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October 2021

Mindfulness: Managing Stress

October 15 @ 12:45 pm - 1:30 pm
Milstein West AB

Join Sarah Stuart for a session on mindfulness and stress reduction. Food and The Well swag available for all attendees.

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Julis-Rabinowitz Annual Harvard Law School Shabbat Dinner

October 15 @ 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Outdoor Spaces Jarvis Field and Caspersen Patio

Please join us for this annual largest Jewish celebration at HLS and experience the sweetness of Shabbat with great cuisine, spirited conversation, and family warmth. Friday, October 15, 2021 at 7PM Doors Open at 6:45 PM Jarvis Field Tent, Harvard Law School Registration required. Due to COVID-19 restrictions and space limitations, this year’s event is open only to Harvard Law School students and their partners. Sponsored by Harvard Chabad and JLSA

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HBLR Panel: A Deep Dive into M&A and Private Equity

October 18 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Zoom Webinar

Please join HBLR on Monday, October 18 at 12:30 pm for a talk featuring M&A and Private Equity attorneys from Kirkland & Ellis, Cleary Gottlieb, Paul Weiss, and Debevoise & Plimpton. They will discuss some current trends in the private equity industry, highlight some of their recent work, and reflect on the novel legal questions that arise in the M&A practice (Food will be served at the conclusion of the event).

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Prosecuting the Police: A discussion with Wasserstein Fellow Dana Mulhauser, Chief of the Independent Investigations Division at the Maryland Office of the Attorney General

October 18 @ 12:45 pm - 1:30 pm
WCC 2009 Classroom
Free

The last 16 months have drawn renewed attention to the challenges of fairly and independently investigating and prosecuting law enforcement. Hurdles include finding impartial investigators and prosecutors, determining the appropriate use of grand juries, interpreting the legal standard of "objective reasonableness," and navigating the jury system. Dana Mulhauser has investigated these cases at the federal, state, and local levels, and will lead a discussion of this rapidly changing legal environment.

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Engaging with Faculty

October 18 @ 12:45 pm - 1:30 pm
Live Zoom Webinar

Engaging with HLS faculty makes for a more educational and enjoyable law school experience. More concretely, the strength of faculty recommendation letters can make or break applications for certain types of jobs, including judicial clerkships. Get insights from a panel of professors about how best to cultivate substantive relationships with them in our current environment.

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Student Body Town Hall

October 18 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Austin Hall 100 Classroom – North

Student Body Town Hall

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Lawyers for Civil Rights Volunteer Training on RAFT (Residential Assistance for Families in Transition)

October 18 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Live Zoom Webinar

Lawyers for Civil Rights has launched a pro bono initiative to connect Greater Boston residents who need help paying rent or other housing expenses with volunteers who can help complete an application for RAFT (Residential Assistance for Families in Transition). Volunteers can help families at risk of losing their housing during the unfolding public health and economic crisis by assisting them with their RAFT applications through MetroHousing Boston. HLS students and HLS staff volunteers would attend a 1-hour training and…

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1L Resume and Cover Letter Tutorial

October 19 @ 12:30 pm - 1:15 pm
WCC 1015 Classroom

Get help with your resume - attend an OCS resume tutorial, with bonus cover letter tips!

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HBLR Lunch Talk: Kirkland & Ellis M&A Cloudera Case Study

October 19 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Zoom

Please join HBLR on Tuesday, October 19 at 12:30 pm for a talk featuring M&A attorneys from Kirkland & Ellis. They will be discussing a case study pertaining to its recent Cloudera deal as well as illustrating the deal’s relation to what it means to be a Private Equity/M&A attorney. (Food will be provided at the conclusion of the event).

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HALB Presents: Introduction to Cybersecurity with Hogan Lovells

October 19 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
WCC 1010

Using a “fireside chat” approach, participants will discuss the latest trends and emerging best practices in ransomware incidents from the perspectives of outside counsel, an organization’s Chief Information Security Officer function, and law enforcement. Topics will include ransomware negotiations, sanctions considerations, cyber insurance, law enforcement engagement, and pre-incident planning. Grab-and-go lunch will be provided following the event. Please RSVP at: https://bit.ly/3vdY9vC

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Emmett Clinic Lunch Talk: Bradford Swing, Director of Energy Policy and Programs for the City of Boston

October 19 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
WCC 3007 Room

Please join the Emmett Environmental Law & Policy Clinic for a lunch talk with Bradford Swing, Director of Energy Policy and Programs for the City of Boston. Brad advises the Mayor and the Chief of Environment, Energy and Open Space on local, state, and federal energy policy issues. He also initiated the City’s smart utilities, district energy, microgrid, solar, and green building programs. Most recently, he has overseen the creation of the Renew Boston Trust, an energy efficiency and resilience…

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Zoom Event with YLS Professor Oona Hathaway

October 19 @ 12:40 pm - 1:40 pm
Zoom Event

Hosted by the National Security & Law Association and National Security Journal. Oona Hathaway is the Gerard C. and Bernice Latrobe Smith Professor of International Law and Counselor to the Dean at Yale Law School. From 2014–2015, Professor Hathaway served as a Special Counsel to the General Counsel of the Department of Defense. She has also served as a member of the Advisory Committee on International Law for the Legal Adviser of the Department of State since 2005. Professor Hathaway…

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Private Social Media Data in the Public Interest: What’s Next?

October 19 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

To address the variety of problems related to social media like disinformation, harassment, and hate speech, governments and civil society need better information and evidence bases. Recent challenges in platform research (including testimony by Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen) have made this clearer and led to renewed attention to the difficulty of accessing data held by social media companies. The complex, persistent barriers to access have led journalists, academics, and members of civil society to devise other ways to study key…

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HLS Parody Showing of The Good Place Just Outside of Boston

October 19 @ 7:00 pm - 9:45 pm
Austin Hall 100 Classroom – North

Come watch the HLS Parody 2020! The Good Place Just Outside of Boston (2019-2020) In The Good Place: Just Outside of Boston, former vape shop employee 1Eleanor is a new student at Harvard Law School, much to her surprise. While teaming up with fellow students Certi, Res Judica-Tahani (Tahani, for short) and Jason, Dawg, she must shake off her imposter syndrome, keep her secret safe (she’s not supposed to be here!), and find a way to remain in The Good…

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CU Prayer & Worship

October 19 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
WCC 2019 Milstein West A

Christian Union at HLS invites anyone to join us for prayer and worship focused on revival at Harvard. We will also be praying for, with, and over students with any needs and requests.

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Perspectives on Supreme Court Reform

October 19 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
WCC 1015 Classroom

Please join the American Constitution Society for a discussion on court reform featuring a panel of several experts who are leading the conversation on the question of whether and how to reform the Supreme Court. The panel will speak about the foremost proposals for reform, the difficulties and possibilities presented by different proposals, and whether court reform is possible at all.

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Harvard International Office (HIO) Open Hours with Peter O’Meara

October 20 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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An event every 2 weeks that begins at 12:00 pm on Wednesday, repeating until December 15, 2021

Zoom

Join Peter O'Meara, HIO's Advisor to International Students and Scholars for virtual office hours every other Wednesday from 12pm - 2pm. No appointment necessary.

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Book Talk: The Genome Defense: Inside the Epic Legal Battle to Determine Who Owns Your DNA

October 20 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Online

Event Description When Chris Hansen, an ACLU lawyer, learned that the U.S. government was issuing patents for human genes to biotech companies, his first thought was: How can a corporation own what makes us who we are? Then he discovered that women were being charged exorbitant fees to test for hereditary breast and ovarian cancer—all because Myriad Genetics had patented the famous BRCA genes. So he sued them. In his upcoming book, The Genome Defense: Inside the Epic Legal Battle…

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OCS 1L Resume and Cover Letter Workshop

October 20 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
WCC 4059 Room

In a small group setting, learn to draft a professional resume and cover letter for the private sector.

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[HIALSA Workshop Session 2] Fireside Chat: The International Arbitrator’s Perspective

October 20 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Live Zoom Webinar

“Fireside Chat: The International Arbitrator’s Perspective,” is the third HIALSA Workshop session of the 2021-22 academic year, and the second substantive session. We are honored to present an all-star panel of four highly accomplished and widely recognized arbitrators who will share their life and career experience. Interested students have the opportunity to join them for a private, virtual coffee chat following the session. The event will take place remotely on Wednesday, October 20 from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm ET…

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Public Reading of Scripture

October 20 @ 12:45 pm - 1:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 12:45 pm on Wednesday, repeating until December 15, 2021

Zoom event

Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path. Psalm 119:105 (NIV) All are welcome to join us via Zoom for this weekly lunch time event to take a pause from your studies/work and listen to the Bible audibly read in our Zoom community. HLS students, staff and faculty: Come "Grab" a complimentary bag/box lunch at our Austin 009 office and "go" to a designated eating area. Then join us online when you can, leave when…

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IRB Office Hours for HLS

October 20 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 1:00 pm on day Third of the month, repeating until December 15, 2021

Zoom

HLS researchers: What is the IRB? Do I need IRB approval to conduct my research project? How do I go about obtaining IRB approval? Get the answers to these and any other questions you may have about the IRB process by signing up for a one-on-one meeting with the HLS IRB Administrator, Elizabeth Parsons, during the HLS “IRB Office Hours”. These 20-minute sessions are offered via Zoom for the HLS research community on the third Wednesday of the month, from…

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Alumni in Residence with Kevin Vosen JD’97 of Waymo

October 20 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Kevin Vosen is the Chief Legal Officer at Waymo, an autonomous driving technology company with a mission to make it safe and easy for people and things to get where they’re going. Since Waymo’s inception, Kevin has led legal affairs for Waymo’s financing and corporate development transactions, worldwide commercial and strategic deals, litigation and law enforcement matters, and regulatory compliance and product safety, security and privacy counseling. He also leads insurance, global public policy, and government relations teams for Waymo. Previously, Kevin was Chief Legal Officer and Chief Administrative Officer at The Climate Corporation, an agricultural data-science software business, and General Counsel of Broadlane Inc., a healthcare services and technology company. This session is currently full. Join the waitlist.

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HLS Library Talk: The American Journal of Law and Equality

October 21 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Online + Google Map

Join us for a discussion on the newly established American Journal of Law and Equality with co-editors and HLS Professors Randall Kennedy and Martha Minow, followed by an audience Q&A session. Registration is free. If you, or an event participant, require disability-related accommodations, please contact Accessibility Services at accessibility@law.harvard.edu in advance of the event.

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HLSBFI: Blockchain and Universal Basic Income with Mayor Jayson Stewart

October 21 @ 12:30 pm - 1:15 pm
Zoom

Please join HLSBFI for a presentation from Jayson Stewart, Mayor of Cool Valley, Missouri where he discusses his plans for Bitcoin and UBI.

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Mass SJC and Appeals Court Clerkships & the Diversity Pipeline

October 21 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Live Zoom Webinar

Join SJC Justice Dalila Wendlandt, Appeals Court Justice Kenneth Desmond, and a panel of law clerks and staff as they discuss what it’s like to clerk and the benefits of clerking from the standpoint of future employers. There will be a special focus on diversity and the role courts can play in increasing the representation of law clerks, attorneys, and judges of color.

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Space Law

October 21 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
WCC 4059 Room

Are you completely new to the world of space law? Come learn what it's all about! Dr. Alissa J. Haddaji, faculty researcher and lecturer in Space Law, Policy and Ethics at Harvard University, will be giving a short Space Law and Policy 101 presentation to help you get started. Come get your questions answered, learn more about upcoming events, employment opportunities, and meet other members of the Space Law Society! Lunch will be served. Please RSVP so we can make…

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Info session: HLS and University of Cambridge J.D./LL.M. Joint Degree Program

October 21 @ 12:45 pm - 1:45 pm
ILS Zoom Meeting

The HLS and University of Cambridge J.D./LL.M. Joint Degree Program is an incredible opportunity to spend a year at one of the world’s oldest and most distinguished universities. HLS students who successfully complete program requirements earn a Harvard J.D. degree and a Cambridge LL.M. in a total of three-and-a-half years. This program may be of particular benefit to students interested in public or private international law, British law or European Union law, or in pursuing an academic career. Two HLS…

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Pathways to a Career in Environmental Law: A discussion with Elizabeth Forsyth, Wasserstein Fellow and Senior Attorney in Earthjustice’s Biodiversity Defense Program

October 21 @ 12:45 pm - 1:30 pm
WCC 2009 Classroom
Free

The earth needs great lawyers, but how does one become one? Elizabeth Forsyth will discuss career opportunities in environmental law and how to prepare for a career in saving the planet.

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From Public to Private and Back Again with Judge Thomas Kirsch [Federalist Society]

October 21 @ 12:45 pm - 1:30 pm
WCC 1010 Classroom

Please join the Harvard Federalist Society as we host Seventh Circuit judge Thomas Kirsch for a discussion on public and private sectors careers, with a focus on criminal law / corporate investigations.

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OCS 1L Resume and Cover Letter Workshop

October 22 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 12:30 pm on Wednesday and Friday, repeating until October 29, 2021

WCC 4063 Room

In a small group setting, learn to draft a professional resume and cover letter for the private sector.

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Alex Whiting and the Kosovo Court

October 22 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Virtual via Zoom + Google Map

Please join the Harvard Central and Southeast Europe Law Students Association (HCSELSA) for an online event on: Alex Whiting and the Kosovo Court. Alex Whiting is a Visiting Professor of Practice at Harvard Law School and also the current Deputy Specialist Prosecutor at the Kosovo Specialist Chambers & Specialist Prosecutor’s Office (SC-SPO). The SC-SPO was set up in 2015 to try alleged war crimes committed by the Kosovo Liberation Army during the Kosovo War. During the event, Whiting will describe…

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Originalism: A Debate, with Professors Feldman, Sachs, and Goldberg [Federalist Society]

October 22 @ 12:45 pm - 1:45 pm
Austin Hall 101 Classroom – East

Please join the Harvard Federalist Society as we host a debate on originalism between Professors Noah Feldman and Stephen Sachs, with Professor John Goldberg moderating.

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Qualitative Methods for Law Review Writing; Harvard Empirical Legal Studies Series

October 25 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Live Zoom Event

Please join us for a talk by Katerina Linos of UC Berkeley School of Law, "Qualitative Methods for Law Review Writing" (abstract below). All students and scholars interested in empirical research are welcome and encouraged to attend. Typical law review articles not only clarify what the law is, but also examine the history of the current rules, assess the status quo, and present reform proposals. To make theoretical arguments more plausible, legal scholars frequently use examples: they draw on cases, statutes,…

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HBLR Lunch Talk: Banking and Finance Law

October 25 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Live Zoom Event

Please join HBLR on October 25th at 12:30 PM for a panel discussion about Banking and Finance Law. We will be joined by partners and associates from Davis Polk, Ropes and Gray, Simpson Thatcher, and Wachtell.

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Mental Health Rsources: A Panel Discussion Led by Board of Student Advisers

October 25 @ 12:30 pm - 1:45 pm
WCC 2019 Milstein West A

Are you curious about the mental health resources that HLS has to offer? Do you want to speak to fellow students who have accessed mental health services through Harvard during their time at the law school? Do you just want free lunch? Come to the Board of Student Advisers' mental health resources panel on Monday, October 25 during the lunch block (12:45-1:30) in Milstein West A. This info session will give you the chance to ask totally anonymous questions about…

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Perilous Medicine

October 25 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Austin Hall 101 Classroom – East

More than 150 years ago, the first Geneva Convention obliged that wounded and sick combatants of all parties be collected and cared for and that belligerents protect and respect ambulances and military hospitals. Over time, the law extended protections to wounded and sick civilians and required parties to take numerous affirmative measures to protect health workers, hospitals, ambulances, and patients. These laws and their underlying norms are among the most widely accepted elements of international law. Yet the persistence and…

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Future of the Voting Rights Act: Live Zoom Webinar

October 25 @ 12:45 pm - 1:45 pm
Via Zoom

The Voting Rights Act of 1965, which some commentators have called the crown jewel of the Second Reconstruction, is in peril. In the 2013 case of Shelby County v. Holder, the Supreme Court enjoined the application of one important provision of the statute while sidelining another important part of the Act. Just this past term, in Brnovich v. DNC, the Supreme Court narrowed applied Section 2 of the VRA against a challenge by plaintiffs who claimed that a set of…

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Social Entrepreneurs: Pro Bono Week Student Panel

October 25 @ 12:45 pm - 1:30 pm
WCC 2009
Free

Come be a part of conversation with three students who started their own organizations to address pressing needs in their communities. Professor Christopher Bavitz will facilitate a conversation with Mustafaen Kamal (LLM ’22) founder of the DIL Internship Project, Dominique Roberts (LLM ’22) co-founder of Code Your Chances, and Amir Ashour (JD ’24) founder of IraQueer. Why did they start these organizations? What have been their successes? What obstacles have they faced? What are their plans for the future? This…

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OPIA Spotlight Series: Civil Rights

October 25 @ 12:45 pm - 1:30 pm
WCC 3007 Room
Free

OPIA’s Spotlight Series provides students with an informal overview of public interest practice areas. This session will focus on civil rights, exploring the variety of legal work in this area and where it happens: from non-profits to government, from litigation to policy, and across sub-issue areas. Pick up some summer internship application tips and discover entry routes into this field after graduation. An OPIA adviser will lead a brief presentation and then open up the conversation to Q&A.

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