The 2019 David Grossman Exemplary Clinical Student Team Award

Lisandra Novo ’19, Elisa Quiroz ’19, and Lindsay Bailey ’19 have won the 2019 David Grossman Exemplary Clinical Student Team Award. Lisandra and Elisa were 2017 Chayes International Public Service Fellows.

As Harvard Law Today reports,

The award, named in honor of the late Clinical Professor of Law David Grossman ’88, a public interest lawyer dedicated to providing high-quality legal services to low-income communities, recognizes students who have demonstrated excellence in representing individual clients and undertaking advocacy or policy reform projects.

The trio were honored for their exceptional work with the International Human Rights Clinic on a complicated lawsuit, Mamani, et al. v. Sánchez de Lozada and Sánchez Berzaín. The Mamani case was litigated in U.S. federal court on behalf of the family members of Bolivian citizens who were killed by the Bolivian military in 2003. The suit brought claims against Bolivia’s former president and minister of defense for their roles in orchestrating these killings.

Over the course of two years, the students were involved in many aspects of the case — from discovery and depositions, to summary judgment, to a month-long trial, to the current appeal.

Continue reading the story here.

Congratulations to Lisandra, Elisa and Lindsay!

Chayes Fellowships: Upcoming Deadline/Walk-in Advising Sessions

These summer fellowships, which are open to 1Ls, 2Ls and S.J.D.s in residence, provide HLS students with the opportunity to spend eight weeks abroad, working with governmental or non-governmental organizations concerned with issues of an international scope or relevant to countries in transition.

Applications are due to International Legal Studies by Friday, February 1.

There is detailed information about the program and the application process on our web pages, and we will also hold walk-in advising sessions later this month. Come talk with recent Chayes Fellows and International Legal Studies staff about potential placements, the application process, or any other questions.


Establishing and Enforcing Norms: Perspectives from Chayes Fellows

On October 12, three recent Chayes Fellows — Niku Jafarnia ’19, Patrick Maxell ’20, and Terrence Neal ’19 — shared their perspectives at a panel discussion on “Establishing and Enforcing Norms.”  S.J.D. candidate Kwabena Oteng Acheampong served as moderator.  View their presentation here.

(Left to right:  Oteng, Terrence, Niku, and Patrick.  Photo credit:  Kim Wright.)

Chayes Fellows circle the globe

(Left to right:  2018 Chayes Fellows Samantha Lint ’19, Lilianna Rembar ’19, and Laya Maheshwari ’19.  Photo:  Lorin Granger.)


In 2018, 13 Harvard Law School students were selected as Chayes International Public Service Fellows. This program, established in 2001 and dedicated to the memory of HLS Professor Abram Chayes ’49, provides students with the opportunity to spend eight weeks during the summer working with governmental or non-governmental organizations concerned with issues of an international scope or relevant to countries in transition. Their projects can take many forms; this year, the summer work undertaken by Chayes Fellows focused on issues ranging from refugee assistance in Lebanon to employment and administrative matters, international anti-corruption law, and environmental governance in China, among others.

Read about the experiences of three of the 2018 Chayes Fellows on Harvard Law Today, and view a photo gallery.

For HLS grads (and Chayes Fellows) Jonathan Kaufman and Lillian Langford, a 1L summer abroad set careers in motion

Today, Jonathan Kaufman ’06 and Lillian Langford J.D./M.P.P. ’13 work on different continents and on very different stages. While at Harvard Law School they had many experiences in common: both were Chayes International Public Service Fellows, both were active in the International Human Rights Clinic, and both received Public Service Venture Fund grants to launch or redirect their careers. And as dozens of HLS students plan to pursue public service work abroad this summer, both Kaufman and Langford recall that seeds planted during their own 1L summers grew, strongly and directly, into the work they are doing today.

Continue reading on Harvard Law Today