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Rachel Krol ’12 and Sara del Nido Budish ’13 named co-Assistant Directors of HNMCP

Via the Harvard Negotiation and Mediation Clinical Program 

Rachel Krol

The Harvard Negotiation & Mediation Clinical Program (HNMCP) is pleased to announce that Rachel Krol ’12 and Sara del Nido Budish ’13 have been promoted to co-Assistant Directors of HNMCP.  They will also be continuing their activities as Clinical Instructors in the Dispute Systems Design Clinic.

In their roles as Assistant Directors, Krol and Budish will help establish and pursue strategic priorities and curricular objectives for HNMCP, and assist with various administrative and programmatic aspects of HNMCP’s activities.  Krol will have primary responsibility for managing the processes of the Dispute Systems Design clinic and supervising clinical instructors in their project work.  Budish will have primary responsibility for creating, implementing, and managing HNMCP’s communication and content strategy and supervising the Clinical Fellow, Harvard Mediation Program staff, and student organizations (HLS Negotiators, Harvard Negotiation Law Review, and the Harvard Mediation Program).

Sara del Nido Budish

“I am overjoyed that Sara and Rachel Krol have agreed to take on leadership roles within HNMCP,” said Director of HNMCP and Assistant Clinical Professor Rachel Viscomi.  “Rachel and Sara are each enormously talented and committed to our work, our field, and our students. Their teaching, supervision of students, work with clients, and insight have made a huge impact over the last several years. I am thrilled that our program will continue to benefit from their wisdom and guidance, and grateful that they will be my partners in leading the next phase of the clinic’s work.”

Krol and Budish were both clinic students in HNMCP during their time at Harvard Law School, and since returning as alums they have served in a variety of roles within HNMCP, including as Clinical Instructors and teaching team members for numerous courses in negotiation and dispute systems design.

“I couldn’t be more excited for this unique opportunity to support HNMCP’s growth, development, and impact,” said Budish. “I’ve been so inspired by the work of our students, clients, and colleagues across the country who share a commitment to constructive conflict engagement, and it’s a gift to be able to deepen our program’s connections and build new ones.”

Krol added, “I echo Sara’s sentiments and look forward to contributing to the vibrant HNMCP community in this new role. I am honored to continue supporting our efforts to provide meaningful educational opportunities for our students and high-quality services for our clients.”

Before joining HNMCP, Krol taught negotiation at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and practiced law at the firms Drinker, Biddle, & Reath LLP and Ahmad Zaffarese LLC in Philadelphia.  Budish previously served as a Research Associate in the Negotiation, Organizations & Markets Unit at Harvard Business School, where she wrote case studies and helped design a curriculum focused on negotiation and incentive systems.

 

Sheryl Dickey Named a 2019 Harvard Hero

By: Olivia Klein

OCP and OPIA staff with award winner Sheryl Dickey (middle)

The Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs (OCP) is proud to celebrate Sheryl Dickey, Attorney Advisor for the LL.M. Pro Bono Program, as she receives the 2019 Harvard Heroes Award. Sheryl has a been an integral part of the OCP office since she joined Harvard Law School (HLS). She is incredibly deserving of this recognition.

Sheryl joined HLS in 2013. She received her J.D. from American University’s Washington College of Law, and she later earned her LL.M. in Environmental Law from Vermont Law School. For several years, Sheryl worked as a litigator with White & Case LLP where she also represented several pro bono clients on matters related to family law and social security benefits. Sheryl went on to spend five years at Vermont Law School, serving first as a Clinical Fellow in the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic (ENRLC) and then as an Assistant Professor, Acting Director and Consulting Attorney in the Clinic.

At OCP, Sheryl is a strong resource for HLS students interested in law firm pro bono work. She advises LL.M. students interested in in-house clinics, externships, and pro bono opportunities and provides J.D. students with general clinic advising. She has also been a leader on a range of special projects, including the development of an online ethics tutorial in collaboration with clinical faculty and the HLS Library and helping organize the HLS in the Community Event in April 2018 as a part of the HLS Bicentennial Celebration.

Sheryl’s thoughtful, attentive, and cheerful nature has made her an incredible asset to the office. In her glowing nomination, Lisa Dealy, Assistant Dean for Clinical and Pro Bono Programs, noted that Sheryl is “incredibly smart and detail-oriented . . . full of creative ideas and proactively addresses issues before they become problems.” Assistant Dean Dealy also stated that Sheryl is a “natural collaborator, facilitator, and innovative problem solver,” and is sought out as a teammate from others across departments. “Sheryl is the epitome of excellence in everything she does,” Assistant Dean Dealy exclaimed.

In response to receiving this award, Ms. Dickey stated, “I am deeply honored to receive this award. I am so grateful for the opportunity to work with an outstanding team at OCP and across the law school to help students gain practical experience while also serving the community.”

The Harvard Heroes program celebrates high-performing staff across every school, recognizing them for their dedication and accomplishments each school year. Nominated by their departments and peers, these staff members exemplify the best that Harvard has to offer in qualities such as leadership, service, teamwork, and innovation. Only 60 Heroes are named university-wide each year, making it an honor of great prestige.

The Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs extends its warmest congratulations to Sheryl!

Project on Predatory Student Lending Director Toby Merrill Honored by the American Constitution Society

Via the Project on Predatory Student Lending

Toby Merrill Credit: Martha Stewart

At the American Constitution Society’s National Convention in Washington, D.C. this week, Project on Predatory Student Lending director and founder Toby Merrill was honored as a finalist for the prestigious David Carliner Public Interest Award. The American Constitution Society(ACS) is the nation’s leading progressive legal organization.

David Carliner, whom the award honors, was a champion of justice throughout his career, devoted to protecting civil and human rights and combating injustice on a systemic basis. The award recognizes outstanding public interest lawyers whose work best exemplifies Carliner’s legacy.

Toby has been a fierce advocate for students cheated by for-profit colleges since she founded the Project on Predatory Student Lending in 2012, and has since led the Project’s team of attorneys in winning groundbreaking court victories in landmark cases protecting and advancing the rights of defrauded students. The Project is part of Harvard Law School’s clinical program, and a number of its clinical students have gone on to pursue careers to attacking the big, systemic issues that have allowed such a predatory industry to thrive for so long.

“David Carliner was a true civil rights champion, and I’m honored to to be associated with this award named for him,” Toby said. “The Project’s clients have been treated so unfairly—first by a predatory industry and then by a government that refuses to recognize their rights. This recognition is a testament to their willingness to stand up and fight for their own rights and the rights of the millions of students across this country who were seeking a better life through higher education, and instead were lied to and ripped off by for-profit colleges. The billions of dollars of debt that the government tries to collect from them every day is illegitimate.

“In addition to our clients’ bravery and perseverance, the Project’s work is driven by its dedicated staff and clinical students,” Toby added. “They inspire me every day, and I’m lucky to stand up for our clients with such an amazing team.”

The Project represents thousands of former for-profit college students across the country. The Project has cases against for-profit college companies, and against the Department of Education for enabling and supporting this predatory industry. Many of the Project’s clients are people of color, veterans, and immigrants. Most are the first in their family to attend college. The Project’s work supports its broader goals of economic justice and racial equality.

The Project is part of the Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School (LSC), a community law office and clinical teaching site of the law school. Clinical students join the Project’s staff to litigate cases on behalf of clients, in partnership with community-based and advocacy organizations.

 

Lynn Weissberg receives an honor from the Massachusetts Chapter for the National Lawyers Guild

By: Alexis Farmer

Lynn Weissberg

On May 17, 2019 the National Lawyers Guild – Massachusetts Chapter (NLG) celebrated its fifty year anniversary at St. Paul African Methodist Life Center in Cambridge. The NLG celebrated its achievements in supporting social movements over the years, from defending anti-war demonstrators against criminal charges in the late 1960s to representing labor unions, prison activists, tenants with substandard housing conditions, and tenants in eviction proceedings more recently. During the celebration, the organization honored long-time activist and former clinical instructor at Harvard Law School Lynn Weissberg.

Lynn Weissberg has been a fierce advocate for social justice throughout her forty-year legal career. At Weissberg & Garin LLP, Weissberg vigorously fought on behalf of her clients in a wide variety of employment cases, representing academics and professionals, low-wage workers, and women facing discrimination in non-traditional jobs such as firefighters and heavy machine operators. She is a founding member of the Massachusetts Employment Lawyers Association and was an Executive Committee member and committee chair until her retirement.

Weissberg has often been politically active since her college days. While at Brandeis University, she worked on Al Lowenstein’s congressional campaign and after graduating cum laude in 1969, she worked for former New York City Mayor John Lindsay. Believing teaching was a way to promote social change, she received her Masters of Arts in Teaching from Harvard in 1972 and taught for five years at the George Bancroft School, an alternative public school in Boston’s South End. After graduating cum laude from Boston College Law School in 1979, Weissberg worked as a staff attorney at the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, representing people who had been discriminated against in employment and housing.

For over 35 years at the Tenant Advocacy Project, Weissberg supervised law students who represent public housing tenants in eviction cases and Section 8 tenants in subsidy termination cases. Through her work at TAP, hundreds of tenants were able to keep their homes. Many law students gained practical experience and a wonderful mentor and role model under Weissberg’s guidance.

Congratulations to Lynn Weissberg on a well-deserved honor. We are profoundly grateful for all of your years of service supervising and mentoring students, and advancing access to affordable housing for people in Greater Boston.

Lynn joins a list of other Harvard Law School clinicians honored by the National Lawyers Guild Massachusetts Chapter, including Deborah Anker, David Grossman, Nancy Kelly, John Willshire-Carrera, and John Salsberg.

Two Clinical Staff Members Receive the Dean’s Award for Excellence

Congratulations to Dana Walters and Carol Flores, who are recipients of the 2019 Dean’s Award for Excellence. The award honors staff members who exemplify the spirit of excellence in the Harvard Law School community through leadership, collaboration, commitment and innovation.

Carol Flores, Administrative Coordinator, Criminal Justice Institute (CJI)

Carol Flores

Since August 2016, Carol Flores has managed the logistics of both the Fall and Winter Trial Advocacy Workshops, each of which consists of about 100+ students, 90+ visiting faculty members, and 30-60 volunteers.  When a new Trial Advocacy winter session course was announced as part of the Law School’s 1L January Experiential Term, Carol jumped in to help.

With the spirit of innovation and collaboration, Carol partnered with the program’s director and other team members, created monthly and weekly meetings to keep things organized, took on extra work, and brought everything together to support the creation of the inaugural 1L Introduction to Trial Advocacy Workshop. She did all of this on top of maintaining her roles as faculty assistant and administrative coordinator to CJI and pursuing a degree in Legal Studies at the Extension School. Carol also recently became the first-ever staff member to receive the Harvard Women’s Law Association Shatter the Ceiling Award, which recognized her strong impact on the student body. Her nominators note, “Carol’s positive can-do attitude is undoubtedly reliable, and her work product is seamless. Her dedication and drive are both forces to be reckoned with. Carol is always reflecting and looking for ways to do things even better the next time. She is humble, dedicated, hardworking, and driven to make sure whatever she touches is the best it can be.”

 

Dana Walters, Program and Communications Coordinator, Human Rights Program (HRP)

Dana Walters and Dean John Manning at the Dean’s Award for Excellence Ceremony on May 22. Credit: Martha Stewart

Dana joined the Human Rights Program in 2017, and quickly established herself as an exemplary colleague. She works collaboratively, innovates to increase impact and efficiency, and leads important aspects of the Human Rights Program. Supporting both the clinic and the academic program, Dana also took on communications responsibilities when a colleague left and did so with seamless transition. Since then, she has started an Instagram account and has significantly expanded the HRP presence and reach across numerous platforms, tailoring our outreach to different constituents and increasing engagement with HRP’s work.

Because of her collaborative nature and creative problem-solving skills, Professor Giannini asked Dana to work with him on innovative pedagogy projects. She has supported HRP’s advanced human rights clinical seminar and J-term courses where she actively facilitates group activities and helps design sessions. Her nominators describe her as “exceptional” and note that they “feel privileged to work alongside such a dedicated and creative colleague, highlighting that, “Dana has excelled in promoting a culture of collaboration across the Program, and is committed to seeing challenging tasks through to completion.”

Phil Torrey wins 2019 HLS Student Government Teaching & Advising Award

Via the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program 

We are proud to announce that our Managing Attorney, Phil Torrey, won a 2019 HLS Student Government Teaching & Advising Award. We are honored to have Phil as part of our team and we thank him for his tireless dedication to his students and to the Clinic. Congrats, Phil!

Here are some quotes from student nominators:

“Phil is responsive, considerate, and provides thorough feedback.”

“Phil has taught me more about lawyering and litigation than any other individual at HLS…The time and energy that he puts into mentoring and teaching is incredible; the behavior that he models as a lawyer is exceptional.”

“He is a tireless advocate for some of the most vulnerable clients.”

“I am truly lucky to have had the privilege to learn from Phil.”

“Phil is the best mentor I have ever had…[he] is able to find that rare balance of providing us with enough guidance and direction to maintain our confidence in and the high quality of our work, while allowing us, the students, to drive our cases and make substantive decisions about our cases.”

“Because of his teaching and guidance…I feel prepared for my summer job and for engaging in legal work upon graduation.”

“I mean it when I say that I wish all other faculty members were more like him.”

PLAP’s Shanell Lavery Honored with WLA Shatter the Ceiling Award

By: PLAP’s Executive Board

On Wednesday, April 17th, the Harvard Women’s Law Association (WLA) is holding their annual Shatter the Ceiling Awards ceremony. Each spring, the WLA recognizes the people who represent the gold standard for promoting inclusiveness and equality, both at Harvard Law School and beyond.

Shanell Lavery, program manager of the Harvard Prison Legal Assistance Project (PLAP), is being awarded with WLA’s Shatter the Ceiling Award for Staff Excellence in Promoting Equity and Justice. Lavery is a tireless advocate and the work PLAP does would not be possible without her. We are so grateful for her leadership and hard work.

Shanell Lavery

Below are a few important reflections on Shanell Lavery’s work with PLAP:

“Shanell hit the ground running at PLAP.  She has a deft touch with students, striking that important balance of supporting students as they operate a student-led organization, while being hands-on enough to ensure that the office runs smoothly.  She fulfills an important role for us as the face of the office, interacting with students, interns, prisoners, other HLS offices and staff, prison officials, and parole officials. Across all of those interactions, she demonstrates real professionalism, which ensures that the office runs smoothly and also serves as a model for law students.  We’re lucky to have her.”

– Joel Thompson, PLAP Supervising Attorney

“Shanell goes above and beyond for PLAP. She keeps the office running so smoothly that we often don’t even realize just how much she does. She often gives up her own time to meet with people or help with the office after hours. She also knows virtually every member of PLAP (not an easy task in such a large organization), and has been a wonderful resource and friend. I have loved working with Shanell and I will miss working with her after I graduate.”

– Kaitlyn Gerber, 2018-19 PLAP Executive Director

“In addition to being amazing at her job, Shanell is an amazing mother, commuting all the way from Providence to spend her days with us, but always getting her kids to school before she comes here and supporting them every step of the way alongside her wife. In daily work, Shanell is on top of so many thankless tasks that student attorneys may never even think about because she’s there behind the scenes. Every year, she deals with the logistical nightmare of getting every single member of PLAP approved by DOC. Having the system set up through Shanell means that we don’t run into any issues when we show up at the door. Our work could not happen without her.”

– Rachel Kroll, 2018-19 Legal Resources Manager

This year’s Shatter the Ceiling Award honorees include:

  • Shanell Lavery, for Staff Excellence in Fostering Equity and Justice,
  • Da Lin, for Excellence in Fostering an Inclusive Classroom,
  • Judge Lauren Reeder, for Alumni Excellence and,
  •  All Professors who Signed the Kavanaugh Letter, for Excellence in Promoting Gender Equity (Judge Nancy Gertner will be accepting on behalf of this group)

2019 Skadden Fellows

By: Mahalia Mathelier, OCP Intern

Congratulations to Kamala Buchanan, Elizabeth Soltan, and Michael Zuckerman on their acceptances to the 2019 class of Skadden Fellows! The Skadden Fellowship offers young lawyers two year Fellowships to pursue public interest law on a full-time basis. The Skadden Foundation aims to expand the legal services available to economically disadvantaged communities, by supporting newly graduated lawyers to pursue work they are passionate about, and to help them establish long term public interest careers. The Skadden Fellowship Foundation launched in 1988, and has funded over 800 Fellowships to date.  90% of the former Fellows continue to work in the non-profit sector. All three Harvard Law School (HLS) student awardees actively engaged in the clinical program during their time at HLS.

Head shot of Kamala Buchanan J.D. '19

Kamala Buchanan J.D. ’19 Credit: Dave Cross

Kamala Buchanan is the Executive Director of the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau, a student-run clinic providing civil legal services to low-income people in the Greater Boston Area. Buchanan will spend her Fellowship at the Georgia Legal Services Program. She will provide direct representation and community education to low-income students of color in various Georgia counties to address racially disparate public-school discipline.

Head shot of Elizabeth Soltan, J.D. '19

Elizabeth Soltan, J.D. ’19 Credit: Dave Cross

Like Kamala, Elizabeth Soltan, has spent two years as a clinical student at the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau. During her first year of law school, Soltan was active in the Tenant Advocacy Project, a student practice organization where students represent tenants of and applicants to public and subsided housing at administrative hearings through greater Boston. Soltan will work as a Skadden Fellow at Community Legal Services of Philadelphia. Her project will focus on expanding the medical-legal partnership in West Philadelphia. In this role, she hopes to stabilize the income of families with newborns by providing them with employment and public benefits representation.

Michael Zukerman, J.D. ’10 Credit: Dave Cross

For former Harvard Law Review president, Michael Zuckerman, the road the public-service law was paved from childhood. Zuckerman’s father was an attorney, whose legacy of pro bono litigation and helping others challenge injustice through the law inspired Zuckerman, and made him realize that work in the public-sector was something he could truly take joy in. Zuckerman participated in several clinics during his time at the law school, including Judicial Process in Community Courts and the Criminal Justice Institute. He will be working at the Ohio Justice & Policy Center, an organization fighting to protect the rights and dignities of incarcerated people and helping people who have been incarcerated overcome barriers to rebuilding their lives. As a Skadden Fellow, Zuckerman plans to establish a practice in Avondale, one of Cincinnati’s most disadvantaged neighborhoods and provide direct representation to citizens re-entering from incarceration to help them overcome legal barriers.

Judy Murciano, Associate Director and Director of Fellowships in the Bernard Koteen Office of Public Interest Advising (OPIA) works tirelessly to help students like Buchanan, Soltan, and Zuckerman brainstorm, draft, and polish fellowship applications. She’s helped many students achieve distinguished fellowships that provide a promising launching pad into their career in public service.

Congratulations to all of the Fellows!

Yee Htun Honored by Harvard Women’s Law Association as a Woman Inspiring Change

Via the International Human Rights Clinic 

By: Susan Farbstein

We’re thrilled to share this happy news: in honor of International Women’s Day 2019, the Clinic’s very own Yee Htun has been selected by the Harvard Women’s Law Association as a “Women Inspiring Change.” To say this honor is well deserved would be an understatement.

Yee Htun was honored by her colleagues and students at the WLA reception on Monday, March 11. From left to right: Program Coordinator Dana Walters, Delphine Rodrik JD’20, Elise Baranouski JD’20, Rez Gardi LLM’19, Anna Rembar JD’19, Yee Htun, Lecturer on Law Anna Crowe LLM’12, Eun Sung Yang JD’20, Luna Borges Pereira Santos JD’19, and Isabel Pitaro JD’20.

Since joining the Clinic in 2016, Yee has guided teams of students as they engage with some of the gravest and most pressing human rights issues facing her native Myanmar: ending violence against women and girls, decriminalizing sodomy laws and enshrining LGBTQI rights, repealing or revising laws that encroach on freedom of expression, documenting hate speech and designing strategies to promote tolerance, spearheading coordination between local and international organizations seeking accountability for atrocities, and improving land rights for the rural poor.

Yee’s personal story is also inspiring. Yee fled Myanmar as a young child in the late 1980s, following the military junta’s crackdown on the pro-democracy movement.  After five years in a Thai refugee camp with her mother and sisters, the family emigrated to Canada as government-sponsored refugees. Yee would go on to earn a J.D. specialized in international law, to be selected by the Nobel Women’s Initiative to lead the first-ever international campaign to stop rape and sexual violence in conflict, and to serve as the inaugural director of the Myanmar Program at Justice Trust.

But Yee’s dazzling resume, strategic judgment, and legal accomplishments pale in comparison to who she is as a person.  She earns your respect and admiration without an ounce of ego. Students are in awe of Yee without being intimidated by her. She’s a hug and a shot of adrenaline, all rolled into one.

My co-director, Tyler Giannini, echoes this sentiment: “There are people who just naturally connect with others and inspire them to action—Yee is one of them.  She has a tremendous ability to bring people together, which is so critical in a place like Myanmar where the military has tried to divide people for so long. She leads with her energy, which is contagious. And she leads with her commitment to justice, which is unwavering.”

In January 2019, Yee (right) traveled to Myanmar with her clinical team. From right to left, Paras Shah JD’19, Judy Beals, Assistant Director, Religious Literacy Project, Delphine Rodrik JD’20, Chloe Do JD’19, and Ginger Cline JD’20.

I have watched, again and again, as clinical teams working with Yee are transformed by the experience—discovering not just their passion for human rights but also the confidence to act, speak, and lead in ways that they might never have imagined without her support and mentorship.

So it comes as no surprise that Yee’s students nominated her for this recognition, singling out her “courage, empathy, and tenacity” as particularly inspiring. Describing a recent trip to Myanmar, the students emphasized her incomparable “optimism and relentless advocacy” as she balanced strategizing with local partners, drafting human rights reports, and leading workshops, all while mentoring and training them.

I first met Yee at a staff meeting when I returned from a semester of leave and was immediately drawn in by her confidence, sincerity, and good humor. As she discussed the work that she and her students had undertaken that term, I was overwhelmed by how much she had accomplished, and energized by her warmth and enthusiasm. I still feel that way every time we speak—impressed, inspired, and invigorated.

Yee, thank you for giving so much of yourself to your students and your work. Thank you for being not only a generous colleague, but also a friend and a true role model. Thank you for motivating us all to rise to your level.

HRP Welcomes New Spring Staff to the International Human Rights Clinic

Via the International Human Rights Clinic

With the semester already off to a great start, we’d like to extend the warmest welcome to our new spring staff! We have two new members of the International Human Rights Clinic. Read below to learn more about them and make sure to stop by and introduce yourself.

Nicolette Waldman, Senior Clinical Fellow

Nicolette Waldman is a Senior Clinical Fellow for the Spring 2019 term. Previously, she was a researcher on Iraq and Syria for Amnesty International; a researcher for the Center for Civilians in Conflict, covering Gaza, Somalia, Libya and Bosnia; a legal fellow at the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission in Kabul; a program manager for Save the Children in the West Bank and Gaza; a Fulbright scholar in Jordan; and a senior associate in the legal and policy division at Human Rights Watch in New York. Waldman has a B.A. in International Affairs and English Literature from Lewis & Clark College, a J.D. from Harvard Law School, and is a member of the State Bar of New York.

 

Jim Wormington, Clinical Instructor

Jim Wormington is a Clinical Instructor for the Spring 2019 term. He is also a researcher at Human Rights Watch in the Africa Division, where he covers West Africa. He was previously an attorney at the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative, where he conducted research to inform rule of law and human rights development programs, and implemented programs in West and Central Africa. Wormington has also worked at the International Crisis Group and the War Crimes Chamber of the State Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina. He is an English-trained barrister, an associate member of QEB Hollis Whiteman Chambers, and was educated at Cambridge University (MA) and New York University School of Law (LLM). He is fluent in French.

 

CHLPI Welcomes New Team Member Kristin Sukys

Via the Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation

The Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation (CHLPI) and the Health Law and Policy Clinic welcome Kristin Sukys to the team as a Policy Analyst!

Kristin joined the Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation at Harvard Law School as Project Consultant in August 2018 leading the GIS analysis for the Massachusetts Food is Medicine State Plan and is currently a Policy Analyst working on HLPC’s whole-person care initiatives.

Kristin graduated in May 2018 with a Masters of Science degree in Agriculture, Food, and Environment from the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University. Specializing in community food systems and public health, her work focused on the intersection of our health care and food systems. Prior to graduate school, she received a B.A. in International Relations specializing in Environmental Issues from Virginia Tech.

A New Harvard Law Building Opens on Mass Ave

Via Harvard Law Today

Credit: NBBJ Boston

By: Clea Simon

Citing its future role in “innovation, deep learning, collegiality, and service,” Dean John F. Manning saluted the opening of the Harvard Law School’s newest building, at 1607 Massachusetts Avenue, on Monday evening. At a joyful reception in the open first floor, guests, faculty and community members nibbled pizza and sweets while taking in enlarged photos of the location’s previous incarnations, watching a time-lapse film of the structure’s 12 months of construction and queuing up for tours of the interior. Raising a glass of champagne, Manning thanked the many individuals from Harvard Law School and the City of Cambridge who had made the building possible, and he hailed the LEED Gold certified building as “designed to inspire and provoke collaboration.”

Indeed, the sleek wood and brick structure, which sits across Everett Street from HLS’s Wasserstein Hall, Caspersen Students Center, and Clinical Wing building, was created to foster and expand the law school’s experiential and clinical learning and tosupport research programs. Along with space for faculty offices and other future uses, 1607 Massachusetts Avenue, the first Harvard Law School project designed by Alex Krieger, a principal of NBBJ and professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, will provide elbow room for Harvard Law’s clinical education and research.  It will serve as the new home for the Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation, which includes the Health Law and Policy Clinic and also the Food Law and Policy Clinic. The building will also house the Criminal Justice Institute and the Harvard Defenders, a clinical program and student practice organization, respectively, in which students represent clients in criminal hearings; the Islamic Legal Studies Program: Law and Social Change; the Animal Law & Policy Program; and the Access to Justice Lab.

“This new building reflects a commitment from both former Dean Martha Minow and our current dean to having a law school curriculum that reflects the needs of our law students and the community writ large,” said Clinical Professor Robert Greenwald, director of the Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation.

Clinical or experiential learning, Greenwald said, “needs a very different kind of space” than traditional lecture halls or classrooms. As an example, he described the new Health Law and Policy Clinic space, which features open areas, where students can work collaboratively, as well as more private offices and conference rooms. “A lot of the work happens via Skype and other electronic communication,” he said. “So all of our offices are designed for that.”

 Credit: Lorin Ganger

“The new building will provide invaluable space for the clinical programs and modern facilities to engage in the lawyering advocacy and teaching that are at the heart of the clinical programs,” said Clinical Professor of Law and Vice Dean for Experiential and Clinical Education Daniel L. Nagin. “This space will promote collaboration and enhance the ability of staff and students and faculty to interact and think across boundaries,” he added.

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HLS Students Honored for Their Pro Bono Work

HLS alumna Amy Volz, J.D. ’18 and the other recipients of the 2018 Adams Pro Bono award pictured (left to right) with Chief Justice Ralph Gants ’80, Justice Kimberly Budd ’91, and Elizabeth Ennen Esq., Chair of the SJC Standing Committee on Pro Bono Legal Services.

The Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs offers its heartfelt congratulations to the 55 Harvard Law students that were recognized by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Standing Committee on Pro Bono Legal Services for their commitment to pro bono work. The ceremony was held at the Adams Courthouse on October 18 and the students are listed on the SJC’s Pro Bono Honor Roll website.

The recognition is presented annually to law firms, solo practitioners, in-house corporate counsel offices, government attorney offices, non-profit organizations, law school faculties, and law students who certify that they have contributed at least 50 hours of legal services without receiving pay or academic credit.

Alumua Amy Volz ’18 was also honored with a Pro Bono Publico Award for being someone who demonstrated an outstanding and exceptional commitment to providing unpaid legal services to those in need for her extensive pro bono work at HLS. During her time at HLS, Volz contributed thousands of hours of pro bono service to clients through the Harvard Immigration Project (HIP), the International Human Rights Clinic, and the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program (HIRC).

 

Charmaine Archer JD’19 Karin Drucker JD’19 Margaret Huang JD’19 Daniel Reis JD’20
Lindsay Bailey JD’19 Jenna El-Fakih JD’20 Milo Rohr Inglehart JD’19  Joseph Rosenberg JD’19
Megan Barnes JD’19 Ian Eppler JD’19  Jason Kohn JD’19 Bradford Sherman JD’19
Nathan Berla-Shulock JD’19 Mingming Feng JD ’20  Sarah Libowsky JD’20  Laura Smith JD’20
Katrina Marie Black JD’19 Rebecca Friedman JD’19 Daniela Lorenzo JD’19  Elizabeth Soltan JD’19
Laura Bloomer JD’19 Lindsay Funk JD ’20 Marissa Marandola JD’19 Benjamin Spiegel JD’20
Elizabeth Carr JD’20 Anna Gee JD ’19 Deborah Mariottini JD’19 Teresa Spinelli JD’19
Jenny M. Chan JD’19 Kaitlyn Gerber JD’19 Allena Martin JD’19  Bing Sun JD’19
Willy Chotzen-Freund JD’19 Jillian Goodman JD ’19  Marissa McGarry JD’19  Isabelle Sun JD’19
Chloe Cotton JD’20 Elizabeth H. Gyori JD ’19 Patrick Nowak JD’19 Jianing Xie JD’19
D Dangaran JD’20 Andrew Leon Hanna JD’19  Kiera O’Rourke JD’20
Alyxandra Darensbourg JD’20  Michael Haley JD’19  David Papas JD’19
Dalia Deak JD’19  Josephine Herman JD’20 Madelyn Petersen JD’19
Lolita De Palma JD’20  Felipe Hernandez JD’20  Heather Pickerell JD’20
Yang Ding JD’19 Rebekah K. Holtz JD’19 Emanuel Powell JD’ 19

Clinical Professor Esme Caramello Honored as one the 2018 Top Women of Law

Clinical Professor Esme Caramello ’99 is among the 2018 Top Women of Law honored by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly. The award ceremony, held on October 18, honors “legal educators, trailblazers, and role models who have demonstrated outstanding accomplishments in social justice advocacy and business.”

Professor Caramello joined the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau (HLAB) in 2009 as deputy director and clinical instructor after having worked in the Housing Unit at HLS’s WilmerHale Legal Services Center and at Suffolk University Law School’s Housing Clinic. As a clinical instructor at the WilmerHale Legal Services Center, she worked with students to help protect the rights of low-income tenants and homeowners. She was appointed to clinical professor of law in 2014 by Dean Martha Minow and shortly thereafter became the faculty director at HLAB.

“Esme’s experience in tenants’ rights is second to none,” said Harvard Law School Dean Martha Minow. “Under her guidance, students connect practice and theory to solve important legal and policy issues affecting low-income individuals. Passionate and compassionate, her strategic approach ensures that the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau will continue to lead in vital work.”

Professor Caramello currently serves on several boards, including the Boston Bar Foundation, and the Cambridge City Manager’s Advisory Committee, and the Access to Justice Commission, where she serves on the Access to Attorneys Committee and co-chairs the Justice for All Housing Working Group. Professor Caramello also helped found the Developing Justice project at HLS, an initiative that uses technology to close the justice gap.

Professor Caramello is an inspiration to many students, faculty, and staff. In 2014, she was honored by HLS, the Women’s Law Association, and the Law and International Development Society in their photo exhibition for International Women’s Day, entitled Inspiring Change, Inspiring Us. HLAB alum Annie Lee who nominated Esme at the time wrote:

I’m inspired by Esme Caramello who works tirelessly to help low-income tenants facing eviction…When she’s not in court, Esme’s in the Bureau teaching and mentoring HLAB student attorneys. She’s generous with her time and dedicated to making us astute, ethical, and compassionate lawyers. I feel so lucky to have gotten to work with Esme on an eviction case last year. She let me take the reins in the case and strategize how to keep an elderly African-American woman in her home. She’s an excellent clinical instructor and has mentored me, as well as multiple classes of HLS men and women.

Caramello is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School.

CHLPI Associate Director Sarah Downer to Present at a Training Aimed to Get People Cooking in Community Kitchens

Calling all community kitchens…meeting Thursday

Via The Recorder 

In an effort to get people cooking in community kitchens to make better use of local foods, the Franklin Regional Council of Governments is hosting a training today from 5 to 7 p.m. at the the Western Massachusetts Food Processing Center in Greenfield.

The effort is aimed at heating up use of commercial kitchens at schools, houses of worship and other sites while working through concerns that may come up about liability, according to Phoebe Walker, the COG’s director of community services.

“We’re hoping to find ways to get people to eat better, and that means making community facilities more available,” Walker said, “but not increasing their liability.

Anyone who’s thinking of turning pounds of tomatoes into sauce for donation to a local food pantry, pickling garden vegetables or starting their own food business may be interested in the discussion, along with operators of school or church kitchens that could be shared with community cooks or food entrepreneurs.

A full dinner will be served as part of the program, which will include presentations by Rachel Stoler, the COG’s community health program manager; Randy Crochier, COG food safety agent;  Joanna Benoit, the food processing center’s food systems program manager, Stacey Wood and David Soule, co-owners of Whole Harmony, as well as Sarah Downer, associate director of Harvard Law School’s Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation;  Erica Kyzmir-McKeon, an attorney and senior fellow at Conservation Law Foundation’s Legal Food Hub’ and Cheryl Sbarra, director of policy and law with the Massachusetts Association of Health Boards.

Registration is required at  www.eventbrite.com/e/shared-use-and-community-kitchens-training-tickets-50224901031

Let’s Discuss

Via the Harvard Negotiation and Mediation Clinical Program 

This fall 2018, the instructors and students of Harvard Law School’s “The Lawyer as Facilitator” course will host Let’s Disagree—a series of three small-group discussions, led by student facilitators as the capstone event of a semester-long facilitation workshop. We aim to convene people with diverse personal backgrounds and political views to address polarizing civic issues. Let’s Disagree is designed to explore deep differences of opinion in a facilitated setting that encourages participants to embrace and learn from conflict—to learn to disagree passionately on matters of vital civic importance, and still maintain a strong, vital community. We welcome students, staff, faculty, and members of the greater Boston community.

Let’s Disagree will meet from 1:00–2:30pm on October 31, November 7, and November 14, on the Harvard Law School campus. Participants are asked to commit to attending all three of the scheduled conversations and to bring a willingness to engage with respect and curiosity in a civil discussion of challenging issues. An optional 30-minute debrief with co-participants and facilitators will follow each session.

Topics will be determined near the time of each meeting of Let’s Disagree to ensure that each session is current and relevant.

If you are interested in applying to participate in this dialogue series, please fill out the application here. Your responses will help us select and assign participants to small groups with an eye to achieving a range of views and voices in each group.

We will follow up with you by email to let you know if you have been accepted to the program and confirm your participation.

HRP Welcomes New Staff to the International Human Rights Clinic

Via the Human Rights Program

With the semester start, we’d like to extend the warmest welcome to our new staff! We have four new members of the International Human Rights Clinic. Read below to learn more about them and make sure you swing by to introduce yourself.

Thomas Becker

Clinical Instructor

Thomas Becker is a Clinical Instructor at the Human Rights Program. He is an attorney and activist who has spent most of the past decade working on human rights issues in Bolivia. As a student at Harvard Law School, he was the driving force behind launching Mamani v. Sanchez de Lozada, a lawsuit against Bolivia’s former president and defense minister for their role in the massacre of indigenous peasants. After graduating, he moved to Bolivia, where he has worked with the survivors for over a decade. This spring, Becker and his co-counsel obtained a $10 million jury verdict for family members of those killed in “Black October,” marking the first time a living ex-president has been held accountable in a U.S. court for human rights violations. The verdict was overturned by a federal judge and is currently being appealed in the Eleventh Circuit of Appeals. Becker’s human rights work has included investigating torture and disappearance of Adavasis in India, documenting war crimes in Lebanon, and serving as a nonviolent bodyguard for the Zapatista guerrillas in Chiapas, Mexico. When he is not practicing law, Becker is an award-winning musician and songwriter who has recorded with Grammy-winning producers and toured throughout the world as a drummer and guitarist.

Amelia Evans

Clinical Instructor

Amelia Evans is an international human rights lawyer and an expert on business and human rights. She co-founded MSI Integrity in 2012 and continues to spearhead its development. Amelia has investigated and reported on business and human rights-related issues in a number of countries, most particularly in the Central African and Asia-Pacific regions. Previously, she was the Global Human Rights Fellow at Harvard Law School and was a clinical supervisor at Harvard Law School’s International Human Rights Clinic. She also clerked at the New Zealand Court of Appeal, and worked at the Crown Law Office in New Zealand and the Victoria Government Solicitor’s Office in Australia. Amelia obtained her LL.M. from Harvard Law School, and LL.B. (Hons.) and B.C.A. (Economics and Finance) from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. Amelia also works on nonfiction / documentary film projects.

 

Emma Golding

Program Assistant

Emma Golding is the Program Assistant for the International Human Rights Clinic at Harvard Law School. Prior to joining the Clinic, she worked in research administration at Boston Children’s Hospital. She has also spent time as an editorial assistant, faculty assistant, legal secretary, bartender, waitress, hostess, busser, catering manager, circus performer, au pair, natural history & ecology educator, and Audubon Society counselor.  She holds a B.A. in Journalism & Political Science from UMass Amherst.

 

Kelsey Ryan

Program Coordinator

Kelsey is the Program Coordinator for the International Human Rights Clinic. Prior to joining HRP, she worked in the Dean’s Office at Harvard Law School. She holds a B.A. in International Studies and Spanish Language from Emmanuel College in Boston, MA. From 2014-2015 she lived in Athens, Greece while completing a Fulbright Teaching Assistantship Grant. She is currently finishing her master’s in International Relations through Harvard Extension School, and returns to Crete, Greece, each summer to assist with Emmanuel College’s Eastern Mediterranean Security Studies Program.

New Criminal Justice Appellate Clinic Info Session

Come learn more about the NEW Criminal Justice Appellate Clinic!

September 13th, WCC 3016
12-1pm
Lunch will be served.

This is a new by-application winter term clinic offering. Students will participate in an winter externship with the Roderick & Solange MacArthur Justice Center (“MJC”) in Washington, D.C., working on appeals before federal circuit courts and/or the U.S. Supreme Court that raise important issues related to civil rights and the criminal justice system.

MJC is one of the nation’s premier civil rights organizations and champions criminal justice reform through litigation, in areas that include police misconduct, rights of the accused, issues facing indigent prisoners, the death penalty, and the rights of detainees. The organization’s Washington, D.C. office focuses specifically on appellate litigation as a vehicle for achieving change in these areas

For more information, please consult the clinic’s webpage: https://hls.harvard.edu/dept/clinical/criminal-justice-appellate-clinic/

FLPC Welcomes New Clinical Fellow

Via the Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation

Brian Fink joins the Food Law and Policy Clinic in September 2018 as a Clinical Fellow. Brian was the Farm and Food Legal Fellow at Yale Law School. In that position, Brian oversaw the launch of a legal services program that connects income-eligible farmers and food entrepreneurs to pro bono attorneys. Also while at Yale, Brian worked closely with students on legal and academic projects related to food-system matters.

During law school, Brian worked on agricultural, food, and environmental issues as a fellow at the Resnick Center for Food Law and Policy and as a legal volunteer at the Sustainable Economies Law Center. He earned his J.D. from UCLA School of Law, where he was an editor of the UCLA Law Review and president of the Food Law Society, and his B.A. in Journalism from University of Washington.

Cyberlaw Clinic Welcomes (Back) HLS Students, Preps for AY 2018-19

Via the Cyberlaw Clinic

The Cyberlaw Clinic is pleased to welcome back returning 2Ls and 3Ls and welcome new 1Ls and LLMs to Cambridge for the start of the 2018-19 academic year! We hope that everyone had a restful and reinvigorating summer. As we ramp up for the fall semester, we offer some announcements about the program and thoughts on the coming year.

First, on a bittersweet note, we bid farewell to our dear friend and colleague Vivek Krishnamurthy. Vivek is returning to private practice at the law firm, Foley Hoag LLP, after four years working with us in the Clinic. Vivek joined us from Foley back in 2014, and his practice and teaching activities in the Clinic have focused on international human rights and civil liberties issues. Vivek will be sorely missed, but we are happy to report that he will remain involved at Harvard Law School and the Berkman Klein Center—co-teaching the Counseling and Legal Strategy in the Digital Age seminar at HLS this fall with Chris Bavitz.  Vivek also joins our our illustrious roster of Clinic Advisors, with whom we regularly collaborate. We wish Vivek success in his new endeavors and expect that we will continue to work closely together in the months and years to come.

We are delighted to report that Jessica Fjeld has been promoted to Assistant Director of the Cyberlaw Clinic and will assume a central role in managing our program. Jess has done tremendous work over the past two years in the Clinic, helping to lead our copyright practice and working with students to advise a wide range of individuals and startups with an emphasis on clients in media, arts, and the creative industries. Jess joins the board of the Global Network Initiative and is also a Clinical Instructor and Lecturer on Law at HLS.  She will be co-teaching the Cyberlaw Clinic Seminar this falland spring.

The Clinic is also thrilled to announce that Mason Kortz, who has been with us for almost two years as a Clinical Fellow, has assumed the role of Clinical Instructor. Mason has deep expertise with civil liberties and privacy issues, and he brings his strong technical background in data science to bear on many of our projects. He is also a key member of the Berkman Klein Center’s research team, contributing to the Center’s Ethics and Governance of Artificial Intelligence initiative and producing valuable scholarship on the role of explanation in law and AI.

Kendra Albert begins their second year with us as a Clinical Fellow, managing projects that related to computer security research, vulnerability disclosure, circumvention, and a host of related issues. Kendra was instrumental this past year in overseeing the Clinic’s involvement in the Copyright Office’s Section 1201 triennial rulemaking proceedings, leading a student team that represented the Software Preservation Network in filing comments and testifying before the Library of Congress about the need for exemptions from liability to promote archival activities.  Kendra has also been the Clinic’s point person in managing work relating to voting technology and election security in the runup to the November 2018 midterms. In the spring, Kendra will be co-teaching Advanced Constitutional Law: New Issues in Speech, Press, and Religion with Professor Martha Minow.

Project Coordinator Hannah Hilligoss will continue to keep the Clinic’s trains running on time while contributing to BKC research efforts on topics ranging from telecommunications policy to the human rights implications of AI technologies. Hannah has also played a major role in the launch of Harvard’s new “Techtopia” initiative, which promises to connect faculty and students across Harvard with an interest in the ethical, social, political, and legal implications of emerging digital technology.

Susan Crawford and Chris Bavitz round out the Clinic team, managing student projects and teaching courses about law and regulation as they relate to communicationsmusic and digital mediaautonomous vehicles, and the Internet.

We kept projects afloat this summer with an all-star cast of law school interns, and we expect more than thirty students to join us for the fall term (including three advanced clinical students, returning after working with us this past spring). The Clinic’s substantive docket will cover our usual wide variety of projects, with a few practice areas being especially active. Those include:

  • answering questions about bias in the use of algorithms and machine learning technologies by companies and government actors;
  • addressing legal issues raised by existing and future art-generating AI technologies, as we consider the interaction between algorithmic tech, the human creative process, and our system of intellectual property laws;
  • supporting efforts to promote government transparency and accountability through targeted use of freedom of information laws and broader open government initiatives; and
  • advising digital archives on questions surrounding online access to materials, particularly around IP issues that arise in connection with cross-border operations.

We could not be more excited to welcome our incoming students next week.  Best wishes to all for a fruitful 2018-19 academic year!

Congratulations to Esme Caramello, one of the 2018 Top Women of Law

Congratulations to Esme Caramello, who is among the 2018 Top Women of Law honored by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly! The award ceremony, which will be held on October 18, honors “legal educators, trailblazers, and role models who have demonstrated outstanding accomplishments in social justice advocacy and business.”

Education Law Clinic Welcomes Bettina Neuefeind

Bettina Neuefeind is an attorney with the Trauma and Learning Policy Initiative, a collaboration between Harvard Law School’s Education Law Clinic and Massachusetts Advocates for Children. As a longtime direct services attorney and advocate for culture change around trauma, mental health and schools, Bettina assists families of children exposed to trauma in obtaining appropriate educational services, supports the clinical education of law students, and collaborates with the leadership team on achieving systemic progress growing the safe and supportive school culture movement.

Prior to joining TLPI, Bettina was a Research Fellow at Harvard Law School investigating what fuels systems change in anti-poverty work, and an affiliate at Harvard’s Food Law and Policy Clinic, where she led the School Food Interventions project and focused on food literacy education and school food culture overhauls in applied settings. Before coming to Harvard, Bettina was a fair housing attorney at Bay Area Legal Aid in Oakland, California, serving low-income clients with disabilities and specializing in accommodations where housing was threatened due to mental health issues. Bettina received her J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School. She clerked for the Honorable Daniel T.K. Hurley of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, and for the Honorable Susan S. Beck, Associate Justice of the Massachusetts Court of Appeals.

Welcome Bettina!

Housing Law Clinic Welcomes New Clinical Instructor Nicole Summers

Nicole Summers joined Harvard Law School as a Clinical Instructor with the Housing Law Clinic. Prior to joining Harvard, she served as legal fellow with the NYU Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy and as an adjunct professor at New York University School of Law. Prior to working at NYU, Nicole worked as an attorney with The Bronx Defenders in their civil action practice.

Transactional Law Clinics Welcome New Clinical Instructor Noel Roycroft

Noel Roycroft joined the Transactional Law Clinics of Harvard Law School as a Clinical Instructor in  August 2018.  Before coming to Harvard, Noel was an associate in the corporate department of Ropes & Gray, LLP and a member of the firm’s asset management group where she focused her practice on representing investment products, their boards, and managers in transactional, regulatory, and compliance matters. Noel was also previously a fellow and associate counsel with the national office of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. Prior to gaining her law degree, Noel worked in the Massachusetts House of Representatives, where she was Chief of Staff to a Committee Chair and State Representative. Noel received her B.A. from Bowdoin College, graduate certificate in non-profit management from Northeastern University, and J.D. from American University’s Washington College of Law.

Welcome Noel!

CHLPI Welcomes Andrea Kunst

Andrea Kunst joined the Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation in July 2018 as the Foundation and Corporate Relations Officer. She has practiced philanthropic fundraising, strategic advancement, and non-profit organization management for twenty years. She is an accomplished fundraising generalist with a track record of creating successful customized advancement plans for schools and nonprofits, consistently meeting and exceeding fundraising goals. She is founder and executive director of Cushing Mill Contracting, offering development and advancement services to schools and mission driven, non-profit start-ups.

Andrea was the Director of Advancement at Boston Day and Evening Academy, a competency-based, student-centered alternative high school within Boston Public Schools for 10 years; chaired the board of Dorchester Arts Collaborative during the period that it founded Dorchester’s first community art gallery; was Director of Development for Nativity Preparatory School during their successful capital campaign; and has broad experience as a teacher, writer, and manager. Andrea currently sits on the board of PieRSquared, an after-school math tutoring non-profit in Roxbury, and is an alumnus of the Education Policy Fellowship Program. She received both her B.A. in Communications and her M.A. in Writing and Publishing from Emerson College and lives in her adopted community of Dorchester, MA.

Welcome Andrea!

Senior Partners for Justice Public Service Volunteer Internship in the Probate and Family Court- Fall 2018

Senior Partners for Justice, a unique pro bono initiative of the Volunteer Lawyers Project, offers an internship program for law students who want to provide critical assistance to low-income clients while gaining valuable insight into the daily operations of the Probate and Family Court.

ABOUT SENIOR PARTNERS FOR JUSTICE

Founded in 2002 by Hon. Edward M. Ginsburg, a retired justice of the Massachusetts Probate and Family Court, Senior Partners for Justice includes practitioners of all levels of experience, from retired attorneys and judges to new members admitted to the bar and law students, who handle family law matters pro bono for low-income clients who would otherwise go unrepresented.

ABOUT THE INTERNSHIP PROGRAM

The program is a 10 week commitment. Interns are placed in the Suffolk, Middlesex, and Norfolk Probate and Family Court Register’s Office, working directly alongside courthouse staff. This is an unpaid, non-credit internship, but it offers invaluable experience and a flexible schedule that can fit around other commitments.

We ask interns to spend at least one full day or two half days, preferably mornings, at their courthouse each week. Students provide information and the appropriate forms to pro se litigants navigating through the Probate and Family Court. In addition interested students may have the opportunity to participate with the Court Service Center and at VLP’s Guardianship and Family Law Clinics.

The nature of the internship is a little different at each court:

  • At Suffolk (located near North Station and Haymarket Station), interns staff the very busy Register’s office and have the chance to help the Lawyer for the Day, and observe court proceedings, and help pro se litigants in the Registry and at the Court Service Center.
  • At Middlesex (located in East Cambridge, at the Lechmere stop of the Green Line), interns rotate between different departments, gaining broad exposure to areas including Divorce, Paternity, and Probate.
  • At Norfolk (located in Canton, accessible only by car), interns work directly with the court staff members who assist pro se litigants, and have a chance for more one-on-one interaction at a less busy court.

Orientation for the Fall Internship will take place in late September (dates TBA).  The Internship program will begin the week after orientation and will run for approximately 10 weeks.

All participants in the internship program will be supervised by the registry staff and receive support from the staff at the Volunteer Lawyers Project, you will receive invitations to trainings, luncheons, and other events provided by the Volunteer Lawyers Project. We encourage incoming interns to review the family law training materials on-line either before or during the internship. These training materials provide a foundation for the work the interns will encounter in the registry. Training materials are available on our website at www.vlpnet.org.

APPLYING

Application are now being accepted for the Fall 2018 Semester. Apply online at https://vlpprobono.wufoo.com/forms/vlp-student-volunteer-application/. If you have questions, please contact Damaris Frias Stone at dfrias@vlpnet.org.

OCP Welcomes Alexis Farmer

Alexis Farmer is our new Communications and Administrative Coordinator, and we are delighted to welcome her to our office and to all of the clinical and pro bono programs!

Alexis comes to us from the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU, where she worked for several years as a Research and Program Associate focusing on redistricting and campaign finance reform.  She graduated from the University of Michigan in 2016, where she interned in a number of non-profit and governmental organizations.  In her senior year of college, she was a columnist for the The Michigan Daily, writing articles about current social and political issues.  In addition to many other responsibilities, Alexis will be writing stories for our blog and also publishing stories that your clinics and SPOs generate.  Please welcome her and send her your stories!

CHLPI Welcomes New Team Member Rachel Landauer

Via the Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation

The Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation (CHLPI) welcomes Rachel Landauer to the team as a Clinical Fellow!

Rachel graduated from UCLA School of Law in May 2016 as a member of the David J. Epstein Program in Public Interest Law and Policy, and with a Master of Public Health degree from the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. During law school, she worked with projects and organizations including the American Civil Liberties Union’s Reproductive Freedom Project, the National Health Law Program, and the Los Angeles HIV Law & Policy Project, and co-chaired UCLA’s Health Law Society. Immediately prior to joining the Center, Rachel was an associate at Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP, focusing on health care regulatory and compliance matters.

HIRC Director Receives NGO Lawyer of the Year Joint Award

The Federal Bar Association awarded the NGO Lawyer of the Year Joint Award to HIRC’s founder and director Professor Deborah Anker in May. She was honored along with Karen Musalo, Director of the Center for Gender and Refugee Studies at Hastings College of Law. Congratulations to Professor Anker on her accomplishment!

Clinical Program Staff Presented with Harvard Law School’s Dean’s Award of Excellence

Three members of the clinical program received the 2017-2018 Harvard Law School Dean’s Award for Excellence. The award honors staff members who exemplify the spirit of excellence in the Harvard Law School community through leadership, collaboration, commitment, and innovation. Among those awarded were:

Maggie Bay, curriculum planning and enrollment manager, Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs;

Kira Hessekiel, project coordinator of Harvard Law School’s Cyberlaw Clinic; and

Patricio Rossi, clinical instructor within the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau.

Congratulations to Maggie, Kira, and Patricio!

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