Volunteers Needed for PIFS Japan Symposium

Professor Hal Scott is looking for 2-3 HLS students with knowledge of or interest in Japan-U.S. International Finance and Capital Markets to volunteer at the Japan Symposium on Saturday, Nov. 5 from 7:30AM to 4:00PM. In exchange for helping out, volunteers will be able to attend the day-long conference. Japanese speakers a plus. Please send a note stating your interest to  japostol at law.harvard.edu. A description of the symposium can be found here: http://www.law.harvard.edu/programs/about/pifs/symposia/japan/index.html

Call for Nominations for INTA’s Pattishall Medal

Nominate a professor, adjunct professor or lecturer for INTA’s 2012 Pattishall Medal for Teaching ExcellenceThe Pattishall Medal is now open for nominations!

The Pattishall Medal was established in tribute to Beverly W. Pattishall to recognize educators in the business and legal fields for outstanding instruction in the trademark and trade identity field.

The Medal is presented every four years to the university or graduate school academic nominated by his/her peers or students. The winner will be announced in April 2012 and will receive US $2,500.

So nominate a professor, adjunct professor or lecturer at a college, university graduate school or law school today!

Visit www.inta.org/pattishall for more information and to access the nominating form.

Email pattishall@inta.org with questions.

Moot Court Competition for Law Students – Applications now being accepted – Great introduction to the First Amendment Bar!

The ABA Forum on Communications Law is inviting qualified law students to apply to participate in its First Amendment and Media Law Diversity Moot Court Competition!

This outstanding competition, now in its fourth year and co-sponsored by NBLSA, NLLSA, NAPALSA, and NNALSA, is designed to introduce minority law students to the practice of media law, and offers participants a chance to

o    Compete at a national level

o    Receive advocacy skills feedback from prominent judges and attorneys

o    Explore leading-edge issues in media law

o    Attend the ABA’s annual Conference on Communications Law

o    Meet media lawyers practicing at the forefront of their field

o    Win a trip to the Ritz Carlton in Orlando, Florida!!

Final oral argument will be held in Orlando, Florida on February 9, 2012.

Deadline to apply is October 4, 2011!

Competition details are on our website: http://tinyurl.com/1stAmMootCt .In the meantime, however, a few highlights for your consideration:


–       It’s easy(and there is no fee) to apply

o    Application/registration info is online.

o    A completed application consists of a registration form, and for each team member: a resume, a short writing sample (already written) and a short response to an essay question on a media-related topic

–       Application forms and the Official Competition Rules can be found here.


–       Applicants must be members of a minority law student organization, but the competition is NOT limited to students on law school moot court boards


–       Eight teams will be selected to submit competition briefs by November 29th; the top four teams, based on brief scores, will compete in oral argument in Orlando(Feb. 9, 2012); two teams will advance to finals on the same date .


–        The top four will be able to attend the Forum’s conference events, including CLE workshops; networking lunches and dinners; and plenary sessions on topics of interest to the media bar.


–       Did we mention… this competition presents a great networking opportunity and an expenses-paid trip to the Ritz Carlton in Orlando, FL?


Winter Term International Travel Grants – application deadlines

There will be an information session on Winter Term Opportunities and International Travel Grants on Monday, October 3 at 12 p.m. in Pound 107. The timeline for project and grant applications is as follows:

– J.D. and LL.M. students seeking approval for Independent and Continuing Clinicals projects should submit applications to the Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs in Austin 102 by Tuesday, November 1, 2011.
– J.D. students must register for the Winter Term Writing Program by submitting the required registration form to the Registrar’s Office in Pound 300 by Friday, November 4, 2011.
– LL.M. students seeking approval for Winter Term Writing Program projects should submit applications to the Graduate Program in Lewis 203 by Monday, November 14, 2011 in accordance with information distributed by the Graduate Program.
– J.D. students for Independent and Continuing Clinicals and for Winter Term Writing Program projects should submit grant applications to International Legal Studies in Lewis 231 by Monday, November 7, 2011.
– LL.M. students for Independent and Continuing Clinicals should submit grant applications to International Legal Studies in Lewis 231 by Monday, November 7, 2011.
– LL.M. students for Winter Term Writing Program projects should submit grant applications to International Legal Studies in Lewis 231 by Monday, November 21, 2011.

Please check the International Legal Studies website for more information: http://www.law.harvard.edu/academics/deg…

Elihu Root Room change in hours

Effective September 30, 2011, the Library’s Historical & Special Collections reading room, the Elihu Root Room, will be open by appointment only on Fridays. We are making this change to allow HSC staff to prepare library collections for a large physical plant project that will soon be underway.

Researchers who wish to make a Friday appointment should call the Root Room desk (617-495-4550) or email specialc@law.harvard.edu by Thursday at 3 pm. Researchers who wish to consult modern manuscripts should contact the department by Wednesday at 2 pm, so manuscripts can be retrieved from offsite and made available for use on Friday.

Root Room hours will remain 10 am – 5 pm Monday through Thursday. As before, the Root Room will remain closed the third Friday of every month.

If you have questions, please contact HSC at the phone or email address above, and consult our webpage, “Planning Your Visit.” Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

Documentary Proposals+Crew Applications due FRIDAY

Interested in using documentaries to explore social and policy issues?
-Curious about how you can turn your idea into a short film?

The Harvard Law Documentary Studio invites you to
Submit Your Project Proposal and/or Apply to Join the Crew for the inaugural
* Harvard Law Documentary Studio Annual Project *

Learn more and submit a quick application here by 5pm on Friday, September 30: http://www.harvardlawdocs.org/projects.html.

Note: Annual Project time commitment and project assignment will be determined later through discussions with you; we aim to accommodate both busy schedules and substantive interests. So for now, if you’re at all interested, please submit the quick application as a first step.

Other Projects: Outside of the Annual Project, the Documentary Studio aims to support Independent Projects and Video Blogging, neither of which requires applications. To learn more about these projects and the Documentary Studio’s work and mission, please visit our Beta website (www.harvardlawdocs.org) and “like” us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/harvardlawdocs.

Graduate School Peer Counseling Hotline – In Common, Call (617) 384 – TALK (8255) Line NOW OPEN for the 2011-12 Academic Year!

In Common is the confidential peer counseling program for the Graduate
and Professional School students enrolled at Harvard University. In
Common is staffed by Harvard graduate students like you who are
trained in active listening and peer counseling techniques. Call us
any time to talk about academic pressures, suicide, relationship
issues, life away from home, loneliness, or problems adjusting to
graduate student life. Whenever you want to talk, we are here to listen and provide support.

The line is staffed Sunday-Thursday from 8PM-Midnight throughout the

Dine at Boston’s Best Restaurants with the Epicurean Society

Interested in experiencing the best food in Boston with a group of passionate foodies?

Then join HLS’s brand new Epicurean Society, a club devoted to setting up dining excursions into Boston.

To join the club, simply email Edmund Mokhtarian ( emokhtarian at jd13.law.harvard.edu) or come to our club info session on Tuesday the 27th from 12 PM – 12:30 PM in Pound 102.

Volunteer for (Mock) Jury Duty at HLS! (9/29 or 9/30)

Calling all students who are interested in serving as jurors in the mock trials for Harvard Law School (HLS) Trial Advocacy Workshop!

Trials will be held Thursday, September 29 and Friday, September 30, from 3:00pm-7:00pm on the HLS campus.  The attorneys in these trials are second and third year law students who would benefit greatly from feedback on their performances.  We are 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 Amy Soto at  taw at law.harvard.edu if you are able to serve during one of these afternoons (Thursday 9/29 or Friday 9/30).


Charles J. Ogletree, Jr.
Jesse Climenko Professor of Law

Seeking Student Advisory Committee Members for Clinical and Pro Bono Programs


The Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs is seeking students to sit on its Student Advisory Committee.  Students from all class years (including LLMs) are needed to contribute their ideas and suggestions regarding curriculum, new projects and placements, policies, and technology, among other things. Members of the Committee serve as liaisons between students and the Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs, facilitating communication between the Office, students, clinical faculty, and the law school administration. The Committee helps the Office identify and address current needs, serves as a sounding board as the Office implements program changes, and assists in strategizing about future programming.

The Committee will meet approximately three times a semester, and lunch and treats will be served.

If interested, please send your resume and a brief email expressing your interest to Lee Branson at  lbranson at law.harvard.edu by Thursday, October 6.  Please also include your regular weekly availability for meetings M-F 9am-7pm.

Apply to the Harvard Immigration Project

Apply to Join the Harvard Immigration Project! Orientation is September 28th, 7pm in Pound 200.  Applications can be found at http://hlsorgs.com/hip/apply-to-hip/ and are due October 3rd, 5pm.

The Harvard Immigration Project (HIP) is a Student Practice Organization that offers opportunities for students to gain practical hands-on experience in immigration law and to serve immigrant communities with high-quality legal advocacy. HIP has four projects underway that students can apply to work on:

* Know-Your-Rights community outreach and education campaigns;
* Direct representation of Iraqi refugees seeking resettlement through the Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP);
* Direct representation of local individuals in deportation proceedings through our Bond Hearing Representation; and
* Immigration Services for former clients of the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinic who seek adjustment of status, family derivative claims, and other follow-up immigration services.

In addition to these practice-based projects, HIP hosts events and trainings for members including speakers on immigration-law topics, career and academic advising, and direct action campaigns.  For more information, visit our website http://hlsorgs.com

Dates to remember:
* HIP Orientation session: Wednesday, September 28th, at 7pm, Pound 200.

* Applications are available at http://hlsorgs.com/hip/apply-to-hip/. Applications are due October 3rd, 5pm.


Visiting Professor Kristen Stilt is looking for RAs in two areas. The first is a long-term project on comparative constitutional history with a focus on Malaysia and Turkey. Ability to read Malay or Turkish will be highly appreciated but is not necessary. The second is a shorter project on an aspect of international animal law. Some familiarity with the field of animal law will be helpful.

Collaborate with Faculty as an Instructional Technology Fellow

The HLS Library’s Teaching, Learning & Curriculum Solutions group is seeking tech-savvy students to work with several HLS professors on implementing innovative instructional technology in their teaching. In particular, we are seeking students with any of the following skills: HTML/CSS/web design, graphic design, video editing, animation, PHP/SQL and/or Java programming, wiki editing (especially Confluence Wiki), photography, and/or experience with the iSites learning management system. The position pays $17 per hour, and is typically 7-10 hours per week. For more information, or to submit an application, contact Karen Storin Linitz, Senior Learning Technologies Manager at  kslinitz at law.harvard.edu or 617-496-2129.

Seeking Research Assistance for U.S. Detention Law Project – Deadline Extended

The Harvard Law School National Security Research Committee (NSRC) is seeking students to conduct research on U.S. detention law, as part of an on-going project in partnership with the Brookings Institution. NSRC will track habeas corpus cases for terrorism detainees to update a paper entitled “The Emerging Law of Detention 2.0: The Guantánamo Habeas Cases as Lawmaking,” (available here: http://www.law.harvard.edu/programs/abou…). Project participants will also have the opportunity to conduct original research on related topics to expand the paper and create additional content for the website of the HLS-Brookings Project for Law and Security.

Participation in the project should not require more than a few hours of research per week, although more time may occasionally be required. Contributors may have the opportunity to extend their work on the project into the spring semester. Interested students should send an email, including a resume and a statement of interest, to Miranda Dugi ( mdugi at jd12.law.harvard.edu) and Will Marra ( wmarra at jd12.law.harvard.edu), no later than 5pm on September 30, 2011.

Apply to In Vino Veritas!


Interested in learning about wines firsthand from experts, including some of the world’s best winemakers?

Then In Vino Veritas is the club for you. As Harvard Law School’s wine society, we’ll be introducing students of all experience levels to the world of wines through tastings, wine-paired dinners, and wine receptions. We encourage everybody with an interest in wine to apply. The application can be found online at http://hlsorgs.com/vino/.

Or, if you’d like more information, come to our general club info session this Thursday, September 22 in Pound 102 from 12:00 PM-12:45 PM.