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Cyberlaw Clinic Releases Guide for Citizen Journalists

A special shout-out to Cyberlaw Clinic Assistant Director Christopher Bavitz and clinical student Jillian Stonecipher for their work with the Digital Media Law Project on the legal guide “Newsgathering in Massachusetts“. The report provides an overview of legal protections for independent reporters working in Massachusetts and “highlights key doctrines, cases, and statutes and significant recent developments”.

HLS Students Serve Veterans in New Clinic

Andrew Roach ’13 and Dan Nagin meet with a veteran. [Photo by Martha Stewart]

The summer issue of Harvard Law Bulletin highlights the new Veterans Legal Clinic, which provides legal services to veterans in cases involving benefits, discharge, military records, and healthcare, among other issues. The article provides insight into Clinical Professor Dan Nagin’s goals for starting the clinic, how students handle complex cases, and the clinic’s partnership with the law firm Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick, which enables students to gain experience in federal court. As professor Nagin reflects, “[Veterans] cases are very good teaching tools to expose students to legal issues that are rich and complex, not to mention the human dimension of the cases”. More…

Harvard Negotiation and Mediation Clinical Program Students Shape How Town and Unions Work Together

By Heather Kulp, Clinical Fellow, Harvard Negotiation and Mediation Clinical Program

Nantucket Firefighter Nate Barber

Preparation. Practice. Persistence. Those qualities make for a good firefighter, and as Nantucket Firefighter Nate Barber learned from working with Harvard Negotiation and Mediation Clinical Program (HNMCP) students, they also make for a good negotiator.

As a member of Nantucket’s Local 2509 of the International Association of Firefighters and a former undergraduate negotiation student at Boston University, Mr. Barber knew relations between the Town of Nantucket’s management and his union could be better. Since the firefighters’ contracts only lasted two or three years and the negotiation process itself often took that long, the union and the management sat down for contract negotiations every year. And every year, the negotiations spilled over into the next year or, if it was the final year of the contract, went to arbitration. This impacted everyone: arbitration provoked more fighting, poorer relations, and less of what everyone wanted. They hadn’t had a mutual agreement for six years. As one of the interested parties, though, Mr. Barber knew he was not the person to fix a broken bargaining system.

Adam Glenn ’10, Elaine Lin ’10, and Nate Barber

After taking a Harvard Negotiation Institute course with Robert Bordone, Director of HNMCP and Thaddeus R. Beal Clinical Professor of Law, Mr. Barber quickly identified HNMCP as a potential source of assistance. The first step was to train union and management employees in basic negotiation skills. Harvard Negotiators students Adam Glenn ’10 and Elaine Lin ’10 provided such training. Once trained, though, the parties realized the negotiation process itself, not the parties’ skills, was creating roadblocks.

During the 2010 Fall Semester, clinic students Ken Gantz (an exchange student from University of California, Berkeley), James Goldschmidt ’10, and Emilie Aguirre ’12 took on that challenge. They conducted focus groups and interviews with multiple stakeholders and brainstormed ways to restructure a more effective negotiation process. The students also researched models of collective bargaining from other municipalities. In the end the students identified specific challenges to the current negotiation system and recommended procedural reforms designed to make a collaborative collective bargaining process more likely. They presented their findings to the board of selectmen, the town manager, the assistant town manager, the town human resources director, and union representatives.

Too often, reports and recommendations are stashed in a drawer, never to be employed. But in Nantucket, the firefighter’s union and the town management found the recommendations to be so helpful, they changed their contract negotiation approach.

Ken Gantz, James Goldschmidt ’10, and Emilie Aguirre ’12

Instead of using the town manager as the primary negotiator for the town, the students recommended the selectmen appoint a negotiator with greater authority to settle. That way, if both sides discussed an option at the table, the management representatives could modify it or agree to it outright, without having to go back to the selectmen for approval.

“That was one of the best negotiation suggestions the students had,” Mr. Barber relayed. “We’ve had one round of negotiations since the project, and we settled at the table.”

While settling at the table is certainly beneficial, HNMCP students know that a sustainable bargaining system also ensures both sides’ interests are met. Without addressing the primary issues head on and discussing them in intelligent ways, the students knew their clients could easily revert to entrenched behaviors. Thus, they helped both sides focus on what mattered most, instead of getting bogged down in smaller, less important issues.

Mr. Barber praised the students for taking a genuine interest in each side. This helped create a more constructive negotiation environment. “Before, no one had talked about negotiations in terms of how the process had gone. People just bickered about what they’d gotten or not gotten. This time, the town and the union worked hard on improving negotiations before we negotiated, and that was apparent. We got a fair contract that both sides are happy with.”

The agreement included a provision to double the number of firefighters during busy summer months, a primary concern for the firefighters. In turn, the town representatives received some cost savings that made the increase in personnel easier for the town to approve.

The biggest challenge for the firefighter’s union was describing the new process to its members. They were so used to the former system of “fighting it out” in arbitration that it took awhile for them to see the benefits of a collaborative process. But once Mr. Barber explained that the new process allowed them to vent frustrations at the table and add value to their contract, not one firefighter voted against it.

The firefighters and the town are planning to use the same process for future negotiations, as both sides felt it created a healthier, more trusting relationship between the parties. Having a successful model has encouraged the town and other unions to rethink their bargaining structures, too. Since the firefighters’ negotiation, no other town employees’ unions have gone to arbitration. The police department is considering using a collaborative bargaining process similar to the firefighters, especially since the same town officials are involved in negotiating the police contract.

As for the firefighters, they are anticipating a well-staffed summer season. “We have a lot to build on,” Mr. Barber conceded. “It will get better with each round. We like where we are, and where we are headed. Everything’s looking up after HNMCP worked with us.”

HLAB Files Amicus Brief in Successful Appeal to SJC

L-R: Shira Hoffman ’13, Jennifer Ramos ’13, and HLAB Clinical Instructor Stephanie Goldenhersh

Via the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau Blog:

“For the student attorneys at the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau, the nation’s oldest legal services organization, a victory in court is always a reason to celebrate. But recently, HLAB student attorneys Jennifer Ramos ’13 and Shira Hoffman ’13 achieved a legal victory with a type of case work that students at HLAB don’t often do — one that had the potential to substantively affect many of the low-income clients HLAB serves. Supervised by clinical instructor Stephanie Goldenhersh, Ramos and Hoffman filed an amicus brief in support of a low-income mother in Worchester, MA in an appeal to the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court of a decision about the child support payments she was receiving from her children’s father….”

In the News: HLAB’s Eloise Lawrence

Harvard Legal Aid Bureau‘s Eloise Lawrence reflects on the drop in foreclosure eviction cases in a recent Boston Business Journal article.

Clinical Students Commissioned as JAG Officers

[L-R] Cmdr. Mike Adams LL.M. ’13, Joshua Fiveson ’14, Jordi Torres ’13, and Lee Hiromoto ’13

On May 14, HLS clinical students Lee Hiromoto (JD ’13) and Jordi Torres (JD ’13) were commissioned as JAG officers aboard the USS Constitution. Read more about Torres’ work with the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau and Hiromoto’s placement with the WilmerHale Legal Services Center in this week’s HLS News.

Clinical Students Contribute to Massachusetts Judicial System

Massachusetts state courts have been struggling with budget cuts for years. One of the most drastic cuts has been to the law clerk programs, which once employed law graduates to assist judges.

Fortunately, the Judicial Process in Community Courts clinical program at HLS is helping to address this financial gap by placing students with individual judges at the Superior Court, District Court, Boston Municipal Court, Juvenile Court, and Land Court Departments of the Massachusetts Trial Court. Students are also placed at the U.S. District Court. Students work alongside judges observing court proceedings, as well as researching and writing about various topics in many different areas of the law. The majority of the student projects involve research and drafting for pending motions in both civil and criminal cases.

During the 2013 spring semester, students produced over 500 hours of legal research and writing for their supervising judges in addition to the time they spent in court room observation and discussions. The Hon. John C. Cratsley (Ret.), Lecturer on Law and director of the program, sees this “as a major contribution at a time when funding for law clerks has been virtually eliminated”. Liz Solar, HLS Director of Externships, noted: “This clinic provides students with a unique opportunity to see firsthand the inner workings of a complex court system and how all the issues of contemporary society play out in the courts on a daily basis.”

In addition to researching and writing, students also worked on complex projects including a comparative look at the judicial evaluation process in other states, judicial conflicts of interest, and comparative sentencing practices. Several of the students’ final papers evaluated issues of immediate concern to the Massachusetts judiciary:

  • Jake Lieberman (JD ’14) and Jared Young (JD ’14) worked with the staff attorney for a committee of the Supreme Judicial Court studying changes to the 2003 Code of Judicial Conduct. Each drafted proposed language for conduct not presently covered in the ten year old version of the Code.
  • Mary Triick (JD ’13) and Jessica Gorman (LLM ’13) wrote about the new Harassment Prevention Statute (G.L. c 258E) and its impact on the community courts. Jessica evaluated how and why these orders differ from domestic violence restraining orders under G.L. c 209A and whether this statute already needs amendment. Mary evaluated the new initiative at the Harvard Mediation Program to offer mediation for some of these disputes in two local courts.
  • Karla Morey (JD ’13) wrote about the contemporary issue (part of which was argued at the SJC on May 9, 2013) regarding “The Case for Adopting a Categorical Approach in Response to the Annie Dookhan Scandal”.

Participating judges had high praise for the quality of work produced by their HLS student interns. The following are typical comments:

“[My HLS student] was GREAT! He has strong legal research skills and is an excellent writer. He is incredibly quick, very smart, and a really nice person.”
The Hon. Janet L. Sanders, Suffolk Superior Court

“[My HLS student] did excellent work for us on a number of projects. Her work was described by our judges as ‘excellent’, ‘quick study’, ‘she is great’, and ‘she gets it’. She’s a winner. Keep them coming.”
The Hon. Stephen M. Limon, Boston Juvenile Court

“I just wanted to let you know that it was wonderful having [an HLS student] as an intern. She did a great job, and tells me she enjoyed her experience here. Thanks again!”
The Hon. Robert B. Foster, Land Court

“[My HLS student] was terrific. She was very enthusiastic, very inquisitive. She clearly put a lot of thought into each assignment and was eager to follow up with any suggestions I made into new areas of research.”
The Hon. Robert N. Tochka, Boston Municipal Court

“[My HLS student] was great. Written work and research was terrific. I really enjoyed having her with me.”
The Hon. Rosalind H. Miller, Boston Municipal Court

“It was my pleasure to supervise [my HLS student]. She was a great intern. Her research and writing skills were excellent.”
The Hon. Ernest L. Sarason, Boston Municipal Court

“Please give [my HLS student] the highest possible grade for his work with me. Thank you for making it possible for him to work with me.”
The Hon. Mark L. Wolf, U.S. District Court

To learn more about the Judicial Process in Community Courts clinical program, visit the program website or contact Program Director Judge Cratsley at  jcratsley at

Alex Smith and Lisa Sullivan Win Harvard Law School Exemplary Clinical Student Award

Congratulations to Alex Smith and Lisa Sullivan, winners of the inaugural Harvard Law School Exemplary Clinical Student Award!

This award recognizes a graduating student who exemplifies putting theory into practice through clinical work. The student winner has demonstrated excellence in representing individual clients, undertaking group advocacy or policy reform projects. In addition, in keeping with the clinical teaching model, the student has been self-reflective and shown thoughtfulness and compassion in their practice and has contributed to the clinical community at HLS in a meaningful way.

Alex Smith

Alex Smith has spent more than 22 of the past 32 months since entering law school providing direct legal services to the poorest and most marginalized disabled Boston residents through his work at the WilmerHale Legal Services Center (LSC). Julie McCormack and the Community Lawyering Program team nominated Alex for:

“…his firm adherence to the quiet, less heroic, everyday practice of ethical lawyering across literally hundreds of intakes and cases, his attention to conflicts of interest, his careful explanation to clients of their and our rights and responsibilities, his consistent care with highly confidential medical, personal and legal information, his comprehensive assessments of the broad range of legal issue presented in each case, his thoughtful examination of the social and political contexts implicated, his deeply generous mentoring of several rounds of new clinical students and interns, his insightful and constructive critique of systems and practices, and the intelligent compassion he has shown to each and every individual he has encountered (so much so that his clients are genuinely distressed that he is now leaving)”.

Lisa Sullivan

During her time at HLS, Lisa Sullivan participated in the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinic, Harvard Defenders and Criminal Justice Institute (CJI). CJI Clinical Instructor Rob Proctor has high praise for her work in the clinic, writing:

“Lisa embodies all the characteristics I think are important for all HLS clinical students: compassion for the clients and for other students, an unwavering commitment to justice, zealous advocacy, attention to detail, thoroughness in preparation, and inspiring optimism…. Lisa was certainly a zealous client advocate, which is always paramount, but what sets Lisa apart is that she was able to establish the same goodwill, respect and attention of the courtroom in a matter of months that takes a seasoned trial lawyer years to achieve. Many court personnel: judges, prosecutors, clerks, and court officers, who have seen hundreds (if not thousands) of lawyers, pulled me aside and spoke very highly not just of her advocacy and zealous representation of her clients, but more importantly, of her decency, respectful demeanor, and humanity which influenced others around her to respond in kind.”

Best of luck to Alex and Lisa as they embark on the next stage of their careers!

Lena Silver Wins 2013 Andrew L. Kaufman Pro Bono Service Award

Lena Silver

Congratulations to Lena Silver for winning the 2013 Andrew L. Kaufman Pro Bono Service Award! During her time at HLS, she completed over 2270 hours of pro bono service, the highest number of pro bono service hours in the 2013 graduating class.

In addition to volunteering with the Harvard Prison Legal Assistance Project (PLAP) her 1L year, Lena has worked at least 20 hours per week at the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau during her 2L and 3L years. By transforming the Bureau’s weekly housing eviction community education program, she had a great impact on improving the services to pro se litigants, 95% of whom have no representation in housing court.

Lena was also awarded pro bono hours for her 1L summer at the Public Counsel Law Center; her 2L summer at both the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California and the Western Center on Law and Poverty; and her volunteer work at the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law working on the Ensuring Success in Schools Act. She will use her HLS Public Service Venture Fund Fellowship to work at the Shriver Center after graduation.

The Andrew L. Kaufman Pro Bono Service Award is granted each year in honor of Professor Andrew Kaufman who has been instrumental in creating and supporting the Pro Bono Service Program at HLS. The J.D. student in the graduating class who performs the highest number of pro bono service hours receives the award and an honorarium. The Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs annually determines the winner based on records of total completed pro bono hours submitted by students.

HMP Students Mediate Harassment Prevention Orders

HMP student board members Olga Kamensky ’13 and Chris Pochon ’13

Harvard Mediation Program (HMP) student Chris Pochon writes in this week’s HLS News about the challenges of mediating Harassment Prevention Order (HPO) cases, which “almost always involve complex personal relationships and high emotions” and “are some of the most difficult cases for judges to handle”. Learn more about a pilot program at Quincy District Court with HMP mediators and the techniques mediators use to channel emotionally charged conversations into constructive outcomes. More…

The Waitlist is Moving!

Students who are waitlisted for a clinic should monitor their HLS email through Fri, June 28 at 11:59pm for waitlist offers. Students will have 48 hours to respond to an offer before it expires and the next person on the list is contacted.

The waitlist re-opens at 8am on Mon, Aug 19 and continues through Fri, Sep 13. During this second round of waitlist processing, offers expire after 24 hours.

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For registration questions, please contact  registrar at

HIRC Students Featured in HLS News for Asylum Work

John Willshire Carrera, co-managing director of HIRC at Greater Boston Legal Services, with clinical student Marisa Taney ’13

HLS News recently featured the asylum work of Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinic (HIRC) students on behalf of an indigenous Mayan client from Guatemala. Read more about the targeting of Guatemala’s indigenous population by the government, the partnership between HIRC and Greater Boston Legal Services (GBLS) on asylum cases, and the experience that one student calls “the most meaningful thing I’ve done in law school”. More…

Opportunity with Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program

Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program is looking for a part-time licensed social worker with clinical experience to conduct assessments of asylum-seekers; provide counseling and case management for clients with complex trauma; refer clients to services appropriate for low-income, undocumented immigrants and trauma survivors; supervise social work intern; and work collaboratively with attorneys and law students. Candidates should be resourceful, proactive and organized. Multi-lingual and cross-cultural clients experience strongly preferred. Access to car required. The full position listing can be found on

CJI Student Will Dreher Wins Dismissal for Client

By Rob Proctor, CJI Clinical Instructor

This past spring, Criminal Justice Institute student Will Dreher successfully argued in Roxbury Division Court for the suppression of physical evidence and statements seized from his client, an elderly and severely disabled man who was unlawfully seized by the police, searched, and arrested when he was observed standing outside of his sister’s home with another family member hours after his nephew passed away. Will’s oral argument and memorandum of law were so convincing and thorough that the judge asked Will if he was willing to waive additional arguments cited in his brief (which was over thirty pages long). After the judge’s ruling, the Commonwealth moved for immediate trial and answered not ready for trial, effectively hastening the dismissal of the case.

Opportunity with Human Rights Program

Part-time paid research assistant position for the summer and into the fall semester to work on comparative criminal justice and rule of law matters for Mindy Roseman, Academic Director of the Human Rights Program. Learn more…

Opportunity with Shareholder Rights Project

The Shareholder Rights Project is seeking participants for its 2013-2014 clinical program. Learn more…

HLAB Student David Barber Receives Law Student Ethics Award

David Barber (center) with Ethics Chair Jim Peck and Chapter President Kathleen Burke

Congratulations to Harvard Legal Aid Bureau student David Barber, who received the 2013 Law Student Ethics Award from the Northeast Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel! Elizabeth Nesson, Dave’s Clinical Instructor at Harvard Legal Aid Bureau, nominated him for the award, highlighting his dedication to his clients:

Throughout Dave’s four semesters of intense clinical work he has impressed me as a dedicated and thoughtful student who makes the extra effort to be both effective and ethically sound in representing his clients. He has demonstrated superb legal abilities, personal qualities and an understanding and sensitivity to ethical issues as they arise in his cases and in the office. He has taken on challenging cases and worked extremely hard and passionately on behalf of his clients. Dave works very hard not only to be effective in his work, but also to be thoughtful and compassionate. He accomplishes this by trying to consider honestly and explicitly the many competing concerns and interests involved with each client, with himself, and with the community involved.”

According to The Chapter, the award was created “to recognize and encourage the ethical practice of law at the earliest stages of a young lawyer’s professional career, and at the same time to shine a spotlight on ethics more generally, demonstrating that the legal community values lawyers who are guided by ethical principles. The award, which includes a $1,000 scholarship, is given to twelve students, one from each of the participating local law schools, who have demonstrated an early commitment to ethics through work in clinical programs representing their first real clients.”

The Northeast Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel held the ninth annual Law Student Ethics Awards dinner on April 12, 2013 at the Union Club in Boston. Former U.S. Congressman Barney Frank gave the keynote address.

LSC’s Isabel Lima Receives Richardson Staff Award

Isabel Lima

The Class of 2013 selected the Clinical Programs’ very own Isabel Lima for the Suzanne Richardson Staff Appreciation Award, which is given each year to a member of the staff who demonstrates commitment to the student experience and concern for students’ lives and work at the Law School.

From Dean Martha Minow:

“Isabel has worked at the WilmerHale Legal Services Center since 1980, and currently serves as Office Manager. One student explained, ‘Isabel is the heart and soul of the legal services center. From making sure each student is prepared from the day they set foot in the clinic, to translating for Spanish-speaking clients, and keeping our cases organized, there is no one who demonstrates more commitment to clinical education and our many needy clients than Isabel.’ Congratulations and deep thanks to all named here and to all students, faculty, and staff who make this school such a stimulating, rewarding, and meaningful community.”

Congratulations, Isabel!

Roundup: Gloria Tan Featured in HLS News

Gloria Tan

Former Criminal Justice Institute Deputy Director Gloria Tan was sworn in on May 2, 2013 as a judge on the Massachusetts Juvenile Court. Read more in HLS News about her experience in the clinical programs at Harvard Law School, her interest in juvenile justice, and her journey to becoming a judge.

Update: New Advising Services in the Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs

Stop by OCP (WCC 3085) any time!

The Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs now has an updated “Advising and Services” section of our website that lists the topics we advise on and how to connect with our staff.

In addition to being able to book appointments using our online system or just dropping by any time with questions or concerns, we are now holding drop-in office hours every Friday from 1-3pm.

Please don’t be shy about stopping by or sharing these resources with your classmates and friends!

Events: Nov 9 through Nov 15

We hope you will join us for some or all of these events this weekend and next week:

What: Coordination of Sandy Efforts for Students
When: Fri, Nov 9, 12–1pm
Where: WCC Milstein East C
Details: HLS Events Calendar

What: Project No One Leaves: Community Responses to the Foreclosure Crisis Conference
When: Fri, Nov 9 – Sun, Nov 11
Where: Harvard Law School (various locations)
Details: Project No One Leaves website

What: Advocacy for Boston-Area Veterans: Unmet Needs and Pro Bono Opportunities
When: Mon, Nov 12, 12–1pm
Where: WCC Milstein West B
Details: HLS Events Calendar

What: Knowing Your Legal Rights: A Seminar for Military Veterans and Families
When: Wed, Nov 14, 5–7pm
Where: WCC 1010
Details: HLS Events Calendar

What: Negotiation in the News: Negotiating a Ceasefire in Syria
When: Thu, Nov 15, 12–1pm
Where: WCC 3012
Details: HLS Events Calendar

Event: Talk on Solitary Confinement with Professor Midekssa

Just added to the calendar for Thu, Nov 8! The Harvard Prison Legal Assistance Project (PLAP) is hosting a conversation with Professor Birtukan Midekssa about her own experience in solitary confinement. A former federal judge and leader of the pro-democracy opposition party in Ethiopia, she was sentenced to life in prison in 2005 after her party won an unprecedented number of seats in parliamentary elections. She was released from prison in 2010.

What: Talk on Solitary Confinement with Professor Midekssa
When: Thu, Nov 8, 12–1pm
Where: WCC 3019
Note: Indian food will be served

Events: Week of Nov 5

Check out the following clinical events next week:

What: The Future of Economic and Social Rights
When: Mon, Nov 5, 12–1pm
Where: WCC 4059
Details: HLS Events Calendar

What: Advances in HIV Prevention: Legal, Clinical and Public Health Issues
When: Mon, Nov 5, 12–2pm
Where: Austin 111
Details: HLS Events Calendar

What: Dimensions of Labor Trafficking in the US and Abroad
When: Thu, Nov 8, 12–1pm
Where: Hauser 104
Details: HLS Events Calendar

What: The Law In These Parts: Screening and Discussion
When: Thu, Nov 8, 6–8:30pm
Where: Harvard Film Archive, 24 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA
Details: HLS Events Calendar

Resources: Requirements for HLS Students Traveling Abroad

From Dean of Students Ellen Cosgrove:

We realize that many students will be traveling abroad over the course of the year and wish to remind you of the required procedures. Harvard University requires ALL students who are traveling under university auspices (that is, receiving either credit or funding) prior to departure to:

  • 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). Registering is required for all students traveling on trips funded or arranged by the University and strongly recommended for everyone. Students should create a profile in the Travel Registry and then record their specific travel information and make sure the information stays up-to-date.
  • Review, sign, and return the appropriate Assumption of Risk and General Release
  • Obtain an International SOS membership card and review the program’s services

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:

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 webpage.

If you have questions, you may contact Sara Zucker, Director of International Legal Studies Programs.

We wish you the best for safe and productive travels.

Event: Election Protection Volunteer Training

Wed, Oct 24, 4–6pm in WCC 2009

Election Protection – led by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law – is the nation’s largest non-partisan voter protection coalition. Through the 1-866-OUR-VOTE hotline and a comprehensive legal field deployment, Election Protection helps ensure eligible voters are able to participate in our democracy while collecting data for meaningful reform so that our elections are free, fair, and accessible.

This training will discuss election day poll monitoring and volunteer opportunities for law students and attorneys.

Event: Stalled Negotiations: Harvard University and the Harvard Union of Clerical and Technical Workers

Thu, Oct 25, 12-1pm in WCC 3012

Join the Harvard Negotiation & Mediation Clinical Program for the third installment in a series of brown-bag lunch conversations about current events and negotiation practices.

This discussion, facilitated by Lecturer on Law Chad Carr, features an analysis of the ongoing labor negotiations between the university and the union from a conflict resolution perspective. The focus will be on how the parties can overcome current challenges and negotiate more efficiently and effectively to develop a sustainable agreement.

Cookies and soda will be served.

Resources: SPO Panel Handout

Learn more about opportunities to get involved with a wide range of student organizations and topic areas. To help you better navigate the maze of open houses, applications, training dates, and potential projects, we’ve created this handy chart.

We also encourage students to contact our office to discuss additional pro bono opportunities such as spring break trips, short-term pro bono work, and clinical placements.

Resources: Materials from the Fall 2012 Clinical Ethics Training

Thanks again to the students and speakers – Dean Martha Minow, Chief Justice Margaret Marshall, Assistant Dean of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs Lisa Dealy,
Clinical Instructor Shaun Goho, Lecturer on Law Jeremy McClane, and Lecturer on Law and Clinical Instructor Maureen McDonagh – who participated the Fall 2012 Clinical Ethics Event!

Please see below for a video of the presentation, the presentation slides, and the handouts provided to attendees. Enjoy!

Presentation Video
Ethics Training Video

Presentation Slides
Review the presentation slides while watching the video.

Presentation Handouts
Review the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct, excerpts from the Massachusetts Rules of Professional Conduct, and the Clinical Confidentiality Policy.

Opportunity: Join the Clinical Student Advisory Committee

The Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs is seeking students from all class years (including LLM) to sit on its Student Advisory Committee and contribute their ideas and suggestions regarding curriculum, new projects and placements, policies, and technology, among other things. Members of the Committee serve as liaisons between students and the Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs, facilitating communication between the Office, students, clinical faculty, and the law school administration. The Committee helps the Office identify and address current needs, serves as a sounding board as the Office implements program changes, and assists in strategizing about future programming.

The Committee will meet approximately three times a semester, and lunch and treats will be served.

Interested students should send a resume and a brief email expressing interest and availability to Alexis Ditkowsky ( aditkowsky at by Fri, Sep 28.

Opportunity: Semester in Washington Info Session & Round 2 Application Deadline

Join us on Thu, Sep 27 for the Semester in Washington info session

This Thu, Sep 27 from 12:30-1:30pm in WCC 4059, students can learn more about the Semester in Washington Program from clinic director Jonathan Wroblewski and from students who have completed the program. A bag lunch will be provided.

Semester in Washington students spend the entire Spring Semester (except for Spring break) in Washington, D.C. working as legal interns in a variety of federal offices while taking an evening course on government lawyering.

The round 2 application deadline is Fri, Oct 5. Apply online at

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