MIT Energy Ventures Seeking HLS Students — Fall 2012

Want to join the greatest generation of energy entrepreneurs yet at the hub of energy innovation? Apply for Energy Ventures today!

APPLY NOW for MIT’s 15.366: Energy Ventures (Fall 2012)

Thursdays: 5:30 pm – 8 pm

Fridays: 9 am – 10:30 am


Successful companies founded through the class include FastCAP Systems, Altaeros Energies, KWhOURS, Covalent Solar, OsComp Systems, kWattHours, Pellion, XL Hybrids, and CoolChip Technologies.  Energy Ventures teams have performed exceptionally well in business plan competitions after the class has been completed.  Last academic year, teams from the class went on to win the MIT Clean Energy Prize, the Berkeley-Stanford Cleantech Launchpad, and the energy track of the Rice Business Plan Competition.

Energy Ventures is a project- and lecture-based course during which teams of students create a new business in the energy sector. Student teams form during the first three weeks of the class (comprised of engineering, policy, and business students), and work together to write a business plan throughout the remainder of the semester.

Apply ASAP; Applications will be considered on a rolling basis:

1. Send an email with subject heading “Energy Ventures Application” to both of the class TA: Adam Borelli ( aborelli at Submissions with a different subject will not be considered.

2. Include as an attachment to the email (PDF format; please title it “[First initial Last Name] – Background” (e.g. “ABorelli – Background”)):

*prior energy- and/or entrepreneurship-relevant experience
*personal statement of interest (why you want to be in the class)
*any prior activity in the Cambridge energy community

3. Attach your resume or CV (PDF format). Please title is “[First Initial Last Name] – resume” (e.g. “ABorelli – Resume”).

4. **Optional: If you would like to bring a technology to the class (NOT a requirement), include a statement describing:
the technology
stage of development
any current researchers and/or faculty affiliated with the project

Please include this as an attachment to the e-mail in PDF format. Please title it “[First Initial Last name] – Optional” (e.g. “ABorelli – Optional”).

If you’re interested in learning more about the course please feel free to email Jake Levine (HLS ’13) for info:  jlevine at

Green New York Clinic Applications

The 2012-2013 Green New York clinic is now accepting applications!  This clinical program works in conjunction with the New York City Law Department to address the legal problems that New York City confronts in undertaking the efforts of PlaNYC.  PlaNYC is an ambitious urban agenda that involves a major focus on environmental issues, ranging from reducing the city’s impact on climate change to dealing with waterways and brownfields. Students work under the supervision of New York City Law Department attorneys to conduct legal research and draft memos.


The clinical program consists of a Fall seminar (2 credits) and Spring clinic (2 credits).


Admission is with the permission of the instructor. To apply, email Professor David Barron ( and describe your interest in the program and any relevant academic or professional experience. Applications are considered on a rolling basis. Interested students are encouraged to apply as early as possible.


Summer Research Assistant for Elisabeth de Fontenay

Ms. de Fontenay is seeking a research assistant for the summer, possibly continuing into the 2012-2013 academic year.  Her current research projects are in the fields of Corporate Finance and Financial Institutions.  Interested students should contact Ms. de Fontenay at  edefontenay at  Familiarity with quantitative methods and statistical analysis would be helpful, but is not required.  Please indicate how much time you wish to devote to RA work over the summer; no specific schedule is required.

2012 Writing Competition Sponsored by the Boston Patent Law Association

Writing Competition

Sponsored by the

Boston Patent Law Association


1st Prize:  $1000

2nd Prize:  $500


The BPLA is once again holding its annual Writing Competition.  Law students are encouraged to submit papers on a subject relating to intellectual property law.  The requirements for eligibility are outlined below.


Judges will consider the merits of the article as a contribution to the knowledge respecting intellectual property law and the extent to which it displays original and creative thought or information not previously published or available.


Contest Rules:


  • Articles must have been written solely by a student or students either in full-time attendance at a law school (day or evening) within the jurisdiction of the First Federal Judiciary Circuit or prepared in connection with a course at a law school situated in the First Circuit.
  • Articles must have been written or published between September 1, 2011 and August 31, 2012.
  • Articles must be submitted to the Boston Patent Law Association on or before September 30, 2012.
  • Papers should be no more than the equivalent of ten (10) law review pages including footnotes (30-40 pages typed copy).
  • Submission of five (5) copies or a .pdf file is required.
  • Submissions must include the submitter’s name, current address, current telephone number, law school, and employment information (if applicable).


Please send articles to:


Rory P. Pheiffer, Esq.

Boston Patent Law Association

c/o Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP
Seaport West
155 Seaport Boulevard
Boston, MA  02210


Phone:   (617) 439-2879

Fax:       (617) 310-9879

Email:     rpp at


Please e-mail  bplawriting at if you have any questions.

HHRJ Seeking Student Writing for Publication

The Harvard Human Rights Journal is currently accepting student submissions for our 26th Volume! HRJ typically publishes three different types of student writing: student notes (10,000-15,000 words, similar to a full journal article), recent developments (2,500-5,000 word commentaries on recent court cases or legislative developments), and book reviews (700-1,000 words; check our office bookshelf in the WCC 3rd floor Journals wing or send us an email!). We are on the search for all three types of pieces.

**Please note a change of policy: we WILL be accepting student submissions from recent graduates of the class of 2012.**

We will accept student writing submissions on a rolling basis until August 10, 2012. HRJ is unique in the diversity of types of pieces it publishes – we cover a vast array of human rights-related topics, so if you have already written a paper for a class that is related to human rights in any way, send it our way. Of course, we also enthusiastically welcome any piece you’d like to start from scratch!

Please send your submissions to the Student Writing Editors, Madison Condon ( mcondon at and Connie Sung ( csung at, who are also available to answer questions and work with you throughout the writing process. We look forward to hearing from you!

Sub-citer Wanted- for report on political expression, assembly rights, and various U.S. cities’ responses to Occupy movement

Clinical Instructor and Lecturer on Law Deborah Popowski seeks a student to assist with sub-citing a report on political expression, assembly rights, and various U.S. cities’ responses to Occupy movement actions throughout the country. This sub-citing will be a minimum of 20 hours of work, with the likelihood of more work hours available, for the week of 6/18-6/22. Work will be paid at normal RA rate. Interested students should email a resume, short statement of interest, and their availability to Kaitlyn Hennigan,  khennigan at