Prof. Kaplow in search of research assistance

Professor Kaplow is looking for a number of research assistants, mainly for antitrust and law & economics. Please send to Molly Eskridge (HA318A,  meskridge at the following information: (1) a letter indicating your area(s) of interest, relevant background, and amount of time available, (2) a resume, and (3) a law school transcript (informal is fine). (1Ls are encouraged to apply. Please also include undergraduate information for item #3.)

Discussion Group: Human Rights

DISCUSSION GROUP: HUMAN RIGHTS Professor Emeritus Henry Steiner and Visiting Professor Fionnuala Ní Aoláin offer an interactive discussion group that will meet on five Tuesdays from 5:00-7:00 p.m. during the spring semester. Our first meeting is February 12. The group is open to 2L, 3L and graduate students, and is limited to ten participants. This is not an offering of Harvard Law School but a personal project of the two teachers. Participants will not receive any academic credit. There will be no paper or exam. Readings of modest length will be distributed and should be read before our meetings. The discussions among participants, led by the co-teachers, examine three contemporary human rights topics. The issues that they raise involve religion, speech/expression, cultural identity, discrimination based on gender or ethnicity, and features of democratic government. Several Western European countries differ from the United States about the governmental action or policies involved in these topics. That is, they differ about whether such action and policies are consistent with or violations of international human rights or national constitutions. The topics exploring the substance of and reasons for these differences are: (1) governmental regulation prohibiting the wearing of certain dress in public spaces, particularly by Muslim immigrant women and principally for religious reasons; (2) governmental proscription of hate speech and blasphemy offending particular ethnic and religious groups; and (3) governmental regulation requiring or prohibiting use of quotas with respect to participation by women or members of ethnic/racial groups in academic and other institutions as well as in electoral politics. Students interested in learning more about this offering should send an email to  hsteiner at not later than Friday January 18 , noting Discussion Group in the subject line. They will receive by return email additional information about the group and topics enabling them to decide whether to apply to participate in this venture.

Contracts Section 1 (Mnookin) First Class

Pick up the casebook, Barnett, Contracts Cases and Doctrine (5th edition) (“Barnett”), Selections For Contracts (Farnsworth et al 2011) (“Statutory Supplement”), and Barnett, Perspectives on Contract Law (4th edition) (“Perspectives”) at the Coop. For the first class, read Surrogacy Contracts: Freedom of Contract and Public Policy (Barnett, pp. 22-58) •In the Matter of Baby M. •Johnson v. Calvert •See Restatement (Second) of Contracts Sections 178 & 179 (Statutory Supplement). PLEASE NOTE THAT LAPTOP USE WILL NOT BE PERMITTED DURING CLASS SESSIONS.

Volunteer for Harvard Law School’s (Mock) Jury Duty! (Thursday, 1/24/2013 and/or Friday, 1/25/2013)

Calling all who are interested in serving as jurors in the mock trials for Harvard Law School (HLS) Winter 2013 Trial Advocacy Workshop! Trials will be held: Thursday, January 24 from 2:00pm-6:00pm in Suffolk Superior Court, Boston and Moakley Federal Courthouse, Boston Friday, January 25 from 2:00pm-6:00pm in Suffolk Superior Court, Boston and Moakley Federal Courthouse, 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 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 if you are able to serve during one of these afternoons.

Research Assistant: constitutional law and/or US politics/government

Jill Goldenziel (Lecturer, Harvard College and BU Law), and Professors Richard Holden and Rosalind Dixon (University of New South Wales) are looking to hire 2 or more HLS student research assistants. Their project studies whether judges are more likely to be activist or exercise restraint when it is easier to override them. It will use US state constitutions and judicial decisions as a “laboratory” for analyzing this issue. Successful applicants will be involved in reading and coding state appellate court decisions to identify when courts invalidate legislation for inconsistency with relevant state constitutions. We encourage applications from law students with a background and interest in constitutional law and/or US politics/government. Prior research experience in economics, political science, or related fields may be helpful, but is not required. Those interested should e-mail  jgolden at ASAP with a brief statement of interest in the body of the e-mail, a CV, a short writing sample (~5 pages, can be an excerpt), and the names of 2 references.