Matthew J.B. Lawrence seeking paid RA on health insurance coverage

Matthew J.B. Lawrence, an Academic Fellow at the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology and Bioethics, seeks one paid research assistant to work with him on his own scholarly projects (relating to health law, including rationing, insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act, and Medicare claims and appeals). To begin as soon as possible. Please email a CV to  mlawrence at law.harvard.edu.

Mandatory Clinical Ethics Training

The mandatory Clinical Ethics Training is scheduled for: Friday, February 7 from 3:30-5pm in the Ames Courtroom. HLS students are required to attend if: Enrolled in their first clinic in Winter 2014 or Spring 2014 Participating in a Student Practice Organization Students do not need to attend the training if they previously attended an Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Ethics Training. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. The Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs

ILSP Visiting Fellowship Program

The Islamic Legal Studies Program at Harvard Law School is accepting applications for ILSP Visiting Fellowships for the academic year 2014–2015. The program has been newly revised to include opportunities to work on scholarly projects relating to one of the year’s three research streams: Islamic Law and Legal History, Islamic Law and Society, and Islamic Law Themes in Digital Humanities. For more information and to apply, visit http://www.law.harvard.edu/programs/ilsp. For questions or additional information, please contact  ilsp at law.harvard.edu. The deadline for applications is February 1, 2014. Applications received after this date will not be considered.

Apply for the Spring 2014 Harvard Graduate School Leadership Institute

HGSLI Program Overview

Housed at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Center for Public Leadership, the Harvard Graduate School Leadership Institute (HGSLI) is a leadership development program for graduate students across Harvard. Each HGSLI cohort is limited to 30 students and provides an opportunity to establish an intimate cross-Harvard network.

HGSLI is semester-long program where Fellows receive leadership training informed by the model of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO), and focused on authentic leadership development, growth, and personal reflection.

According to past participants, this is an intense and deeply rewarding program that is often their most meaningful experience at Harvard. Weekly meetings and a weekend retreat build strong friendships, a leadership toolkit, and a peer network that continues long after the HGSLI program is over.

Testimonials by past Fellows include:

“HGSLI connected me to a group of extraordinary Harvard students, many of whom I’d never have met, and threw me into the deep end of leadership learning. I’ve had authentic, meaningful conversations that have taught me more about myself and others than most of my classes to date.”

“HGSLI is one of the best things I’ve done in my graduate career at Harvard.”

“HGSLI was the first time I really got put on a pedestal and had 4 other people asking me questions to get to the real root of what I was struggling with.  It taught humility, openness, and was constructive.  A fear removing experience.”

Application Process

The application deadline is 12:00 noon EST on Friday, February 7. The application includes three short questions and a resume submission. Harvard graduate students pursuing degrees from all schools are invited to apply.

To apply, please visit this link: https://harvard.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_6WObDSrlETk2bBP.

Twenty minute interviews will be held for select applicants on Tuesday, February 11 through  Saturday, February 15. You will be contacted no later than Monday, February 17 regarding your final admission status.

Program Requirements

In order to build a strong and cohesive group, 100% attendance at all Tuesday sessions and the weekend retreat is required. Please do not apply if you cannot make this commitment.

Program Dates

Retreat

Friday, February 21 (5:30pm) – Sunday, February 23 (3:30pm)

The retreat is held on Cape Cod. Transportation, housing and meals are all included however Fellows are asked to contribute $50 to help defray retreat costs.

Tuesday Sessions

All sessions run from 6:30-9:30pm at the Center for Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School. Dinner is provided at each session. Session dates are as follows:

Tuesday, March 4

Tuesday, March 11

Tuesday, March 25

Tuesday, April 1

Tuesday, April 8

Tuesday, April 15

Tuesday, April 22

Tuesday, April 29

There may be additional optional events hosted with alumni during the semester. HGSLI has an active alumni body and graduated Fellows engage in events with speakers, networking, and training.

For more information, contact Erika Carlsen at Erika_Carlsen@mail.harvard.edu or visit our website at www.hgsli.com.

Apply to be on the 2014 Harvard FDI Moot Team! Info Session on Feb. 3

The Foreign Direct Investment Arbitration Moot is an annual competition designed to simulate an investor-state arbitration, such as those carried out under the rules of the International Center for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID). The Moot Court Board is currently seeking students who wish to participate in this competition, which will take place in Malibu from Oct. 24-26, 2014. Last year’s team won 1st place overall, and the 2012 team won 3rd place, so this is a great opportunity to join a fun and successful team and to learn about an interesting and growing area of international law! Join last year’s team for an information session on Monday., Feb. 3 at 12 pm in Hauser 101. To tryout for the team, please email Sarah Weiner at  sweiner at jd15.law.harvard.edu by Feb. 5 for details on the application process. Tryouts will be held the week of Feb. 10.

Pro-Bono Death Penalty Work

The New Hampshire Supreme Court has affirmed a capital murder conviction and the jury’s death sentence, and will take up proportionality review next year. If that appeal is unsuccessful, there will be a petition for a writ of certiorari in the United States Supreme Court. That task creates a volunteer opportunity for 2-3 students. The students will work directly and closely with appellate counsel, who is based in Concord, N.H., but the students should not have to travel. They will put themselves in the position of a Supreme Court clerk reviewing a cert petition in this case, and in the position of an advocate trying to convince the Court to accept the case. The students will find and review cert petitions in capital cases as well as in cases raising similar legal issues to try to gain insight into why the Court granted or denied cert, and therefore, how to persuade the Court to favorably review the petition. In addition, the students will assist counsel in researching and evaluating the federal issues raised by the appeal and selecting the issues most appropriate for cert. Finally, if time permits, the students will assist counsel in drafting the petition. Putting drafting aside, and excluding the time it will take to review the pertinent parts of the appellate briefs and opinion, the screening, research and evaluation functions would likely involve 40-50 hours of work. Several Harvard Law students have provided assistance in this case by assisting counsel in compiling comparison cases for proportionality review. Interested students should send a short paragraph of interest to Professor Carol Steiker ( steiker at law.harvard.edu) with the subject line “Preparation of Petition for a Writ of Cert in NH” by February 14. It is likely that multiple students will be selected for this opportunity

Chayes Applicants: Email or Call to Schedule Interview by this Friday, January 31

A reminder to HLS students planning to apply for a 2014 Chayes International Public Service Fellowship: the deadline for submitting your application is Saturday, February 1, but you must also contact International Legal Studies by Friday, January 31 to schedule a 15-minute interview with a Chayes Program representative. Interview times are available from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 5, Thursday, February 6, and Friday, February 7. Applicants should call International Legal Studies at (617) 384-5284 or send an email to ils at law.harvard.edu, no later than 5 p.m. on January 31, indicating times when you are available. You will receive a confirmation e-mail indicating the time and place for your interview and the name of your interviewer. This interview is an opportunity for you to further explain what you are hoping to do this summer and why; your background, skills and interests; and where things stand in your efforts to secure a placement. There is no dress code for the interview — you can wear whatever you would wear to class. Detailed information about the Chayes Program and the application timeline and process is available at http://www.law.harvard.edu/news/spotligh…

Teaching Fellow Needed for IGA 516/SOC 180: Law, Science and Society in America

Professor Sheila Jasanoff, Pforzheimer Professor of Science and Technology Studies at the Harvard Kennedy School, is looking for two teaching fellows for her spring class, Law Science and Society in America. The class meets on Monday and Wednesday, 10-11am, with a weekly section to be arranged.

The course description can be found here: http://isites.harvard.edu/icb/icb.do?keyword=k97354&login=yes TFs are required to attend lecture and listen actively. All TFs are responsible for teaching at least one section, holding one office hour per week, and attending weekly TF meetings. TFs will also assist in development of course assignments, section plans, and exams. TFs will grade assignments and the final exam which takes place in early to mid-May.

Applicants should work well as a team and individually to accomplish course goals and prepare materials by specific deadlines. Applicants should also have good communication and public speaking skills in addition to a desire to mentor approximately 15‐18 undergraduate students. Teaching experience is desired, particularly at the undergraduate or graduate level.

Interested students should contact Professor Jasanoff at  sheila_jasanoff at harvard.edu and/or Shana Rabinowich, STS Program Administrator, at  shana_rabinowich at hks.harvard.edu. Compensation will be the standard GSAS salary rate for Teaching Fellows for 2013‐14.

Spring Semester Pro Bono Tax Law Opportunity Representing Low-Income Taxpayers at the Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School

The Legal Services Center (LSC) of Harvard Law School is seeking law students with an interest in tax law to do pro bono work with our Tax Law Project. The Tax Law Project is a new initiative at LSC focused on representing local low-income taxpayers before the IRS. Most cases involve controversies with the IRS relating to the Earned Income Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit, dependency exemptions, and similar issues. Some cases also involve collection matters, such as installment agreements and offers in compromise. Under the guidance of an experienced tax attorney, students will likely have opportunities to participate in client interviews, conduct legal research, develop case strategy, engage in evidence gathering, draft advocacy letters to the IRS, and/or draft Tax Court petitions. Students should expect to make a minimum time commitment of two to three hours per week. Some of the work will need to be completed at LSC’s community-based location (the Jamaica Plain neighborhood of Boston), but some work can also be completed remotely from campus. Students can either work with the Tax Law Project during the entirety of the spring semester or for a shorter interval. Interested students—or those with questions—should send an email to dkesinger2013 at clinics.law.harvard.edu. Applicants should briefly describe the basis for their interest in the Tax Law Project and should attach a resume.

Program for Third Year Visits – deadline February 7

The Program for Third Year Visits is available for third year HLS students who desire to study out of residence, at another ABA accredited law school, due to personal hardship or for academic enhancement. In order to participate in this program, you must petition the HLS Administrative Board, through the Dean of Students Office.

For more information on how to apply: http://www.law.harvard.edu/current/student-services/student-life/academic-life/program-for-third-year-visits.html

Berkeley Exchange Program – deadline Friday, February 7

The Berkeley Exchange Program was designed for the purpose of enhancing the educational opportunities available to law students at both Harvard and Berkeley by providing them with exposure to a different faculty and student body. Each year, the program allows up to five Harvard Law School students to spend their third year studying at Berkeley’s Boalt Hall School of Law. In return, up to five students from Berkeley can spend their third year here at Harvard.

HLS students who wish to be considered for the Exchange Program should submit an application to the Administrative Board via the Dean of Students (send email to dos@law.harvard.edu) by Friday, February 7 at 5pm. The application should be in the form of a letter indicating why you wish to participate in the program. Special attention will be given to academic reasons for wishing to go to Berkeley such as a desire to work with a particular faculty member there, or to take courses not available at Harvard. In any event, the application should include a proposed course of study at Berkeley. Courses at Boalt Hall are listed on their website https://www.law.berkeley.edu/161.htm

Additional information can be found at: www.law.harvard.edu/current/student-services/student-life/academic-life/berkeley-exchange-program.html

Any questions about the Program may be raised with the Dean of Students Office.

[Let’s Pretend its Summer Again] : A Musical Fundraiser

We will be tabling every day this week and early next week (up till Tuesday Feb 4th) from 12-2pm under the Hark, stop by and get your ticket! Tickets are only $10 and include a free drink ticket. The Harvard African Law Association would like to invite you to a musical fundraiser – Songs About Love – an indoor picnic featuring some of the best musical talent from across the Harvard campus. This event is in support of HALA’s networking and community service trip to Kenya over Spring break. Bring a picnic basket and join us as we celebrate the electric force that makes the world go round. Come hear from singers and musicians from across the Harvard Campus, and lets pretend its summer again! Milstein East, Harvard Law School Friday, February 7 2014, 8:00 – 10:00 p.m.

Introductory and First Assignment Information – Administrative Law

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 at the Law Coop. For the first class on Wednesday, January 29, please read pages 2-18 of the textbook. In addition, I would appreciate your not bringing electronic devices to class this semester.

Nicholson Price seeking RA on law and the biosciences

Nicholson Price, a Lecturer on Law and Academic Fellow at the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology and Bioethics, seeks one or more research assistants for matters relating to law and the biosciences, potentially including personalized medicine, regulatory exclusivity, and/or biosimilars. The position would consist of research, independent analysis, and writing, and would be suitable for academic writing credit. To apply, please send directly to wprice at law.harvard.edu your resume, a brief statement of interest and any relevant qualifications, your law school transcript (informal is fine), and a writing sample.

First Assignment for International Criminal Law

Three articles have now been posted to the course ISite; hard copies are not available. The first assignment for Thursday, January 30: Please read Casebook pages 1-26 and the 3 articles posted to Course Materials on ISites (Hubris paper, Show Trials Koskenniemi, and Cassese Reflections) The assignment for Friday, January 31: Please read Casebook pages 27-65. The Syllabus for the course will be handed out in class on the first day.

Paid Research Assistant: 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. Students currently in either their second or third year of law school are eligible to apply. 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 krecord at law.harvard.edu.