First Week Reading Assingment for Comparative Constitutional Law 202

Syllabus will be posted next week First week (Jan. 29-30) Introducing Comparative Constitutional Law: Regulation of Reproduction. All Readings in Jackson & Tushnet, Comparative Constitutional Law (2d ed 2006) unless noted. Class 1 Tuesday Jan 29 – Abortion I – The U.S. and Canada: Skim pp. 1-25; read 25-48 (Casey, US decision); 65-74 (Dissent); 74-89, 94-95, 105-07 (Morgentaler, Canadian decision)). (please try to skim the other opinions in Morgentaler, but I have tried to identify those portions I am likely to focus on in class). Class 2 Wednesday Jan. 30 – Abortion II/Reproductive Rights: Broadening the Comparative Lens: Read German decisions, and Tribe-Glendon debate, 110-40; Read Rubio Marin recent post in I.Con on contemporary developments, abortion regulation –…

Administrative Law (Prof. Rakoff/Spring 2013 -Introductory and First Assignment Information

The textbook for the course is Strauss, Rakoff, Farina and Metzger, Gellhorn and Byse’s Administrative Law-Cases and Comments – Eleventh Edition (2011) – and is available now at the Law Coop.   For the first class on Wednesday, January 30, please read pages 2-18 of the textbook. In addition, I would appreciate your not bringing laptops to class this semester.

First Assignment for Law and Social Change Workshop (Sachs and Frug)

The reading assignment for our first meeting, on January 30th, is as follows:

Robert Post and Reva Siegel, Roe Rage: Democratic Constitutionalism and Backlash, 42 Harv. C.R.-C.L. L. Rev. 373 (2007).

Sophia Lee, The Workplace Constitution: Race, Labor, and Conservative Politics from the New Deal to the New Right, chapters 3 and 14 (forthcoming).

The readings are available in the Course Materials section of the course website.

Labor Law – Professor Sachs – Spring 2013 – Book and First Assignment Information

The textbook for this course will be Cox, Bok, Gorman and Finkin, Labor Law: Cases and Materials, Fifteenth Edition (Foundation Press).  It is currently available at the Law School Coop.  In addition, the syllabus and a 2-volume, bound set of Supplemental Materials (Supp.) containing the readings are available in hard copy at the Copy Center as well as posted to the course ISite.

The assignment for the first day of class is as follows:

Steven Henry Lopez, Reorganizing the Rust Belt (2004) [Supp. 1-5];
Vegelahn v. Gunter, 167 Mass. 92 (1896), in Cox, Bok, Gorman and Finkin, Labor Law Cases and Materials – Fifteenth Edition [Textbook 7-15];
Plant v. Woods, 176 Mass. 492 (1900) [Supp. 6-10];
Background Material on the National Labor Relations Act [Textbook 40-52];
J.I. Case Co. v. NLRB, 321 U.S. 332 (1944) [Textbook 315-318].

On the first day of class, I will ask for volunteers to discuss the assigned materials.  After the first day of class, students should be prepared to be called on to discuss the assigned materials, although volunteers and discussion will always be welcome.

Teaching Fellow

Looking for teaching fellow for GOVT-E 1750, a course on international organization, spring semester, starting Jan. 31.  Responsibilities include handling one or two weekly discussion sections (exact number depends on enrolment) and grading undergraduate exams.  Some background in international relations essential.  Please contact Don Babai at  babai at

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’s Winter 2013 Trial Advocacy Workshop! Trials will be held: Thursday, January 24 from 2:00pm-6:00pm Suffolk Superior Court, Boston Moakley Federal Courthouse, Boston Friday, January 25 from 2:00pm-6:00pm Suffolk Superior Court, Boston 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 or more of these afternoons.

Spring Break Pro Bono Trip Applications Due Jan 30

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. Info Session Monday, Jan 28 at noon in WCC 2012. Lunch provided. Submit an application online… by 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

Summer Research Assistant Position for Professor Klarman

Professor Klarman is looking to hire one research assistant to work for him for about 8-10 weeks this summer. This would be a full-time job—roughly 40 hours per week. The pay would be the standard rate at which HLS pays research assistants, which is currently $11.50/hour. The deadline for the application is Feb. 8, 2013. Professor Klarman will make a decision as to whom to hire shortly thereafter. If you are interested in applying for the job, please submit the following materials to Professor Klarman’s assistant Kimberly O’Hagan (not to Professor Klarman directly) at  kohagan at a copy of your resume, a very brief statement of any background you have that might be relevant to his hiring decision, and—this is important—the name and email address of someone with whom you have worked closely within the last several years whom Professor Klarman could contact for a reference (his preference would be for a faculty member, either undergraduate or law school, but an employer would also suffice). Should you decide to apply for this job, please be prepared to commit to accepting it if it is offered to you. This is because Professor Klarman don’t want to go through the hiring process more than once. It makes perfect sense that you might not wish to make that commitment, as you may be exploring other summer job possibilities, but if that is the case, please do not apply for this job. Most of the work would be related to a book he hopes to finish this summer—a short, revisionist history of the Founding. Much of the work would be tracking down original sources (e.g., letters from Madison, speeches at the Constitutional Convention or the ratifying conventions), confirming quotations, etc. There might also be some miscellaneous Constitutional Law-related assignments. E.g., read the briefs in Griswold v. Connecticut and write him a memo summarizing the arguments. Professor Klarman thinks (hopes) most of the work would be reasonably interesting. If you are interested in hearing what it is like to work as Professor Klarman’s summer research assistant, please feel free to contact Marco Basile,  marco.p.basile at Marco worked for Professor Klarman during summer 2011.

Apply to Lead a Law and Development Project

Harvard’s Law and International Development Society is now accepting applications for team leaders to lead law and development projects with Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe supervising attorneys and our NGO partners, including: Institute for Liberty and Democracy, Millennium Challenge Corporation, Open Society Institute, and Nanubhai Education Foundation. Applications are due by January 25, at 5 pm and can be accessed at…. If you have any questions, please email one of our project VPs, Becky at  rwolozin at or Megumi at  mtsutsui at

Expert Witness

Want to learn to take and defend a deposition (by actually taking and defending a deposition)? Want to learn how to work with expert witnesses? There may be a few slots remaining in Professor Greiner’s Expert Witnesses class (5:30-7:30, Mon & Thurs). Email jgreiner(at for more information

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.