Summer Counsel Positions

The Harvard Legal Aid Bureau is seeking Harvard 1L’s and 2L’s for Summer Counsel Positions.

As a Summer Counsel, you will have the opportunity to:
-Litigate cases in Massachusetts courts and at administrative hearings
-Serve clients in need in the Boston and Cambridge communities
-Join a collaborative community of lawyers

HLAB Summer Program: May 27-Aug. 23rd, 2013 (Includes 2 weeks of vacation)

Apply Today by sending your Cover Letter, Resume, Unofficial Transcript, Two References, and a Writing Sample to  HLABrecruitment at gmail.com.

Please note that the application process for HLAB summer counsel is different than the process for general Bureau membership. To learn more about the Spring 2013 application process for general membership, go to http://www.harvardlegalaid.org/apply or email questions to    Posted in Jobs

Byse Workshop: Property Rights and Socioeconomic Rights in Tension: A Constitutional and Comparative Analysis starting THURSDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2012, 3:00-4:30 p.m., WAS 4059

This fall, there will be a new Byse Workshop titled “Property Rights and Socioeconomic Rights in Tension: A Constitutional and Comparative Analysis”.  The workshop will be held on Thursday afternoons from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m.  in Wasserstein Room Number 4059. The first session of the workshop will be held on Thursday, October 4th. The topic for the first session is “Theories of Private Property and Property Rights: Locke, Hume and Blackstone”.

The format of the workshop is informal and in the form of a reading group. The workshop will explore the perceived tension in constitutional and human rights discourse between the right to property, regarded as a classic civil and political right and socioeconomic rights such as the rights to food, housing, health and education. Historically, civil and political rights have been constitutionalised and made justiciable or judicially enforceable. In contrast, socioeconomic rights were, until recently, not recognised as constitutional rights or were constitutionalised but not made justiciable. Constitutional law scholars and human rights practitioners have argued that the tension between property rights and socioeconomic rights arises because the enforcement of property rights, through judicial review, imposes severe restrictions on the fulfillment of socioeconomic needs of the poor. Those who lack property or face deprivation of property entitlements are often unable to provide
for their basic needs. Moreover, social redistribution programme that seek to improve access to resources amongst the beneficiaries necessarily involve alteration of existing property arrangements, which might be seen as violating justiciable constitutional property rights.

In this workshop, we will examine these theoretical debates regarding the constitutionalisation and justiciability of property and socioeconomic rights through a review of the constitutional law of three countries that have guaranteed property and/or socioeconomic rights, namely, the United States, India and South Africa. Further, we will discuss the practical implications of having justiciable property and socioeconomic rights on the fulfillment of the socioeconomic needs of the poor. We will also examine legal realist and Critical Legal Studies’ critiques of rights to see what value, if any, is achieved by the constitutionalisation of a particular interest as a “right” and its enforcement by courts.

For an overview of the structure of the workshop, please refer to the schedule of topics of future sessions at the end of this email. The readings for the first session will be available in the Copy Centre on Monday, October 1st.
No sign-ups or registration needed. Just show up! Light refreshments and beverages will be served.
Please feel free to email  nwahi at sjd.law.harvard.edu in case you have any questions.

DEADLINE EXTENDED – Call for Student Editors for the Journal of Law & Biosciences

**UPDATE** Applications now due NOVEMBER 1.  Work expected to begin in Spring 2013.

JOURNAL OF LAW & BIOSCIENCES is a new venture being pursued collaboratively by Duke (Prof. Nita Farahany), Harvard (Prof. I. Glenn Cohen), and Stanford (Prof. Hank Greely).  It will be a peer-reviewed, student-edited interdisciplinary journal, publishing three issues per year – one per “home” institution, including one dedicated symposium issue.  Each issue will be comprised of four to five articles of varying lengths (~10,000-30,000 words), both solicited and unsolicited, as well as a commentary section on “new developments” written by students.  Articles will focus on issues at the intersection of law and advances in the biosciences, including but not limited to, for example, topics traditionally considered part of bioethics, food and drug regulation, patent law and biotechnology, the legal implications of neuroscience, and enhancement.

The Journal will have distinct graduate student editorial boards at Duke, Harvard, and Stanford tasked with producing their institution’s issue.  These boards will function with oversight from the Journal’s Managing Editor and the faculty Editor-in-Chief from each institution.  Student editors will be responsible for Blue-booking (legal citation format), cite-checking, and editing articles that have been accepted by the faculty editors following the peer review process.  They will also be responsible for soliciting, accepting, and writing notes and commentary for the “new developments” section.  Because each institution is responsible for only one issue per annual volume, we anticipate the time commitment to be relatively manageable.

How to Apply

If you are a graduate student in any discipline enrolled at Duke, Harvard, or Stanford and are interested in becoming a student editor for the inaugural volume of the JOURNAL OF LAW & BIOSCIENCES, please submit the following materials by November 1, 2012:

1.      A short statement of interest and relevant background (no more than 1 page)
2.      Resume or curriculum vitae
3.      Academic transcript (unofficial is fine)
4.      Short writing sample (no more than 10 pages, an excerpt is fine)

If you are interested in serving as student editor-in-chief or chair of the “new developments” section for your school’s chapter, please so indicate and provide a brief statement of qualifications for that role.   Please also indicate any relevant expertise in web design/management (NB: such expertise is not a requirement).

Application materials should be submitted by email to the Editor-in-Chief at your home institution, with a copy to Holly Fernandez Lynch, Managing Editor,   hlynch at law.harvard.edu, 617-384-5475.

•       Nita Farahany, Editor-in-Chief (Duke),   farahany at duke.edu, 919-613-8514
•       Glenn Cohen, Editor-in-Chief (Harvard),   igcohen at law.harvard.edu, 617-496-2518
•       Hank Greely, Editor-in-Chief (Stanford),   hgreely at stanford.edu, 650-723-2517

IT-Lex Technology Law Writing Competition

IT-Lex  www.it-lex.org), a not-for-profit charitable organization
dedicated to educational, literary, and scientific advancement
in the field of technology law, is proud to announce its first
Technology Law Writing Competition.
Winners will have their submissions published
in the IT-Lex Journal, and will receive invitations
to become write-on members and part of the
IT-Lex Law Review. Prizes aside, all meritorious
entries will be considered for publication.
For more information on technology law and
the specifi cs of the writing contest, please visit
 www.it-lex.org.

Summer Ethics Fellowships for Law Students

FASPE Law, one component of a larger program designed to address contemporary ethi-cal issues facing professionals in various fields, uses the conduct of lawyers and judges in Nazi Germany and the Holocaust as a launching point for an intensive course of study on legal ethics. FASPE is predicated upon the power of place, and in particular the first-hand experience of visiting Auschwitz and traveling through Germany and Poland where Fellows study the past and consider how to apply the lessons of history as they confront the ethical challenges of today.
In 2013 FASPE will take a group of 10-15 law students on an all expenses-paid program to Berlin, Oświęcim (Auschwitz), and Nuremberg where they will examine such topics as: the challenge of ambition in professional development, ethics and government lawyer-ing, dilemmas in day-to-day practice, and ethical approaches to truth and disclosure.
FASPE believes in the broad applicability of ethics training and is looking for students with a wide range of legal interests, ranging from real estate and corporate law to human rights advocacy and public interest law.
The program dates in 2013 will run from May 26 to June 6. The fellowships worth $10,000 will cover all program costs, including international and European travel, lodg-ing, and food.
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To apply or to learn more about FASPE, visit: www.FASPE.info. Completed applica-tions must be received by January 11, 2013. All students enrolled in graduate school at the time of their application are eligible. Award notifications will be made by March 15.
Students of all religious, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Harvard Law School Professor Hal Scott is Seeking a Research Fellow for the Committee on Capital Markets Regulation

Professor Hal S. Scott, Director of the Committee on Capital Markets Regulation, is seeking to interview candidates for a Research Fellow appointment.

The Committee on Capital Markets Regulation (“Committee”) is an independent and nonpartisan 501(c)(3) research organization comprised of 33 leaders from the investor community, business, finance, law, accounting and academia and dedicated to improving the regulation of U.S. capital markets. Professor Hal S. Scott, Nomura Professor and Director of the Program on International Financial Systems at Harvard Law School, is Director of the Committee. The Committee is located in Cambridge, MA.

Under the direction and supervision of the Executive Director of Research, the Research Fellow:

•       Participates in the economic and legal research and analysis of issues studied by the Committee and assists in outreach to parties in connection with implementation of the Committee’s recommendations.
•       Assists the Executive Director of Research in recruiting and supervising Harvard Law School and other research associates who support the Committee’s research.
•       Assists the Executive Director of Research in preparing and issuing quarterly updates of the Committee’s competitiveness measures.
•       Drafts and edits comment letters, reports, statements, testimony and press releases based on the research and activities of the Committee.

Background for the Research Fellow

The ideal Research Fellow would be a 3L or recent law school graduate with an interest in financial regulation and public policy and with experience in the financial services industry. Familiarity with the Dodd-Frank Act would be a plus. Applicants should be comfortable working in a fast-paced environment with a capacity to deliver high-quality outputs and results under tight deadlines.

Experience: Law degree. Strong writing skills required.

Work week: The position is a one-year full time position (5 days).

Compensation: $50,000; competitive benefits

The Research Fellow position offers an individual the opportunity to be involved in world class research and engage with high level policy makers to assist in the implementation of the recommendations of the Committee’s 2009 report entitled The Global Financial Crisis: A Plan for Regulatory Reform, as well as to formulate positions on other issues growing out of the financial crisis.

It is contemplated that the Research Fellow would join the Committee upon graduation in June 2012, although arrangements could be made for a recent law graduate with the requisite qualifications to join at an earlier date. Residence in the Cambridge/Boston area is required.

comments: Interested candidates should email the Committee’s Chief of Staff, Jennifer Grygiel at  jgrygiel at capmktsreg.org, attaching a resume.

For more information regarding the Committee please go to www.capmktsreg.org.

Harvard Law School Professor Hal Scott Seeks Research Associates (2 and 3Ls) for the Committee on Capital Markets Regulation

Professor Hal S. Scott, Director of the Committee on Capital Markets Regulation, is looking for Research Associates who are interested in working for the Committee.  Research Associates work up to 20 hours per week, at $20 per hour, on a variety of topics related to financial regulation. Incoming students are encouraged to apply.

The membership of the Committee on Capital Markets Regulation, an independent and nonpartisan 501(c)(3) research organization, comprises thirty leaders from the investor community, business, finance, law, accounting and academia: http://capmktsreg.org/committeemembers.html  In 2009, the Committee produced a definitive research study on the global financial crisis. For more information on the Committee please visit:http://www.capmktsreg.org/.  Several HLS students involved with the Committee’s work were recently featured in the Harvard Law Bulletin:

http://www.law.harvard.edu/news/bulletin/2011/summer/office_1.php
Qualifications: Open to law students and lawyers. Must have Wall Street or other financial experience, or demonstrated interest in finance and banking. Familiarity with the Dodd-Frank Act a plus. We are currently seeking 2 and 3Ls.

Work may be performed remotely from anywhere in the United States.

Interested candidates please email the Committee’s Chief of Staff, Jennifer Grygiel at  jgrygiel at capmktsreg.org, attaching a resume.  Please refer to code CCMR-10 in your cover letter.

RA- FDA Research at the Center for Ethics

Professor Donald Light, Lab Fellow at the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, seeks professional or graduate student with appropriate knowledge and skills to research the legal and regulatory history of how the FDA has developed and applies criteria for determining the “safety and effectiveness” of drugs. Must be able to read 10-K and business reports. Also help search & obtain research materials and assist with Apple-based technical research needs. 10-15 hrs/week thru June 2013. Hours flexible. Must be responsible, organized, and have strong writing skills. Please send cover letter and resume to  dlight at ethics.harvard.edu.

HLS Moot Court Board Applications

The HLS Moot Court Board is dedicated to supporting external moot court competitions through determining allocation of funding, assisting the teams with administrative needs, and helping to bring coaches and speakers to campus to assist the teams. Moot court competitions are one of the most valuable and prestigious experiences to participate in during law school. Being a Moot Court Board Member is a terrific opportunity to have a meaningful and lasting impact on moot court at the law school and to help build and sustain one of the fastest-growing organizations at HLS. The time commitment is minimal, only a few hours a semester.

If you’d like to apply for a position, please send an email to the Moot Court Board President, Michael Jacobson, at  mjacobson at jd13.law.harvard.edu with:
1. A resume
2. The position(s) you’d like to apply for (open positions are: Vice-President, Treasurer, Marketing Director, and/or Director of Recruiting & 1L Outreach)
3. A statement of interest (less than one page), detailing why you are interested in applying for the Board.

Interviews will be Tuesday October 2. Please sign up for a spot at:

http://doodle.com/4n72v6mrx9g4iekd?lt=2

If you have additional questions or if none of the available times work, email  mjacobson at jd13.law.harvard.edu for more information or to arrange for an alternative interview slot.

Student Volunteers Needed for HIRC report on Impacts of Canadian/US Border Security Policy on Asylum Seekers

The Harvard Immigration and Refugee Law Clinic, in collaboration with Canadian research partners, is seeking student volunteers to participate in the drafting of a report on developments in Canadian and United States border policies and their impact on reducing access to refugee protection. The report, which focuses on key border security measures and recent legal developments, is based on comprehensive legal research of United States and Canadian law and data collected through interviews with refugee service providers. Volunteers will help with reviewing transcripts, organizing research findings, and assist with editing process. Volunteers will be credited for their contributions on the final report, which will be distributed in both Canada and the United States. For more information on how to become involved, please contact Alletta Brenner at  abrenner at jd14.law.harvard.edu.

Research Assistance Needed

David Kennedy seeks 2-4 research assistants for a six week project assessing the impact of national and international legal norms on the behavior of private security contractors in 8 national jurisdictions.   $50/hour.

Interested students should leave a resume and brief statement of interest with Ms. Melinda Peterson in Hauser 318.

Reminder: Salzburg Cutler Fellowship Deadlines Due Wednesday

The Salzburg Culter Fellowship is a fellowship aimed at second-year law students interested in international affairs.  The fellowship is being organized by the Salzburg Global Seminar in conjunction with nine U.S. law schools.  It is designed to network top students with their peers as well as with academics and practitioners in order to explore career options and obtain feedback on research interests.

Each participating law school has been asked to nominate up to five students for the fellowship.   The Dean’s Office will provide funding for those selected as fellows to attend a one-day seminar in Washington DC on November 16.   For more information, please see http://www.salzburgglobal.org/current/sessions-b.cfm?IDSpecial_Event=3917.

Any 2L interested in being considered for nomination by HLS as a Salzburg Cutler Fellow is asked to submit the following information: (1) Cover letter explaining background interest; (2) 2-3 page research prospectus describing a topic that you would like to explore; (3) Resume / CV; and (4) Unofficial transcript.

Applications are due this Wednesday, Sept. 26 at 5 p.m.  Please drop off your application material in hard copy to Alyssa Lary in Griswold North, 3rd floor.

Volunteer Jurors Needed – WEDNESDAY 9/26 – at HLS

Volunteer for Harvard Law School’s (Mock) Jury Duty! (9/26/12)

Calling all who are interested in serving as jurors in the mock trials for Harvard Law School (HLS) Fall 2012 Trial Advocacy Workshop!

Trials will be held:
Wednesday, September 26, from 2:00pm-6:00pm at Harvard Law School

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 people 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   asoto at law.harvard.edu if you are able to serve.

(Our greatest need is Wednesday.  Trials will also be held at the same time on Thursday and Friday at the Suffolk Superior Court.  If interested in one of these days, please contact Amy Soto)

Research Assistant

Professor Goldsmith is looking for a research assistant for the next 6 weeks on topics related to investment arbitration.  Knowledge or expertise in this area is preferred.

If you are interested please send a statement of interest, resume and transcript to my assistant Jan Qashat ( qashat at law.harvard.edu).

Professor Goldsmith is looking to hire someone to do research at the intersection of cybersecurity and the law of sovereignty (neutrality, UN Charter and the like).  Knowledge or background in these fields is not necessary but is preferred.

If you are interested please send a statement of interest, resume and transcript to my assistant Jan Qashat ( qashat at law.harvard.edu).

Programs of Study Fellows

Programs of Study Fellows
We will be hiring several students as fellows for the Programs of Study at HLS.  The Programs of Study are Criminal Justice; International/Comparative Law; Law and Business; Law and Government; Law, Science, and Technology; Law and Social Change. See
http://www.law.harvard.edu/academics/degrees/jd/pos/index.html for more information.
The Programs of Study combine classroom courses, clinical courses and placements, fellowships and research opportunities, and emerging on-online communities connecting students, faculty, and alumni around the topics, careers, research, and conversations relevant to the particular program of study area. In collaboration with the faculty leaders for each Program of Study (POS), fellows will be responsible for thinking creatively about the shape and elements of one of the programs of study; working to build and encourage an active online community for that POS; developing online content; monitoring Law School and University events that might be of interest to students in a particular POS; helping maintain the POS site, and offering student leadership for ongoing POS development.
Interested students should apply for a particular Program of Study fellowship; currently there are no openings for the Law and Social Change Program.  Successful candidates will have a strong and demonstrated interest in the Program of Study subject matter; good web-based technical skills; experience with online communities; good judgment; leadership skills and ability to work both independently and collaboratively with faculty and peers.  Up to two students are assigned as fellows for each Program of Study.   Fellows will earn $15/hour.
To apply: Submit a short statement of interest identifying your relevant background and initial ideas, along with a transcript and resume to Julie Barton at  jbarton at law.harvard.edu. Application deadline is October 12.

Join the Harvard Human Rights Journal!

Please sign up to become a part of the HHRJ by clicking on the following link and completing the survey by Thursday, September 27th at 5pm: http://tinyurl.com/9dbmzq2
comments: All students interested are welcome to join! We will be holding an information session on Wednesday, September 26th at 12pm in WCC 1019, and in the meantime please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns at  hlshrj at gmail.com. We  are extremely excited about this year’s articles and can’t wait to see you at the subcite on Saturday, September 29th!

Journal of Law & Technology Subciter Applications due 9/27

Subciter applications for the Journal of Law and Technology (“JOLT”) are due this Thursday, 9/27 at 5 PM! Applications are available at https://sites.google.com/site/joltwiki/how-to-get-involved-in-jolt. Subciters should attend ONE of two information/training sessions this week: Wed. 9/26 at noon in WAS 2012 or Thurs. 9/27 at noon in Langdell North (free lunch at both events). The mass subcite will be held on Saturday, September 29th through Tuesday, October 2nd.

HLS Jessup Moot Court Team Tryouts

The HLS Jessup International Law Moot Court team will be holding tryouts Monday 10/1 and Tuesday 10/2. To participate, candidates must submit a written application by Friday, 9/28.

Now in its 54th year, the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition is the world’s largest moot court competition, with participants from over 550 law schools in more than 80 countries. The Competition is a simulation of a fictional dispute between countries before the International Court of Justice, the judicial organ of the United Nations. Teams prepare oral and written pleadings arguing both the applicant and respondent positions of the case.

Thousands of law students from around the world will work all year long on this season’s Jessup Problem, which addresses the factual and legal consequences of climate change on statehood, migration, and sovereign lending.

To learn more about the HLS Jessup Team or to receive a copy of the tryout application and materials, please contact Elinathan Ohiomoba at  eohiomoba at jd13.law.harvard.edu.

Volunteer Opportunity at Harvard Law School

Volunteer for Harvard Law School’s (Mock) Jury Duty! (9/26, 9/27 or 9/28)

Calling all who are interested in serving as jurors in the mock trials for Harvard Law School (HLS) Fall 2012 Trial Advocacy Workshop!

Trials will be held:
Wednesday, September 26, from 2:00pm-6:00pm at Harvard Law School
Thursday, September 27 from 2:00pm-6:00pm in Suffolk Superior Court, Boston
Friday, September 28 from 2:00pm-6:00pm in Suffolk Superior Court, Boston

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 people (high school age and up) 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  asoto at law.harvard.edu if you are able to serve during one of these afternoons.