RA for Prof. Roe

Prof. Mark Roe is looking to hire two RA’s for the summer. The focus of the research is Bankruptcy, Corporate Finance, and Financial Regulation. Please send your resume and a cover letter to Anastasia Tolu at atolu@law

Running the Boston Marathon?

If so, the Dean of Students office will be organizing a cheering section on Monday, April 15 for the Boston Marathon and we want to know all HLS Students who will be running!

E-mail us at dos@law or give us a call at 617-495-1880.  Or you can swing by the office in WCC 3039 to let us know!

Research Assistant

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. Work can be completed over Spring Break or during the course of the semester. 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 fas.harvard.edu ASAP with a brief statement of interest in the body of the e-mail, a CV, and the names of 2 references.

Vote for the 2013 Gary Bellow Public Service Award Student and Alumnus/a Winners!

Vote for the 2013 Gary Bellow Public Service Award Student and Alumnus/a Winners!

The Gary Bellow Public Service Award was created in 2001 in honor of Professor Gary Bellow.  Professor Bellow was the founder and former faculty director of Harvard Law School’s Clinical Programs.  Two awards are given annually by the student body of Harvard Law School to one HLS student and one HLS alumnus/a whose commitment to social justice and excellence in public interest work embody the spirit of Gary Bellow’s work and make us proud to be a part of the HLS community.

We are excited to announce the finalists for the 2012 Gary Bellow Public Service Award!  The student finalists are Crystal Redd (’13), Lara Berlin (JD’14 & MA, Law and Diplomacy’14), and Stephanie Davidson (’13).  The alumni finalists are Laurel Firestone (’04), Nisha Agarwal (’06), and Sarah Walzer (’86).  Fuller bios of our finalists, chosen from a pool of outstanding and deserving nominees, are provided in the survey below.  We extend our sincere thanks to all of those who participated: nominators, nominees, committee members, and enthusiastic members of the HLS community.

We encourage you to vote, and to encourage your friends to vote.  The polls will be open until Wednesday, March 27th, at 11:59 pm. To read more about the candidates and to vote, please visit https://harvard.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_eM8zJ7OezdG8zt3.  Each student is able to vote once for one student and one alumnus/a.  Please email garybellowpublicserviceaward@gmail.com with any questions.

Abbey Marr and Jeanne Segil
Gary Bellow Public Service Award 2013 Co-Chairs

Legal Services Center Summer Fellows Program Accepting Applications

The Legal Services Center is accepting applications for the 2013 Summer Fellows Program. Summer fellows have the unique opportunity to work full-time with one of the following clinics at the Center: Administrative/Disability Litigation Clinic; Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation (formerly the Health Law and Policy Clinic; Estate Planning Clinic; Food Law and Policy Clinic; Post Foreclosure Eviction Defense Housing Clinic; Predatory Lending/Consumer Protection Clinic; and, Veterans Clinic. Summer fellows are unpaid but eligible for all public interest fellowships including SPIF and EJA. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until opportunities are filled. For more information on the program and how to apply visit: http://www.law.harvard.edu/academics/cli… or contact  lscsummer at law.harvard.edu

Fellowships in Law and Economics

Students wishing to apply for a John M. Olin or Terence M. Considine Fellowship in Law and Economics may obtain an information sheet and application on our website at http://www.law.harvard.edu/programs/olin…. Any student at Harvard Law School is eligible to apply for a Fellowship. Fellowships, which normally are for a one-year period, involve a stipend of $3,000. Students should submit their applications by June 15, 2013, in order to be considered for a full year fellowship.

Spring Reunion Volunteers Needed – April 19-21, 2013

Student volunteers needed to help with Spring Reunions taking place on campus April 19-21, 2013. To officially sign up to volunteer please contact Tricia Woodward ( pwoodward at law.harvard.edu) with your preferred shift choice by Friday, March 29, 2013.

Listed below are the shift times we are looking for help with and a brief overview of the different types of roles that you might be assigned to as a volunteer.

Friday April 19

Morning Shift: 8am to 12noon

Afternoon Shift: 12noon to 5pm

Evening Shift: 5pm to 9pm

Saturday April 20

Morning Shift: 8am to 12noon

Afternoon Shift: 12noon to 4pm

Volunteer assignments will include the following types of roles:

Registration Assistance • Working with HLS Alumni Relations staff to greet guests, distribute registration materials, answer general questions, etc. Session Assistance • Work with session lead (usually a full time HLS staff member) to monitor the room. • Greet alums and guests as the arrive – stand at the door if possible, monitor the door during the session to make sure that it doesn’t slam or cause a disruption should someone need to leave or enter once the session has started • Help with any Q&A microphone duty if needed. Large event greeters/traffic guides – luncheons/dinners/plenary sessions • Provide assistance to alums and guests while positioned at a specific post (usually in front of large room doors like Milstein East, major traffic areas, etc.) • Answer general questions (where is the nearest bathroom, where is the parking garage, etc.) Group Photo Assistance • Work with the session lead and the photographers to get alums in place and organized.

Summer Public Service Fellowship Program – HLS Association of NJ

The Summer Public Service Fellowship Program of the Harvard Law School Association of New Jersey (“HLSANJ”) provides stipends to Harvard Law School students who take summer internships with public service institutions in New Jersey.

In previous years, the Association awarded fellowships to HLS students who interned at, among other organizations, Legal Services of New Jersey, Essex Newark Legal Services, the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office, the Attorney General’s office in Trenton, and the Office of the U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey.

Selected Fellows may combine their fellowships with other sources of funding, including grants from Summer Public Interest Funding (SPIF) and employer stipends, as long as the total falls within the funding cap established by SPIF ($6,500 for 1L’s and $8,000 for 2L’s).

Who is Eligible? Current HLS 1L’s and 2L’s.

What are the terms of the fellowship? Students must work full-time for at least eight weeks in one or two traditional public service jobs in New Jersey.  Examples of such jobs include legal services organizations such as those listed above.  Not eligible are judicial clerkships, research assistantships for professors, and political campaign work. Students may split their summer between two public interest organizations. 

What does the application consist of? A resume; a cover letter that addresses: the type of public interest work you would like to pursue upon graduation (or not) and why you would like to work in New Jersey along with any ties to the state; the name of the employer(s) for which you will work this summer and the type of work (e.g., landlord/tenant, domestic violence; confirmation that you have received an offer from each employer for which you plan to intern, and if not, when you expect the offer(s)

The Association may require a phone interview as part of the selection process.

What are the selection criteria? The Association will make its decisions based on: Demonstrated commitment to public service; the type of work you wish to pursue; your commitment to and/or ties with New Jersey.

Where do I send my application? Please mail your application directly to the address below: Kenneth F. Oettle, Esq., Senior Counsel, Sills Cummis & Gross P.C. One Riverfront Plaza, Newark, NJ 07102

In the alternative, e-mail your application materials to Mr. Oettle at koettle@sillscummis.com.

His direct line at Sills Cummis is (973) 643-5462.

Applications should be postmarked or e-mailed by Friday, March 22, 2013.

If you have questions, please contact Ken Oettle by phone or e-mail or contact the SPIF office at the following phone number: 617-495-0643

More information: HLSA of NJ_Summer 2012 Public Interest

Poverty Law & Public Benefit Programs Summer RA Opportunity

Clinical Professor Daniel Nagin seeks a summer research assistant for projects related to poverty law and public benefit programs (especially veterans benefits). The projects will involve a mix of not only traditional legal and policy research, but also litigation on behalf of veterans and their dependents with cases before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims and other tribunals. Ideally, the position would be based at the Legal Services Center of HLS; however, working remotely from outside of Boston is also a possibility. A split summer can also be considered. To apply, please send an email explaining your interest, together with a copy of your resume and transcript, to:  ljohnston at law.harvard.edu

Annual Williston Negotiation Competition for 1Ls

This Friday, March 15 is the deadline to sign up for the 60th Annual Williston Negotiation Competition!

What is the Williston Competition?  The Williston Competition is Harvard’s annual negotiating exercise for 1Ls hosted by the Harvard Negotiators and the Board of Student Advisers. Teams of two, representing one side in a complex contract negotiation, work with another team of two representing the other side. At the end of the competition, both teams submit a contract and each team submits a private memo to its client.

Why should I participate?  Great experience, cash prizes, and glory! A panel of expert judges will review each contract, so the competition is a unique opportunity to get feedback from professionals in the field. Each year’s winners are also immortalized on a plaque in Langdell Library.

When is it?  This year’s competition will start with a mandatory introductory lunch meeting at noon on Friday, March 29 at WCC 1010. Completed contracts and memos will be due by e-mail at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 5.

Who can participate?  All 1Ls can participate. You can sign up with a partner or as an individual to be partnered up with another student. You do not need to have taken the Negotiation Workshop, and many winners in previous years had not taken the course.

How do I sign up?  To participate, you must register individually or as a team (sign up once per team) at http://tinyurl.com/harvardwilliston2013. The deadline to register is this Friday, March 15. Questions? Email  harvardwilliston2013 at gmail.com or check out the competition website at http://www3.law.harvard.edu/orgs/negotia….

2nd Annual Harvard Graduate Student Trivia Tournament

2nd Annual Harvard Graduate Student Trivia Tournament

Tuesday, April 2nd from 7-9pm
Cambridge Queen’s Head Pub (ground level of Memorial Hall)

Join us as grad students from across campus face-off to find out “WHO’S THE BRAINIEST OF THEM ALL?”
***Trivia begins promptly at 7pm, so please arrive accordingly.***

– Cash bar
– Up to 6 people on a team
– All team members must be 21 years of age or older (Bring ID!)
– Space is limited to 25 teams, so sign up early
– Door prizes (must be present to win)

Sponsored by the Harvard Graduate School of Education and the Harvard Graduate Commons Program

Sign up here:  http:tinyurl.com/HGSTrivia

Professional Portraits Information

Professional Portraits

Greetings 1L, 2L, 3L and LLM Harvard Law School Students:

DOS has made special arrangements to have Photography by Roman professional photographers on campus for portrait sessions from March 5-7 and March 12-14 from 9am-6pm (break from 1pm-2pm).  This is the perfect opportunity for you to sit for a free session if you are interested in high quality portraits for personal or professional use.

 Please visit https://www.securedata-trans7.com/ap/photographybyroman/index.php?page=10

to schedule an appointment.  If you find your schedule unpredictable, WALK-INS are welcome, and the photographers will do their best to accommodate you.

There is No Charge for the session. Each student photographed will receive a packet in the mail and can order personal portraits for family and friends as well as for professional reasons.

The photographer will be set up on the 1st Floor of the Harkness Commons Student Center- Hark Box Area (by the fireplace). Business attire is suggested. Classic styles in solid colors look best.

Please contact the Dean of Students Office with any questions.



OCS Seeks Rising 3Ls for Peer Advisors

The Office of Career Services is seeking applications from current second-year students to serve as OCS Peer Advisors for the 2013-2014 academic year. Peer Advisors are responsible for assisting OCS staff with our various career-related initiatives. This involves assisting with career programs, monitoring developments in the legal market, counseling students, conducting career-related research, drafting content for the OCS website and blog and advising the OCS staff on student issues and concerns. Peer Advisors would be required to return to campus for EIP Preparation and EIP week. Because of OCS’ close relationships with employers, working in OCS offers a unique perspective on what is happening in the private sector. Peer Advisors receive $11.50 per hour and work 8-12 hours/week, plus paid training sessions. If you are interested in helping others navigate through the job search process and working as part of the OCS team, then this would be a great opportunity. Please submit a cover letter and resume via email by Wednesday, March 13th to  yshen at law.harvard.edu. For additional information or questions, please contact Yih-hsien Shen, Assistant Director for J.D. Advising, by email at  yshen at law.harvard.edu or by phone at 617-495-3049.

Bluebook Drop-In Sessions

Got questions about the Bluebook? We’ve got answers! The Library is now holding Bluebook Drop-In Sessions twice weekly – just come in and ask your questions, no appointment required! Where: 5th floor Library conference room When: Mondays, 12-1 and Fridays, 3-4, beginning March 8th Calendar: http://libcal.law.harvard.edu/researchtr… First come, first served! Prefer a one-on-one appointment? Email us (Terri and Jennifer) at  tsaintamour at law.harvard.edu or  jallison at law.harvard.edu.

Chamber Music Society Tickets Available!

Enjoy a beautiful evening of music at HLS Chamber Music Society’s Third Annual Charity Concert, held in conjunction with Harvard Business and Medical Schools.

All proceeds donated to All Hands’ Hurricane Sandy Response Fund.

Tickets available in the DOS Office (WCC-3039)

When Thursday, March 7, 2013, 8pm
Where Paine Concert Hall (diagonally across from Austin Hall)

Cost is $10 for students

Interested in helping determine how student org funding is allocated?

Interested in helping determine how student org funding is allocated?

Student representatives are needed in late March to help review funding applications and allocate school funds to student organizations which are funded by the Student Funding Board. There are two main requirements to serve: (1) NOT occupy an executive position in a student organization funded by the SFB; (2) be available for evening meetings on March 26, 27 and 28.

Please contact Valérie Duchesneau ASAP at vduchesneau@jd14.law.harvard.edu for more information.

Buy compostable plates, cups, and utensils here!

Planning an on-campus event and looking to make it sustainable? Have an office kitchen and wish less were thrown in the trash? You can order compostable plates, cups, and utensils here: http://bit.ly/VhWWjs The Office for Sustainability is offering this service at cost, which also happens to be below retail prices. So make sure to place an order today! We provide items for on-campus events (please allow 3 business days to fill) as well as in bulk (please allow 1-2 weeks to fill). And for on campus events, don’t forget to order a compost bin when booking your room in Virtual EMS. Please email  sustainability at law.harvard.edu and  lwolf at jd13.law.harvard.edu with any questions or to receive a nifty how-to guide on making events compostable.