Since September 2017, 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. The work will evolve over time. Read about some of our past work and spring break experiences at FOMB, Ponce Municipality, and ENLACE.
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
The Harvard Law School Winter Term 2020 runs Monday, January 6 through Friday, January, 24, 2020. Students work full-time those three weeks at regular office hours and earn clinical credit. Only 2Ls, 3Ls, and LLMs are eligible to apply. Students on F1 visas are not eligible to apply for domestic independent clinicals.
Please contact Lee Mestre (firstname.lastname@example.org) in the Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs if you are interested in applying for an independent clinical in Puerto Rico and she can give you suggestions. You would work with a supervising attorney at an agency in Puerto Rico and an HLS Faculty member to complete a full independent clinical application and submit a domestic funding application to OCP. Funding is not guaranteed.
In Winter 2019, six students participated in independent clinical projects in San Juan.
Ten students traveled to Puerto Rico in March 2019 working with Ayuda Legal Puerto Rico, ENLACE/ Fideicomiso de la Tierra del Caño Martín Peña, Financial Oversight and Management Board FOMB, and Ponce Municipality.
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.
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.
We do not currently have any local or on-campus pro bono projects planned, but if 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
Fabiola Alvelais ’20, Student Coordinator
Amanda Odasz ’21, Student Coordinator
Daniel Oyolu ’21, Student Coordinator
Lee Mestre, Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs