Over the past year, we have been working hard to identify ways for our corps of volunteers to offer assistance to Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. There is much work to be done and it will evolve over time. See https://today.law.harvard.edu/law-students-help-mend-puerto-rico/ about our work last year.
To get involved, please fill out this form to indicate your interest and to be notified as we develop new opportunities.
Independent Clinical Winter Term 2019
The Harvard Law School (HLS) Winter Term 2019 runs Monday, January 7, through Friday, January, 25, 2019. Students work full-time those three weeks at regular office hours and earn clinical credit.
We hope to design some pre-approved placements in Puerto Rico where an organization will host and supervise one or more HLS students during winter term. The projects should be something that could be completed in the three weeks – for example, preparing or assisting a trial, intake at legal clinics, know your rights presentations, drafting legislation, a legal research memo, etc.
We will advertise those opportunities if they become available or a student could design his or her own proposal. Applications by students are due to the Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs on October 30th, 2018.
In March 2018, OCP arranged for 31 students to travel to Puerto Rico over spring break to do legal work with Ayuda Legal Hurácan Maria (Hurricane Maria Legal Assistance) and Fundación Fondo de Acceso a la Justicia, and humanitarian work with the Christian Community Center in Camito.
We anticipate organizing another spring break trip in March 2019 with applications due in December.
Remote Pro Bono Projects (being done in Massachusetts)
Students have already assisted the National Consumer Law Center on translation for student loan relief documentation and Massachusetts Advocates for Children on research related to public education for evacuees in Massachusetts.
As other legal research projects come into focus, we will reach out to students who express an interest in “Remote Legal Research” via the online form.
If you are interested in assisting families who have evacuated from Puerto Rico to Massachusetts, Springfield, Lawrence, and Holyoke, please check “Direct Assistance and Workshops for Resettlement in Boston” on the online form.
For questions please contact:
Prof. Andrew Crespo
Haley Adams ’20, Student Coordinator
Dara Jackson-Garrett ’20, Student Coordinator
Kevin Patumwat ’19, Student Coordinator
Natalie Trigo Reyes ’19, Student Coordinator
Lee Mestre, Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs