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Rapid Impact: Harvard Law Students Travel the Globe Over Winter Term for Clinical Work

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During the 2019 Winter Term, over 200 Harvard Law School (HLS) students traveled off campus for three weeks, gaining hands-on experience addressing the legal needs in communities across the globe. Through the Independent Clinical Program and Externship Clinics, HLS students gain a practical experience in their field of study building their expertise on an issue and develop critical lawyering skills.

87 students participated in HLS’s Independent Clinical Program, traveling to 18 countries, 13 states, and 21 cities to build their legal skills by working with government agencies, legal services and non-profit organizations, and the judiciary. The program gives students an opportunity to design a project related to their specialized area of interest in the law or field of practice. Students are able to then gain hands-on experience in their potential career fields. This past winter, students worked with attorney advisors in the Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs (OCP) to design projects addressing issues that transcend national borders, including anti-displacement protections after devastating hurricanes, voting rights litigation, humanitarian asylum and refugee protections.

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The map below displays where students travelled outside the continental U.S. to work on pertinent legal issues.

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Through the Externship Clinics, January Term students participated in on-site clinical work at hundreds of organizations across the United States. The externship clinics range in focus from sports teams to U.S. government agencies, to employment and labor rights work. Over the winter term, students worked at the Macarthur Justice Center, the Women’s Tennis Association, Attorney General Offices in California, Nebraska, Kentucky, New York, and Texas; organizations such as the Office of the Federal Public Defender (Kansas City, Missouri), Southern Center for Human Rights (Atlanta, GA), American Civil Liberties Union (Durham, NC); and private entities such as the Wasserman Media Group (Los Angeles, CA), Nashville Predators (Nashville, TN), Major League Baseball (New York, NY), and the Detroit Pistons (Detroit, MI). Students reviewed and helped draft contracts and sponsorships agreements, represented clients with capital sentences, and conducted legal research on wage and discrimination disputes. Students’ work experiences enhanced their confidence in their skillset and provided meaningful assistance to the clients they served.

Even in the short three week term in January, students were able to make an impact in the communities and organizations they worked in internationally and domestically. The independent clinical program and externships are unique experiences for students to learn from and develop into the lawyers they wish to be in the world.

                                                              Independent Clinical Placements

United States
Countries Worldwide
Boston, MA Los Angeles, CA Accra, Ghana Lesvos, Greece
Brownsville, TX Montpelier, VT Anhui, China London, England, UK
Cambridge, MA New York, NY The Adelphi, Singapore Manila, Philippines
Carrboro, NC Oakland, CA Basel, Switzerland Melbourne, Australia
Central Islip, NY Philadelphia, PA Banjul, Gambia Mexico City, Mexico
Chicago, IL Raleigh, NC Berlin, Germany Myanmar
Dilley, TX Sacramento, CA Edinburg, Scotland, UK Quezon City, Philippines
Flagstaff, AZ San Francisco, CA Fitzroy, Australia Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Honolulu, HI Seattle, WA The Hauge, Netherlands Tel Aviv, Israel
Indianapolis, IN Washington, DC
Lincoln, NE Window Rock, AZ
U.S. Territories
Hagatna, Guam San Juan, Puerto Rico

Delegation from the Philippines Visits HLS Clinical Program

By: Alexis Farmer

A delegation of thirteen dignitaries from the Philippines touring law school clinical programs on the east coast made their first stop at Harvard Law School (HLS). Comprised of law school deans, Supreme Court justices, attorneys, U.S. Embassy representatives, and a representative from the Asia Foundation, the delegation spent two days visiting HLS and meeting clinical students and faculty to discuss how our clinical programs are structured. The group is interested in implementing new clinical programs in various law schools throughout the Philippines. Harvard is one of three law schools the delegation will visit.

A cozy brick building near the Stony Brook stop in Jamaica Plain is usually not the first image that comes to mind when one thinks of Harvard Law School, but this is where the delegation made its first campus stop – the Legal Services Center (LSC). Vice Dean for Experiential and Clinical Education Dan Nagin gave a brief history of clinical legal education and an overview of the clinical pedagogy at HLS. He described the significance of having a legal services center rooted in an underserved and high-need community, and the importance of having legal services accessible to populations who might otherwise not know where to find help or who find it difficult to travel to Cambridge.  A panel of LSC clinicians and students expanded on the impact their work has on the community and on students’ professional development. They discussed the type of work students are engaged in and what skillsets students acquire in the hands-on, experiential learning environment. The delegation was interested in hearing the nuts and bolts of the program’s design and asked questions about balancing client and student needs, how to grade students and evaluate their skills, how to prepare them to show up in court and represent clients, and how the clinical program is integrated into the curriculum.

The delegation was able to have their questions answered by learning about of the various structures and formats of the clinics – from the coordinated programming at LSC, to the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinic’s hybrid format with in house and community based placements, to the student-led Harvard Legal Aid Bureau (HLAB). The group saw the variety in autonomy and direction students had in deciding the cases they wanted to pursue and the type of work they engaged in. The group also got the opportunity to see HLAB and LSC students in action.

On the 5th floor of the Edward Brooke Courthouse, students staffed the Attorney for the Day table, as unrepresented litigants facing hearings and deadlines began to line up and seek legal guidance from the students and their clinical instructors.

On this particular Thursday in housing court, the hallways were bustling with commotion – attorneys and clients met quickly before entering the courtroom; a woman called for medical attention for a man who had fallen ill in the courtroom, and young children looked for ways to keep themselves entertained. Maureen McDonagh, LSC Managing Attorney, arranged for the delegation meet with retired Judge Jeffery M. Winik, who was serving on recall. He spoke about the value of students representing real clients in the courtroom and how much it helped the court. After speaking with the judge, the delegation had the opportunity to sit in the jury box as they witnessed an HLAB student, Emanuel Powell, powerfully and confidently present his case. Emanuel, and his supervising attorney Esme Caramello, represented a client challenging her landlord for failing to conduct a lead inspection while her daughter and infant grandchild occupied the apartment. The delegation was very impressed with Emanuel’s presentation, and remarked that he was well prepared and persuasive. They saw firsthand how comprehensive clinical training could prepare students to be active, and thoughtful practitioners.

Following the court session, the delegation visited the Family Court Services Center, where they heard an overview of the support services offered in Massachusetts trial courts. The centers are designed to help people navigate the intimidating court system, by serving as a welcoming and friendly space open to all court users. Sheriece M. Perry Esq., Acting-Co Director of the Department of Support Services, shared with the group the critical role that clinical students, interns, and volunteer attorneys have in advising individuals that need legal help, but often cannot afford it.

The group had lunch time discussions about clinical legal education with Lisa Dealy, Dean for Clinical and Pro Bono Programs, and the Hon. John C. Cratsley (ret.).

The trip concluded with a reception for the delegations, where JD and LLM students from the Philippians, faculty, and staff joined the group in celebrating their visit. The group left with a lasting impression of the clinical program’s commitment to providing opportunities for students to develop critical legal skills while simultaneously advancing access to justice.

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/

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!

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!

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

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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.

Welcome Lyonel Jean-Pierre Jr.

Lyonel Jean-Pierre Jr. recently joined the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau as a clinical instructor.  He started his law career as a Massachusetts Legal Services Corporation Bart Gordon Fellow with Massachusetts Correctional Legal Services.  When the fellowship ended, Lyonel became a full-time staff attorney with the Worcester Community Legal Aid office (formerly known as Legal Assistance Corporation of Central Massachusetts) where he litigated various domestic relations and restraining order matters.  After nine years with Community Legal Aid, he joined the Law Office of Murphy and Rudolf LLP where he continued to practice in the Probate and Family Court but also represented parents and children in Care and Protection matters in the Juvenile Court as a member of the Children and Family Law Division Panel of the Committee for Public Counsel Services.

During his career, Lyonel has served as Co-Chair of the Family Law Section for the Worcester County Bar Association and worked with various community partners in the Worcester to address the effect that domestic violence has on families.  In 2012, he was honored with the YWCA Great Guy Award & Official State Citation.

Lyonel received a bachelors degree from Brandeis University where, in addition to completing his studies, he mentored “at risk” youth and was a track and field athlete for four years.  After college he obtained his J.D. from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York City.

Happy Holidays!

OCP wishes HLS students, faculty, and staff a wonderful holiday season! We hope you’ll have lots of fun and exciting moments on your travels and with your families!

Our office will close on December 22, 2017 will reopen on January 2, 2018.

Harvard Mediation Program Welcomes New Clinical Instructor

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Catherine Mondell, Clinical Instructor, Harvard Mediation Program

Catherine Mondell, Clinical Instructor, Harvard Mediation Program

The Harvard Negotiation and Mediation Clinical Program (HNMCP) of Harvard Law School is pleased to announce the addition of a new team member. Catherine Mondell recently joined the staff as Clinical Instructor for the Harvard Mediation Program (HMP), a student practice organization under the auspices of HNMCP.

Cathy will supervise clinical students in the Harvard Mediation Program and work with HMP’s mediators, court liaisons and staff to support continued excellence in the mediation services HMP provides to the community. Alongside her work with HMP, Cathy maintains a private practice which focuses on mediation and arbitration services for complex commercial cases, is an active member of multiple organizations in the Boston area that support and promote dispute resolution alternatives, and has coached and taught mediation and negotiation skills to groups through the Harvard Negotiation Institute at the Program on Negotiation at Harvard, and to graduate students at other area schools.

“The Harvard Mediation Program has a strong commitment to training new mediators, a long-standing track record of providing opportunities for application of mediation skills, and a rich legacy of service to the community,” says Cathy. “I am thrilled to be joining such a fantastic team, and look forward to working with the clinical students as they experience all that the Mediation Program has to offer.

A graduate of Harvard Law School and former Partner at Ropes & Gray, Cathy spent the first 18 years of her legal career successfully litigating business, insurance and securities cases. Throughout that period, she worked with her clients to identify and deploy a wide range of dispute resolution tools, including mediation, arbitration, targeted litigation and structured settlement discussions. As of 2015, Cathy has focused exclusively on work as a mediator, neutral and educator.

“Cathy’s passion for mediation, her keen perspectives as a former litigator and now full-time ADR professional combined with the sensibilities that complement her work, provide a powerful example which students and others in the Mediation Program can learn from and aspire to themselves. It’s exciting to have her on board,” says Maureen (Mo) Griffin, Program Manager at the Harvard Mediation Program.

The Harvard Mediation Program’s (HMP) mission is to enhance the experiences of Harvard Law School students and other members of HMP by providing diverse opportunities to learn, practice, and teach mediation, and to serve the community by promoting effective mediation services.

This mission is accomplished by student board members elected to fulfill a variety of roles, community members, and HMP’s liaisons, who supervise new mediators and provide a constant presence in and connection to the courts that HMP serves.HMP is guided by experienced and dedicated staff members and the Director of the Harvard Negotiation & Mediation Clinical Program.

The Clinic hires human rights advocates Yee Htun and Salma Waheedi as clinical instructors

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We are thrilled to announce that the Human Rights Program has hired Yee Htun and Salma Waheedi as clinical instructors in our International Human Rights Clinic.

For the past year, Yee and Salma have worked with us as clinical advocacy fellows, supervising projects on everything from land rights and telecommunications policies in Myanmar to torture in Iraq. They also share a strong focus on gender justice.

For Yee, that focus comes from a personal place. She’s spent most of her career as an attorney working on women’s rights, often with refugee and migrant communities. Yee herself was born in Myanmar and immigrated to Canada as a government-sponsored refugee.

“Women’s rights for me is not an abstract concept but a cause to which I have dedicated most of my life’s work to,” said Yee. “Whether it is coordinating and launching the first ever global campaign with Nobel Peace Laureates to stop sexual violence in conflict or offering legal counsel to women’s organizations seeking to enact a prevention of violence against women law, I have done it out of the belief that only when we give power to women and girls do we advance the human rights for all.”

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Warm Welcome to Jordana, Daneiris, Alyssa, and Christina

The Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs extends a warm welcome to Daneiris Heredia-Perez (Administrative Director) of Harvard Defenders, Christina Haines (Program Assistant) of the Harvard Negotiation and Mediation Clinical Program (HNMCP), Alyssa Chan (Program Coordinator) of the Food Law and Policy Clinic, and Jordana Arias (Program Administrator) of the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program.

Jordana Arias

Jordana Arias, Program Administrator, Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinic

Jordana Arias, Program Administrator, Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinic

Jordana Arias is the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinic’s Program Administrator. She recently relocated from Washington, D.C. where she worked at the University of the District of Columbia – David A. Clark School of Law for nearly ten years. While there, she also served as a community organizer and volunteered for several pro-immigrant non-profit organizations and faith-based groups where she worked closely with at-risk communities. She is passionate about helping people – especially those in underprivileged and disenfranchised populations.

Daneiris Heredia-Perez, Administrative Director, Harvard Defenders

Daneiris Heredia-Perez, Administrative Director, Harvard Defenders

Daneiris Heredia-Perez

Before coming to Harvard Law School Daneiris was a Team Lead at Boston Medical Center in the Nursing Staffing Office, supporting the hospital with RNs, CNAs and Unit Coordinators to make sure the floors were staffed safely. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Project Management at Boston University. She graduated from Manhattanville College in 2011 with a double major in Communications and Graphic Design.

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Alyssa Chan, Program Coordinator, Food Law and Policy Clinic

Alyssa Chan

Alyssa Chan became involved with the Harvard Law School Food Law and Policy Clinic while still an undergrad, working as a summer intern and, later, as a Research Assistant. In January 2017, she joined the clinic full-time as Program Coordinator. She first became interested in sustainable food systems while working on an organic farm and winery in Argentina. Since then, her focus has shifted to food justice issues, including food access, labor in the food system, and equitable access to land and capital for socially disadvantaged farmers. Alyssa graduated from Harvard College in December 2016 with a joint degree in Chemistry and Earth and Planetary Sciences, and a minor in the Comparative Study of Religion.

Christina Haines, Program Assistant, Harvard Negotiation and Mediation Clinical Program

Christina Haines, Program Assistant, Harvard Negotiation and Mediation Clinical Program

Christina Haines

Prior to joining HNMCP, Christina worked as Manager of the Reimagine Learning Fund at New Profit, a national venture philanthropy firm, where she managed the fund’s communications and engagement with a network of  200+ organizations and supported strategic priorities of the fund including convenings and investment selection. Prior to that, Christina had a 10-year career at Harvard, most recently as the Associate Director for Policy and Institutional Outreach of the Harvard Global Health Institute, a University-wide initiative focused on advancing global health curricula and experiential learning and catalyzing innovative cross-disciplinary research. She managed new initiatives and pilots, including large-scale academic events, fellowships and awards, research partnerships, workshops and seminars. Christina holds a B.A. from Marist College in economics, and an M.L.A. with a concentration in government from Harvard Extension School.

Happy Holidays!

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The Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs wishes HLS students, faculty, and staff a wonderful holiday season! We hope you’ll have lots of fun and exciting moments on your travels and with your families!

Our office will close on December 23, 2016 will reopen on January 3, 2017.

Welcome Clinical Instructor Jessica Fjeld!

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fjeld-headshot-2016We could not be more excited to announce that Jessica Fjeld has joined us as a Clinical Instructor in the Cyberlaw Clinic!  Jess graduated from Columbia University and Columbia Law Schooland has an MFA in Poetry from the University of Massachusetts.  She was an associate at Skadden and most recently worked with our good friends and frequent collaborators on the Business & Legal Affairs team at WGBH Educational Foundation, which owns and operates WGBH-TV (our local public television station in the Boston area and developer of programming seen on PBS stations nationwide) and WGBH-FM (which broadcasts on 89.7 FM in Boston and is an National Public Radio member station).  We expect that Jess will work with Clinic students on a wide range of matters relating to intellectual property, media and entertainment, and freedom of expression and will be more broadly integrated into the research community at our the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society.  Welcome, Jessica!

A Warm Welcome to Crisanne, Adriel, Caleb, Caitlin, and Lee

The Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs extends a warm welcome to Crisanne Hazen (Assistant Director) of the Child Advocacy Program, Adriel Borshansky (Clinical Fellow) of the Harvard Negotiation and Mediation Program, Caleb Smith (Clinical Fellow) of the Federal Tax Clinic, Caitlin McCormick-Brault (Associate Director and Clinical Instructor) of the Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation, and Lee Miller (Clinical Fellow) of the Food Law and Policy Clinic.

Crisanne Hazen
Assistant Director, Child Advocacy Program (CAP)

Before joining CAP, Crisanne worked as a supervising attorney at Legal Advocates for Children and Youth, a program of the Law Foundation of Silicon Valley, in San Jose, California. Starting her career as an Equal Justice Works fellow in 2006, she practiced multiple areas of law affecting children and youth, including education, guardianship, family law, housing, and in immigration.

Adriel Borshansky
Clinical Fellow, Harvard Negotiation and Mediation Clinic

Adriel is a 2015 graduate of the Harvard Divinity School (HDS) where he earned a Masters in Theological Studies focusing on Judaism and Islam. During his time at HDS, Adriel served as a mediator in Boston courts and later as a board member for the Harvard Mediation Program. While at HDS he was a co-founder of the HDS Racial Justice and Healing Initiative. He also served as a facilitator and senior staff member for Seeds of Peace in both Maine and in the Middle East for four years. Adriel is working on special research and writing projects within the Clinic and with Harvard Law School student practice organizations. Most recently, Adriel spent the 2015-16 year teaching at the School for Ethics and Global Leadership in Washington, DC.

Caleb Smith
Clinical Fellow, Federal Tax Clinic (LSC)

Caleb graduated cum laude from Lewis and Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon. While in law school, Caleb worked extensively with low-income taxpayers both at the school’s legal clinic and in the community. He was student director of the low-income taxpayer clinic and one of two students selected to prepare oral arguments for a case the clinic had before the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. In the community, Caleb volunteered regularly at a non-profit preparing tax returns for low-income individuals, and taught free winter courses on tax preparation to other volunteers. For these and other endeavors Caleb was recognized with Community Service Honors from his law school each year he attended.

Caitlin McCormick-Brault
Associate Director and Clinical Instructor, Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation (CHLPI)

Prior to joining CHLPI, Caitlin spent nine years in private practice in Washington D.C. with the nation’s top public policy practices at the law firms of Patton Boggs and subsequently Akin Gump Straus Hauer & Feld. While in private practice, Ms. McCormick-Brault advised clients on legislative and regulatory matters pertaining to health care. She has extensive experience navigating the legislative and regulatory process, drafting legislative language, preparing regulatory comment letters, and developing and implementing strategies for individual clients and coalitions. She has worked directly on matters related to all the major health care legislation in recent years, including the Affordable Care Act, the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, the Medicare, Medicaid and SCHIP Extension Act, and many others.

Lee Miller
Clinical Fellow, Food Law and Policy Clinic (FLPC)

Lee comes to FLPC as the inaugural Jane Matilda Bolin fellow and a recipient of the Yale Law Journal Public Interest Fellowship. At FLPC he coordinates a farm bill research consortium comprising six leading law schools with food and agricultural law and policy expertise. Lee received his JD from Yale Law School, where he co-founded the Yale Food Law Society. During law school he pursued experiential opportunities in the field of food and agriculture law across all levels of government. He led an extended project to improve national regulation of concentrated animal feeding operations, helped launch a legal services hub for farmers in Connecticut, and pushed forward pro-agriculture zoning reforms in New Haven.

HLS’s Summer Speaker Series, from the Eyes and Ears of a Student Intern

Every summer, the Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs and the Bernard Koteen Office of Public Interest Advising organize a series of lunch-time sessions for Harvard Law School interns to learn about the institution and emerging issues in the field of law. This year, students met with various speakers including Eloise Lawrence, Clinical Instructor who teaches in the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau (HLAB); Phil Torrey, Senior Clinical Instructor and Lecturer on Law who teaches in the Crimmigration Clinic and leads the Harvard Immigration Project; Janson Wu, HLS ’02, Executive Director of the Legal Advocates & Defenders for the GLBTQ Community (GLAD); Chris Pierce, Social Worker teaching students in two clinics and three Student Practice Organizations; as well as Jessica Soban, Dean of Admissions for Harvard Law School. 

The following story is written by our own student intern, Courtney Timmins who is a rising senior at Boston College. 

By Courtney Timmins 
Intern, Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs

Courtney Timmins

Courtney Timmins

While interning at Harvard Law School’s Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs this summer, I have been most fortunate to listen to and speak with various brilliant affiliates of Harvard Law School in an intimate, casual setting. The discussions have underscored how much work there is to be done in the world and how much progress there is to be made. Rather than allowing this to be daunting, however, these speakers act with relentlessness and passion, inspiring me to draw from the collective energy and look for a path to positive outcomes. Hearing them share their personal experiences has been more poignant and stirring than reading articles or watching news stories about groups of people who are defined in terms of their gender, race, age, sexuality, socioeconomic background, or countless other perfunctory modifiers. The speakers I’ve listened to care about the individual human beings and they serve as paragons who work fiercely and tirelessly to protect their fundamental rights.

Chris Pierce, an upbeat social worker (which, before meeting him, I would have thought to be an oxymoron) talked about how he maintains a positive outlook on life amid the daily struggles he hears from his clients. Janson Wu, in an informal Q & A session, shared various accomplishments and disappointments he’s experienced in his work at GLAD. He shared with us what one person can do to fight discrimination and improve equal rights policies in the world.  Phil Torrey explained how he became involved with “crimmigration,” or criminalization and immigration, and how the two fields have become imprudently coupled over recent years.  He shared his thoughts about teaching at HLS, working with the Harvard Immigration Project, and his work at the intersection of immigration and criminal law.  Eloise Lawrence of the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau shared the same fiery passion as other lecturers, hers stoked by issues of housing law and policy.  Like many of her colleagues, Eloise has observed a problematic system that she now works actively to change.

Jessica Soban, HLS’ Chief Admissions Officer sat back and listened to students’ questions while sharing her expertise and candid opinions on law school, careers, and finding one’s role in the larger world.  One might expect to feel intimidated after a talk with an admissions officer from one of the top law schools in the country.  Instead, Jessica’s friendly, approachable nature and positive attitude left me feeling encouraged and driven. Her talk served as tacit reassurance that I should not and will not stop to achieve the education, career, and purpose as a contributing citizen, which I have always wanted and sought to cultivate long before I realized that going to law school was a perfect way to accomplish it.

These speakers demonstrated how much there is to learn in the field of law and how little of it I know right now. This was not discouraging but rather quite motivating, because I’ve realized the possibilities of making a positive difference through the study of law.  Someday, I hope to become as informed, insightful, and devoted as the speakers.  They conveyed how enchanting it is to breach the surface of both oneself and the world, to transcend one’s biased perspective and explore depths that lead to true knowledge and understanding of the greater context in which we live – the history from the past, the grounding of the present, and the hope for the future.

Spring Term Clinical Opportunity: Public Education Policy and Consulting Clinic

Application Due: November 10, 2015 @ 5 pm
Enrollment is by application and is limited to rising 2L and 3L students.

This full-semester interdisciplinary Clinic brings together upper-level graduate students in law, business, education and policy from Harvard, Columbia, Dartmouth, Michigan, NYU and Stanford to immerse themselves in (i) emerging strategies for K-12 and allied institutional reform; (ii) structured, team-based problem-solving skills that effective organizations use to address the most difficult challenges in public education and many other domains; and (iii) high-priority multi-dimensional consulting projects on behalf of public- and social-sector organizations serving the educational and related needs of children.

Clinic Description

Participants in this Clinic engage in:

1. A comprehensive seminar in the design, governance, regulation, democratic accountability and transformation of K-12 school systems and allied public- and social-sector organizations.

2. Skills training in a constellation of twenty-first century problem-solving competencies, including working in diverse teams to address multi-dimensional problems; quantitative and qualitative analysis and measurement; organizational macro- and micro-design; project management; policy research and analysis; and presentation of professional advice to public- and social-sector clients.

3. A high-priority, professionally guided consulting project on which an interdisciplinary team of professional students provides research, design, strategic planning, and/or counseling assistance on matters that interweave legal, regulatory, management, policy, and/or technological problems crucial to the mission of the client organization—typically, a state department of education, school district, charter school organization, social services agency or other non-profit serving children.

Students who are interested in this Clinic should submit a resume, unofficial transcript, and brief statement of interest (500 word max.) to  cprl at law.columbia.edu by November 10, 2015 at 5 pm.

CPRL will notify students who have been invited for a video interview with Professor Liebman and the CPRL team. Feel free to contact CPRL at  cprl at law.columbia.edu with any questions.

Accepted students will be enrolled in the clinic and associated course component by the Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs.

Read full Clinic Description in the Course Catalog

Spanish for Public Interest Lawyers – Fall 2015

Description

Spanish for Public Interest Lawyers is a non-credit class that offers HLS students the opportunity to learn Spanish language skills in a legal context, emphasizing language most commonly used in civil and criminal legal services practice.

The class will strengthen existing Spanish speaking and comprehension abilities and teach Spanish legal vocabulary to students involved in public interest legal practice. The class will introduce students to general legal Spanish vocabulary (e.g. immigration, human rights, legal aid, etc.). Students will work to develop stronger attorney-client relations by improving communication with Spanish-speaking clients.

Student Requirements

  • Students must have at least advanced proficiency in Spanish.
  • This class is not for credit, but regular attendance is required. The class will meet once a week for two hours (7-9PM, day of the week TBD).
  • Class participation is vital and outside homework is minimal. Language practice and listening to Spanish between classes is encouraged.

Enrollment

  • Enrollment is limited to 20 students.
  • 2L and 3L students currently in a direct services clinic or SPO who have at least advanced proficiency in Spanish will receive priority.
  • Students meeting the criteria will be accepted through a randomized selection process.

To Apply

Email clinical at law.harvard.edu with the following information by 5 PM on Monday, August 31:

  • Name
  • Year (1L, 2L, 3L)
  • If applicable, name of the clinic or SPO you will be working with in the fall and any clinic or SPO you have previously worked with.
  • Rank in order of preference ideal class time: (Tuesdays 7-9PM) (Wednesdays 7-9PM)
  • At least one paragraph, in Spanish, describing your general interests and your focus in law school.
  • Bullet points (also in Spanish) that list past or current experiences you’ve had speaking Spanish or working with Spanish-speaking clients.

Students will be contacted on September 2 with the results of their application. Students who are accepted will receive information about the class meeting time. Classes will be held weekly. The first class will meet the week of September 8 and the last class will meet the week of November 10.

 

An Orientation to the Clinical and Pro Bono Programs

On Thursday, January 15th, the Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs (OCP) held an orientation session to provide students with an overview of the various clinical placements, student practice organizations, and pro bono opportunities at Harvard Law School. Christopher Bavitz, Clinical Professor of Law at the Cyberlaw Clinic, Esme Caramello, Clinical Professor of Law at the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau, and Lisa Dealy, Assistant Dean of the Clinical and Pro Bono Programs spoke about the benefits of doing a clinic. Over 250 students participated and asked questions.

In the upcoming Spring semester, OCP will relaunch ClincTalks a series of information sessions designed to help students learn more about each clinic and discover their legal interests.

OCP welcomes all students to stop by our office in WCC 3085 to ask questions and seek advice from our team of lawyers and educators.

DEADLINE EXTENDED (1/15/15 at 5PM) – Spanish for Public Interest Lawyers, Spring 2015

Spanish for Public Interest Lawyers is a non-credit class that offers HLS students the opportunity to learn Spanish language skills in a legal context, emphasizing language most commonly used in civil and criminal legal services practice.

The class will strengthen existing Spanish speaking and comprehension abilities and teach Spanish legal vocabulary to students involved in public interest legal practice.  The class will introduce students to general legal Spanish vocabulary (e.g. immigration, human rights, legal aid, etc.).  Students will work to develop stronger attorney-client relations by improving communication with Spanish-speaking clients.

Student Requirements

  • Students must have at least advanced proficiency in Spanish.
  • This class is not for credit, but regular attendance is required.  The class will meet once a week for two hours (time TBD).
  • Class participation is vital and outside homework is minimal. Language practice and listening to Spanish between classes is encouraged.

Enrollment

  • Enrollment is limited to 20 students.
  • 2L and 3L students currently in a direct services clinic or SPO who have at least advanced proficiency in Spanish will receive priority.
  • Students meeting the criteria will be accepted through a randomized selection process.

To Apply

Email clinical@law.harvard.edu with the following information by5PM on Thursday, January 15:

  • Name
  • Year (2L, 3L)
  • Name of clinic or SPO you will be working with in the spring and any clinic or SPO you have previously worked with.
  • Rank in order of preference ideal class time:

Tuesdays 7-9PM
Wednesdays 7-9PM

  • At least one paragraph, in Spanish, describing your general interests and your focus in law school.
  • Bullet points (also in Spanish) that list past or current experiences you’ve had speaking Spanish or working with Spanish-speaking clients.

Students will be contacted on January 16 with the results of their application. Students who are accepted will receive information about the class meeting time.  Classes will be held weekly.  The first class will meet the week of January 26 and the last class will meet the week of April 20.

Externship Appreciation Dinner

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Externship

On November 6, 2013, the Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs (OCP) held an Appreciation Dinner to honor externship supervisors in our Fall/Winter Criminal Prosecution Clinic and Spring Judicial Process in Community Courts Clinic. Eight Judges and five Assistant District Attorneys attended, along with clinicians from our Criminal Justice Institute and other HLS clinical programs. The evening’s lively discussion focused on student supervision and was moderated by Judge Cratsley, with introductory remarks by Judge Limon of the Suffolk County Juvenile Court.

Several judges noted that the externships give students the opportunity to see what goes on in a judge’s mind, as well as exposing them to court staff and the culture of the courthouse. As Jack Corrigan of the Criminal Prosecution Clinic said, seeing students trying to make a difference rekindles idealism for everyone. Students bring fresh perspectives, energy and much needed help to the courts in the current climate of limited resources. In the Spring 2013 semester, students contributed over 500 hours of research and writing to the courts.

ADA Joe Pagliarulo (West Roxbury District Court) described giving his students incrementally harder tasks. At the beginning of the semester they may just identify themselves for the record in court, but by the end they are doing jury trials.
Judge Limon noted that he has been involved with the externship program since 1999, in part because clinical experience was so valuable to him in law school. At the beginning of the day, after talking to the session clerks and judges, he steers students to observe events they may not have seen before, like a Motion to Suppress or a jury being empanelled. He and his colleagues in the Boston Juvenile Court have lunch with the students every day in order to create the opportunity for discussion. Judge Harris noted the benefits of listening to the students’ opinions as they are much closer in age to the young people appearing before him.

A big thank you to everyone who supervises our students!

Sheryl Dickey Joins OCP as Attorney Advisor for LL.M. Pro Bono Program

Sheryl Dickey, Attorney Advisor for LL.M. Pro Bono Program

The Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs is happy to welcome Sheryl Dickey, our new Attorney Advisor who will be working with LL.M. students interested in in-house clinics, externships, or other pro bono opportunities. Sheryl’s vision and experience will be a great asset to the students. She graduated from American University, Washington College of Law where she served as a student clinician with the International Human Rights Law Clinic. In 2002, she joined White & Case LLP as a Litigation Associate. At White & Case LLP, Sheryl represented several pro bono clients on matters related to family law and social security disability benefits. In 2008, she joined the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic (ENRLC) at Vermont Law School as a Fellow. In this position, she supervised law students at the ENRLC while also working towards her LL.M. in Environmental Law. After her fellowship, she continued working with the ENRLC in various roles including Assistant Professor, Acting Director, and Consulting Attorney.

A warm welcome to Ina Spaho

The Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs would like to extend a warm welcome to its new Office Coordinator, Ina Spaho. Ina will serve as a point of contact for the Clinics to communicate their achievements to the Harvard Law School Community and to the public.

Prior to joining the Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs, Ina worked at the Massachusetts State House, first with the Joint Committee on Education and later on with Joint Committee on Financial Services. Her experience includes managing legislation, constituent services, media relations, and  office administration. Ina also served as a Legislative Specialist for InstaTrac, where she reported on public testimony, researched policy issues, and liaised with the Senate, House, and Joint Committees at the State House.

Ina received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and International Affairs magna cum laude from Northeastern University. She was also recognized as the Department of Political Science Outstanding Senior in Experiential Education for her accomplishments in working with the European Parliament, the Massachusetts Secretary of State’s Office, and volunteer activities with the College of Arts and Sciences Tutoring Department and the “Linking Education and Diversity” Program.

Please stop in and meet Ina!

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.

For questions about clinics, please contact  clinical at law.harvard.edu.
For registration questions, please contact  registrar at law.harvard.edu.

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!

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.

Update: New Public Service and Clinical Features in HELIOS

We are excited to announce that the Harvard Law School public service and clinical search site is now integrated into HELIOS. This new configuration features enhanced functionality, improved user experience, and easy access through the HELIOS interface.

To access “Your Public Service and Clinical Practice” in HELIOS, visit https://helios.law.harvard.edu/.

The new public service and clinical search site is being used both by the Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs (OCP) and by the Bernard Koteen Office of Public Interest Advising (OPIA) and includes the following features:

  • Organization, position, and evaluation search
  • Position evaluation
  • Position time log
  • Student profile
  • Student public service history

A few important notes:

  • Email your updated resumes to  opia at law.harvard.edu by Fri, Sep 28 so they can be added to the new system
  • Update your profile and public service interests
  • SPIF processing will take place between now and mid-October
  • Pro bono hours will be reflected on your account in mid-October

If you have additional questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the Office of Public Interest Advising ( opia at law.harvard.edu) or the Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs ( clinical at law.harvard.edu). Questions regarding other aspects of HELIOS should be directed to the Office of the Registrar ( registrar at law.harvard.edu).

Update: HLS Public Service Job Search Database is Transitioning to HELIOS

The Harvard Law School Public Service Job Search Database will be transitioning to HELIOS over the course of the next few weeks. We have made every effort to minimize disruption in service but please be aware that there will be some minimal limitations in the system from Sep 7–20.

Here is the timeline:

Fri, Sep 7: Last day to make updates or evaluate positions in the current system.

Sep 8–19: All search functions remain available. Students may not update evaluations, profile information, or resumes.

Wed, Sep 19: HELIOS is off-line.

Thu, Sep 20: New section in HELIOS titled “Your Public Service and Clinical Practice” will be available. Features include organization, position, and evaluation search; position evaluation; position time log; student profile; and student public service history.

If you have additional questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the Office of Public Interest Advising ( opia at law.harvard.edu) or the Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs ( clinical at law.harvard.edu).

Update: New 2012-2013 Clinical Calendar

You can now stay up to date on important clinical deadlines with our 2012-2013 Clinical Calendar.

Access the full calendar whenever you want and add specific events to your personal calendar if you choose. You can also access the calendar via the top navigation on this page.

Enjoy!

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