Civil Rights in 2010 and Beyond: Tom Perez ’87 & the Future of Civil Rights Work

Civil Rights in 2010 and Beyond:  Tom Perez ’87, Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division, U.S. Department of Justice

Tuesday, October 26
6:30 p.m.
Austin East
Pizza provided

Please join Tom Perez ’87, Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division, U.S. Department of Justice for a talk on the future of civil rights work.

Thomas E. Perez, nominated by President Obama to serve as the Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division, was sworn in on October 8, 2009. Since then, Mr. Perez has worked to restore and transform the Division, in the spirit of its traditional role as the “conscience of the nation,” to further fulfill the promise of our nation’s most treasured laws – advancing equal opportunity, leveling the playing field, and protecting the rights of all.

Mr. Perez has spent his entire career in public service. Prior to his nomination, he served as the Secretary of Maryland’s Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation – an agency that safeguards critical consumer and worker protections – and was a principal architect of a sweeping reform package to address his state’s foreclosure crisis. In 2002, he became the first Latino elected to the Montgomery County Council, serving with distinction until 2006.

Earlier in his career, Mr. Perez spent 12 years in federal public service, mainly as a career attorney in the Civil Rights Division he now leads. In that role, he prosecuted, or supervised the prosecution of, some of the Division’s highest-profile civil rights cases, including a hate crimes case in Texas involving a group of white supremacists who went on a deadly, racially motivated crime spree. Mr. Perez later served as Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights under Attorney General Janet Reno, chairing the interagency Worker Exploitation Task Force, which oversaw a variety of initiatives designed to protect vulnerable workers. He also served as Special Counsel to the late Senator Edward Kennedy, acting as Senator Kennedy’s principal adviser on civil rights, criminal justice and constitutional issues. For the final two years of the Clinton administration, Mr. Perez served as the Director of the Office for Civil Rights at the United States Department of Health and Human Services.

Mr. Perez, who has been a law professor at University of Maryland School of Law and a part-time professor at the George Washington School of Public Health, received a Bachelor’s degree from Brown University in 1983, a Master’s of Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government in 1987, and a Juris Doctorate from Harvard Law School in 1987.  Mr. Perez lives in Maryland with his wife, Ann Marie Staudenmaier, an attorney with the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless, and their three children.

HLS Gets Crafty

We have a dozen tables reserved so far for this year’s Crafts Fair scheduled for November 3 from 12-2 in Ropes Gray.  Crafts for sale will range from jewelry and gingerbread houses to knit items and photographs.  It isn’t too late to sign up, simply email dos@law with your name, your email address, your Harvard Law School affiliation (student, faculty, staff, or family member) and your crafts for sale.

Seizing Opportunities to Enhance U.S. Aid Effectiveness: The State of Play and Ways Forward

Wednesday, April 21
4.00 pm – 5.30 pm

Weil Town Hall (Belfer L-1)
Harvard Kennedy School

Moderated by:

Professor Nicholas Burns, Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy and International Politics, Harvard Kennedy School


Steve Feldstein, Professional Staff, Senate Foreign Relations Committee, U.S. Congress (TBC)
Karen Hanrahan, COO, Quadrennial Diplomacy & Development Review, U.S. State Department
Paul O’Brien, Vice President for Policy and Advocacy, Oxfam America
Jonathan Quick, President and CEO, Management Sciences for Health

This policy panel will consider three important policy processes now underway – the Quadrennial Diplomacy & Development Review (QDDR) being advanced by the State Department, the Presidential Study Directive (PSD) being carried out by the National Security Council to review U.S. global development policy, and efforts to rewrite the U.S. Foreign Assistance Act within the U.S. Congress – and the historic opportunity they offer to reshape U.S. foreign assistance and global development policy to be more effective, coherent and integrated.

The panel will bring NGO perspectives, drawn from decades of working in poor communities worldwide, together with U.S. government policy perspectives.  How does the QDDR weigh diplomacy and development as U.S. foreign policy priorities?  How should the U.S. government’s development capacity be strengthened – and how should it relate to diplomacy and defense imperatives?  What major principles should guide U.S. foreign assistance reform in order to dramatically enhance aid effectiveness?  What are the political prospects of such aid reform legislation being passed?  How will the PSD relate to  the QDDR and aid reform?  These are some of the questions that will be considered in the panel discussion and the Q&A to follow.

This policy panel is organized by the Humanitarian & Development NGOs Domain of Practice at the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations.  Contact  sherine_jayawickrama at for more information.

General Interest: HLPR/ACS Progressive Formal Ticket Sales

Tickets for the ACS/HLPR Progressive Formal on Saturday, March 27 will be on sale in the Hark Tuesday 3/23 and Wednesday 3/24 from 12-1pm. Tickets are $20 and will not be available for sale at the door. So buy your ticket in advance!
comments: Progressive Spring Formal
March 27, 2010
Harvard’s Peabody Museum, 11 Divinity Ave, Cambridge, MA

The Harvard Law & Policy Review and the HLS American Constitution Society present the annual Progressive Spring Formal! Please join your fellow progressive law students for an evening of drinks, appetizers, three-layer cake, archeology, ethnology, and good company. This year, HLPR and ACS will be holding their marquee social event at Harvard’s Peabody Museum of Archeology and Ethnology. The event will feature a full open bar, appetizers, and dessert. Portions of the museum may be open for viewing as well. Non-Harvard affiliated guests are welcome.

Carr Center Event- Larry Cox POSTPONED

The Activist’s Studio:  Conversations on the Art and Politics of Human Rights

Dear Friends of the Carr Center,

The Larry Cox presentation has been postponed to March, 10, 2010 from 6:30-8:00pm. We are sorry about the inconvenience and hope that most can still make it.

The Center launches our series focusing on the relationships between Art and Human Rights.  Professor Timothy P. McCarthy and Carr Center Fellow, Rose Styron, are starting us off with their first event, this Thursday 18 February with:

Larry Cox
Executive Director
Amnesty International, USA

as our first guest for:

The Activist’s Studio: The Art & Politics of Human Rights

We look forward to seeing you there.

Thank you,
Carr Center for Human Rights Policy

Critical Issues of the Haiti Humanitarian Response

Michel Gabaudan:
A UNHCR Perspective on the International Response to Haiti

Due to travel delays, Michel Gabaudan will be unable to join us, but we look forward to rescheduling later in the year.

We will still meet and have a great discussion on:

“Critical Issues of the Haiti Humanitarian Response”
Chaired by Prof. Jacqueline Bhabha and introduced by Dr. Gregg Greenough

UNHCR-HAITI Discussants:

“Immediate Health and Public Health Needs of the Haitian Population–the View from a Field Hospital”

Stephanie Rosborough, MD, MPH
Affiliate Faculty,
Harvard Humanitarian Initiative
Instructor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School

“The Vulnerable Population — Findings of the FXB-HHI Child Protection Assessment”

Brett Nelson, MD, MPH
Affiliate Faculty, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative
Co-Director, Program on Children in Conflict and Crisis

“The Evolution of Crowd-sourced Data and Open Platforms for Response”

Patrick Meier, PhD (candidate)
Fellow, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative
Director, Program on Crisis Mapping

This event will still be on Wednesday 10 February at 4:00pm.  We hope to see you there.

Carr Center for Human Rights Policy
Harvard Kennedy School
79 JFK Street
Rubenstein Building
2nd floor – Room 219

WLA Conference Save-the-Date & Lunch/Dinner Registration

Please save the date for the Fourth Annual Women’s Law Association Conference – Women for Women: Advocating for Change, which will take place on Friday, February 19th in Ropes-Gray.  The Conference will feature keynote addresses by Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to the President, and Lisa Madigan, Illinois Attorney General, as well as three impressive panels.  Please see our website for a full schedule of events.

All events are free and open to the public, but advance registration is required for lunch and dinner.  Beginning Wednesday, February 3rd you may register for lunch and dinner on our website .

Women for Women: Advocating for Change will be an interesting day and an opportunity to showcase the many contributions of women to others in the courtroom, workplace and community – we look forward to your participation!

Immigration Symposium: En/Countering Stereotypes

Join some of the nation’s leading academic experts on immigration law and policy who will be gathered at the University of La Verne College of Law. Clinicians, scholars, and practitioners will grapple with a wide range of cutting edge immigration issues. In coordination with the live event, the University of La Verne Law Review is publishing a Symposium Issue on Immigration Law, and will be accepting submissions through February 1, 2010.

The Keynote speaker will be Hiroshi Motomura, Professor of Law University of California, Los Angeles School of Law.  He will be speaking on the topic: What Is “Comprehensive Immigration Reform”? Hiroshi Motomura is the Susan Westerberg Prager Professor of Law at UCLA. He is an influential scholar and teacher of immigration law whose publications include two immigration-related casebooks and Americans in Waiting: The Lost Story of Immigration and Citizenship in the United States, a comprehensive study of U.S. immigration policy.

“En/Countering Stereotypes” has been approved by the State Bar of California for both general MCLE credit and Legal Specialty Education in the area of Immigration Law. CLE credit can be obtained in the following specialty areas:
• Immigrant Visas (1.25 hours)
• Removal/Deportation/Exclusion Procedures (1.5 hours)
• Administrative and Judicial Review (1.25 hours)

For further information:…

Or call (909) 460-2080 or e-mail Olen Guiab, Law Review Editor-in-Chief, at  lawreveic at

Seminar on Poverty, Hunger and Climate Change: February 4

Poverty, Hunger and Climate Change: Addressing New Challenges in Agricultural Development

DATE:               Thursday, February 4

TIME:               11.30 am – 1.00 pm

LOCATION:      Weil Town Hall (Belfer L1) at the Harvard Kennedy School

As part of its NGO Leaders Seminar Series, the Humanitarian & Development NGOs Domain at the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations will host a senior leadership team from Heifer International on Thursday, February 4.  Led by Jo Luck, President of Heifer International, the team will conduct a seminar that explores new challenges in agricultural development, against the backdrop of poverty, hunger and climate change.

The seminar will discuss the context that Heifer International faces in developing countries – especially in rural communities that are dependent on agriculture and livestock – and how that context will increasingly be shaped by the threat of climate change and increasing food insecurity.  How does as an NGO like Heifer deal with these challenges?  How do programs respond to such challenges?  How are the policy and institutional dimensions of these challenges addressed by advocacy efforts?  How are Heifer’s education efforts trying to enhance awareness and mobilize action among the American public?

Jo Luck will frame and lead the seminar. Constance Neely, Vice President for Advocacy at Heifer International, will speak to the policy and advocacy dimensions of the issue.  Jim Rollings, Senior Director of Heifer Village, will speak to the public education aspect of the topic.

This seminar promises to bring together multiple angles of how a leading international NGO advances its own distinctive approach to poverty, hunger and climate change.  A substantial block of time will be devoted to Q&A and discussion.

More about Heifer International

Heifer International’s mission is to work with communities to end hunger and poverty while caring for the earth.  Its philosophy is that by giving families and communities a hand-up, rather than a hand-out, Heifer empowers its beneficiaries to turn lives of hunger and poverty into self-reliance and hope.  With gifts of livestock and training, Heifer helps families and communities improve their nutrition and generate income in sustainable ways.  Heifer is also unique in its “Passing on the Gift” practice: the animals, referred to as “living loans,” are given to families on the condition that they in turn agree to give one of the animal’s offspring to another family in need.  This practice – the cornerstone of Heifer’s mission – creates an ever-expanding network of hope and peace.

More about the Humanitarian & Development NGOs Domain of Practice

The Hauser Center’s Humanitarian & Development NGOs domain seeks to connect scholars and NGO practitioners – and catalyze reflection and exchange among them – in ways that enhance the impact of NGOs in the humanitarian and development spheres.  The domain: helps to convene the NGO Leaders Forum, a semi-annual retreat for chief executives of the major U.S.-based international relief and development NGOs; sponsors an NGO Leaders Seminar Series that brings leading NGO practitioners to Harvard; advances processes of research and inquiry into pressing issues faced by NGOs; convenes an NGOs & Development study group at Harvard; helps connect Harvard students with NGO practitioners and careers; and hosts a Humanitarian & Development NGOs blog.  For more information about the Humanitarian & Development NGOs domain, please contact Sherine Jayawickrama, Domain Manager, at

Martin Luther King, Jr. Service: February 1st

“A Service to Celebrate the Life of The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.”

Monday, February 1, 2010

5:00 – 6:00 p.m.

The Memorial Church

Harvard Yard

*Our Dynamic Keynote Speaker*: The Reverend Otis Moss III, Trinity United Church of Christ, Chicago, Illinois

*Performances by The Kuumba Singers*

This service is sponsored by the Harvard Chaplains, The Memorial Church, The Harvard Foundation for Intercultural and Race Relations, and The Black Students¹ Association.