Announcing the Second Biennial Radcliffe Institute Public Art Competition

The biennial competition to design and construct a site-specific installation for prominent display in Radcliffe Yard is open to all Harvard students currently enrolled in a degree program.

The Radcliffe Institute Public Art Competition invites a registration of intent by December 13, 2013, followed by a proposal submitted by January 31, 2014.

Designs can be submitted individually or in teams. We seek designs that highlight the potential of public art, and the visual arts in general, to contribute to intellectual conversations at Harvard and beyond.  Design submissions will be judged by a jury of Harvard faculty, who encourage bold, provocative designs. Winning entries receive a $40,000 construction budget and the winning student or team of students will receive a $10,000 honorarium.

To learn more, view the public art page of the Radcliffe Institute website and/or download the competition brief.

Register your intent to participate by Friday, December 13, 2013.

Deadline for entries: January 31, 2014.

Questions: publicart@radcliffe.harvard.edu or call (617) 495-8185.

Toiletries Drive Competition for Harvard Square Homeless Shelter (Winners get ice cream!)

The WLA Volunteer Committee is hosting a toiletries drive to benefit the men and women at the Harvard Square Homeless Shelter. The section that donates the most toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, soap, deodorant, etc.) will win an ice cream party! 2l and 3ls from that section will also be included, and LLMs and SJDs have their own box as well! Boxes are located on the first floor of the WCC near the Hark ramp, and will remain there until Friday, December 6.

Teaching Fellow for Energy & Climate Law and Policy

Professor Freeman is accepting applications for Teaching Fellows for her Energy and Climate Law and Policy Class to be taught this Spring on Th and F afternoons. Fellows should have a background in energy and environmental law, be comfortable with agencies like EPA and FERC, and topics such as electricity policy, renewable energy, fracking and the shale gas boom, and biofuels. Fellows will be expected to assist professor Freeman in collecting and editing materials, review weekly student comment papers and discuss them with Professor Freeman prior to class, sit in on all classes, and hold Q&A sessions for students. Please send CV, transcript and short statement of interest to  curley at law.harvard.edu.

Research Assistant for work on Investment Consultants and Institutional Corruption

Jay Youngdahl, Network Fellow at the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, needs a Research Assistant. For more on this, see his working paper on Investment Consultants and Institutional Corruption http://ssrn.com/abstract=2255669 The project is directed at re-imagining this important, but troubled area of the financial and investment architecture. Tasks will include research of current activities of investment consultants and their clients, hoping to identify best practices. It is anticipated that the project will involve 80 hours of work for the R.A., who will be a graduate student or upper level undergraduate. The R.A. should possess an understanding of financial vocabulary, have creative research and investigative skills, and have sufficient time to give to the project over the first quarter of 2014. The final product will include a paper, for which the R.A. will receive appropriate credit. Please send a cover letter and resume to jay_youngdahl@hks.harvard.edu.

Suffolk Law Writing Competition for Massachusetts Law Students

In January 2014, the City of Boston will inaugurate a new mayor. During the mayoral race, candidates have raised many ideas about new policies to improve the city. The Rappaport Center invites law students at any law school in Massachusetts to write a five-page memorandum on this topic:

Identify an innovation that would improve the quality of life in the City of Boston. Explain how the law could be applied or amended to implement that innovation.

The winning entry will receive a $3,000 prize. Two runners-up will receive prizes of $1,000 each. The deadline for entries is January 31, 2014.

For more information, click here.

Reseach Assistant

Research assistants will be expected to review and analyze legal sources and Law Review articles. About the research: Attorney fees fund litigation, yet fee data are rarely available in the United States as well as in English rule (loser pays) jurisdictions. The research project will analyze attorney fee awards in Israel, which vests judges with full discretion to assess fees and costs as the circumstances may require. The dataset for the project has already been collected and consists of nearly 3000 cases, which constitute all cases terminated by judgment in the Israeli district courts in the years 2005, 2006, 2010, 2011, and 2012. Using this data the research will examine what affects judges when ruling on attorney fees and litigation costs, as well as what may be the derivative implications in terms of access to justice, fairness, and judicial system effectiveness. Start ASAP, End Feb. 15, 2014. The workload may vary, but will not exceed 15 hours per week. Please send a resume along with a short writing sample or statement of interest to Talia Fischer,  tfisher at ethics.harvard.edu

Get your HALA Charity Dinner Tickets!

Mark your calenders for one of HALA’s signature events, our annual Charity dinner in advance of World AIDS day on December first. Get dressed up, get fancy for a good cause 🙂 HALA CHARITY AIDS DINNER Friday November 22nd 8pm to 10pm WCC 2036 Milstein East A Dress: Cocktail/Formal Tickets for the dinner cost $10, and we will be tabling all this week selling tickets. All proceeds go directly to the Charity selected for that year. Get your tickets from the HALA table in WCC under the Hark during lunch from Monday to Thursday. If you are unable to meet us during that time but would still like to buy tickets, send us an email to  hala at mail.law.harvard.edu and we can arrange a time to meet with you.

Apply for JLSA’s Israel Trip, March 2014 – Deadline Sunday, Nov 17

Apply now to go on JLSA’s spring break trip to Israel! JLSA’s annual trip to Israel offers HLS students a special opportunity to explore the wonders and complexities of the modern state of Israel. The trip includes visits to major historical, religious, and cultural sites throughout Israel as well as meetings with senior Israeli officials and leaders. This year’s trip is scheduled for March 13 – 23, 2014. E-mail Ari (aruben@jd14) to request an application. The deadline for trip applications is Sunday, November 17.

Winter Term Travelers: International Travel Pre-Departure Sessions November 18 and 21

REQUIRED for students who receive winter term international travel grants and open to others who wish to attend. International Legal Studies will hold one-hour briefings for students traveling abroad over winter term. The session will offer information about preparing for winter term projects as well as health, safety, and other travel considerations, and facilitate interaction between 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: Monday, November 18 and Thursday, November 21. Both sessions will be held from 12:00 to 1:00 pm in Wasserstein Hall, Milstein West B. Remember, the session is REQUIRED for students who receive winter term international travel grants and is open to others who wish to attend. For more information or to determine which sessions will focus on particular regions, please e-mail Alicia Clemente aclemente at law.harvard.edu.

INTRODUCTION TO SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP: TA NEEDED FOR WINTER / SPRING TERM

Lecturers Suzanne McKechnie Klahr and Kyle Westaway are seeking a Teaching Assistant for their course Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship in the Winter / Spring Term of 2014. This position is an excellent opportunity to contribute a course on the emerging field of social enterprise law, and will allow the TA to interact with and learn from some of the innovators in the field. This person will prepare class materials and assignments, coordinate guest lecturers, manage group projects and conduct research on social enterprise law. The workload will be primarily concentrated in the Winter Term, with light duties in the Spring Term. If you are interested send your resume to  suzzane at build.org and  kyle at westawaylaw.com by November 25th.

Call for Applications for Becoming a Law Professor Reading Group

This reading group will focus on the generative scholarly process that is at the center of the life of the law professor. Each week, a member of the faculty will present a working draft of her or his scholarship, and that piece will be discussed by the group. Discussions will focus in part on the genesis of the research project being presented, in order to demonstrate how articles develop from the first spark of an idea to final publication. Students will also explore substantive issues raised in the pieces, the better to become familiar with the latest work being done across a variety of subject areas. Students will also develop their own research and scholarly agendas as the semester progresses. Admission is by application via email to Susannah Barton Tobin at  stobin at law.harvard.edu by November 18, 2013. Please include a paragraph expressing your interest in the reading group and a CV and transcript.

Calling All Language Enthusiasts!

The Graduate Forum announces the launch of 2013-2014 Language Tables. All members of the HLS community are welcome. Join enthusiasts – whether experienced speakers or beginners – for casual conversation in the language of your choice. This is a great chance to practice or even to get started. Language tables will be held in the Hark and designated with a tent card specifying the language being used. All levels welcome and encouraged. A list of initial meetings is below; a tent card specifying the language will help you find the table. Arabic: Monday, November 18th, 12:00-1:00 p.m. French: TBD German: Friday, November 15, 12:00-1:00 p.m. Italian: Wednesday, November 13, 12:00-1:00 p.m. Japanese: Wednesday, November 13, 12:00 p.m. (Every 2nd and 4th Wednesday) Mandarin: Friday, November 15, 12:00-1:00 p.m. (Every Friday) Spanish: Thursday, November 14, 12:00-1:00 p.m.

Professors Lanni and Steiker Seek Research Assistants Immediately

Professor Adriaan Lanni and Professor Carol Steiker are seeking RAs to begin work immediately to find supplementary materials for a new class on criminal procedure. Interest and experience in criminal justice is a plus. Work will begin immediately and will continue through the end of winter term. Residence in the Cambridge area for the winter term is necessary. Please send a resume/CV, an unofficial academic transcript, and a brief statement about your interest and experience to Amanda Cegielski,  acegielski at law.harvard.edu. Applications should be submitted by November 15th at noon.

Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics

FASPE (Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics) is now accepting applications for a fellowship that uses the conduct of lawyers and judges in Nazi Germany as a launching point for an intensive two-week early summer program about contemporary legal ethics.  Applications from all law students, regardless of what field of law they are interested in, are sought.  Fellowships include an all-expense paid trip from New York to Berlin, Krakow, and Oświęcim (Auschwitz) where students will work with leading faculty to explore both legal history and the ethical issues facing lawyers today.  All program costs, including international and European travel, lodging, and food, are covered.

The 2014 FASPE Law program will run from May 25 to June 5.

Completed applications must be received by January 6, 2014.  Candidates of all religious, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

To apply or to learn more about FASPE, please visit:  www.FASPE.info

[http://www.mjhnyc.org/faspe/documents/LawFlyer-2014-v.1_000.pdf]

If you have any questions, please contact Thorin Tritter, Managing Director of FASPE, at ttritter@FASPE.info.

Spring 2014 MBTA Pass Program

In conjunction 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, 2014. This program is only available to HLS students.

To sign up for the Spring 2014 pass, complete this form and turn it in along with payment (cash or check) to the Dean of Students Office (located in Suite 3039 in WCC) by December 19, 2013. Paper copies of the form are available in the Dean of Students Office. Checks may be made out to Harvard University.

  • 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.

Professor Rubenstein Seeking Winter Term Research Assistant for Empirical Study

Professor Rubenstein is looking for a research assistant with mathematical/statistical skills and familiarity with large data bases for an empirical research project concerning attorney’s fees in class action litigation. Winter Term writing credit is available, but applications must be received by November 8, 2013. To apply, please submit a (1) cover letter describing your relevant experience, (2) resume, and (3) transcript t Professor Rubenstein,  rubenstein at law.harvard.edu, as soon as possible.

Harvard Science Research Lecture, “On the Nature of Evidence”.

The Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS), Division of Science is sponsoring a Science Research lecture for non-specialists. The lecture is titled “On the Nature of Evidence” and will feature Noah Feldman, Bemis Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. What counts as evidence? Is there a gold standard? What makes some evidence better than other kinds? And do different scientific disciplines answer these questions differently? These are the questions Noah Feldman will discuss during the lecture. Feldman is a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and the Bloomberg Review. He served as a senior constitutional advisor to the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq, and advised members of the Iraqi Governing Council on drafting of the Transitional Administrative Law or interim constitution. He’s the author of five books, most recently co-authored Constitutional Law, Eighteenth Edition (Foundation Press, 2013). The lecture is free and open to the public. The event will take place on Wednesday, November 13th at 7:00 pm at Harvard University, Science Center Hall C, One Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA. For more information and to be notified about future events please contact:science_lectures@fas.harvard.edu.