Accounting for HLS Students & Affiliates who may be in Moscow

We are attempting to account for Harvard affiliates who may be in Moscow, following today’s explosion in the international terminal of Moscow’s main airport.  The explosion occurred at 4:30pm Moscow time (8:30am ET), killing more than 30 people and injuring more than 100 others.  If you believe a law student may have been traveling in Moscow today, please contact the dean of Students Office at 617-495-1880 or dos@law

February 15 Deadline to Submit Applications for Fall 2011 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 or third year.

Students who would like to participate in a semester abroad program fall term 2011 must submit an application by Tuesday, February 15, 2011 to: Sara Zucker, Director of International Legal Studies Programs and Events, in Lewis 231, or by e-mail to  szucker at

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:

More information will also be available at a semester abroad question-and-answer session on Monday, January 31, 2011 at 12:00 pm in Hauser 101.

Please feel free to direct any questions about semester abroad to Sara Zucker ( szucker at or Ben Cook ( bcook at

Summer Academic Fellowship Program

The Office of Academic Affairs is now accepting applications for the Summer Academic Fellowship Program.  The Fellowship is designed for HLS students (including JDs, LLMs, and SJDs) interested in pursuing academic careers in law, particularly as law professors.  It provides students with the opportunity to dedicate time in the summer to academic writing, under the guidance of a member of the faculty.  The application deadline is February 18, 2011.  Information about the Fellowship can be found at:

The Fourth Annual Alexander G. Gray, Jr. Scholarship Award of the The Massachusetts LGBTQ Bar Association

The Massachusetts LGBTQ Bar Association (“the Mass LGBTQ Bar”) is pleased to announce its fourth annual Alexander G. Gray, Jr. Scholarship Award in the amount of $1,000. The Scholarship will be awarded to one law student for the 2011‐2012 academic year to defray the costs associated with law school, such as tuition, fees, books and similar schoolrelated expenses.

Alexander “Alec” G. Gray, Jr. was a dynamic and important contributor to the work of the Mass LGBTQ Bar. He served on the Mass LGBTQ Bar (then, MLGBA) Board from 2002 until 2005. He was an energetic participant in the mentor program. He took seriously the task of mentoring LGBTQ law students and new lawyers and developed lasting relationships with those individuals whom he mentored. Alec will long be remembered for his dedication to public service, his advocacy on behalf of children, and his deep commitment to all that he undertook. In his legal career, Alec remained dedicated to public service. He served as an Assistant Attorney General, as General Counsel to the Department of Social Services, as Executive Director of the Adoption Center and as Chief Operating Officer of Concord


Assabet Family and Adolescent Services and as General Counsel to the Trial Court. Alec died on August 15, 2005, after a brief and courageous struggle with melanoma. This Scholarship honors Alec’s outstanding work as a lawyer and his dedication to the Mass LGBTQ Bar, particularly his mentorship of new lawyers.

Founded in 1985, the Mass LGBTQ Bar is a state


wide professional association of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer lawyers and our allies providing a visible LGBTQ presence within the Massachusetts legal community. The Mass LGBTQ Bar is open to all members of the legal profession, including practicing lawyers, judges, law professors, students, and paralegals. The Mass LGBTQ Bar devotes its energy and resources to a variety of civic and professional activities at the local, state, and national levels. For more information about The Mass LGBTQ Bar, please see our website, Alexander G. Gray, Jr. Scholarship Award will be awarded each academic year to a law student who demonstrates a commitment to and involvement in the LGBTQ community, leadership, maturity and responsibility. Other indicia of excellence, including personal, professional or academic will also be considered.

The Mass LGBTQ Bar Board of Directors will select the recipient of the scholarship, based on recommendations by the Alexander G. Gray, Jr. Scholarship Committee, a subset of the Mass LGBTQ Bar Outreach Committee.

To apply for and be eligible for the Scholarship, candidates must be enrolled at a law school in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for the 2010


2011 academic year, must complete and return the Application Form to: MJ Edwards, WilmerHale, 60 State Street, Boston, MA 02109 ( mj.edwards at, along with all required submissions, including one (1) letter of recommendation from a person not related to the candidate (see requirements below). All materials must be received by Tuesday, February 15, 2011 for consideration. Finalists may be interviewed by one or more members of the Scholarship Committee. Questions? Contact MJ at the above email address or at 6175266215.The 2011


2012 recipient of the Alexander G. Gray, Jr. Scholarship Award will be announced at the Mass LGBTQ Bar Annual Dinner on May 6, 2011. The recipient must attend the Mass LGBTQ Bar Annual Dinner to accept the Scholarship award in person. For more information, please contact MJ Edwards,  mj.edwards at, (617) 5266215 (office).


To be eligible to receive the Alexander G. Gray, Jr. Scholarship Award, a candidate must:

1. Be enrolled for the 2011


2012 academic year and be in good standing at a law school in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts;2. Be a student member of the Mass LGBTQ Bar. Student membership is complimentary, and membership applications (available at may be submitted with scholarship materials;

3. Submit one (1) letter of recommendation written by a person not related to the candidate, preferably a professor, employer, or work colleague. The letter should address the candidate’s community service, leadership, maturity and responsibility, as well as other qualifications to receive the award;4. Sign the certification contained at the end of the Application Form for 2011


2012, acknowledging, among other things, that the candidate has read and understands the terms and conditions of the Alexander G. Gray, Jr. Scholarship Award, has submitted true and accurate information in connection therewith and has agreed to be interviewed by the Scholarship Committee; and5. Complete the Application Form and return it, along with an official law school transcript, a resume, the letter of recommendation and the certification, to MJ Edwards, WilmerHale, 60 State Street,

Boston, MA 02109. All materials must be


received by Tuesday, February 15, 2011.The recipient of the scholarship will be selected by the Board of Directors of the Mass LGBTQ Bar, upon the recommendation of the Scholarship Committee. Officers and voting directors of the Mass LGBTQ Bar and members of the Scholarship Committee, and their immediate family members, are ineligible for the Scholarship.

All application materials submitted will become the property of the Mass LGBTQ Bar.

HLS IM Basketball Sign-Ups

Sign-ups are now underway for the spring HLS IM Basketball league.   As in past years, there will be A, B, and Co-ed Divisions. Teams will be allowed to have at most 2-non-HLS persons, but these persons must still have a current Harvard affiliation. Games will be played Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday nights (exact times TBD — all teams will play roughly once a week). 

To register, fill out the form at the following link:

Registration will close on Thursday, January 27 at 5PM.

Contact Daniel Jacobson ( djacobson at should you have any questions.

Harvard Defenders 1L Summer Internship

Harvard Defenders is seeking 1Ls interested in criminal defense work for our full-time, ten-week summer program.

This program provides one of the best opportunities available for first-year students to gain a rewarding and challenging experience in criminal defense work.  This is also a great opportunity for students to develop their advocacy skills through significant hands-on learning.

Our summer associates represent indigent individuals accused of crimes in show-cause hearings before clerk magistrates in the greater Boston area.  These preliminary hearings are held to determine whether there is probable cause to issue a criminal complaint.

To apply please send a resume and a brief statement of interest to  tbryant at  by January 28, 2011. We will contact applicants to schedule an interview.

If you have any questions, please contact Tracie Bryant ( tbryant at or Parker Zangoei ( pzangoei at

Chayes International Public Service Fellowship: Upcoming Deadline

Chayes International Public Service Fellowship applications are due by 5:00 pm on Tuesday, February 1.  In addition to submitting an application, interested students must contact the Chayes Fellowship Program by January 28 at (617) 384-5284 or  ils at to schedule an interview that will occur February 8, 9, 10, or 11. 

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.

Fitness Fridays- Yoga is back!

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.

Summer Job in Environmental Law and Policy Clinic

2011 Summer Internship in the Emmett Environmental Law & Policy Clinic
Application Deadline: February 11, 2011

The Harvard Law School Emmett Environmental Law & Policy Clinic (ELPC) is now accepting applications from HLS 1Ls and 2Ls for a 2011 summer internship.  The clinic works on novel, cutting edge environmental law issues ranging from climate change and renewable energy to industrial aquaculture and indoor air quality.  The intern will address some or all of these issues as he or she works with the faculty and staff of the clinic on ongoing litigation, policy, and research projects.

This is a paid internship; the intern will be paid the standard HLS research assistant hourly rate.  The intern will work 30-40 hours per week for 8-10 weeks; the specific hours and weeks are negotiable.

Applicants must possess outstanding academic credentials as well as excellent research, writing and oral advocacy skills.

Applications are due by February 11, 2011.

Please apply by sending the following materials to Shaun Goho at  sgoho at

  • A cover letter describing your interest and relevant experience
  • Resume
  • Legal writing sample
  • Contact information for at least three references
  • Law school transcript

Valentines Day Cosmetics Drive

Does your bathroom have shampoo, conditioner, and shaving cream that you won’t use?

Do you have unused lipsticks and nail polish crowding your make-up bag?

Recycle your toiletries by donating them to the VALENTINE’S DAY COSMETICS DRIVE!

Toiletries should be in new, un-opened condition. All donations will be delivered to the Cambridge Family Shelter of the YWCA.

Drop off your donations in the labeled box in the HARK LOBBY by MONDAY, FEBRUARY 8

Questions?  rob_gogan at

Socrates Reading Group

Socrates, Socratic Method, and Legal Analysis
Reading Group

Professor Brewer

The first meeting of this class is Thursday, January 27.  The subsequent meetings are scheduled for :

Thursday, February 10, 2011
Thursday, February 24, 2011
Thursday, March 10, 2011
Thursday, March 17, 2011 [no class: Spring Break]
Thursday, March 31, 2011
Thursday, April 14, 2011

A first reading assignment (from R.E. Allen, Socrates and Legal Obligation) will be available on Friday afternoon, January 21, outside of the office of Ben Sears, Areeda Hall room 234.

Summer Jobs with Harvard Prison Legal Assistance Project (PLAP)

The Harvard Prison Legal Assistance Project (PLAP) is offering public interest summer positions for summer 2011.  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 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 helpful.

If you are interested, PLEASE SUBMIT A RESUME TO Ieshaah Murphy at  imurphy at BY MONDAY, FEBRUARY 21.  Applicants will then be contacted for interviews. Please email Ieshaah or Sarah Morton at  smorton at with questions.

Creative Writers’ Group

With the assistance of Rose Moss, and under the auspices of the Law and the Arts Initiative, Professor Janet Halley invites students to join a Creative Writers’ Group in the spring of 2011.

We welcome applications from HLS students with prose fiction, memoir and biography projects, who wish to join a weekly group in the Spring Semester, to discuss their works in progress. 

The group is for J.D. and graduate students in the Law School.  Meetings will take place on Wednesdays, 3-4:30 p.m. through the Spring Semester.  Regular attendance will be important. Members of the group will submit work regularly for class discussion.  Rose Moss will assign some passages or short stories for participants to read.  No direct academic credit is provided for membership in the group, but Janet Halley will offer to provide a 1-credit independent-study supervision to students in the course, and has a list of other faculty also willing to consider such arrangements.

To inquire or apply, email a 1-page statement of interest to Rose Moss at  rosermoss at  We will admit students on a rolling basis. 

The first meeting will take place Wednesday, February 2 at 3-4:30 p.m., location TBA (you will learn this detail in your admission email).

Summer Jobs in the Tenant Advocacy Project

Learn housing law, interviewing and assessment, trial skills; manage an office, make a difference!  The Tenant Advocacy Project (TAP) has two full-time paid positions available for this summer.  Under the supervision of TAP’s clinical instructors, two students will run a fast-paced program representing public housing tenants and applicants at hearings at local housing authorities.  You will find the complete job description in the OPIA job search database:  To apply, please send your resume and cover letter to Betty Blake at  eblake at  While there is no firm application deadline, interviewing will begin soon.

Volunteer for (Mock) Jury Duty at HLS! (1/20 or 1/21)

Calling all students who are interested in serving as jurors in the mock trials for the Harvard Law School (HLS) Trial Advocacy Workshop!  Trials will be held this Thursday, January 20 and Friday, January 21 from 2:00 – 6:00 p.m. on the HLS campus or at the federal and state courthouses in downtown Boston (transportation provided if needed).  The attorneys in these trials are second and third year law students who would benefit greatly from feedback on their performances.  We’re hoping to have 10-15 students per jury to deliberate and to give their judgments on whether the students have convinced them or not in the individual cases.  Please contact Anna Pierce at  annapierce at if you are able to serve during one of these afternoons (Thursday 1/20 or Friday 1/21).

Introductory Information and First Assignment for Employment Law/Spring 2011/Prof. Sachs

The 2 required books for this course are: Willborn, Schwab, Burton & Lester – Employment Law: Cases and Materials, Fourth Edition (2007) and the companion statutory supplement by the same authors: Employment Law: Selected Federal and State Statutes (2007).  Also, the course Syllabus and supplemental readings will be included in a course packet (in electronic form on the course website and as hard copies available at the Copy Center.

The first assignment for Employment Law is:
Adkins v. Children’s Hospital of the District of Columbia (Supp. 1-7)
West Coast Hotel Co. v. Parrish (Supp. 8-10)
Secretary of Labor v. Lauritzen (13-26)
Egbuna v. Time-Life Libraries, Inc. (Supp. 11-14)

As noted in the syllabus, our first meeting (on Monday, January 24) will proceed on an all-volunteer basis.  Please be prepared to cover the above material during our first class, although we may discuss some of it on Tuesday, January 25.

Berkeley Exchange Program

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 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

 Additional information can be found at:

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