Apply now for an empirical legal studies workshop!

The SJD Empirical Legal Studies group is hosting Professor Ted Eisenberg from Cornell, one of the nation’s leading empirical legal scholars, for a unique two-day workshop on how to conduct empirical research in law. The workshop will cover basic statistic methods and apply them to questions like how to run quantitative analysis of judicial decisions and jury awards, how to explore the relationship between punitive and compensatory damage awards in civil litigation, and more. Prior statistical knowledge and/or experience in empirical research is an advantage, but not a perquisite. All students are invited to apply! Interested students should submit a resume and a brief (not more than one page) statement of interest, explaining why they want to participate and whether they intend to pursue empirical research in their future work, to the Netta Barak-Corren at nbarakcorren at Applications are due January 20, 2014.

Research Assistant Needed

Seeking research assistant for work on food literacy, the use of food as medicine, school food culture and the national food justice movement. Experience in public health sector, food science, and with setting up website a plus. Approximately ten hours/week, paid hourly, beginning winter or spring term. Please contact Bettina Neuefeind, Research Fellow, with resume and statement of interest.  bneuefeind at

Seeking Law Student Research Assistant: Part-time, Paid Position with LGBT Rights & Health Law Study

Faculty person with the Harvard School of Public Health seeks to hire law student as a part-time, paid research assistant (RA) to work on a pilot study of the effects of state laws related to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) rights on health in the United States. The student should have completed two years of law school by December 2013. The health law RA will attend monthly research team meetings and work closely with study principal investigator Dr. Bryn Austin. The RA will compile a database of her/his findings documenting all state laws related to selected domains relevant to LGBT rights and health from 1996 to the present. The RA will write a final report describing the legal research methods used and produce the final database of state laws. Her/his research results will contribute to drafting a manuscript for peer-review publication examining the effects of state laws on the health of adolescents and young adults living throughout the United States. The position is 20 hours per month for six months, starting in January 2014. Please send resume and statement of interest to Bryn Austin at:


Seeking Law Student Research Assistant: Part-time, Paid Position with Health Law Study

The Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and Center for Health Law & Policy Innovation of Harvard Law School (CHLPI) seek to hire law student as a part-time, paid research assistant (RA) to work on a pilot study of the potential for regulating the fashion industry to protect the occupational health of models in the United States. The student should have completed two years of law school by December 2013. The health law RA will attend monthly research team meetings and work closely with Dr. Bryn Austin (HSPH) and Katherine Record, JD, MPH, MA (CHLPI). The RA will compile a report of her/his findings. The report will document all federal bills, regulations or legislation that have been filed or enacted on the subject (in the United States as well as in other nations or municipalities), as well as any voluntary measures that have been taken (e.g., by industry trade groups). If research reveals state activity on this issue, the report will describe the same for New York state, California, and select other states as appropriate. If legal activity is found to be lacking, the report will recommend legal actions possible at the federal and state levels, drawing on successful approaches used to address other public health issues (e.g., Occupational Safety and Health Administration regulation in other industries). The report will provide the basis for future legal research and the publication of the information in a scientific peer-reviewed journal and perhaps also a law review journal, if appropriate. The RA will write a final report on her/his research results and will contribute to drafting a manuscript for peer-review publication. The position is 20 hours per month for six months, starting in January 2014. Please send resume and statement of interest to Katherine Record at

Apply to Professor Steiker’s Criminal Law Reading Group Spring 14

This one credit reading group meets Tuesdays from 5pm – 7pm, and will read selections from the broad literature that addresses the various perspectives of criminal justice “insiders” – police officers, prosecutors, defense attorneys, judges, jurors, prison guards, and of course individual citizens who are drawn into the system as defendants, victims, and witnesses in criminal cases. The reading group is open to all 2L’s and 3L’s, with the exception of students who took Professor Steiker’s 1L Reading Group of the same name. Prerequisite: Course enrollment is by permission of the faculty. Interested students should submit a brief (one paragraph) statement of interest by January 10 to Professor Steiker’s assistant, Amanda Cegielski, at  acegielski at

LAW COOP December Hours

Dec. 9 – 20: BOOK BUYBACK

25% off Fleece Sale

Mon – Fri, Dec. 9 -13:  OPEN 9am – 5pm

Mon – Thu, Dec. 16 -19:  OPEN 9am – 5pm

Friday, Dec. 20: OPEN 9am – 5:30pm


Mon and Tue, Dec. 23 – 24: OPEN 10am – 4pm

CLOSED: Dec. 25 through Jan. 1

Thu, Jan 2: normal hours resume

Cleary Gottlieb 2014 Summer Fellowship

Applications are now being accepted for the Cleary Gottlieb 2014 Summer Fellowship at the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinic (HIRC). The summer fellow will work on cases involving direct representation of individuals from around the world seeking asylum and other humanitarian protections. The fellow may also work on appellate and policy advocacy at the local, national and international levels. To apply, please submit a résumé, cover letter, transcript (unofficial is ok), and two references to Sabi Ardalan at  hirc at Applications are due January 20, 2014.

Harvard and MIT graduate students are invited to apply now for the Communicating Science (ComSciCon-local) Workshop

Harvard and MIT graduate students are invited to apply now for the Communicating Science (ComSciCon-local) workshop, to be held at Harvard in January of 2014.  Our workshop series is designed to empower graduate students to communicate the complex and technical concepts that arise in research in science, engineering, medicine, law and other fields to broad and diverse audiences, beyond fellow practitioners in the field.

We have an exciting program of events planned for the January workshop.  Like our nationwide summer workshops, attendees will interact with graduate student leaders in scholarly communication, learn from expert writers and communicators including Harvard and MIT faculty, and will produce original writing for publication.

The ComSciCon-local event will be held in two half-day sessions over the January term, on the mornings of January 13th and 24th.  The application for the workshop is open now and will close on December 20th, 2013.  There will be no cost or fee to graduate student attendees, but only a limited number of spots are available.  You can also sign up for our informational email list on Google Groups.

This inaugural ComSciCon-local event will be held in collaboration with the Harvard Institute for Learning and Teaching and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and is organized by Harvard and MIT graduate student students.


For more information, please contact ComSciCon organizing committee co-chairs Kara Manke ( kjmanke at or Nathan Sanders ( nsanders at

Traveling internationally this Winter Term? Please Read

We realize that many will be traveling abroad over the course of the winter term and wish to remind you of the required procedures and the resources available through Harvard University. If you will be traveling internationally this winter term please do the following: 1. register the trip in the Harvard Travel Registry This enables the University to locate you quickly and provide assistance in the event of an emergency (i.e. natural disaster, civil unrest, etc). Travelers should create a profile in the Travel Registry and then record their specific travel information and make sure the information stays up-to-date. Harvard University requires ALL students who are traveling under university auspices (that is, receiving either credit or funding) to enter their information in the travel registry, and highly recommends the same for all international travelers affiliated with Harvard University. 2. Obtain a Harvard Travel Assist membership card and review the program’s services (available at the travel registry) 3. All students traveling under university auspices should also review, sign and return the appropriate Assumption of Risk and General Release (available in the International Travel section of the ILS website: In addition, HLS students should review Harvard’s Global Support Services’ travel risk ratings Students who are considering travel to an area that is categorized as high-risk must contact International Legal Studies (ils at regarding the appropriate steps prior to travel. This is necessary for travel in conjunction with courses or clinics as well as independent travel. Please be aware that HLS may advise against — and may even withhold support for — travel that is deemed to pose excessive risk. For more information on each of these steps, and traveling abroad in general, please be sure to visit our International Travel section of the ILS webpage If you have questions, you may contact Sara Zucker, Director of International Legal Studies Programs (szucker at We wish you the best for safe and productive travels.

Apply for Law & Rhetoric Reading Group Spring 2014

Law and Rhetoric reading group, Spring 2014, with Prof. Martha Minow and Prof. Adrian Vermeule (W 5-7 pm) This reading group will explore topics in law and rhetoric, meaning the study and uses of language as it is used to coordinate behavior, organize and maintain social groups, construct meanings and identities, and persuade varied audiences. Admission is by application only. Please submit a CV and statement of interest to Melinda Eakin ( eakin at by Wednesday, January 15, 2014. The group will meet on Wednesdays from 5-7 pm on February 5, February 19, March 5, March 26, April 9, and April 23

Apply for Supreme Court Decisions reading group Spring 2014

Supreme Court Decisions seminar, Spring 2014, with Prof. Martha Minow (W 5-7) This reading group will select recent constitutional and statutory cases to examine with a focus on judicial reasoning. Opinions from the U.S. Supreme Court will be central, and some from other high courts will also be considered. Admission is by application only. Please send a CV and statement of interest to Melinda Eakin ( eakin at by January 8, 2014. The class will meet on Wednesdays 5-7 pm on January 29, February 12, March 12, April 2, and April 16.

Application Deadline for HLS-Cambridge J.D./LL.M. Joint Degree Program: January 10, 2014

The Harvard Law School and the University of Cambridge J.D./LL.M. Joint Degree Program provides an efficient avenue to earn two degrees by enabling 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 deadline to apply for study at Cambridge in the 2014-2015 academic year is Friday, January 10, 2014 Further information about the program, eligibility, and application requirements can be found at: or by contacting International Legal Studies:  ils at

Trial Team Tryouts for 24th Annual National Criminal Justice Trial Advocacy Competition in Chicago

The Criminal Justice Section of the American Bar Association and the John Marshall Law School are sponsoring the Twenty-Fourth Annual National Criminal Justice Trial Advocacy Competition in Chicago on March 20 – 23, 2014. Harvard has participated in the competition since its inception and has been the champion, a finalist and semi-finalist in past years. Four HLS students will compete against teams from nineteen other law schools trying a criminal case. Each team will participate in three preliminary mock trials, after which the highest-scoring teams will proceed to the semi-finals and then to the championship round. Students on the team will act as counsel and/or witnesses for their teammates in each round. All students will have the opportunity to serve as counsel in at least one round. Clinical instructors from the Criminal Justice Institute (CJI) will serve as coaches for the trial team. Interested students should pick up tryout materials from the CJI office located on the fifth floor of WCC (Clinical Wing, Suite 5116) and select a tryout time slot on the posted schedule in the office. The trial team will be selected after “tryouts.” Tryouts will be held on Tuesday, January 7 and Friday, January 10, 2014. Complete an application and submit it at the time you sign up for a time slot. Tryout materials and a sign-up sheet for trying out will be available on Wednesday, December 11 at 4pm in the CJI office. Please feel free to call CJI at 6-8143 if you have questions.

Student submissions for Journal on Legislation

The Journal on Legislation is now accepting student submissions for the upcoming spring/summer issue. A description of what we’re looking for in student submissions is below. Submissions are due by the end of Monday, January 6, the first day of J-term. If you are thinking about submitting a piece, please send me a message to Daniel Lorme, the JOL Student Writing Editor, at  dlorme at Also, please don’t hesitate to contact him with any questions about what we are looking for in a piece. What is JOL looking for? (1) Recent Developments: We’re especially interested in student-written Recent Developments (RDs) on significant recently enacted legislation or a recently introduced legislative proposal. We’ve published RDs as short as eight journal pages and as long as thirty. The motivating audience of RDs (and of the journal as a whole) is members and staff of Congress, so you should write with that audience in mind. We would like to publish RDs that contain both a descriptive element and an argument of some kind. The descriptive section would most likely include a summary of the bill/statute’s major provisions and also something about its legislative history. The argument could be either a policy argument or a legal argument. Note that the argument section will probably not be all that long—the description of the statute and the legislative history will probably be at least half the total length of the RD. (2) Notes: Notes are typically longer pieces that focus on a somewhat broader topic, but still address a concrete piece of legislation or make a concrete legislative proposal. Notes often begin their lives as writing projects or papers written for classes or credit. We tend to favor student writing with an integral legislative element as opposed to writing on a general topic with a two-to-three paragraph legislative proposal tacked on at the end. What topics is JOL interested in? Legislation and the legislative process. We have a strong preference for pieces that interact with a particular concrete bill or statute, or make a detailed legislative proposal. We also like writing on bills or statutes that are both significant (related to a topic of significant popular and/or scholarly debate) and current (related to bills or statutes that have been introduced or passed within approximately the last year).

Spring Break Pro Bono Trips

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 Thursday, Dec 5 12 pm WCC 3016 Come find out more about this year’s three trips: 1) Voting Rights with Mexican American Legal Defense Fund (San Antonio, Texas): 2) Transactional work with Delta Directions in Clarksdale, Mississippi and 3) Immigration Border Work with No More Deaths (Tucson, Arizona) Application deadline is Wednesday, January 15, 2014. More info and application

Apply for Spring 2014 Negotiators Client Projects

Apply to participate on a client project team working with clients nationally and internationally to provide negotiation coaching and training, design systems for dealing with internal disputes, and conduct conflict assessments of complex real-life situations. Projects range across industries and environments. Specific project details to be released later in the process. Representative past projects are: -Analyzing violent conflicts in Latin America -Conducting an evaluation of dispute resolution processes at the National Institutes of Health -Designing negotiation training for FAIR Fund, youth organization working to fight human trafficking and domestic violence Time commitment varies but averages 1-3 hours a week for client project team members and 3 to 5 hours a week for client project team leaders Apply by 12/8 at 5 PM at:… Thanks!