Trial Team Tryouts for Puerto Rico

The Interamerican University of Puerto Rico School of Law and the Puerto Rico Bar Association are sponsoring the 2010 Annual National PR Trial Advocacy Competition in Puerto Rico on October 28-30, 2010.  Harvard returns to this competition as defending champions from the 2009 competition.

Four HLS students will compete against teams from nineteen other law schools trying a criminal case.  Each team will participate in three preliminary mock trials, after which the highest-scoring teams will proceed to the semi-finals and then to the championship round.  Students on the team will act as counsel and/or witnesses for their teammates in each round. All students will have the opportunity to serve as counsel in at least one round.  Clinical instructors from the Criminal Justice Institute will serve as coaches for the trial team.

Interested students should pick up tryout materials from the CJI office located on the third floor of Austin Hall (Austin 301) and select a try out time slot on the posted schedule in the office.

The trial team will be selected after   Tryouts will be held on Thursday, April 22 and Tuesday, April 27, 2010. Complete an application and submit it at the time you sign up for a time slot.  Try-out materials and a sign-up sheet for trying out will be available on Friday, April 16, 2010 at 4 p.m. in the CJI office. Please feel free to call Clinical Instructor Dehlia Umunna at the Criminal Justice Institute @6-8143 if you have questions.

Seizing Opportunities to Enhance U.S. Aid Effectiveness: The State of Play and Ways Forward

Wednesday, April 21
4.00 pm – 5.30 pm

Weil Town Hall (Belfer L-1)
Harvard Kennedy School

Moderated by:

Professor Nicholas Burns, Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy and International Politics, Harvard Kennedy School


Steve Feldstein, Professional Staff, Senate Foreign Relations Committee, U.S. Congress (TBC)
Karen Hanrahan, COO, Quadrennial Diplomacy & Development Review, U.S. State Department
Paul O’Brien, Vice President for Policy and Advocacy, Oxfam America
Jonathan Quick, President and CEO, Management Sciences for Health

This policy panel will consider three important policy processes now underway – the Quadrennial Diplomacy & Development Review (QDDR) being advanced by the State Department, the Presidential Study Directive (PSD) being carried out by the National Security Council to review U.S. global development policy, and efforts to rewrite the U.S. Foreign Assistance Act within the U.S. Congress – and the historic opportunity they offer to reshape U.S. foreign assistance and global development policy to be more effective, coherent and integrated.

The panel will bring NGO perspectives, drawn from decades of working in poor communities worldwide, together with U.S. government policy perspectives.  How does the QDDR weigh diplomacy and development as U.S. foreign policy priorities?  How should the U.S. government’s development capacity be strengthened – and how should it relate to diplomacy and defense imperatives?  What major principles should guide U.S. foreign assistance reform in order to dramatically enhance aid effectiveness?  What are the political prospects of such aid reform legislation being passed?  How will the PSD relate to  the QDDR and aid reform?  These are some of the questions that will be considered in the panel discussion and the Q&A to follow.

This policy panel is organized by the Humanitarian & Development NGOs Domain of Practice at the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations.  Contact  sherine_jayawickrama at for more information.