Spring Break Pro Bono Trip Applications Due January 12

The Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs offers students the opportunity to conduct pro bono work during spring break through organized group trips. This year trips can run March 14-22, 2015. There is a limited amount of funding available for student travel. Students may need to contribute to airfare or other transportation costs depending on final numbers of student participants.

The deadline for submitting applications is Monday, January 12, 2015. Decisions will be announced by Monday, January 19.

For more information on the possible trips and for the application, see http://law.harvard.edu/academics/clinical/pro-bono/spring-break-trips.html

HLS Speaks Up! Seeking monologues & stories

We all have a story to tell about mental illness, whether it’s our own or that of a loved one or family member. Break the silence and anonymously tell yours!

The Student Mental Health Association is seeking stories and monologues written by HLS students about their own, or their loved ones’, experiences with mental illnesses. These stories will be anonymously portrayed by other students at a performance in the spring. If you have a story to share, or even a piece of a story, there are people eager to hear it.

Please send all submissions and questions to smha@mail.law.harvard.edu by February 7. See harvardspeaksup.com for examples of students and faculty telling their stories. 

Legal job in Tokyo Sept 2015 – Aug 2016

Job in Tokyo Sept. 1, 2015 to Aug. 30, 2016. Researching legal issues and writing memoranda, preparing and revising drafts of agreements, correspondence and other documents, and meetings with clients in relation to corporate and dispute settlement projects, among others. Annual salary of ¥12,000,000 per year (¥1,000,000 per month) Japanese yen and benefits. Significant semi-annual bonuses will be awarded depending on the law clerk’s performance. Note: The job title is Law Clerk.

The status of a foreign attorney practicing in Japan who is not officially licensed as a foreign lawyer is that of a law clerk (being licensed requires, among other things, three years of prior practice in one’s home jurisdiction). Neither HLS nor the hired candidate may officially imply the clerk is an associate attorney at the firm. However, the type of work to be performed will be similar to that of an associate attorney in a Japanese or U.S. law firm. Excellent English language reading, writing, and speaking skills are required. Japanese language is not required, but would be welcome. Some prior law clerks have had Japanese language expertise, but many have not.

Applicants should send a resume, transcripts (unofficial transcripts are acceptable), and a cover letter indicating interest in the position, pertinent qualifications, and the name of at least one Harvard Law School faculty member who could be contacted as a reference to Professor William Alford (alford@law.harvard.edu) by Wed., January 14, 2015. Questions may be directed to Professor Alford.

We The People in Hyde Park

A small charter school in Hyde Park is holding a We the People competition to motivate students to dig into Constitutional philosophy and history and to apply it to their daily lives and current events.

They are searching for people with knowledge and interest in the Constitution to visit and chat with the students about the issues that the students are researching.   They are specifically looking for volunteers who could come in:

  • Thursday 1/8 or 1/15 from 12:25 – 1:25 pm to just hear students statements in their current form, offer suggestions/resources/thoughts, pose questions etc
  • Friday 1/23 (8:34-9:34 AM) or Thursday 1/29 (12:25 – 1:25 pm) to guest judge student statements

Hyde Park is accessible via commuter rail.  If interested, contact dos@law.harvard.edu

Volunteer for Harvard Law School’s (Mock) Jury Duty!

Calling all who are interested in serving as jurors in the mock trials for Harvard Law School’s Winter 2015 Trial Advocacy Workshop! Trials will be held: Thursday, January 22 2:00pm-6:00pm Harvard Law School, Cambridge Suffolk Superior Court, Boston Friday, January 23 2:00pm-6:00pm Harvard Law School, Cambridge Suffolk Superior Court, Boston.

The attorneys in these trials are 2nd and 3rd year Harvard Law students who would benefit greatly from feedback on their performances. We are hoping to have 10-15 people per jury to deliberate and to give their judgments on whether the students have convinced them or not in the individual cases.

Please contact Amy Soto at asoto@law.harvard.edu if you are able to serve during one or more of these afternoons!

 

Spring Break Pro Bono Trip Applications Due January 12

The Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs offers students the opportunity to conduct pro bono work during spring break through organized group trips. This year trips can run March 14-22, 2015. There is a limited amount of funding available for student travel. Students may need to contribute to airfare or other transportation costs depending on final numbers of student participants.

The deadline for submitting applications is Monday, January 12, 2015. Decisions will be announced by Monday, January 19. For more information on the possible trips and for the application, see http://law.harvard.edu/academics/clinical/pro-bono/spring-break-trips.html

 

 

Salzburg Cutler Fellowship – Deadline Wed. Jan. 7

Applicants interested in the Salzburg Cutler Fellowship are reminded that their application packets are due on Wed., Jan. 7 at noon.

HLS will nominate up to five students for the fellowship, which allows students to join a network of students from ten top US law schools interested in pursuing careers related to international law. HLS will fund fellows to attend a two-day workshop in Washington DC on Feb. 20-21 to present an academic work-in-progress and meet with leading practitioners and academics in international law.

An earlier posting in AdUp provides full details about the fellowship. Interested applicants should submit: (a) a cover letter; (b) unofficial transcript; (c) resume/CV; and (d) a copy of a draft paper or a 5-8 page executive summary of a paper which you would like to present.

Students should email their application packet with the subject heading “Salzburg Cutler Fellows application” to mapostol@law.harvard.edu or submit 5 hard copies at Griswold North. Please contact Prof. Mark Wu (mwu@law.harvard.edu) or former Salzburg Cutler Fellow, Dean Rosenberg (drosenberg@law.harvard.edu) if you have any questions. 

HLPR Student Note Competition — Submissions Due by Wednesday, January 7th

The Harvard Law & Policy Review (HLPR), the official law journal of the national American Constitution Society, is currently seeking submissions for its Student Note Competition. The deadline for submissions for the Summer 2015 issue is Wednesday, January 7th.

HLPR is dedicated to providing a forum for substantive debate among progressive legal scholars, policymakers and practitioners. The Student Note Competition provides a unique opportunity for law students to publish their work in a high-level academic forum that is distributed to more than 4,000 leading lawyers nationwide, as well as to congressional offices and other progressive decision makers. We are seeking policy-oriented pieces that are 4,000-13,000 words, shorter in length than a typical journal article.

We welcome articles that you may have worked on as part of a law school class, or pieces you wrote from scratch. We are also interested in shorter (less than 4,000 words), policy-oriented pieces for online publication. These pieces can be non-traditional and do not have to take the form of a typical journal article.

Submissions should be sent to HarvardLPRSubmissions@gmail.com with the subject line “Student Note Competition.” If you have any questions, please contact Kate Schmidt at kschmidt@jd15.law.harvard.edu

Meditation and Dialogue in Challenging Times

Meditation and Dialogue in Challenging Times A non-credit J-Term forum hosted by Professors Bordone, Brewer, Emens, and Suk (particular hosts will vary by availability on each date) Time: Tuesdays (1/6; 1/13; 1/20) 12 pm – 1 pm Location: WCC 3015 (subject to change) In challenging times, we need tools for self-reflection and for engagement with others.

This forum will offer a set of techniques to cultivate and foster awareness, both inner and outer, and to form community through meditation and structured dialogue. The foundational technique will be mindfulness meditation, and each hour will begin with a guided meditation, appropriate for beginners (though experienced practitioners are also welcome). In the second half of each session, we will learn and use techniques that are designed to facilitate active listening and supportive, critical questioning among those who participate. Faculty hosts will explain the specifics of these methods and facilitate their application in each session.

The topics to which we apply the techniques will be left up to the participants. All topics are welcome, especially those related to recent events (local, national, or international). To some, meditation may sound quiescent or somehow removed from the real world and its many challenges. But we believe, and we hope these sessions will show, that meditation and related contemplative practices can support and empower serious engagement with ourselves and each other, as we decide how to act in response to the challenging issues in our lives and our world.

We will meet three times during the J-Term, each Tuesday at lunchtime, starting at 12 noon. The formal session will conclude at 1 pm, and participants are free to leave at that time; if anyone wishes to continue the discussion, we have reserved the room until 1:30. Students, faculty, and staff are welcome to participate in all three sessions or to drop in to any one session. There will be no required reading outside of our meetings. You are invited to bring your lunch to eat before or after the meditation. A limited number of snack/lunch bags may be available on a first come, first served basis. We look forward to seeing you. 

Moot Court and Lobbying Opportunity: the National Animal Law Competition, at HLS

Moot Court and Lobbying Opportunity: the National Animal Law Competition, at HLS

Interested in moot court, or lobbying? Sign up for the National Animal Law Competition, right here at Harvard Law School! Returning to HLS this February after several years away, the National Animal Law Competition allows students from across the country to compete in (1) legislative drafting and lobbying, (2) closing arguments, OR (3) a full moot court. You compete either individually, or with a teammate.

Harvard Law Students compete for FREE, thanks to Harvard Law School’s Animal Advocacy Program, which will reimburse your sign up costs. Contact Professor Stilt (kstilt@law.harvard.edu) for details.

Sing up now! (Sign ups close soon.) http://law.lclark.edu/centers/animal_law_studies/events/national_animal_law_competition/archive/2015/.

Human Rights Program Summer Fellowships

Dear 1L’s and 2 L’s

This is a friendly reminder for those of you who are thinking of applying to The Human Rights Program Summer Fellowships, now is a good time to start the process.

Feel free to check out the HRP website for more information

Taking the First Step!

November – December:

All students interested in applying for HRP’s Summer Internship Program MUST meet with one of HRP’s Student Fellowship Advisors.

Please email one of the advisers below to set up a time to meet.

Lily Axelrod (laxelrod@jd15.law.harvard.edu)

Brian Klosterboer (bklosterboer@jd16.law.harvard.edu)

Best,

Gabbie Follett

Spring Break Pro Bono Trips Information Session

The Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs offers students the opportunity to conduct pro bono work during spring break through organized group trips.

This year trips can run March 14-22, 2015. There is a limited amount of funding available for student travel. Students may need to contribute to airfare or other transportation costs depending on final numbers of student participants.

Please come to the Information Session on Thursday, December 4, 2014 at 12 noon in WCC 3007. Lunch will be provided. The deadline for submitting applications is Monday, January 12, 2015. Decisions will be announced by Monday, January 19 and selected students must commit by making airfare reservations soon after.

For more information on the possible trips and for the application, see http://law.harvard.edu/academics/clinical/pro-bono/spring-break-trips.html 

Get Certified to Help Low-Income Taxpayers with Tax Returns!

Do you enjoy helping people and earning pro bono credit toward graduation?

If so, consider joining TaxHelp, an HLS student-run organization that provides tax advice and prepares returns for low-income individuals. We operate primarily from February to April and are open to all HLS students, 1Ls included. No prior tax knowledge is required. We provide all the training required for you to become an IRS certified tax preparer.

If you have any questions or would like to join the e-mail list, please e-mail us at hls.taxhelp@gmail.com