HLS Trip to Wrentham Village Premium Outlets – Fri, Nov. 4th

Please join us for our upcoming trip to Wrentham  – stock up on winter weather wear apparel and take advantage of this opportunity for early holiday shopping!

Email dos@law.harvard.edu to reserve your spot – space is limited and sign-up is held on a first-come, first-served basis.

Friday, Nov. 4th

1:30pm – bus departs from Mass Ave. in front of the Lewis turn-around lot (please arrive no later than 1:15pm to load the bus)

3-9pm – shopping and dinner at the Wrentham Village Premium Outlet Center in Wrentham, MA

9pm – load bus and return to campus


Winter Term Research Strategies and the Use of Human Subjects

Students whose winter term projects will involve research and/or human subjects are strongly urged to attend a session on Friday, October 21 at 12:00 p.m. in Hauser 104. This session will be held with HLS research librarians, a representative from HLS’ technology Risk and Security team, and a representative from the Harvard Committee on the Use of Human Subjects. All students interested in learning more about research guidelines for the use of human subjects are welcome.

Ohio Bar Exam – Required Alcohol/Substance Abuse Lecture

Any students planning to take the Ohio State Bar Exam and who need to fulfill the alcohol/substance abuse lecture requirement may contact Cory Griffin ( cgriffin at law.harvard.edu) from the Dean of Students Office.  She is working in conjunction with Ryan Travia from UHS to coordinate the course and will follow up by email soon with those interested.

Human Rights Studies in Academia – Conference

Human Rights Studies in Academia

A Conference at Yale University

Saturday, April 2, 9am-4pm. Linsly-Chittenden Hall (LC), 63 High Street, New Haven, CT. Room 102


Click Here to Reserve your Place at the Human Rights in Academia Conference


The purpose of the 2011 Human Rights in Academia conference at Yale University is to bring academics and practitioners together to discuss the importance of developing and expanding upon existing human rights programs and initiatives within academic institutions at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. The conference will be a forum for debating the place and importance of human rights studies in a global academic context. Advancing the status of human rights studies while generating energy, collaboration, and action is the larger objective of the conference. For more information on the Conference Click Here.

Conference Participant List:

Harlan Beckely (Washington and Lee University)  Director of The Shepherd Poverty Program.

Seyla Benhabib (Yale) Eugene Meyer Professor of Political Science and Philosophy.

Charlie Clements (Harvard) Executive Director of The Carr Center for Human Rights Policy.

Camille Crittenden (University of California at Berkeley) Executive Director of Human Rights Center.

Yasmine Ergas (Columbia) Director of The Institute for The Study of Human Rights.

Susan Gzesh (University of Chicago) Executive Director of Human Rights Program.

Susan Katz (University of San Francisco) Professor. Expert on International and Multicultural Education.

Thomas Keenan (Bard College) Director of Human Rights Program.

Joanne Mariner (Human Rights Watch) Director of Terrorism and Counterterrorism Program and (Hunter College, CUNY) Director of Human Rights Program.

Joseph Martin (Columbia) Director of Human Rights Studies at Barnard.

Timothy McCarthy (Harvard) Program Director of Human Rights and Social Movements.

Samuel Moyn (Columbia) Professor and Historian of Human Rights.

William Schulz (NYU). Former Executive Director of Amnesty International.

James Silk (Yale) Executive Director of The Schell Center for Human Rights, Yale Law School.

David Simon (Yale) Professor of Political Science.

Felisa Tibbitts (Harvard) Lecturer on Education and (HREA) Co-Founder of Human Rights Education Associates.

Terence Turner (Cornell University) Emeritus Professor of Anthropology. Indigenous Rights Expert.

Jay Winter (Yale) Charles J. Stille Professor of History.


Conference Schedule

Description Time
Registration and Breakfast 9:00-9:20 am
Welcome 9:20-9:40 am
Introduction 9:40-10:00 am
Panel I 10:00-11:00 am
Discussion of Panel I 11:00-11:30 am
Panel II 11:30-12:30 pm
Discussion of Panel II 12:30-1:00 pm


Lunch 1:00-2:00 pm
Panel III 2:00-3:00 pm
Discussion of Panel III 3:00-3:30 pm
Last Remarks/Wrap Up 3:30-4:00 pm
Reception 4:00 pm


For More Information Visit: www.humanrightsinacademia.com

or Contact: humanrightsinacademia@gmail.com

Racial Disparities in Health Care – Panel Discussion

Racial Disparities in Health Care
Monday, April 4, 12 to 1:30pm, HLS Pound 213

Forty years after the end of the Jim Crow era and the passage of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act, there remain large racial disparities in the American healthcare system.  This panel will explore the strengths and weaknesses of various policies that may be employed to alleviate ongoing racial health disparities.  Such policies include those that enhance the enforcement or reach of existing civil rights laws and those that call for more direct and targeted quality-improvement initiatives.  In addition, the panel will discuss those aspects of the Affordable Care Act that may lead to reduced disparities in care.

Gregg Bloche
Amitabh Chandra
Anup Malani
David Barton Smith

Michael Frakes

Is the Obama Health Care Reform Constitutional? Panel Discussion

Is the Obama Health Care Reform Constitutional?

Thursday, March 24, Noon to 1:30pm
Ames Courtroom at Harvard Law School

Introductions: Dean Martha Minow
Panelists: Randy Barnett, Charles Fried and Laurence H. Tribe
Moderator: I. Glenn Cohen

America’s most significant health care reform initiative in over 50 years, and the centerpiece of President Obama’s domestic policy agenda, is currently being challenged in federal courts across the country. Thus far, two district courts have pronounced the measure (at least in part) unconstitutional focusing on its individual mandate, while two courts have upheld the measure. Appeals are pending before the Circuit courts, and with more litigation on the way the question may soon end up before the U.S. Supreme Court.  Is the reform constitutional? How is the Supreme Court likely to rule?  This panel, involving the nation’s leading constitutional law scholars, will address these issues.  Co-sponsored by the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics and the Harvard Law School Federalist Society. Free pizza from “Otto’s” available while it lasts.

OWLS (Older Wiser Law Students) Wine & Cheese Reception – Dean of Students Office

Please join us Tuesday evening before spring break for a special early spring reception in celebration of our HLS OWLS (Older Wiser Law Students)!  We’ll have wine and cheese and the opportunity to meet, greet, and network with fellow OWLS from the HLS community.  This will also give those in attendance the chance to give our office feedback on services and resources most relevant to OWLS and to help plan for future events.  Please feel free to call or email our office (617-495-1880,  dos at law.harvard.edu) if you or other HLS OWLS might be interested in sharing the pre-spring break fun with us.

4:30-6:30 pm
Tuesday, March 8th
John Chipman Gray Room, Pound 213

PALS (Parents at the Law School) Reception – Afternoon Tea – Dean of Students Office

Please join us Monday afternoon before spring break for a special early spring reception in celebration of our HLS PALS (Parents at the Law School)!  Spouses, partners, and children are all welcome.  We’ll have refreshments, raffle prizes, and the opportunity to meet, greet, and network with fellow parents and families from the HLS community.  This will also give those in attendance the chance to give our office feedback on services and resources most relevant to PALS and to help plan for future family-friendly events.  Please feel free to call or email our office (617-495-1880,  dos at law.harvard.edu) if you or other HLS parents might be interested in sharing the pre-spring break fun with us.

Monday, March 7th
John Chipman Gray Room, Pound 213

Harvard College Bone Marrow Registration Drive

Harvard Law Community,

Thank you to everyone who came out in support of the bone marrow registration drives at the law school last week.  Over the course of two days, we registered almost 250 donors.  I wanted to let you all know that this coming week we will also be hosting two drives at Harvard’s undergraduate campus.  The information is below:

Dates: Monday, Feb. 21st, and Wednesday, Feb. 23rd

Times: 11AM-2PM

Location: Adams House Lower Common Room (Adams House is located at 26 Plympton Street, between Mass Ave and Mt. Auburn.  The Lower Common Room is right inside C-Entryway, right before the dining hall).

Here’s a link to the Facebook event: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=152377761485497

If you weren’t able to register last week, please come out on Monday or Wednesday.  Also, we are still in need of volunteers, so if you have a free hour or more on either of those days we could use the help!  Any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me (Charlie – Henry’s cousin) or Kevin (Henry’s brother).

Thanks for your support,

Charlie Hernandez

Every year more than 10,000 children and adults who are suffering from cancer would benefit from a bone marrow transplant from a non-family member. Many of these patients never find a donor and lose their battle with this dreadful disease.

Henry Hernandez is a student at Harvard Law School and an ’08 graduate of Harvard College. He is a snowboard instructor and enjoys competing in marathons. Henry was recently diagnosed with Leukemia and may be in need of a marrow transplant, for which a matching donor will be needed. While Henry’s match will most likely be someone from a Hispanic ancestry, donors from all racial backgrounds are needed.  Minority groups especially are underrepresented in the National Bone Marrow Registry.

It is very easy to join the bone marrow registry — it takes just a few minutes to give your DNA by swabbing the inside of your cheek. You will need to be between the ages of 18-60 and meet several health guidelines. If you are someone’s miracle and a match, being a stem cell donor is also easy; it’s a very similar process to giving blood. The donor merely provides blood from which a machine extracts the stem cells that are provided to the patient to grow new marrow. There is no actual extraction of bone marrow from the donor.

Please join us in the search for a match for Henry and many others battling cancer today.  If you cannot attend, you can sign up online at: http://join.marrow.org/hope4henry A DNA kit will be sent directly to your home.

Charles Hernandez
Candidate for B.A. in Latin American Studies
Harvard College, Class of 2011
(626) 354-5510

2011 Commencement Orations Competition

Graduating in 2011?

Looking for 5 minutes of fame?

Want to make your mother proud?

Could you use $1,000?

2011 Commencement Orations Competition

Orators sought for the Senior Latin Salutatory, Senior English Address, and Graduate English Address to be delivered at the Commencement Morning Exercises, Thursday, May 26, 2011, in Tercentenary Theatre.

For more information and to enter the competition, visit the following website:  www.commencementoffice.harvard.edu

Bone Marrow Registration Drive

The Dean of Students Office, in conjunction with the National Marrow Donor Program, is helping to sponsor a bone marrow registration drive here on campus.

If you are interested in becoming a potential bone marrow donor or learning more about what serving as a donor involves, please feel free to come by Pound 332 on either:

Monday, February 14th from 11 am to 2 pm


Tuesday, February 15th from 1-5 pm

Please email  dos at law.harvard.edu with questions.

Donor screening at registration no longer requires a blood sample/test, just a simple, quick, and safe cheek swab, administered by a National Marrow Donor Program representative.

DOS Trip to Sunday River – Ski, Ride & Tube

The Dean of Students Office is pleased to offer current HLS students the opportunity to ski, ride and tube at Sunday River, February 18th-20th.

Offering 132 Trails on 671 Acres of Skiing and Riding, Sunday River is one of the Premier Ski Resorts in New England.

Sign up will begin today at 2:00pm in Pound Hall 310. Space is limited.

Students are strongly encouraged to sign up in pairs as you will be sharing a room with a classmate.

Reservations are $250 per person and include the following:

Bus Accommodations To and From HLS

2 Nights at the Jordan Grand Resort Hotel (Located Directly on the Mountain)

2 Day Lift Tickets

1 Tubing Ticket

Discounted Lessons & Equipment Rentals

Dinner at the Phoenix Restaurant on the 18th

Dinner at Sliders on the 19th

Payment can be made in person via cash, check (made out to “Harvard Law School”) or credit card (Visa, MasterCard & AMEX).

We will depart HLS at 3pm on Friday, 2/18 and return at 5:30pm on Sunday, 2/20. The time between is to be filled by a memorable trip with classmates. We hope you will join us.

Here are a few links to information on some of the many features of Sunday River:

Hotel Info: http://www.sundayriver.com/Lodging/LodgingDescriptions/JordanGrandHotel.html

Trail Map: http://www.sundayriver.com/TheMountain/images/SR_TrailMap.jpg

Current Conditions Report: http://www.sundayriver.com/TheMountain/MountainReport/index.html

Tubing Info: http://www.sundayriver.com/EventsActivities/White_Cap_Fun_Center.html

Spa Info: http://www.sundayriver.com/ResortServices/Spa_Services.html

It’s time to put all that snow to good use.

Contact the Dean of Students Office with any questions



PALS (Parents at the Law School) Reception – Afternoon Tea

Come join us this Friday afternoon (Dec. 10th, 2:30 pm, Pound 335) for a special reception in celebration of our HLS PALS (Parents at the Law School)!  Spouses, partners, and children are all welcome.  We’ll have refreshments, giveaways, and the opportunity to meet, greet, and network with fellow parents and families from the HLS community.  This will also give those in attendance the chance to make plans for future PALS events and leadership.  Please RSVP to  dos at law.harvard.edu if you would like to share in the pre-holiday festivities with us (include your name, affiliation, and the number of guests you plan to bring).


More Than Words


BOOK, CD / DVD, VIDEO GAME DRIVE – We will have two blue storage tubs available in Harkness Commons for collections from Monday, December 6th, through Monday, December 20th.


The items we collect will directly support our hands-on job training program– empowering youth to work as a team to manage their own retail and online Bookstore and Café business. With your support, our youth develop real life skills and self-confidence for their transition to adulthood.


To learn more visit:  www.MTWYouth.org or call (781) 788-0035.

More Than Words is a non-profit social enterprise that empowers youth who are in the foster care system, court involved, homeless, or out of school to take charge of their lives by taking charge of a business.

By working as a team to manage their own retail and online used book business, café, and community space, youth develop the employment skills, leadership, and self-confidence they need to successfully transition to adulthood.  In addition to store-based job training, youth are engaged in personal transition planning and case management to support their progress towards employment and education. The MTW model is premised on the belief that when at-risk youth are challenged with authentic and increasing responsibilities in a business setting, and have high expectations and a culture of support, they can and will address their personal barriers, create concrete action plans for their lives, and become thriving members of society..

MTW has established itself as an innovative model for employment training and positive youth development.  MTW is in touch with over 70% of youth trained or currently in training Approximately 82% of past and current youth have obtained or are on track to obtain their GED or diploma.  Approximately 75% of past youth are currently engaged in either full time work and/or education.  By learning to run their businesses, the youth are helping to cover over 30% of the organization’s budget.

Fitness Fridays- Core & more!

The Dean of Students Office is bringing another FREE fitness class to Pound Hall! 

Core & More –     Get all the benefits of an abs class PLUS experience the freedom to move and flow in various planes of motion, which will ultimately increase flexibility and effectiveness.  

This class will be led by instructor Megan Shirley from Hemenway Gym.  Mats and resistance bands will be provided. 

Friday, 12/3, 12-1 p.m. in Pound Hall 332
Friday, 12/10, 12-1 p.m. in Pound Hall 332
Friday, 12/17, 12-1 p.m. in Pound Hall 332

Email Tim Cusack to reserve a spot! This event is available to HLS students only.


Faith & Leadership in a Fragmented World, Immersion Workshop

The Harvard Kennedy School Center for Public Leadership presents

Faith & Leadership in a Fragmented World, Immersion Workshop—January 17–20, 2011


Diana Eck, Professor of Comparative Religion and Indian Studies, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University
Marshall Ganz, Lecturer in Public Policy, Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations, Harvard Kennedy School
Nitin Nohria, Dean and Richard P. Chapman Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School
Bernard Steinberg,President and Director, Harvard Hillel; Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School

Diana Eck

Faculty Associates

Robert Rodgers
, Master of Theological Studies candidate, Harvard Divinity School
Loren Gary, Associate Director, Leadership Development & Public Affairs, Center for Public Leadership

Workshop Description

The questions of leadership—What am I called to do? What is my community called to do? What are we called to do now?—are at least as old as Moses’ conversation with God at the burning bush. “Why me?” asks Moses, when called to free his people. And, “Who or what is calling me? Why these people? Who are they anyway? Why here, now, in this place?” The practice of leadership, in other words, is relational.

This workshop helps prepare contemporary public leaders to engage others to achieve purpose in the face of uncertainty and fragmentation—and in increasingly multireligious contexts—by exploring the role of faith and spirituality in three dimensions: self-knowledge, relationship with others, and call to action. The work—primarily done in community with other participants—includes close reading of classical narratives, case study discussion, practice of public narrative, and personal reflection.

How to Apply

Faith & Leadership in a Fragmented World is open to degree candidates from all schools at Harvard. Online applications for this not-for-credit workshop will be available beginning Nov. 8 at www.hks.harvard.edu/leadership and are due by 12:00 noon on Nov. 15. Students will be notified about their admission before the Thanksgiving break. For more information, contact Loren Gary ( loren_gary at hks.harvard.edu).