Introducing 2013-2014 HLS Community Language Tables

The Graduate Forum announces the launch of 2013-2014 Language Tables. All members of the HLS community are welcome.  Join enthusiasts – whether experienced speakers or beginners – for casual conversation in the language of your choice.  This is a great chance to practice or even to get started.  Language tables will be held in the Hark and designated with a tent card specifying the language being used.

All levels welcome and encouraged. A list of initial meetings follows:

Arabic: Friday, November 18th, 12:00-1:00 p.m.

French:  TBD

German: Friday, November 15, 12:00-1:00 p.m.

Italian: Wednesday, November 13, 12:00-1:00 p.m.

Japanese: Wednesday, November 13, 12:00 p.m. (Every 2nd and 4th Wednesday)

Mandarin: Friday, November 15, 12:00-1:00 p.m. (Every Friday)

Spanish: Thursday, November 14, 12:00-1:00 p.m.

Winter Term Opportunities: Writing and Clinical Projects and International Travel Grants

Tuesday, October 8
12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
Austin 111

Upper-year J.D. and LL.M. students at HLS can apply to participate in winter term writing or clinical projects.  Students who will be traveling abroad in furtherance of an approved winter term writing or clinical project are eligible to apply for Winter Term International Travel Grants.  Come find out more!

Please feel free to bring your lunch.

(For information about Winter Term Abroad at Harvard Law School, and a link to the Winter Term International Travel Grant Program, click here.)

Chayes Fellow Brian Kelly ’15 on working with Open Society Afghanistan


I really enjoyed my summer working with Open Society Afghanistan in Kabul. I spent the first half of my summer researching the role of Afghan civil society organizations in the peace and reconciliation process, which involved interviewing dozens of human rights organizations and activists in Afghanistan, and drafting a report that evaluated their progress and offered recommendations for the way forward. During the second half of my summer, I helped the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission – the government’s independent watchdog entity – draft the country’s first legislation offering compensation and assistance to civilian victims of the conflict. In addition to these projects, I also helped with the monitoring and evaluation of Open Society’s grantees, which took me to a number of interesting locations, including Herat where I visited Afghanistan’s only law school clinical program.

Everyone in my office was incredibly welcoming, and while I hadn’t given much thought beforehand to the fact that I’d be the only ex-pat working in the office, it was something that I truly came to appreciate. Both in and out of the office, I took every chance I could to practice Dari with Afghans, which was a great way to learn more about the country’s politics, history, and culture. Working in Afghanistan wasn’t without its challenges, but it was an incredibly rewarding experience, and I am grateful to the Chayes fellowship program for its support.