Gary Bellow Public Service Award Nomintion Deadline Extended to 2/29



We’d like to invite you to nominate an HLS student and/or alumnus/a for the Gary Bellow Public Service Award. It’s easy to do!


The Gary Bellow Public Service Award was created in 2001 in honor of Professor Gary Bellow. Professor Bellow was the founder and former faculty director of Harvard Law School’s Clinical Programs. Two awards are given annually by the student body of Harvard Law School to one HLS student and one HLS alumnus/a whose commitment to social justice and excellence in public interest work embody the spirit of Gary Bellow’s work and make us proud to be a part of the HLS community. The awards process is completely student-run.


Please nominate individuals whose work in social justice and public interest inspires you. Any HLS student, affiliate, or alumnus may make nominations, and you may nominate yourself, a fellow student, or an alumnus. Email completed nominations to

Nominations are due Wednesday, February 29, 2012, by 9 p.m. The format for the nomination email is below.


If you have any questions, please email


Thank you!


Jessica Levin and Stephanie Davidson


Gary Bellow Public Service Award Co-Chairs

$1500 Yong K. Kim ’95 Memorial Prize: papers due April 27 to EALS

The Yong K. Kim ’95 Memorial Prize was established by the East Asian Legal Studies program in memory of Yong K. Kim A.B.’92, J.D. ’95 through the generosity of his parents, Professor and Mrs. Joe H. Kim, his family, and many friends at and beyond the Law School. A prize of $1,500 is awarded to the student who makes the most significant contribution to the life of the Law School’s East Asian Legal Studies program. That contribution may take several forms. It may entail authorship of a paper concerning the law or legal history of the nations and peoples of East Asia, or legal issues concerning international relations in the region or with the United States. Alternatively, it may entail active and creative participation in EALS and the fostering of understanding at Harvard Law School regarding East Asia and its interaction with the U.S. The prize recipient should also possess Yong Kim’s interest in and enthusiasm for fostering U.S.-East Asian understanding

and plan a career that will further advance these interests. Papers may be written in conjunction with a course or seminar or as an independent study project at the Law School. Papers should be submitted to the East Asian Legal Studies office (Austin 301) by April 27, 2012. For further information, please contact  Professor William Alford. Website:

Alford RA for summer, Chinese language required

Professor Alford wishes to hire a research assistant for the summer. The position would include working with Professor Alford to identify reading materials for a new class offering on China’s role in the international legal order and world affairs more generally, and assisting in research on various projects concerning contemporary Chinese law, modern Chinese legal history, and the legal profession in Asia more generally. Ideally, applicants should have strong Chinese language skills, imagination, and a willingness to work on matters both concrete and abstract. Hours are flexible but would be at least twenty per week. Applicants should submit a CV, a cover letter regarding their experience in conducting research and their attributes for this position, and the names of one of more Harvard faculty members willing to be a reference. Materials should be submitted to Professor Alford (alford) with a copy to Ms. Emma Johnson (johnson) at your earliest convenience and, in any event, no later than March 9.


Important Harvard University Housing Updates

If you currently live in Harvard University Housing, you will receive an email in early March regarding the termination/extension of your lease. Please read it carefully, as it contains important information regarding your lease, and your online response is necessary.

If you would like to live in Harvard University Housing and want to choose from the largest inventory, please submit an application on our web site,, between March 1 and May 1. Availability is more limited at other times, although applications are accepted year-round.

Apartments with lease start dates of June 4 and earlier will be posted on our Currently Available list from early April on. Apartments with later lease start dates will be rented during the on-line View/Select window period starting in early May.

Here are just a few of the many reasons to consider making your home with Harvard University Housing:

  • We offer a wide variety of properties located near the graduate schools.
  • Heat, hot water, and electricity are included in the rent.
  • No security deposit, application fee, or finder’s fee required.
  • You can share your Harvard University Housing apartment with another Harvard affiliate to reduce housing costs. Visit to view and post free listings.

Visit to learn more.

Questions? Send an email to

Enter the First-Ever U.S. Supreme Court Prediction Competition Sponsored by Bloomberg Law and SCOTUSblog for a Chance to Win $5,000

The Supreme Court Prediction Competition sponsored by Bloomberg Law and SCOTUSblog gives you the opportunity to compete against the experts at SCOTUSblog in predicting how United States Supreme Court cases and cert. petitions will be decided!

Teams of law students will use the first-class resources available on Bloomberg Law and SCOTUSblog—including opinions, Supreme Court briefs, justice profiles and statutes—to perform the research to make their predictions for cases and cert. petitions that will be considered by the Court in April 2012.

The winning team receives a minimum cash prize of $2,500. If the winning team also beats the experts at SCOTUSblog, the prize doubles to a total of $5,000.

Registration Deadline: March 2.
Sign up on to compete alone or in a team of up to 5 students from your school.

Training Deadline: March 9.
Participants must complete a Bloomberg Law training session designed to show you the content and tools that will be used in this competition. Then, visit and to perform your research.

Pick Submission Deadline: April 10.
Submit your picks on

For more information on how to participate and official rules, visit



The 2012-2013 HLS On Campus Housing Application is now available to all current 1Ls, 2Ls, and SJDs. Returning students must fill out this application by 5:00 pm on March 18, 2012, to be included in the HLS housing lottery. Students who fill out the form after the March 18th deadline will automatically be placed on the waitlist. The housing application is available here:


Cancellation Policy
Completion of this application is not a binding contract. Students can participate in the lottery and room selection process without being subject to any cancellation fees should they decide to decline their on campus housing. For further details about our cancellations policies, please review this website:


HLS Apartments
This housing application is for both the HLS dorms (Gropius, Hastings, and North) as well as the HLS Apartments (3 Mellen St, Baker Hall, 1637 Mass Ave). There are separate lottery numbers and room selection periods for the HLS dorms and the HLS apartments. To participate in either or both of these lotteries, returning students only need to fill out the housing application once. Here are the dates for both lottery processes for returning students:


For further information about the HLS Apartment lottery process:


Harvard University Housing

Please note that Harvard Real Estate Services (HRES) has officially changed its name to Harvard University Housing (HUH). The HUH application period is March 1st through May 1st. Students are welcome to apply for both the HLS lottery and the HUH lottery. For more information or to apply for HUH housing:


HLS Lottery and Room Selection FAQ
For more information about the HLS Lottery and Room Selection Process, please see the following FAQ:


Contact Hayley Brown at in the Dean of Students office with any

Negotiation in the News: Defusing Nuclear Tension in Iran

February 28, 12-1:00pm
Wasserstein 3007

Join Chad Carr, Clinical Instructor in the Harvard Negotiation & Mediation Clinical Program (HNMCP), for the second in this new brown bag lunchtime series of conversations about current events & negotiation practices facilitated by the faculty of HNMCP.

Upcoming brown bags in the series:
March 23: Rory Van Loo
April 10: Jeremy McClane

Paid Summer Research Assistant Position for Professor Lazarus

Professor Richard Lazarus is looking to hire a current HLS law student for a full time paid research assistant position this summer.  Applicants should be able to work a minimum of eight weeks, beginning in late May or early June.  To apply, students should submit a resume and transcript to his assistant, Kimberly O’Hagan ( kohagan at, along with a short statement of interest. Please include, if applicable, any particular interest or background you have in environmental law and/or the U.S. Supreme Court.


 Clinical Director/Professor Wendy Jacobs seeks a Research Assistant to work approximately 30 hours per week (flexible) during the summer. This is a paid position.  Ideally, work would begin in May 2012 and conclude by early/middle of August 2012.  The RA will work on several complex and important clinic projects relating to, inter alia, development of policies for drilling in the Arctic, lifecycle analyses of tar sands oil and solar power systems, and comments on regulations governing hydraulic fracturing for natural gas across the U.S.  In addition, the RA will help develop a case study for the siting and permitting of a large, off-shore wind farm. 

Applicants should have some grounding in environmental and administrative law, a strong academic record, excellent legal research and writing skills, and be well organized, detail-oriented and responsive.

To apply, please submit a resume, transcript, the names and contact information for two references, and a short statement of interest (no more than 2 pages) describing your relevant experience to:

Wendy B. Jacobs, Clinical Director and Professor
Environmental Law & Policy Clinic
Harvard Law School
6 Everett Street, Suite 4119
Cambridge, MA  02138
Phone:  617-496-3368
Email:   wjacobs at 

The deadline for applications is March 7.  Please also send a copy of your application materials to  jcalahong at

The Harvard-to-Harvard Arts Symposium

The Harvard-to-Harvard Arts Symposium is a conference that will bring together Harvard students from the Law School and the School of Education through a series of collaborative arts-based workshops. We’re looking for workshop leaders to conduct introductory 45-minute workshops on topics related to: 


    •  Wellness and Mindfulness 
    • Innovation, Creativity and Inspiration
    • Team-Building and Problem Solving


 If you have a skill you wish to share, and you think you can lead a fun, inclusive, collaborative, participatory activity that will inspire any and all types of students, we want you! For example, if you wanted to lead a workshop about how negotiation tools can help groups problem-solve, that would be great! The more creative, the better.  

Interested? The conference is on Saturday, March 31, 2012! See the attached request for proposals for more information and to sign up! We look forward to hearing from you! 


Joel Knopf – HLS 2013

Val Heron-Duranti – HGSE 2012

OPEN CALL for 2012 Summer Documentary Proposals

Doing something cool this summer? Want to turn it into a documentary?

The Harvard Law Documentary Studio is now accepting project proposals for our 2012 Summer Projects. We’d like to support these Summer Projects by providing the student filmmaker with equipment (Panasonic DVX 100 camera, shotgun mic, tripod, boom pole and/or wireless lav mic), basic technical training prior to the summer, and potentially some financial support. After the summer, a film would continue to receive training and workshop support as one of our 2012-13 Annual Projects.

No experience is necessary, but filmmakers must be enrolled students on campus for the 2012-13 academic year. (*Keep in mind that if you’re working at a summer job, and your film proposal isn’t related to your work, you still might have some time before or after your job to take on a short film project.)

* Proposals are due by 5pm on Friday, March 30. Email us ( harvardlawdocs at with questions. Learn more about the Harvard Law Documentary Studio here:
Application form and more information:

Talk by Elizabeth Kolbert, “Journalism, Advocacy and the Environment”

Harvard Environmental Law Review and the Harvard Environmental Law Society present Elizabeth Kolbert, on Journalism, Advocacy and the Environment.  Come hear the author of the 2006 best-seller Field Notes from a Catastrophe and staff writer at the New Yorker speak about her experience as a climate change journalist, where she sees the politics and policy of environmentalism heading in the run-up to the 2012 elections, and the risks of unconventional fuel development in the U.S. and abroad.  Tuesday, February 28th, Austin West, 12-1, Felipe’s Burritos.

Kathy Griffin, Seth Meyers, and Second City Tickets for Sale!!

The Dean of Students Office has purchased blocks of tickets for some comedy shows at the Wilbur Theatre, and we are offering them to students at a discounted price. Here is what we have:


Show Date Time Price General Location
Kathy Griffin 03/24 9:45 pm $45 Balc C Center
Second City Tour 03/30 7:30 pm $20 Front Mezz Left
Seth Meyers 04/28 7:00 pm $30 Balc C Left


For a general idea of where the seats are located: 

If you would like to see exactly what seats are available and/or purchase tickets, you may do so in the Dean of Students office (WCC 3039). You can pay with cash, check, or credit card.


Limit is 2 tickets per student.


For more information about the Wilbur Theatre:

Announcing the Jack T. Litman Fellowship Program

Harvard Defenders is now accepting applications for the Litman Summer Fellowship Program. Fellows have the unique opportunity to handle all their own cases and advocate for their clients in the Boston area’s criminal courts. Fellows will also write an academic paper under the supervision of a faculty member. Fellows will be awarded $1000 in addition to SPIF funding. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to dstern@jd13 and jmachlin@jd13. Information about the Fellowship can be found at:

Building the Digital Public Library of America

Building the Digital Public Library of America

We now have the technology to create the greatest library the world has ever known, and to bring it within clicking distance of virtually every person on earth — at least everyone on the Internet.

On Friday, March 2, Harvard Library Strategic Conversations will sponsor a program entitled “Building the Digital Public Library of America.”

Featured speakers, Prof. Robert Darnton and Prof. John G. Palfrey, will discuss the Digital Public Library of America project from its beginnings up to the current date.

The program will be held at 3:00 pm in the Ames Courtroom of Austin Hall, on the campus of Harvard Law School.

Send questions to Lisa at  Ljunghahn at