubink at law.leidenuniv.nl.

For more information on the Conference and on the Commission on Legal Pluralism and its past courses and conferences visit: http://www.commission-on-legal-pluralism…. Participants need to register separately for the conference as well as submit an abstract for a paper presentation, both at www.pluralismconference2011.co.za.

Spanish for Public Interest Lawyers

Spanish for Public Interest Lawyers is a non-credit Spring class aimed at enhancing legal Spanish language skills, particularly for students involved in clinical practice.  The class is for students who already have a strong foundation of the Spanish language and want to advance conversation and comprehension skills within a legal context, particularly in public interest law fields.  The application deadline is Thursday, February 3.  For more information about the class and how to apply, visit: http://www.law.harvard.edu/academics/clinical/news/spanish.html

Volunteer with HLS TaxHelp

HLS TaxHelp invites you to volunteer this semester.  TaxHelp is a volunteer student organization at HLS that helps lower-income individuals file their income tax returns in Cambridge.  Volunteers can earn pro bono credit. 

TaxHelp provides its services through the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.  Volunteers must pass the IRS’s test for the Basic VITA level, which involves the ability to file fairly basic income tax returns. 

For more information about TaxHelp and how to get involved, please visit http://www.law.harvard.edu/students/orgs/taxhelp/.  The website provides information about both the TaxHelp organization and the certification process, including a step-by-step guide on becoming involved with the organization. 

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact  taxhelp at mail.law.harvard.edu.

Covey Fellowships for Summer Work in Public Interest Environmental Law

The Environmental Law Program is offering four $7,500 fellowships to Harvard Law School students doing work within the public interest environmental law field during the summer of 2011.  Qualifying work could include positions at government entities, NGOs, or other public interest organizations working on issues such as climate change, land acquisition and management, pollution control, energy, carbon trading, environmental justice, or biodiversity conservation.  This is not an exclusive list of employers or fields, and students are invited to think broadly about work that might qualify.

Applicants should be students who are returning to HLS in the fall of 2011.  Experience with environmental law is not a requirement for the fellowship, and those new to the field are encouraged to apply.

Applicants should first secure their summer position, and then apply for the fellowship; applications by students who have not secured a summer position will not be considered.  The Environmental Law Program may be able to assist students in making contact with potential employers with which the Program has a relationship; students interested in soliciting the Environmental Law Program’s assistance in this fashion should contact Kathy Curley at  curley at law.harvard.edu.

Applications should include: a description of the organization where the student will be employed, a brief description of the summer projects the applicant will undertake, the name of the applicant’s supervisor, a resume, transcript, and a statement of interest conveying the reasons why the applicant was drawn to the job and any background the applicant has in environmental law.  Applications should be submitted by March 22, 2011 to Kathy Curley at  curley at law.harvard.edu.  Successful applicants will be notified by April 19, 2011.

Questions regarding the Covey Fellowships should be directed to  curley at law.harvard.edu.

Publishing Opportunity!

Get Published! The Journal of Law, Medicine, and Ethics is a nationally recognized, peer-reviewed professional journal and is currently soliciting proposals for short (5-10 pgs.) analyses of recent developments at the intersection of law and medicine.

Proposals should be less than one page and contain: 1) a short biographical statement, 2) your proposed topic, and 3) how that topic relates to the JLME’s subject matter. Please submit proposals to  fshalts at jd10.law.harvard.edu by Monday, January 31st for consideration in the upcoming issue.  The writing process is fast, and the final product will be submitted February 24th. You may propose any topic of your choosing, but below are several recent topics that the editors believe could produce good articles:

1) A new genetic test can test would-be parents for a range of diseases, creating important medical, legal, and ethical questions for our society: http://www.npr.org/2011/01/13/132908098/new-gene-test-screens-nearly-500-childhood-diseases?ft=1%26f=1128%26sc=tw

2) There have been several design defect cases since Wyeth v. Levine (US 2009) that have involved inquiries into whether it was negligent for the defendant to have sold the (now-FDA approved) product, in other words, essentially second-guessing the FDA’s approval decision, such as: Wimbush v. Wyeth, 619 F.3d 632 (6th Cir. 2010); Lance v. Wyeth, 4 A.3d 160 (Pa. Super. 2010); Barlett v. Mutual Pharmaceutical Co, 2010 WL 2765358 (D.N.H. July 12, 2010).

3) Discuss the new proposed cigarette packaging showing color pictures of corpses, etc, designed to get at some of the same decision-making processes (impulsive ones focusing on good feelings) that makes people choose to smoke in the first place. (http://www.fda.gov/TobaccoProducts/Labeling/CigaretteProductWarningLabels/ucm2024177.htm)

4)  Stanford v. Roche was granted certiorari, with a question of who gets patent rights under Bayh-Dole depending on 3rd party contracts. The decision has not yet come out, but it could have far reaching consequences. (http://www.patentlyo.com/patent/2010/11/supreme-court-to-hear-bayh-dole-patent-ownership-dispute-stanford-v-roche.html)

5) Presidential Committee on Bioethics’ report on synthetic biology. The report includes some regulatory recommendations and has a more practical focus than the last commission. This field is young and the recommendations somewhat open-ended, so there is much to write about.

Nominations for Green Carpet Awards 2011

Whom would you nominate to walk down Harvard’s Green Carpet?

Every office or School has a green leader- that person who always knows what can and can’t be recycled, reminds you to shut your computer down at the end of the day, and who goes out of their way to make it easier for all of us to reduce our environmental impacts.  This individual also knows how to change the way they work to reduce Harvard’s environmental impacts.  Well, now we have an opportunity to thank and recognize these leaders in our community!

The Harvard Office for Sustainability is pleased to announce the second annual Harvard Green Carpet Awards program targeting the many staff, students, and faculty from across the Schools and units who have made significant contributions to Harvard’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Goal and other sustainability efforts. The Green Carpet Awards will be announced and awarded at a celebratory event in April 2011.

We are seeking nominations for students, staff, and faculty who have helped contribute to our school’s sustainability efforts.

How do I nominate?

Please complete the online nomination form at http://green.harvard.edu/greencarpet  by Monday February 28th.

Please note that self-nominations for both Team and Individual Awards are encouraged.

What are the Award Categories?

Individual Achievement Award: These awards will be given to students, staff, and faculty from all Schools and units across the University who have shown outstanding effort in furthering GHG reductions and sustainability at Harvard. Each school will have at least one student and one faculty/staff winner.

Team Project Awards: These seven awards will be given to teams who have shown outstanding effort in the following categories (in depth descriptions are on the website): 

1.      Greenhouse Gas Reduction Project: Infrastructure Project
2.      Greenhouse Gas Reduction Project: Behavior Change/Engagement
3.      Green Team Project
4.      Water or Waste Reduction Project
5.      Green Building Renovation or Construction Project
6.      Renewable Energy Project
7.      Student Project

Please take a moment to nominate your friends, colleauges, or staff today (self-nominations are completely appropriate and encouraged).

Please direct any questions to  sustainability at harvard.edu

Learn more at green.harvard.edu

Free Yoga class-Fitness Fridays

The Dean of Students Office is bringing free yoga classes back to Pound Hall.  Classes are led by instructor Carla Fontaine. 

Yoga mats are available, first come first serve (up to 15)

Pound Hall 335
12-1:15 p.m.

January 28
February 4
February 11

Open to HLS students only.  Contact Tim Cusack to reserve a spot in any or all of the classes. tcusack@law.harvard.edu

Office of Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Student Alliance

Are you interested in issues around sex and sexuality?
Do you want to lead workshops for Freshmen next fall?
Are you interested in learning more about HMAR?
Are you concerned about social issues like sexual assault and relationship violence?
Are you interested in expanding your experience and gaining valuable training?

Join the OSAPR Student Alliance.

Questions? Email  osapr at fas.harvard.edu

The deadline is January 30th

Application link: https://spreadsheets.google.com/viewform?hl=en%26formkey=dFhCNTA5eC1oR2VSTVFYTVktbTBzVHc6MA%23gid=0

Harvard Mediation Program Open House and Applications

Looking for some real-world experience? Resolve disputes at local courts and hone your mediation skills with the Harvard Mediation Program!

Student applications are available online at http://www.law.harvard.edu/academics/clinical/hmp/index.html and due Friday, January 28.

If you have any questions, please stop by at any point during our Open House this Wednesday, January 26 from 6-8pm in Hark South.