The Good Life and Living Well

To Students in Professor Fried’s Spring Semester Reading Group: The Good Life and Living Well and those on the waiting list: I have now posted a syllabus on the course website. We will meet first on January 30 and then for five more consecutive sessions every week after that. It has been my experience that this works better than meeting every other week, because we maintain a sense of continuity ande of group intimacy. I would very much hope that those of you who are admitted to the Group at the first session will stay with it, because it would be a bit disruptive to have a change in the cast of characters after we have gotten under way. To help you make that commitment I invite you to visit with me. I will be in my office from the first of the year through January 17. Also in order to make sure that everyone is drawn into the conversation I shall ask two of you to meet with me an hour before each session so that we can plot a way into the session together. I look forward to volunteers for the first session. The syllabus should give you a good idea of the kind of thing we will be doing. Jeff Smith, who is the subject of the NPR segment for the first session—now a professor at The New School in New York—will join us for either the first or the second session.

Spring Break Pro Bono Trips 2013

The Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs offers students the opportunity to conduct pro bono work during spring break through organized and subsidized group trips. Submit an application online http://www.law.harvard.edu/academics/cli…. Application deadline is Wednesday, January 30, 2013. Three trips: 1) Hurricane Sandy Legal Help in New York/New Jersey 2) Delta Directions in Clarksdale, MS and 3) Combating Anti-Immigration Legislation in Birmingham, Alabama

The COOP Last Week of the Semester Hours

The COOP will be on normal operating hours through Wednesday, December 19 (9am-5pm).  Thursday, December 20 and Friday, December 21, hours will be extended 9am-6pm for rental returns and to sell back books.

The COOP will be closed Saturday, December 22-Tuesday January 1 and will re-open on Wednesday January 2 to normal business hours.

Research Assistant – Criminal Law (Policing)

Seth Stoughton, former police officer and current Climenko Fellow, is seeking a Research Assistant with an interest in the regulation of law enforcement. The assistant will work 5-10 hours per week over Winter Break and/or during Winter Term, analyzing a set of Supreme Court cases. Working remotely would be fine. $11.50/hour for a total of 20 hours (negotiable). Contact:  sstoughton at law.harvard.edu or call 617-496-4186.

Criminal Justice Workshop: New Spaces Available

 There are a few new spaces available in the Criminal Justice Workshop. This two credit course runs Tuesdays from 5 – 7 pm. JD and LLM applicants should submit a short (not more than a page) statement of interest to Amanda Cegielski, at  acegielski at law.harvard.edu for review by Professor Steiker and Professor Lanni. Read the full course description here: http://www.law.harvard.edu/academics/cur…

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.

Research Assistant for Professor Vicki Jackson with winter term credit possible

Student Researcher(s) Needed for Supreme Court Brief: Professor Jackson is seeking student(s) interested in earning winter term credit, which she can arrange, to assist her with research and preparation of an amicus brief on issues of justiciability only, due in mid-January. She has been asked to present arguments to the Supreme Court in Windsor v. United States (12-307), which on the merits concerns the constitutionality of the federal DOMA. In granting certiorari, the Court added two questions concerning its own jurisdiction, on which questions Professor Jackson has been asked to argue against jurisdiction. Specifically, the Court’s order asks her to argue “in support of the positions that the Executive Branch’s agreement with the court below that DOMA is unconstitutional deprives this Court of jurisdiction to decide this case, and that the Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group of the United States House of Representatives lacks Article III standing in this case.” Preference will go to applicants who have completed Federal Courts and studied justiciability doctrine. Send your expression of interest and availability (please be very clear on this, as work will be ongoing from now until the brief is filed, around the end of the third week in January), your resume and transcript, and a brief writing sample, to Professor Jackson at  vjackson at law.harvard.edu and at the same time to her Faculty Assistant, Sylvia Baldwin at  sbaldwin at law.harvard.edu.

HLS-Cambridge Joint Degree Program: Application Deadline Is January 9

This program allows Harvard J.D. candidates to earn a Cambridge LL.M. and a Harvard J.D. in a total of three-and-a-half years. Up to six Harvard 2Ls are selected annually to spend their 3L year reading for the LL.M. degree in Cambridge, England. The 2013-2014 application deadline is Wednesday, January 9. For more information about the program, and for details on the application process, please visit http://law.harvard.edu/academics/degrees…. After reviewing this information, please contact Sara Zucker ( szucker at law.harvard.edu) or Alexis Boyce ( aboyce at law.harvard.edu) in International Legal Studies with any questions.

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.

Entertainment Law Initiative – Music Law Writing Competition – $5,000 First Prize

Entrants must identify research and write an essay with a proposed solution on a compelling legal issue confronting the music industry, and the length is limited to an accessible 3,000 words. The Initiative has moved its home online information site to Facebook, the link to which is below. Please visit the site for a complete list of rules: http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Entert… The submission deadline is 11:00 AM PST, January 3, 2013.

MBTA Semester Pass

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.

HBLR Student Note Competition

The Harvard Business Law Review  http://www.hblr.org) is accepting submissions for its second annual Student Note Competition. Submissions should be between 6,000 and 12,000 words and should be on a business law topic. Reflecting the diverse interests of HBLR, previous topics have included financial regulation, emerging markets, international business and M&A, energy law, and corporate governance. For an example of a student note, see: http://www.hblr.org/wp-content/uploads/2…. The HBLR will evaluate the submissions, and the winning piece will be published in the spring issue. Interested students should email  hblrnotes at gmail.com for feedback and assistance on developing potential pieces, including adapting prior work done for credit. Final submissions are due to  hblrnotes at gmail.com by Friday, February 8.

Cleary Gottlieb Summer Fellowship – Deadline extended

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 ( brubrecht at law.harvard.edu) with a resume, cover letter (including a description of any prior experience) and your interest, law school transcript (unofficial ok) along with two references. HIRC will interview candidates on campus in December and January and Cleary Gottlieb will select the fellow through their fellowship committee by the end of January/beginning of February. New extended deadline: Friday, January 4th. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Apply for a Litman Summer Fellowship

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 criminal courts. Fellows will do research under the supervision of an HLS faculty member, the results of which will be presented at the annual Litman Fellowship Symposium in Fall 2013. Fellows will be awarded $1000 in addition to SPIF funding. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to kwagner@jd13 and jmachlin@jd13. Information about the Fellowship can be found at: http://www.law.harvard.edu/academics/cli…