2013 Summer Academic Fellowship Program

The Office of Academic Affairs is now accepting applications for the 2013 Summer Academic Fellowship Program. The Fellowship is available to current HLS JD, LLM, and SJD students interested in pursuing academic careers in law, particularly as law professors. It provides students with the opportunity to dedicate time over the summer to academic writing, under the guidance of a member of the faculty. The application deadline is February 4, 2013. Information about the Fellowship can be found at http://www.law.harvard.edu/academics/fel…

Cleary Gottlieb Fellowship 2013

The Cleary Gottlieb Fellowship is now being offered for Summer 2013. The selected Harvard student will work with the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program and Greater Boston Legal Services on cases involving the direct representation of noncitizens applying for U.S. asylum and related protections. In addition, the Program is active in appellate and policy advocacy on local, national and international levels. The fellow will work on appellate and advocacy issues, perform research and assist in representing clients through the clinic. To apply, email Bonnie Rubrecht with a resume, cover letter (including a description of any prior experience) and your interest, transcript (unofficial ok) along with two references. HIRC will interview candidates on campus in December and Cleary Gottlieb will select the fellow through their fellowship committee by mid-January. Deadline: Friday, December 7th Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

MBTA Semester Pass Program

In concert with the MBTA, Harvard Law School offers students the opportunity to sign-up for the MBTA Semester Pass Program at a discount of 25%. The program runs from February 1 – May 31, 2013. This program is only available to HLS students.

To sign up for the Spring 2013 pass, MBTA Flyer complete this form turn it in along with payment (cash or check) by January 4, 2013 to the Dean of Students Office (located in Suite 3039 in WCC). Paper copies of the form are available in the Dean of Students Office. Checks may be made out to Harvard University.

  • Click here to view pricing information for the MBTA pass.
  • If you find yourself using the train or bus at least 6 times a week then this program is for you.
  • To learn more about Greater Boston’s Public Transportation System or purchase passes for a single month, visit the MBTA website.
  • Contact the Dean of Students Office (617-495-1880) with any questions.

Be on the 2013 Parody Crew!

The 2013 Parody is seeking people for a variety of crew positions. The Parody is a long-running and much-loved HLS tradition, a full-length musical production that takes a light-hearted look at Harvard Law School. We are looking for people to be on the SET CREW and TECH CREW. We are also looking for an Artistic Director, an Assistant Director, and a Propmaster. If you think you might be interested in any of these positions, or if you just want more information, email Kate Aizpuru and Raul Campillo, the Parody 2013 Producers, at  parody2013 at gmail.com.

Winter Term International Travel Pre-Departure Sessions

International Legal Studies will hold a one-hour briefing for students who will be abroad over winter term. The session is REQUIRED for students who receive winter term international travel grants and is open to others who wish to attend. The session will offer information about preparing for winter term projects as well as health, safety, and other travel considerations, and facilitate interaction among students who are going to particular regions and those who have spent time there. In order to accommodate students’ schedules, we will offer this single session on two different days: Tuesday, November 27 and Friday, November 30. Both sessions will be held from 12:00 to 1:00 pm in Wasserstein Hall, Milstein East AB. For more information or to determine which sessions will focus on particular regions, please e-mail Alexis Boyce at  aboyce at law.harvard.edu.

Application for Spring Break Trip to Senegal

Interested in participating in an exciting trip to Senegal for spring break? If so, please send an email to  hala at mail.law.harvard.edu to request an application. This trip is open to all members of the Harvard community and is being organized as part of an effort to increase the awareness of Africa and African issues at Harvard. The trip will involve a meetings with legal, business and political leaders, visits to cultural and historical sites, and volunteer work with grassroots organizations. The planned dates are March 15-24, 2013. While airfare will be subsidized, selected applicants will be expected (1) to pay a trip deposit of $250 by December 7 2012, (2) to cover all other trip costs, and (3) to actively participate in a committee that will raise funds to cover the costs of the trip. Please complete the form by Sunday, November 25, 2013, at 11:59 p.m (if needed, we will extend the deadline to accommodate applicants who are unable to complete the form due to the thanksgiving holiday; applications after the deadline will be added to a waitlist). Selected applicants will be receive notifications by email. The trip is organized by Harvard African Law Association. If you have any questions, please send an email to  hala at mail.law.harvard.edu.

Seminar on Critical Legal Studies – Spring 2013

Students interested in participating in Professor Hanson’s spring seminar on Critical Legal Studies should be in touch with him as soon as possible. Details below: Critical Legal Studies – A Retrospective: Seminar Professor Jon Hanson 2 classroom credits Spring Meets: M 5:00pm – 7:00pm Admission with permission of instructor only. Substantively this seminar will focus on scholarship associated with critical legal studies (“CLS”), with a particular focus on that of Professor Duncan Kennedy, as well as on the work of some scholars who have engaged with CLS. Although the CLS movement is a thing of the past, its effects continue to permeate legal theory and law. One goal of this seminar is to examine some of the context— historical, intellectual, political, social, and economic—of the CLS movement and some of the effects that CLS scholarship continues to have. A second goal is to create a set of recorded interviews that may be of use to other law students and legal scholars with an interest in those topics. (Professor Kennedy will not be an instructor in this seminar but has generously agreed to make himself available for the requisite interviews.) Students’ work for the seminar will be somewhat unconventional. Students will, for instance, write a variety of blog posts (including short essays) about CLS-related scholarship. In addition, students will each plan, conduct, and edit an audio interview of Duncan Kennedy. Students will learn to blog, conduct interviews, and edit digital audio files. They will publish much of their work online – including on the class website and blog. Students will share responsibility with the instructor for planning and implementing this seminar. Participation in this limited-enrollment seminar is with permission of the instructor only. Students need not have had any experience blogging or audio editing. Interested students should send a brief statement of interest to  hanson at law.harvard.edu with the words “Critical Legal Studies Seminar” in the subject line.

Join TaxHelp

Do you think doing tax returns is fun . . . or at least not as painful as going to the dentist? If so, consider joining TaxHelp, an HLS student-run organization that does tax returns for low-income individuals. You can get your 40 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. An optional orientation and information session for TaxHelp will be held on Wednesday, November 28th, from 12 to 1 PM in Wasserstein 5044. Lunch will be provided. The orientation will give a brief introduction about the organization and the next steps required to volunteer. No prior tax knowledge is required. We will provide training to give you all of the information that you need to know. If you are interested in TaxHelp but cannot come to the orientation or have any questions, please e-mail us at  hls.taxhelp at gmail.com. More information about the organization is also available at http://www3.law.harvard.edu/orgs/taxhelp.

MBTA Semester Pass Program

In concert with the MBTA, Harvard Law School offers students the opportunity to sign-up for the MBTA Semester Pass Program at a discount of 25%. The program runs from February 1 – May 31, 2013. This program is only available to HLS students.

To sign up for the Spring 2013 pass, MBTA Flyer complete this form turn it in along with payment (cash or check) by January 4, 2013 to the Dean of Students Office (located in Suite 3039 in WCC). Paper copies of the form are available in the Dean of Students Office. Checks may be made out to Harvard University.

  • Click here to view pricing information for the MBTA pass.
  • If you find yourself using the train or bus at least 6 times a week then this program is for you.
  • To learn more about Greater Boston’s Public Transportation System or purchase passes for a single month, visit the MBTA website.
  • Contact the Dean of Students Office (617-495-1880) with any questions.

Unbound: Harvard Journal of the Legal Left accepting submissions

Unbound: Harvard Journal of the Legal Left is currently accepting submissions for its Spring 2013 issue. We welcome submissions in a wide variety of forms, from traditional law review articles to shorter articles and essays, poetry, personal narratives of legal experience, or art. Submissions should employ, be informed by, engage with, or in some way be related to left-oriented critical or radical approaches to law. Written submissions should be sent in Microsoft Word, with footnote citations, to  unbound at law.harvard.edu. If you would like to submit a work of art for consideration, please email  unbound at law.harvard.edu to determine the most appropriate submission format. Unbound is especially interested in submission from law students and Junior Faculty. Submissions for the Spring 2013 issue should be received by January 1, 2013; works received after January 1, 2013 will be considered for future issues.

Journal of Law and Gender Student Note Competition

The Harvard Journal of Law and Gender invites you to apply for our student note competition. The student note competition is a writing competition open only to HLS students. The winning article will be published in our Summer 2013 volume after going through the Journal’s full editing process. A student note is a law review article written by a student, typically 20-35 pages long. The deadline for submissions is Friday, January 25.

Offers will be made by Tuesday, January 29. Submit your note to  hlsjlg at mail.law.harvard.edu. Be sure to put “2013 STUDENT NOTE COMPETITION” in all caps in the subject line. In the meantime, if you have any questions, contact the JLG Student Writing Committee at harvard.jlg.studentwriting@gmail.com

Call for Papers: Harvard Graduate Student Conference on International History: Law and International History

 
The ConIH Committee invites graduate students to submit proposals for the Thirteenth Annual Graduate Student Conference on International History to take place at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts on March 14 and 15, 2013.
 
Graduate students who are interested in participating in the conference should submit a one-page paper proposal and one-page curriculum vitae (in Word, RTF, or PDF format) to  conih at fas.harvard.edu. Proposals must be received by November 20, 2012, in order to be considered. Notification of acceptance will be made in December. For additional information about the conference, please contact the conference organizers at  conih at fas.harvard.edu or visit the conference website.

Labor’s Future: A Talk by Andy Stern-Hosted by Professors Goldsmith & Sachs

Andy Stern, the former President of the Service Employees International Union, and one of the most successful and respected labor leaders in the past half century, will give a talk on “Labor’s Future” on Tuesday, November 13, from 5-7 pm in WCC 1019.

Professors Jack Goldsmith and Benjamin Sachs will also participate. The event is sponsored by the American Constitution Society, and dinner will be available.

Intramural Indoor Soccer Registration Now Open

Registration for the 2012-2013 indoor soccer season is now open and will be open until 7:00 pm on November 7 (Wednesday). There is a “B League” and a more competitive “A League,” both of which are Coed.

Games are played on weekends in the basketball court on the top floor of the Hemenway Gym. There are no goalkeepers, as small goals are used. Each team fields 4 players at a time, and at least 4 subsititutes are recommend, for a recommended minimum team size of 8 players. There will be playoffs in the spring for both Leagues.

To register your team, email  HLSindoorsoccer at gmail.com with the following information: (1) League (‘A’ or ‘B’); (2) Team Name; (3) Player List; (4) Captain Contact Information (including phone number). The first games will be held Nov 10 (Saturday) and Nov 11 (Sunday).

Note that gym rules limit the use of the gym by individuals without gym memberships. (Our understanding is that a person with a gym membership may accompany only one such individual and such individual must sign a waiver each time he/she enters the gym.)

Job Opportunity Teaching HC Undergraduates

Professor Daniel Carpenter, Freed Professor of Government in the Harvard University Department of Government is seeking Teaching Fellows for his undergraduate course “United States in the World 20: The Theory and Practice of Republican Government” this coming spring. If interested, please send an up-to-date CV to Kristina Barrett (kbarrett@fas.harvard.eduas soon as possible.