HLS TaxHelp

You are invited to join TaxHelp, an HLS student organization that helps low-income people complete their income tax returns February through April 15.  Students can get their 40 hours of required pro bono hours through volunteering on Fridays or Saturdays throughout the spring tax season at the Cambridge Public Library or on your own schedule at the Cambridge Multi-Service Center in Central Square.

Optional orientation and information session for TaxHelp will be December 1 from noon to 1 PM in Pound 204; pizza lunch will be provided.  The orientation will give a brief introduction about the organization and the next steps required to volunteer.

More in-depth tax training will occur on Saturday, December 3 from 10 AM to 2 PM –  Sever Hall 106, Harvard Yard.  Lunch provided.  No prior tax knowledge is required.  Another training in Somerville will be held in January for those unable to attend this training.

If you are interested in TaxHelp or have any questions, please email  hls.taxhelp at gmail.com, and please consider coming out to our optional orientation on December 1. More information about the organization is also available at   Posted in General Interest

Craft Fair

The HLS Craft Fair will take place this Thursday, December 1 from 12-2 in Ropes Gray. Please email dos@law if you or a member of your family has crafts to sell (you can also take orders if you have some items for display).

Trial Team Tryouts

The Criminal Justice Section of the American Bar Association and the John Marshall Law School are sponsoring the Nineteenth Annual National Criminal Justice Trial Advocacy Competition in Chicago on March 29-31, 2012.  Harvard has participated in the competition since its inception and has been the champion, a finalist and semi-finalist in past years.

Four HLS students will compete against teams from nineteen other law schools trying a criminal case.  Each team will participate in three preliminary mock trials, after which the highest-scoring teams will proceed to the semi-finals and then to the championship round.  Students on the team will act as counsel and/or witnesses for their teammates in each round. All students will have the opportunity to serve as counsel in at least one round.  Clinical instructors from the Criminal Justice Institute will serve as coaches for the trial team.

Interested students should pick up tryout materials from the CJI office located on the third floor of Austin Hall and select a tryout time slot on the posted schedule in the office.

The trial team will be selected after “try-outs.”  Tryouts will be held on Thursday, December 1st and Friday, December 2nd, 2011. Complete an application and submit it at the time you sign up for a time slot.  Tryout materials and a sign-up sheet for trying out will be available on Monday, November 21st at 4pm at the CJI office. Please feel free to call the Criminal Justice Institute at 6-8143 if you have questions.

Thanksgiving cab share

Taking a cab to Logan Airport for Thanksgiving travel?

Share a cab and save money – and help reduce carbon emissions!

Use this spreadsheet to coordinate cab sharing with other students leaving at the same time: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AmApGCShlLEidEZ1OWpBUi11eEtCMlNIdWNUVk1CU3c

Brought to you by the Green Living Program, Student Government and the Dean of Students Office. If you have any general questions about this, you can email Katy Yang at kyang@jd12.law.harvard.edu.

Teaching Opportunity with Youth Advocacy Center: Self-Advocacy Skills Course

Concerned about helping youth learn the self-advocacy skills they need to be successful?
Interested in leading a seminar right here on the HLS campus using the Socratic method? This opportunity could be for you!

The Getting Beyond the System seminar is a twelve week course that uses the Socratic method to teach self-advocacy skills to disadvantaged youth, particularly those involved with the foster care or juvenile justice systems. The program is run by the New-York based Youth Advocacy Center and has been taught at HLS for several semesters with the support of the HLS CAP program. We’re seeking another law student who is interested in getting involved as a co-facilitator for Spring 2012 and taking over as the lead facilitator in Fall 2012.

At the Youth Advocacy Center our mission is to help disadvantaged young people, primarily older teens involved with the foster care or juvenile justice systems, prepare for the transition to successful adulthood and independence.   We do this, in part, through our Getting Beyond the System® (GBS) Self-Advocacy seminar, which we developed based on legal advocacy and education principles.

Since 2008 YAC has been working with Harvard Law students to offer the GBS seminar on the HLS campus for Boston-area youths.  The seminar was featured in a profile of YAC co-founder Betsy Krebs (HLS ’87) in a past issue of the Harvard Law Bulletin.  It is now also offered at Columbia, Hofstra and New York Law Schools among other locations.

In the GBS Seminar a group of about 10 students meets for 2.5 hours once a week for a semester.  A trained facilitator uses the Socratic Method and YAC’s published case-study curriculum to guide discussion and help the youths develop critical-thinking, analytical and self-advocacy skills.  As a final project, each student conducts an informational interview with an accomplished professional in the local community in the career field of the student’s choice.  Through these interviews the students have a chance to gain concrete education and career advice, practice their new skills and begin to build a network of contacts “beyond the system.”

The GBS Seminar at Harvard is currently being facilitated by Marquita James (2L).  We are now looking for a student to facilitate the seminar in Fall 2012. S/he would participate in the seminar as co-facilitator during the Spring 2012 semester and take over leadership in Fall 2012.  Interested students should contact Ann Shalof (HLS ’90), Associate Director, at  ashalof at youthadvocacycenter.org and/or Marquita James at  mjames at jd11.law.harvard.edu.

20th Annual Duberstein Moot Court Competition

St. John’s School of Law and the American Bankruptcy Institute are pleased to sponsor the 20th Annual Hon. Conrad B. Duberstein Bankruptcy Moot Court Competition

Saturday, March 10 – Monday, March 12, 2012

Preliminary and Octo-final Rounds
Saturday, March 10, 2012
Sunday, March 11, 2012
St. John’s School of Law

Quarter, Semi and Final Rounds
Monday, March 12, 2012
The Conrad B. Duberstein U.S. Bankruptcy Courthouse
Brooklyn, New York

Gala Awards Banquet
Monday, March 12, 2012
Pier Sixty
Chelsea Piers
New York, NY

Competitor Information
Official Duberstein Rules
Competitor Registration Brochure

Registration Deadline
The registration deadline is Monday, November 21, 2011. Please fax your registration form to Maureen Mulligan at (718) 990-8300 or mail it to:

Maureen Mulligan
Associate Director
Office of Special Events
St. John’s School of Law
8000 Utopia Parkway
Queens, N.Y. 11439

More Information
Competition:  LLM@stjohns.edu.
Gala Awards Banquet:  duberstein@stjohns.edu
Our past Duberstein Competitions.

We invite you to learn more about the Center for Bankruptcy Studies and the LL.M. in Bankruptcy Program at St. John’s School of Law.

Nonprofit Incorporation Workshop December 6

Interested in volunteering to assist nonprofits with incorporation and other matters?  Several slots are being held for HLS students to attend this workshop offered by Goodwin Procter.  HLS students could be matched up with private firm pro bono attorneys and a nonprofit client after the session. Eligible for pro bono credit.

Nonprofit Incorporation 
Tuesday, December 6, 2011   4:30 – 6:30 pm 
Goodwin Procter LLP, 53 State Street, Boston.  
Are you a leader of an existing nonprofit organization or have an interest in creating a new one?  Do you have questions and concerns about incorporating and/or filing for tax-exempt status?  All nonprofit start-ups are invited to attend this legal seminar for nonprofits, led by two experienced nonprofit attorneys.  At this group session, we will assist your organization in understanding the complicated processes of formalizing a nonprofit in Massachusetts by addressing questions regarding:
•       For-Profit or Not-for-Profit?
•       What is a Not-for-Profit?
•       Incorporating & Structuring the Not-for-Profit
•       State Reporting & Regulation 
•       Federal Tax Exemption 
•       Ongoing IRS Reporting & Regulation  
To RSVP, email  lbranson at law.harvard.edu  Registration deadline December 2. Space is limited.
Please note that registration is required for security clearance.       
This seminar is a joint project of the Lawyers Clearinghouse and the Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts of Massachusetts, hosted by Goodwin Procter LLP.

Become a Green Cup Captain for your Section!

The Green Living Program is looking for volunteer captains to lead their sections to GREEN victory in the HLS 1L Green Cup!

About the Green Cup:
Now in its second year, the Green Cup pits 1L sections against each other to compete to achieve the highest participation in sustainability awareness-building challenges throughout the year. We are looking for 1 volunteer Green Cup Captain for each section to forward competition information to his or her section and rally classmates’ participation!  Becoming a Green Cup Captain is a great way to gain exposure to your section-mates and requires no prior experience – just a great attitude and an interest in making our campus more sustainable. 

The Green Cup Challenges:
•       “Like” sustainability
•       Reducing junk mail
•       Water taste-tests
•       Bringing re-useable beverage containers to class
•       Wearing green on earth day
•       And more!

The prize:
Eternal glory and $500 for your section!
The volunteer time commitment:
One introductory meeting in late October/Early November.
30 min – 1 hour each month

If you are interested in being your section’s Green Cup Captain, or want to learn more, please send an email with your section # to  djochnowitz at jd13.law.harvard.edu.

Rule of Law and Human Rights Forum

National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy

Students’ Research Society “Scholaris”

Law School


Third international academic and practice forum

«The rule of law and human rights»

(a compilation of articles will be issued)

April, 14 th – 15th


Kyiv, Ukraine





Working languages:

– Ukrainian;

– English;

– Russian (for foreigners).

The clearest way to show

what the rule of law means to us in everyday life

 is to recall what has happened

 when there is no rule of law.”

Dwight David Eisenhower




Dear colleagues! We welcome students, young researchers scholars and attorneys interested in presenting their works in the following sections:



1.                   Historical and Theoretical Aspects of the Rule of Law

2.                  Rule of Law in Human Rights Approach

3.                  The Rule of Law in Public Relations

4.                  The Rule of Law in Private Relations

5.                  The Rule of Law in International Law


To participate please send the following materials before 1st of March, 2011:

  • An application form (see sample in app 1 );
  • Your paper (requirements and sample see in app 2 and app 3 );

To the following e-mail address: forum.kma@gmail.com



Ø    Compendiums will be printed out before the beginning of Forum and handed in to participants on the closing ceremony;

Ø    The Organizing Committee (OC) reserves the right to choose the participants based on the importance and quality of research conducted;

Ø    Participation fee is 150 UAH for participants from Ukraine and 20 euros for participants from the other countries;

Ø    The participation fee includes printing of the booklets, coffee-breaks and the preparing the closing party;

Ø    The participation fee doesn’t include travel and food expenses and accommodation (if you want OC to help you in finding affordable accommodation, please write it in your application form);

Ø    Please inform us about your arrival (date and time, train and train car number, etc) in advance, preferably in 7 days before the beginning of Forum.


Contacts of the Organizing Committee



Bronislav Totskyi

+38 063 617 89 00



Dean’s office, Law Department of NaUKMA

+38 044 425 60 73



We look forward to seeing you at the forum!

Regards, the Organizing Committee


Appendix1. Sample for the application form

Application form

First name                    _______________

Second name                ______________

Scholar degree              ______________

Academic institution      ______________

Department (School)     ______________

Year of study                ______________

Research topic              ______________

Section                         ______________

Address                                   ______________

Phone number              ______________

Е-mail                          _______________


assistance –                   _______________

Full name, scholar degree and contacts of the head of

academic institution       _______________

Full name, scholar degree and contacts of the head

of department              _______________










Appendix2. Requirements to the paper


  • text saved in Microsoft Word for Windows;
  • length – up to 20 000 signs (including references)
  • margins – top, bottom, right – 15 mm, left – 20 mm
  • font – Times New Roman, size – 14
  • spacing between the lines – 1,5 
  • the file name should include the participants’ second name written in Latin Alphabet

Research Assistant/Professor Goldsmith

Professor Goldsmith is seeking research assistance for a project involving the biography of Jimmy Hoffa and the history of the Teamsters union.  The research will involve labor history, labor law, the history of and regulation of organized crime, and related topics.  Please send a resume and statement of interest to Professor Goldsmith’s assistant, Jan Qashat,  qashat at law.harvard.edu.

The Indigenous Law Journal Call for Submissions

The Indigenous Law Journal
Volume 11

Call for Submissions

Deadline: January 16, 2012

The Indigenous Law Journal is dedicated to developing dialogue and scholarship in the field of Indigenous legal issues, both within Canada and internationally. We encourage submissions from all perspectives on these issues. Our central concerns are Indigenous legal systems and the interaction of other legal systems with Indigenous peoples.
We are the only legal periodical in Canada with this focus. We welcome the addition of your voice to the discussion.

Submissions must conform to the Canadian Guide to Uniform Legal Citation, 7th Edition.
For full details on the submissions process and student awards, please see:
 www.indigenouslawjournal.org or send submissions to  submissions.ilj at utoronto.ca

Please address questions to Justin Basinger & Erin Pavan, Co-Editors-in-Chief:
 indiglaw.journal at utoronto.ca

Upcoming application deadlines for winter term international travel grants

Please note the upcoming application deadlines for winter term international travel grants:

Monday, November 7 for JD and LLM students conducting Independent and Continuing Clinicals, and for JD students conducting Winter Term Writing Program projects

Monday, November 21 for LLM students conducting Winter Term Writing Program projects

Grant applications should be submitted to International Legal Studies in Lewis 231.  For more information, see:   Posted in Fellowships

Tax Avoidance vs. Tax Planning: An EU Perspective

The title for the lunch presentation is: “Tax Avoidance vs. Tax Planning: An EU Perspective” and the presenter is Patricia Lampreave, Professor of Tax Law at the University Complutense (Spain) and Professor of European Tax Policy at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium). This is a brown-bag lunch event (guests bring their own lunch).

12pm, November 10, 2011, Lewis 302

State Bar of California 2012 Competition for Student Papers in Criminal Law and/or Criminal Procedure



The Criminal Law Section of the State Bar of California is pleased to announce its Fourth Annual Competition for Student Papers in Criminal Law and/or Criminal Procedure



♦       $500 cash prize

♦       The Grand Prize –winning paper will be published in the Criminal Law Journal, the official quarterly publication of the Criminal Law Section of the State Bar of California

♦       One-year student membership in the Criminal Law Section


♦       $150 cash prize

♦       Each of the papers awarded Honorable Mention status will be published in the Criminal Law Journal, the official quarterly publication of the Criminal Law Section of the State Bar of California

♦       One-year student membership in the Criminal Law Section


To be eligible for consideration, the paper must be written solely by a student enrolled in law school at the time the author submits a paper to this Competition.


The paper must pertain to criminal law and/or to criminal procedure, with a particular focus on contemporary issues of concern in the State of California.  The paper should be original and scholarly.  It should be appropriately and carefully annotated to reflect the authorities that support the author’s opinions and findings, and upon which the author otherwise relies.

Papers should be between 1,500 and 4,000 words in length, including any citations, and should follow the citation style of The Blue Book: A Uniform System of Citation.  Papers that have previously been published in a book, journal, magazine, or newspaper are not eligible.

Papers submitted to the Competition must be in Word format and sent by e-mail attachment to each of the Criminal Law Journal co-editors:

Lani Biafore (BiaforeL@sacda.org) and Anne Perry ( Anne.Perry2 at usdoj.gov)

Papers submitted to the 2012 Criminal Law Section Student Paper Competition must be e-mailed no later than midnight, February 29, 2012.  Submissions must be accompanied by an e-mail cover letter verifying the author’s current law school enrollment and authorizing the Criminal Law Section of the State Bar to publish the paper in the Criminal Law Journal.


The papers will be judged on their originality and informational value, as well as the quality of the author’s legal research, writing and analysis.  The decision of the judges is final.  Papers must be of publishable quality, and the Criminal Law Section reserves the right not to award one or more of the listed prizes, if, in the sole opinion of the judges, the papers submitted in the Competition do not meet its standards.

The Criminal Law Section reserves the right to edit the papers that are selected for publication.

For information about the Criminal Law Section see:


Elihu Root reading room-Library

Due to a major construction project involving the Harvard Law School Library’s Historical & Special Collections stack areas, all of HSC’s early manuscripts and books (including the Red Set) will be unavailable to researchers from November 24, 2011 through July 31, 2012, except as follows.

If you wish to visit HSC to consult specific books or early manuscripts during this time period, please email us by Friday, November 11, 2011 and give us the HOLLIS library catalog numbers of the materials you wish to use. We will reserve these materials in our reading room and will not send them offsite with the rest of the collection, and you may consult them by appointment as described below.

Because large portions of our collection will be unavailable to staff as well as researchers, our ability to answer reference questions will be limited. If you do have a question, please emailspecialc@law.harvard.edu and we will do our best to assist you.

During this time, it will still be possible to consult modern manuscripts and portions of the visual materials collection by appointment, Monday – Friday between 10 am and 5 pm. Please arrange an appointment and request all materials two business days in advance of your visit. For more information, consult the webpage “Planning Your Visit,” or email us.

We expect to resume normal operations on August 1, 2012, though circumstances beyond our control may dictate a change in this schedule; announcements will be posted as necessary. We recognize that this process is inconvenient for everyone, and we thank you for your patience and cooperation.


Individual Advanced Research Opportunities Program (IARO)  

Deadline: November 16

Short Term Travel Grants Program (STG)

Deadline: February 1

IREX is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for the 2012-2013 Individual Advanced Research Opportunities Program and Short Term Travel Grants Program.

These research support programs offer US scholars and professionals the opportunity to conduct policy-relevant research in Eastern Europe and Eurasia. Researchers are also able to increase their understanding of current regional issues, develop and sustain international networks, and directly contribute to the formation of US public policy by conducting research on topics vital to the academic and policy-making communities. The fellowships provide logistical support, international airfare, a living/housing stipend, visa support, emergency evacuation insurance, and, in many countries, field office support.


The Individual Advanced Research Opportunities Program (IARO) provides students, scholars and professionals with support to conduct policy-relevant field research in the countries of Eastern Europe and Eurasia.

**Eligibility: Master’s students, predoctoral students, postdoctoral scholars, and professionals with advanced degrees are eligible. Applicants must be US citizens.

** Information and application: http://www.irex.org/project/individual-advanced-research-opportunities-iaro

**Deadline:  5 p.m. EST on November 16, 2011

**Contact: By email at iaro@irex.org or by telephone at 202-628-8188


The Short-Term Travel Grants Program (STG) is a short-term, flexible program for postdoctoral scholars and professionals to conduct targeted, policy-relevant research in Eastern Europe and Eurasia.

**Eligibility: Postdoctoral scholars and professionals with advanced degrees are eligible. Applicants must be US citizens.

** Information and application: http://www.irex.org/project/short-term-travel-grants-stg

**Deadline:  5 p.m. EST on February 1, 2012

**Contact: By email at stg@irex.org or by telephone at 202-628-8188


We encourage all applicants to read our recommendations for writing successful international research proposals, found here: http://www.irex.org/news/10-tips-writing-successful-international-research-fellowship-proposal


Countries Eligible for Research:

Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan

IARO and STG are funded by the US Department of State Title VIII Program.